Friday, April 25, 2014

Starting Off on the Right Paw: Our FIrst Agility Trials!


At this past weekend's AKC trial, Rocco added four more Q's
(qualifying runs) to the two he earned at the
USDAA trial the weekend before.
These past two weekends, Rocco competed in his first agility trials and all I can say is, we had a blast!

We've worked hard at doing all the right things to prepare for his first trials, from great foundation training to cross training (for me too, so I can keep up with the little guy!). And the results far exceeded my expectations.

I know it's all about having fun with your pup, but it sure is nice to get a few wins and qualifying runs under our belts too!

If you're getting started in agility, here's how we approached getting started this time.

We still have lots to learn, and going to our first trial helped us see what we still need to work on.

But most of all, we really are having loads of fun with agility and as you can see from these photos, Rocco is one happy little agility pup!





In Motion Photo

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 24, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes Organic #OrganicPet

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

We've been busy getting ready for the #OrganicPet Twitter Party with Castor & Pollux on May 4. And Rocco's been having a great time sampling some of the giveaway items.  You can still RSVP for a chance to win three awesome pre-party giveaways (each valued at $70) by entering via the giveaway widget at the bottom of our RSVP post.

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 (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.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Give Your Dog a Bone With ORGANIX Butcher & Bushel Canned Food #OrganicPet

Rocco's been busy these last few weeks sampling lots of goodies from Castor & Pollux's ORGANIX brand of food and treats. And, since he so thoroughly enjoyed the Butcher and Bushel Grain-Free canned food, he asked if he could tell you about it in today's post.

So take it away Rocco!

Hiya pals! It's me, Rocco, here today to tell you all about ORGANIX Butcher and Bushel canned dog food from Castor and Pollux.

You all know how much I like to run fast and jump high, so it's super important that I get fed well and often with something that I LOVE to eat! 

But before I got to the taste test, mom made me learn all about Castor & Pollux and ORGANIX, the most complete line of certified organic natural food for pets under the USDA’s National Organic Program.

Please mom, can I taste Butcher and Bushel already! 
I learned that Butcher and Bushel, the canned food from ORGANIX, comes in five tasty flavors, all made with lots of chunky pieces of organic meats, fruits and vegetables. 

It's all tested and safe to help keep me healthy, and what's really cool about the organic ingredients is they NEVER EVER contain chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, artificial preservatives, growth hormones or antibiotics.  And, Butcher and Bushel is all made in the USA from high-quality certified organic ingredients.

But what's REALLY cool, is that in the Butcher & Bushel Chicken Wing & Thigh Dinner, there are actual BONES! That's right! Mom said it was ok for me to eat the bones because Butcher & Bushel uses a special process to pressure cook the bones right inside the can, making the bones soft and safe for me to eat.

These are what the bones look like in the Butcher & Bushel Chicken
Wing & Thigh Dinner. I usually eat out of a bowl, but mom
put these on a plate so you can see them better.
The chef even left a nice note on the side of the can so that everyone knows that these specially cooked bones are safe for doggies. 

First, I thought mom made a mistake by giving me the bone, so I grabbed it and RAN! But it crumbled really easily when I bit into it, so I knew it was a special bone.  

I personally like the bone whole, but you can easily crumble it up for your pup or take it out all together (but I vote for leaving it in for all my doggie pals to enjoy!). 

If you don't believe me, take a look at what this nice Atlanta vet has to say. 



Dr. Anderson's pup Allie sure looks like she loves the Chicken Wing & Thigh Dinner too. Maybe she can come over for dinner sometime and we'll have a Butcher and Bushel buffet together!

Nom, nom. nom,,,
Finally, mom let me get to the taste test! 



I stuck my whole head in



And then I licked the plate clean! urp!



That's some tasty goodness from ORGANIX Butcher & Bushel! More please!


I'll be taste testing more yummy treats from Castor & Pollux next week, but in the meantime look at these reviews from our pals at DogTipper and All Things Dog Blog.

And, don't forget, I'm helping give away $750 worth of Castor & Pollux goodies at the May 4 #OrganicPet Twitter Party. You can RSVP for a chance to win three pre-party prizes here.

If you can't wait (I know how that is, I'm kind of impatient about my meals too) find Castor & Pollux at a store near you using this handy store locator.


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.
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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.