This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Beneful. The opinions and text are all mine.
My Ollie makes the round here on the blog, and most definitely on my Instagram account pretty regularly. And I don’t think it should come as a surprise that I am crazy about this dog. Did I ever tell you how I came to get him?
Before Ollie I had Aggie. She was a black mixed breed that nobody could put a finger on. Her hair was crazy and stuck out in all angles, she wagged her tail in circles instead of side to side and she liked to dance with me. In a nutshell she loved me and I loved her. Some had even joked that she was my animal familiar and, heck, maybe she was. She’s no longer with me and it was one of the hardest days when I lost her.
My sister needed to make a trip to the animal shelter and I went along with her. I didn’t want another animal. I was too sad about my Aggie but then this fluffy white guy started barking and going nuts at me. Right away I thought “he should be my dog”. But we kept walking and off washing our hands we noticed him jumping up and down in his kennel staring right at us. My sister asked that we see him and he instantly tucked up under my legs. I guess he knew that I would keep him safe. I wanted to wait for a time to heal a bit but I went ahead and drove him home the 2.5 hours north with my sister’s encouragement.
It turns out that adopting Ollie was a great thing. As I drove him home him layed out across the backseat of the car and completely sacked out I thought of dog names. About halfway through the trip I decided I would name him after my grandfather, Oliver. My Pop loved dogs and I knew that he would have loved Ollie. He was dubbed with his new name somewhere just north of Sulphur Springs, Oklahoma. That first night I realized just how scared I would have been to sleep in a house all by myself without a dog for the first time. And also how hard it would have been to fall asleep without a dog curled up beside me to pet as I drifted off. Ollie took to his new home really well and after the cats got all hissed out they begin to warm up to their new canine protector. It didn’t take too long for his shy demeanor to change into my impish little fluffy boy I know and love! There were a few issues to deal with as there is with any rescued animal that has been abused but before long he was raising all kinds of trouble and tearing around my house like he’d been there his whole life! My house was once again a happy place with a feisty dog running up and down the hall, playing with the cats and generally running amok.
My constant companion. He even went with me to get a snow cone last night :) A photo posted by Dream a Little Bigger (@dreamalittlebiggerblog) on
Ollie and I have been leash training and I’m really excited to walk him while Rob walks his Miss Lucy (Ollie’s new sister! yay!) around our new neighborhood. We’ll all be exercised and healthy together. And since our two dogs are already the best of friends and love to play together, they’re sure to run and jump and generally play themselves out in their new backyard!
And both of our dogs are going to be eating well. What goes into our bodies and our pets’ bodies is so, so important and that’s why we’re choosing Beneful because we believe in the importance of wholesome ingredients but we also want to make sure the pups have flavors and textures to enjoy, too.
Ollie is terrified of people he doesn’t already know (I was told at the shelter I adopted from that he was abused). I am trying to make things better by taking him for rides where strangers are around. He especially loves drive thrus! Working well but I now I feel guilty every time I leave without him. He always wants to go :)
And since both my Ollie and Rob’s Lucy are a little heavier than their vets would like, we’re starting with Purina Beneful Healthy Weight with Real Chicken. This formula is made to help dogs maintain a healthy weight with a calorie-smart recipe with 100% of needed nutrition.
And because I know my boy can be a bit fickle, the fact that there are both tender and crunchy bits made from real chicken, apples, carrots and green beans, for him to chew on I know he’ll be happy for meal time while being satisfied. I guess that’s what Beneful means when they say that they are ‘Healthy with a side of Happy’. :)
People have told me that Ollie is so lucky that he was adopted by somebody who loves animals so much. But the truth of the matter is that I am so lucky to have him. He’s a little happy ray of sunshine in my life and when things get me down, well Ollie just doesn’t let it. With a sympathetic wag of his tail and a lick of the face nothing in life seems all that difficult with my best pup Ollie on the scene.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Beneful. The opinions and text are all mine.Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website