Thursday, March 5, 2015

Beach Time for Fido's Freebie Friday

The view from Tenerife in the Canary Islands
We're enjoying some fabulous rest and relaxation time this week, and we hope you enjoy our photo from the beaches of Tenerife!

It's also time again for Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

Take a moment to relax and check out the 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Handler, Happy Dog

Today we're participating in the quarterly Dog Agility Blog Action Day, where agility bloggers from across the universe post on a specific topic. Today's topic is…

Health and Well-Being

 of people and dogs in dog agility


Whether or not you compete in agility, we think you'll find the responses to this topic varied and interesting for anyone who's interested in health and well-being. Check out the great collection of blogs who posted today and then read down for our take on the topic. 

A great beach run helps clear the mind AND keeps both Rocco and me healthy and happy!

So, one question we're exploring today is: 

Is what's good for you also good for your dog?

Sometimes yes, and sometimes no.  We all know there are foods that can be harmful to dogs, but not people. But for the most part, healthy practices will benefit you both. 

In a previous post, we wrote about all those activities that help keep us healthy...  like cross-training, stretching, rest, good nutrition and play.  

But what is REALLY on our mind regarding health and well-being is:

Who do you put first, you or your dog?

Many of us would automatically think to put our dogs' well-being first... and parents of human children will say they'd do anything to put their kids' well-being first.

But think about this one simple direction we receive on airplane flights: "put your oxygen mask on yourself first, THEN take care of your children." Because what good are you if you pass out first!

We think that same holds true for taking care of our pups.

What good are you to your dog if you're so tired, or so hungry or so dehydrated that you can't perform well as your part of the team.

So here are our five simple rules for taking care of your canine/human team.

  1. Get plenty of rest before and during trial weekends. If you don't get enough sleep, you won't remember the course and your timing likely will be off, too. And that will NOT make your pup happy!
  2. Hydrate on event day. Don't forget your own hydration as well as your dog's. We've seen too many handlers get light-headed or even pass out due to dehydration.
  3. Don't forget to eat on game day. Will all the excitement and preparation, it's easy to forget to eat. You need energy for long agility days as much as your dog does.
  4. Avoid stress. Know what makes both yourself AND your dog happy. If you like to socialize but your dog doesn't, keep your pup comfy and crated away from the hubbub of agility activity and go socialize on your own. Conversely, if people make you nervous, find a place you can get into your own state of mental well-being.
  5. Which brings us to...  Stay true to your game plan or routine. Whatever routine you've developed, stick with it on game day for a happy healthy you and your dog.

Who do you put first? You or your dog? Let us know how you handle you and your pup's health and well-being 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.




Friday, February 27, 2015

Keep Your Pet Smiling with Yummy Dental Treats! #DogDentalHealth


This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Dental Health Month, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

It's nearing the end of Pet Dental Health Month, but we hope it's just the beginning of (or continuation of) a great dental health routine for your pets!

Did you know that dental disease is the most common disease in both dogs and cats? Over 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of dental disease by three years of age. And, it can lead to conditions that are a lot worse than bad breath.

As in humans, poor dental health in pets can contribute to heart, lung, liver and kidney disease and can ultimately shorten their lives.  So that means it's super important to take care of your pup's teeth and gums.

How to prevent dental disease

If you're like us, your vet likely has told you to brush your pet's teeth. We try to brush fairly regularly, but since Rocco would rather eat the toothbrush, it's not always so easy, or successful!

So we supplement with healthy dental chews, a regime that Rocco is MUCH more fond of than brushing!

Rocco looks forward to his daily dental chew
Dental treats and chews are an easy way to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy. And if your pup is anything like Rocco, they'll LOVE their daily chews so much they WON'T let you forget them!

Rocco helps his young friend Sophie get started on the right paw with good dental health!
We headed out to PetSmart® this week in search of some new chews and found an entire aisle filled with dental chews and treats! All of Rocco's favorites were there, and this time we picked up an assortment of WHIMZEESTM,  a chew that comes all the way from Holland. We were so excited to start finding these in the U.S. a few years back!


