Thursday, November 8, 2012

Help Support Therapy Dog Organizations with Cesar and Their "Share a Story and Share the Love" Initiative

Cesar Canine Cuisine

Since sharing my previous posts about our loyal companion, Manny, whom we had to put down over the summer, I have received many personal messages from readers who have gone through the same thing, and how much their pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) meant to them, and were just as much apart of the family, as were their children.  As I sat and read each of the messages sent my way, I couldn't help but reflect on our three rescue dogs and how much they mean (meant) to us. 

My husband with our children -- before Savannah and Arabella
Now that Manny is no longer with us, we are left with Abby, a papillon/chihuahua mix and Lily, a silky terrier/Maltese mix.  They hold special significance to me personally, as I rescued Abby right as a baby, right before I started my cancer treatment in March of 2008.  And, then at the end of treatment in Dec. of that year, I rescued Lily as a way to celebrate finishing my cancer treatment and having a few months of clean scans.  I also decided on rescuing again, as Abby needed a companion/sister.  Yes, she had Manny, but he was a grumpy old man who only let my husband and I touch or go near him.  And, when we welcomed Lily into our home, we saw an instant connection between her and Abby.  To this day, they sleep together, play together, etc.

If you have pets then you know the unconditional love they give to you, and never expect anything in return.  Before our daughters, Savannah and Arabella arrived, we would shower them with gifts, including clothes, treats and toys, and take them on vacations with us.  And, even though we have children now, and that keeps us grounded, we still love to spoil our four-legged family members when it comes to food.  That is why we give them Cesar dog food.  Manny used to go crazy eating his breakfast and dinner from these little white trays.  I loved watching him pick up the trays and take them to the corner, so as to eat in quiet, without being disturbed from the other two dogs.  And, now, we find Abby and Lily like to follow suit and move their Cesar trays to opposite sides of the room, as they quickly devour their food, making sure not to leave a morsel behind. :-)

This will be the first Christmas that Manny will not be with, but I know he is looking down on us and watching over his two four-legged sisters, while eating his Cesar trays in Heaven.  And, every moment I spent with the girls (Abby and Lily), I am reminded about how they provided comfort  and love when I needed it most.  What more could you ask for in a forever friend?  And, because of this, I will always be a dog lover!

I am not the only one who believes that dogs are great pet therapy. "Cesar believes that a relationship with a dog can truly improve every life, including people in need. Dogs are capable of lowering stress, anxiety and even blood pressure. Cesar created the Share a Story and Share the Love initiative, a social media campaign to help support and spotlight therapy dog organizations, to ensure people in need continue to receive the powerful benefits of a dog’s unconditional love. The Share a Story and Share the Love campaign encourages dog lovers to share the heartwarming stories of therapy dogs through their social media communities ,such as Facebook and Twitter. In return, Cesar will share the love with three therapy dog organizations through donations that help continue the services they provide to people in need."

So, if you have a story you want to share about your bond with your therapy dog, and help support three therapy dog organizations, as a result of your sharing, and a donation made by Cesar.  You can learn more about the "Share a Story and Share the Love" initiative here --

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cesar and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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