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Today is my last (full) day here in New York City and I’ve got to admit, while I’ve had a blast these past six days in NYC, I miss my little Loki terribly. Although I LOVE traveling (I can’t wait until my trip to Disneyland this Friday), it always breaks my heart a little when I have to spend long periods of time away from Loki. Ever since I adopted him almost six months ago, he’s had such a positive impact on my life. I don’t talk about this much on the blog (in fact, I haven’t even shared this with some of my closet friends) but for a while I suffered from major anxiety issues (I still do but it’s not half as bad as it was.) It all started back in 2013 during my senior year of college and ever since then, it’s been something I’ve had to slowly overcome. After doing research for years, my family discovered that dogs actually help people with anxiety learn to, in a sense, calm themselves down. Since I was still in college when this all started, and I was only spending the summers at home in Chicago, I knew I couldn’t have a dog full-time so I decided to become an animal foster parent for PAWS Chicago. The two years I spent as an animal foster parent were some of the best years of my life but I knew when I graduated college in 2014 it was time to finally do something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a little girl: adopt a dog of my own.
You see that little furball on the far left? Who would have guessed that he’d later turn out to be the love of my life! Originally, when I went to PAWS Chicago on May 31, 2015 to adopt a dog, I had every intention of adopting either a Golden Retriever or Lab (if they were available) since those were the breeds I’d always imagined myself with. I’ve always been a “large breed” lover (in fact, I’ve always hated the idea of having a little dog.) I guess fate had other plans though because from the second I saw Loki, I knew he was the one. Before Loki, I never believed in love at sight but that fluffy little body and big brown eyes just melted my heart (and since he’s a Dachshund/Lab mix, I technically did adopt the dog of my dreams!)
Loki has not only helped immensely with my anxiety but he’s taught me a thing or two about true happiness! Whenever I’m feeling down or am having a partially stressful day, all it takes to make me smile is seeing that long tail wagging or hearing those little bitty paws running up to me. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without my little Loki. Adopting Loki was truly the BEST decision I have ever made and I think it’s something everyone should consider. Now I do understand that not everyone is in the best position to adopt at the moment (or maybe ever) but I’m here to let you know that there are more than enough ways to help dogs in need besides adopting! If you follow me on snapchat (simplysinova) you may already know that I volunteer at my local animal shelter every Friday. It’s only for an hour (sometimes two) but every little bit helps. Since I’m in NYC right now (and am heading to California on Friday) and I wasn’t able to do my weekly Friday volunteering, I decided to do the next best thing and donate some food.
Most of the dogs at the shelter I volunteer at are older, so I decided to pick up some yummy Chicken Flavor (Loki’s personal favorite) PEDIGREE® Adult Dry Dog Food (I can’t wait until Loki’s old enough to start eating this) from Sam’s Club. Although I was a little bummed I had to miss my volunteer days, I’m glad to know that I’m still helping out so many dogs (even though I’m hundreds of miles from home right now.) Since October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need through this entire month whenever you purchase a PEDIGREE® product at Sam’s Club (how amazing is that?) PEDIGREE® will also donate a bowl of food whenever someone uploads a photo of the dog they love to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LaterShelter (you’ll even have a chance to be featured on SamsClub.com!)
These past six months with Loki have been an absolute blast (look at how much he’s grown!) I truly owe PAWS Chicago my life because without them, I’d never have met the love of my life. See you TOMORROW Loki!
Be sure to check out more heartfelt stories on the Pedigree social hub and don’t forget, when it comes to helping out, every little bit counts!