Are you one of those people who treat your pet like a child? I don’t mean that in a bad way either. Our dog is a member of the family and we treat him as such. No, he doesn’t get talked to like a baby and he is too big to carry around, but we take care of him, we love him, we make sure he has regular check-ups and belly rubs, and we do what any parent would do, including adding him to our family pictures. When we moved, so did he. He moved to Japan with us. I know that flight was somewhat traumatizing for him (it was traumatizing for me!), 18+ hours crated in the cargo hold, but he’s family. We couldn’t leave him behind. He’s almost 8 years old now. It’s starting to sink in that he is getting older and won’t be with us forever. My heart breaks just thinking about that.
Since moving to Texas, the husband and I have been talking about buying a decent amount of land. We go back and forth on the purpose of the land, I want to build a house and he wants it all for hunting, but it has come up that we need to buy it so we have a place to bury Hoss. We are in a rental now and with all the moving we’ve done, it makes sense that we’d want him to be somewhere permanent, somewhere that is ours. All this talking about his death, that is hopefully years and years away, has really got me thinking about his health. He goes to the vet regularly and he and I walk a few miles almost every day, but what about his food? We haven’t had any issues with his current food, but is it the best out there?
I was at Target one day, wandering up and down the aisles looking at everything, I stopped to look at dog food. The kind we have always bought him is just for adults, but there are brands out there that target specific ages. Kinda like multi-vitamins do for us adults. I bought a bag of IAMS Mature Adult dry dog food. It’s for dogs age 7-10, the middle aged guys who haven’t quite hit senior status yet. Did you know dry dog food is beneficial to oral hygeine? Me either. It helps keep their teeth and gums healthy by scraping and cleaning when they chew. Like us, a good diet can do great things for a dog, including boost immunity, help burn fat and maintain muscle, aid in healthy digestion and weight loss, and reduce tarter buildup. Would you feed your kids table scraps? No, so why feed them to your pet? Feed them food that helps and benefits them and is specific for their age. Just like babies need different foods than adults, so do puppies and adult dogs. Best part? I like that I can get good dog food for him at Target. You know I’m there all the time anyway, so it’s nice not having to make an extra trip to a specialty pet store. Besides IAMS food, Target also has toys, treats, and lots of other pet items. They like making it easy for me!
Starting May 31, Target’s Cartwheel App (it’s free, download it if you don’t use, you can thank me later) has 10% off deals on IAMS dry cat food, dry dog food, and wet dog food and 5% off on Purrfect Delights wet cat food and Delicacieas wet cat food.
I know we all love Target, but is it your one stop pet shop?