Monday, April 21, 2014

A Portly Pup Loses Lbs and Gains a New Lease on Life #HillsPet

We love great weight loss success stories. Even better when it involves a pet who's weight loss gives them a new lease on life.

Check out Bear, a pup who went from a whopping 148 pounds to 92 pounds to gain back his energy… and his life.



With the help of Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, Bear's metabolism changed to act more like that of a lean animal. And as the weight came off, his quality of life improved, and so did his relationship with his family.

"I gained a friend," said Bear's dad. When our pets feel good, it's like getting back an old friend.

Hill's Metabolic diet provides clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn calories and regulate appetite. Even after weight loss, the highly efficient energy metabolism profile is maintained.

The result is success stories like these:

Meet Lola before…

At 49.6 pounds Lola was getting a little too chunky and wide through the hips. 12 weeks later…


A lighter, leaner, healthier Lola at 39.9 pounds! That's a 19.5 percent body weight loss in just 12 weeks! Wow! Lola's ready for the beach!

Hill's Metabolic has a formula for cats too. Meet Lennie, who at 14.6 pounds is a little too fluffy!


After just 10 weeks on Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution…

Lennie looks year's younger and has lots more energy after losing 1.3 pounds and 9 percent of his body weight in just 10 weeks!

Whether your pets have a lot to lose, like Bear, or just a little like Lennie, you can see a leaner, happier pet in 60 days. Hill's Metabolic is an easy way to lose weight and help maintain that weight loss over time.

In fact, 88 percent of pets lost weight in two months at home; so all pets, not just ones with severe weight problems, can shed the pounds and regain their youthful figure.

Fun activities and sports are such a huge part of Rocco's and my life it's hard to imagine, what it would be like if excess weight kept us from running and jumping and playing!


Rocco and I stay active with agility to help keep fit and healthy

Roc on! And gain a new activity partner in your leaner, happier pet! 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Learn How To Be a Disc Dog

Rocco got a chance to try his own paw at the toss and fetch competition
This past weekend, Rocco and I got to experience our own performance dog doubleheader.

First, we had a great outing at our first USDAA agility trial, and then we spent the day at the Disc Dog Southern Nationals where we got some great disc dog tips from our pals Melissa Heeter and Marni Brown.

Rocco's learning to grab the disc and retrieve it when I roll it on the ground. We haven't advance to catching it in the air yet, but it's still great exercise for both of us as we combine chase games (Rocco chases me) with fetch and retrieve to help build our bond, drive and focus.

If you're interested in having fun with your dog with disc games, check out this new book from Disc Dog World Champion Melissa Heeter.
Champion Disc Dog!: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Dog Airborne in 18 Days includes a DVD, making it a super value with easy to follow instruction and lots of photos. While the book and DVD provide thorough instruction on every phase of the sport, Heeter also emphasizes the benefits of exercise, safety and bonding with your dog.

Check it out! We're having lots of fun with it!


Melissa shows her technique at an event we attended last year
We also had a great outing at our first USDAA agility trial.


We had lots of fun and Rocco earned a couple of first place and qualifying ribbons too! This weekend we're heading to our first AKC trial. We'll let you know how that goes! 

Does your dog like to play disc dog games? Or is agility more your style? Of course you can do bothThe variety keeps it interesting and fun, and provides another cross-training opportunity to improve overall fitness for both you and your pup!

If you haven't entered yet, our FitDog Friday anniversary giveaway is still open. Click here to learn more and enter!

The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday is Jumping!

Welcome to another edition of Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

Rocco had a great time at USDAA
agility trial last weekend!
FFF is jumping hot this week, and not just because we continue to have LOTS of great giveaways to share. Rocco and I have been busy with his first agility trials -- last weekend competing in his first USDAA and this weekend we're competing in our first AKC trial!

We also have a new product to try out this week at the trial. We'll be taking a few Yaff Bars with us to help keep our energy up during the long days of the agility trial. It sounds little crazy, but these are energy bars you can actually share with your dog! Watch for a review and giveaway for these in upcoming weeks.

