Taking Care of Gracie…and a Giveaway

I always get so many questions and comments about our beagle Gracie, so I thought I’d take time to tell you a bit more about her and how she came into our lives.

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We got Gracie a little over three years ago.  A lady, Peg, was boarding Gracie and the couple who owned her never came to pick her up.  The owners were contacted but said that they were getting a divorce and no longer wanted her.  In Gracie’s short life she had been to a home, a shelter, a home and now was at the kennel where she was being boarded.

Gracie was a barker and Peg decided to try to help Gracie overcome that before she took her to the shelter as Peg couldn’t keep her either.  One day, Peg was out walking six of her boarded dogs all at once when a friend of mine commented on the dogs.  Peg explained Gracie’s situation and said she was trying to find a home for Gracie.  My friend knew I wanted a house dog and immediately told me about Gracie.

After  much deliberation, and begging on my part, my husband relented.  He didn’t grow up with a house dog and wasn’t sure if he would like it.

We have not regretted it for a minute (well maybe a minute…she still has an infatuation with the garbage can).  She is not the perfect dog…but she sure has brought some light hearted moments to our family.  The first time she tried to lick plates from the dishwasher…we were all shocked.  Now, the second she hears silverware clank…she’s right next to the dishwasher…and we are no longer shocked.

When I picked up Gracie from Peg she explained that beagles are active dogs and NEED to be walked.  She said currently Gracie was walking 3 miles a day.  Now that, scared me a little…I knew I would be the only on in the family who would walk her….and walk her I have.  It’s been a good thing, because in the process, I walked off 30 pounds!

Gracie is a MUCH better trainer than Bob or Jillian from The Biggest Loser….she doesn’t yell at me or make me feel awful.  She just quietly gives me that guilty stare or a few whimpers until I take her for a walk….She’s been good for my hubby too.  He’s a workaholic and Gracie “guilty stares” him into laying on the couch so she has someone to snuggle with.

Gracie loves quilts.  She’s actually become quite the “cover girl”.  She is always running to get her picture taken the second the camera comes out.

Gracie hasn’t always been as easy going as she is today….I took her to dog obedience classes shortly after we got her.  One of the things that has stuck with me is when the instructor told us to go home and read the label on our dog food.  She said the first ingredient should be a meat product.  WOW….I never realized that dog food that’s labeled meaty chunks wouldn’t actually be made up of mostly meat.

When BlogHer contacted me ask me to review Purina’s Dog Food, Pro Plan Selects, I was a bit skeptical.  I didn’t want to switch Gracie to a product that was not a quality dog food….after asking about product ingredients I found out that Purina Pro Plan selects would be the perfect food for Gracie…Meat is the main ingredient.

I can honestly say….Gracie loves the food.  We tried out the Natural Beef and Barley Formula.

My grown daughter, Kelli, was so taken with Gracie that she got a beagle of her own…Puppycat…and she loves the Purina Pro Plan Selects too.

If you want to try Purina Pro Plan Selects for your dog…check out this coupon.

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I REALLY admire Peg for working with Gracie because she is not a barker anymore.  I REALLY admire people who make life long commitments to shelter dogs.  I am happy to say that this will be Gracie’s last home.

164 comments

1 Mami2jcn { 06.20.11 at 4:17 pm }

We’re getting a puppy in a couple of weeks and I appreciate reading your review! And congratulations on your weight loss!

2 Jody { 06.20.11 at 4:25 pm }

I haven’t got a dog right now, as we have a kitty (my kitty loves quilts, also). She’s aged, and ill, and will be leaving us shortly for the catnip fields over the rainbow bridge. The kids and I have been talking about adopting a dog from the animal shelter when she passes. I used to work at the shelter, before the economy took a dive, and it was both rewarding and heart-wrenching at the same time. Thank you for giving Gracie a good home, and for encouraging others to adopt from the shelter!

3 Mami2jcn { 06.20.11 at 4:25 pm }

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4 Mary H. { 06.20.11 at 5:36 pm }

I have an English Springer Spaniel that is also scared of thunder. No matter time of day or night when it happens he is in my bed!

5 Ann { 06.20.11 at 5:55 pm }

I had a yellow lab that was such a motivator when it came to walking. These animals are so awesome for our health. Love the pics/stories about Gracie.

