Purina One 28 Day Challenge #ONEDifference

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28 Day Purina One Challenge

Emma is more than just a fur baby to me, she is my actual child. If you know me, then you know this to be true. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, as I grew up I went between wanting to be a veterinarian, a dolphin trainer and a marine biologist. While I’m not in any of those professions now, animals are still a huge part of my life, and I knew I would need a furry friend eventually.

About two years ago my boyfriend mentioned that he would be open to the idea of getting a dog (versus a cat since I had basically been begging for a cat forever). To me that meant, YES, the “idea of getting a dog” meant we are getting a dog! Of course, right? Within two months, little Emma came home with us and our lives have forever been changed. She has a personality unlike any other pet I’ve ever had. It’s seriously like she knows what I’m saying to her, knows the difference between each one of her toys (go get sheep or Jeffrey “her boyfriend” aka the stuffed animal dog) and gives me sass when she gets in trouble. I mean, she makes light growling noises when I tell her to go to her kennel or if I pick her up when she’s been napping on the couch and I want her to come to bed with me. She gets most excited about car rides because that usually means she gets to see other people or go to the dog park to play with other dogs.

Aside from getting a bit too excited when people come over to visit (and it is impossible to stop her from jumping on them and/or their laps — no sense of a personal bubble), she is super well behaved and listens. She is an absolute joy in our lives, and our families love her just as much. In fact, to our parents she is their little grand-puppy!!!!!! Our only challenge with her so far has been food. Something I never had issues with my dog growing up, so I figured all dogs would just eat whatever food I gave them, right?

Wrong. Just a few months ago Emma was throwing up clear/yellow fluid every other week from an empty stomach because she didn’t love her food. I talked to the vet about it at her annual check up and he said because she is a herding breed (a miniature Australian shepherd) it is possible that she gets extreme anxiety when both my boyfriend and I aren’t around her while she eats. We definitely noticed she is a social eater, she tries to entice us to throw her food like we are playing fetch before she’ll eat it. Unfortunately with busy schedules, we really need her to eat when we give her food so she doesn’t get sick off an empty stomach. We had to switch foods a couple times and nothing seemed to do the trick, or we noticed that she gained a lot of weight because it might be too much protein in her diet. Finding the right balance in a dog food, along with finding something she loves and helps maintain a healthy weight was extremely important to us. Then we heard about Purina One and the benefits.

Purina One Smartblend 28 Day challenge

I was so excited to find out about the 28 Day Challenge! Some of the perks we were hoping to see right away with Emma were:

  • Taste – that she would love it right away and we wouldn’t have to worry about her throwing up on an empty stomach anymore
  • Energy – while it was a rough winter for everyone in Minnesota, dogs included, we really noticed a decrease in energy and wanted our spunky pup back
  • Digestibility – with switching foods to find something she would like and benefit her, Emma has had some issues with her digestion, we wanted to get her back on track
  • Dental Health – we brush her teeth as we should, but we always want to make sure she has a happy, healthy mouth with strong teeth and healthy gums


Purina ONE Crunchy Kibbles

And here are the results after completing the 28 Day Challenge!

  • Taste – Emma absolutely LOVES Purina One. We never have to encourage her to eat and she gets excited now when I grab her bowl and fill it with food. There has been no throwing up on an empty stomach, and it makes me feel good to see her get excited for her food! This is a huge win for us!
  • Energy – We have noticed an increase in Emma’s energy (which may be wearing us out even more) but if you are a dog owner, you know what I mean when I say she looks happier! It’s just like with me, when I work out more and have more energy I am happier! She definitely has the spunk back we saw before this miserable winter, even in the hottest parts of the day she is trying to make us go play fetch with her, and just when we think she is tuckered out, she finds her favorite bone toy!
  • Digestibility – Her digestion system seems to be back on track. For awhile it was very apparent that she was having issues digesting and it made me sad. I just wanted to help her and make sure she was getting the nutrients she needed!
  • Dental Health – Her gums look healthy and teeth clean, and overall her breath has been less stinky! The crunchy kibbles of Purina One help reduce plaque to support health and cleanliness of Emma’s teeth! A clean and healthy mouth means fresher breath too!


Purnia One 28 Day Challenge

Purina One #ONEDifference dog food

We always try our best too to take good care of her coat and groom her often because her coat is so beautiful when it is shiny and healthy! We have also noticed a shinier coat after the challenge! I have always wanted what was best for Emma, so when I see her so happy to eat her food and see the signs of a healthy pet, along with giving her lots of love and attention, I know I am doing everything I can to give her the best life possible. I feel confident that  Purina One has made a difference, and is something I would recommend trying for your fur baby! You can sign up to receive a coupon and start ASAP!

