Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes to the Dogs

Havanese agility dogs Rocco Dasher Jovi Brisa Spicy
Rocco and his Havanese pals at last weekend's agility trial
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Last weekend we headed to an agility trial in Pendleton, SC and met up with our pal Amanda and her four Havanese. All but Jovi, the red Hav in the top middle (who's still too young to compete), competed at the trial and all did great! Rocco earned his AXJ title (Excellent Jumpers) and nabbed another qualifying run in Masters Jumpers. 


We posed the dogs, above on the area steps facing the agility field. 

Getting back to Fido's Freebie Friday... there's still time to enter our giveaway for an adorable Molly Mutt duvet cover. But you better hurry... the giveaway closes in a few days!  You'll find those and all sorts of other great goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed 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 end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding 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!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper 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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Why Your Pets Need Year-Round Parasite Protection #SentinelSpectrum

Year-round parasite protection with Sentinel Spectrum #SentinelSpectrum

This post is sponsored by Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. More information about Sentinel Spectrum. Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article.

Years ago when I had my first dog, Thai, I remember fleas being a big problem. It was difficult to keep them under control and I can remember him getting tapeworms as a result of eating some of the fleas.

At the time, it seemed like a never-ending battle against fleas. The good news is there are products available today that have made controlling fleas -- and other parasite risks -- SO much easier.


Rocco's been taking Sentinel products his whole life and with Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® we've never had a problem with fleas or any other parasite.

Year-Round Protection is Key

No matter where you live, it's important to protect your pet all year long against heartworms, fleas and other parasites. 

You might think that fleas are seasonal critters, but they are amazingly (and unfortunately) hardy pests that can survive the most challenging conditions. They're quite happy setting up house in your upholstered furniture and even in the interiors of automobiles.

And what's worse, the fleas you see only make up a small portion of the population while the fleas you can't see are able to survive in a home for up to a year before ever finding a host!

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends treating dogs and cats year-round and throughout their life with flea control products to limit infestations both on the pet and in the home. 

When it comes to year-round risk, the same holds true for heartworms. Both indoor and outdoor dogs are at risk year-round -- no matter where you live.

If you miss a dose of heartworm protection, any heartworm larvae (microfilaria) that made it into your dog from a mosquito bite in the PAST MONTH can cause an infection. And, it takes approximately six months from the time an animal is infected until it can be detected by your veterinarian because the test detects ADULT worms.

So the best way to protect your pup is not to miss a dose, because the medication is most effective against infections that occurred in the month prior to taking the medicine. And remember, annual screenings with a simple blood test are important to help detect heartworm disease.

Speaking of heartworms, this year the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is expecting higher than normal levels of heartworm transmission nationwide.

So do your pups a favor and make sure you keep them protected from fleas, heartworms and other parasites all year long

Take the Sentinel Spectrum Parasite Survey

How much do you know about fleas and parasites so that you can protect your dog?

Take this short survey so we can ultimately educate more pet owners about keeping their dogs safe from parasites. The results from the survey will be used to create an infographic that we'll share on our blog next month!

Reminder for Sentinel Spectrum heartworm and flea protection #SentinelSpectrum

Never forget to protect your pup!

Need help remembering when to give your pup his next dose of Sentinel Spectrum? Sign up for this handy reminder and Sentinel will text or email you a monthly reminder.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Beached

Rocco Havanese and Dolly the Doxie at Oak Street Beach Dogs
Rocco and his pal Dolly enjoyed some beach time in Chicago at Oak Street Beach
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Last weekend we were in Chicago and we had the chance to meet up with Dolly the Doxie and her mom at Oak Street Beach. The pups loved romping along the beach and walking along the lakefront. You can read all about our outing at Dolly the Doxie. 


Getting back to Fido's Freebie Friday... if you haven't already checked out the adorable Molly Mutt duvet covers, now's a great time!  You'll find those and all sorts of other great goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed 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 end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding 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!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper 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.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Mother's Day From Fido's Freebie Friday

dog friendly Lullwater Park in Atlanta
Rocco and his pals Wyatt and Eddie enjoyed a lovely walk at Lullwater Park in Atlanta last weekend
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

We wish you all a happy Mother's Day, whether you're spending it with moms, furmoms, kids or furkids! Last weekend we had a great time exploring Lullwater Park in Atlanta and this weekend we're headed for Chicago for a visit with our humom!


This week, we also checked out the adorable Molly Mutt duvet covers. You'll find those and all sorts of other great goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed 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 end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding 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!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper 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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Upcycle and Sleep in Style With Molly Mutt Pet Beds & Giveaway

Molly Mutt dog bed duvet cover Rocco Havanese
Rocco looks great on his Molly Mutt duvet cover

What's cuter than a sleeping dog? A sleeping dog on an adorable dog bed!

And what's even better than that? An eco-friendly dog bed duvet that allows you to upcycle your old things while easily changing the look and feel of your dog beds to suit your design tastes of the day!

I'll admit, I'm a dog bed fanatic. It's hard to pass up a new bed with a cute design that will look perfect in (name the room/corner of the house).

But what if you could buy machine washable duvets and simply cover your old dog beds? Or better yet, stuff your old things into the duvet to give your pup that comforting, familiar smell... of you! 


One of the adorable Molly Mutt duvet patterns

I think duvet covers for dog beds are brilliant. So when we discovered Molly Mutt, makers of quality, washable duvet covers for pet beds, we were all over it! 

