Friday, July 25, 2014

Gather 'Round the K9 Kampfire

Rocco enjoys some backyard time with his pals Bingo and Codie
K9 Kamp always seems to fly by so fast and this session was no exception. So gather 'round the Kampfire pals and tell us all about all the fun you had with backyard games during the past few weeks!

Link up your posts in the Blog Hop below or just tell us what you've been up to in the comments section. We can't wait to hear all the stories about your fun and games

We had a lot of fun these past few weeks, trying out some new games and playing some old favorites too.


During K9 Kamp we:
We also checked out our pals pictures from #K9Kamp. Seems like some other Kampers are using the same hashtag, but you'll recognize some familiar faces here:



We also got our K9 Fit Club certification while K9 Kamp was going on, so we've been super busy getting ready to launch classes in the Atlanta area! If you're in Atlanta and interested in either taking a class, hosting one at your location or helping out with classes please drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you!

See you 'round the Kampfire!

The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place 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, July 24, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Thirsty


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

July is pet hydration month and it's the perfect time to think about fun ways to quench your pet's thirst. Check out our nifty Drinkwell Avalon Fountain giveaway from PetSafe to help your pet stay hydrated in style!

Rocco loves to drink out of his Avalon Fountain!
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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zuke's Z-Filets and Z-Bones #Giveaway


If Rocco could talk, I'm sure he'd tell you that among his most favorite things in the world are a good treat and a good chew.   That's why today's giveaway may be one of his favorites!

Here's your chance to win some of Rocco's favorite treats and chews from Zuke's, the makers of healthy, natural treats for dogs and cats.

We've got all three yummy flavors of Z-Filets and all three flavors or Z-Bones to give away as part of our terrific Zuke's prize pack.


A few reasons why we love Z-Filets:

  • They are made with USA chicken or beef or New Zealand venison, all from safe, trustworthy sources
  • Treats are made up of 80 percent meat, great for dogs on limited-ingredient or grain-free diets
  • They are packed with antioxidant-rich herbs like rosemary, sage and turmeric
  • These large treats break up super easily into tiny-sized pieces, Rocco loves them for training!

A few reasons why we love Z-Bones:

  • These help freshen breath and clean teeth without using wheat gluten, cornstarch or synthetic chlorophyll
  • They're made with alfalfa, parsley, rosemary and fennel, which naturally freshen breath by supporting digestion
  • They contain nutrient-rich apples, pumpkin and cherries, all powerful sources of antioxidants
  • Rocco loves them!

Enter to win three packs of Z-Filets and three packs of Z-Bones!

Enter via the giveaway widget below for a chance to win all three flavors of Z-Filets (Grilled Chicken, Grilled Venison, Grilled Beef) and all three flavors of Z-Bones (Clean Carrot Crips, Clean Apple Crisp, Clean Berry Crisp).

All treats are USA made and grain free.

Good luck!

Zuke's provided us with treats to review and to giveaway. Prize will be shipped to the winner by Zuke's. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Make 2 x 2 Agility Weave Poles #BlogPawsDIY

Training with 2 x 2 weave poles helped Rocco perfect poles quickly
for his first agility trials this spring
Training agility weave poles used to be a long, laborious process.

But now with the 2  x 2 weave pole method, your pup can have perfect weaves in just a couple of weeks.

Rocco is my first dog trained using the 2 x 2 method, and he had 12 weave poles down in about two weeks!

There are plenty of places you can order 2 x 2 weave poles online, OR you can make them yourself and save some money.

We made ours with the help of a welder and saved about 50 percent off the cost of those you can buy ready-made.

Here's what you need to make your own 2 x 2 weave poles.

For a set of 12 weave poles:
  • Six bases 
  • Three 10-foot long, 3/4" PVC pipes cut into thirds. (each pole will be 40" long)
  • 12 3/4" PVC pipe caps
  • Spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Respirator

Construct the bases

A welder made our bases for us out of scrap metal, but you also can use aluminum to make them a bit lighter. Ours our plenty light enough to move around.

Measurements for the base: The main part of the base measures 48" x 3", the wings off each side are 11" x 3", the round pole holders are spaced 24" apart (measured at the middle of each pole) and are sized so that a 3/4" PVC pipe will fit snugly around it.

My bases also have two half-inch holes cut into them on each wing so that you can secure them to the ground if needed. I don't need to secure mine for Rocco, but you might if you have a larger dog.

Here's what the base looks like when finished and painted:


Paint the bases

After the bases are made, the biggest part of this project is simply cleaning and spray painting the bases.
Base before painting

  • Scrub the bases with a brush and dish soap if they need it.
  • Prime the bases with a spray paint primer (I leave mine outside, so this helps keep them from rusting)
  • Spray paint the bases in the color of your choice. I chose a light, neutral color to keep them from heating up. 
  • Be sure to use gloves to protect your hands and a respirator to protect your lungs when spray painting.

