Friday, December 19, 2014

Run Rocco Run!

Rocco at one of our recent agility trials in November
The past few weeks I've been working on recovering data after my computer imploded. Happily, all my data including photos/video were saved and I came across some agility video from last month that I never shared.

AND, since I've got some nifty new video editing tools, I played around a bit with one of Rocco's November agility runs. So today, here's a bit of the agility fun we had this fall. This was one of Rocco's first standard runs in AKC Excellent Standard.  Enjoy!





Happy FitDog Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend?

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, December 18, 2014

Happy Hanukkah from Fido's Freebie Friday

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

We're busy preparing for holiday festivities including Hanukkah, which started this week! Happy Hanukkah to all our friends who celebrate!

You'll find all sorts of great holiday 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!


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, December 17, 2014

Fruitables Snowflake Treats for the Holidays Giveaway

We have a fun giveaway today with a special limited edition dog treat that's a perfect holiday stocking stuffer or hostess gift!

For the dog who has everything, check out new Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor dog treats made with real snowflakes from the Rockies! These are the first product to use real snow as an ingredient and are patent pending.

Each limited edition treat pouch includes an estimated 300 snowflakes, sustainably harvested. 


To make these novelty holiday treats, Fruitables combines a snowball’s worth of real, fresh high altitude snow with their yummy pumpkin granola and yogurt recipe. The finished product is both satisfyingly crunchy and creamy. And with only 9-calories per treat, dogs can guiltlessly indulge without worrying about winter weight gain. 

Have to see it to believe it?


New Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor treats join an equally innovative and imaginative family of dog treats, with flavors and textures like Greek Yogurt Coconut, Apple Bacon, and Pumpkin & Cranberry! Find these limited edition treat pouches at your local pet store for $4.99 - $5.99 just in time for the holidays. 

Save and order a Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Crunchy Dog Treats, 8-Pack to give to all your doggie pals!

All Fruitables are 100 percent natural, free of wheat, corn, soy, artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives and made in the USA.

More ways to find Fruitables:
www.FruitablesPetFood.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram


Enter to Win Limited Edition Snowflake flavor treats!

Two winners each will win one bag of Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor dog treats. Enter via the giveaway widget below. Good luck!

Fruitables is supplying and sending the treats for the giveaway. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Should You Give a Puppy as a Holiday Gift?

Puppy Rocco
Tis the season for gift giving, but there is never a good time of year to give a puppy as a surprise present.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) reminds those considering giving a puppy as a gift to think twice.

“A dog is a serious commitment, and you should never surprise someone with a puppy they aren’t ready to keep for a lifetime,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “A dog needs to suit your lifestyle, and it’s important to consider the energy level, size, coat and temperament of a puppy – as well as your own readiness – before you make a decision.”

Consider wrapping dog supplies such as a leash or bowl to symbolize the gift of a puppy to come – this will give the recipient time to do their research and prepare for the commitment.

During their critical first weeks at home, puppies require a great deal of time, love, and attention. Therefore, any prospective owner should always carefully consider their schedule and circumstances before bringing a new pet into their home.

This is especially true during the holidays when parties, travel, or out-of-town visitors might adversely affect your ability to give a new puppy all the attention he deserves. If your holidays will be hectic, wait until after the hustle and bustle.

Are the holidays ALWAYS a bad time to bring home a puppy?


Not necessarily, but you DO need to be prepared and have the right circumstances.  While for most folks the holidays are way too hectic a time to safely add a puppy to the mix, in some circumstances it might be the perfect time... but only with careful planning.

While Rocco came to live with me in December, two years ago, I had been planning for his arrival for months. And, since I already had a Havanese,  I already was certain the breed was right for me. 

Also, for me the holidays meant I had extra time to spend at home with my young puppy and I wasn't expecting a lot of holiday chaos or visitors in my home. 

The most important thing is to pick the right time for YOU. Getting off to the right start is super important for the well-being of your pup so you can enjoy your relationship for years to come.

Have you ever brought a pup home during the holidays?
Tell us about it in the comments below.






Monday, December 15, 2014

2 Ways to Win With Purina Pro Plan: Incredible Dog Challenge & Photo Contest!

You could be here
Earlier this year, Rocco and I got the chance to attend the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regional finals in Atlanta.  We had a blast watching all the agility, dock diving, disc dog action and more!

Today, we have a special sweepstakes to tell you about where YOU can win an all expense paid trip to the Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals in Huntington Beach, California! Wow! We'd love to go there!

