Not too long ago my husband and I were debating how long Glory has been in our family. It seems like she’s always been here, even though it’s just been a handful of years. I think it’s been four years, he says three. We haven’t gone back to check the vet records yet, so we still don’t know.
When we rescued Glory from the shelter they had no history on her, they could only make a guess about her age. Based on that, we think she’s around seven years old now, and we found out dogs are considered senior at age seven. They couldn’t tell us much about her personality back then, so we all had to blindly get to know each other when we brought her home. My first biggest concern was that she would attack the cats. Luckily, the worst she’s done in all these years is herd them, much to the cats disappointment.
As we’ve gotten to know her, and she’s gotten to know us, we’ve learned a few things. Namely, how to make this dog smile. The main ingredient in getting her to smile is my husband. This dog loves her human. She will wait by the window when it’s just about time for him to come home from work. If he travels for more than a day she mopes around the house until he returns, and she always, always, is beyond excited to greet him when he walks through the door.
There are a couple more things that can get Glory to smile just about every single time. The first is food. She loves meal time, and just like me, she’s not entirely picky, but she does know good food when she sees it. Over the last few months we noticed she was starting to turn her nose up at what was being served. It was obvious she was getting bored with her food.
Time for a change. We decided to take her to PetSmart to pick out some new food to transition to. A trip to PetSmart always makes her smile.
While we were there we found the Purina ProPlan Bright Mind food, specifically for senior dogs ages 7+. Glory was really interested in all of the Purina ProPlan food, she couldn’t stop smelling it, so we decided to pick some up.
We’re excited to see how Purina ProPlan Bright Mind works over the next 30 days. It contains enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs ages seven and older, so we want to see what it can do for Glory!
Just watching Glory devour the food told us she liked it. She could barely wait for us to set the bowl down and she finished everything in record time. I’m telling you, she really was smiling after this. You could see it in her eyes. I love watching her eyebrows. This dog can make some of the best expressions, but that’s a story for another day.
This brings me to the other thing that really gets Glory smiling more than anything else. Walk time. She loves going on walks. The picture at the very top of this post is the great big grin she always gives when the harness and leash come out.
You’ll notice in this picture Glory has on a GoPro camera. This might be our new obsession. I love watching the video we get as we explore our community with Glory, and she doesn’t seem to mind holding the camera. We walk all over the place so documenting it is now one of our new hobbies. Sometimes we arrive by walking from our neighborhood, other places we take a bit of a drive.
We shared some of the things that makes our adult dog smile. What activities make your dog smile?