Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hallmark Encourages Pet Adoption With New Best Friends Stuffed Animals

I received products from Love Hallmark in exchange for this post. All views and opinions are my own, sponsor is responsible for prizing. 

About nine and a half years ago I took a 200 mile trip to a no-kill shelter to pick up a energetic, black ball of fur and I named that little terrier mix Luna. Luna has been a puppy at heart every since and she seems to have boundless energy, and I have to say I hope it stays that way. Even now as her muzzle starts to show more and more gray she will bound after squirrels or birds in our yard. Growing up,  many of our pets were shelter pets or dogs people abandoned out in the country where we lived. We had some of the smartest, loving and loyal pets anyone could ask for. I remember being a teenager and coming home and the only one in the house was our family dog Nugget. She would walk around the house with me and I always felt safe since she was a large Great Dane. Nugget was stubborn,  loved to eat butter right off the table, but she was playful and fiercely protective of our family. My life has been better for having My Best Friend pets in it. 
Of all my pets I've owned each one is unique and special to me. I can actually smile when I think about pets from my childhood and shed a tear as I miss them. Each one of my pets holds a special place in my heart, but Wolfie was really the first pet that truly belonged to me. You can read all about him on this older post Wolfie's Story. (Fair Warning: It's a tearjerker)

On this note about how much loving a pet can impact your life. I'm delighted to share with you Hallmark's latest endeavor to help shelter animals find their forever homes! Best Friends Animal Society and Hallmark have joined forces to try and help 2,000 pets get adopted. This partnership includes a $100,000 donation from Hallmark as they want to bring awareness to all the great pets just waiting for a loving family. Hallmark is boasting this partnership with their new adorable Best Friends line featuring stuffed toys and accessories. Find out more about this partnership and how  you can help at bestfriends.org today!   


Enter The Hallmark Best Friends Giveaway! 
One entrant will be selected by the entry form to win the Hallmark Best Friends Package! (ARV $90) Open for entry in the Continental US, 18 years and older from 09/07/16 thru 09/21/2016 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize fulfillment. After you enter this event be sure to scroll down for more giveaways to enter!


Hallmark Best Friends Package

Special thanks to Miss Molly Says and Mom Does Reviews for hosting this fun giveaway hop event! Hosts and participating bloggers on this event are not responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prizing. Hop around and have fun! 






65 comments:

  1. I own a Jack Russell Terrier. She's the sweetest and so intelligent. My favorite memory with her was her reaction to meeting my first grandson for the first time. She was so excited!

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  2. I am so happy Hallmark is doing this. I have 1 dog I adopted in 2010 from a rescue group. Lat summer I adopted 2 cats from the SPCA. My cat of over 13 years died and I felt so empty with him not being here. Not that the new cats could replace him but I want to save as many souls as I can while I am alive. Thanks for sharing this and putting a spotlight on pet adoption.

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  3. Right now we have two grown cats and a new kitten and hoping to get one more kitten soon. I have had a couple of dogs in the years past. And growing up we had cats mostly.

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  4. We have a malitpoo...a spoiled maltipoo. :) She's eight but still the baby.

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  5. We have a guinea pig named Gizmo. When I was a child, we had several cats.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. Growing up my family had a cat, fish, and several dogs. Now, I just have one hamster named "Strudel." :)

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  7. I have a Golden Retriever named Hope, I don't call her a dog, I call her a people for my daughter. She is a unofficial therapy dog for my husband who suffers from PTSD, when he's having a mood swing she picks up on it quick and crawls up in his lap

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  8. We have a black retriever/chow mix named Tux. He is a big baby, who weighs about 65 lbs! We adopted him from the local animal shelter when he was almost 3 months old and he's now 8 years old! He still has the energy of a puppy!

    Growing up, we had a Sheltie, who was smart and sweet. Her name was Mandy. :)

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  9. Yes, we have 2 cats and my husband wants to get a dog.

