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Rescuing Milo Our Adoption Story

Almost since the time they could talk, my boys had been asking for a dog. They were pretty consistent about it, too. I would say that on average, at least one of them would ask me about getting a dog at least once a week. Sometimes they would even double team me, which was even more fun. After about five years of their persistent nagging reminders that they wanted a dog, I decided that it was time.

I wasn’t sure where to begin my search, but I knew one thing for sure – whatever dog we decided to make a part of our family, he or she had to be a rescue. There are so many shelter animals out there in need of loving homes and there is no way I wasn’t going the adoption route.

So, I started searching for shelters in my area to see what the process was and what dogs were available. Since my house isn’t all that big, I narrowed down my search to small dogs and before long, I found a picture of this cute little dog named Milo who looked like he’s fit right in with our family.


Milo had come from a family who just didn’t have time for him, so they gave him up. Their loss was soon going to be our gain.

I filled out an application and before I knew it, Chris and I were off to meet Milo at his foster family’s house. We fell in love with him immediately and on December 1, 2013, we surprised the boys with an early Christmas gift.


The boys were beside themselves with excitement and even though Milo is a little neurotic sometimes, he couldn’t be any more perfect for our family.

Milo may be little, but he’s a BIG part of our lives now and taking good care of him and making sure he eats right is important to us.

I recently picked up some of the new Nudges(R) Grillers and Sizzlers for Milo while I was at Walmart. Nudges(R) Grillers come in Steak or Chicken flavor (I got Milo one of each) and Nudges(R) Sizzlers come in Chicken Bacon and Beef & Cheese. Both Grillers and Sizzlers are available in 3oz & 18oz sizes and can be found in the pet care aisle at Walmart.

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Nudges(R) Wholesome dog treats are made from proteins that are 100% sourced and raised in the USA. These tender, all-natural treats are made from REAL farm-raised meats with beef, chicken or duck as the #1 ingredient. They don’t contain any artificial flavors or fillers – only the best for our Milo!


The Nudges brand is about rewarding the unconditional love your dog gives you with treats you can trust and feel good about. I love that Nudges(R) treats are:

  • Made in the USA with only USA-sourced protein
  • Have Real Meat as #1 ingredient
  • “Real food-inspired”
  • No artificial flavors or fillers (natural ingredients)
  • Real meaty texture, appearance & smell
  • High-quality treats

Milo loves his Nudges(R) Grillers and Sizzlers and I feel good about giving them to him. The next time I head over to Walmart, I am going to try the Nudges(R) Jerky Cuts, which come in a value size (36oz) because I think he will love those just as much!


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  1. Michele

    He is a little sweetie and looks like he has energy to spare–totally up to keeping up with two boys! Back when I had dogs there were no treats around like these-I’m sure they would have loved them and the one who could would jump through his hoop for a couple (my Dad taught him that and it was not a large hoop!)

  2. Nicole Lutzy

    Yes he is one lucky dog to have such a great family! Looks like he loves his new treats!

  3. @SensiblySara

    We are cat people in our daily lives. I enjoy other peoples’ dogs for a short time, though. I love that Nudges come in two sizes so you can make sure your dog likes them before paying for the big package.

  4. Rosey

    Aw he’s just as cute as he can be. I’d go the rescue route too, and definitely proper doggie nutrition is a must!

  5. Liz Mays

    I completely agree about the rescue. That’s the only way I’d do it too.

  6. My Journey With Candida

    There are so many dogs out there that need rescued, that that is the way I would go too.

  7. Heather

    Will never purchase an animal. Adop adopt adopt!!

  8. toughcookiemommy

    We also will only adopt from the shelter. It’s a great way to control the feral animal population.

  9. Scott

    Our last dog was a rescue also. There aren’t many things more satisfying than knowing you saved an animal from a life of hardship.

  10. Amanda Love

    I buy an entirely different treat for our new dog but will have to check this out since you said there’s no fillers or anything artificial.

  11. Jeannette

    He’s so cute and I’m so glad you gave him a forever home! Our dog loves Nudges as well and it’s a great way to make them feel special!

  12. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Milo is adorable. Made in the USA is so important. I’ll have to see about these!

  13. Crystal

    I would have a zoo, if I could. My husband does ok with dogs, but cats are out of the picture.

