This post is brought to you by @Beneful on behalf of #NationalDogWeek and #FriendsWithBeneful. All opinions are my own.
This #NationalDogWeek has been one to remember. We lost Jeb and then found him with time still to spare to celebrate. As we wrap it up today, we feel incredibly blessed to have both Bailey Mae and Jeb. They bring such joy to our lives and to each other.
Bailey Mae is by far more outgoing.
She loves that the seasons are changing and romping through leaves with the kiddos.
She loves racing through the skateboard park, thinking she’s showing the kiddos new tricks!
She thinks she is ferocious, so even when GINORMOUS dogs come to visit, she holds her ground.
Jeb is a good natured too.
He is starting to trust us more.
I love my mornings with him. He and I slept in this morning. He is such a snuggler.
We haven’t had a lot of time to create many memories together–Jeb is new and he seems to have a terrible past.
He loves walks.
Perhaps, making him ours took his freedom. His ability to run wild, come and go as he pleased and be the hero in his own adventures. I think about this often.
Then, I am reminded when we made him ours, he was hungry. His body lean and tender when we touched him.
Our home is safe. It is warm. There is laughter and plenty of love to share. He doesn’t have to lick water from leaves and grass to get a drink of clean water. He doesn’t have to rummage through trash for food, a bowl of Beneful never empties here…even when he doesn’t come home.
I think of the differences between Bailey Mae and Jeb.
Bailey Mae is spoiled. She has been from the moment she was born. She doesn’t know fear, or what it’s like to be hurt. She has always had a bowl of Beneful and treats. She has a warm bed and her own blanket. She is pampered and loved.
Jeb cannot say the same. He has been cold, wet and hungry. He has been treated terribly by humans. He knows what it’s like to have to work to survive, to be on guard at all times.
In the end, it doesn’t matter. They are both loved tremendously and their life here will always be one of snuggles and loves.
Our celebrating National Dog Week has been one to remind us of just how important our four-legged friends are to us.
Beneful wants every dog to know the freedom Jeb knows and the love Bailey Mae knows through the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project. It is supporting a wide variety of different dog park projects across the U.S. and celebrating the joyful life dogs and owners share together. Beneful is supporting dog park projects large and small, and lending a paw to help make dog park dreams come true through a mix of financial support, hands-on volunteerism, and dog park expertise. You can also download a digital coupon for $3-off a 13lb+ bag of Beneful dry dog food made with good-for-you ingredients like real meat and vitamin-rich veggies, while supplies last and bring home the goodness.