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Old Dog, Bright Mind: How Food Makes a Difference

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Old Dog, Bright Mind...learn how feeding your senior dog (7+) Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind can promote increased alertness and mental awareness

Hi, I’m Clara. I’m taking over my Mom’s blog today. I’m what they call a rescue dog. My Mom and Dad picked me out at a shelter. Actually, my sister, Saint, did. She went with them to pick me out, and she liked me so much, they brought me home. 

I didn’t have an easy past. I didn’t like most men or newspaper. I wouldn’t look my parents in the eye. It took a long time, but I have become more trusting again. I have a really good family now. 

I came up to the Northeast from down South. My time might have been up down there, but I got shipped up to the East coast, which is where my parents found me. They called me a Southern belle at the shelter, and named me Clara. My family kept my name, and I’m glad. I would have learned a new one for them, but I like the name Clara. It makes me feel pretty. They almost always keep the shelter names…they’ve rescued a lot of animals over the years. Right now I have 5 other rescue sisters and brothers and one brother that isn’t a rescue.  

I am very grateful for my family. Most of us shelter dogs are. We will shower you with love and affection if you just give us a second chance.  

Now I’m in my golden years, a senior dog. That means I’m over 7, although I’m actually several years older than that. There are a lot of us old timers out there. There are about 87 million dogs in the U.S., and around 44% of them are considered seniors like me.

When you’re in your golden years, you slow down. You’re not as alert anymore. Your memory isn’t as good. You know how it is, it happens with humans too. But your diet and how you take care of yourself can help. My parents are really into eating healthy. They feed us Purina Pro Plan because they know how important good food is. 

Then they heard about Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind

Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind


Shopping 2

Mom and I took a trip to PetSmart to pick up our Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind. Mom doesn’t usually take me to pick up my food, so this was fun. I saw several other dogs, and our cashier gave me a treat on the way out! 

They slowly introduced me to my new food by mixing a little bit in with my old food every day, and slowly increasing the amount.  I really like the taste! But more importantly, I am excited to see some of the benefits that Mom has been talking about too!

You see, around the age of 7 (I’m well past this), the glucose metabolism in a dog’s brain starts to change, affecting our memory, how we learn, as well as our awareness and our decision making. Purina Pro Plan discovered that botanical oils can be helpful for better memory and attention span. You might be wondering what that means? Basically it means that a senior dog who is fed Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind might feel like playing more, be more alert, and better able to deal with change. 

One of the things I really like to do is go for walks with my human family and dog siblings. Here is a video of us doing just that. Be forewarned though! This video is from my point of view. I stop to check a lot of things out, and when I am walking or running, the camera rocks a lot. It’s hard to hold the camera steady when you’re wearing it! Hopefully you will find it interesting to see what I see. 


My Mom had a really hard time getting a picture of me while I was eating because every time she tried to take a picture of me, I ran away.  I prefer my photo shoots outdoors.  My Mom was shaking her head though. I really was giving her a hard time. 

Old Dog, Bright Mind...Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind is specially formulated for senior dogs, with enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness

My parents are hoping by switching to Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind that I’ll start to feel more like my younger self again.

They want to see me enjoy more of things I used to enjoy so much, like our runs and walks, and swimming. I do go for a run or walk every day, but Mom and Dad bring me back early now.   

walking with my humans

I think they’d also like it if I played more with my youngest brother because he always wants to play with me.  He has a lot of energy. 

But I think most of all, they’d love it if I would hang out more with the family. I go off by myself a lot now, and I know they wish I would spend the time with them instead. 

Stay tuned for part 2! What is your dog’s favorite thing to do with you?! 


Friday 18th of September 2015

I, too, have two Senior dogs. I am anxious to hear the outcome of this food, as our oldest is having many of the problems this food claims to combat. Loved Clara's story! <3

Whoneedsacape (@Whoneedsacape)

Friday 18th of September 2015

Will definitely keep this food in mind for when our dog hits the senior years!

justine @ Full Belly SIsters

Thursday 17th of September 2015

I love this post so much, Clara is awesome! I've got to get this food for my canine nephew (my sister's dog), i think it'll be good for him.

The Foodie Affairs

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

Awww, what a great life Clara has and I know those walks are the highlight of her day. We have two cats and a dog that are rescue pets. They're the best We also adopted a senior dog named buddy and he was awesome too. He was only with us for 5 years before he passed and I bet he would have loved the Purina Pro Plan!

Michelle Nahom

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

She definitely loves those walks! She loves to swim too, when we take her to a pond or lake. In her younger years, it was next to impossible to get her out...she'd just swim laps around and around, happy as can be!

Christine Carter

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

BEST creative marketing post EVER. :) How can you NOT adore Clara? And the sweet generous family that takes in all her current and future siblings! I'm SOLD! Oh wait... I don't have dogs. I'm allergic to dog hair!


Michelle Nahom

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

I am kind of laughing because I seem to have developed allergies over the last year or so. So frustrating...especially since I never had them before! But they're family...I can't imagine life without them!