Monday, October 20, 2014

RSVP for #TreatRight Twitter Party #Giveaway


We're excited to bring you our next Event Barkers Twitter Party filled with lots of yummy goodies from Merrick's new line up of all-natural dog treats. There are a variety of flavors and treat types that any dog would love!

From biscuits and cookies to soft, chewy training treats and dental chews, Merrick has every #TreatRight occasion covered for you and your pup!

Rocco is enjoying sampling all these treats and you'll get the chance to win some too in both our pre-party and #TreatRight Twitter Party giveaways! Read all the way down to peruse some terrific prize packs and learn how to enter our pre-party giveaways that are open now!

We love that these treats are grain-free and gluten-free. And like Merrick pet food, Merrick treats are made in the USA with no ingredients from China.



#TreatRight at a Glance
  • Who: @MerrickPetCare and @EventBarkers, hosted by @DogTipper, @ToDogWithLove, and @AllThingsDog
  • What: #TreatRight Twitter Party
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 26, 8-9pm ET, 7-8pm CT, 6-7pm MT, 5-6pm PT
  • Where: On Twitter
  • How: Enter the pre-party giveaways in the widget below. You can enter these giveaways even if you’re not on Twitter or not able to make the party. To enter the party giveaways, just join the party Sunday night and participate in the fun! You can use Twitter.com, Hootsuite (our choice) or join our dedicated TweetChat room: http://tweetchat.com/room/TreatRight.

We'll be telling you more about these treats later this week, but I CAN tell you now that it's easy to #TreatRight when you've got this kind of selection of yummy, natural treats to choose from. With flavors like Brauts N Tots, Grammy’s Pot Pie and Turducken, and ingredients that include real meat, fresh fruit and veggies, it's hard to go wrong! 


Prizes


Here’s a look at the more than $750 in prizes we'll be giving out both before and during the #TreatRight Twitter Party!

3 Pre-Party Winners each receive: 
  • Merrick treat box (includes five bags of Merrick all-natural dog treats)
  • 4-pound bag of Grain-Free Chicken or Grain-Free Real Texas Beef dry food
  • Total value approx. $70!

6 Party Winners each receive:
  • Merrick treat box (includes five bags of Merrick all-natural dog treats)
  • 4-pound bag of Grain-Free Chicken or Grain-Free Real Texas Beef dry food
  • Total value approx. $70!

One Grand Prize winner receives a grain-free prize pack of treats and food:
  • Merrick treat box (includes five bags of Merrick all-natural dog treats)
  • 12-pound bag of Grain-Free dry food with the winner's choice of protein
  • $40 in additional wet food, dry food or treats (winner's choice!)
  • Total value approx. $120!

All our winners will get help from Merrick's pet parent relations team to customize packages for preferred flavors from the Kitchen Bites, Power Bites, Jerky Chip Treats and Dental Chews lines of Merrick treats. 

How to Enter

The widget below will be used to pull three pre-party winners who will be selected at random:
  • One for RSVPing for #TreatRight
  • One for Tweeting a pre-written Tweet about the party
  • One for entering any of the entry methods
NOTE: 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 Merrick 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 Merrick. To Dog With Love only shares information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Purina #BetterWithPets Summit 2014

Early this week we took a quick trip up to NYC for the Purina Better With Pets Summit, where scientists, visionaries, and innovators gathered to share stories how innovation is helping create a brighter future for people and pets.

There were 15 amazing speakers -- from rocket scientist Mark Deadrick who printed prosthetics for a Chihuahua to 14-year-old inventor Brooke Martin who invented the ICPooch so you can video chat and treat your dog remotely. 

Every speaker and presenter was fascinating, on such a wide variety of topics. We're looking forward to posting some of the videos on our favorite topics in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here's a quick look at just some of the highlights.





Mark Deadrick spoke about how he used a 3D printer to make a prosthetic device to help TurboRoo -- a Chihuahua born without front legs -- regain his mobility.


Once again, John Hockenberry, host of public radio's The Takeaway, was brilliant as emcee of the event. Here he has some fun with TurboRoo, showing him how to do some wheelies!

Just a few more highlights included:
  • Rita Garza of the Urban Resource Institute in New York, taking about the URI Pals program which allows survivors of abuse to live alongside their pets in shelters
  • Dan Smith, a Purina researcher, talked about imagining a better future with pets, including helping them live longer lives by reducing the amount they eat to keep them lean and healthy
  • Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector, the creators of Through a Dog's and Cat's Ear sound therapy to help pets with anxiety
  • Janet Jackson, a Purina researcher who talked about advancements in canine cognitive health through the discovery of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that help dogs that are showing signs of confusion similar to dementia
There were lots more amazing and entertaining speakers including poets, a comedian and rappers! We'll share more with you in coming posts!

We also had a terrific time seeing old pals. Here's our fun group selfie!

