This post is sponsored by Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, a world-leading animal health company providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance then health and well-being of dogs, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.

I recently received an invite to a “dog adoption party,” complete with gift registry. Apparently, dog registries are a thing! Now, you all know I'm not a complete dog person. I tend to turn into Judgey McJudgerson when I see puppy purses and all manner of excessive-seeming pet accessories. I grew up with cats. Simple, aloof, self-satisfied cats who did not leave my residence and didn't require leashes, exercise or entertainment. I never understood canine things.

My husband, however, is totally a dog person.

And he has slowly softened my cat-loving heart.

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Nate adopted Kraken the day we closed on our first home. For years, I had promised him that he would have a four-legged pal as soon as we had four walls around our family and at least four fence posts keeping the whole situation contained.

He held me to it.

Kraken was our first dog, and to this day he remains the most loyal animal I've ever encountered. He is Nate's dog, through and through. When Nate's at work, he sits eagerly at the door waiting for him to come home. He's on most photo shoot assignments with us, right by Nate's side, trying his best to help read the light and alert his trusty camera coworker to important scene changes and movements.

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This dog is a huge, important part of our lives. He requires all of the embraces and affection and nuances that any loved one would.

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So I guess it makes sense for someone to set up a gift registry just like people do for a wedding or even some birthdays nowadays. After all, dogs require food and toys. And our whole community of family and friends gets so excited every time we get a new pet, it's kind of a genius idea. That's why I'm working with the NexGard® (afoxolaner) team!

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The NexGard® (afoxolaner) team is launching a fun, easy online pet gift registry. From now through October, dog owners can create a pet profile and customize a gift registry on to be entered for a chance to win one of two prizes. Each month, one Grand Prize winner will receive $500 towards their gift registry and a coupon for a six-month supply of NexGard (with a prescription from a veterinarian), while two Runners Up will receive $100 towards their gift registry and a coupon for a three-month supply of NexGard (with a prescription from a veterinarian).

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Visit for tips and information on how to help keep your dog healthy, as well as how to help protect him from fleas and ticks with the use of a flea and tick control product like NexGard® (afoxolaner) taken every 30 days.

The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, itching, diarrhea, lethargy and lack of appetite. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. For more information, contact your veterinarian or see the prescribing information

*The maker of NexGard worked with bloggers like me for its It’s A Dog! program. This blog has been written by me on behalf of the NexGard team. Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. I received compensation for my time.

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