Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rock 'n Bowl interactive puzzle feeder giveaway

When is dinner time also play time?
Answer- When you're a dog!
I've long promoted products that help stimulate dogs' curiosity and give them a puzzle to solve, while also slowing down food consumption time. (Ike can gulp his meal in 2 seconds flat!) When I learned that a new company was providing "environmental enrichment for dogs through thoughtful product design" I had to find out more.

Paw5 Rock 'n Bowl

“Dogs are incredibly intelligent and social creatures that need ways to think, work and be active. By adding environmental enrichment to mealtime, a routine part of every day, we believe we’ve made enriching dogs’ lives easier for busy pet parents,” says PAW5® Co-Founder, Dennis O’Donnell.

Paw5 sent me their product to review...and at the end, I'm giving away two Rock 'n Bowls to lucky readers!! Be sure to enter, because you're going to want one of these for your dog!

Rock 'N Bowl™ builds off dogs’ natural behaviors and instincts, and turns mealtime into an enriching and rewarding challenge. Made to look like a standard dog food bowl, the Rock ‘N Bowl’s unique structure encourages thinking, problem solving and fun. The design allows food to be poured directly into the top, as easy as a normal bowl, and then funnels it into a hidden compartment, requiring dogs to paw, nudge, and play their way through mealtime.

Pour kibble into the top.

Kibble comes out one of the holes at the bottom.

I was curious to see how my two senior dogs would do with Rock 'N Bowl™.


Kelly, 14, is intelligent and clever, but lately has been a bit off her food, leaving some in her bowl.

Ike, 9, is an avid eater, a gulper, and extremely food motivated, but he's not a great problem solver.

Filling the feeder is simple, just dump your kibble in the top just like you would any other bowl. If you have lifted the bowl into a counter-top or something, you have to be careful or food will spill out onto the counter or onto the floor as you move it. So I would suggest having the bowl in place and filling it there.

Both dogs were curious about the bowl and had no problem solving the puzzle. While it may not be challenging, both dogs had fun.

 Kelly seemed to purposefully nudge and tip the bowl to get food to fall out:

 Ike seemed surprised that there was kibble on the floor! Where did that come from?

Food does spill out all over your floor, but if your dogs are like mine, they will waste no time in cleaning it up.

I was delighted with the Rock 'N Bowl™ . It wasn't too difficult for Ike, and both dogs seemed interested and motivated. The bowl is sturdy and attractive, top shelf dishwasher safe, BPA and phthalate free, and made in the USA!

Enter to win a Paw5 Rock 'N Bowl™ here. Two winners will be selected at random.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was given two Rock 'n Bowls to review and two to give away. This in no way influenced my opinions. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Quiz- Ike's tail or Kelly's leg?

Which is the furry thing in the middle of the picture? Is it Ike's tail, or Kelly's leg?

To help you out,here is Ike's tail:

and Kelly's leg:

Good luck!

Monday, February 22, 2016

How to Write and Publish your Dog's Story

One of the things I wanted to blog about this year is how to write stories about your dog, and how to get your story published. With the release of the new Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good, Very Bad Dog this month, I thought it would be a great time to share about how to get published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I have stories in more than a dozen of Chicken Soup for the Soul books (including this one), and I'll tell you how you can do it too.

Because the subject of pets is so popular, Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes a dog and a cat volume each year. So even though this book is already on the shelves, you can get an opportunity to submit to the next one. Here are some tips.

Write Your Story
1. The story must be true.
2. The story must be your own.
3. Write your story in the first person ("I").
4. Forget that fancy, stuffy writing. Write the story as if you were telling it to a close friend.
5. Remember the five senses--sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.
6. Think about a specific moment of significance--don't tell your pet's whole life story.
7. Write in a way that touches emotions, inspires, or makes people laugh and smile.
8. Keep it short. Stories must be less than 1200 words.

After you've written the story, you might ask someone to read it over and give you some comments. Try to avoid your mother and your best friend, however, who will probably love every word you write. Then, set it aside for a few days, come back to it, read it over and make your final edits.

Submit Your Story
1. go to
2. Fill in the form and paste your story.
3. click Submit
4. Wait. If your story is selected in a month or two you will receive an email outlining the next step. Usually you are notified when your story makes it past the first round, and then later if you've made it through the final selection. Chicken Soup for the Soul does not send rejection letters. If you haven't heard anything after 60 or so days, you can assume your story wasn't selected this time. Don't let that discourage you. There are many reasons a story might not get accepted, and there are always other opportunities. Keep writing, keep submitting.

Does Chicken Soup for the Soul pay? You bet. Chicken Soup for the Soul pays $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. 

I think every pet parent has a story to tell. Why not submit yours?
Any questions? Ask them here.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mike and Ike #2- A Dog's Purpose

 BOOK REVIEW- A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey
Guest post by Mike Frezon

There are two things I am not.
I am neither a book reviewer or a big-time reader of fiction.
However, I AM a dog lover (just ask Ike). 
And I want to take this opportunity to let you know about the fantastic time I just had reading W. Bruce Cameron’s hit book: A Dog’s Purpose and its sequel: A Dog’s Journey.

These books reflect just about all that happens in the relationship between a dog and its owner--the full range of emotions from utter happiness to heartbreaking loss.  As told through the eyes of the dogs, the books explain how dogs sense their purpose in their relationship with their humans.
I love the way Cameron uses his characters to shed some light on why our dogs do some of the things they do that we never quite understand…and does it in a way that makes us believe it to be true.  For example, why a dog will lavish great affection on one individual and completely ignore another.  Or, why they might act in some unexplained intelligent way—but without training.  Or why they have such empathy for a particular human that they had never before met.

I promise that if you (either growing up or as an adult) have had relationships with dogs, these books will provide an enjoyable tale and give you plenty to think about as to what your dogs are thinking as they try to make you happy and discover their “purpose” in your life.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016