Friday, November 21, 2014

You Deserve a Neato Robot Vacuum! (& Giveaway) #neatobestpetvacuum

A few weeks back you may remember we told you all about the Neato Robot Vacuum, a really cool way to keep your house clean without ever lifting a finger!

Today we have an equally cool opportunity for you... a chance to win a Neato for your very own! That's like getting your own personal robot to do all your vacuuming for you. How cool is that?

Read all the way to enter for a chance to win a Neato Botvac 85, a $599 value! Wow!


Five Nifty Things That Make Neato Neat-o

  1. Neato Robot Vacuums are recognized for their smart navigation, powerful suction, design features and brushes to clean hard to reach spots.
  2. They work particularly well for pet hair and dirt across a variety of flooring surfaces.
  3. Industry experts have consistently reviewed Neato Robot Vacuums as "Best for Pets".  See what the folks at CNET and DailyTekk have to say.
  4. Neato Botvision navigation allows the vacuum to navigate around objects, into tight corners, under beds and across multi-surface areas (from carpet to hardwood). Cool fact: This laser-guided navigation is the same technology used in the Google driverless car.
  5. Neato Robot Vacuums are automatic and can be scheduled by time to run daily, have no winding cords and are bagless. Cool fact: Neato Robot Vacuums can pick up dust and dirt particles up to .3 microns, which places them the top tier of performance for ALL vacuums that specialize in allergen and pet cleanup. 

Check out this Shed Solutions Guide

(We bet you'll learn something!)

Did you know that dogs have about 60,000 hairs per square inch and cats have 130,000 hairs per square inch? Even for a small pet that doesn't shed much, that's an awful lot of hair to keep up with. So the nice folks at Neato have made this handy Shed Solutions Guide available to you.  See if your dog or cat is one of the "notorious shedders" and find out what you can do about it!

Enter to Win a Neato Botvac 85 vacuum!


Here's your chance to win a Neato Botvac 85, valued at $599! The sweepstakes closes December 2, 2014 at 9 p.m.  EST.  Enter by adding your name and email address to the giveaway widget below. 

Then, tell us in the comments below why you deserve a Neato for the holidays! 

Good luck!

Want to learn more about Neato? Join #BlogPawsChat on Twitter on 12/2 from 8 - 10 p.m. ET to chat with the folks at Neato!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Dogs #PetHealthAwareness

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support Pet Health Awareness Month with an educational post, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.


Physical therapy has helped ensure that Rocco can safely
run faster and jump higher! 
Today we're participating in the BlogPaws Pet Health Awareness Blog Hop as well our regularly scheduled Fit Dog Friday Blog Hop. Earlier this year, I noticed a strange skip in Rocco's step that led us down a path of visits with our regular vet, with an orthopedic vet and physical therapy.

I'm happy to report that Rocco is in tip top shape, and I thought it would be helpful to share the benefits of the physical therapy treatments he received.


The Road to Physical Therapy

First we wanted to rule out anything serious that might cause an even greater injury. The skip worried me that he might have a luxating patella, and since earlier this year he was getting ready to compete in agility, I didn't want to do anything that would cause more harm.

So off we went to our regular vet, who didn't see anything definitive and referred us to an orthopedist. The orthopedic vet examined Rocco and reported that his patellas were sound, thankfully, but he thought the skip could be due to a muscle pull, possibly iliopsoas. He referred us to a rehab clinic for further evaluation.

Visiting the Rehabilitation Vet Clinic

Rocco enjoys the benefits of laser therapy to reduce inflammation
After a gait evaluation and some more poking, prodding and stretching, the rehab vet ruled out iliposoas (again thankfully since that can require a lengthy recovery period), but she did find some tenderness in his groin area and in his left, front shoulder.

She recommended stretching exercises and strength training for Rocco's rear and front legs and laser therapy to help reduce the inflammation in those areas. Rocco had six laser treatments, which he didn't mind at all... except for the part where he had to wear the protective eyewear!

