Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4 Simple Ways to Help Shelter Pets #AdoptaShelterPet

This sweet pup Cassie is available for adoption at Havanese Rescue
This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support Adopt a Shelter Pet 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.

October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month at BlogPaws, and today we're sharing some simple ways you can help your favorite shelter and shelter pets while they are waiting for their forever homes. Even if you can't adopt a pet, there are plenty of things you can do to help that don't take a lot of time or money.

Organize a neighborhood pet food drive

This was one of the very first initiative organized by the Be The Change for Pets movement developed in the early days of BlogPaws. And, it's something you can replicate in your own community, collecting food for a pet food bank or for a local shelter.

You can get some inspiration from the Be The Change Pet Food Drive we participated in 2010 and read about how we did it here. With the help of our generous neighbors, we collected 230 pounds of food and donated it to our local pet food bank.

Donate items for pet rescue fundraisers
Silent auction for Havanese Rescue

Many pet rescue groups raise money by holding fundraising event with silent auctions. Those funds may be used for reasons like getting rescue pets the medical attention they need to help make them more adoptable.

Think about items you may already have that can be donated for shelter fundraisers. You may also consider donating a service you offer or a product you make.

For example, at some recent shelter fundraisers in my area I donated a K9 Fit Club class for up to four people and their dogs!

Donate your special talents

If you have photography skills, shelters can often use great photos of their pets in order to better promote them for adoption. Happy looking pets stand a much better chance of getting adopted than a sad pet behind bars.

Contact your local shelter to find out if they have any special needs that matchup to your talents.

Adorable, happy dogs at a pet adoption event
Walk for your rescue

Every time you go for a walk you can raise money for your favorite rescue group. Apps like ResQwalk, allow you to track your miles and raise money for the rescue of your choice for every mile you log. And, while you're raising money for your rescue, you're also getting the benefit of some healthy exercise for both you and your dog!

Do you have any other ideas for helping support animal rescue groups?

Monday, October 27, 2014

RSVP for #AboundPet Twitter Party! #Giveaway

We're excited to bring you our next Event Barkers Twitter Party filled with the quality goodness that is  ABOUND pet food and treats, available at the Kroger Co. family of stores. 

We hope you'll join us at the #AboundPet Twitter Party on Nov. 9, where you'll have the chance to win $750 in yummy prizes for your pet (dog AND cat!) and learn more about ABOUND. Read down for all the details as well as a chance to win three pre-party prizes just for entering via the giveaway widget at the bottom of this post!

You may remember we recently had the chance to participate in the unveiling of this new ultra-premium dog and cat food when we traveled to Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati. There, we learned about the inspiration behind ABOUND and we also had the chance to cook with many of the same quality ingredients that you'll find in ABOUND.

We learned from the folks at ABOUND that the brand was inspired by the nutrition-rich, ultra-premium pet foods available at pet specialty stores. They wanted to make sure that their customers had the same quality or better pet food available to them where they shop for the rest of their family (at The Kroger Co. Family of Stores). And they wanted to deliver it without the pet specialty price!

You can learn more at the #AboundPet Twitter Party!

#AboundPet at a Glance
  • Who: @AboundPet and @EventBarkers, hosted by @DogTipper, @CatTipper @ToDogWithLove and @AllThingsDog
  • What: #AboundPet Twitter Party
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 9, 8-9pm ET, 7-8pm CT, 6-7pm MT, 5-6pm PT
  • Where: On Twitter with hashtag #AboundPet
  • 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, or join our dedicated TweetChat room: http://tweetchat.com/room/AboundPet
Leading up to #AboundPet, we'll be sharing more right here about ABOUND pet food and treats, made with all-natural ingredients including high-quality proteins, nutrient rich fruits and veggies and NO wheat, corn or soy fillers, NO animal by-product meal and NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Where to Buy ABOUND

In the meantime, here’s an easy link to find the Kroger location nearest you that offers ABOUND: http://bit.ly/findabound. And, if you love coupons like we do, here are some coupons to help you save even more!   http://bit.ly/aboundcpn


Here’s a look at the more than $750 in prizes we'll be giving out both before and during the #AboundPet Twitter Party! (*Dog not included!

Three pre-party prize winners receive: 
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat wet food (each coupon is good for 7 pouches of food)
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat dry food (each coupon is good for one 16-pound bag or smaller of food)
  • Two packs of ABOUND Jerky Bites dog treat
  •  One set of measuring cups
  • $70 total value!

Six Twitter party prize winners receive:
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat wet food (each coupon is good for 7 pouches of food)
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat dry food (each coupon is good for one 16-pound bag or smaller of food)
  • Two packs of ABOUND Jerky Bites dog treat
  •  One set of measuring cups
  • $70 total value!

One Grand Prize winner receives: 
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat wet food (each coupon is good for 7 pouches of food)
  • Two coupons for ABOUND dog or cat dry food (each coupon is good for one 16-pound bag or smaller of food)
  • Two packs of ABOUND Jerky Bites dog treat
  •  One set of measuring cup
  •  One wooden pet food bowl holder with stainless steel bowl
  •  Kroger gift card – $25 value
  • $120 total value!

