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Your Dog Nudges You In The Most Unexpected Ways, #NudgeThemBack This Summer

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Momma Told Me: Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge.

It never really bothered me when people referred to me as a 'crazy cat lady,' until I got a dog. See, I'm a pet parent, not a cat hoarder or a dog owner. I'm the caregiver, nurturer, educator, provider, and companion to two lovely living beings. They just happen to have four paws and require a few extra accommodations in the potty training department. But if you think I own them, then you are sorely mistaken- after all, who wipes my hiney when I do the walk of shame back from the potty patch? Yes, I'm a firm believer that family is what you make it, and my furkids are my family. Sure, one day we'll add some 2 legged pooping machines to the mix but, for now at least, we're quite content parenting children that won't require student loans and college funds.
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In fact, in recent years, the term 'pet parent' has grown with quite a bit of popularity. It's odd to think there ever was a time where cats and dogs weren't considered part of the family. Surely even those who first adopted for pest control or home security have forged an unbreakable bond of love and nurturing? After all, pets tend to nudge us in the most unexpected ways. With our 3 year old Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie,) Nora, the nudges have come in the form of patience, understanding, and the drive to live more active, overall.

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When we decided to bring home a toy breed dog it was with the desire to have a traveling companion that suited our small 2 bedroom condo. I am, indeed, the epitome of a 'crazy cat lady,' in the sense that Truffles, our cat, is my baby and princess. However, Truffles does not travel outside our walls, and I have no desire to put her through the training of acclimating a cat to outdoor walks. (Besides, even I draw the line at a house cat in a harness, but I digress...)

When we brought Nora home she was about 5 months, and expected not to grow much more. To my relief, she did grow, but mostly in length. She is a very slender dog that holds her stature quite well in hair. Nora weighs 4.8lbs on a 'hefty' day. She's certainly not the smallest dog I've seen but she's tiny enough to give me a complex whenever shes underfoot, or out and about. While she is always nudging me to get out of the house and be more active, to burn calories, I am always trying to put some meat on her bones and 'fatten' her up.
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And, while a proper pet parent can't walk past the pet aisle without a gander, this means I almost always bring something new and delicious home for Nora when I visit Walmart. On a recent trip I discovered the latest addition to one of her favorite treat brands, Nudges. The new Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers dog treats are made in the U.S.A., just like the original treats, with real meat as the #1 ingredient. Even better, they are 'people food' inspired with varieties such as Chicken Grillers and Beef And Cheese Sizzlers, while remaining absolutely natural, and artificial (filler) free! Our Walmart was sold out of the 3.5oz pouches so we took 2 18oz zipper pouches of these new Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers treats home.
I was so inspired by the adorable shapes of these new Nudges natural dog treats that I decided to stage a photo shoot during our next trip to the beach. Being a proud pet parent means taking lots of photos- and we have albums full of our four legged kids! Not only did the Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers dog treats look like real 'people' food, but they smelled delicious- Nora really threw some pouty faces out as I made her practice her 'leave its' for the photos! Of course, when we were done, it was time to hit the beach. If there's one thing Nora loves more than a delicious treat it's the chance to socialize with complete strangers. There's no 'small dog' complex here!
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I dont like to brag about my fur children, but one of Nora's best qualities is her ability to walk up to absolutely anyone with a wagging tail and enthusiasm. She could easily sit at the end of the pier and people watch all day and never get bored. Of course, it doesn't hurt her chances for attention that she's absolutely adorable (okay, so I may be a little biased.)
Before we brought Nora home we hadn't been to the beach in years- In fact, I barely motivated myself to get off the computer (work) and walk down to the mailbox. These days we're all a lot more active. I try to look at the world through Nora's eyes, with such enthusiasm, and take her leash as an opportunity to get out, see more, and be more active. She nudges us constantly to live happier and healthier, and the beach is just one of her favorite places to take her parents.
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On her first trip to the beach Nora decided she wanted to treat the ocean like her personal water bowl. We were pretty concerned when our daughter decided she wanted to return for seconds and thirds- after all, who wants a mouthful of saltwater? A few visits back a good wave fixed her of her fascination with drinking the ocean when she emerged from a surge soaked in her harness. So now it's our turn to nudge her back as she works on building her confidence around the beach and moving water. On the most recent trip she learned to observe the rhythm of the waves and began playing cat and mouse with the incoming tides.
Of course nothing in life is ever routine, and even Nora got caught by an unsuspecting wave. I can't imagine how cold she must have been as she scurried directly under her father's legs, pawing at his calves to let her 'up.' Even though she was just wet, and cold, my heart grew a little more for this tiny dog. There was our dogher, running to her dad for comfort and protection. Who could argue she's unlike any other child?
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If you are a pet parent you know your four legged kids nudge you in the most unexpected ways, #NudgeThemBack this Summer with unexpected memories and Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers from Walmart. Follow Nudges Dog Treats on Facebook for more touching stored of doghood and bonding over life's little nudges. Remember, while fun in the sun is best for socialization and pup's health, don't forget to grab the water bottles. Hydration is important too- and I'm not talking about salt water, Nora! How has a pet or animal in your life nudged you unexpectedly?

What Daughter Says: Our dogher nudges us constantly to get out, be more active, and smile more. Nudge your pets back accordingly.

17 comments:

  1. We just bought some of these for our dog and he loves them. LOVES them!

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    1. It's nice to hear recommendations from so many people! We'll have to pick some up too.

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  2. My little guy loves those Nudges treats better than any he has ever tasted. They are all USA made which makes me happy to feed them to him.

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  3. Our dog loves all sorts of treats. I should see if he will like these.

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  4. These look amazing and perfect for anyone who has a dog. I am definitely going to tell my friends about this, thanks!

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  5. She is such a cutie patootie! lol. Like the perfect little dog to cuddle and indulge! And nudges...oh how my own puppy loves those little treats!

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  6. What a cutie pooch. My pups loves Nudges. He is always looking forward to eating them.

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  7. Nora is just the cutest little doggie. She has the sweetest face. Oh I get nudged all right. Only my nudges come with horns. And occasionally bruises. Silly goats.

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  8. Oh my goodness - that is the sweetest puppy ever. I just wanna cuddle her!! We don't have any pets right now... just 4 kids, hehe. But those kid are asking for a pet and it will probably happen soon.

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  9. Ha,ha, ha... I love this. Your little one is so super-cute. I am always looking for new treats for our pups. Thanks so much :)

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  10. You have to know I am in love with your pup Nora! I have never heard of Nudges but I will check into them for our doggies. Oh and I 100% Absolutely agree about all you said about pet PARENTING. They are our babies, our furkids!

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  11. Your dog is so cute! Those look like the perfect doggy treats.

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  12. You should be a professional photographer, these are great. That is the cutest little doggy BBQ. What a pampered pooch! Our dog loves Nudges too!

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  13. Every time I see your little Nora it makes me want a cute little dog! LOVE your little doggie grill with Nudges, haha! I will pass along the info to my BFF for her dog for sure.

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  14. These treats are adorable and so is Nora! I'll have to pick some of these up to Nudge our Brutus back.

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  15. Our pets are so spoiled. LOL. Bet they love these!

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  16. I have tried several places to find out how much Salt is in these. I can't find any info on that anywhere. Anyone know anything about how much. I bought these and it is the only new thing I have bought. My Chinese Crested love them but my powder puff became extremely dehydrated and we spent over 2 hours at the vet yesterday. So I am wondering about the salt content...No more for them until I learn more :-(

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