Monday, May 5, 2014

WANTED: Pet Parent for #BestDogEver

I am the Best Dog Ever...and so are YOU! 
All dogs are the best!  And I believe we deserve the best pet parents.  Don't you agree? 



But, what if you hadn't found your best pet parent yet?  Where would you look for one?  
How would you find the best pet parent for YOU?

I say be proactive!  Sell yourself through strategic ad placement.  And for dog's sake, be creative about it...unlike this poor guy:


BOR-ING.  You might as well just say "Free to good home".  You've got to show your personality!  That's what makes a potential pet parent fall in love with you.  Here, let me show you...

Pet Parent for Best Dog Ever
The recipe for a great ad is right under your nose.  Everything you need to consider while writing your ad is right there in the newspaper, whether paper or online version.


First, check out the sections and set aside the ones that interest you.  I recommend the following sections: 
Lifestyle  -  Money  -   Travel  -   Sports  -  Comics  -  and of course, Food.

Let's consider the first section: Lifestyle.  What kind of lifestyle do you see yourself living?  Rich and famous?  Active and sporty?  Or out in the wild and crazy?  (Be honest with yourself here because a mismatch in Lifestyle with your pet parent will trickledown into every other aspect of your life.)


No matter the Lifestyle you choose, you definitely want to consider the Money section of the paper.  Are you a dog that can destroy a new toy in less than 5 minutes?  Do you require daily medication?  Will you only eat top-of-the-line food?

Pet parents need Money, even if it is only a moderate amount.  Think about it this way...they need it to keep you in the lifestyle to which you would like to become accustomed!


Depending on your personal style, you can review the Travel and Sports section too!  Some dogs love to Travel, when others do not.  And we all like to play but there are so many games to choose from like catch, fetch and chase-around-the-field.  I also like the Comics because I want a pet parent who has a sense of humor.  The best pet parent will laugh at your silly antics, not scold you for being a crazy dog.


And while all those sections will provide you with great information, let's get to the MOST important:  FOOD.  You MUST consider the type of food you want to eat.  If you want homemade food and your pet parent can't cook, you are not going to be happy.


OK...so now you should have an idea of what you are looking for in a Best Pet Parent.  If I needed to find my Best Pet Parent, my ad would be:



Of course, I already have the Best Pet Parents because they do all of that AND MORE!     

And speaking of MY Pet Parents...before I was switched to a raw diet, I ate kibble and some canned foods and I was happy (but sometimes itchy from food allergies).  My favorite canned food was by Merrick Pet Care.  Ma knows I love the Merrick canned recipes so she still buys me some and I get it as "treat meal" on certain occasions.  Isn't she the BEST?!?

Ma has always loved the Merrick canned food too because well, it looks like human food...not like a pile of mush.  Merrick makes natural, high protein, grain free dog food with ingredients sourced from local growers in the U.S.A.  They even create all their recipes (there are 125 dog food, cat food and treat recipes - WOW!) in their own five-star kitchen and manufacturing facilities that uphold strict guidelines well-defined by the FDA.


Merrick believes that dogs thrive when they are fed quality protein and healthy fats like the ones found in all of their holistic and natural recipes.  That is why they are being SUPER generous and offering one of my readers a month's worth of the Merrick Food of their choice from the entire Merrick Pet Care Dog Food line!  Winner must be a U.S. resident over 18 years of age. 

What makes your pet parent(s) the BEST?  
Leave me a comment and then enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Post Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Merrick and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network.  I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Merrick Pet Care and their Best Dog Ever Campaign, but Oz the Terrier only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Merrick Pet Care, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

79 comments:

  1. What makes our Mom the best - simple - there isn't anything she would do for us. She makes sure we have the best life she can possibly give us, she finds us the best food , the best places to walk, the best places to take us on vacation and makes sure we are always as healthy and as happy and most importantly - she lets us know we are loved every single day :)

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    1. Hmmm, that sounds just like my Ma and Daddy-dog! We are all super lucky to have the Best Pet Parents Ever!

