Take The Purina 30-Day Challenge & Get Fit With Your Dog

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When people meet my dogs for the first time, they can’t get over how small they are. And at five and six pounds each, they are small. But I will never forget how tiny they were when we first met them – at six weeks old, they fit in the palm of my hand (with room to spare). Now seven and nine years old (this week – happy birthday Bear!) they may look like pups, but just look at their puppy pictures.

Toy Yorkie Puppies

Still they are easy to fall in love with. I can’t keep track of the number of times perfect strangers have met our girls and then asked for our breeder’s name. Strangers on the street, delivery men, friends, etc. 

Here’s the really cool story about our dogs:

My sister always wanted a Yorkie. Not long after she finally got one, Marley came to stay with us for a night or two while she went out of town. My soon-to-be husband who always wanted a big dog really liked Marley and finally agreed, small dogs are awesome. When we decided to get one ourselves, my mom also decided to get one. So we went to my sister’s breeder and got sister pups from a new litter that had the same mom and dad as my sister’s dog.

Within a year of bringing our Bear (and mom’s Maggie) home, we decided the dogs each needed a friend. So mom and I went back to the breeder and got another pair of sisters from another litter who had the same parents again (Bella and Molly). 

By now my grandmother also wanted a Yorkie. But everyone agreed that she didn’t need a puppy. As luck would have it Bella and Molly’s litter was to be the last litter for the mom of all of our dogs. Needing a good home, we were more than happy to help grandma adopt Ginger.

So in our family, we have six Yorkies — five sisters and their mom. Pretty neat.

Toy Yorkie Bear

Purina® Pro Plan® Leash On Challenge

Since exercise is as important for a dog’s health as it is a person’s why not keep your dog by your side while you exercise? ProPlan has launched a 30-day Leash On Challenge to encourage dog owners to get out and exercise with their four-legged friend.

After accepting the challenge, you will be entered to win free dog food each day you exercise with your pooch. And if you meet the goal of 30 consecutive days of excise you will be entered to win the grand prize — free dog food for a year!

Now that should get some tails wagging. 

The challenge runs through November 13, 2013, so there is plenty of time to get in your 30 days. But get started today. While you are participating in the challenge, Purina® Pro Plan® fitness group will also help you track how many minutes you’ve spent with your pets and how many calories you burned during your walking and/or running with your pet. Learn more about the 30-day Leash On Challenge and how you can get started.

Get active and enjoy some special bonding time with (wo)man’s best friend.

Toy Yorkie

Purina® ProPlan® has partnered with MapMyFitness and created the Purina® ProPlan® Fitness Group Page to get pet owner’s more active with their dogs. Check out the Fitness Group page here and start getting active with your dog today!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Purina® ProPlan®. The opinions and text are all mine.