Make the ONE Difference with your Dogs


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My husband and I were married in April 2005. Just a month later, we were ready to start a family. Okay, not a real family. A furry family.We already had two cats, but I had never been a dog owner, and I was ready for the challenge. Almost 10 years later, we have three dogs, all of whom are now considered “seniors”. I realized this recently when I saw that the senior dog food was for ages 7+.


When we got our first dog, it was when Paris Hilton had that little chihuahua she carried around in her purse, and even though I was not a fan of hers, the idea of having a small pup that I could bring everywhere was appealing. (Forgive me, I was in my mid-2os.) Meet Baxter! He’s a maltese-chihuahua mix.

Baby BaxterWe got a boy puppy… and I decided he needed a friend. So just a month later, we got Daisy. She’s a poodle-chihuahua mix. She’s still one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet!

Baby DaisyWe did not get Baxter spayed or Daisy neutered immediately, so just a year later, Baxter and Daisy became parents to two puppies, Junior and Chubby. It was amazing to watch their birth! My sister took Chubby, and we kept Junior. Here he is at just a few weeks old.

Baby JuniorOur Furry Family was complete! When the dogs were younger, they were the center of our family and spoiled rotten. Baxter, the most rambunctious of the three, went to dog obedience classes. We taught him lots of tricks, and he graduated!

baxter graduates

Over the years, our family changed. In 2009, we welcomed our daughter Lydia, and in 2011, we welcomed our son Bryce. Having children certainly changes the dynamics in your home. The attention shifted from our fur babies to our people babies.

Lydia with the dogsBut it’s important to remember that our dogs are a part of our family, and as they get older, we need to do a good job monitoring their health. So I had Baxter help me do some shopping on We bought a bag of Purina ONE Smartblend: Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula. Also available on is Purina ONE Smartblend: Chicken and Rice Formula.

Baxter buys AmazonMy dogs get super excited whenever they hear the doorbell ring, especially when it is the UPS guy delivering a package. With Amazon Prime, your package will arrive in just 2 business days!

UPS guyAll three dogs were happy to try their new Purina ONE dog food specifically formulated for seniors. Purina ONE invites dog owners to take the 28-Day Challenge. In just 28 days, you may notice an improvement in your dog’s energy, skin, coat, eyes, and dental health. Purina ONE dog food has real poultry, meat, or fish as the #1 ingredient, so you know it’s the ONE difference you can make for your aging dogs.

Eating PurinaIf you would like to learn more about the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge, follow Purina ONE on Facebook and twitter

Your dogs are an integral part of your family. They watch as you age, have children, and celebrate all of life’s other changes. Help them stay healthy as they grow with Purina ONE!

Our Furry Family

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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One Response to Make the ONE Difference with your Dogs

  1. Jenna Wood says:

    I just love the shot of all their tails in the air sniffing the package, that is SO my dog! What a cute idea to take a photo of now and then to compare them- they’re still adorable as ever, hopefully Purina ONE Smrtblend will help keep them just as active too! #client

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