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 #AboundPet
  • 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 ABOUND 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 ABOUND. To Dog With Love only shares information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Twitter Party Prize Winners and Lots of Reasons to #TreatRight!

Heathy treats are an essential when we hike!
We had the best time sharing tips and ideas on how to #TreatRight at Sunday night's Event Barkers Twitter Party with Merrick Pet Care, makers of a powerful new lineup of all-natural, grain-free and gluten-free dog treats.

Rocco will tell you there are LOTS of reasons to #TreatRight; he's never met a treat he didn't like! He's digging ALL the Merrick, USA-made treats and he's busy working his way through all the flavors and varieties!

Our top 10 reasons and times to #TreatRight:
  1. On hikes
  2. During agility training
  3. After agility runs in competition
  4. For bedtime snacks
  5. Coming when called
  6. For good behavior
  7. Training tricks
  8. Photo taking
  9. Playing with interactive toys and treats
  10. Just because!
Speaking of photo taking,  there were so many adorable photos shared at #TreatRight we wanted to share just a few with you here:

And, because the best dogs ever deserve the best treats ever, Merrick assembled some of the best prize packs ever that are sure to make our giveaway winners drool with excitement!

Prizes Winners

Thanks to Merrick Pet Care, leading up to and during the party we gave away more than $750 in yummy prizes! 

Each of the three Pre-Party winners received: 
  • 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!
  • Winners: @AyEll922 @tfjsmn @martiparks

Each of the six party winners received:
  • 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!
  • Winners: @Evielvsclassics @graciemaebeagle @alisonrauch @Ellainthecity @Toby_Pup @SawyertheLab

One Grand Prize winner received 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!
  • Winner: @RaiderPupTTU

All our winners also 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. 

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 and hearing about your pups!

If you haven't done so already, Sign up for the Merrick newsletter so you never miss news and special offers and you also can grab a coupon and save on the Merrick Treats page.

Best Dog Ever
For more Twitter Party fun, sign up for the Event Barkers newsletter to make sure you don't miss a party! We have a few more on the horizon that are sure to be a rollicking good time!

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 24, 2014

Get Ready to #TreatRight at Twitter Party 10/26!

Do you know how to #TreatRight your pups? That's the focus of our Twitter Party this Sunday, Oct. 26 from 8-9 p.m. ET with Merrick Pet Care. We hope you'll join us! 

Learn what to look for in a safe and healthy dog treat, how to treat responsibly and get the chance to win more than $750 in yummy prizes from Merrick!

Rocco's been busy sampling the powerful new line up of all-natural, USA-made dog treats from Merrick  – including biscuits, soft and chewy training treats, dental chews and dog cookies – all grain-free and gluten-free. You'll learn more about these, and have chance to win some, too!

Between now and Sunday, be sure to:
  1. RSVP for the party. Not only does this enter you for the giveaways during the party but it also enters you for three pre-party giveaways if you can’t attend.
  2. Set aside a photo of your dog to share at the party, and prepare to tell us how you #TreatRight!
  3. Check out all the different Merrick treats www.merrickpetcare.com/treats, and grab a coupon while you're there!
  4. Sign up for the Merrick newsletter so you never miss news and special offers.
Here’s a look at all the #TreatRight party details:
  • Who:     Sponsored by @MerrickPetCare
  • What:    Merrick’s #TreatRight Twitter Party
  • When:   Sunday, Oct. 26, 8-9pm ET, 7-8pm CT, 6-7pm MT, 5-6pm PT
  • Where:  On Twitter, using hashtag #TreatRight
  • Why:     To discuss how we can all make sure we #TreatRight our dogs with healthy, USA-made treats and good treating practices
  • Hosts:   @EventBarkers@DogTipper@ToDogWithLove@AllThingsDog
  • Prizes:  $750+ from Merrick Pet Care. Here’s a rundown of all the prizes.
  • RSVP:   Don’t forget to RSVP here for a chance to win three pre-party prizes!

#TreatRight Twitter Party FAQ

How do I participate?

Just head on over to  #TreatRight on Twitter at 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 dog - but, whatever you do, be sure you use the #TreatRight 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 #TreatRight hashtag. You might want to visit our #TreatRight 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.
  • @MerrickPetCare – The pet parent relations team from Merrick will answer your questions about pet food, nutrition and treating responsibly!
  • Party co-hosts @DogTipper@ToDogWithLove and @AllThingsDog will share info on Merrick’s yummy new treats and some helpful treating ideas and guidelines to help you choose healthy and safe treats. Watch for fun questions and bring your cute pup photos to share, too!
  • @RoccoHavanese and @5MinutesforFido – My Rocco and All Thing Dog Blog’s  Tanner and Oliver will be busy, too… sharing the occasions when they love to get treats!
We hope to see you on Sunday 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!

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

8 Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Atlanta

Rocco takes in the view of the Midtown Atlanta skyline  from Piedmont Park
It's hard to believe, BarkWorld Expo 2014 is just around the corner!