AND, earlier this week we announced that Castor & Pollux is sponsoring the next Event Barkers Twitter Party where we have $750 in awesome #OrganicPet prizes to give away!  Enter here for a chance to win three pre-party prizes valued at $70 each!

Then, check out the great selection of this week's giveaways in the Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate

The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an expiration date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or services, including pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

For more information, you can check out the help page. Your hosts are All Things Dog BlogDogTipper and To Dog With Love.

Happy (s)hopping!


Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. All Things Dog Blog, Doggies and Stuff, DogTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.





Get Ready for $100s in Prizes at #OrganicPet Twitter Party

Rocco is perusing some of the terrific prizes from Castor & Pollux
we'll be giving away at the May 4 #OrganicPet Twitter Party

The excitement is building for the Event Barkers May 4 #OrganicPet Twitter Party with Castor & Pollux! If you haven't RSVP'd yet. Don't miss out! Ten lucky winners will win $750 worth of prizes! That's a whole lot of tasty, natural and organic food and treats for your pup from Castor & Pollux.

You can RSVP here and enter our #OrganicPet giveaways for the chance to win one of three prizes (each valued at $70) even before the party begins! Then, be sure to mark you calendar for May 4 from 8-9 p.m. ET for even more fun, organic info and prizes!

Here's what you can win at #OrganicPet!

Nine prizes valued at $70!

Nine prizes valued at $70:

  • One 5.25-pound bag of ORGANIX Grain-Free Adult Dog Food; the No. 1 ingredient is organic free-range chicken
  • Five cans in a variety of flavors of ORGANIX Butcher & Bushel canned food for dogs; featuring hearty cuts of certified organic meats and vegetables
  • Four bags of new ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies;  all-natural dog cookie treats oven-baked with organic oatmeal and protein-packed jerky chip  
  • One can of new Natural Ultramix Real Pumpkin Ultrablend or Real Sweet Potato Ultrablend; dietary supplements that offer a vitamin-rich, high fiber puree to keep pets' tummies happy!



One Grand Prize valued at $120:
  • Phone and/or email consultation with ORGANIX pet parent relations expert Cyndi Rappe to help customize the prize for your pet
  • ORGANIX dog food (specific brand and quantity tailored to your dog’s lifestyle needs)
  • One case of ORGANIX Butcher and Bushel canned food for dogs (12 cans, variety of flavors)
  • Four bags of ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies in a variety of flavors
  • One can each of Natural Ultramix Real Pumpkin Ultrablend and Real Sweet Potato Ultrablend dietary supplements
Rocco checks out food, treats and more in the Grand Prize Package!
*Dog not included!
Wow! That's a lot of super prizes. Rocco's head is about to fall off sniffing out all the tasty products you can win for your pup!

And what's even better, all these products are made in the USA by Castor & Pollux, whose ORGANIX product line was the first certified organic dog and cat food to meet all of the requirements established by the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Don't forget to RSVP for a chance to win! We'll see you May 4 at the #OrganicPet Twitter Party!

We are working with Castor & Pollux through our partnership in Event Barkers to produce this Twitter party and share product news with our readers. Prizes will be provided and shipped by Castor & Pollux. At To Dog With Love, we only share information we believe in and all opinions expressed herein are our own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

RSVP for #OrganicPet Twitter Party and Win With Castor & Pollux!

We're super excited about today's announcement from Event Barkers.

Last week, we mentioned we're joining up All Things Dog Blog and DogTipper to bring you more Twitter Parties filled with great information and lots of fabulous prizes. And today we're unveiling the terrific sponsor of our next big event!

Castor & Pollux is joining us for the #OrganicPet Twitter Party on May 4, from 8-9 p.m. ET, and we couldn't be more excited! The company is a leader in organic and natural pet products with foods that are organic certified and made in the USA.