  14. Alissa Apel

    That’s great he was rescued by you. Having 2 boys, a dog is a perfect addition to a house. I always felt guilty that my parents had to get rid of their dogs when I was growing up. I kept getting sick. Those dogs meant so much to my Dad. So much for having a dog to build up a resistance to allergies.

  15. Alison

    Milo is stinking adorable! I think my pups would love these treats!! I’ll definitely be seeking them out.

  16. Maria

    How adorable! I bet Milo is one spoiled pooch!

  17. Angelic Sinova

    Milo is ADORBALE! I’ve been a dog foster parent at our local animal shelter for about two years now but we’ve finally decided to adopt a dog of our own this June! I’m so EXCITED. I’ve had EVERY pet BUT a dog. I’m strongly believe you should adopt and never buy animals <3

  18. lisa

    What a cute dog! I am always looking for new treats for our dogs but am hesitant to try new brands that I haven’t heard of. I am going to have to give these a try!

  19. Jeff

    My kids sometimes have asked for a pet. I know a ton of people who have strictly got their dogs from a shelter. When the time comes we’ll probably do the same.

  20. thedomesticbuzz

    I really think rescuing a pet is the best way to go! There are so many animals out there that need our love.

  21. Jeanine

    What a great story!… Milo is so cute and lucky to have you guys as his family! I love recuse stories, and Happy endings! I bet my pups would love those nudges!

  22. Nicole Lutzy

    What a pretty dog. I bet your boys are thrilled to have him! Looks like he likes his treats!

  23. Heather

    Ah I’m so glad you found Milo. He seems like a sweet dog. I haven’t been convinced yet to get a dog, we are cat people simply because I know all the walking and grooming will be in my shoulders and cats are much lower maintenance.

  24. lydiaf1963

    What a cutie pie! He seems to be enjoying his treats!

  25. Michelle F.

    What a beautiful dog. I have never seen those snacks before and will be checking them out.

  26. Patty

    Milo is so cute. He’s lucky to have found such a loving home. I’ve read good things about Nudges.

  27. Liz Mays

    the treats do sound great without the fillers and artificial flavors. They’re the perfect way to treat Milo.

  28. tammileetips

    Milo is a cutie!! These sound like great dog treats!!

  29. Allison

    That is such an adorable story! If we were to decide to get a dog, I would hands down adopt from a shelter, too!

  30. Crystal

    How cute is Milo! I just rescued a cat that was adopted by my parents. She’s heart melting cute!

  31. Michele D

    What a cute pup Robbin. I bet your family enjoys him. Never heard of those doggie snacks but I’ll check them out my next trip to Walmart.

  32. My Journey With Candida

    Awww… Milo is one lucky dog! I think everyone should try to get a rescue dog.

  33. toughcookiemommy

    We adopted our dog, Onyx, from a rescue shelter too. It was a great lesson to teach our boys about being kind to animals.

  34. upliftingfam

    He is adorable. My kids would be lost without our three dogs. I haven’t seen these snacks yet so I will have to look for them next time they are out of treats.

  35. Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

    I’m definitely a little dog person and Milo would have won my heart too!

  36. martinkadelux

    You have the cutest pup! I love our rescue– and he LOVES treats! I will have to get some for him!

  37. Rae Perez

    I remember my last puppy, by the way yours are looks adorable I want to give your puppy a hug.

  38. Kristi Corrigan

    We just got a puppy, I’ll have to give these a try! I’m sure my dog would lvoe them.

  39. Jennifer Clay

    Awww, Milo is a very cute doggie! I love hearing about adoption stories. There are so many dogs and cats out there that need to be adopted. I am glad to see Milo found a forever home!

  40. Myrabev

    Awwww bless how cute is milo such a lovely name too, it is so important to feed your family dog the right foods and well done you for adopting him

  41. Theresa

    Milo is so cute! I’ll have to check these out and see if they are grain free since my dogs can’t do grains without having an allergic reaction.

  42. candyolivares

    What a cutie! We are considering adopting a cat or a dog. Tough choice.

  43. Debbie Denny

    Awww, so sweet. That one is a cutie.

  44. Julie

    What a cute guy! My parents recently got a dog from a rescue and my kids love that they are the ones to give him a second chance. I’ll have to tell them about this!

