I've grown up with pets my entire life (50+ years). I've had turtles, birds, fish, dogs, and cats. I honestly don't remember a lot of preparation for a new pet except for buying supplies and food. My dogs always lived outdoors back in the '60s, so there wasn't a lot of concern about the problems of cleaning with an indoor pet. I adopted my first cat back in the '70s and she was my first "indoor only" pet. A broom was all I needed to clean up litter and food on the floor. Muff had a thick fur coat, but it didn't shed much. Muff lived to be 19 years old before going to the bridge.
|My first cat, Muff (circa 1979)|
The second cat who came to live with me was in 1995. Sweet Praline was a baby Persian and boy could she make a mess. I'd never had a cat who required regular grooming and who could make a mess with her flat little face. Once again, I used a broom and dust pan to clean up the cat litter, kibble, and fur. I began to experience the "challenges" of cleaning up with being owned by a Persian with all of the fur.
|My first Persian, Sweet Praline (circa 1995)|
I lost Sweet Praline to cancer in 2011. It had been 16 years since I'd had a kitten and had forgotten all of the challenges with bringing a new little fur child into my home again. By now, the Internet was going strong with all of the social media outlets available to let us know how to prepare for a new kitten. Even though I'd had two cats previously, I felt like it was the first time ever when I brought Truffle and Brulee into my home in 2011. Truffle and Brulee are two silver shaded Persians, who have a cottony, soft fur that goes everywhere. I remember purchasing special food, bedding, toys, scratchers, etc. to make their home special. I researched everything I could to help me have a safe, secure, and happy home for my fur babies.
|Truffle was a little older than Brulee and began mothering her immediately. Don't they look so happy?|
I want other people to know the joys of being owned by that special fur child and am happy to announce that Swiffer® and Bark & Co. want to help more children experience that special love through pet adoption and allow parents more time to play than clean up pet-related messes. Barkbox and Swiffer are teaming up to make sure cleaning concerns are never an obstacle when bringing your child's first pet. They are partnering with participating shelters to provide a 10,000 Welcome Home kits packed with goodies and cleaning supplies to new pup parents who adopt through December. Swiffer is also making a $50,000 donation to select shelters to support their needs this holiday season. You can see if your local shelter is participating by visiting http://swiffer.barkbox.com.
On November 12, 2015, Actor Scott Foley joined forces with Swiffer in New York City to launch Swiffer's "Welcome Home" child's first pet campaign. Foley serves as Swiffer campaign ambassador to help spread the word that clean concerns should never be an obstacle to pet adoption. New pet owners are encouraged to share a photo of their new fur-ever family and everything in their Welcome Home Kit box with @Swiffer and @BarkBox to show how they are ready for when #ShedHappens.
|Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Swiffer/AP Images|
We're going to pay it forward by giving a special "Welcome Home" box from Swiffer and BarkBox to a woofie friend of ours and will share photos, a video, and tips for bringing home that special dog on a future post. In the meantime, Mom Paula is using the Swiffer products to clean up all of our fur around the house.
|Truffle and Brulee explore the Welcome Home Box that will be shared with a special woofie.|
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