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Your dog is ADORABLE! That face!

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    She’s so cute :))) Love dogs xx

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    She’ such a cutie.

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    So glad to hear that changing food had such a positive effect! My dog has never once loved to eat her food… it’s been 14 years and we still have to coax her into it every day.

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    Amy Fashion Blog
    June 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    so glad to hear Emma is doing better. Priscilla is a social eater too.

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I adore your Emma, she’s such a pretty dog! I am so glad you found a food that helps her with her eating troubles!

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    June 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I love her!!! I have an Aussie too and it’s like this post was written about him! He has a huge personality, he’s so smart, and he’s SO picky about his food! Aren’t they just the best dogs though?

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      June 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      YES! Aussies are the bets, the best personalities seriously! Everyone loves her, but gosh SO picky about her food haha! So excited she loved this!

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    June 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Emma is such a cutie!! As I’m sure you can tell, we’re dog people as well (with two now), and I’m always looking for the best food for them that’s also affordable. I want to try this food out now! So glad Emma is doing better 🙂


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      July 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Thanks Jacy! Yes I saw your new little nugget, such a cutie! It can be hard to find the right food… I even bought the MOST expensive kind thinking that it would be the best for her before we switched to Purina. NOPE totally messed up her system and made her gain weight… so this food has a good balance and our picky eater loves it!

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    June 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    She is literally adorable!

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    July 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Definitely signing up for a coupon ASAP!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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    July 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Emma is SUCH a doll! That faaaaaace!


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    Haley Valerie
    July 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Your dog is so cute!


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    July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Awe Emma is so cute!! We give the same food to our dog! She loves it 🙂

    <3 Shannon

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    July 1, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    I have to try this. I think my dog Maddox would love this. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to hear your thoughts about my latest post… http://www.fashboulevard.com/

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    July 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Aww, look at Emma! I don’t know if I told you about my silly fear of dogs. My lil sis got a dog on Monday. lol! going home should be interesting. Will definitely be referencing this post, since we havent had a dog in over 15 years.

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    Ritcha Rao
    July 1, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Your dog is soo cute! Nice pictures! 🙂


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    Lisa - respect the shoes
    July 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Your pup Emma is adorable! And so photogenic!

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    July 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Emma is so cute!

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    July 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    She’s so small compared to the bag! We had the same issue with our puppy Rain (pitt bull/jack Russel mix) and she was throwing up a lot or just plain not eating, so we had to switch food till we found the perfect one. Now she’s our happy girl!

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    July 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Such a cute dog! What an adorable fur baby!

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    July 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    OMG I have an Australian Shepard too! Buddy is a blue heeler (which is a type of Australian shepard). Emma is so cute! Buddy is super enthusiastic and excitable too (I find this to be a positive thing instead of a character flaw, even when he licks people’s faces raw giving them kisses… ).

    Ok can we talk about the fact that she doesn’t like to eat when you aren’t around?? I totally though that was a bizarre thing that Buddy developed (along with his other weird quirks). It makes me feel better that Emma is like that too. He eats half of his food and then waits for me to come be with him to eat the other half (he eats in the bedroom and our other dog eats in the kitchen). Does she have anxiety in general? Buddy does. He takes an all natural thing called Composure to help.

    And my boys are totally my children too. I call them “the boys.” We can be crazy dog moms together (and I am totally a crazy dog mom!)


    PS: Sorry this is really long. I am overly enthusiastic …

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    July 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Emma is beautiful and quite photogenic too. I am glad you are much happier with the change in food.

    Happy 4th to you two lovely ladies!!

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    Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary
    July 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Aw Emma is such a cutie! I can totally relate – I love my dogs so much and they are like children to me too! 🙂

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    Michele McRight
    February 9, 2020 at 11:31 PM

    I have been feeding Purina one with a little bit of fresh pet.i saw the 28 day hallange so i thought i woud try.I have a 11 year whippet,she is a big girl about 55 pounds in great shape.She is my baby..We also have a chubby chiihuahua/corgi mix.So the both will be taking this challange together.They do everything together,

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      February 13, 2020 at 9:24 AM

      Awww! Well I wish you luck starting this challenge. Hope your fur babies enjoy <3

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