We picked up the variety value box for small dogs, filled with an assortment of fun shapes! Rocco LOVES the Alligators, so we figured this would give him 3 times the fun and he could give the Toothbrush and Stix shapes a try too! 


But first, Rocco works for his chews! Work it, Rocco!


And then, there's the obligatory down/stay. Rocco musters up all the patience he can! Did I tell you he LOVES these chews!

Four reasons to love WHIMZEES

One of the reasons I love WHIMZEES is they take a little longer for Rocco to chew so they keep him occupied while I'm eating, working, talking on the phone... you get the idea! But there are plenty more reasons to love these whimsical chews.
  1. They're fun! Hedgehogs. Alligators. These aren't your typical dog chews. And the dog-loving folks at WHIMZEES introduce new shapes every year. This is one time I won't mind Rocco "eating" the toothbrush!
  2. Simply made, naturally. WHIMZEES has six natural, functional ingredients and no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, preservatives, GMOs, gluten, or meat. They’re also high in fiber and low in calories and sugars.
  3. No plaque. No tartar. WHIMZEES’ unique shapes ensure proper blood flow through the gums and prevent bad breath and the build-up of tartar.
  4. Great for dogs. Great for the planet. WHIMZEES are produced in a sustainable, socially-responsible way. A healthy world gives us all a reason to smile!

At last! Rocco gets his daily chew! Today it's a WHIMZEES Alligator. 

Thank you PetSmart for carrying a great assortment of dental chews and WHIMZEES!


Find a PetSmart near you with this store locater. 

Do you brush or chew... or both? 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, February 26, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes #Noseblind!

Jane Lynch, non-smelly Rocco and me!
This week Rocco and I had the chance to take a quick trip to NYC to meet up with the folks at Febreze, the ASPCA and actress Jane Lynch to learn about noseblindness and how this nasty condition can be treated!

Nose blindness is a condition where you become accustomed to the smells in your home and you don't smell them anymore. Uh oh! If you notice your houseguests wrinkling up their noses, you might just be noseblind!

We'll tell you more about our trip in a future post, but what we will tell you now is that if you're concerned your house or car smells and you don't even know it, Febreze has products that can help you out AND they meet the standards for inclusion on the ASPCA's Pet Friendly Living products list.

Jane Lynch with members of the ASPCA and adoptable dogs
And, to take it a step further, Febreze is joining up with the ASPCA to help support and spread the word about pet adoption. To help new pet owners get guest ready, Febreze will be distributing Noseblind Prevention Kits to pet adopters through participating shelters in ASPCA partner communities nationwide.

We had a terrific time meeting with the folks at Febreze and the ASPCA and I can tell you that Jane Lynch is NOTHING like Sue Sylvester! She's absolutely lovely AND a huge pet person!


Now let's get to Fido's Freebie Friday (FFF), the weekly giveaway blog hop for all things pet!

While you're sniffing out your own home and determining whether you might be noseblind, take time out to check out the 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, February 20, 2015

It's National Love Your Pet Day

Today is National Love Your Pet Day. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but everyday is love your pet day around here!

So here are some FitDog ways I spoil Rocco everyday, and how you can, too!

  1. Take your dog for a walk
  2. If the frigid weather (or snow, or whatever it is in your neck of the woods) is just too unbearable, show your love with indoor games like Find It or Go Hide
  3. Show your love for good dental hygiene and fresh breath by brushing your dog's teeth followed by a yummy dental chew treat. Some of our current faves are Whimzees, VeggieDent Chews, Merrick Brush BonesIndigo Fresh Floss Bones and Zuke's Z-Bones.  Rocco certainly doesn't need an excuse to enjoy a good chew, but it is Pet Dental Health Month, too.
  4. Sign up for a fun class with your dog. You might try agility, nose works, rally, barn hunt or K9 Fit Club, all great ways to bond with your dog and support good mental and physical health.
We also had LOTS of "Love Your Pet Day" emails land in our mailbox this year. Here are a few of our favorite ways that other folks are showing love for pets.

