Friday, January 23, 2015

Dog Walking in New Places and Dog Walking Essentials


Walking the same routes day after day can get kind of boring. So whenever we have the opportunity, Rocco and I love to explore new places. Rocco gets to take in new sights and smells, and I get to enjoy the new scenery too.

So during our recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, we had some fun walking along the Riverwalk area in the Old Fort Lauderdale Historic District.


There were pretty park areas and a few restaurants that lined the waterway.


We enjoyed watching the big boats, too!


It was pretty walking along the Riverwalk at sunset, a great way to end another sunny Fort Lauderdale day.

Heading to a new place can be a fun outing for both you and your dog. But in the excitement of walking in a new place don't forget these essentials:

  • Doggie waste bags.  If you're heading out on a long walk, don't forget to bring extra poop bags.  On occasion you'll find poop bag dispensers in public places, but it's best to be prepared and bring extras.
  • Water and a collapsible water bowl.  Bring plenty of water so both you and your dog can stay hydrated, especially if it's warm outside.
  • Treats. Long walks provide for a great training opportunity and extra treats can be used to reward good behavior.  Practice healing, sit and stay until you give the release word that it's ok to proceed. This comes in super handy when waiting patiently at a crosswalk. I also play the "look at that game" with Rocco, asking him to look at things that I DON'T want him to react to ... and then I praise him and treat when he quickly and calmly looks back at me. 

What training games do you play when you're out walking your dog? Let us 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, January 22, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Ready for #SuperDogSunday!

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

Don't forget to mark your calendars for #SuperDogSunday, our next fun Event Barkers Twitter party with super sponsor Zuke's! Exactly a week from today we'll be sharing lots of tips on how you can get your own pups in the game -- with training tips, prizes and more! Game time is 8 - 9 p.m. ET on Thursday,  January 29, 2015. 

RSVP here for a chance to win a pre-party prize and for more details.

Now, let's get to the weekly Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop! You'll find all sorts of goodies in the 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 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!


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, January 19, 2015

RSVP for #SuperDogSunday Twitter Party with Zuke's!


Are you ready for the Big Game? Just like athletes on the gridiron, pups need activities and incentives to help keep them in tip top shape. That's why we're super excited to announce our next Event Barker's Twitter party with our super sponsor Zuke's!

We hope you'll join us on Thursday, January 29 from 8 - 9 p.m. ET for lots of fun, tips and prizes! Along with our Event Barkers partners DogTipper and All Things Dog Blog, well be sharing lots of ideas for game-day activities, including tips on how to keep your pups happy around a house full of guests and pre-game training tips, too!

As always, we invite you to bring lots of photos of your adorable pups to share as well as your own game day tips. Just for sharing, you'll be entered for a chance to win $750+ in prizes from Zuke's! Now that's some incentive!


#SuperDogSunday Prizes

Here's a look at the more than $750 in prizes from Zuke's. If you're lucky enough to win, you'll get plenty for your own pups and plenty to share. Go team go!

One pre-party prize

10 packs of natural Zuke’s treats in an assortment of flavors to include Mini Naturals, Hip Action, Genuine Jerky, Power Bones and Z-Filets, each created to serve a specific purpose. 
Value: approximately $78.00

Seven party prizes

10 packs of natural Zuke’s treats in an assortment of flavors to include Mini Naturals, Hip Action, Genuine Jerky, Power Bones and Z-Filets, each created to serve a specific purpose. 
Value: approximately $78.00

One grand prize

Natural Zuke’s treats to include Mini Naturals, Hip Action, Genuine Jerky, Power Bones and Z-Filets in every available flavor – 18 packs in all! Each type of treat is created to serve a specific purpose such as training activities, joint health and energy support.
Value: approximately $134.00


Zuke’s Prize Roster

Each of the prize packs will include a selection of these yummy Zuke’s treats, all made in the USA with wholesome wholefood ingredients:
  • Mini Naturals These miniature, semi-moist treats have only three calories each, making them an ideal choice for pre-game training incentives and game day activities; 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. We like to mix it up with our pre-game training incentives and game day activities, making these a perfect complement to Mini Naturals.
  • Power Bones Power Bones were the first Zuke's treat created back in 1995 and are still the perfect treat to keep your pooch energized and ready for a day of playing. In flavors including Chicken, Beef and Peanut Butter, these pack a variety of carbohydrates and high quality protein into one nutritious treat to give your pup all the healthy energy he needs.
  • Genuine Jerky Made with 100 percent grass-fed New Zealand beef, this high-value treat is naturally preserved without nitrates or nitrites. In flavors like Original Recipe Beef, Beef Teriyaki, and Beef Barbecue, there's plenty of tasty goodness and protein to keep your pup's muscles strong and energy level high.
  • Hip Action Perfect for pre- and post-game joint health, Hip Action treats help maintain hip and joint function with the natural goodness of glucosamine, chondroitin, whole food antioxidants, and eggshell membrane. Flavors include Beef, Chicken and Peanut Butter.


