This post has been sponsored by Clorox®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This past Sunday was a special day in the Hollar house. Not only was it Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day, but it was also Gatsby’s birthday! Hard to believe my little Doxie girl is five years old. Have I ever told you how we got Gatsby?
We had just bought our house and been there for a week. We knew we wanted a dog, but we were waiting until after the holidays. We were heading out to do a little holiday shopping one Saturday morning when Tim, my husband, suggested we go to our local humane association and look around.
We got there and was told that there was a sort of “Black Friday” deal on black dogs. Black dogs and cats are less likely to be adopted due to their fur color. They said that black animals can be seen as superstitious and bad luck or are seen as aggressive and hard to read.
We walked into the back and the room erupted into barks and the sound of wagging tails. We walked around and saw one little dog who made us stop. It was Gatsby, smaller than she is now, and she was just looking at us. She wasn’t barking, her tail wasn’t wagging, just sitting with her head cocked to one side. She immediately stole our hearts, and we only paid $25 for her.
The only thing was we weren’t ready for a dog. We didn’t have any dog food or supplies and here we were, owners of a puppy! So we did what anyone does, we went to Walmart. A few hundred dollars later, we had everything we needed to welcome Gatsby into our home and we lived happily ever after!
But really, we did the typical new puppy stuff. We had to deal with accidents in the house, trying different dog foods, crate training and getting Gatsby in a routine. She really is the best dog. Her favorite thing to do is snuggle under the covers and watch Netflix.
With all that being said, I always remember wandering around Walmart, asking myself what I needed for a new puppy. That’s why when friends of mine get a dog or cat, I put together a welcome basket. Today I’m sharing what I include in this basket of goodies.
- A collar. Every dog or cat needs to start with a collar! Walmart has a great selection of collars to choose from. I also throw in a harness if the owners are really active. A harness helps if you have a dog that pulls, and it pulls on their chest or back instead of their neck.
- Retractable leash. For Gatsby, I have a regular leash and a retractable leash that I use most often. If we’re walking on a greenway or at the beach, it’s a lifesaver!
- Treats. Every pet should start their new life off with treats! These help with training as well as making your new addition feel at home.
- Toy. If I’m going to be your pets new favorite “aunt,” I have to win them over with a fun toy!
- Clorox® Pet Urine Remover and NEW Clorox® Pet Mess Cleaning WipesClorox Pet Mess Cleaning Wipes. New pets make messes, there’s no avoiding it. These two products were absolute lifesavers when Gatsby would have an accident. Let me tell you a little about these two products.
Clorox Pet Mess Cleaning Wipes are gentle enough to use around the family, pet areas and in pet feeders but powerful enough to destroy tough pet messes. These cleaning wipes for pet messes are bleach free, fragrance-free, and made with plant-based cleaning agents and a clear drying formula so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemical smells or residue around sensitive noses and surfaces.
Clorox Pet Urine Remover for Stains and Odors removes tough stains and deep odors from both hard and soft surfaces. This powerful cleaner is designed to be safe for use on fibrous soft surfaces such as carpet, upholstered furniture, mattresses and bed linens. Clorox Pet Urine Remover is also ideal for hard surfaces such as tile, grout, and hardwood. It is also specially designed to eliminate urine odors and stains and has a light fragrance which quickly dissipates.
See, I told you these products were a must for pet owners!
Clorox currently has a bundle offer on both these products at Walmart. Click here to see if your local Walmart carries these Clorox products. Now that I think about it, you should always head to the pet aisle at Walmart for any of your pets needs!