We had the chance to try out a Molly Mutt duvet cover in this adorable plaid pattern. There are so many cute patterns we had a hard time choosing just one. But what's great is that at $19 (for the small size duvet that Rocco is reclining on) you can get multiple covers. While one's in the wash, you'll always have a fresh one handy!


Rocco strikes a pose and has plenty of room on the small Molly Mutt duvet cover

What's all this about upcycling?

Molly Mutt's bedding business is built on the concept of upcycling -- using fabrics from around your home to fill the beds, thus saving them from the landfill. 

Upcycling is about giving new life to your useless or unwanted items with no additional energy required. And because you are repurposing your items rather than discarding them (or even recycling them), upcycling ultimately means reduced air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and costs associated with recycling and landfill management.

You can read more about upcycling on the Molly Mutt blog.

What we love about Molly Mutt

In addition to the eco-friendly benefits, we love how easy it is to transform any old thing laying around the house into an adorable pet bed with Molly Mutt.


The Molly Mutt duvet covers are machine washable and of course so is the stuffing when you fill it with your own machine washable items. 

You can find lots of cute accessories at Molly Mutt, too, like this pillow pack that can be added on to any dog bed. 


Check out the crate covers and collars and leashes too. We love all the designs!


Win a Molly Mutt Duvet and Pillow Kit Combo!

Enter via the giveaway widget below for a chance to win a Molly Mutt Pillow Pack Kit!  This includes a duvet cover in the size and design of your choice,  a stuff sack and pillow pack! 

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is enter your name and email on the giveaway widget below. Then follow the instructions to tell us in the comments below about the Molly Mutt pattern that best fits your dog's personality.  In the giveaway widget, you'll find more ways to earn even more chances to win. 

Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by and will be fulfilled by Molly Mutt. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday is Jumping!

Rocco Havanese Agility jump
Rocco flies over a jump at last weekend's agility trial
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Rocco's been busy with agility trials these past few weeks, so we've been using lots of treats as rewards! Check out our VitaBone treats giveaway for a chance to win some yummy treats for your dog as well as
 all the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed 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 end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding 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!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!



Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper 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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Positive Reinforcement with Vita Bone Treats and Giveaway!

Vita Bone Rocco Havanese treat-based positive reinforcement training
Rocco keeps his eye on the prize -- a tasty Vita Bone biscuit!

This post is sponsored by Vita Bone. I am being compensated to spread the word about Vita Bone Biscuits and Chewys but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. 

Ever since Rocco was a young pup, we've used positive reinforcement training to help turn him into the fine young dog and athlete he is today!

Positive reinforcement is about rewarding your pup when they perform a behavior you want them to do, rather than punishing them for an unwanted behavior. Imagine if all you heard was no-no-no all day. It would probably put you in a bad mood (at a minimum) and likely make you mad at the world! 

The same thing goes for your pup. Rewarding your pup for a desired behavior goes a long way in increasing the bond and trust between you and your dog and it encourages your dog to exhibit that good behavior again and again.

How to train with positive reinforcement

We've trained everything from tricks and agility to good manners using positive reinforcement and we like using rewards like USA-made Vita Bone treats to reward for a job well done! 

Here are some of our favorite and most useful behaviors we've trained using positive reinforcement.

  • Instead of jumping at kitchen counters, give your pup an acceptable alternative behavior. Rocco is trained to go to his place -- a comfy bed in the corner of the kitchen -- where he can safely observe all the kitchen activity. He gets lots of treats and praise for going to his place.
  • Train a similar behavior for pups who jump on guests at the front door. When the doorbell rings, reward your pet for lying calmly on a cushion near the front door. Practice with a friend -- ringing the doorbell and opening the door -- before real guests come to call!
  • Does your dog bark or lunge at dogs walking by? Keep your dog's eyes on you by holding a tasty treat and saying "watch me". Reward their attention on you. You can add "look at that", pointing to the cause of their barking and then reward a quick head turn back to you.

Rocco and his friend Sophie couldn't resist the box of Vita Bones that arrived at our door, dragging the box into the living room and trying to open it while I wasn't looking! Who do you think "did it"!
Even good dogs get into mischief! But who could resist a box full of Vita Bones Biscuits and Chewys! Tip: Use a Vita Bone treat to get your pups to focus on you while taking photos.

More about Vita Bone and how to win some!




Vita Bone Biscuits and Chewys are made in the USA by a family-owned and operated company since 1972.  The Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and are fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Vita Bone Chewy sticks are a softer, meaty treat made with real meat.

Rocco loves them both... a LOT! It's easy to break up both the biscuits and the chewys into smaller Rocco-sized training pieces so we've used them recently as rewards at an agility trial and look what happened....!

Rocco earned LOTS of ribbons for qualifying runs at last weekend's USDAA agility trial
We'll be stocking up on more Vita Bone treats before our next trial!

To find Vita Bone near you,use the Vita Bone store locator and then get some coupons for both Vita Bone Biscuits and Chewy Treats. They're currently distributed mostly out west and in the midwest, but I hear they're in the process of expanding their distribution. If you can't wait to try them, you can order now on Amazon and also enter our giveaway below!

Enter via the Giveaway widget below for a chance to win a Vita Bone prize pack.

Good luck!

For more about Vitabone: 

Twitter: @vita_bone
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