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How Adopting A Dog Can Change Your Life

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Ariane and Kyra last Christmas at grandma’s house in Guatemala.

When we first moved to the United States we had to leave behind many things, including friends, family and our dog Kyra.  Paula adopted Kyra as a tiny puppy: she had been abandoned and was malnourished, with a skin disease and covered in ticks.  She looked like she was not gonna make it but she quickly got better and when Ariane was a born Kyra would sleep in her room right next to her crib. They had a very special bond. The first word Ariane said was “chucho” which means dog in Spanish, that is if you don’t count the fact that Ariane barked way before she spoke.  It wasn’t until after she was saying “woof” and “chucho” that she said Daddy (and Mama came a bit after that).  So needless to say having to leave Kyra behind was tough on her.

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Our Sally the first day at home

After a couple of years living in the USA we adopted Sally. Sally and Ariane hit it off immediately and since then they have become great companions and friends.  They play together all the time and enjoy each other’s company as best friends.  I have shared before how Sally has played a huge part in helping Ariane and motivating her and how having a dog can be such an amazing thing for kids, specially for kids with special needs who need a friend who will not judge them and love and accept them for who they are looking past labels and diagnosis.

Sally loves Ariane!

Kyra and Sally have both been, and still are, such an important part of our lives.  Even though Kyra is far away we see her when we travel to Guatemala and the love between Ariane and Kyra is still as strong as ever. Adopting both Kyra and Sally has was the best decision we could have made for our family and they both have filled our lives with so much love.  That is why for us it’s important to feed Sally with a dog food that is not only gives her the nutrition she needs but that also values the recognizes how important it is to adopt dogs and to support shelters, like  PEDIGREE®. When you purchase PEDIGREE® products at Sam’s Club during the month of October, the PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need.  You can upload a photo of the dog you love to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LaterShelter for a chance to be featured on SamsClub.com. The PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food for every upload.


You can read more inspiring stories about dogs and how they have changed their owner’s lives HERE. Have you ever adopted a dog? Remember you can Follow Sam’s Club on twitter

The dogs we love have help and care for our daughter #PedigreeGives AD #Cbias

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Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. adriana martin

    You bet helping animals have a better life helps us too. I couldn’t live without my cat rescues and my dear Bella. Happy Pedigree has this program.
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  2. Marlene Martinez

    Si estoy segura de que muchas son las ventajas de adoptar un perro, lo tomare en cuenta ya que mis hijos quieren un perrito en casa
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  3. Monica

    La adopción es la mejor opción para nosotros y para los perritos que están a la espera de amor y cariño. Se vuelven parte de nuestra familia y son una gran terapia para los niños.
    Monica recently posted…Receta de Fiambre de GuatemalaMy Profile

  4. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    We aadopted a cat last year and my son is asking for a dog and we are going to adopt too… I don’t know when, but for sure adopt!
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  5. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Que bellos, a nosotros nos encantaría adoptar uno, pero mi hija es alergica 🙁
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  6. Wanda Lopez

    We have a lovely dog, Pandora and can’t imagine our lives without her. Your kids look so happy. A dog is like a best friend.
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  7. Laura Rodriguez

    Qué hermosa tu hija como disfruta de la compañía de los animales. Es excelente que tenga contacto y ese amor por los perros, seguro ese calor lo va a llevar durante toda su vida. Muy lindo post, hay que adoptar mascotas.

  8. Carla

    En casa tenemos una perra adoptada y nos ha traído mucha alegría. I haven’t tried Pedigree yet. I will.

  9. s. Yissele

    Tener un animalito en casa es realmente una alegría, disfruten mucho, saludos y

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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  10. Mary Larsen

    Both of your dogs look so sweet! They are so lucky to be in such a loving family #client
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