The clinic we went to also has a therapy pool to help patients regain strength and range of motion in their limbs. Since Rocco was still reluctant to fully extend his left front leg, the vet also recommended swim therapy.

The therapy pool is heated and a vet tech was always in the pool with Rocco. They also can turn on a current to increase resistance when the dog is ready. Rocco seemed to enjoy the swim therapy and it did seem to loosen him up and help his range of motion. It also was a good cardio workout for him!

Here's look at Rocco swimming against the current!


Follow up to Physical Therapy


Rocco's finished his course of physical therapy, but we still do regular stretching and strength and balance training at home using our K9FITBone and other Fit Paws equipment.  In addition, cross training -- walking, hiking, running games in our backyard, tricks, intervals, etc. -- as well as agility training will help keep Rocco happy, healthy and injury free.

My goal is to keep Rocco healthy for the long haul, which includes all these things plus proper nutrition, keeping him at a healthy weight and regular vet visits.

As far as the skip goes, it's still there, but it doesn't seem to bother Rocco a bit and it certainly hasn't affected his agility performance. We're chalking it up to  a unique trait from the line of Cuban Havanese that Rocco comes from! 

Last weekend Rocco nabbed three Qs, a new title in USDAA P1 Standard
and four first-place finishes!
Physical therapy can help all types of dogs -- performance dogs, senior dogs, dogs recovering from surgery -- regain their mobility and strength AND get back to their active, normal lives!

Have you done physical therapy with your dog? What kinds of treatments did your pup receive?


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life 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.

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Ready to Give Thanks and #FueltheHolidays!


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

We're busy working on another great Event Barkers Twitter Party, coming up the day after Thanksgiving! Along with Zuke's, we'll be sharing ideas for keeping your pup happy during the hectic holiday season AND, as always, giving away LOTS of awesome prizes! 

Mark your calendar now for the #FueltheHolidays Twitter Party on Nov. 28 so you don't miss out! Head to our RSVP post to learn more and enter for a chance to win some tasty prizes from Zuke's!

Then, check out the 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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

RSVP for #FueltheHolidays Twitter Party with Zuke's!


Just in time for the holidays, we're excited to bring you our next Event Barkers Twitter party! Along with Zuke's, we'll be celebrating at the #FueltheHolidays Twitter party on November 28.

The fun begins on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. And if you're like us, you'd much rather be chatting with your dog-loving friends and winning fabulous prizes than fighting the crowds at the malls!

We'll be giving away more than $750 in prizes featuring USA-made Zuke's treats created with wholesome wholefood ingredients. And we'll also be chatting about great ways to keep your pup happy during the hectic holiday season, which can be a stressful time for many of our dogs.

As always, get ready to share your cute pup photos with us, bring your questions and join us for 90 minutes of fun on November 28.

Prizes

Here's a look at the more than $750 in prizes we'll be giving away at #FueltheHolidays. And, in the spirit of giving this holiday season, each of our winners will receive a nice variety of Zuke's treats for their dogs AND plenty extra to give as great gifts to their favorite dog lovers!  Each prize pack contains $70+ in Zuke’s treats (and even more for the grand prize).
  • Pre-party winner: One pre-party winner selected at random will win eight packs of Zuke’s treats! (You don’t have to attend the party to enter the pre-party giveaway!)
  • Party winners: Eight party winners will each win eight packs of Zuke’s treats! To enter the party giveaways, you just have to use the #FueltheHolidays hashtag and be active on the party.
  • Grand prize winner: The lucky grand prize winner will receive a grand total of 14 bags of treats!