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  10. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. Angus Big Butt is the oldest (cat) & when my daughter went off to college, I inherited the cat, my first ever. We named him that because he is a huge black & white cat that sways like a cow when he walks. Skooter is next in line, my 4 yr old purebred Yorkie that I purchased after my 14 yr old Yorkie passed away. I've owned yorkies since I was 21 (49 now) & when my 14 yr old passed, I said I didn't know how to be me without having a little Yorkie boy all my adult life. Next is Princess Annie, who was a stray kitten my fiancee brought home off the streets in the rain one night, she is the same age as Skooter and after some adjustment, they get along like brother & sister. Next came Chloe, a very wild kitten my fiancee also brought in as we were afraid with Illinois winters, she would freeze to death, she is very small compared to the other two cats & all black. She is still our "wild child" & last and very unexpected is Libby, a yorkie & other terrier mix that showed up lost at our door with 2 young ladies thinking maybe she was Skooter. I kept her overnight, gave her a bath & posted her pictures on Facebook in our small town of 1500 people. The volunteer Fire Marshall messaged me the next day & said she was his, that he had saved her from Euthanasia but that he didn't really have time for her. She had been abused and left on a chain outside for 3 years!! Had never been properly vetted etc. So we decided to adopt her. She is scared to death of storms & has anxiety attacks. She never knew how to play so has a hard time sharing but she is so full of love. She now has a forever home. The vet estimates her between 4 & 5 yrs old. I have one daughter and now am a Grammy of a 7 month old little boy who will be my only grandson. =) Thank you for the contest.

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  11. Oh my gosh I have the cutest most loving little chihuahuas that you will ever see!

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  12. I have a beagle named Coco and a guinea pig named buckeye.

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  13. I don't have any now but we had a mutt growing up named Crystal and she was amazing!! Always so super happy!!

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  14. I have a dog and had a cat until last month when she passed away in her sleep....she was 20 years old and a happy little girl. My pug was headed for the pound when I intercepted him 6 years ago and he has been with me since then.

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  15. I had a black and brown Beagle/Cocker Spaniel named Willie when I was a child.

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  16. I don't have any pets now. As a child I had goldfish, a cat, and a dog. In my college years I had a rabbit, gerbils, a dog, and a cat. The dog stayed with my parents after I moved and they still had the family dog :)

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  17. I have a dog, Helen. She is a Labrabull (Lab/Pit mix). I also have a cat named Misty. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. We have two cats here in our home named Ozzy & Buddy, we adopted them both a few years ago. And my third oldest son and his wife to be have a new six month old border collie named Mia-

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  19. I have a dog who I love playing with in the yard and snuggling with.

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  20. my daughter has 3 mini dachshunds named Rocky, Chester and Archie. They are all different colors and just love when my husband and I visit them.

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  21. This past Monday we had to put down our 10 year old Golden Retriever. Her back legs went out. Our hearts are broken and I miss her so. We have our daughter & her families 2 dogs to still love on.

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  22. WE have a Dog she is a Chiweenie and her name is Taco. We have a tabby cat her name is Mischief her name fits. we have a pigeon we rescued named Joe. and we have a Tortoise that my daughter named Tortoise. My daughter wants a Pug so this would be a great alternative.

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  23. We have 10 rescued cats, 1 puggle dog and a love bird. We love animals here always rescuing animals that need loving home

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  24. We have 4 cats named Luna, Alani, Hara and Nicky. Growing up our house was always filled with pets.

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  25. We have 2 cats and dog. When I was younger, I had a guinea pig.

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  26. We have a proverbial zoo. We were up to five dogs and three cats, but lost two of the dogs (one to age and one to medical issue) and one cat (to age) over the past year and a half. However, I also found a tiny feral kitten - just two weeks old - two days after the 4th of July. I bottle fed her and now she's eating on her own and is the sweetest and most ornery thing! The three remaining dogs are all rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds I adopted from high-kill shelters in NC and SC (and they would have been dead if I hadn't). One of the other two cats was found as a stray by a friend's father, and the other my daughter adopted from a rescue just outside of Indianapolis (he just turned 3 on Friday, too). We have our hands full! (But I'd gladly have a dozen each of dogs and cats if I could.)

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  27. We have two spoiled rotten Boston Terriers! They are Junebug, 11 yrs old and Cain, 2 years old.

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  28. We have 3 black lab dogs, 2 of them sleep with me every night.

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  29. I have a porky she is half yorkie and half pekingse She will be 6 on 9-27. I love her so much she is such good dog.

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  30. I had a dog growing up but now we have cats. We love dogs, but don't have the time to devote to them

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  31. We have 2 dogs "Lola" and "JD", a cat named "Chloe", a beta named "Sven" and 2 dozen chickens.