AND, we'll have $750 in yummy prizes for you from Castor and Pollux, including USA-made ORGANIX Jerky Chip CookiesORGANIX Butcher & Bushel canned food made with organic meats, fruits and vegetables; two new toppers for your dog's food to help support digestive health in yummy sweet potato and pumpkin flavors; and organic-certified ORGANIX brand dry dog food.


We hope you'll join us at the May 4 Twitter Party to learn more about organic foods for your pets from the experts at Castor & Pollux.

Enter To RSVP and Win!

Rocco's salivating over the giveaway prizes from Castor & Pollux!
Even before the party gets started, you can enter to win with three pre-party giveaways:
  • RSVP giveaway: Enter via the giveaway widget below, and you'll find the first entry is for RSVPing. Just add your Twitter handle to RSVP and enter!
  • Pre-Tweet giveaway: You’ll find three pre-written Tweets in the widget below. Tweet any or all of them (your choice!) and you’re entered. Or share your own Tweet with the #OrganicPet hashtag and this link --  http://ow.ly/vKaw0 -- and you're entered!
  • Social media giveaway: You'll find lots of ways to enter via the giveaway widget below. Enter as many or as few as you like. You can always return to the widget for additional entries (and more chances to win!) anytime before the party on May 4.
We’ll be announcing the three pre-party giveaway winners during the first few minutes of the #OrganicPet Twitter party. You don’t have to be present to win these three giveaways, but we hope you'll attend on May 4 for lots of treats, food, facts and fun!

We are working with Castor & Pollux through our partnership in Event Barkers to produce this Twitter party and share product news with our readers. Prizes will be provided and shipped by Castor & Pollux. At To Dog With Love, we only share information we believe in and all opinions expressed herein are our own.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our Day at the Purina #IncredibleDog Challenge Eastern Regionals

Rocco and I got the VIP treatment!
This past weekend Rocco and I had the chance to attend the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regionals in Atlanta.

It's a terrific event and an overall super fun day filled with all sorts of performance dog events. And even better yet, it's free to come watch and enjoy the show!

If you have one of these events in your neck of the woods, I highly recommend attending. Rocco and I had a blast, and we even enjoyed VIP treatment courtesy of Purina!

Upcoming events include the Western Regionals in Huntington Beach, Calif., on May 30-31 and the National Finals in St. Louis on September 26-27.

We knew several of the competitors which made it even more fun. We hope someday to compete in this event ourselves, but Rocco is just starting out on his agility career. In fact, this weekend we're competing in our first real agility trial! We'll let you know how it goes.

The Incredible Dog Challenge offers a variety of events, including Agility, Diving Dogs, Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, Fetch It!, 30 Weave Pole Up-and-Back Competition, and the Freestyle Flying Disc Competition.

Take a look at some of the action!


Some of the agility competitors…


Dock diving dogs…


Jack Russell's in the hurdle races…


The Fetch It! competition… this is like dock diving with the added challenge of fetching a bumper that hangs above the pool.


High flying freestyle dogs…


We loved this little Corgi!



And the 30 Weave Pole Up-and-Back Challenge… take a look at these dogs go!



What's your favorite dog sport? Do you have plans to try something new soon?

If you haven't entered yet, our FitDog Friday anniversary giveaway is still open. Click here to learn more and enter!

The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Has a Secret!

Welcome to another edition of Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

You may have seen earlier this week that we have a secret to share! Next week we'll announce the sponsor and $100s in awesome prizes for the May 4 Twitter Party we'll be co-hosting through our new partnership in Event Barkers.  Keep an eye out for hashtag #OrganicPet so you don't miss any of the news!

In the meantime, check out the great selection of this week's giveaways in the Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an expiration date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or services, including pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

For more information, you can check out the help page. Your hosts are All Things Dog BlogDogTipper and To Dog With Love.

Happy shopping!


Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. All Things Dog Blog, Doggies and Stuff, DogTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.