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Everyone remembers their first pet. Whether it was a guinea pig, hamster, dog or a cat - nothing beats that feeling of proving you’re strong enough, big enough, and most importantly - responsible enough - to care for another living creature...

My first pet was a giant German Shepherd dog named Lance, and we had a bond that will never be forgotten (which you can read more about in A Story of Animal Communication). Our kids first pets were also dogs, and they have since grown to be responsible pet parents and remarkable adults.

Dogs teach kids everything they need to know about life. From personal responsibility to loyalty, every important lesson we learn is a result of our first pet.

As your kids prepare for their first pet, it’s important to teach them responsible pet care. That doesn’t just mean brushing and feeding and playing with your pet, it means cleaning up after them. Swiffer® can help you manage pet hair and achieve a thorough clean of the house in just minutes. Best of all, they make cleaning fun for kids.

This post is sponsored by Swiffer® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Welcome Home Kits from Swiffer and Bark & Co.™, but PetsWeekly only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Swiffer is not responsible for the content of this article.

According to the 2nd annual Swiffer Cleaning Index, while 93% of American parents feel that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have, 75% of those that do not already have a pet agree that concerns over pet-related messes may be a factor in preventing them from getting one. I couldn't imagine growing up without an animal in my life.

Actor Scott Foley, dad of three and rescue pet parent of two, is joining Swiffer and Bark & Co., the makers of BarkBox, to celebrate “Family’s First Pet” and the friendship that comes from a child’s first pet. New pet owners are invited to share a photo of their new family members along with everything in their Welcome Home Kit box with @swiffer and @barkbox to show you they are ready for when #ShedHappens.

 

Each Welcome Home Kit includes:

  • Coupon for a free Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit (If you haven't tried this, you must. It's a 2-in-1 hard surface sweeping & mopping tool that will pick up and wipe dust and dirt away!)
  • Swiffer Sweeper Dry Refill Kit
  • Swiffer Duster (Their Dust Lock Adhesive™ has 50% more fibers than regular dusters, which makes dusting any surface a breeze! You'll also love the extension that lets you easily clean ceiling fans and cobwebs)
  • Coupon for a free Febreze® product
  • Bark Toy
  • Bark Treat
  • Fresh Chicken Recipe Food Sample and coupon
  • Welcome Home Guide featuring information from Child Development expert, Dr. Aubrey Fine, on the benefits of a pet for children and info on the BarkBox folks to make the adoption transition easier for pets.

If you have pets, you probably understand that shedding is a natural event. So are muddy paws and lots of dust. That’s why actor Scott Foley (The Unit, Felicity and Scandal) is helping you make pet care (and cleanup) easier with a welcome kit for a new family.

Dust and dirt should never be an obstacle for pet ownership. Keep the mess to a minimum. Swiffer and Bark & Co. are helping families show the love through pet adoption by having more time for play (and less time for cleanup). This is why they are providing 10,000 Welcome Home kits to participating shelters across the country. In addition, Swiffer is making a total of $50,000 in donations to select shelters this holiday season.

Follow them on social media at @BarkBox and @Swiffer are teaming up to make sure cleaning concerns are never an obstacle when bringing home your child’s first pet. Through December, new dog parents who adopt from partnering shelters will get a free Welcome Home Kit packed with goodies and cleaning supplies. Because with any furry family member, #ShedHappens.

Please share a photo of your new fur-ever family and everything in this box with @swiffer and @barkbox to show how ready you are for when #ShedHappens.

               

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About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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