It was late Summer when I had a chance to play with Rescue Runts with my little god daughter, Molly. Little did I know that in a few weeks I’d be adopting my own rescue! Isn’t it funny how to universe works sometimes? These plush toys called Rescue Runts teach kids about adopting pets by showing them how you can put a little effort in and get a best friend for life.

When KD Kids asked if I’d be interested in checking out these toys I immediately said yes! I actually wanted to play with them on my own. But luckily, I was able set up a play date with 7 year old Molly. I explained these doggies to her and said we’d have to give them some extra care and love before taking them out in the yard for a “walk.”

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

This post is sponsored by KD Kids. In lieu of a payment to me, they’re actually making a donation to the rescue I adopted Burt from, Action for Animals. How great is that? But still, all opinion expressed here are my own.

The first thing we did was name our dogs. Molly choose the Husky and after much debating she named her Rose. I went with the spaniel and named her Ethel so she could be Lucy’s BFF. It was really fun to fill out the adoption certificate that’s on the box and customize the dog tag on each pup’s collar. Molly really loved getting to pick out the names and see her own name on the adoption certificate.

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

Next up was cleaning up our new rescues. These toys come with little tweezers to pick off pretend bugs and a little towel to clean off their dirty paws. We also spent a lot of time brushing Rose and Ethel to get them ready for their walk and photoshoot. The last step was to perk up their ears and stick out their tongues to give them a smile. It was a great transformation! Who doesn’t love a makeover montage?

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

Now that our rescues were all cleaned up, Molly and I took them outside to explore the yard and take some photos together. You know the first thing you do with a new pup is take about 1,672 photos of them!

You know what’s even harder than getting two labradors to pose for a photo? Getting a 7 year old girl to pose for a photo! Molly was so excited about these toys. I think the phrase, “this is the best day ever” was shouted more than a few times!

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

Bring A Rescue Runt Home

I just love the message behind these toys. Although I don’t have kids (other than Lucy and Burt, of course!) I do have nephews and little cousins. I love that these toys are interactive and have a built in teachable moment. While we groomed our pups I was able to tell Molly all about how pet adoption works. We can heal their wounds, remove their fleas, give them a bath and save a life. It’s a pretty powerful lesson to learn thanks to a stuffed animal!

I think you should add a Rescue Runt to your holiday gift list this year!

Rescue Runts Teach Kids About Adopting Pets

Thank you to KD Kids for making a donation to Action for Animals!

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