For the full story, you can read it HERE. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning a few years ago. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work.
And that is how we became rescue pet owners. The process was similar when we got our cat, although not as surprising since I was in on it. We have found the greatest love in our dog Athena, and we are so thankful every day that we rescued her, and she rescued us too. We have incredible times with her in the garden, and with snuggling, and at our town’s wonderful and adventurous dog park. Our eight-year-old takes an active part in her and training, and our five-year-old is amazing with Athena too. We are now avid rescue pet owners and supporters. We took a chance on her and she took one on us.
How do we pamper her and show her love? So many ways! For one, we buy her pretty awesome treats. I picked up Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley at Walmart recently, and they were such a hit, I had to try all the flavors for Athena. Her favorite?
I’m excited that Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley introduced such high quality treats. These treats have no fillers, corn, artificial preservatives or flavors. They make our dog moments even better. Athena was our first pet as a family of four, and she’s sat back patiently while we’ve since adopted Juniper, and 11 chickens. It occurred to me recently that I should be making sure I never take our time together for granted. It can be hectic and busy around here, but I need to always make time for my Athena. It’s important not to miss these dog moments.
1 – One-on-one, PRESENT time. Just like with your kids, even if a dog has a different capacity for understanding, they do know when you’re fully with them, and not on your phone or watching TV. Even if it’s just snuggling. It’s enough.
2 – Go for a ride in the car! My childhood dog would freak out if you said “car” so we had to switch it to “ride in the car” and she would go berserk! It was the best feeling saying it to her, and then of course, taking her for a ride in the car!
3 – High quality dog treats. This probably goes without saying, if you know me, but it really matters. And they know! I suggest Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley for the high-quality treats.
4 – Find that special scratch spot. You’ll know it when you find it, if you haven’t already. For Athena, it’s her armpits! I’m not sure they’re called “armpits” on dogs, but all I know is that she LOVES when I scratch them. It’s so awesome.
5 – Extra play time. Show your love with those everyday dog moments of play. Make up your own games, follow your dog’s lead, and see what happens. My kids make up elaborate games with Athena, and she’s always a willing participant.