Bailey the Beagle gives back to his animal shelter #LoveMyK9

Bailey the Beagle gives back to his animal shelter #LoveMyK9

I have been an animal lover my entire life. I grew up with dogs, fish, lizards, snakes, birds and guinea pigs so this does not come as a surprise to me. All of these animals were either my brother’s pets or family pets so I helped take care of them but they were not truly mine. As I got older I thought long and hard about what kind of dog I wanted to get and narrowed it down to a beagle. I knew I only wanted to adopt a shelter dog so the chances of getting a beagle were slim but possible. Beagles are used for hunting east of where I live so unfortunately there are a lot of backyard breeders and abandoned puppies. I did not know it at the time but I would end up with one of these backyard beagles.

Until the children came around Bailey was the star of every Christmas Card. I don't think he misses the photo sessions much

 

My beagle, Bailey, came to me at 8 weeks old from the Kent Animal Shelter, a not for profit humane organization helping homeless animals since 1968. I had known the Executive Director, Pam Green for a few years now and knew that the shelter was immaculate and the animals were extremely well cared for. When I told Pam I was looking for a beagle, she told me about a puppy that was in foster care who was almost ready to be adopted out. He came to them from a backyard breeder, infested with worms and was very sick. After on-site medical treatment and some TLC from the staff, on August 10, 1999 I would become a mommy to my beagle Bailey.

Don't you dress YOUR dog up for Halloween too?

Bailey is a family dog through and through. He favorite pastime in the world is just being near you. He is very loud at times and barks up a storm when we come home but he can’t help it. That’s what beagles do. His kindness and tolerence to other animals and my sons is just amazing. Since we brought him home we have had ferrets, two parrots and two cats. I was told by many that beagles were hunters and we might have trouble with the ferrets but under our watchful eyes we would witness a 30lb dog and a 1lb ferret play each night. Yes, Bailey would launch the ferret sometimes because he wanted a sniff but it was all in good fun and besides, we had soft carpet : )  Another beagle trait is a love of food and snacks and boy, can this dog can eat. We had child locks on the cabinets before I was even pregnant! As a whole, Bailey is a part of the family and we would just be lost without him. I would later adopt my amazing kitty,  Pepper, years later from Kent but that is another story.

My husband experiences one of the hazards of owning my dog...getting licked while you are trying to sleep

When I was given the opportunity to shop for a basket of dog treats to donate,  I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The Kent Animal Shelter has been a part of our family and so many others on Long Island and  I wanted to do something special for them.  The first thing I did was make my shopping list. I was looking to pick up Milk Bone Trail MixPup-Peroni and Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen dog treats. As soon as I completed my list I hit my coupon stash and was ecstatic to find high value coupons for all the items I needed to pick up. With my coupon stack and list in hand I was off to Walmart!

The dog treat aisle

I went to my local Walmart and knew exactly where the pet aisle was because I shop there frequently. As I walked towards the back of the store towards the dog treats, I noticed two endcaps with Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen and Milkbone dog treats. The Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen endcap was full of product and had four varieties to choose from.  The Milkbone endcap had some large empty spaces where product should have been. These spaces would be found throughout the entire treat aisle. The Milkbone section had the most holes. I almost cleared the shelves of the Milkbone Trail Mix and I only purchased two bags! I first noticed these large gaps a few days prior on a previous shopping trip (I am at Walmart a lot) and noticed them again during this trip. I could not tell the reason for the missing product but it appeared to be messy to me and the product present could have been brought forward and arranged better for a neater appearance.

Choosing a chew toy for the basket

I purchased four bags of Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen, two bags of Milkbone and two bags of Pup-Peroni treats to make up the basket. Because I had some high value coupons for all of these items I had some left over money in my budget for some chew toys and dishes. I headed down to the dog toy aisle and picked out two rubber bones and two dog dishes to complete my basket. Despite the low inventory of some items, I was able to find everything I needed and at a great price. This is one of the reasons I love shopping at Walmart. I expected to shop at one more store to complete my basket but I did not have too, saving me a ton of time. All I needed to do now was go home, wrap it up and deliver it to the shelter.

Gift baskets all ready to deliver to Kent Animal Shelter

The baskets were a cinch to put together since the dog dish served as a great container. All I needed to do was arrange it and wrap it up in plastic. When it arrived at the shelter, some of  the goodies were thoroughly enjoyed by two dogs newly rescued from a dog pound. Kent is a no kill shelter so when they have the space they will rescue as many dogs as they can and will keep them at their shelter indefinitely until a forever home is found.

Executive Director, Pam Green feeds one of her newest residents a well deserved treat

I was so happy the dogs enjoyed the baskets I put together . You can check out how I helped Bailey give back to the Kent Animal shelter and bring some joy to these dogs lives. I would like to thank Milk Bone Trail MixPup-Peroni and Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen for helping me put these baskets together for the shelter dogs. Please show them some love and stay updated by following Milk Bone on Twitter and Facebook and Pup-Peroni on Twitter.

Have you ever adopted a dog or a cat from a shelter? I would love to here your story!

 

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are 100% mine.

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