Our Dog Really Is Their Best Friend

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I’m so happy to announce that my partnership with Beneful as part of their #FriendsOfBeneful project.

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Because childhood is full of learning, it comes with some really great highs and some tough earned lows. One thing that helps keep everything in perspective is to have a buddy at home that is always happy to see you no matter what the day brought. Hard test at school? Drop your book bag and everything fell out? Feeling a bit lonely? There is a dog for that!

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Our dog Rufus is more like a best friend than a household pet. He's one of us and always has our back. This is what after school looks like at our home. Emmy and Rufus doing laps around the house…

playing with dogs

Hanging out and cuddling on the grass… reading a book under the trees, and just being there for each other no matter what.  Having watched all three of my girls grow up, but take completely different paths along the way, one thing that has rung true for all of them is their love of this guy. I've seen him sit and listen to them share their day, cheer them up when the tears started to fall, and go for a run with them when they wanted to get some exercise, but didn't want to be alone. He is the real MVP in our home.

why dogs are important friends

Because he treats us so well, we always want to treat him just as well back. 

Surprisingly, Rufus isn't that food motivated. He eats when he is hungry, but he's not one to even remind us when his bowl is empty. He'd much rather just hang out. Because of this, I know that I have to make every bite that he eats count. He deserves the good stuff. Our friends over at Beneful just shared that meat is now the #1 ingredient in Beneful’s beef and chicken dry foods and asked us to let Rufus try out the new recipe. We happily obliged. 


I tore open the bag and Rufus was instantly interested.

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He pulled out all the tricks trying to get Pete to get the food poured in his bowl as quick as possible!

summertime dog play

For a dog that doesn't care much for meal time he was very excited…

happy dog

new dog food

And he ate the bowl clean! I think he could definitely tell that this was the good stuff! Emmy even kept a couple pieces that she found in the bowl as treats and had him rolling over to get them! Those two have such a great relationship and could play together all day long!

dog food with meat as the first ingredient

I'm so excited for you all to try the new Beneful too! You can sign up for a free sample of the new Beneful Originals with Beef recipe here and then you can share your experience with a rating on!

Do you have a best buddy dog at home too?

Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


    1. That actually held us back from traveling as much in the beginning because we didn’t want to be away from him and our cats. But then we found the most awesome pet sitter who spoils them all when we are gone and I everyone is happy!

  1. Aww what a sweet bond they have. I always grew up with a dog, but unfortunately don’t have one now since my husband don’t think our yard is big enough. Maybe one day!

  2. Our dogs deserve all the love in the world because they give us so much back. It’s nice that you found the perfect food for him! That’s really awesome!

  3. I wish my dog was so causal about mealtime. Instead he likes to gulp his food down and then come into the kitchen looking for treats of the veggie kind. He’s a big goofball, but I just adore him.

  4. What great pictures of you dog being part of your family! Our family dog passed away over a year ago and we are still sad about that. I love Beneful…great product!

  5. My dogs are our best friends too. I have three of them. They are pretty rotten too.

    I know that my dogs can sense when im not feeling well. They come over to love on me. I do love their unconditional love.

  6. Pets are amazing! Especially the dogs, they really will become part of the family. I think it’s great that you guys found the food that your fur baby will enjoy, I’m sure he loves it judging from the pictures! Beneful is an awesome brand.

  7. I am a huge dog lover. My rottweiler is best friends with both of my daughters. It is so fun to watch them all play together and to see the love in my rottie’s eyes when she sees her kids.

  8. I’ve always thought that Beneful was a great brand of dog food. I don’t have any dogs though. Back when my father had a dog we used Beneful a lot.

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