And, we also have a fun photo contest where you show "what makes your dog great" for a chance to win Purina Pro Plan dog food, formulated to help you bring out the full potential in your dog.

Read all the way down to learn how you have two ways to win with Purina Pro Plan!

But first, a few more fun photos we took at this year's regional final in Atlanta.

Incredible disc dog!
Incredible agility dog!
Incredible dock diving dog!







Two Ways to Win!

1. The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Sweepstakes


Enter to win an incredible prize that includes: 
  • 2 round-trip plane tickets to Huntington Beach, CA for the Incredible Dog Challenge® Western Regionals
  • A 3-day, 2-night hotel stay
  • Ground transportation and spending money
  • Plus a $500 PetSmart® gift card
  • LINK TO ENTER: https://petsmartproplan.ryan-adsi.com/
  • Enter by Noon ET on December 30, 2014 (details and complete rules)


2. What Makes Your Dog Great Photo Contest


Two steps to enter. Three winners will each receive a Purina Pro Plan coupon valued at $17.99.
  1. Post a photo showing why your dog was great in 2014 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (your choice!). Be sure to tag your social media submission with hashtag #GreatDog2014 
  2. Tell us why your dog is great via our Giveaway widget below. 
Enter by Thursday, December 25.

Good Luck!

Purina is providing the prizes for this giveaway. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Land is #OurLand: Atlanta's Piedmont Park

One of the beautiful views from Piedmont Park in the fall


We're so lucky to live within walking distance of Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta's greatest city parks. That's why we are thrilled to be able to share the latest program from The Trust for Public Land, an organization whose mission it is to create and protect parks and other natural places, right in your own backyard.
"The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We protect the places people care about and create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80% of Americans live."
Rocco always takes time to smell the flowers at Piedmont Park

For Rocco and me, there's nothing quite like heading outside for an invigorating walk. It's good for the mind AND body. It gives Rocco a chance to get his "seek" on and for me it helps clear my head, enjoy time with my pup and get the benefit of some cardio activity, too!

Rocco enjoys climbing on a log in a wooded section of the park.
What's so terrific about walking in our local park, is not only is it close to home, but taking just one walk in Piedmont Park is like going to three or four different places all in one day!

We have wooded dirt paths, bike paths, a duck pond, wetlands area and grassy fields all in one park.

Can you find Rocco by the Beltline trail sign?
In another section of the park, you'll find the start of one of the Atlanta Beltline trails, a fairly recent sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown. The end result will include 33 miles of multi-use trails which will connect many intown neighborhoods directly to each other.

We're lucky to have a portion of the Beltline so close to us, too.

Rocco keeps an eye out for some of the regular duck visitors!
Heading to the other side of the park, we both love the view of the Midtown Atlanta skyline from Lake Clara Meer.


Another view of the lake with a beautiful reflection... and a good place to reflect!


It's just as pleasant a place to visit later in the winter. The ducks don't seem to mind!

Rocco enjoys walkings and taking in the sights with his pals Codie and Bingo
And always a good place to hang with friends.

The ducks and geese enjoy this oasis in the city as much as we do!

Share why nature matters to you 

Did you know that in many cities, one in three residents lacks access to a park of natural area? And, with America's open spaces disappearing at a rate of 6,000 acres a day, we're at risk of losing those special outdoor places. 

Here's how you can help The Trust for Public Land (TPL) protect the outdoor places we love, simply by sharing why they matter to you. 



TPL is running a virtual postcard campaign on their website where you can create your own postcard with a photo that shows how you enjoy the great outdoors. Remember to share your creation with the #OurLand hashtag to help spread the word!

Here are the postcards Rocco and I created!





Tell us why nature matters to you in the comments below, and then don't forget to create your own fun postcard at the Trust for Public Land's #OurLand landing page!

This post is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land and MomDot Media.

Happy FitDog Friday!

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, December 11, 2014

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Ready for #EBChat giveaway event, Dec. 12!


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

This week we have an extra special giveaway AND a Twitter party to go along with it! If you haven't done so already, check out the  Event Barkers #EBChat we have planned for tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 12) from 4 - 5 p.m. with Sniffery.com

It's a colossal giveaway event with 11 prizes valued at a total of $1,000+! Take a look at all the prizes and RSVP on our announcement post.

While you're waiting for all the fun to begin tomorrow, 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!


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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