This post is sponsored by Purina and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Puppyhood.com. As you know. Scratchings and Sniffings only shares information we feel is relevant and useful to our readers. Nestle Purina is not responsible for the content in this post. It's me and all me, as always.
Oh boy.. who doesn't remember those fun days of puppyhood? It's been awhile for me as I tend to adopt older pets now, but I will never forget the joy and fun of having a puppy.
My last puppy was Carmel. Carmel came into our lives via Lollipop Farm, a shelter in Rochester, NY. We (the two girls and my son and I) were there to pick out a birthday gift for my son. I don't recommend puppies as 'gifts' generally, but I was a veterinary tech at the time, so I knew what I was doing.
At least I thought I did.
We had our ups and downs with Carmie and despite the stumbles, our love for her grew daily. But we never figured out how to keep her in the yard! I could write a dozen blog posts about her escaping and our running after her! When she left us, it was a pain I do not want to discuss! (sadly, I only have adult pics of my Carmie... I think the puppy pics got lost in the many moves since then)
I've wondered if other folks have the same struggles we did, or worse ones because they are not as prepared as we were. I wonder if we might have been better with Carmie, had we a resource like this new site from Nestle Purina called Puppyhood.com .
When I first learned that Purina Puppy Chow® was creating a site for new puppy parents to get the low-down on their family addition (it was through this program with BlogPaws, of course), I really wanted to learn more and be part of the announcing. It plays into the concept of "it takes a village" don't you think? None of us, by ourselves, can raise a happy, happy puppy. It takes a whole village...and Purina saw that so they stepped up!
The site requires registration, which makes a lot of sense since only those who are serious about puppyhood and learning will use it... and once you are registered, you have access to things like a milestone tracker, expert advice, and even puppy perks. Plus, you can download a checklist of puppy accessories and supplies. THAT alone is something I wish I'd had way back when!
I love, love, love that a brand like Purina is offering education and insight into the life of a puppy. I think it's near on genius to offer this to 'new' pet parents and to make it easily accessible online. It's a no-brainer, of course. But, the reality is true - raising a happy, healthy puppy is not as easy as you think, because they are such truly complex creatures!
Visit and join puppyhood.com because it's some of the best information on puppies, anywhere.
I tell you what, no matter what you think of big brands like Purina, think of this - the content in puppyhood.com is valuable, worth your time, and could help you solve some of the puppy issues that will arise when you bring that little guy home... yes, issues that WILL arise. Puppies are adorable and lovable, but...they are work, too.
Take a sec and watch this... it will make your day!
I will close with a note I saw on Fidose of Reality, where Carol writes, "Puppyhood.com is a portal or hub for pet parents to learn everything needed for puppies to get off on the right paw in life. Now if only there was a way to bottle that sweet scent of puppy breath, how fantastic would that be?!" Don't you agree??? I sure do!
Learn more about them at puppyhood.com . Tell them Scratchings and Sniffings sent you.
p.s. know anyone else adopting or obtaining a puppy... this is for them too! don't forget to share!