Love a shelter pet, buy a book set

Operation ResCUTE Inc. is a non-profit organization offering limited-edition educational book and stuffed animal sets, where 100 percent of the profits go to animal shelters in support of their adoption efforts.

The Story of Jingles is the first book in the newly launched series, based on the true story of a real life rescue dog. The story aims to teach children empathy and about the benefits of adopting and how to make a difference in the world.

The collectible set comes with an illustrated book, stuffed animal dog from the story and an Operation ResCUTE Club Membership Sticker. Buy the set and help a homeless dog find a loving home.

Love a talking pet and save a vet

Rover.com is introducing the Rover-gram, an app that lets you create a customized talking message straight from your pet's mouth.  Make a custom #RoverGram and share it via email, social channels or embed it. Rover will donate $1 to the military rescue dog charity Save-A-Vet for every use of #Rovergram on social channels.

Love the Oscars, feed a shelter pet

Oscars gift bags are usually chock full of expensive, luxury goodies, but for the second year in a row, nominees in top categories will receive a certificate for 10,000 meals (that's more than $6K worth of pet food) to donate to the shelter or rescue of the celebrity's choice. 

Halo, Purely for Pets (co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres) is doing something completely new and bringing pet philanthropy to the Oscars swag bags. For the infamous $160,000 "Everybody Wins at the Oscars" bag that goes to the non-winning nominees in the 5 top categories, Halo is gifting a certificate for a 10,000 meal donation to the celebrities' shelter or rescue of choice, courtesy of Halo and Freekibble.com.



What will you do to show your pet some love this weekend?
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, February 19, 2015

Fido's Freebie Friday Fights the Freeze!

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

We've been working hard at trying to stay warm this past week. And with the deep freeze spreading across the country,  there's no better time to hang out with your fur friend next to you and check out the 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, February 13, 2015

Active Dog Valentine's Day #Giveaway!


We want to wish all our active dog pals a Happy Valentine's Day. And to show you our love, we've put together a fab giveaway that we think you'll all enjoy. 

One lucky winner will receive a Solvit Deluxe SUV Cargo Liner and three packs of Zuke's Genuine Jerky treats! 


Read all the way down to enter via our giveaway widget. But first, here's why we love these items for our active lifestyle and active dog pals!


Deluxe Sta-Put™ SUV Cargo Liner

Rocco rides securely in a crate in our small SUV, and we love the idea of a nice comfy liner to both protect the car AND to give Rocco a nice place to sit while I remove all the dirt and debris he collects while hiking or doing agility!

The Solvit Deluxe SUV Liner is made from the same material as its Deluxe Bench and Hammock Seat Covers, a super-soft, micro-suede top fabric that wears like iron.  Its padded & quilted construction provides extra comfort for pets while traveling. Multiple hook and loop fasteners on the underside keep the liner firmly in place. Treated with Stain-Blok™ and machine washable. 


Zuke's Genuine Jerky

We love these real beef jerky treats for dogs, protein-packed with 100 percent grass-fed New Zealand beef and naturally preserved without Nitrates or Nitrites. These will help keep your adventure dog going all day! We love using them during agility and tricks training, and they smell so good I could eat them myself! 

One winner will receive three packs of Genuine Jerky, one in each flavor: Original Beef, Teriyaki and Barbecue! 

Enter to win our Active Dog Valentine's Prize Pack!

One lucky winner will receive the Solvit Deluxe Sta-Put SUV Cargo Liner and three packs of Zuke's Genuine Jerky dog treats!  Enter via the giveaway widget below.  Good luck!


Prizes will be provided and shipped by Solvit and Zuke's. To Dog With Love only shares information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.


Do you have any fun Valentine's activities planned for your dogs?
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.





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