Rio Gets a Valentine! PetSmart

by Pam on February 11, 2014

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Rio, our Corgie Mix, came to us as a rescue dog from the local animal shelter.  As we passed by rows of cages, he looked up at us and wagged his tail.  My daughter stopped and exclaimed, “I want this one!”  Bryan was skeptical.  “He looks like he would be a yappy little dog.” Nevertheless, we filled out the paperwork, picked him up and took him home.  It is one decision that I have never regretted.  Rio loves to snuggle, possibly thinking he is a small human, does all sorts of tricks and is not in the least bit yappy, unless he hears the ding of the bell on Wheel of Fortune or the doorbell.  I suspect he thinks he is alerting us to danger.

Rio thinks he should be included in all holiday celebrations and usually receives a treat.  Valentine’s Day is filled with chocolate for the rest of us, but since this is bad for dogs, he receives a toy instead.  This year PetSmart allowed Rio to try out their new Valentine’s Day line,  Luv-A-Pet Care Bears.  Intended for medium and large sized pets, these cute, cuddly bears come in different colors and have a specialized insignia on their bellies that represents their personal duty and personality. Their ultimate weapon is the “Care Bear Stare” (a.k.a. “Belly Magic”), in which the collected Bears stand together and radiate light from their respective tummy symbols.

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When the box arrived, filled with Care Bears that squeak, the ultimate treat for Rio, our cat Okie saw them and couldn’t resist.  I’ve found him snuggled next to a Purple Care Bear, cuddling it and refusing to let it go.  I decided Rio could share the wealth, although Rio would have been happy to keep all the bears for himself.

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Helping to save rescue pets is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  That’s why I was thrilled to see that PetSmart will donate 10% of the sale of this item to PetSmart Charities® in the US and PetSmart Charities® of Canada to help save homeless pets.  These bears are available in three sizes, regular, mini and ball shaped.  Do you have a pet who needs a treat this Valentine’s Day?

 

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

Awww, how cute. I don’t usually get valentines for my pup, but those Care Bears are so cute that I just might make a trip over there for one….or three.

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Emily February 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

My kitty is a rescue kitty! She’s not much for Valentine’s gifts, but these are too cute! I might pick one up for her anyway.

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Terry February 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

I had no idea they had carebears that squeaked… nor that they made them for pets. Boy am I ever out of the loop.

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Allyson February 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

OMG these are SO adorable and so it your pouch! I used to be obsessed with care bears when I was younger, so this would be perfect for us! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Jennifer @TheRebelChick February 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

We just received some of these adorable Care Bears last week for our dogs. My dogs love them, but we only got three. Now I’m jealous! LOL!

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Christine Luken February 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

I’ve always loved the Care Bears! I wonder if my cats would like them as much as your Oakie does?

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Beth February 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

These are really cute. My cat lives with my mom now, but he would love something like this.

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Nikki February 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

How cute! I didn’t know they made Care Bear pet toys. My dog Maia would love these. She’s our “stuffed animal” dog. We call them her babies. Until she rips her baby apart for the squeaker. Then she carries that around for days, protecting it from the other dogs. LOL.

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Tess February 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

Super sweet! We dont think to give our pets gifts, but we should. lol

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Ashley B. February 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

Oh my goodness! So cute. You certainly can’t forget your pets on Valentines Day! My kitties usually get some treats.

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Amber Edwards February 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Those are the cutest pet toys! Although my daughter would probably steal it. And then my dog would steal it back. And then it would be shredded. Sometimes having a pitbull is hard on keeping toys from being shredded. /sigh. But these are so cute.

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Ellen Christian February 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

What cutie pies! so glad they have Valentines too!

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Michele February 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I saw these the other day and wondered if my cat would like one–seeing your cat with one I guess I will pick one up for her!

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kristin February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

We just received these same toys and our dogs love them! Yours are too cute!

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Daisy February 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Awe, those Care Bears are so adorable. I loved them when I was a little girl and it’s fun to see that they are still around and as cute as ever!

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Nicole B February 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I love Care Bears! And those look like great chew toys for the dogs. Now I want to go to PetSmart!

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Mama to 5 BLessings February 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

so cute! I used to play with CareBears as a kids – cute that they have dog toys!

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Kelsey Apley February 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Aw so cute!!! I loved the Carebears growing up!! Might have to head to PetSmart to shop!!

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Debbie Denny February 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Luv-A-Pet Care Bears are awesome idea!

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Sofia February 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

How cute!! Fur babies need some stuffies too!! :)

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Amberlee Cave February 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Those are so cute! I would love to get some for my pets, but I think my girls would end up fighting over them with the pets. lol I might get some anyway!

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Lawna February 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

What lucky pets you have! Those carebears are too cute! I bet even my daughter would love them.

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Theresa February 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I simply adore these! I just wish my dogs wouldn’t have something like this ripped to shreds within 3 seconds or I’d be rushing to PetSmart for the entire set!

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becca February 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

our kitties are rescue pets to and they love stuffed animals for sure

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vinma February 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

That is so cute! B/w both your pets are so adorable :) I hope they are happy with their cuddly bears :)

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Amanda Ripsam February 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

i used to have an original sunshine care-bear. In-fact I used to have sunshine bear.

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Triplezmom February 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Those are really cute. Pretty sure if I brought one home my daughter would want it for herself.

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Danielle @ We Have It All February 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

OMGosh those are so cute!! The animals and the care bears :)

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Sarah Bailey February 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Oh my they are too cute – I wonder if we can buy them over here I bet Sal would love one! x

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Jennifer B February 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

How adorable! We all love Care Bears around here too!

