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How Dogs Improve Our Health

This past year has been a crazy and challenging year and I have to admit that I’m not sure I would have survived each day without my pup. Some days were exceptionally challenging but Lucy kept me calm. Every night I could count on coming home to her unconditional love and being greeted with a kiss and a hug. Dogs have an amazing affects in improving our lives in so many ways. For me it’s been emotional support, teaching me patience, making me smile even in tough times, and sometimes just keeping me warm on a cold night. There are some mornings I’ve awoken with my pup with her paw laying on my shoulder, almost as she is just letting me know she’s there. 

Lucy has been with me going on 4 years now. When I adopted her I have to admit she could be a handful. She was an energetic pup that loved to chew…chew everything. She has blossomed into such an important part of my family and added so much joy to my life. She can be stubborn and has her own unique attitude for sure but she is one of the most loving, sweetest dogs I’ve known. She loves to run, chew bully sticks, sit on the patio chair outside like she’s a human and sunbathe. 

I had the pleasure of supporting PuppySpot this month to help share the many benefits that dogs have in our lives. Many of us think of the therapeutic and emotional benefits that dogs can give us but studies have shown that having a pup in your life improves your health in many ways. 

 

PuppySpot believes in making lives better by placing happy puppies into healthy homes. They help make the process of bringing a pup into your home easier and more enjoyable. If you’re ready to get your bark on and add a little wag to your life be sure to check them out! 

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How to Keep your Pup Busy & Entertained the Natural Way

 

It can be a challenge to keep the pups entertained when you have so much going on…though I’d love to spend my whole days running around, throwing the ball or playing tug-of-war with my pups I know that’s just not my option most days. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely sneak in some play time throughout the day but there are the down times I need to get some time behind the computer screen so keeping the pups entertained on those counts is a must. 

My pup Lucy has a gluten-allergy which surprisingly I learned that most dog treats have some form of gluten in them so when she was diagnosed we went all natural with her. She gets home cooked meals or special dog food, and she gets elite treats which can add up the cost quick visiting specialty dog treat boutiques, especially since she’s quite the busy body.

When we discovered Bully Sticks, we felt saved. We had found a treat that both pups love that we could feel confident were all natural and gluten free. 

Lucy eagerly but patiently waiting for her Wyldlife Pets bully stick.

 

5 Natural Treats To Keep In The Treat Drawer

 

1.) Bones – The key to these is to make sure they are actual, natural bones. Stay away from rawhide. It has been proven through several studies that rawhide does not digest properly in a dog’s stomach and can cause several health problems down the road. You can grab some bones from the butcher or shop for all natural bones. Here are some I found that are fairly inexpensive – All Natural Grass Fed Meaty Bones.

 

 

2.) Himalayan Mountain Dog Chews – Lucy makes her way through these a little faster but she still really enjoys them. I love how simple the ingredients are in these – Cow’s Milk, Yak Milk, Salt, Lime Juice. No Artificial Ingredients, No Additives, No Preservatives. 

 

 

3.) Bully Sticks –  These are Lucy’s favorite treat! I came across Wyldlife Pets subscription pack and special savings and it has been wonderful! I always know that these are on their way to replenishing our treat drawer. It gives me so much peace to know that I can give Lucy a treat to keep her happy and healthy. Check out their deals here – Wyldlife Pets Bully Stick & Tendon Mix.

 

4.) Hooves –  Fill these will some all natural peanut butter and you can keep your pup entertained for a bit as they work to get all the peanut butter out and then to sit and chew away at the hoof. Words of caution though – these babies hurt if you find yourself stepping on one in the middle of the night, so collect them after your pup is done chewing!

 

5.) Chicken Feet –  Okay, I know these are a little weird to have laying around the house but the pups go crazy for them! I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. They don’t even smell as weird as some of the other treats we’ve tried in the past…we tried the raw bones, that was something to get used to!

 

You can check out all of Lucy’s favorite toys and chews here – Keeping Your Pup Entertained.

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