6 Cherie Moore { 06.20.11 at 6:22 pm }

I love Gracie’s story. Dogs have so much love to give and do such funny things. I’m glad you found a dog for your family and losing 30 in bargain is just icing on the cake!

7 Anita { 06.20.11 at 6:44 pm }

What a happy ending! It cracks me up how Gracie poses for pictures, I evn showed my son the “dog who poses on quilts”. Thanks for sharing!

8 Kris { 06.20.11 at 7:03 pm }

What a sweet story. Shelter/pound puppies are THE best dogs. I wish I could have more than one.

9 carmen { 06.20.11 at 9:00 pm }

I think Gracie is soo cute. Always have thought that a Beagle would be a great dog to have. We don’t have a dog right now, but we do miss our Chingers. Too bad cats won’t walk on a leash!

10 Elizabeth McDonald { 06.20.11 at 9:37 pm }

Oh, I love Gracie! Thanks for the careful review! Our family is home to multiple cats, so I will be checking into their cat foods!

11 Maria { 06.20.11 at 10:18 pm }

Dogs are so easy to love!

12 Darlene B { 06.21.11 at 2:44 am }

I don’t have any dog stories to share, but I do have a cat who loves to lay on my fabric when I have quilt blocks arranged on the floor! Congrats on the weight loss – that’s quite an accomplishment!

13 Kate { 06.21.11 at 2:57 am }

I’m glad Gracie has been so good for your weight loss. I’ve got two shelter cats, and they are only useful for the “snuggle with me on the couch” guilty stares. And we learned to read the ingredient list after one of my precious boys had a bladder infection – meat first for them, too!

14 Mothering4Money { 06.21.11 at 8:32 am }

Definitely going to print the coupon and give this dog food a try. I have 2 dogs and 4 puppies who are just starting to eat food so they need a quality product.

15 Tiffany { 06.21.11 at 10:38 am }

I love this story…so sweet. I also think it’s fantastic that you have lost 30 pounds! Good job!

16 My Secret Love… — Jo's Country Junction { 06.21.11 at 11:48 am }

[...] you’re looking for me…well I’m out walking Gracie.  I figure one mile walking per truffles….well…maybe I’ll adjust that to a half [...]

17 Georgia { 06.21.11 at 12:21 pm }

I am a huge dog and cat lover and I am limited to how many animals I can have but that might be a good thing. Right now I have 2 dogs and if I could, I would comb the shelters all day every day because I love animals so much. I would bring them all home. I also love Purina’s Dog Food, Pro Plan Selects and so do my dogs. Thanks for the giveaway!

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18 Gwen A { 06.21.11 at 1:22 pm }

We dont have a dog, but it might be just the thing for weight loss. My kids want one, but I know I too would be the caregiver…. love your story.

19 ANGEL JACKLYN { 06.21.11 at 9:54 pm }

YOU HAVE THE CUTEST DOG. MINE’S A MASTIFF. SHE EATS ANYTHING I GIVE HER, SHES MY MAIN VACUUM CLEANER kytah00@yahoo.com

20 ANGEL JACKLYN { 06.21.11 at 9:55 pm }
21 anash { 06.22.11 at 11:32 am }

Mandatory Entry: my kids want a dog for hunting!
Thanks for the opportunity!
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22 anash { 06.22.11 at 11:33 am }

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/83497107947913218
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23 Wendy { 06.23.11 at 3:05 am }

my dog and i have been running and walking and both of us are aging very well (according to her vet..and i take it to mean both of us!).

24 Milissa { 06.24.11 at 1:59 am }

My apartment complex does not allow me to have a dog; but as soon as I move into my own house, I plan on getting a dog or two. Can’t wait!

25 Jammie { 06.25.11 at 5:52 pm }

We currently do not have a dog, when we lived in Michigan we did, and we played with him a lot, took him for walks, and swimming. Exercise is really good for dogs, and their behavior!

26 Jammie { 06.25.11 at 5:54 pm }
27 Susan Smith { 06.25.11 at 6:28 pm }

I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel names Daisy who loves to be petted and sits on my lap.

28 Susan Smith { 06.25.11 at 6:28 pm }
29 Lisa { 06.26.11 at 8:45 pm }

I enjoyed your post. Our family had a beagle that we took in as a stray. She lived to be about 14 years old. I know that as she got older it became more important to feed her quality dog food. The same goes for my aging cat. Both the dog and cat developed dry, itchy skin, allergies, and other problems as they got older. The vet said to feed good quality foods to help with this. altern147 [at] yahoo [dot] com

30 MJ { 06.27.11 at 8:18 pm }

I’ve got a 9-year-old golden retriever. Dogs are the best. I had her before I was married or had kids. She feels like my first baby.

