How She Became Part of My Journey

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My dog Athena has become an integral part of my life's journey. Find out how we got her from a rescue in AL and what we do together every day #ad #TrueChews

And the thing that often happens, is that you don’t even know what you need in your life until it’s there.

It was a frigid Friday in late March, and I was stuck home with two sick kids. It was a long and miserable virus, and we were in deep need of some morale! You know how those endless winter days can be. Cassidy had gone to work, as usual, and it was strange that I hadn’t heard from him that day. I had checked in with him on messenger but he hadn’t replied. With two sick kids at home, I was pretty surprised! Suddenly he pulled into the driveway. He made up a story of a fender bender and asked me to get my camera. I didn’t even hesitate but it wasn’t a dent in a car I was about to photograph. It was THIS:

And so, became my journey as a dog owner. And Athena, a basenji/husky rescue from Alabama, became part of my journey. Part of my daily life. Whether it’s life-altering – like regular exercise at the dog park – or mundane – like errands and appointments, she has become my right hand girl. That’s why I said I didn’t know what I needed in my life until it was there.

It was a DOG. It was my dog.

Cassidy works long hours outside the home, and both kids are now in full-time school. I have created my businesses in home, with only the dog and cat to keep me company all day long. In the fall and the winter, Athena goes wherever I go! We go on incredible errands together, and we also spend a lot of time at the local dog park and community gardens. I think this is where we have really discovered ourselves and each other, through exercise, fresh air, and meeting other dogs and their owners. (notice that I didn’t say owners and their dogs!) It’s one of the happiest places I know. It’s OUR place together.

I love that Athena goes on many of our road trip journeys too. When we look for foliage or moose in upper New England, she comes! When we go visit my parents in New Jersey, she comes. She always comes on our annual summer trips to Cape Cod.

My dog Athena has become an integral part of my life's journey. Find out how we got her from a rescue in AL and what we do together every day #ad #TrueChews

The thing is, though. My relationship with Athena is special. I like to think that we’re on our own life journeys, but we’re a big part of each other’s journey too. I don’t know where I’d be without her. One of our favorite things to do is go to the pet store and get True Chews® Dog Treats. They’re available at pet specialty stores, like PetSmart, Petco, Chewy.com, and your neighborhood pet store. Life is a journey and True Chews knows that companionship makes us happy. Dogs are family!

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I love being known as the woman with the fox-like dog always by her side!

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My dog Athena has become an integral part of my life's journey. Find out how we got her from a rescue in AL and what we do together every day #ad #TrueChews

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5 Easy Ways to Spoil Your Cat {With DIY Feather Toy}

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Here are 5 EASY ways to spoil your cat, including a #DIY Feather Toy for cats. Feed your cats the mess-free food you know they'll LOVE. #ad #MeowMixatTarget

By now, the secret is far out of the bag. I ADORE Juniper!

It’s true that I was a reluctant cat owner, and now I can’t get enough of her. My friends laugh at how obsessed I am with her, but she keeps me warm all winter! And we’re having renovations done right now, so I’m temporarily in a makeshift basement office. (not fun) Well Juniper is always down here with me! In fact, in most of my video calls for work, my co-workers can see her in the background – perched on a giant blue bean bag chair. She makes me happy. She makes me laugh.

I used to think she loved my loft office, because she was always up there with me when I was working. Now I realize what she loves is me, because when I’m in the basement, she is too. It makes me realize that it doesn’t have to be hard to please your cat. They like comfy things and food things and being left alone things and ear scratching things too.

Here are five easy ways to spoil your cat:

1 – Give your cat GREAT, mess-free food. It’s as simple as that! For Juniper, that’s Meow Mix Simple Servings from Target.

Simple Servings is a new, single serving of delicious wet cat food in a convenient, mess-free cup. They come in single-serve portions so there are no leftovers. They’re easy-to-open and easy-to-serve without the need for forks and spoons!

Although you can put them in a bowl too:

Juniper loves that they contain pieces of real seafood or poultry in a savory sauce or gravy. Simple Servings are available in a variety of flavors at Target: Tuna & Salmon, Seafood Variety, and Chicken & Turkey (Junie’s favorite!). There’s no mess, no leftovers, and no fuss. Just open and serve the cup – it’s that simple! And even a choosy cat loves Meow Mix Simple Servings.

2 – Spend your quiet times with your cat. They love their peace and quiet, don’t they? One way to really bond with your cat and show her love is to make your time together enjoyable and relaxing. Gentle pets, resting, etc.

3 – Give your cat lots of affection, scratching posts, and comfy places to sleep. As for comfy places to sleep, that could be a number of places. My cat prefers the inside of a kid trampoline, or on a giant, soft bean bag chair. Or even in my lap!

4 – Give your cat lots of treats!

5 – Make an easy DIY cat toy! When I was cleaning out Scarlet and Des’ old costume bin last week, I found a few feather/feather boas from old Halloween costumes. The cat went crazy for them! So I found an old cheap magic wand, some string, scissors, and a tiny bell toy and went right to work to make a feather cat toy!

  • First, gather a stick or “magic wand”, scissors, twine or good string, and the desired toys!

  • Next make a tight tie around the base of the feathers, and include a little bell if you have one! (we have tons)

  • Then, cut a good length of strength and tie a knot around the wand/stick. Wrap it around a few times to secure the knot.

  • Trim off excess string, and enjoy!

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How do you spoil your cat?