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Welcome Home Basket for Dogs
My family has always had dogs as far back as I can remember and we have long supported rescuing pets who needed a home. Our dogs have always been treated like family and seven years ago, we decided to open up our doors and start fostering. Our first foster, was an adorable pitbull that had been rescued by a police officer after being chained to a tree. A friend who ran a local animal rescue reached out and we happily agreed to welcome him until his forever home could be found.
Within minutes of his arrival, he was named Brownie by our daughter. It didn’t take long for him to steal our hearts but more importantly he had claimed my husband as his own. Wherever, my husband went, Brownie was right behind. If my husband stopped too fast, Brownie would crash into his legs. I knew then that we were going to be “foster failures.”
Being a foster parent and a dog owner isn’t always cheap and that is why I am super excited about the $25,000 Sweepstakes from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® and Furever Home™,◊ during the month of October. I can’t stop thinking about all the ways I could give back to our local shelters and how I could pamper my family (human and furry.) To enter, purchase any Nutrish®-only product during the Sweepstakes Period ** and then visit www.nutrishfureverhome.com. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration form with your contact information, including email address. Upload a digital photo of your original purchase receipt with the Nutrish product circled to receive one entry into the sweepstakes. You can also enter without a purchase by mail and these instructions can be found on the sweepstakes website. The Grand Prize is $25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat. There will also be 3 First Prizes of $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.
Welcoming a new animal (whether adopted or fostered) to your home can be stressful for them until they adapt to their surroundings. To help them feel at home, have a welcome basket ready with special items just for them. They are simple to assemble and even make great gifts to give to family and friends who are adding a new addition. Our welcome basket for dog ideas are inspired by Brownie.I like to be prepared so on a recent trip to Dollar General, I stocked up on all the items I need to create a new welcome basket for a new dog.
What to Include in a Welcome Basket for Dogs
- Comfy throw or blanket – These help them create a space of their own by placing in a dog crate or a corner of room.
- Dog Toys – Dogs need a way to destress and a great way to help them is by giving them new dog toys to play with.
- Tennis Balls – Help your new furry friend get rid of nervous energy with a game of fetch. Tennis balls stand up to repeated use and you can even find larger versions for bigger dogs.
- Dog Bowl(s) – Every pet needs their own bowl so you want to make sure you have one for your newest furry friend.
- Dog Food – Make sure you have a high quality food for your dog. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® offers both dry and wet food options. Rachael Ray created Nutrish in 2007 with help from pet nutrition experts and offers recipes with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish. They do not contain poultry by product meal or fillers. This makes them a perfect choice for your new furry friend.
- Dog Treats – Make sure to have treats on hand to reward your furry friend for good behavior and as a training incentive.
Your new furry friend will love the Welcome Basket for Dogs that you created and before long they will become a part of the family just like Brownie did to ours. He continues to steal hearts and provide companionship and comfort during the hard times. Their is something about his heartfelt snuggles when we are sad that makes everything seem a little bit brighter. Our lives changed forever the day he came to our home and I can’t imagine how our life would be without him in it.
My hope is that all pets can feel the love of a family like Brownie does with us and so does Rachael Ray. She created Rachael’s Rescue® for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through September 2017, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $21 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.
To help give even more to shelter pets in need Rachael Ray Nutrish is donating $250,000 during the month of October. This donation is in conjunction with the $25,000 Sweepstakes from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® and Furever Home™. Cash donations will be made in equal amounts to 3 organizations. 1) Big Dog Ranch, the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States locate din Loxahatchee, Florida. 2) ASPCA,a national leader in the areas of animal rescue, adoption, and welfare. 3) North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
Welcome your new furry friend into the family with their own Welcome Basket and enter to win $25,000 when you enter the sweepstakes after your purchase Nutrish for all of your furry friends. With every purchase you can feed your furry friend and know that you are doing your part to help support Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Furever Home™: Helping Shelter Pets Find The Home They Deserve.
To learn more about Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® & Furever Home™ visit them online.
** Sweepstakes begins on October 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
◊ Open to legal residents of 50 U.S/D.C.,18+ (19+ in AL&NE). Ends 10/31/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. To enter without purchase by mail and for Official Rules: www.nutrishfureverhome.com
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Furever Home™: Helping Shelter Pets Find The Home They Deserve.