Will Theo Be In The 88 % Success Category? #HillsPet

The first time I laid eyes on Theo, I thought he was both super cute and hilarious looking.   We signed the adoption agreement and stopped at the local pet store to buy a few supplies.  It occurred to me that people might judge me because my dog was overweight.  However, since  I adopted him that way, I didn’t really care.

It was clear from his behavior that his previous family fed him table scraps after dinner, but we never did.  I bought a weight control dog food and encouraged my kids to exercise him.  Theo started losing weight and I thought we were well on our way to a healthier dog.  By Christmas he was noticeably thinner, but by January, it became obvious that his hunger was a problem.  Theo figured out how to work the foot pedal on the garbage can and started helping himself to anything he could reach.  If someone dropped food, Theo was aggressive about claiming it.  He tried to steal treats and food from the other dogs.  In short, he was miserable and so was I.  So I  gave up his diet to help get back the pleasant dog I adopted. About the same time, Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution was looking for a few bloggers to help their pets lose weight.  I jumped at the chance for Theo to try this food.  I love my dog and I want him to be healthy, but he isn’t happy when he thinks he is starving.  

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AGP-#HillsPet2 Because it is a prescription food, we had to first take Theo to the vet to get her approval.  She asked me what I was hoping for Theo.  My answer is pretty simple:  I want him to stop feeling hungry all the time, and I want him to be a healthy weight.   She thought  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution might be the perfect food for Theo and we are transitioning him over to the new food.

MetabolicCanineKit2014_sm Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn fat and regulate appetite. Pets feel full and satisfied and still lose weight. Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is safe, effective and fast.   Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution includes a complete portfolio of dry food, canned food and treats designed to work together for easy, flexible weight loss success without deprivation making it much easier for pet owners to keep pets on the program and comply with their vet’s recommendation.  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is proven to work in real homes with real pets and their owners under real world condition with a success rate of 88%. 

Hills Prescription Metabolic Diet I like those odds, Theo likes the food!  (Not surprising though, since he considers cat poo a delicious midnight snack.)

Approximately 53 % of dogs and 55 % of cats are overweight or obese.   It was easy for me to see that Theo was overweight, since he was heavy when I met him.  However, I didn’t realize that Sophie was also overweight until the vet told me.  I guess when you love someone, you don’t always look at them with a critical eye.    Fortunately, Sophie was able to lose weight without trouble.  

Everyone knows that being fit is part of being healthy and I’m hoping this food will help Theo be fit as well as happy!

I’ll update you on his progress over the next few months.

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For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It’s a $70 value!

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.

Be sure to include all of the required information below:
      What is your pet: dog or cat 
      Pet’s age
      Pet’s current weight or close guess

 Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.  This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only.  Entries must be in by April 28, 2014.   Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner!  I am hoping that 10 pets will qualify for this opportunity.   

If you have a pet who is overweight like Theo or  this cat, I hope you’ll enter for a chance to try Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food.


About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Central New York, Alice is a bi-coastal portrait, commercial and event photographer. Alice is available for travel.  She has three dogs of her own.

This post is sponsored by Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Food.   I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Daily Dog Tag only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Milk-Bone is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Pawsitively Amazing: Wagaroo

In a perfect world, people would be able to take care of their dogs forever.  However, there are times when a dog can’t stay with the first family that loved him.  Some people live in a car to keep their pet, other people don’t see this as a viable solution.   Trying to rehome a pet on Craig’s list is potentially dangerous for the pet.    Sadly sometimes owner surrenders have very limited time in high kill facilities.   It isn’t easy making the decision to find a new home for your pet and its even harder to find a good adopter. Luckily, Wagaroo has introduced a new program Family2Family. 

From Christine Exley:  “I recently co-founded wagaroo.com, a pet listing website that connects people to local, ethical sources of puppies and dogs. Our test went really well last year so now we’re developing a more user-friendly site and expanding our listing shelter/rescue friends.  One of the main features of Wagaroo is our Family2Family program, where we help owners find new loving homes for their dogs.   Owners can need to rehome their dogs due to a variety of reasons, such as a death in the family, financial challenges or having to move.

Adoptable Dalmatian-Pit-Bull-mix via http://www.wagaroo.com/#/dogs/2929Lucy is a 1 year old Dalmatian/pit bull mix.  She was a stray who came to live at the Oakland Animal Shelter.   Her foster family took me home because my time was up at the shelter and the volunteers there knew she was very special and had a lot to offer.

Adoptable Dalmatian-Pit-Bull-mix via http://www.wagaroo.com/#/dogs/2929Lucy loves belly rubs and cuddling on the couch with humans. She is smart and love to work for treats! She is crate trained, leashed trained and potty trained. Great with kids, Lucy is plays with other dogs once  she get sto know them. Lucy loves to go for a few walks during the day and then relax at home.  She would prefer to be an indoor dog because  she loves being near humans.  Lucy would make the perfect companion for someone who is truly looking for a best friend!  She is up to date on vaccinations, spayed and micro chipped.