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Katy Rawson February 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

They are so cute. I love that they are adopted. And remembering them for Valentine’s Day only shows how important they are to the family. Cute!

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Sandra February 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

This post was so written for my grandma she always goes all out for her pets. I love getting them things to, especially toys that they will use over and over. Pets are family!

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Debbie L. February 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

King loves stuffed toys. This Valentine’s Day he is getting a new bear to play with. We name each stuffed toy and he drags them around the house.

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Sharon February 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm

So sweet! We got our little dog s stuffed mouse a few weeks ago and he had so much fun.

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Milena February 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Not only are Care Bears beyond adorable, but I love that they giving a donation! Way to go PetSmart!!

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Jennifer Williams February 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Those are so cute, my dogs are getting new coats for Valentine’s day this year. I wish we had a Pet Smart near us, I need to check out ordering from them online.

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Helene Cohen Bludman February 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Awww these toys are sweet! My dog and dat are both rescues. I am so glad to know that PetSmart will donate part of the proceeds to help homeless pets.

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Nicole Brady February 11, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Spoiling our pets is awesome. Spoiling our pets while helping other animal is even better! Kudos PetSmart!

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Tammy February 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

No pets around here, but those Care Bears bring back so many memories. “Tenderheart Bear, I love you!” LOL :)

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Lexie Lane February 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Awww … carebears! My dog could care less about stuffed animals because she’s quite old now. This is really neat though for pets to have something to play with.

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I wonder how long it will take until they bite, chew and rip to shreds their little snuggly buddy! Since you have many of them, I think that’d be ok.

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lisa jones February 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

These Are Adorable & For A Great Cause Another Reason To Love Petsmart!

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Jennifer Soltys February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Care Bears bring back so many memories!!! OMG my dogs would love these. So super cute!

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Amber Nelson February 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Oh Care Bears! Those are the classic toys that will never go out of style.

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Aly Mashrah February 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Awh, what a great idea to share the love with your pets. Those care bears look so adorable.

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Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) February 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I don’t have a dog at the moment, but always donate to pet charities. I will have to tell my sister-in-law about the 10% donation from PetSmart. Cute photos! :)

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Tara February 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

We shop Pet Smart for about 90% of our pet items! Love the Valentines for your pet idea.

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Veronica February 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Oh I love corgis. What a great rescue story. It’s like love, you know it when you find it

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Chrishelle February 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

How cute. I love that your fur babies got a Valentine’s gift. My little ones would love to have one of these babies to play with. I personally love Care Bears.

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Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas February 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I love the ball shaped bears! We don’t have a dog right now, but I’ve been seriously considering a puppy :)

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Tough Cookie Mommy February 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Aww, how cute. I love the idea of including the family pet in different holiday celebrations.

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Pam February 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I love this. Care Bears for dogs. I need to get a few for my pups. Your dog is such a cutie.

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Lisa February 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Those are so cute. I’ll have to check out my local Petsmart.

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Heather @ It's a Lovely Life! February 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Oh my! One of my cats looks just like yours… except the spot on the nose! How sweet that they got spoiled with new toys!

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Janeane Davis February 12, 2014 at 12:20 am

I never thought getting a care bear for our dog. I know my children would like to give the dog a stuffed animal as a gift.

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Danielle February 12, 2014 at 1:34 am

I love supporting causes like this, such a loving and warmhearted idea. Thank you for sharing :)

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Carlee C February 12, 2014 at 1:37 am

Very cute! I would like those for the kids, but I’m sure my furry children would appreciate them as well.

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Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings February 12, 2014 at 2:23 am

I loved care bears as a kid– I need to get one of these for my dog!

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coolchillmom February 12, 2014 at 6:23 am

of course he gets Valentine’s too cute to be left out!!!
Very happy to read the initiative by Pet msart donating to help our animal friends

Can’t get over Rio’s cuteness

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Aisha Kristine Chong February 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

Care Bears brings back memories – they are still the most adorable things! <3 Perfect for the love month, indeed!

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Julie Wood February 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

Your dog is so cute! I love these Petsmart Care Bears products. How nice to have for the dog. I am going to have to get one!!

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Amanda Love February 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

That’s great that Petsmart is donating a portion of the funds. I shop at Petsmart for my dog/cat food and those care bears toys are adorable.

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martha February 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

oh boy. care bears!! we LOVE the care bears. although i’m not sure my 4 year old would let the dog HAVE these

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Tammilee February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

oh my goodness these are so cute!

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martha February 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

we are BIG care bears fans in this house. i’m not sure my little one would want to share with our tobey but we’d sure try!!

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Ronnie February 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

CareBears for pets.. who would have thought. :) I love the fact that your pets are cuddling up with them. I used to, too as a little girl.

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melissa February 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm

My sister’s dog would love the CareBears! Perfect for a gift for him for Vday!

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Janel February 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Cute!! I love the care bears. The round one would be my pick, though.

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Katherine G February 13, 2014 at 12:35 am

I remember watching the care bear movies as a kid. I still love them. These are so cute and I am so glad that some proceeds will go towards helping other animals. Especially since we just adopted our kitten Jojo this past weekend.

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Michelle G. February 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

How cute! My kiddos are on a mission to get a pet and I’m determined when we do welcome one into our family it will be a rescue pet.

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Joanna Sormunen February 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

What a great cause! And the bears look really cute and lovable!

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