This is a sponsored review by BlogHer and Purina.
By Yvonne DiVita
Round about four o’clock, the three pups begin circling the wagons, so to speak. Do your dogs do that? No matter where we are or what we’re doing, all three dogs feel that four o’clock is dinner time and they make it known! Mind you, dinnertime is actually five o’clock, but hey, who’s paying attention to the clock?
Chester, our coon hound, sits across the room and stares. Let me tell you about that stare – it’s penetrating. If you turn and acknowledge it, Chester lowers his head between his paws and pretends he’s just lying around doing nothing. But, his eyes never leave your face!
Olive, our little Boston Terrier, is clearly in love with Emily, or has accepted Emily as the “alpha dog” and wants to please her every minute of the day. Therefore, come four o’clock, Olive is at Emily’s feet (or tail, whatever happens to be available), adding the glare of her one big brown eye. She lost the other from infection at a puppy mill. If you gaze back, she averts her gaze. Not sure what happened to her in the puppy mill that makes her so shy, but there you have it. She imitates Emily as best she can, but doesn’t have the strength of Emily’s two big browns.
And then there’s Emily. Emily is Chester’s partner. They lived together at Kindness Ranch, after being rescued from a research lab. They are best hound dog buddies, to the nth degree. Emily makes it her duty to keep us on our toes. SHE is the one who plants herself as close as possible to us – one at a time – nudging us with her cold, wet nose. If we respond with exasperation, she backs off a little and gives us her best, “I didn’t mean to disturb you, I was just being friendly,” look with her expressive brown eyes. She even tilts her head. If we don’t get upset, she’ll nudge again, and maybe step back to give us a bark. Just a little yip, to get our attention. Oh, that Emily, she’s a flirt of the highest order!
When, at last, dinnertime comes along, the three dogs play “circle the bowls” and “let’s trip Mom or Tom” in the kitchen, while we prepare their food. While I’m pretty sure Olive and Emily would eat anything, our Chester is refined and reflective about his food. He sniffs it every time, before diving in to devour it.
But here you can see for yourself their reactions when the sample bags were delivered and during the first couple of feedings, as they tried to figure out which bowl tasted better!
We’ve been feeding Purina since they came to live with us and now that we’ve had them on Purina Pro Plan Selects, they are happier than I’ve seen them. I was a bit worried, at first, as the Natural Turkey and Barley formula was a bit different than what they were used to. As we know, not all dog food is created equal, even when it comes from the same house brand. But, they took to it right away. And, it’s keeping them fit and trim, too.
Each dog wolfs that dinner down, occasionally giving us sidelong glances to make sure we’re paying attention and all. That’s because our Emily will steal food from the other dog’s bowls, if she can. And they will let her! It’s also because they enjoy the food and I feel as if they’re thanking us!
Oh, if your dog(s) want to try ProPlan Selects, here’s a link to a short survey for a $3 coupon!
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