Coming Full Circle With Beneful And Looking Forward #FriendsOfBeneful

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It’s hard to believe that this year is coming to a close. It seems like it’s flown by in the blink of an eye. It’s also hard to believe that our Dobby is three years old this month. I think of Dobby every day, obviously, but I especially think of him and how he came to be a part of our family during the holiday season.

Not sure this is what Rubbermaid had in mind when they designed their containers.

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You see, I “rescued” Dobby in early January 2014. At that time, the man I got him from told me he was over 6 weeks old. It was after talking with the man about Dobby and his littermates that I discovered Dobby wasn’t getting fed any food, he was only being given milk. You know, vitamin D milk that you find in a grocery store. I had to bring him home, and it took a lot of restraint not to bring the other ten puppies too.

#puppy love – Dobby shares his bowl

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We took Dobby to the vet and learned he weighed less than 4 pounds and likely only about four weeks old. He was underweight and not getting proper nutrition. We had to put him on puppy food right away, and that’s how we were introduced to Beneful.

He got tired aftert getting dressed. I've had those days LOL. #puppies

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Dobby has changed quite a bit since 2014. He’s happy, healthy and well nourished. He doesn’t look like that same tiny white puppy I found inside a plastic storage tub. Beneful doesn’t look like it did back in 2014 either.

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Beneful’s big change came during this year. The change didn’t happen overnight though. The Beneful team spent the two years prior developing new dry food recipes. They spent their energies focusing on using ingredients that we dog owners are familiar with and want to see. To that end, real meat is now the #1 ingredient in Beneful’s beef and chicken dry foods. A new salmon variety is in the works, but first the brand has to work through its distribution channels to find enough salmon to update that recipe to list real meat as the #1 ingredient right now as well in the future. Furthermore, there’s no added sugar in any of the new Beneful dry food recipes.


Dobby has been on the Originals Chicken for a while now. He has thrived on it. While he looks forward to meals, there is something that he really looks forward to even more than the bowl of dry food. Its the containers of Beneful stew that I give him with his dry food sometimes. He will stand there while I go into the dog food storage container and watch to see if I pick up one of the little plastic containers of the chicken stew or one of the chicken medleys. When he sees me holding one of those containers he goes a bit bonkers, and prances and wags his tail until I give him his bowl.

Dobby Beneful Dobby Beneful

Beneful stocking


I’ve always spent New Year’s Eve at home. Generally by the time the ball drops or midnight strikes I am the only one home that is awake. This year I look forward to snuggling on the couch with Dobby as we sometimes do and hanging out with him. I am very glad that I decided our family needed a dog and that I found his tiny little self in that rubber container. And I look forward to watching him continue to grow as a dog and a member of our family in the new year.



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NJ Mom of 2 boys. – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, a 17 year old with Down Syndrome. Jersey girl. I have three younger brothers, all of whom have children. Social media enthusiast. Ds Advocate. Cat person. I love rock music! I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive.

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  1. What a beautiful, heartwarming story. Dobby is truly blessed to find a loving home and he looks healthy and happy.

  2. Love puppies and doggies and some purina dog foods have been really good, My dad used to use beneful until it did not agree with his little puppies so he had to change their food but despite that they brand maes all different kinds of good dog foods and treats

  3. What an adorable puppy and dog! I’ve heard about this Purina and I should try it on my puppies.

  4. My kids love dogs and puppies. We now have two (we had to adopt our neighbor’s as they were sending him back to the SPCA – my teenage son would have none of it). I am amazed how these two animals have affected me (as I never considered myself to be a pet person). A side note : I thought dairy was not good for dogs?

  5. I see how great Beneful worked for your dog. He does look healthy now. I also get Purina products for my dog. It has kept him healthy and happy! My fur buddy will turn 4 (human) years old on Valentine’s day. I’m getting him a Beneful package of goodies for his birthday.

  6. I can’t handle the cute puppies! So precious! So glad you found something that works so well for him!

  7. Oh wow, he is adorable and how big he has gotten. Keep feeding him Beneful it works.

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