Adoptable from Wagaroo:  http://www.wagaroo.com/#/dogs/2986Mac’s owner unfortunately could not longer keep him and was about to surrender him to a shelter.   However, when a friend heard about this, she immediately offered to start fostering Mac instead.    Mac has been in his foster home for about 2 months and now is looking for a forever home!  Mac is a sweet, well-behaved, gorgeous Lab/Staffordshire mix.   He is very friendly and just adores people!  He also plays well with dogs, although cats may be too tempting to chase for him.   He knows how to sit (is working on longer stays!) and walks very nicely on leash.    Mac is up-to-date on his shots, and would give lots of wags to join your family. This jovial and cuddly guy is as good as they get.    Mac is currently in a foster home, as his owner was going to have to surrender him to a shelter.  His foster mom wants to find him a good forever home instead.

Adoptable-Doberman-via-Wagaroo-Family-To-Family Brody’s owner bought Brody from a breeder about 2 years ago.    However, his owner has since discovered that his long work days leave Brody with too little attention and exercise. So, Brody’s owner is trying to find him a new loving home that can provide him with all the attention, exercise and love that Brody deserves!

Adoptable-Doberman-via-Wagaroo-Family-2-Family http://www.wagaroo.com/#/dogs/3064Brody is a 2-year old purebred Doberman, who is great with all people and dogs – kids included! This young, goofy, and energetic guy is truly a cuddler at heart. He is also very smart – he is potty trained, crate trained, and knows sit, down, and come. Brody is also in great health and up to date on his shots.

Adopt-Tank-available-from-Wagaroo-Family-2-Family-program http://www.wagaroo.com/#/dogs/3068Tank’s owner has loved him since he was a puppy that she got from a family friend.   Sadly, Tank’s owner had to move in with family members due to financial circumstances, and the family members do not want Tank to stay.    So, Tank’s owner is trying to find him a loving and stable new home. Tank is a friendly couch potato!  He is great around kids, dogs, and even cats! He always wants to be around someone and is a cuddle bug. Even though he is 70 pounds he thinks he’s a lap dog.  He loves to go to the dog park, give kisses, and receive kisses! Tank is also neutered, up-to-date on his shots, and healthy.”

If a family can no longer keep their pet, they can post him on Wagaroo where hopefully a good match will be found.  The new adopters pay a $100 fee to Wagaroo, half goes to local rescues and the rest into operating costs.  The original owner  does not get any money which means dog flippers/puppy mills and are unlikely to be using Wagaroo.  The reason they would choose to use Wagaroo is because they want their dogs to end up in a good home.  Any service which helps dogs find a good home is okay in my book!

If you would like to learn more about Wagaroo, you might start with their FAQs.   Follow Wagaroo on Facebook to see more adoptable dogs!

About Wagaroo:  Based in the San Francisco area Wagaroo was founded to bring a simple principle to life: When it comes to getting a pet, it’s time to make it easier for people to do the right thing! No puppy mills. No backyard breeders. Just owners, rescues, responsible breeders, and shelters working together to find great homes for dogs who need them. 

Please share these dogs as well as the other pets on this list!  You never know if you will help an animal find a new home!

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Happy Tails: Rufus and Molly

It makes me happy that more and more people are celebrating life with professional photo sessions.  Katie and Daniel celebrated their fourth anniversary with  their dogs and LeeYen Lobendahn  from Loblee Photography.

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From LeeYen:  “I’ve known Katie and Daniel back when they were dating and it was so great to meet up again and photograph them as they celebrated their 4th anniversary.  I’ve never photographed dogs before so I am SO glad they brought them along.   Rufus  is a three year old Maltese.  Molly is a  Shorkie (Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix) and she is two years old.  I’m a film photographer based in SLC, Utah and am looking forward to meeting more couples and their lovely friends.”

© Loblee Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | anniversary-photos-with-dogsLoblee003© Loblee Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | family-portrait-with-dogs© Loblee Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | girl- and-her-dogs© Loblee Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | Shih-Tzu-Yorkie-mix and Maltese© Loblee Photography | Daily Dog Tag | © Loblee Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | You can see more of this cute family session on LeeYen’s blog. Be sure to check out Loblee Photography on Facebook!

About Loblee Photography:  Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, LeeYen is a film photographer specializing in weddings and portraits.  

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Happy Tails: Bean

When you have someone as talented as pet photographer Sarah McGraw, pretty much every session becomes my favorite.   This first  image belongs in my imaginary museum.   I hope that they have a big canvas of this image hanging on their walls.

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From Sarah:  “I walked into Bean’s home and she was curled up napping on her little dog bed. Above it were adorable signs created by her human sister marking that part of the house ‘Bean’s spot.’ Yeah, I could tell Bean has had a good 15 years.

Although thin and a little shaky, Bean was more than happy to raise her head and stand up to greet me. Her English Pointer nose quickly discovered my treat bag and I instantly had a new fan. I could tell she was having a good day.

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Bean doesn’t have any health issues other than some arthritis that keeps her back legs a little wobbly. She does, however, tend to go through spells where she doesn’t feel so good – – but then she bounces back. The day of our session, she was officially bouncing back! We were so lucky because the day was gorgeous, the weather was perfect, and we only had a small window of time to do the session before Christmas (the session was to be a surprise for Bean’s dad). It all worked out perfectly.”

© McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | modern-on-location-dog-portraitFrom Natalie:  “Bean is a 15 year old English Pointer who was adopted from a Pointer rescue facility in Massachusetts.  She was our first child, and to be honest, she was a rough introduction to parenthood!  She required lots of training (it was clear she hadn’t ever ridden in a car, and she helped herself to our beverages–even coffee out of a mug!) and LOTS of exercise (I was a long-distance runner in college and still couldn’t hang!) and lots of patience.  We stuck it out together, though, and our world is a better place for it.  


© McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Charlotte-NC-dog-photography, on-location-pet-portraits © McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | senior-Pointer-runningBean is a gentle, sweet soul–ever tolerant of our now 8 year old daughter who learned to walk by holding onto her jowls.  

© McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | senior Pointer-in-backyard © McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | on-location-dog-photographer MPBean1© McGraw Photography | Daily Dog Tag | timeless family photoAt 15, her hips are shaky, her eyes are cloudy, and her hearing isn’t what it used to be, but she still recognizes the finer things in life: a walk in the park, a nap in the sun, a scratch on the back, and an affectionate nuzzle for all.  We love you, Bean.”

You can see more of Bean as well as Pip the guinea pig on Sarah’s blog.   Follow McGraw Photography on Facebook for  awesome pet portraits including pets up for adoption!

About McGraw Photography:  Sarah is a full-time professional pet photographer  specializing in fresh, modern, fun pet portraits taken on-location  in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Sarah has two dogs of her own, Sadie and Eva.   Sarah is a member of HeARTs Speak, a non-profit organization that connects artists and rescues to promote pet adoption.

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Pawsitively Amazing: Ginger


Once again, I’m participating in one of my favorite blog hops, Blog The Change For Animals.  All the participants have chosen a topic which they feel passionately about to help make the world a better place for animals.   I hope you will take the time to read some of the other posts from this blog hop.  Together we can make a difference!

Candice Thies from Sweet Rocket Photography sent me these photos of Ginger, a Beagle who was used in testing but now thanks to Beagle Freedom Project  is finally free to live a better life.

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“The smell is wonderful.  My lungs expand and contract to inhale more and more.  I run.  I run and don’t stop.  There is nothing that can stop me.  I’m free.  My heart is pounding out of my chest.  Come on.  Let’s run together.”

© Sweet Rocket Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Ear Tattoo on Beagle Used in LabFrom Candice and Joshua:  “I can only imagine that’s how Ginger (previously 021142) felt after Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) negotiated her release with a Memphis based animal testing facility.  Earmarked and raised in captivity from a pup, she was now in a new alien world where everything was vibrant and colorful.  BFP negotiates and facilitates the anonymous release of incarcerated Beagles from animal testing labs to fosters, and eventually adopters, to rehabilitate and give them the life that they deserve.  BFP wants to eliminate animal testing but is willing to work with labs to prevent them from euthanizing Beagles after they are done ‘testing.’

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Shortly after fostering Tommy (of the DC7), we were called upon again for fostering another East Coast release.  Tommy changed our lives in more ways than we could have imagine; so, we knew we wanted to participate again.  Of the seven released in Memphis, a sweet little girl (Ginger) picked us from among the potential fosters.

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 Ginger, 4.5 years old was malnourished and her skin was in poor condition.  She had given birth to a litter within the past few months.  Prior to release, she was spayed.  She was also unable to bark and has a, possibly related, breathing disorder.  Almost all labs debark the dogs so they are not able to bark or whimper during testing or while in the cage.  Other health problems can be attributed to this procedure. 

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The transformation from feral to domesticated is a a heartbreaking process.  She had to learn banal tasks, such as: eating and drinking out of a bowl, walking on surfaces other than a cage floor, going through doorways, and sleeping in a bed.  Thankfully, her learning was accelerated with the help of  her new canine companions.

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After fostering Ginger for a few weeks, she had placed her paw print firmly on our hearts.  She felt so at home that we decided to let her live out the rest of her free life with us.  It must have been kismet because she was born on our wedding anniversary.  She has learned to go up steps, potty outside, and play with toys; but most of all she has learned what love is.  She still has her foibles but they only make her that much more adorable.”

© Sweet Rocket Photography  | Daily Dog Tag | Ginger and her canine familyYou may recognize three of Ginger’s pack, Kobe, Avalanche and Affinity, my three favorite doxies!

Here are two EASY ways you can help Beagles like Ginger who are still being used for testing:

1. Sign this letter. 2.  Look for the Leaping Bunny when you shop!  Support cruelty free companies.

You can follow Ginger on Facebook as well as Beagle Freedom Project’s Facebook page.  

About Sweet Rocket Photography:  Based in Stanton, Kentucky, Candice is a portrait photographer specializing unique and whimsical portraits of pets and children.  She has 3 Dachshunds, a fox hound/Beagle mix and now Ginger from the Memphis 7.

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