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For as long as I can remember dogs have been a big part of my family. My very first dog was named Smokey. Some of my earliest memories are of me “riding” her. She was a German Shepard/Bull Mastiff mix and while she looked intimidating and had a vicious bark she was a big sweetheart. Smokey was my very first best friend, but not my last.


Over the years there have been many dogs brought into the family and I can’t tell you how may canine cousins, nieces/nephews, and brothers/sisters I’ve had. I can tell you that we hesitate to call them pets. Around here blood isn’t what makes family – it’s the undeniable love and devotion we have that make us family.


8 years ago my ex rescued a tiny puppy from an abandoned home. She was maybe 4 months old and emaciated. Despite being in such poor health she wagged her tail and excitedly yipped as he got closer to her. As we nursed her back to health we noticed how happy and loving she was. Today, Jackie is a thriving, energetic little sister. My mom adopted her (since we already had a houseful) and I couldn’t think of a better home for her.


Jackie has always been a spoiled girl and has never eaten commercial dog food outside of her treats. She also has never worn a collar or leash (for more than a couple of minutes). She made it clear that those things weren’t for her by falling over and refusing to move.

My newest niece is Butterball. She’s another rescue dog and is the apple of my brother’s eye. We don’t know her full back story but judging by the way she flinches when strangers go to pet her we believe she was abused. That makes us love her more.


Some people think we’re crazy but we have always given our dogs real food. Like, food cooked while our own food is cooked; that’s what you do for family, right? That’s why we love the Nudges® brand dog treats – they are real-food inspired and made in the USA with only USA-sourced protein.


Nutrition is just one of the key dimensions of complete care and health of your dog. Socialization, mental stimulation, and grooming are other key points. Making sure they feel safe, happy, and loved is what we strive for. That’s why we only give them food that we would eat ourselves. The new Nudges® Grillers and Sizzlers Treats (conveniently found in the pet section at Walmart) are the perfect way for us to give our four-legged family members something special. We’ll be trying the Jerky Cuts value size (36oz) next!


How do you show your best friend you care?