31 It’s Bath Time for my Little Dear… — Jo's Country Junction { 06.28.11 at 8:33 am }

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32 momznite { 06.29.11 at 8:20 pm }

Gracie and PuppyCat are adorable together! Both deserve good nutrition!
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33 Robin M. { 06.30.11 at 5:02 pm }

We are on the lookout for a new dog right now… to love and spoil.

34 Pixel Berry Pie { 06.30.11 at 7:20 pm }

Aw! Gracie is such a cute dog.
We’ve had our little white dog for 9 years now. I don’t know what we would do if we never had her!

35 Jessie C. { 06.30.11 at 8:17 pm }

Such a sweet story, thanks for sharing with us.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

36 Jessie C. { 06.30.11 at 8:17 pm }
37 Amanda S { 06.30.11 at 9:17 pm }

love this story! I’m getting a maltese puppy next week and I can’t wait!

38 Amanda S { 06.30.11 at 9:18 pm }
39 Debbie Bellows { 07.01.11 at 2:33 am }

Gracie is so cute! My daughter has a dog named Sunny we rescued !

40 Debbie Bellows { 07.01.11 at 2:34 am }
41 LAMusing { 07.01.11 at 5:08 am }

Gracie is adorable! Every dog I ever had was a rescue dog :)

42 Norma { 07.01.11 at 5:09 am }

I haven’t had a dog in many years and miss their sweetness. I do have a cat and he’s a handful!

43 Janice Cooper { 07.03.11 at 2:55 pm }

Wow that is awesome you lost 30 pounds. We don’t have a dog now, but before I got married hubby had a St.Bernard and he always said dogs love, love going for walks. It’s the best exercise. Congrats to you! Interesting about all the meat in the dog food too. I only had cats and we we feed them dry cat food per the vet.

44 Janice Cooper { 07.03.11 at 2:58 pm }
45 Annalisa Kraft { 07.03.11 at 8:10 pm }

Once, I loved in a house with five other housemates. This big white Samoyed named Puppy actually belonged to someone else but Puppy bonded with me and he saved my life one early evening when I was walking him him and he went after a menacing man. I couldn’t keep him on the leash, he was so strong and that guy never came round our neighborhood again.

46 Melissa Zimmerman { 07.03.11 at 8:58 pm }

Our Bob can be a pain in the but, but he is like our son.

47 Helen Keeler { 07.04.11 at 3:36 am }

I don’t have a dog at this time but my son who lives close has a black lab. I get to “pet set” when every my son is call out of town. It’s almost like having my own dog. helenkeeler@comcast.net

48 Helen Keeler { 07.04.11 at 3:39 am }
49 paul gorecki { 07.04.11 at 3:57 am }

I used to have a sheltie-collie mix and that was the best dog I have ever had.

50 james young, II { 07.04.11 at 10:57 am }

great dog

51 Raleah { 07.04.11 at 4:03 pm }

I have a beagle (her name’s Baby)
Does gracie hunt because baby does all of the time, but we do live out in the country, so that makes it easier for her. She’s even brought home a couple of rabbits haha.

52 Raleah { 07.04.11 at 4:05 pm }
53 Debra P { 07.05.11 at 1:06 am }

I feed my dog Purina Pro Plan dog food.

54 Emily N. { 07.05.11 at 3:44 am }

I don’t have a dog but I appreciate your story.

55 Emily N. { 07.05.11 at 3:48 am }
56 lyndsey { 07.05.11 at 12:50 pm }

we have 3 cats so it can get expensive to feed them the good food, but we try to make it happen.

57 Amy { 07.05.11 at 8:15 pm }

Great story! My two Bichons would love to try the food, I’m sure. :)

58 Corrin { 07.05.11 at 9:34 pm }

A-dorable. I have a dachshund (with a blog, naturally) and he’s super spoiled and very picky about his food.

59 kiy { 07.06.11 at 11:33 am }

We have a sweet little guy, Maximum Underfoot, a six pound yorkie. He’s going on 16 years on, and still going strong – although slowing down a bit. I loved Gracie’s story, and can’t imagine anyone just leaving their dog while boarding. That broke my heart.