  45. Dhemz

    Oh, how cute! I like his name. We would like to rescue another dog for our daughter but I think she’s not old enough to take care of it by herself. We will stick for one right now….:)

  46. michele934

    He’s a true cutie pie. I’m sure he loves the fact that he gets spoiled with those treats. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

  47. Debra

    What a darling little dog you guys have! So cute!

  48. Valerie Remy-Milora

    what a sweet little dog! Those treats look and sound delicious and something my little dog would absolutely love!

  49. Franc Ramon

    It’s so nice of you to give Milo a new home. The kids would surely be attached to Milo growing up.

  50. Elizabeth O.

    Milo is adorable. Glad he found a home and a beautiful family.

  51. moesly15

    Milo is a real cutie. Rescue animals is the only way to go.

  52. Franc Ramon

    It also looks like that Milo is well taken cared of. You have the right food for him.

  53. Chubskulit Rose

    Awww such a sweet story about MIlo. He reminds me of our Fox terrier, Maximus whom we gave for adoption as well because our big dogs are too rough on him.

  54. Tiffany Collins (@Naturalycracked)

    What a sweet little pup you have. We also rescued a small breed puppy years ago and it was one of the best experiences for us. I wish he was still around so we could test out those treats Milo seems to be enjoying them:)

  55. Alli

    What a great love story! Milo looks so sweet! Our Max loves his Nudges, too and the grands love giving him a treat.

  56. Lisa @bitesforbabies

    This story is so heart-warming!! I volunteered in a shelter for a few years and it broke my heart to see those poor animals without a home!

  57. Crystal

    What a cute pup! So glad he found a great home with you.

  58. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    What a cute doggy. The next time I get a dog, I am getting a rescue!

  59. Avry

    He’s such a sweet heart! I am an advocate of rescue pets. They have so much love to show and share. I’ll have to try the treats for my dog

  60. thelesleyshow

    So happy when any dog gets rescued from a shelter. He is so cute!

  61. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    They make great pets, that is for sure. My first dog was a rescue!

  62. Mistee Dawn

    Awww, Milo is so super cute. We have no dogs, but we do have two rescue cats. We’ve had them both for 4 years now.

  63. Kristi

    We don’t have a dog but I totally agree that a rescue is the place I would go if we ever decide on getting a dog. For now our Cat is enough…and he was “rescued” from a farm and brought to the city to live happily ever after:)

  64. Heather

    Milo is adorable! I want a dog so bad. The treats look good!

  65. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    OMG, Milo is the cutest ever! What kind of dog is he? He looks like an overgrown chihuahua. <3

  66. ascendingbutterfly

    Milo looks like a sweetie, it’s great you were able to rescue your furbaby! He will give you back so much unconditional love!Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  67. [email protected]

    We have two rescue fur babies. We will adopt any time we get another fur baby.

  68. Melissa Pezza

    Milo is an absolute doll! Thank you so much for rescuing this totally adorable pup. What a lucky guy!

  69. irishred13

    Awe love Milo! Thank you for being a rescue Mom!

  70. Aimee Fauci (House of Fauci's)

    That is wonderful! Every boy needs a dog and what a perfect way to get one.

  71. Coolchillmom

    Milo did get such a wonderful home! Nothing like nudging back right?

  72. Allie D.

    Our dog would definitely love the Griller Steak flavored treats. He jumps at the chance for steak. It’s his absolute favorite.

  73. Daniele Holmberg

    Milo looks like a great dog! So glad you had the opportunity rescue him and take him in. I also adopted my cat..such a great feeling!

  74. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    This is an amazing rescue story. What a cute dog. It looks like this treat is a hit.

  75. Catherine S

    Milo is so cute. These sound like great treats. I will tell my friends and family with pets about them.

  76. maria @ close to home

    what a cute pup, I know you were both rescued when you made your decision.

  77. aordinarylife

    What a great story! So happy you found Milo and that he also found you. I know my dogs would enjoy these treats.

  78. rane25

    Milo looks like he has a little personality to him. I’m glad you were able to rescue him and make him a member of the family

  79. Lauren

    What a sweet little dog!! I love that you found him and gave him a home!

  80. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

    What a sweet looking little guy! And I love that you got such a good photo mid-chomp!

