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Embark on Pet Health and Take the Pledge to Help Our Pets #AHA

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Image is courtesy of the Embark on Pet Health site.

I was listening to a podcast, one of my favorites.  The podcaster has been talking about getting a dog – she and her boyfriend found their puppy.  My first question was – “did they rescue?”  I don’t know the answer to this yet, but I was surprised that my mind went directly to this question.  Not what breed, how old, what’s the name?  I just wanted to know if they rescued.

I respect a person’s choice to use a breeder, but my heart breaks a little bit when I see people in the public eye buy from breeders, because one of millions of animals didn’t find their home with them.  I’ll be honest and say that I think that people in the public eye should adopt.  Others may not agree with me and I feel kind of selfish admitting this, but if you have a platform, I want to see you do two things.

  1. Adopt a pet and promote rescue
  2. Educate people about finding a responsible breeder
I got an opportunity to put practice what I preach from Embark on Pet Health to help them promote a cool cause.  The first thing I did was take the pledge on the Embark On Pet Health site – each pledge triggers a donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit.  Bascially, Sergeant’s is going to donate up to 5,000 kits, which will make certain that newly adopted pets will go home with a great set of products that will get them off to a great start in their new home.
Embark on Pet Health

I popped over to the American Humane Association’s site and found their mission statement, which contains a sentence that everyone reading my blog will love…

“to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both.”

Here’s a video by Tiffani Thiessen discussing Embark on Pet Health and please take the pledge to protect your pet’s health.


There is a Twitter Party on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7pm EST with the Embark spokesperson, Tiffani Thiessen. The hashtag for the Twitter Party will be #SergeantsPet.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post; I was compensated for my part in assisting with this campaign.  Although I was compensated, I do believe and support what Embark on Pet Health is doing to help our homeless animals.


  1. I want to make a comment about the process of rescuing a dog for a new pet family.

    Over a year ago we decided that we would add a dog to our family for the first time. My daughter and I were committed to trying to learn everything we could so that we would make a good decision. We spent a few months deciding on the right breed for our family (mild allergies, work at home mom, 3 young teenagers). We decided that a Standard Poodle puppy would be the best for us.

    So we started to look for rescued poodle puppies. We were willing to wait and we were willing to travel just about anywhere to get our puppy and we were in contact with several rescue groups around the country.

    We finally found one 500 miles away and we were ready to make the drive to pick him up.

    The rescue group sent us an application and we filled it out honestly. When the group responded, they rejected us because of a single word. When we filled out the form, we used the word “chain” vs. “tether” when describing how we may keep our new puppy from wandering the neighborhood (in addition to the large fenced yard). We gave up on the rescue groups and found a reputable breeder and bought a great puppy who is now a very happy, healthy and spoiled member of our family.

    My point is that this group rejected a great family for puppy in need over a single word. Why do these groups need to make it so difficult to adopt these dogs? This whole experience has really spoiled me on the whole rescue group thing. If the rescue groups want to be more successful at finding homes for the dogs, they need to make the adoption process more “user friendly”.

    • OMG – I can totally relate to your experience. They should have called you to gain clarification. My boyfriend and I live on 5 acres that are unfenced; our dogs have their own fenced yard that’s 1/4 acre and they have access to the indoors when we’re away. We’re both professionals and can afford to care for dogs well, we don’t have kids so our dogs would get loads of attention, and we’re dog lovers.

      That being said, we were rejected by at least 5 rescue groups, because the 5 acres weren’t fenced and because we worked full time. A woman emailed me to tell me what a terrible dog parent I would be since I worked full time. We were stunned, but there are so many rescue groups in our area that we just kept plugging away. Not one of these groups called to speak with us or ask for clarification; they judged us harshly based on an application.

      When we met Maria and her team at FurKidz 911 Connection, they were the exact opposite. They said that had a feeling about us and we adopted 2 puppies from them and third from Motley Zoo 2 years later. Jme and her team remembered me and were familiar with my blog and were happy to allow us to adopt Blue.

      I know that rescue groups are bogged down pets and applications, but there are many out there where the people who run the rescue have allowed their egos to trump the cause and their giving all rescue groups a bad name and that’s so very sad. I hope that they either see the light or move on to do something else and leave the rescuing to people who truly want to find dogs and cats a good home.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and give my love to your pup!


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