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  2. Your parents are the best. The brown dawgs tried Merrick food for a bit, but it was a bit too rich for them...I guess they are just mushy dawgs...lol.

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    1. BOL! Well, every dog needs to eat what is best for them! if they are mushy dawgs, they are mushy dawgs.

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  3. Our pawrents are the best because they are always with us (most of the time). Since they are both retired we rarely get left home alone. They also make sure we have plenty of play time every day no matter the weather. We love our mom and dad.

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    1. Awww, you are lucky you get to spend SO much time with your mom and dad. My Ma works from home so that is great...but I have to wait all day for Daddy-dog to come home from work. Though absence makes the heart grow fonder, I wish he was here to play all day.

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  4. We like the Grain Free Real Texas Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe and eat it every day. Sometimes on special occasions we get some of the canned ones too.

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    1. Oh, that is a good one! I love anything with sweet potato myself!

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  5. We have parents that encourage us when we are good and are patient and continue to teach us when we do the things we love to do, but are not on the approved list.

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  6. AnonymousMay 05, 2014

    Oz, I never saw such canned food. It looks like a real menu. The most canned food looks like a mush, but this one looks really GOOD! Yes, you have the best pet parents, that's for sure. Have a super tasty monday!

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    1. I know! Easy, the Merrick LOOKS and SMELLS (and tastes, though Ma is not quite sure on that one) like real human food. It's why Ma lets me have it once in a while as a treat. You can SEE the ingredients right there in the bowl.

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  7. AnonymousMay 05, 2014

    I love your ad. Finding an awesome pet parent is super important. I think Roxy and Torrey would agree.

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    1. And Roxy and Torrey have the best pet parent for them! Look at all the great adventures you go on together!

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  8. I think this is the #BestBlogPostEver !!! Your ad is SO clever!!! Although my guys eat raw, too, they would love to snack on Merrick. It is great food!

    PS Our dog bowls are made with the Best Dog Ever theme....It says: Wanted for Being the Best Dog Ever in the bottom and has little wanted signs aren't the outside.

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    1. BOL! Why, thank you Taryn! Yes, Merrick wet food makes for a great, healthy snack or "treat meal" as we call it. You can see the wholesome ingredients since it looks just like people food. What cool dog bowls you have! Where on Earth did you find them?!?

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    2. I've had my bowls for years, but I see that Chewy.com has them: http://www.chewy.com/dog/signature-housewares-mug-shots-dog/dp/39785?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=&utm_term=&gclid=CM75t4bOmr4CFcVffgodOSoA3w

      The "Wanted fro being the Best Dog Ever" is in the bottom of the bowl where the food goes.

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    3. Those are the GREATEST bowls for the Best Dog Ever!!! LOVE THEM!!
      Thanks for sharing the link :)

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  9. Hey Oz!
    Wow, what a super post for those still looking for the right peeps! For me, my pawrents are the bestest because Dad is totally the rugged outdoorsy type just like me, and Mom is my blogging assistant. She does lots of the outdoorsy adventures too. I wish every pet could be so lucky and find great furever homes. This is a very sweet giveaway and thanks for hosting it!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Food Lover

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    1. Oooh, Sarge...your parents sound just like mine! It's great when you find the Best pet parents, isn't it! I wish every doggie would find the best parents for them...and be in loving homes for forever!

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  10. I don't know if that dog food is low fat enough for my special diet. They won't let me eat stuff that isn't.

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    1. Hmmm, Kyla...you should check the Merrick website. They have lots of variety - 125 different recipes in all - and some of them must be low calorie...at least, I would think they would offer that.

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  11. Best dogs and best foods can be magical Oz!

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  12. It is OUR grrrrrreatest HOPE that All Dogs and KITTIES will have super Homes and Peeps and Foods.

