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Embark on Pet Health | Preparing Us for a Life as a Dog Lover #Sergeants

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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.

Embark on Pet Health

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.


  1. Agree completely – it is about sharing information, not judging :-) And that puppy butt photo is fabulous!

    • Thanks, Sue! I love looking back at photos from our first weeks with puppies. They were hilarious. Still are.

  2. Thanks for the info – I had not heard about Embark on Health before – but it sounds great. I am all for education!


    • I’m really excited about what they’re doing and I hope that they make a huge difference. Be sure to go over and take the pledge at:

      The more pledges they get, the more kits to be donated to new pet families :)

  3. 2 pups at once is a ton of work and “trouble” but if you are the type that has the time and is willing to put in the effort it can also be rewarding but I don’t think most people are ready for that challenge!

    • You’re so right, Emma – I laugh whenever someone approaches me about adopting 2 puppies. Since we did it, everyone thinks that I’m all for it. I’m glad we did, but we were so prepared with education and a great support system. I’d do it again and again, but I can’t recommend it to anyone else. The amount of work is shocking.

  4. Before you get a dog if you want to commit to keeping them healthy you need to commit time to exercising them, checking for signs of health problems and grooming, how much time this will take of course depends on the dog. If you want to keep your dog healthy into old age you also need to not scrimp on food or regular check-ups with the vet. This may seem expensive but a good quality suitable food and regular check-ups could save you a lot on vet bills long term.

    • So very true, Dave! Every single point you make is spot on!

  5. I agree people should be allowed to follow their hearts where pet ownership is concerned. That’s not to say the voices to the contrary are to be ignored entirely. My roommates have three dogs they still cannot properly care for. I’m just a paying tenant and I’M walking their dogs for them, sitting for them when their masters are away, feeding, and curbing them. I don’t know. I guess it depends upon the person. I would say the above examples are the exceptions.

    • Yeah, you’re right – it does kind of depend on the person :)


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