Lemme Tell You 'Bout My Best Friend

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Warning: Cute pug pictures ahead. I'll talk anyone's ear off that will listen about how cool my dog is. Zoey the Pug is without a doubt the best little dog a gal could hope for. 

Z the Pug is coming up on her 4th "Gotcha Day" in December. When BB and I decided to get a pug, we wanted to adopt if we could. We spent months scouring Craigslist and PetFinder to find our new little buddy. It took a lot of waiting before we finally found our pug, but Zoey was worth the patience. She came from a family with several kids and a new baby and we're too overwhelmed to take care of a puppy, so we were happy to take her off their hands. I can safely say it was the best decision we've ever made. Well, besides changing her name from Frankie Jo to Zoey. FRANKIE. JO. Seriously.

She's my snuggle buddy when I marathon The Mindy Project on Hulu every night. She curls up next to me and keeps me company when I work from home. She's happy to clean up any of the chips I drop on the floor, and I swear that her little snores help me sleep better. 

If you're thinking about getting a dog, but looking for a specific breed, you can still adopt instead of using a breeder! There are so many dogs out there that need homes (and I seriously want them all), whether from a shelter, foster home, or even from someone who can't handle them. Here are a few tips for finding your new best friend:

1. Use Search on PetFinder & Craigslist: If you're looking for a specific breed, using the search tools on these two websites can help you find any that may have fallen through the cracks. Sometimes, we'd find a pug in surrounding areas like Fayetteville or Memphis that we might not have seen otherwise.

2. Check Every Single Day: Persistence pays off! We both searched these websites constantly in case of new listings. Pugs are a pretty popular dog, so we had a few slip through our fingers because someone found the listing minutes before we did. 

3.  Follow Breed-Specific Rescues: We followed several pug-focused rescues like the Pug Rescue of Northwest Arkansas on Facebook. Since they're dedicated specifically to pugs, there was a better shot that we'd find exactly what we were looking for!

4. Patience, Patience, Patience: This is probably the most important thing to remember. You could find your next furry friend in a day, or it could take months. If it's really important for you to get a particular breed, it will take time. In the end, it will be worth it!

Even if you decide not to rescue, there are plenty of ways you can help dogs in shelters that need to be adopted. Most shelters need volunteers to walk or clean the dogs, and they're always looking for donations! You can donate crates or carriers you aren't using any more, new toys, or items for event auctions to raise money. And, speaking of money - that's always a good way to help as well. Consider sponsoring an adoption of a pup to help them find a forever home faster.

Possibly the easiest way to help? Every time you buy PEDIGREE® food at Sam's Club, they'll donate a bowl of food to a dog in need for the entire month of October. I'm hanging out with the 55 lb. bag here in the pet aisle of Sam's, which could feed a lot of happy dogs (and keep them healthy while they're waiting for a new family!).

Want to donate even MORE food? Upload a photo of your best furry pal to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #LaterShelter and PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl for every photo uploaded! The best ones will be featured on Sam's Club's website. Make sure you check out more heartfelt puppy stories (and cute photos of dogs) on the Pedigree Social Hub and follow Sam's Club on Twitter!

PS - check out this cute video I made with my bestie Z the Pug on Instagram!