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    1. We wish for that TOO!!! All fur kids should have a place to call home and full belly and loving pet parents....it makes us sad to see so many fur kids out there waiting for their special someone...

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  13. Oz what a fun post .....BUT I MUST SAY OMDs you look more dashing than 007 in your Foster Grant Shades...
    Kitty sighs,
    Madi your bfff

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  14. Oz, you have the best pawrents ever! And your video is PAWSOME! My doggies would love some Merricks. :)
    www.dogtreatweb.com

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    1. Awww, *blushes*. Then you should enter to win, Miss Flea!

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  15. Very cute and creative! You and I are lucky we have some of the best pet parents already!

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    1. Thank you, Emma. We are some lucky dogs, aren't we?!

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  16. Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Hello Oz ~ This is very informative. I never thought about selling myself! Maybe I could find someone better than Lee. I am going to place my advertisement today and maybe I can get me some cans of dog food that looks like yours. Gourmet Foods wanted by me yea bring it on.
    Thanks for the tip
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. Now, Sir William...you and Lee are perfect for each other! How could you go looking for another mom?!? Hey, did you enter the giveaway? They have kibble food as well as canned...you could win yourself some, buddy! I know you love to eat!

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  17. That is the greatest advice, Oz, and I LOVE your ad!! If you didn't already have the best parents you'd find them with that ad!
    Wow, that food looks really good, not your normal run of the mill canned dog food! We are part of the campaign, and looking forward to trying some Merrick food soon.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you Miss Jan! Oh, are you part of the food review campaign?! The woofies over there are going to love the Merrick food, I just know it!

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  18. AnonymousMay 05, 2014

    Well hope we never have to go through lookin for a peep, we gots the bestest. We may not be the bestest, but we are darn close to it

    The Mad Scots

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    1. You Mad Scots are the BEST! And don't you forget it! You do have some mighty cool parents too!

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  19. You are the best dog ever and that was a great review. You look like a handsome movie star in those cool shades.

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    1. BOL Miss JoAnn! If only I was a movie star...but that's not my "style". Thank you.

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  20. That was a great review, to bad it is U.S only giveaway tho.
    Good luck to all who enters and really good post Oz!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Thanks and yes, only US residents. I'm sorry...I know you would've loved to enter! Those Huskies would be happy with a month's worth of Merrick.

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  21. My hooman is the best because she feeds me Merrick. I was on other stuff at first, but then she was all blech! I can't have my daughter eating corn with a little bit of meat flavoring. I also think she is the best because I get car rides and go to the dog park. I also have to take my flea and heartworm medicine which is gross and so not beef flavored, but she always gives me canned Merrick as a special treat afterwards. You can actually see the veggies and the chicken in there! So much better than mushy gross stuff. I like my dad too, but he does not give me as many treats. Plus she picked me over all the other dogs at the shelter. People don't like black cats or black dogs, but Mom and Dad think I am number 1, which makes then number one to me.

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    1. It sounds like you have some of the best pet parents! And they already feed you Merrick? Yum!

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  22. Good advice however I'm not poopin in the house that feeds me....well sometimes I do.... what I mean I've got great pet parents and a great home so I'm not selling nor buying.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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    1. I don't blame you, Sully. I am staying right where I am too!

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  23. Wow Oz...you really know how to do that whole marketing thing!! We just loved your ad!!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Arty, Jakey & Bilbo

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    1. Aw, thanks pals. You are too sweet.

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  24. Oh! OZ :-) Golden LOVE it! You got the best ever Pet Mom and Dad. Loving the shades like mom's photo. LIVE Love LAUGH cap, only best parent would wear that. We can't wait to taste Merrick food. Golden Woofs

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    1. Ma didn't even notice her Live Love Laugh cap was on blog until you said so. BOL You have best pet parents too, Sugar. I know because I've met them in person. Yes, you will really like the Merrick! I just know it!

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  25. Oz, that video was top notch! You covered all the bases. I think you listed all the most important parts of what I would be looking for, too!


