#TruLoveIs rescuing a pet, and having them rescue you right back. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Today I’m sharing our story about our adopted dog, Rosie, a 15-year-old yellow labrador retriever.
I grew up with dogs, specifically labrador retrievers. Mr. Flavor Mosaic, however, never had pets growing up, but he loved dogs. We had discussed adopting a dog for years, but with our long work hours we put it off because we didn’t want the dog to be alone in the house for 14 hours a day. That would not be fair to the dog.
After our work hours became a little more normalized, we talked again about adopting a dog. One day, seven years ago, I saw Rosie’s picture online, and I knew she was the one. I called, and to my surprise, she was still available. I was so excited. I had a phone interview, and a live interview, completed paperwork, and then we were approved to adopt her.
Rosie was a senior dog, and one of the lucky ones. We adopted her 7 years ago, and she is still with us. Unfortunately, many senior dogs in shelters do not get adopted. However, I’m here to tell you that you can have several more wonderful years with a senior dog, and give a senior dog a loving home to spend their remaining years. By adopting a senior dog, you are literally saving its life.
One of the best ways to keep your senior dog healthy is to keep them active and feed them a healthy diet. We have fed Rosie Wellness brand dog food for years. Then when Wellness came out with the TruFood line, we switched to TruFood, which Rosie loved.
TruFood is slow-baked in small batches, and has 70% more raw protein than typical dry dog food. It is blended with whole-prey protein, grain-free fiber, antioxidant-rich superfoods and probiotics.
The real test is will Rosie like the food. Oh my goodness! She scarfed down the food in seconds. She loved it. I feel good about feeding her a quality dog food with quality ingredients. It gives her the energy to be her happy-go-lucky self.
The other thing you can do to keep your senior dog healthy is to be sure they get plenty of exercise. Take them for walks. Rosie absolutely loves to go on walks. Other things you can do with your dog are play ball with them, or take them with you to the beach, or take them to a dog park.
Rosie loved to go to the dog park, but she is such a people hound, that instead of going to play with other dogs, she immediately goes to find other people who will love on her and pet her. When we first took her to the dog park, she was afraid of the water. However, she watched the other dogs chase tennis balls into the water. For a lab, there is nothing better than chasing a tennis ball.
It took about four trips to the dog park for her to overcome her fear of water. Each time she would tiptoe around the pond, watching the other dogs run and jump into the water, and swim to get the tennis ball. Once Rosie dipped her toes into the water, she went all in, and then it was all about the tennis ball. She swam and chased tennis balls for the next hour. It became her favorite activity.
Then, after the dog park, she is one tuckered out pup. Of course, she gets to curl up on the sofa after her tough day. (Yes. She is spoiled, but so worth it!)
Why not adopt a senior dog? Then be sure to get them plenty of exercise and feed them TruFood!
What type of dog will you adopt?
This post was sponsored by Wellness as part of my relationship with them as a Brand Ambassador. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.