Growing up, my sister and I got our first puppy on Valentine’s day. My mom & aunt were running errands and next thing we knew there was a knock at the door and a sweet pup named Harry was in our lives. He was an incredible dog and sadly was let out one day by our gardeners. I remember racing around on my bike through our neighborhood searching for him to no avail. After some time we adopted two more dogs – Babe & Bubba – and we had them until we moved up to Santa Clarita right before I started high school. We couldn’t bring them with us and it was a hard lesson learning that sometimes you have to let things go – but we had some great family friends who took care of them. Eventually my sister was able to adopt a dog from our local shelter – Chico. This is Chico. He’s quite old now, but I still remember when we ventured to the Castaic Animal Shelter and found him with a WARNING sign on his cage. We had to wait 24 hours and also be interviewed before they deemed us acceptable. He’s very protective over his food and got a bit snippy with one of the employees when they tried to feed him. I’d be angry too!
Chico lives with my mom currently and both of our kids have grown up with him. They have always helped with giving him treats or feeding him. Even though Aubrey and Luke are small, there’s plenty they can do at their age. You just have to get creative!
While she’s not big enough to carry the water bowl to the sink to fill it up, she can use a watering can to top off his water dish. Although you have to keep a watchful eye in case she overflows it.
Mom – it’s empty!
Chico is fed twice a day, one cup each serving. What better way to keep an eye on portion control than with toddler-friendly measuring cups!
Aubrey was able to be a great helper for her Grammie even if she dropped a few morsels in the water dish. Oops! But she was kind enough to help fish them out.
Now you might be wondering – how did Luke help? Well he was our special helper when we headed to our local Sam’s Club to pick up this big bag of food. Sam’s Club and Pedigree Dog Food are working together to help feed shelter dogs. October is Pet Adoption Month and with each Pedigree dog product purchased at Sam’s Club in the month of October, Pedigree is donating one bowl of dog food!
Were any of the pups in your life adopted from an animal shelter? What ways do you help teach your little ones to help care for them?
Luke ready to help clean up any more mess we find in the backyard
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