This post is sponsored by Spot Shot® Instant Carpet Stain Remover, opinions are my own.
One major event in our house last year was the sudden addition of our rescue Cavalier puppy, Auggie. Since we’ve had him now for almost a year, I thought I’d share a little more about our experience with 1) a rescue puppy who was caged the first four months of his life before coming to live with us and 2) adjusting to being “small dog owners” which is not the same, we have learned as being “big dog owners”.
Without a doubt, having Auggie has been one of our greatest joys. I often can’t believe we got lucky enough to be his owners. He is the sweetest puppy (even at a year old he still resembles a puppy, most people think he is) and he is 100% full of love. Very few people who enter our home aren’t charmed by him, and some of our friends and family have even sought a similar dog breed after meeting him.
We have always been ‘big’ dog people. We have had labs, and we consider our older dog, Lucy to be the best dog that has ever walked the earth. However, she is 100% my husband’s dog, when he leaves the house she sits at the window waiting for him to come home. He takes her hunting and fishing and while she’s a sweetheart, she isn’t a dog that will cuddle with you while you watch TV, you know?
Enter Auggie, whose loyalty lies somewhere between my daughter and me. At night he sleeps with her, but he likes to cuddle up with me during the day if I am working on the couch. He also absolutely hates to miss an excursion, positioning himself in front of the door in hopes of going on a car ride– to anywhere. Bringing him home as a rescue that only knew life in a crate, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into, as I shared in this post. He very quickly learned the rules of the road from our older dog and the transition was actually much easier than I expected.
The only exception to his lovability has been his very sensitive stomach. This is what I mean by ‘small dog problems’ as even the vet has validated while our labrador could eat just about anything (and probably has) Auggie needs to walk a very fine line with his digestive system. In the end, the only food that seems to work well for him is a special sensitive stomach blend I have to buy from our vet, along with probiotics. He still likes to chomp down on things that look interesting, like a delicious piece of mulch or stolen candy from a rogue Easter basket. All of which have led to, well pretty much what you would expect, from his small, finicky stomach.
I’ll spare you the details but suffice to say, since Auggie came into our lives our carpets have definitely suffered. Since the carpeting in this home isn’t even two years old, I have tried to stay on top of any mess immediately with my go-to, Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. To say we use quite a bit of it now that we have Auggie would be an understatement. My current routine is to hit any stain as soon as possible with the Spot Shot spray, then use my larger steam carpet cleaner to do a deep cleaning every few months.
Spot Shot even has a special pet formula, Spot Shot® Pet Instant Carpet Stain and Odor Eliminator, which works great on pet stains. You can find Spot Shot products at Walmart. Spot Shot will help keep your carpets looking like your pets are PERFECTLY behaved. Mine are definitely not, but we love them dearly anyway.
In these current hard times, I appreciate having Auggie cuddled up next to me even more than usual. I hear puppy adoption is at an all time high so I believe many people are finding comfort in their pets right now. In the end, his sweet face and lovable personality make all the messes he makes worth it.XO,