Assemble the poles

Once the bases dry, you're ready to assemble your 2 x 2 weave poles.
  • Place the PVC pipe caps on the top of each pole
  • Place your poles onto each pole holder
  • Line up your poles
  • You're ready to weave!

Rocco shows you how it's done! Take a look…



We found that having our own 2 x 2s made training the weaves so much easier. A few minutes several times a day is all it took! Does your dog do agility or train using the 2 x 2 method? Let us know how it's going for you!

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about DIY projects that enrich the lives of dogs, 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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

How Much Water Does Your Dog or Cat Need? #Giveaway

Rocco enjoys his Drinkwell Avalon Fountain by PetSafe!
It's pet hydration month and there's no better time to make sure your pet is drinking enough water. We've got a solution for you that Rocco just LOVES -- the Drinkwell Avalon Fountain by PetSafe

And today, here's your chance to win one for your own furry family members! Read all the way down to enter our giveaway.

But first, here are some important things to know about pet hydration.

You've likely read that you need to drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day. That actually can vary according to your size, diet, activity level and other factors.

But what about your pet?

The same types of factors apply to your pet, but generally speaking, a dog or cat should drink about an ounce of fluid a day per pound of body weight.

Check out some of these interesting facts from our pals at PetSafe.


So how can you ensure your pet gets enough water a day? One way is to make drinking fun!

Water is tastier from a fountain!
I really can't explain WHY Rocco thinks drinking out of a fountain is so much fun, but I CAN tell you that he will walk past his regular water bowl to the fountain to eagerly lap water from it's gently falling stream.

I enjoy the soft trickle of water in the background, and I like that the fountain filters the water and looks great too!

I found the Avalon Fountain easy to put together and clean, once I did it once or twice. I clean it about once a week (the recommended amount) to ensure that the motor and filters don't clog up. You'll probably want to purchase some extra filters to have on hand, so you have them when you need them.

This fountain comes with both a charcoal filter (which should be replaced every two to four weeks) and a foam filter (which should be replaced every four to eight weeks) to help everything run smoothly and keep the water cleaner and fresher.

Here's a really helpful video from PetSafe that shows you how to clean the fountain motor.

The fountain holds 70 ounces of water and it's best to keep it pretty full.  So I add about a glass and a half of water every day (about the amount of Rocco's daily requirement). If you have more dogs, you'll want to keep an eye on the water level and fill it more often.

How to win a Drinkwell Avalon Fountain by PetSafe!

The fountain comes in both red and white, you'll get your choice!  Enter by filling out the giveaway widget below. Enter as few or many ways as you like. But remember, the more ways you enter, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

PetSafe provide the Avalon Fountain for us to review and one to give away. Prize will be shipped to the winner by PetSafe. All opinions expressed herein are our own.


Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Dog Toys for Backyard Fun and Games!

We can't believe it's already the final week of K9 Kamp.  Next week we'll all join around the Kampfire and share the backyard fun and fitness games we've been playing the last few weeks.

We can't wait to see what you've been up too! In the meantime, here are a few games we dreamed up this week.

We've got two DIY dog toy games to share with you, perfect for some backyard fun!

First, we took the toy we made from a carriage whip we bought at Tractor Supply and a flat, fuzzy toy.

I simply tied the end of the whip to the toy, and voila! We had a new toy for loads of chasing fun!

Here's a close-up of the toy we assembled.



And what it looks like in almost its entirety.


The whip is pretty long -- about eight feet in all --  so it provides plenty of length to throw the toy out for your pup to chase. We originally made this toy to help create toy drive for our agility training.

Here's a look at the toy and Rocco in action!



Next, we took a retractable leash and attached a dog toy to it with a carabiner. We used a dog toy that includes a treat pouch, making it extra irresistible for Rocco!


I placed Rocco's kibble inside the treat pouch, but you can use any type of treat.  This toy took a little longer for me to get the hang of, but once I did, Rocco went crazy for it! I think it might have had something to do with the treat pouch.

Take a look!



Remember, next week is the week to link up your own backyard fun and fitness games as part of our FitDog Friday and K9 Kamp Blog Hop.

We also have a winner to announce for the colossal K9 Kamp Giveaway Prize Pack.  Huge congrats to Janet Keefe from Wag 'N Woof Pets for winning the giveaway.  Thanks to all for playing and special thanks to all our prize pack contributors: Petco, PetSafe, DogTread, For Love of a Dog, Jones Natural Chews and Smart Cookee.  

The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and The Writer's Dog (formerly known as Peggy's Pet Place) 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, July 17, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Loves the Outdoors


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

We've been enjoying the amazing weather in Atlanta the past few days (we even had a record low this morning of 61 degrees)! So Rocco and I have been outside playing and enjoying the park. We can get in a pretty good fitness walk/run of about three or four miles and then enjoy the scenery at the park. Rocco seems to like best the part where he can roll in stuff!


Luckily it all brushes out pretty easily.

Hope you're enjoying some great outdoor time this summer too. 

When you're not out playing, 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.

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