Clockwise from bottom: Dan from Purina, Roxanne from Champion of My Heart,  Rosalyn from Sugar the Golden Retriever,  Jen from DOGthusiast; Pam from Simply Southern Mom, Felissa from Two Little Cavaliers and me!

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, October 16, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday is #BetterWithPets

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

This week we had a fun (and quick!) trip to NYC for the Purina Better With Pets Summit, the daylong event that brought together scientists and pet experts and showcase innovations that are helping enhance relationships between people and pets. We'll share more about Better With Pets tomorrow and in a few more upcoming posts.

This is Turbo Roo, the little Chihuahua born without front legs and the beneficiary of a prosthetic made witcutting edge 3D printing technology that helps keep him mobile.  We met Turbo Roo at Better With Pets!

Also, next week stay tuned for another fun Event Barkers Twitter Party! We'll announce our sponsor this Monday, and as always, there will be LOTS of fun and prizes.

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Times and Prize Winners at #MyHappyDog Twitter Party

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We couldn't stop smiling at all the adorable happy dog photos shared at last night's Event Barkers
Twitter party for Look Who's Happy, makers of healthy, natural dog treats made right up the road from us in Gainesville, Ga.!

The #MyHappyDog party was a celebration of happy dogs and the joy they bring to us! And I can't tell you how many time I said, "awwww" every time another photo was shared.

Here are just a few from last night's party:


And, because happy dogs deserve healthy tasty treats, there also were plenty of fabulous giveaways from the folks at Look Who's Happy!

Pre-Party Winners

Each of the three pre-party winners received:
  • One bag from each Look Who's Happy Tempt'n Tenders and Fetch'n Fillets treat lines
  • Assorted Bionic toys
  • Winners: @urdchan @kimtrax13 @Lesaann98

Party Giveaways

Throughout the party, we had fun talking about different themes and giving out different prize packs:

Walk Theme Party Prizes
  • Two winners received a prize pack including one bag from each Look Who's Happy Tempt'n Tenders and Fetch'n Fillets treat lines and a Found Collar and Leash ($70)
  • Winners: @nicsmomsheila @Homesteadwitch
Park Theme Party Prizes
  • Two winners received a prize pack including one bag from each Look Who's Happy Tempt'n Tenders and Fetch'n Fillets treat lines; Dog Is Good Water Bottle ($20); tennis ball two-pack ($4) and Hello I'm Cute Tag ($20)
  • Winners: @Nikki2kids @Mydoglikes
Water Theme Party Prizes
  • Two winners received a prize pack with a $116 value including one bag from each Look Who's Happy Tempt'n Tenders and Fetch'n Fillets treat lines; Alcott’s Inflatable Pool ($50); Shammy ($14) and Comfort Blanket ($27)
  • Winners: @1loco @Mommytofaithy
Grand Prize
  • The Grand Prize winner received a grand prize pack including 10 bags of Who’s Happy Treats -- five each from the Tempt’n Tenders and Fetch’n Fillets treat lines AND a Motorola Scout 66 Monitor ($100) to check on their dog while they're away at work or out of the house!
  • Winner: @afrogintheus
Congratulations to all the winners and special thanks to everyone who took part in the party and pre-party fun; we loved seeing all your photos! Please be sure to check out Look Who's Happy dog treats. They'll be coming soon to independent retailers across the U.S.!

#MyHappyDog Rocco!

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


Pup Scouts Get Fit With Fidos and Fight Cancer at K9 Fit Club Workout!

Happy pups and happy people after a K9 Fit Club work out to benefit The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund

No human is too big or dog too small to work out!
We recently held a super fun event for our local Pup Scout troop that helped pets in two ways.

First, the Pup Scouts do lots of events in the community to help dogs in need, so we held a benefit K9 Fit Club class to help raise money for pets with cancer.

All the participants donated money to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF), which helps families who can't afford cancer treatments for their pets as well as conducting research and advocating for early testing for the best possible outcome.

Zuke's helped found The DCCF, and so they very generously also donated treats for our guests to give the pups some healthy energy while they worked out with us!

We held the event at Canine PhD, a local Atlanta dog training facility where I also teach a K9 Fit Club class where folks can come and work out with their pups!

Everyone had a great time and a great workout. And they left feeling great that they also helped a few families and pups in need of cancer treatments.


The pups did some balance work on K9FITbones and on the Step 360 along with their humans!


Then we did some fun cone drills that everyone really got into! Humans ran from cone to cone and had to touch each one while the dogs ran around them.


While everyone was still feeling energetic we did the Wall Sit Challenge! Who do you think won?


It came down to these two and we finally had to call it a draw. I don't think either one was ever going to give up!


Next it was time for some core work with good old fashioned crunches. The pups got a chance to rest at this point and work on their down/stays.


No workout is complete without some glute work. I think the dogs were happy to sit this one out too!