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  32. Right now I have two adopted adult cats, I hope to in the future to get two more and maybe a dog or two..

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  33. We have 2 dogs Rocky & Ditsy now. I had a dog and a bird growing up.

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  34. I have had animals ever since I was little! They make the best friends! My dog, Jasper died last October after 16 1/2 years of wonderful companionship!! We still have our cat, Mocha. She even missed Jasper for a while. She is a riot! I'm crazy about her too!!

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  35. Yes two hamsters, two cats, and a dog.

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  36. We have 2 fur babies both are min pins. Kasey is my 10 yr old who is my bestie I can't imagine my life without her. Keha is a 2 1/2 yr old who is a mess but a loveable mess.

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  37. We currently have a Cat. Hoping to Own a home soon so we can get a dog!

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  38. havee dog and rescue them and then rescued a cat gave it to neighbors

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  39. We have a sweet dachshund named Harley. He's 8 years old and definitely completes our family!

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  40. We have a Sheltie that we rescued, 2 fish, and a guinea pig. We absolutely love the Sheltie breed to death. We had two of them previously that passed away before we got this one.

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  41. I have a fat calico cat named Dixie! She does a trick for treats! Love her! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  42. We have two pets - {an almost} 1 year old dog and a 2 year old cat. We have had Spike {the dog} since he was 5 months old and Smokey {the cat} since he was born {in my daughter's bed - LOL!}.

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  43. We have four house cats, three dogs, two horses, dozens of barn cats and we consider our cows pets as we have not been strong enough to sell them like we had set out to do.

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  44. we have a dobe/shepherd rescue, an English springer spaniel and we lost our 15 year old springer gal a month ago plus a 110 gallon tank of tropical fish

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  45. When I was growing up, all we ever had were dogs and birds. Now, I cats, which are much easier if you want to go on a trip somewhere.

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  46. I had a poodle when I was young, she was wonderful. After I was married I had a terrific cat who made us laugh a lot.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  47. I only have deck pets! I feed squirrels and birds.

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  48. The best dog who's ever owned me (honestly, that's the way it goes with those blessed to share their home with a dog!) was a bichon-poodle mix, who my family rescued from a shelter. Fifi was an owner surrender (there was a house fire and the apartment building they were moving into didn't allow pets), and we didn't have the heart to change her name. She was my smart, reliable fur-sister while I grew up, and I can't even begin to list all the good memories I have of her (though I will say she often outsmarted her humans often!). Ten years on, I still remember her fondly, but sometimes the pain of my decision to let her go peacefully kicks something fierce.

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  49. We have five furbabies all of which are rescues.
    Marley is a yellow lab and Colby is a corgi/shepherd mix.
    Scooter is our oldest kitty at ten and we have two four month old kitties named Misha and Moe.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats and 4 newborn kittens

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  51. We currently have 3 dogs, 3 Conures & 2 parakeets. The dogs are so spoiled it's not even funny, but we love them and they love us unconditionally.

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  52. I've pretty much always had pets! As a girl, I first remember our guinea pigs Patches & Sunshine. And dogs- usually bassett hounds- and 2 Siamese cats named MaiLing & Gai. MaiLing was definitely MY cat! And now our awesome Ozzy, our 12-year old black lab/border collie keeps me company all day while everyone else is at work/school!

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  53. We have a dog. I always had a dog growing up and it's hard to think about not having one. Thanks for the chance

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  54. We have a dog, cats and fish. I can't imagine life without my furry friends.

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  55. We have a Chihuahua – Boston Terrier mix named Rosey. She is such a character. To me, she i part cat…she leaps everywhere, including into my lap.

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  56. We have two large, long-haired mix breed rescue dogs.

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  57. Currently no pets. I grew up with a golden lab and a cocker spaniel. Great dogs.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  58. We have chinchillas, fish and 9 small rescue dogs as pets. My favorite pet memory was when I was a child and I got my first pet, a hamster :)

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  59. We have 3 rescued dogs mixes from 2 of our local shelters and also 4 cats 4 to 1 years old. they are amazing pets

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  60. I have a cat and a dog. I wish that they got along a little better. I think they are both jealous of each others' attention with us.

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