Back in 2005, I had this great idea. Although I was a senior in high school and moving out to go to college in a few months, I decided that I just couldn’t handle not having a dog anymore so while my dad was out of town for work, I talked my mom into getting a dog. We happened to find an Airdale Terrior needing a home and we named her Nutmeg. We bought her, took her home, and boy was my dad unhappy when he found out what we had done. On a side note, pet adoption is the best. Find your local animal shelter and visit with the animals. Many shelters will let you take the dogs on walks and if you’re seriously considering pet ownership, I suggest you look at your local animal shelter first!
After getting Nutmeg, I spent my days training her – house training was by far the hardest. Accidents happened way too often. However, she eventually became house trained, kennel trained, leash trained, and learned quite a few tricks. After I left the house for college though, she did unlearn some of these great behaviors. Unfortunately, one of them was her house training. In general, she does pretty well but has a bad habit of drinking cups and cups of water and then needing to go after she’s been left at the house alone which often leads to accidents. She also can get way too overexcited when I stop by my parent’s house and just can’t hold it in at times.
In those cases, we keep STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover on hand. I found this product at my local Target in Sandy, Utah in the cleaning aisle, however, not all Target stores carry this product. You can find it online or see if your local Target carries the product here. The thing I love about STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover is that it not only removes those stubborn pet stains, but it also cleans and protects against the stains, odors, and repels dirt. As dogs tend to find one spot and go there constantly, especially inside the house where they’re not supposed to, the STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover creates an invisible shield to repel dirt against re-soiling so that it is easier to clean up next time without leaving behind any sticky residue. This product is also great for other messes and spills like grape juice, jelly, chocolate syrup, ketchup, dirty motor oil, and soil. It is always a great product to have on hand! Make sure you use the Cartweel offer to get you 25% off!
These days, I have a family of my own. We ended up adopting a dog of our own but still like to make frequent trips to visit Nutmeg (and of course my parents). When the weather is nice, we’ve taken her on walks or to the local dog park. However, as she is aging, she spends less time out on adventures and enjoys spending more time playing in the backyard or inside with us. She has been diagnosed with cancer and has a large tumor on her left side, she has kidney failure, and will probably not make it much longer. However, we love our time with her. Not only do we visit her, but we’ll also take her out with us. When we do, there are 6 things that we always need to take with us.
Things to pack for your dog
When you’re looking to take a dog out, there are a few essential items that you shouldn’t forget. I grabbed a backpack and put these things in it.
- Leash: the laws where I live state that you must have a dog leashed at all times in the city and often on trails in the mountain. Just because we can, we also like to take her to pet stores to sniff around and pick out toys she likes.
- Water Bottle: she gets so excited and so worn out on our trips out so water is always good to have on hand. She drinks it right out of the bottle if I pour it out for her but having an extra bowl on hand can be helpful if your dog would prefer to drink it out of a bowl.
- Food: normally she doesn’t need to eat but if we do keep her out too late, it’s good to have some of her regular dog food on hand.
- Toy: sometimes taking a favorite toy, especially when going to a dog park or a place your dog can run around can be a good thing. The only downfall of taking her favorite toy is at a dog park when the other dogs think they can play with it too and she isn’t very happy about that.
- Paper Towels: you never know when you’re going to have to clean up a mess or need to wipe off your hands, pants, etc. because of mud or whatever other mess your dog brings to you. And if there’s an accident in the car or inside, you’ll have paper towels right there with you.
- STAINMASTER Carpet Pet Stain Remover: if there ends up being an accident in my house, especially with her recent kidney failure, I keep this on hand to make sure our carpets stay protected. It’s easy clean up:
SPRAY: Spray product liberally and directly on affected areas.
WAIT: Wait 3-5 minutes to allow solution to penetrate the stain.
BLOT: Dampen the spot with water and blot with a clean, colorfast paper towel or cloth. Repeat as necessary to remove the stain. For best results treat stain immediately.