60 Donna { 07.06.11 at 11:59 am }

We used to have a beagle and every time I see Gracie, I am reminded of Simba. We are planning on getting another – would love another Beagle! Love them!

61 Sally King { 07.06.11 at 12:03 pm }

What a precious dog. I am sure my little mix terrier will appreciate the change. She does like the cat’s dry food. lol

62 Stray Stitches { 07.06.11 at 12:07 pm }

What a wonderful story. I have two long haired mini dachshunds that are extremely picky about their food – time to give this a try.

63 Mary Jo { 07.06.11 at 1:33 pm }

It is simply amazing how a dog will come into your house and heart so quickly! I can’t imagine what life would be without a pup in the house! Yes, they are a lot of work, but one little look into those “I wanna snuggle” eyes and you just melt away! EVERYONE should have a dog who can, and those who can’t, need to!!

64 Nancy { 07.06.11 at 1:37 pm }

I have always wanted a beagle, but I know with teaching full-time I don’t have time for a dog… and I don’t feel comfortable crating a dog all day. Gracie is a doll…. give her a hug for me.

65 B Smith { 07.06.11 at 4:36 pm }

We have 2 dogs, and one of them is recently “missing” and we are hoping for the best. So, I would LOVE to buy our dogs something fun with the $100!

66 tracey byram { 07.06.11 at 5:25 pm }

Thanks for the info about the dog food and the coupon link.

67 Stray Stitches { 07.07.11 at 12:02 pm }

I included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/07/normal-day.html

68 Brita { 07.07.11 at 12:17 pm }

Makes me miss my old Beagee, Dinker McGee :-( But Gracie is wonderful, and I love to see how much she’s loved!

69 Deserae Fiedler { 07.07.11 at 2:09 pm }

Your dog is so cute :)

70 Linda V { 07.07.11 at 2:28 pm }

Love the beagle story. And love the name Gracie!! Grace is our 3 year old granddaughter’s name. Thanks for the giveaway!

71 Beth { 07.07.11 at 3:12 pm }

We have a Yorkie mix named Gracie. We just got her a week ago from the Humane Society where we live. She is the sweetest little puppy.

72 Erin Hutchinson { 07.07.11 at 3:24 pm }

Thanks for the coupon link. I have a 3 yr old lab and never thought to look at the list of ingredients. I’m going to do that now.

73 Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts { 07.07.11 at 3:42 pm }

I have a new puppy and the people we got him from recommended Purina Pro Plan when he is old enough for regular dog food because it doesn’t contain brewers yeast thus eliminating the dark streaks some dogs get near their eyes.

74 injaynesworld { 07.07.11 at 4:19 pm }

I have a Chihuahua named Dixie who has captured my heart.

75 injaynesworld { 07.07.11 at 4:20 pm }
76 Jen { 07.07.11 at 4:47 pm }

Hi Gracie! Nice to meet you. What a darling little thing. Isn’t it funny that quilts are pet-magnets? Everytime I pull one over my lap my cat comes running over to sit with me. Before the quilt, he doesn’t want to have anything to do with me!

77 sandra { 07.07.11 at 5:46 pm }

we try to feed her the best food available

78 Jaime { 07.07.11 at 7:36 pm }

My 2 dogs would love it! Thanks for the chance!

79 Jaime { 07.07.11 at 7:37 pm }

I tweeted this giveaway @SuperMoneySavin

80 Jane T in NW Louisiana { 07.07.11 at 10:28 pm }

The dog we have now was bought at the pound. He is a black lab with some white markings. We also had a rat terrier and they were great friends. The terrier was old and got so ill we had to have him put down. What we have learned is that Pepper let Bisquit “talk” for him. Now, since Bisquit is gone – one of the hardest things I have ever had to do was to put him down – Pepper has found his voice. He loves vanilla ice cream at night and will sit at my husband’s recliner and stare at him. Then he will lightly bark. Finally, he really starts barking until he gets his tiny bowl. After he eats the ice cream, he runs up on the bed and gets under the spread. This dog is a hoot. I have always loved dogs. This has gotten long, but I have a funny cat story – I am not a cat person at all. I will save that story for another time. Congratulations on the weight loss.

81 sy { 07.07.11 at 11:45 pm }

The quilts and gracie are so pretty. I wish I had a puppy to keep me company while I knit. Or I could quilt as well..thanks for sharing your story and the giveaway!