    Bunny

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  26. Adorable. Every pet deserves a best pet mom and dad like you have.

    And BTW, you rock the sunglasses.

    --Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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    1. Yes, every pet deserves the BEST pet parents ever! I couldn't agree more. Oh, and thank you...I tried to rock them as best I could. BOL

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  27. Wells, I thinks Ma is the bestest cause she walks me everyday and gives me chewies and margaritas! I thinks I'm gonna let some other pups enter this contest since I'm on the special foodables from the vettie. I do loves Merrick though! I eats their treaties and I LOVES their Texas Taffy!!! Yummers!
    Good Lucks everyone and I loves your ad!!! I thinks you have the bestest peeps evers!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. She let's you have margaritas, Ruby?!? BOL I forgot you are on food from the vet. Dang! And you do love Merrick...I know you have their treats! OH! And thank you.

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  28. French Country Cafe canned dog food is our favorite!

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    1. I don't think I have ever tried that flavor.

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  29. My dogs think I'm the best pet parent because I give them all the love and care they could ever want.

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  30. Aw love your video Oz! I didn't know that Merrick canned food looked like that! Wow! I am totally going to have to get some for Shiner next time I am at the pet store.

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    1. Thank you Miss Ann. Yes, some of the Merrick canned food, especially the new recipes, look just like people food! It's amazing, isn't it? You should definitely get some for Shiner...but enter my giveaway too.

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  31. I have the best pet parents because they love me and play fetch with me and give me all the care that I need! My mommy also gives me lots of tasty treats!!

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    1. It sure sounds like you have the BEST pet parent!

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  32. We LOVE your great review of Merrick and we are believers of Merrick completely! Before Merrick I had the itches and really dry skin and constantly was at the vet for skin problems and after I started Merrick grain free I am much better!
    My pet parents are the BEST pet parents ever because they give me lots of love and belly rubs and my daddy built me a ramp so I don't fall down the deck stairs since they are so steep when I go outside and my mommy takes me on great adventure walks and blogs all about my adventures. I also get to go on car rides all the time and I get yummy homemade treats made with sweet potatoes and pumpkin and I get to go to Petco every month to pick up my Chicken and Sweet Potato grain free food and visit all my peeps there!
    I keep telling mommy that I want to try some of Merrick's Texas Toothpicks but she keeps telling me that they are too expensive so maybe one day I will get to try them....I've heard that they are super dooper yummy for the tummy and good for the teefers too....
    Over and out and peace and love and barks and treats forever,
    Love Jozi

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    1. Jozi, it sounds like you have the super-best pet parents ever! They have done so much for you including switching you to a great food that keeps you nice and healthy. Oh, you should tell your mom to buy the Texas Toothpicks just once...for a special occasion...so you can try them! You would love them and they are really good for your teethies!

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  33. My mom is best because she adopted me two years ago and we go on all kinds of adventures together. I go to Easter egg hunts, hikes, pool parties for dogs, fundraisers such as the Jingle Bell Dog Walk and Bark in the Park. This year I earned my Jr. Lure Coursing title. Mom also has the best treats and toys too.

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    1. Wow! You get to do LOTS of great stuff! You sure do have the best pet mom!

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  34. Artie dog likes Classic Grain Free Smothered Comfort™

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  35. My Do's Would Say I'm The Best Pet Parent Because I Give Them The Best, Quality Food, A Loving Home And Lot's Of Attention. Entry Name- Heather Hayes Panjon

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  36. My Dog's Love The Classic Real Beef with Whole Barley & Carrot Dry Food! Entry Name- Heather Hayes Panjon

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  37. High Paws Oz! LOVE the video ad! Baron and I are looking forward to tasting some Merrick later this month.
    Hugs,
    Pepper

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  38. I like the Kitchen Bites - Cowboy Cookout.

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  39. Classic Real Chicken with Brown Rice & Green Pea sounds good! :D

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  40. I love your sunglasses Oz!

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