Monday, June 30, 2014

Gettin' That Puppy Love Back

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Purina One, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ONEDifference

Many long-time readers over at my blog know my love for our 6-year-old beagle, Hardy.  He was our "wedding puppy" - he came to live with us when he was just 14 weeks old and we had only been married a month.

So he's seen just about every bit of our marriage - the good and the bad.  He was our first real taste at parenthood, and was a huge source of comfort during our year-long journey to get pregnant.  He's transitioned into an awesome, fun big brother for our Emmie too!  He might not always show it, but he loves that little girl, and would protect her from anything.

Hardy's definitely starting to show his age.  He'll be 7 in he is well into his middle-aged years.  Not only is he getting gray hair, but his energy is slowly, but surely, disappearing.  He's a beagle, so he's always had a lazy streak, but he sleeps more and more during the day now.  It's to be expected - but it's still not fun to watch your first baby getting older.

I was really excited to hear about Purina One's 28-day Challenge a couple of months ago.  The premise is simple - try Purina One Smartblend dog food for 28 days, and see what about your dog's health improves.  Among other things, Purina notes you might see a difference in energy, skin/coat, dental health, and digestion.  So we went out and bought a couple of bags of Purina One to try!

And over the past month, we've started to see a little bit of that Hardy puppy we've missed so much!  About a week in, we noticed a big difference in his energy.  He's been much more playful and seems to be more alert during the day.  Without giving too many details, his digestion has improved too. :) Just trust me on that one.   In the past week or so, I've noticed a shinier coat.

Of course, Hardy loves the taste.  He's not one to turn down a meal, and this was no exception.  We bought the Chicken & Rice Formula and Lamb & Rice Formula - so far, so good in the flavor department!

I have been more than happy with this 28-day Challenge - it has most definitely made Purina One users out of us.

If you'd like to get started with the Purina One 28-day Challenge, click here for more info - there's also a $3 off coupon at that site!  You can also find more information on Purina One's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages.


  1. We are on our 2nd bag of the True Instincts by Purina one and our pups LOVE it! I didn't know about the challenge but I will agree, since we switched to this dog food I have seen improvements in their eating behavior, play energy, coats and probably the poo too :)

  2. Very cool - thanks for sharing! Hardy is adorable!!!!