  81. kristimaloney

    Milo is such a cutie. It’s so nice that you guys adopted and got a great little dog!

  82. Agata @ BarkTime (@AgataPokutycka)

    Wow, they do sound like a lovely treats. I bet my guys would love them, especially Bunk as he is very food orientated

  83. becca112971

    Aw Milo is a cutie. we rescued our cats. I love hearing about animals being rescued.

  84. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    Milo is adorable! I think rescuing is so rewarding to both the dog and owner.

  85. Paula Schuck

    My dogs would love all 3 especially the grillers because they love cheese. I haven’t heard of these treats before, I will look for them when I go to the store for dog food.

  86. Ashley B.

    Milo is just completely adorable! I love that he is a rescue. I am a strong believer in adopting rescue animals.

  87. Dawn

    We rescued both of our dogs. We love them so much, and wouldn’t change our decision to adopt at all.

  88. Ora Lee Gurr

    We have rescue cats in the family and our next dog will be a rescue member, as well. Milo is adorable. The treat would definitely be the Grillers!

  89. Marcie W.

    Milo looks like such a little sweetheart. We have a rescue dog who has become an amazing part of our family and we always enjoy spoiling him with yummy treats.

  90. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    This is an amazing rescue story. These treats look tempting and very welcomed by this cutie

  91. Lisa Nolan at Monkey Star Pres

    Such lucky doggies! We adopted our chocolate lab from a rescue shelter! I think she’d LOVE these dog treats and eats! Loved all the photos!

  92. Nicole Lutzy

    WE do not have any dogs because of my daughter’s allergies . Looks like Milo really likes his treats!

  93. shaunatorres

    What a sweet rescue story and what a sweet little guy. He is so adorable. We rescued both our fur babies, too…

  94. tamaralikecamera

    That’s like.. the best Christmas gift ever.
    I think you read my rescue story too and you know we’re rescue pet kindred spirits!

  95. Dawn McAlexander

    I am so glad to hear you got a rescue dog! There are so many of them out there in need of good homes! So, he’s a little neurotic! So is our own Daisy Baby, but we still love her! Milo looks cute as can be, too!

  96. Jaime

    Sounds like not only did you find Milo, Milo found you all! What a sweet rescue!

  97. Travel Blogger

    What a cute story! I love that you found the perfect pet for your family and that he now has a home to spoil him forever.

  98. Ann Bacciaglia

    Milo is so cute. My kids asked for a dog for a few years before we caved in and got our fur baby Pal.

  99. Kecia

    What a great adoption story! We had our golden retriever before we had our boys but both love him dearly. I need to grab some Nudges to try with our pet.

  100. Penelope

    Milo is an adorable dog. This program sounds really good.

  101. Brittanie @Simplistically Living

    Aw he is so cute! It’s so sad when people give up their babies and yes pets are babies too!

  102. Jenny

    Milo is quite the cute puppy!! These sound like amazing dog treats for your puppy!

  103. Valerie

    Milo is adorable and he looks like he loves the Nudges treats. They sound like they are great treats for dogs!

  104. erinn S

    My son always asks for a dog too. We lost two dogs in one year several years ago. Will be ready someday soon again

  105. Carolyn

    Hooray for rescue moms (and dads)! Milo is so sweet, and you’re awesome for giving him a loving fur-ever home!

  106. Carol Bryant

    Awww I love Milo. You should come on over to visit the BlogPaws free community, too. I am the PR Manager there and a fan of your blog.

  107. Aimee

    What a sweet story! My kiddos love their puppy too! Rescuing is the way to go.

  108. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Good on you for giving Milo the love his former family couldn’t. He looks like such a sweet dog.

  109. Rebecca Swenor

    He is so adorable with that smile on his face. These sound like awesome dog treats indeed and I love that the first item on ingredient is real meat. My three dogs would love all three but the Grillers would be their top choice. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog)

    Adopting a pet is always a better option than getting one from a breeder or pet store. There are so many pets out here who need families. Your doggie is so adorable!

  111. Caitlin

    We adopted our german shepherd and I love that we did! Such a great thing to do!

  112. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Awww Milo is so cute! That is so great of you to adopt him. The kids are always bugging me about a dog too, maybe someday.

