This post was sponsored by Hasbro’s Joy For All brand as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The only pet my grandfather had when he was a child was a goat. No cat, no dog. A goat! He was about six years old and during the year that he owned him, he grew a ton. In the beginning, he could latch the goat to his overalls with a rope and all was good. Eventually, the goat got so big that he took my grandfather for a ride; face first into the ground and drug him down the road. Not surprisingly, one day the goat just disappeared. He has no idea what happened to it but I have a feeling cabrito (roasted goat) was on the menu.
It was not until my mother was nearing her high school graduation that he got a dog. They had just come back from South America and were finally here to stay in the US. My grandfather was in the military so previously they had traveled all over the place. After being back for about a month, one of my mom's aunt's dogs had a litter. A litter of three pups. They were named Meeny, Miny, and Moe.
Moe became their family dog. This dog was wild. You had to carefully watch him anytime you opened a door or gate, otherwise, he would bolt. You would then have to search for him around the neighborhood. Sometimes he would be gone for days. Funny thing is that his siblings, Meeny and Miny, were well behaved. You could tell them to stay and they actually would. Not Moe, though. He had a mission to escape and often accomplished it. He lived well into his teens and was beloved by my grandparents. They never owned a dog again.
By the time Moe passed away, my grandparents were near 70 and having another pet was out of the question. Owning a pet takes a lot of time, money, and commitment that they just couldn't deal with for another 15+ years. It's a lot of responsibility!
My grandfather is now nearing 91 years old and lives with me. Many of my fondest childhood memories include him. I was always eager to spend time with him and him with me. He's the best grandpa in the world!
Nowadays, I'm busy with a family of my own and deadlines to meet. I'm not always able to spend that quality time with him that he deserves. I am so glad I was introduced to HASBRO’S JOY FOR ALL™ Companion Pets!
Hasbro is well known and beloved for their toys and games. If you say Hasbro most people (even children) know exactly what you are talking about. Being one of the largest toy makers in the world, they know a thing or two about bringing happiness and fun to people of all ages – even the elderly. It can be hard for seniors to reap the benefits (reduced stress, lower blood pressure, increased social interaction and physical activity) of pet ownership which is a complete shame.
HASBRO’S JOY FOR ALL™ Companion Pet Pup
Our elders deserve to experience the delight, laughter, and companionship that pets can give. HASBRO’S JOY FOR ALL™ Companion Pets do just that. They sure did make my grandfather smile!
Hasbro’s Joy For All Companion Pet Pup is super soft and feels like a real dog. Just like a real dog, the pup will respond to your voice with an adorable pup-like bark and look right at you when you talk to it. Playing with the pup, allowed my grandfather to reminisce about the good ole days with Moe. It was a great memory refresher for him!
The pup's built in BarkBack™ technology and multiple sensors give you life-like interactions that you know and love. Petting, hugging, and even just being in the same room as this pup will make you feel like a real dog is there (without the maintenance). He even moves his tail and opens and shuts his eyes. While the Joy For All Companion Pet Cats can even purr, roll on their back, and simulate licking their paws!
Unlike a real pup or cat these pets can be muted or powered off if you are in need of some quiet time. At the click of a button, though, they are instantly back bringing you the fun, joy, and companionship you crave. Or if you leave them alone for a while they will go to sleep!
Head to JoyForAll.com to purchase your very own JOY FOR ALL COMPANION PET today and use JOY2016 for 10% off your purchase! It's the perfect gift for anyone – ages 5 to 105!!
My mother in law and father in law moved to assisted living when he had Alzheimers. They got one of these pets. It was a great alternative to having to care for a real pet. My mother in law could not handle the home let alone a pet when she cared for my father in law.
This is absolutely a great idea, I bet my grandma would love this idea.
I have no doubt she would! It was a hit at our house with all ages.
That’s a wonderful idea, even for a home with small kids.
Our boys definitely enjoyed them. They’re for any ages because our grandpa loved it as well.
I think this is such a wonderful idea for those that can no longer have pets. Pets bring such joy and satisfaction.
They truly do! Hasbro had such a thoughtful and brilliant idea when they came up with this one!
I love that they have a cat and dog version! Such a cute idea. I am definitely considering to get one (:
We were sure happy that we got one. You won’t regret it!
Those are very cute and a sweet idea
I thought it was a pretty thoughtful idea on Hasbro’s part as well. Not many companies redirect their focus on an item like this!
This is a truly wonderful story…I have been at this place where you have to give up your pet and know exactly how it feels!
It definitely feels horrible. I’m sorry you had to experience that. Maybe you can find relief like my grandparents did!
I very much agree that Owning a pet is going to be too expensive and it needs a lot of time & commitment too. These Companion Pets from Hasbro’s Joy sounds amazing and I love that how they respond like a real pet. Wonderful gift idea for kids & elders!
Yes! The kids LOVED them. I suppose age is only a number especially when it comes to cute furry things. 😉
I think this is a wonderful alternative for seniors. Having a pet can really take a toll on them, with the feeding, walking, bathing, and more. With this, there’s none to worry about at all!
You’re very right. It’s overwhelming! I know how hard it was for us, I can only imagine dealing with it when I don’t have near as much energy.
This is a great idea! Animal pet is such a great companion.
I couldn’t agree more!
I love the idea of still being able to enjoy a furry friend.
We did too, especially for my grandpa.
Our Family World
Owning a real pet has a lot of advantages as well, especially on the emotional side. But I agree with the realistic factors involved, and I’m glad Hasbro has envisioned something for people like us and made something real out of it.
Yes, the real thing will always be better in many ways but there are other ways they aren’t so good as well which is where Hasbro has stepped in.
Wow the Hasbro’s Joy For All Companion Pets are so amazing! You grandfather looks so happy playing with it. So nice to hear it brings back memories of Moe 🙂
We were happy to see the smile on his face as well. You never know if something is going to work until you try it and I was glad Hasbro’s Companion Pets did such a great job of bring joy.
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What a sweet story about your grand dad. These sound like great companions for the elderly or others too. The pets are so life like.
I think that’s the best part about them is how alive they look. If they were too fake, I don’t think it would work as well.
What a wonderful idea! I think we underestimate the positive effect this sort of thing can have on people’s lives.
You’re very right. I think a lot of people are skeptical about its usefulness. However, once I saw it with my grandpa, any doubts I had were gone.
Wow, there is a cat as well?! I thought is only a dog. When I was little I used to ask for a cat every occasion, birthday, Christmas, Easter and I never got one. This is great for kids like me, to have the felling they have a cat.
I know, isn’t that exciting?! I was very happy to see the cat option as well. I think you were like a lot of kids growing up. A pet gives the feeling like no other.
I wasn’t allowed to have a pet when I was a kid. I hope they already made these back then! The dog toy looks so cute <3
I’m with you, I wish they would have thought of these sooner. It is difficult to grow up without a pet.
I think this is just a wonderful idea for the elderly who can no longer physically or financially care for a pet but want to have that companionship. It would also be wonderful for nursing homes and hospitals!
What a great thought! There are many therapy pets that can’t go into rooms due to allergies, etc. these would fix that problem.
What a sweet idea. I love that they almost look real too. I am a dog lover, but I think the cat looks way cuter!
I loved that they had both options. I think the cat may have been my favorite as well.
This is a cute idea for people who can’t take on the expense or responsibility of owning a pet
Yes! Pets are so expensive. With the vet, food, toys, etc. it all adds up and fast!
Such a great idea! Animals are a lot of work, but some people really need and animal to love on.
You’re very right! I have heard of so many elderly going downhill after losing a pet because they’re a true companion!