82 sy { 07.07.11 at 11:45 pm }
83 Deb { 07.08.11 at 1:46 am }

We love doggie stories here….so I’m forwarding it to my kids’ computers. They’ll love reading about Gracie! She’s soooo cute!

84 Deb { 07.08.11 at 1:51 am }

I left a comment but it never showed up so when I tired to comment again it gave me the message that I’d “already said that!” Please count the below as my comment as it’s not showing up.

We love doggie stories here….so I’m forwarding it to my kids’ computers. They’ll love reading about Gracie! She’s soooo cute!

85 Marsha Cassetty { 07.08.11 at 2:38 am }

I love beagle’s, we used to raise them on the farm. Now I have 2 dachshunds female standard black Hiedi and Long Hair Charlie.
Both eat Beneful Purina. My daughter fostered dogs and that’s how I got both of them. Charlie was abandon at 4 months old and Hiedi at 2 yrs old. Charlie is always in my sewing room sleeping right under my feet while I sew.

86 Tina M { 07.08.11 at 2:45 am }

What a great story. I want to try the Purina Pro Plan Selects on my dog

87 Tina M { 07.08.11 at 2:45 am }
88 Kerry { 07.08.11 at 1:31 pm }

I like to take our dog for a walk everyday also. We usually walk about 3-4 miles with her too.

89 Kerry { 07.08.11 at 1:31 pm }
90 Jeannett { 07.08.11 at 5:10 pm }

I am going to give this food a try!

91 Meredith Snyder { 07.08.11 at 11:25 pm }

dogs benefit us just as much as we benefit them!

thank you for saving your dog’s life…

& congrats on the weight loss.

92 Olivia L { 07.09.11 at 6:24 am }

Great review! We have 3 beagles in our extended family and such barkers they are. But we love them with all our hearts. We are planning on using the coupon to try Pro Plan Selects.

93 Selinda McCumbers { 07.09.11 at 11:42 am }

She was so cute on the dishwasher! I’m glad my 175 lb dog has never tried anything like that!

94 nan { 07.09.11 at 2:48 pm }

my sister has a beagle who is a bed hog
nannypanpan at gmail.com

95 Deb Anderson { 07.09.11 at 6:59 pm }
96 Deb Anderson { 07.09.11 at 7:05 pm }
97 Robin (RsIslandCrafts) { 07.09.11 at 7:41 pm }

I’ve read that if you want to loose weight that you should walk. Also that getting or having a dog is a good motivator. Our dog Suzi sure does have that guilty stare lol. She also has a really effective whine.

98 Terri P. { 07.09.11 at 8:17 pm }

I wish I had a dog right now but, unfortunately, my health won’t allow it right now. Gracie is adorable! I’ve had dogs in the past that I still miss… Butterscotch, the collie; Freddy, the cocker spaniel; Jingles, the mix. I miss them all! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the weight loss!

99 Terri P. { 07.09.11 at 8:18 pm }
100 Steph { 07.10.11 at 7:58 pm }

we walk our dog daily!

101 Steph { 07.10.11 at 7:58 pm }
102 Mary { 07.11.11 at 3:18 am }

We have 2 dogsand one just loves to jump the fence and stroll throught the neighborhood. The lab just barks.

103 Walking a Different Path — Jo's Country Junction { 07.12.11 at 2:24 pm }

[...] haven’t had a chance to check out my review of Purina’s new dog food, ProPlan Selects, check it out here…..Gracie and now Pepper are both eating and loving it.  Follow that link for coupons and a [...]

104 Jill H. { 07.13.11 at 6:17 am }

Such a sweet story. Thank you for sharing.

105 Lee H. { 07.13.11 at 7:39 am }

I don’t currently own a dog. I sorta adopted the fox kits down the road–they’re not afraid of cars.

106 Eugenie { 07.13.11 at 7:51 am }

your story about Gracie shows so much love and care!

107 Sarah W { 07.13.11 at 9:40 am }

I tried getting a cat – but allergies got in the way. My in-laws have 3 dogs who are very well behaved but always want to run!

108 Amy { 07.13.11 at 7:50 pm }

Our beloved dog died suddenly and unexpectedly in May. I miss her so much.

109 Mary M. { 07.14.11 at 11:30 am }

Love Gracie’s story. She is really cute. I don’t have a dog of my own but all my kids do and they do feed their animals the best dog food.

