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Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Sydney, Rodrigo, Stick

When my boyfriend and I adopted littermates, we were kind of prepared for what to expect.  Thanks to many warnings from dog owners, lots of reading, and working with an amazing dog training, we survived the puppy year and adolescents with barely a scratch.  But it wasn’t easy.

What I love about organizations like Embark on Pet Health and the American Humane Association (AHA) is that they’re working to educate people about animals.  A friend of mine recently told me that she and her husband are closing on a house and she’s excited about adopting a dog.  Great!  Then she went on to share that she wants to adopt two puppies and I immediately started to climb onto my soap box.

I drafted a long email explaining to her all the reasons why this was a bad idea and then I stopped and laughed.  How many people said the same things to me?  Ummm, at least 5.  Did I listen?  Ummmm, nope.  The heart wants what the heart once and in that moment I was reminded that it’s about sharing information, not about lecturing and judging.

Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Sydney, Rodrigo, Stick, Howarth Park

I deleted my email, shared our experience, recommended that she take some time to really think about if she could handle two puppies at once, and encouraged her to get feedback from pet professionals in her area.

That’s what saved us; seeking out pet professionals who told us that adopting littermates isn’t a popular choice, but it can be done and they were happy to help us succeed where others have failed.  Today, we have two amazing dogs who love us and each other and we added Blue to our family in 2012.

I still wouldn’t advise anyone to adopt two puppies at once, because it’s a lot of work, but if someone is determined to do so, then I want to follow the example set by Embark on Pet Health and the AHA and share information, giving dog parents a better shot at a happy life with their new rescues.

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Embark on Pet Health

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If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to take the pledge and help support Embark on Pet Health, the AHA, and Sergeant’s as they provide up to 5,000 pets with pet health kits to take to their new forever homes.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated for writing and promoting the Embark on Pet Health campaign, which speaks to my passion for seeing all homeless dogs in a loving and safe forever home.

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