  113. toxict15

    Milo looks super sweet. We adopted our first little pup but my husband insisted on paying for a purebred for our second. Both are well loved and taken care of and forever members of our family.

  114. Yolanda @ Seeing It Their Way

    I don’t have a dog, but if I did and he was anything like its owner he would love the sizzler! We are a meat and cheese type family!!!!

  115. Winter White

    Milo is SO cute! I also have 2 rescue animals and I couldn’t love them more. This food looks so good and healthy!

  116. Take Two Tapas

    That is such a great story! I want to get a dog for my two boys but we travel so much, and wouldn’t be able to take him with us, so we are holding off until we are more stable!

  117. Carly Brydon Anderson

    Milo is so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your adoption story with us!

  118. Emerald

    Oh my goodness Milo is soooo cute! I love his eyes!

  119. DogVills (@DogVills)

    Milo is adorable. What a touching adoption and rescue story. Those treats look like a hit among this adorable dog

  120. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Our dogs have all been rescues too, that is so sweet!

  121. thedomesticbuzz

    Milo is so adorable! We also rescued our dog, just about a year ago, and love her so much. I’m always looking for new treats to give her, so thank you for suggesting these!

  122. LifeAsAConvert

    Never heard of these dog treats before. I bet mine would love them. I have one that is rescued from a shelter. My other was given to me.

  123. Krystal

    What a sweet pup! We haven’t had these treats before, but I will look for them.

  124. Amber C.

    What a great story! We adopted our Husky over a year ago now and my son is IN LOVE with her! She’s a great addition to our family!

  125. Cassie

    I’ve seen Nudges treats in Walmart and have thought about buying them for my pup. After seeing how much Milo loves them, I think I’ll finally make the plunge.

  126. Amanda O.

    Milo is such a cutie! I’ll keep a lookout for the Nudges snacks for my dogs.

  127. April G

    Sounds like Milo is a perfect fit for your family. Pretty cool that you found him.

  128. Shell Things (@shellthings)

    Aw, what a sweet dog. My boys would love one.

  129. Christie

    Such an inspiring dos rescue story! So glad you are able to give him a good home

  130. Modern Pilgrim

    I love pet adoption stories. Thanks for sharing yours!

  131. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    Oh my goodness. How adorable is Milo! We had talked about getting a second dog. Reading your adoption story is making me want another.

  132. amushro

    What a cutie! Milo is so lucky to be in your family! My dog tried Nudges treat and she LOVED them!

  133. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    Ha, we have a Milo too, but in cat form. Our dog is a pitbull named Wrigley, and I’m sure he’d love to try Nudges!

  134. Babita

    There is not a single day that goes by when my little one is not asking for a dog. If we ever decide to get one we are planning to go the shelter route too.

  135. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Milo is such a cute dog. We have a dog too and his name is JR. I’ll let him try Nudges and see if he likes it.

  136. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    Aww! What an adorable puppy! Loved reading your adoption story. Pets bring so much love and chaos to our lives, and it is all so very worth it.

  137. Kiwi

    Milo is too adorable!!! What a beautiful adoption story!!

  138. Jhoveleen David

    I am not a fan of going to cemeteries actually, it freaks me out.

  139. Jhoveleen David

    You have a great puppy with a great story. I wish we could get one also one day. My kids would be so happy if we have a dog.
    Btw, I am sorry for my first comment. It’s not meant for here. Please delete it. Thank you. My apology.

  140. Gabriel Bregg

    Our guy is a sort of rescue also, we got him from friends that were moving to a much smaller plot of land so he wouldn’t have the room to run he is used to. Rescue dogs can be amazing, our old guy is SOOOO tolerant of being loved (mauled) by three little toddlers, he tries to sleep in their room every night, but I think that would just lead to everyone being up all night.

  141. Rorybore

    aww Milo is a cutie!! And good for you using adoption — that was the only route we had planned when we decided to get our cat too. And I would have taken 2 of the dogs at the shelter that day too if my hubby would have let me!

  142. Teena in Toronto

    What a cutie!We have been dogless for four years … I miss having a dog.

  143. Jessica Beal Harlow

    Milo is so adorable! I love that you round him at a rescue to. What a sweet addition to your family. I bet your boys love him to pieces. Thanks for the heads up on Nudges…this is a new brand to me. We’ll have to try them for our dog, Dexter!

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