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110 Mary M. { 07.14.11 at 11:32 am }
111 Marcia Goss { 07.14.11 at 5:51 pm }

We adopted our dog Sushi from a shelter about 4 years ago, and we love her! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

112 Marcia Goss { 07.14.11 at 5:52 pm }
113 Tammy Elrod { 07.14.11 at 6:20 pm }

We like to give Max the bones from our Steak Nights! He absolutely loves this tradition!

114 Gina @ The Crave to Save { 07.14.11 at 10:27 pm }

She is beautiful! We got our pup from a shelter and he is the best dog I have ever had! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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115 Gina @ The Crave to Save { 07.14.11 at 10:28 pm }

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116 Dana West { 07.14.11 at 10:45 pm }

My Great Dane is allergic to a lot of different dog foods that he has tried. This is one that he hasn’t tried, but needs to. Thanks for the post!

117 Dana West { 07.14.11 at 10:47 pm }
118 Robin Scott { 07.15.11 at 8:11 pm }

Great story. I love shelter dogs. I take our current “free” dog for a walk as much as I can; he and I both need it.

119 Robin Scott { 07.15.11 at 8:12 pm }
120 Joyce Harrell { 07.17.11 at 1:51 pm }

We have 4 granddogs and we keep them a lot!! They are so fun and then they go home!!!!

121 Daniel Thornton, Jr. { 07.18.11 at 2:45 am }
122 Amanda A { 07.18.11 at 2:59 am }

We have a weimaraner and she loves the purina one! I’ll have to make sure I check out the ingredient list, though :)

123 Donna B. { 07.18.11 at 12:11 pm }

That photo of her on the dishwasher door is too cute! Thanks for sharing your family member with us.

124 Margie { 07.18.11 at 4:02 pm }

Gracie looks like a really good dog.
My grandkids have had their dog for a few years, and I always enjoy a little visit with their dog when I stop by.

125 Stacy { 07.18.11 at 10:16 pm }

I’m so glad you were able to give Gracie a forever home. I also have a shelter dog that bounced back and forth, and I am so grateful that we were able to give him a forever home.

126 Tabathia B { 07.18.11 at 10:33 pm }

we are the owners of a dwarf frog and plan on adding a fish and maybe a lizard to the family
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

127 Tabathia B { 07.18.11 at 10:36 pm }
128 Katharina { 07.18.11 at 11:15 pm }

How adorable is that picture of Gracie at the dishwasher! It’s one of those “but I’m not getting into trouble!” looks that our cat gives us all the time. :-) Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

129 Judith { 07.19.11 at 12:58 am }

I can’t get enough dog stories. I love people who open their hearts to a furry friend. Here is my “Bear”‘s story http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

130 Judith { 07.19.11 at 12:59 am }
131 Lethea B { 07.19.11 at 1:22 am }

Isn’t it funny how complete our pets can make us feel? I love our”babies” and Purina is certainly their food of choice=)

132 Lethea B { 07.19.11 at 1:25 am }
133 Kristi { 07.19.11 at 3:29 am }

Awww, Gracie is adorable, I love beagles. I have a brindle 80lb Cur and she is nothing but a big baby. Thank you! :)

134 Kristi { 07.19.11 at 3:39 am }
135 Tonya { 07.19.11 at 8:23 am }

We have a beagle named Chloe who looks just like your Gracie! Well, our Chloe is a little chubbier, lol. She was rescued from the side of a busy road 5 years ago by my little brother…she was stuck in a fence, just a little tiny scrap of a thing. He brought her to us and we added her to our family (we have an 11 y/o Border Collie as well) and we just love her to death.

136 Tonya { 07.19.11 at 8:24 am }
137 angie { 07.19.11 at 12:34 pm }

I don’t actually see a sweepstakes prompt/question/comment request in this post, so I hope this comment will suffice. I love love love Gracie and want to snuggle her. I currently don’t have a dog but do have 8 house cats and am a HUGE animal lover. I am also a huge proponent of natural and organic foods for animals. I too was once shocked that meat was not the first ingredient in most pet foods geared towards carnivores. Crazy! Am very glad to see that Purina is taking the natural plunge!