Before the workout was over, the dogs also got the chance to go over some agility jumps, work on more balance and conditioning with balance discs as well as doing some up and overs on a step with their humans.

We fit in some upper body work, and some stretching at the end for both human and canines. And, the lucky dogs got a little massage too!

If you're coming to BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta, I hope you'll join us for an interactive  K9 Fit Club session at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, November 1!  We'll work out with our pups to some fun music and get a great start on the day!

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, October 9, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday is Ready for #MyHappyDog Twitter Party Tonight!

#MyHappyDog Rocco is ready to celebrate pet happiness and
giveaway some fab prizes!
Welcome to another edition of Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

We're so excited for tonight's Twitter Party with Event Barkers and the folks from Look Who's Happy, the makers of brand new healthy treats that are just starting to hit store shelves now!  Check out all the details in our guide to the #MyHappyDog Twitter Party and RSVP here!

We hope to see you at #MyHappyDog for fun, LOTS of prizes and to celebrate happiness with our pets! Start time is 8 p.m. ET tonight!

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, October 7, 2014

Countdown to #MyHappyDog Twitter Party: Join us on Oct. 9, 8 p.m. ET

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you… and then mark your calendar for our Oct. 9 #MyHappyDog Twitter Party with Look Who's Happy!,  the brand new dog treat based on the belief that all dogs should be happy and pet parents deserve to know who's making the treats they feed their pets.

Who doesn't love a happy, good time! Join us this Thursday night from 8-9 p.m. ET when Look Who's Happy will be celebrating happy dogs and dog parents and giving away more than $1,000 in prizes. Wow!


Please be sure to mark the party on your calendar. Here’s a rundown of all the details:
  • Who:     Sponsored by @LookWhosHappy, makers of healthy, natural dog treats made in their family-owned plant right here in Gainesville, GA
  • What:    #MyHappyDog Twitter Party to celebrate happy dogs and happy dog parents!
  • When:   Thursday, October 9, 8-9pm ET, 7-8pm CT, 6-7pm MT, 5-6pm PT
  • Where: On Twitter, using #MyHappyDog 
  • Why:     To celebrate happy pets and the happiness they bring us!
  • Hosts: @EventBarkers@DogTipper@ToDogWithLove@AllThingsDog
  • Prizes: $1,000+ in awesome prize packs from Look Who's HappyHere’s a rundown of all the prizes.
  • RSVP: Don’t forget to RSVP here for a chance to win three pre-party prizes!

#MyHappyDog Rocco LOVES Fetch'n Fillets and Tempt'n Tenders
from Look Who's Happy!

#MyHappyDog Twitter Party Happy FAQ


How do I participate?
Just head on over to #MyHappyDog on Twitter during party time and say hi! Simply participate in the party to be eligible to win prizes. You can engage in conversation or share photos of your happy dog - but, whatever you do, be sure you use the #MyHappyDog hashtag on all your Tweets! The party starts at 8 p.m. ET but we’ll be greeting guests starting at 7:30 p.m. ET so come early and stay late! We'll be there to spread some happy!
(To be eligible for the pre-party prizes, please enter on the RSVP post.) 
How will I know if I win?
@EventBarkers will be announcing winners every 5-10 minutes. Be sure to follow @EventBarkers so you don’t miss out! If you win, they’ll DM you with prize details after the party.
How do I follow the fun?
If you’ve been to any of our Event Barkers parties, you know they’re fast-paced! We use Hootsuite and open a column for the #MyHappyDog hashtag. You might want to visit our #MyHappyDog TweetChat room if you prefer.  Once you’re there, you can Tweet from the party room and you won’t see any non-party Tweets in your stream.
Which accounts should I follow?
Here’s a rundown of the Event Barkers team and duties:
@EventBarkers — Prize information and giveaway winners
@EBParties — Prize details
@DogTipper — What makes you and your pup happy? Fun happy dog questions for you to get the conversation started!
@ToDogWithLove — Signs of a happy pet… how does your pup show he/she's happy? More fun questions for you!
@AllThingsDog — Benefits of parenting a happy pet
@RoccoHavanese and @5MinutesforFido — Rocco, Tanner and Oliver share their happy dog photos and ask to see yours too!
@LookWhosHappy — Will answer your questions and tell you more about new Tempt'n Tenders and Fetch'n Fillets, the first two treat lines introduced by Look Who's Happy. You can read more about these new treats in our review! Rocco is CRAZY about them!
We hope to see you at Thursday night’s party! Remember: even if you can’t make the party, or you’re not on Twitter, you are eligible to enter the pre-party giveaways. Good luck!
Rocco can't resist the meaty goodness of Look Who's Happy dog treats!

We are working with Look Who's Happy through our partnership in Event Barkers to produce the #MyHappyDog Twitter party and share product news with our readers. Prizes will be provided and shipped by Look Who's Happy. At To Dog With Love, we only share information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.


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