5 Ways to Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week

I have partnered with “I and love and you” for this post. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified. I appreciate this, and Juniper and Athena think it’s pretty awesome too. All opinions are my own!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

This past week was National Be Kind to Animals Week, and I think I did my part! That said, this week of kindness to animals celebrates all of the wonder and companionship that animals bring, but it’s also a reminder of how we should be year-round! It was a timely week for me, because we completed our post office deliveries of baby chicks (I hope), and it was also about showing our dog and cat some extra love. Baby chicks are SUPER cute..

..but Athena and Juniper are pretty amazing too.

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We have a pretty full house, don’t we?

In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week of 2017, I made a list of five ways you can celebrate this week – right now, and always. I’ve had a deep love for animals for my whole life – both of pets, and of all the animals in the world.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

1 – Adopt a rescue or shelter pet. We found Athena through a New England-based rescue organization, and we got Juniper at our local animal shelter in Springfield, MA. We spoke to adoption counselors in both instances to make sure it was a good fit. The experiences were rewarding. This was taken the day Scarlet met Junie in June!

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

2 – Take care of your pets. It’s up to you to keep them healthy and safe, and up-to-date with checkups and vaccinations. Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification, and talk to your vet about responsible care.

And most importantly, LOVE them.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week with I and love and you. They are the first-ever pet food brand to be Clean Label certified! #ad

3- Appreciate wildlife. For us, that means creating a welcoming environment on our four acres – we love birds, butterflies, & bees. We get our share of predators and critters, and we try to protect our land humanely.

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4 – Report animal abuse always. Don’t ever hesitate to call and report if you see something suspicious. This can have strongly detrimental effects on the animal(s), and on you if abuse is taking place.

5- Buy pet food that gives back. Enter I and love and you. Athena isn’t picky but I know she loves this brand’s food the best. And you know what? So do we! “I and love and you” is committed to providing food for pets waiting for adoption at rescues and shelters across the US. The company donated over 75,000 meals this past year!

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Even more recently, I and love and you donated 50,000 meals to the Humane Society of Tulsa and Rescue Warriors Corp. in Illinois in January. This will be distributed to smaller rescues and shelters across the area. And the really big news is that “I and love and you” is the first-ever pet company to be officially Clean Label Certified – ensuring that shelter pets really are getting the best and healthiest treats and kibble that the pet food industry has to offer. They were named “Best in Class” by a new report released by Clean Label Project.

The project’s latest report had the top selling dog and cat food brands tested – both wet and dry – and cat and dog treats. 68 brands had over 900 products screened for over 150 toxins, as well as pesticides and additional contaminants with links to cancer and other fatal conditions in both humans and pets.

How cool is that? Not only does “I and love and you” donate to shelters, but they make sure pets and shelter animals are getting food and treats that are good and healthy for them! You can check out the product rating from the Clean Label Project reports for free at cleanlabelproject.org. And for more info on this dynamic brand, check out http://www.iandloveandyou.com/. Based in Boulder, CO, “I and love and you” makes super pet food and treats that contain everything pets need to be happy and healthy. And they contain none of what they don’t need. All products are made with real meat and contain no grains, fillers, or anything artificial.

They’re all approved by a holistic veterinarian for uncompromising quality.

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Lastly, find “I and love and you” at your local grocery store, or online!

And, the true test of awesomeness is that Athena LOVES the brand that loves her back!

Easy DIY Tug Toy For Your Dog

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FeedDogsPurina #CollectiveBias

Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

Athena had her annual well visit at the vet late last week.

I actually get as nervous for it, as I do for my kids. She’s my kid. She’s my world! I work at home and spend long days at home after the kids and Cassidy are at work and school. While Juniper is good company, she can’t go outside and play like Athena. Athena goes on road trips with me, weather permitting, and is solely responsible for getting me to exercise regularly for the last year or so. She always looks so excited to see me, and she is quite photogenic. Just look at this incredible cuteness:

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Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

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I was relieved that everything went well at her checkup. Des accompanied me for “moral support” and to grab a goody bag and a bag of snacks from the baskets they leave for kids. We spent some time on questions and concerns I had – about food and play. I’m going to share a few cool things here! For one, Athena’s favorite toy is a tug toy. I experimented at home and found out that you can make one using items you have around your house – like old t-shirts, a tennis ball, scissors and a ruler.

Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

This tug toy is EASY! I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been, but I tried hard! We’ve been having weird weather, and I want to get Athena outside today for some play and running, before the Great Blizzard of 2017 hits! So I gathered my supples:

1 – You will need between 1-3 old t-shirts. I chose the softest ones I could find that I don’t wear anymore. Then I gathered a tennis ball, a ruler, a marker, and the strongest scissors I could find that would cut neatly through the cloth.

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2 – Next, using the ruler, I cut out strips of t-shirt that were about 25 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. I used two t-shirts to have different colors in the eventual braid, and ultimately used about 9-10 strips of t-shirt to be woven into the toy.

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3 – Then I gathered my 9-10 multi-colored t-shirt strips together and made a STRONG knot at one end.

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4 – Then I wove all of the pieces together in a braid, and tied a strong knot on the other end.

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5 – Next, I carefully cut holes in both ends of the tennis ball to add the ball! This is optional but I loved the idea.

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*Lastly, enjoy!

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Now, let’s talk about FOOD! It’s an important one.

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We go on a weekly trip to Target, because as you probably know, it’s a wonderful place for one-stop shopping. Especially before a blizzard! Target has a wonderful variety of Purina dry dog food products available in the pet aisle.

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Purina Beyond

Purina Beyond

No matter which food you buy at Target, the variety is amazing. We love Purina Beyond® – Superfood Blend Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Natural Dog Food. Real meat, poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in Purina Beyond, and there is no corn, wheat or soy. There is also no poultry by-product meal and no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Take advantage of great Purina savings at Target using the Cartwheel app!

20% off Dog Chow (all sizes) – 3/5 – 3/11

20% off Beyond Dry (all sizes) – 3/12 – 3/18

20% off ONE dry (all sizes) – 3/19 – 3/25

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For more info about Purina dry dog food:

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