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Zuke’s Treat Prizes

Each of the prize packs will include a selection of these yummy Zuke’s treats, all made in the USA:
  • Mini Naturals These miniature, semi-moist treats have only three calories each, making them an ideal choice for rewarding your dog; flavors include Peanut Butter, Salmon, Wild Rabbit, Chicken, Duck and Roasted Pork.
  • Z-Filets This tasty favorite is made with pure USA chicken or beef, or New Zealand Venison, and antioxidant-rich herbs.
  • Lil’ Links This high-value treat for dogs who love meaty goodness delivers natural, grain-free, antioxidant-rich ingredients. Lil’ Links are made with 100 percent real meat and contain no meat by-product. Meat is the first ingredient found in the treats, and is supplemented by natural ingredients including apples, potatoes and carrots, and seasoned with antioxidant-rich herbs.
  • Genuine Jerky Made with 100 percent grass-fed New Zealand beef, this high-value treat is naturally preserved without nitrates or nitrites.
  • Z-Bones Everyone wants good breath for holiday company, and that can include your dog with these natural dental breath fresheners. Made without wheat gluten, cornstarch or synthetic chlorophyll, these potato-based chews maintain dental hygiene by scraping and polishing your dog’s teeth as he chews.


#FueltheHolidays Twitter Party

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
  • Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT, 10 - 11:30 a.m. MT,  9 - 10:30 a.m. PT
  • Where: On Twitter with hashtag #FueltheHolidays
  • Sponsor: @ZukesPets
  • Hosts: @EventBarkers @DogTipper @ToDogWithLove

RSVP & Enter for Pre-Party Prize

Please RSVP and enter the pre-party giveaway in the widget below. There are many ways to enter but you can enter with as many or as few entry methods as you choose! Get started by simply entering your email address and name in the widget below. Good luck!




We are working with Zuke's 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 Zuke’s. At To Dog with Love, we only share information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Agility and a Swim


After our agility trial last weekend, we found a little spot on nearby Lake Lanier for a nice walk and a swim.


It was a beautiful fall day, a little nippy, but Rocco didn't mind getting wet. If fact it was hard to keep him out of the water!


Uh oh! That's a lot of sand... and dirt!

Rocco earned all the fun, though! He took home another JWW Q and his AKC Novice FAST title last weekend.

This weekend we head to our last agility trial of the season, this time it's a USDAA trial.

We're looking forward to lots more fun and maybe not so much dirt!

What kind of FitDog fun do you have planned for this weekend?



The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life 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, November 13, 2014

Twitter Party Alert! Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Ready to Spread More Holiday Cheer


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

We're excited to tell you about another Event Barkers Twitter Party! We can't spill the beans just yet, but this one is sure to spread some holiday cheer with great prizes... enough for your pups and for their doggie friends too! 

Check back here Monday for all the details!

In the meantime, check out the 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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Zuke's Skinnys and Minis Giveaway!


We find the time between Halloween and Christmas the most dangerous time of year for poundage creep… and that can go for both you and your dog.

With holiday parties, special treats and visiting guests, it's easy to pack on the pounds without really noticing.

That's why we love having healthy, low-calorie treats on hand -- for both pups and humans -- to help keep those holiday pounds at bay.

Zuke's Mini Naturals and Skinny Bakes are a great choice to keep on hand for the pups during the holidays… and everyday!

Mini Naturals come in six yummy flavors (Wild Rabbit, Duck, Pork, Salmon, Peanut Butter and Chicken) and are only 3.5 calories per treat with ingredients like wholefood cherries and savory rosemary and turmeric.

Skinny Bakes pack a big crunch in three guilt-free flavors (Pumpkin 'n Sweet Potato, Cherry 'n Berry and Peanut Butter 'n Banana) and are only 10 calories each with healthy vegan ingredients.

And if you like to give your dog LOTS of treats like we do, you can break both these treats into even smaller pieces to make the calories go even further!

Rocco knows what it takes to stay trim and active!

All these Zuke's treats are made in the USA with no wheat, corn or soy.

Enter to win Minis and Skinnys from Zuke's!

Enter for a chance to  win via the Giveaway widget below. Simply enter your email and name to get started and then enter as many or as few ways as you like. Remember, the more you enter, the more chances you get to win!

Three lucky winners will each receive three packages of Zuke's treats (a combination of Skinny Bakes and Mini Naturals).

Good luck!

Entry-Form

Zuke's provided the prizes for this giveaway and will send the prizes to each of the winners. All opinions expressed herein are those of To Dog With Love.

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