Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hiking #TailsonTrails at Red Top Mountain and Fido's #FreebieFriday

Hiking #tailsontrails with #GaStateParks at Red Top Mountain
Rocco and his pals Bingo and Codie take a dip in the Lake Allatoona at Red Top Mountain
We recently got started on the Tails and Trails challenge, a program started this June by Georgia State Parks. The idea is to hike with your dog at seven Georgia State Parks.

The designated trails that are part of the program are easy enough for any hiker or dog to enjoy -- ranging from one to five miles. But what's nice is there are plenty of trails to choose from at all of these parks, so you can take it easy or go for a bigger challenge.

On our first Tails on Trails hike we headed to Red Top Mountain, a place we've hiked before. So this time we hit a trail that's new to us, the 5.5-mile Homestead Trail. This trail is rated moderate and on a hot day it was plenty challenging. One of the nicest parts about the trail is that it follows the lakeshore of Lake Allatoona for about half its length. Rocco and Codie took full advantage of the lake, while Bingo watched the wet boys from her dry spot!

Small dogs swimming at Red Top Mountain Lake Altoona
Codie and Rocco cool off
We'll be doing another one of the Tails on Trails hikes soon, and we hope to do them all. We love the idea of this program to encourage more folks to get out and get active with their pups!

Now, it's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!
Check out 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, July 21, 2016

Hiking with Dogs at DeSoto Falls and Vogel State Park & Fido's #FreebieFriday

Rocco wades into the creek at DeSoto Falls
Last weekend we headed up to North Georgia for a day of hiking fun with our pals Johann, Gracie, Rach and their mum.  Our first stop was DeSoto Falls, a lovely path along a creek to the falls... and then the rain came! 


We scurried down the path and found shelter where we waited out the storm. The dogs didn't seem to mind. Only Rocco looks drenched but we were all pretty wet.


Back up to the falls when the sun came out...
And then we headed over to nearby Vogel State Park for a walk to another falls.


By this time, Rocco had dried out!

The pretty view at Vogel State Park

Now, it's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out 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, July 14, 2016

Agility with Fido's Freebie Friday

Rocco Havanese agility in Perry
Rocco heads for the tire in agility at Perry, Ga., last week
Last week we headed down to Perry, Ga., for an agility trial (and to celebrate my birthday!). We had a blast running and seeing old friends, too.

It was thankfully nice and cool inside the air-conditioned arena and it's about the only place near us where we can trial in the summer. We earned a qualifying run in Standard Premiere and had a few other brilliant moments! 

Now, it's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out 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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Hikes with Friends

Dogs hiking at Pisgah Forest Cat Gap Loop to Johns Rock
Bingo, Rocco and Codie at Pisgah Forest near Brevard, NC
We headed up to Asheville, NC last weekend and met up with our pals for a great hike with dogs in Pisgah Forest.

Rocco was delighted to see his pals Bingo and Codie (you've got to wonder what dogs think when they see their friends in completely different locations!). The dogs had a blast as we scrambled up the Cat Gap Loop trail up to John's Rock for a terrific view.

We stayed relatively cool hiking in the forest (and staying out of the sun) and hope you stay cool this weekend, too!

When you're looking for a way to cool off, head inside and check out Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out 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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Fido's Freebie Friday 4th of July

Rocco Havanese dog with flag

We want to wish you all a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend. We're planning a fun weekend filled with hiking and other fun outings.

Remember, whatever fun you have planned, most dogs get really spooked by fireworks. So keep your pups safe and inside when the noisemakers start. Try turning on some music or the tv to drown out the scary noises. 

In the meantime, check out Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out 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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Make it a Priority to Protect Your Dog from Fleas and Tapeworms with #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.

Recently, we shared some great reasons why it's so important to protect your pups year-round from parasites like heartworms, fleas and more. Not only does it help protect your dog from health problems caused by parasites, but it also helps keep these nasty bugs from setting up camp in your house.

In a recent survey conducted by Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®, dog owners like you were asked about parasite protection and what it means to you. The findings were encouraging AND eye opening.

While an overwhelming majority of you said that protecting your dog from heartworms and fleas is a high or very high priority, 20 percent said you only protect against fleas in the spring and summer months.

THAT can be a big problem and here's why.  Year-round parasite protection is super important and not just for heartworms. Fleas can set up camp in your house and survive for up to year before every finding a host. So don't let them find a suitable host.

Protect your pup year-round!

You might only see fleas during the warmer months, but the thing is, the fleas you see are only a small portion of the population. It's those unseen fleas that can cause BIG problems down the road.  And once you have a flea problem, it can take months to get it under control.

So protect your pup!

Tapeworms are another parasite that dogs can get as a result of ingesting fleas during self grooming, in response to a flea bit or from ingesting a dead animal. Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding segments which appear as small white worms on the rear end of your dog, in your dog's feces, or where you dog lives and sleeps. Uck!

Sentinel Spectrum can help by controlling fleas, tapeworm, heartworms and other parasites. Lufenuron, a unique ingredient found in Sentinel Brand products, prevents fleas from developing into adults, preventing infestation before it starts.  It's not light sensitive, and, since it's a chew, it can't be washed off... perfect for active dogs and long-haired dogs like Rocco! 

Rocco's protected with Sentinel Spectrum year round!

The results of the Sentinel Spectrum Parasite Survey are in!

The great news is that most of you who took the survey are diligent about protecting your pups from parasites and you know your stuff when it comes to fleas and heartworms. 
However, there's always room for more awareness when it comes to protecting our pups and keeping them healthy and happy. Here's a look at some of the survey results:
  • 80% of respondents said that heartworm protection was either a high or very high priority to them as pet parents.
  • 84% of respondents said that flea protection was either a high or very high priority for them as a pet parent.
  • 79% of respondents said that they provide their dog flea prevention all year long whereas 20% said that they only provide flea prevention during the spring and summer months.
  • 70% of respondents said that a dog can contract tapeworms from ingesting just one infested flea.
  • 90% of respondents said that tapeworm segments can be found near a dog's anus, in feces and/or where he lives and sleeps.



Want to know more about protecting your dog from parasites? Learn more about parasites and what to do about them here, and then ask your veterinarian if Sentinel Spectrum is right for your dog. 


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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes to the Beach

Dogs North Avenue Beach Chicago Rocco Havanese
Rocco enjoys a romp on North Avenue Beach in Chicago
Last weekend we headed back to Chicago for some fun with family and friends that included some good beach time for Rocco and me!  Rocco loves the sand and surf and thoroughly enjoyed some zoom time on the Lake Michigan beachfront.

We hope you're enjoying your first days of summer like we are. It's also a great time to check out Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out 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.

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