#SuperDogSunday Twitter Party

Here's how to get in the game!


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, January 16, 2015

Canine Beach in Dog Friendly Fort Lauderdale and Beach Safety for Dogs



When we visited Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, we couldn't wait to head to the beaches. The challenge was to find a dog friendly beach. 

Rocco loves to run in the sand and chase the waves. The dog beach pickings were a little slim in the area, so we headed down to the Canine Beach in Fort Lauderdale, even though the website said it was closed due to reconstruction project.


We figured if we headed down there super early, it might not matter if the beach was officially open.  There were just a few other folks walking on the beach and no one questioned us, so we kept on going! And, as a bonus there were plenty of birds for Rocco to chase!



It was beautiful in the early morning. And a nice change from the cold that was sweeping through Atlanta and much of the rest of the country.


If we lived near a beach, I think we'd be there everyday! If you're planning a beach trip with dogs, here are a few things to keep in mind to help keep your pups safe:
  1. Don't forget to bring your own water. The ocean may look like a giant water bowl to your dog, but drinking salt water can be harmful to you pup, causing diarrhea and dehydration.
  2. Bring a collapsible water bowl. I packed one of these Popware Travel Bowls for our trip and it worked perfectly for a trip to the beach or a walk around town.
  3. Stay safe in the sun. If you'll be at the beach for an extended period of time, make sure your pup has shady place to cool off. Dogs can get sunburned too, so look for a pet approved sunscreen to protect pups with light colored noses or thin or short hair. 
  4. Watch where you step. Keep and eye out for sharp objects or jellyfish (we saw quite a few!)
  5. Rinse and repeat. It's a good idea to rinse your dog with clear, fresh water after a romp on the beach to remove sand, salt and any other little critter that may be hitching a ride on their fur.
  6. Supervision is a must. If leash laws apply, keep your dog on a leash, but if it's an off-leash area, you'll want to keep an eagle eye on your pup. Not all dogs can swim and currents can carry them out too far for comfort. 

Rocco looks right at home in Fort Lauderdale, doesn't he?

Do you have any more beach safety tips? Let us 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, January 15, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets in the Game

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

We're getting ready to announce another fun Event Barkers Twitter party, one that's sure to help you and your dogs get in the game! We'll can't spill the beans on all the details yet, but if you come back on Monday, you'll get all the details you need to join the fun! 


Now, let's get to the weekly Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop! You'll find all sorts of goodies in the 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 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!


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, January 9, 2015

Dog Walk Through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

We're back in Atlanta after a fun week in Fort Lauderdale, and now we're missing the warm ocean breezes.

While we were in Florida, we took full advantage of the beautiful weather and had lots of fun exploring new places for dog walks. 

One of the first days we were there we set out to explore Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located between the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale at Sunrise Blvd.



But before we headed to the park, we stopped for some sustenance at a dog friendly boulangerie. It was almost like being in Paris!


The even let us come inside with Rocco as long as I carried him.


Outside there was plenty of dog friendly seating as well as this gentleman who offered to pose his dogs when he saw I was trying to get a photo of the front of the cafe. Have you ever tried for the candid shot but folks just can't resist posing their pups! heehee!

After some refreshment, we walked over the causeway to the entrance of the park. There we found plenty of tropical walking trails...


... as well as some interesting wildlife.


We looked closely and spotted this Gopher Tortoise.


He even has his own crossing!


Then we headed down a path to the Intracoastal where we enjoyed the view.


There were plenty of logs for Rocco to practice balancing...


And big trees with perfect perching spots!


On the way home, we ran into another surprise.


These two peahens -- also known as female peacocks -- were strolling through the neighborhood park! You never know what you might see when you find a new place to walk!

One of the best things about traveling with dogs is finding new places to walk and explore. Have you found a new walking spot recently? Next week we'll share Rocco's first time experiencing the Florida beaches!

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, January 8, 2015

Staying Warm with Fido's Freebie Friday

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

It sure is cold in Atlanta this week and in most parts of the country. We hope you're staying warm and keeping your pets protected from the cold. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your pups paws safe and determine whether you should consider a coat for your dog.

Now, let's get to the weekly Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop! You'll find all sorts of goodies in the 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 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!


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.

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