138 angie { 07.19.11 at 12:34 pm }
139 Note to Self: Plant more Kale Next Year! — Jo's Country Junction { 07.19.11 at 12:42 pm }

[...] So note to self:  Plant MUCH more kale next year….or I wonder if I could even sneak in row in August….I think I am going to try…. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up to win the $100 VISA gift card from BlogHer and to learn more about Purina Pro Plan Selects…check that out here. [...]

140 janie d. { 07.19.11 at 1:24 pm }

We have a King Charles Spanel/Chihuahua that was given to us by a friend who was getting a divorce and couldnt keep him. We are in love with “Brutus”! Cant imagine life without him. He brings us such happiness and love!! I will difinitely check into the pro plan select! Nothing but the best for our “Bru Bru”! Thanks for the give away!! Janie

141 Henria O. { 07.19.11 at 7:26 pm }

My mother-in-law breeds chihuahuas and is getting one ready for us! My daughter is excited!
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142 Henria O. { 07.19.11 at 7:27 pm }

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143 ewhatley { 07.19.11 at 10:28 pm }

Buddy is a chocolate lab who loves to walk the beach. If he thinks it’s time to go, he’ll grab his leash and drag it around until we take him. He’s funny and very spoiled.

144 nanjhall { 07.20.11 at 12:01 am }

I have also found that walking the dog helps me exercise more and keep off the pounds. How to have fun and lose weight at the same time!

145 Betty C { 07.20.11 at 2:02 am }

It’s amazing that so many pet foods don’t have the proper nutrition for our animals. I’m glad ProPlan is doing the right things.

146 Tamara { 07.20.11 at 4:17 am }

Love your story about Gracie. We have a westie and she has been such a wonderful blessing to our family.

147 linda s { 07.20.11 at 4:49 am }

I got my forever dog from my ex. His GF said no moe dog and he put Luci on the street with a free sign on her… so I did. Landlord had a fit at first till her met Luci and saw how good Luci was for DD so he bent his rules for us. I ended up marrying him 4 years later. Like my dad always says: you can judge a man by how he treats a dog. anyhow Luci loves roPlan Selects

148 linda s { 07.20.11 at 4:52 am }
149 Betty C { 07.20.11 at 9:18 am }
150 Birdie S. { 07.20.11 at 12:47 pm }

Gracie looke like my dog when I was a lil girl, so sweet. we have 3 dogs & Purina has always been in our feeding plan through the years

151 Birdie S { 07.20.11 at 12:49 pm }
152 Anne { 07.20.11 at 3:35 pm }

Cute dog, it is so important to train dogs well, what is cute for a puppy is not cute for an older dog.

153 Anne { 07.20.11 at 3:35 pm }
154 kaholly { 07.20.11 at 5:45 pm }

I don’t have a dog, but my daughter has 2! I will forward the link to your post to her. Have a great day! ~karen

155 Mari { 07.20.11 at 8:27 pm }

What a cute pooch! It’s good to know that Meat is the first ingredient. That is the difference between the cheap formulas and a premium formula like pro plan. The store brands often have corn or wheat as the first ingredient.

156 Mari { 07.20.11 at 8:28 pm }
157 laurie { 07.20.11 at 11:38 pm }

love this sweepstake and my animals

158 laurie { 07.20.11 at 11:38 pm }
159 Michelle Spayde { 07.21.11 at 12:32 am }

Awww… Rescue dogs are the best! I adopted my Pom, Sarah, a little over a year ago after she was rescued from a puppy mill where she was used as breeding stock.

A lot of Vets seem to endorse Pro Plan!

160 Michelle Spayde { 07.21.11 at 12:32 am }

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161 Kandi Smith { 07.21.11 at 1:22 am }

Thank you so much for taking such great care of Gracie. It is terrible how some “pets” in our country are treated. Shelters are only for last resorts since many animals are euthenized if they are not adopted. The love shown to a dog is returned to us many times over!

162 Mary Etherington { 07.21.11 at 6:44 pm }

Hi, Jo!
I understand you were here last week at our Big Event and I am so sorry you did not introduce yourself to me. Maybe I know you by sight but would love to chat with you some time. I am so sorry to hear about your cattle and chickens. I lost only one chicken and I’m not even sure it was due to the weather.
Thanks for all your kind words regarding Country Threads – we really appreciate you…and I’d love to meet you in person!
Mary E.

163 Whitney { 07.23.11 at 6:07 pm }

i have a dog and I bet he’d like this food! Gracie is really cute

164 whitney { 07.23.11 at 6:09 pm }

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