If you're heading to Atlanta next week to attend BarkWorld and you have a little extra time, I've compiled a list of some our favorite in-town walks, perfect for you and your dogs if you are bringing them! These all are within about eight miles from Buckhead and the Westin Hotel. 
Piedmont Center nature trail

The 1.2-mile Piedmont Center nature trail is closest to the BarkWorld host hotel. It's a hidden gem that meanders behind an office complex about a mile walk from the Westin. Click here for walking directions.

Chastain Park also has a nice path around the park and is about 2.8 miles from the hotel.  Click here for driving directions.

Lenox Park has some walking paths around a pond and fountain and is about 1.5 miles away. Click here for driving directions.

Lullwater Park is one of Atlanta's hidden gems. Located next to Emory's campus, it's a lovely place for a dog walk with wooded trails, open fields, a lake and streams and all located just minutes from the city of Atlanta. Here's a post we wrote about our Walk Through Lullwater Park

Rocco at Piedmont Park

Piedmont Park is the city of Atlanta's largest park, located near the Midtown and Virginia Highland neighborhoods, about a 20-minute drive from Buckhead. You can spend a few hours here, walking on both paved and wooded paths. And, if it's a dog park you're looking for, Piedmont Park has separate areas for small and large dogs. You can get a feel for the park in these posts:
A Walk Through Piedmont Park Expansion
A Walk Through Piedmont Park

The Beltline trail at 10th and Monroe

Near Piedmont Park, and actually running through it, is the start of the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. This is a really cool path that was developed where an old railroad track and previously unused space existed. It really is "found" greenspace, created from an area that was unusable for years -- covered in kudzu and other debris. Interesting art installations also seem to pop up along this path all the time. Beltine Piper used to live on the Beltline, but he's since moved to an unlisted address. 

Here are links to a few more nearby walks:

Dog Walk on Freedom Parkway Trail
A Stroll Through Winn Park

For some more helpful blog conference and travel tips with pets, check out these:
Travel Bag Comfort for You and Your Pet
A Walk Through BarkWorld Expo 2012
BarkWorld Packing Tips

See you at BarkWorld! If you're coming, please let me know in the comments below!

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 23, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday is ready to #TreatRight!

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

It must be Twitter Party season, because this week we're preparing for another Event Barkers event, loaded with terrific prizes and sure to be tons of fun! 

Rocco's been busy taste testing all his yummy new Merrick treats from their lines of all-natural Kitchen Bites, Jerky Chip Treats, Power Bites and Dental Chews. Your pups can get their chance to win some too just by going to our RSVP post and entering via the giveaway widget.

More treats, please!
We hope you'll join us on Twitter at #TreatRight this Sunday, Oct. 26 from 8-9 p.m. ET. We'll be giving away $750+ in Merrick USA-made treats along with our co-hosts DogTipper and All Things Dog Blog.  And, we'll be sharing all sorts of fun tips and occasions to help you #TreatRight!

If you can't make the party, you can still enter to win one of our three pre-party prizes.  But hurry… you'll have to do that before the party starts this Sunday.

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.

Take a Walk, Help a Rescue with ResQwalk Mobile App

I was recently introduced to the ResQwalk, a mobile app that allows animals lovers to raise money for rescue groups just by walking… and now I'm addicted to it!

I will say, if you're going to have an addiction, this is a good one to have! ResQwalk not only motivates me to get out more often to walk Rocco, it also allows us to raise money for our favorite rescue groups every time we go for a walk. 

And that is good for our hearts in more ways than one!

The app launched this past June for IOS and now it's also available for Android devices.

Here's how it works

Each week ResQwalk announces a donation pool. In order for a rescue to receive a portion of that week’s pool, their supporters simply need to start the ResQwalk app when they go for a walk or run. At the end of each week, donations are distributed to the rescues proportionally to the total distance walked by their supporters.

“Our vision is to give people a platform that enables them to easily integrate ‘giving’ into their daily routine. Often people don’t have the time to foster a cat, the space to adopt a dog, or the time to volunteer. ResQwalk gives everyone the opportunity to help animals in need on a daily basis without disrupting their regular schedules,” said Founder Bailey Schroeder.

Since launching on June 26th, iOS users have walked over 190,000 miles and $33,400 have been donated to animal rescues across the United States and Canada. There are over 1,000 benefiting organizations on the ResQwalk app.

Both the iOS and Android ResQwalk apps now include a leaderboard that enables users to track how many miles have been walked in support of their favorite rescue throughout the week. 

ResQwalk’s donation pools are funded by a combination of corporate sponsorship dollars and sales generated in the shop section of the app. BarkBuddy (a Bark & Co company) is the current corporate sponsor and deals from Coupaw.com, in combination with ResQthreads products, are powering the shop section of the app.

ResQwalk is available on the App Store and from Google Play.

For more information:
Visit ResQwalk.com
Like ResQwalk on  us on Facebook
Follow ResQwalk on Twitter

This post is sponsored by ResQwalk. As alway, all opinions expressed herein are our own, and To Dog With Love only shares information we feel will be of value to our readers.