If you follow me on Snapchat (akeeleywhite), you know that I have a black lab mix named Lilly. We adopted Lilly in 2012 when she was 6 months old from a local rescue group. I had been wanting a dog so badly (I bugged my husband about it everyday ever since we got married). Once we got a house he finally agreed that we could get a dog so the search began! We are big advocates of rescuing dogs that are in need of a home, and we found Lilly at Paw Prints Rescue. It's definitely the best decision we ever made (even though she is seriously a handful)! We absolutely love spending time with this crazy pup, and I've come up with 5 moments to savor with your pet this summer:
1. Patio dining
I love dining outside when the weather is warm! What's even better is bringing Lilly along with us if the restaurant allows it. She loves being around other people and especially other dogs, and then we don't have to leave her at home when we are going out to eat. It's a win-win situation for everyone! One of my favorite areas in Raleigh is Lafayette Village which is where Lilly and I are in these pictures. There are so many amazing restaurants with outdoor seating, and I definitely recommend it if you're in the Raleigh area!
Another great part about summer is grilling and eating dinner in the backyard! Whenever we are grilling, we will bring Lilly's food outside too so she can savor and spend her meal time with us. Lilly is very motivated by food, and she is always ready to eat! She has been eating Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend since we first adopted her, and we pick it up at PetSmart. The vet recommended it to us and we really like that it's a high nutrition dog food that Lilly really enjoys. Purina® Pro Plan® is dedicated to help your dog find his/her full potential with high-quality and great-tasting nutrition. It has 100% complete and balanced nutrition for each stage of life (puppy to senior), and it also has optimal levels of protein and fat to help dogs maintain their ideal body condition which is really crucial. My husband and I have been focusing on getting healthier this year, and it's important to us that Lilly is healthy too. We really like that Lilly is getting exactly the nutrition that she needs, and it also has real meat as the first ingredient in the dry food which is ideal when it comes to feeding our pup! She absolutely loves this food, and she gets way too excited when you ask her if she's ready for dinner.
If you spend $15 on any Purina® Pro Plan® product between 5/31–7/5 at PetSmart, you can save $15 on your next purchase of 10.5-lbs. or larger Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Cat or Dog Food or Litter by 7/31.
3. Road trips
Lilly absolutely loves riding in the car which makes life a lot easier! We love taking short road trips to the lake for a long walk, and to try to convince her to swim. It's funny how she can tell exactly where she is, and she starts to get so excited when we reach our destination. She's also your typical dog and has to have her head out the window the entire car ride!
4. Long walks
Lilly goes on two walks a day for a total of 4 miles. Labs are known for having a lot of energy (which is an understatement) so walking her for 4 miles is necessary. When the weather is really nice though, we will take her for an even longer walk which she absolutely loves! 4 miles doesn't really phase her, but taking her on a 5+ mile walk definitely has her ready for a long afternoon nap.
5. Lounging in the backyard
One of the best parts about summer is the sunshine, which makes it perfect for lounging in the backyard! I love our backyard setup with a table and chairs as well as a lounge chair. I could spend all day out there, and Lilly could too if you let her! She loves being outside with us, and she can't get enough of the warm sunshine!
What moments do you want to savor with your pet this summer?
Photos by GloryRoze Photography