Our Dogs’ Big Move


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Richard and I have both shared all the details of our big move from South Florida to North Florida on the blog over the past few months. We’ve talked about selling our old house, buying a new house, all we love about our new community, and how the children have adjusted to a new school. The one thing we haven’t written about? How our dogs’ lives have changed. They are part of our family, too, and they’ve gone through some big changes as well. The biggest changes impacted our girl Daisy.

Daisy is the oldest of our three dogs. She was born in March 2005. She is a sweet little Chihuahua-poodle mix. About a week before we moved – when we were going  crazy packing, cleaning, organizing, purging, completing paperwork – Daisy seemed lethargic and weak. I gave her a few days {maybe she had a little cold?} but when her health appeared to decline, I took her to the vet. He said she had an autoimmune disorder, which can come on very quickly in dogs. He prescribed her a medication and basically said she had a 50/50 chance of living. This was just three days before we moved.

That Friday, we took Daisy to a new vet in Gainesville, and she checked Daisy’s levels. Turns out, she was on the mend. She prescribed an additional medication, and within days, we saw her health improve. She got her energy back and enjoyed exploring our new house. She had fun running around our backyard and snuggling with our two other dogs. We were so happy our girl was able to make the move from South Florida to North Florida with us.

When Daisy was sick, she was so weak she could barely eat, so once she got her spunk back, a healthy appetite came with it. We want to do all we can to keep her happy and healthy, so we switched to a new dog food. With all of the other changes going on, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t too much of a shock to her system. We headed to Walmart where we purchased Nature’s Recipe {previously only available in specialty pet stores}. It’s great to know that we can purchase high-quality dog food, like Nature’s Recipe, at Walmart — it’s both convenient and affordable! Nature’s Recipe is free of corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, and preservatives. It’s made with ingredients from nature that dogs will love.

To switch your dog to a new food, you may want to try the following:

  • Choose flavors of the new food that you know your dog will love
  • Begin by mixing half the new dry food with your old dry food for a few days
  • Try combining a new wet food with old dry food
  • Replace one entire meal a day with the new food

Once you know your dog loves his/her new food, you can completely replace the old food with the new food. I purchased Nature’s Recipe Grain Free Salmon Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Wild Salmon Wet Dog Food, and Grain Free Chicken Recipe Wet Dog Food. Nature’s Recipe allows you to feed their lives to the fullest! I really like that Nature’s Recipe provides a lot of ‘grain-free’ options that not a lot of other brands offer.

As you can see, someone is a big fan of her new food. She just gobbles it all up! I’m so glad all three of our dogs can enjoy our new home in Gainesville together. As for Daisy’s health? She’s in remission now and is being weaned off her meds. She’s as spunky now as she was when she was a little puppy! She can run through our big backyard, walk on her leash through our community shopping center, and enjoy time with her doggy family {and us, of course}.

Head to Walmart where you can purchase Nature’s Recipe Dog Food for your favorite pups.

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. 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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