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The One Who Taught Me Unconditional Love

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If you've read this blog long, you know that I love dogs, especially my dog. If you know me personally, you know that I am passionate about rescuing and will always choose to rescue any dogs we have in the future. That's because the one and only dog that I've ever owned as an adult is a rescue, and she has completely changed my life. In fact, I have learned more from her than I have from most people. 

Parker and I found Jenny through a rescue organization called God's Little Creatures Rescue in February of 2011. By many people's standards, she was nothing special. She wasn't a purebred. She wasn't any breed, really. She was just a mutt. A medium-sized brown dog. She was six months old, and we had no idea what her first six months had looked like. Had she been abused? Had she been abandoned? Did she ever belong to anyone? So many unanswered questions, but we instantly fell in love with her, and suddenly the answers to those questions no longer mattered. We signed the papers, wrote the check, and Jenny was a stray no more. 

Jenny took to us immediately. She was so obedient from the start and a true joy to train. She was eager to please and just wanted our affection. She didn't mind treats every once in a while either. ;)

The vet did an x-ray at one of her early appointments and found a BB from a BB gun lodged in her hip. I couldn't believe it! This poor, innocent dog had been shot at some point in her first six months of life. She had every reason to be scared and untrusting of people, yet she loved us from the start. I've learned so much about unconditional love from Jenny, and I honestly think I will be a better parent for it in the future. 

Today, I am excited to share with you all that PEDIGREE® has partnered with Sam's Club to give back to dogs in need, dogs just like Jenny before she became ours. When a PEDIGREE® product is purchased at Sam's Club, the PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need. I chose the 55 lb bag of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food. I love knowing when I use it to fill Jenny's bowl, another dog out there in need will be getting a full bowl too. 

"A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his."- Marley & Me 


Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

<3 Love it! We will always rescue, too. We just rescued a dog from the SPCA. He has some behavior issues but luckily we have the time to deal with those issues. He's such a sweetheart and it's hard not knowing why he was in the shelter and what his first year of life was like.

♥Renee @ •Getting Fit Fab• said...

We always rescue in our household as well. My previous dog was rescued from South Carolina, and he was abused very badly. Luckily he trusted us, but he was very leery of other humans. My dog now, was also rescued but he was 10 weeks old. He was from an abandoned litter but he's lovable and cute!

Your dog is great!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

This program is so cool! So cool you rescued Jenny. Dogs really do give unconditional love. It's so nice to have a pet! I love my little Scout.

Melissa said...

Oh, I love this so much. You know we just rescued Danny, and we're so thrilled to have helped just another little face out there. I can't imagine the first 10 months of her life, but it breaks my heart she had to be saved from "death row" in Texas :(

Bailey said...

I can't believe someone would do that to Jenny! That is horrible :( I am so glad she has you and Parker to call her parents now!

Jen said...

I absolutely love this!! Jenny is such an amazing sweet girl! :)

Unknown said...

What a sad story, but so glad Jenny found a loving home with you. #client

Stephanie said...

You know that I share the same enthusiasm for dogs. We are also big on rescues. Both of our were abused in their past. It just hurts me that there are still so many dogs in shelters just waiting. I just want to adopt them all! I would agree though that being a dog parent definitely helped prepare me as a people parent.


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