Monday, December 30, 2013

I Resolve... Blog Hop

I Resolve....

I resolve to work out and exercise with Kelly and Ike even more walk farther and faster and to make walks even more energetic and exciting!

Statistics suggest that almost 80% of us fail to follow through on our resolutions. I know, because that happens to me a lot! This blog hop is a way to help encourage us to keep it up.

To participate in the hop, all we had to do is post a picture of your dog with a list of resolutions (for us and our dog!) So here goes!

1. To go to bed earlier (the dogs actually get sleepy and go to bed before I do!)
2. To walk with Kelly and Ike longer distances and more often.
3. To take up at least one new active passtime that my husband and I can do with the dogs.
4. To introduce intervals into our walks with the dogs.
5. Kelly and Ike are at their goal weights, but I resolve to lose weight and go down at least one size!

What are some of your resolutions?

 Resolve to Move your Mutt Blog Hop is hosted by SlimDoggy and Keep the Tail Wagging.

Join the hop!

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year's Resolution- Move Your Mutt-a-thon invites dog owners around the world to "Move Your Mutt" on Jan 1-4.

Need a great New Year's Resolution? is offering dog owners around the world an opportunity to exercise with and learn from leading canine fitness experts during its first Move Your Mutt: Virtual Human and Canine Exercise and Health Expo scheduled for January 1-4, 2014.

I resolve to move my mutt...and move my butt!

Why not resolve to get yourself and your pet moving in 2014. You can track your activities on and update your dog’s weight at least once a month so you can keep track of your progress throughout the year.

Kelly urges me to get moving!

Expo events include:

* Educational videos from industry experts on canine fitness, food, and wellness - Video presenters include a keynote address from Dr. Katy Nelson on the role of exercise and nutrition on overall pet health and wellness.

* Virtual exhibitor booths with top brands offering the best products for canine health and fitness.

* Mutt-a-thon virtual workout for Petsmove member - Move Your Mutt participants will have an opportunity to join other dog owners from around the world for a virtual workout during the inaugural Mutt-a-thon.

* Mutt-a-thon participants commit to 30 minutes or more of vigorous exercise with their pet on January 4 at 9 a.m. local time. Exercise choices can include running, biking, brisk walking, chase or even a structured workout like those available at K9 Fit Clubs.

Once completed, log your activity on the site, which will make them eligible for some great prizes.

Sponsored by SlimDoggy, DogTread and K9 Fit Club. Register at and then reserve your space at the virtual starting line at the Move Your Mutt-a-thon Event page. For those who cannot attend, all the information and resources will be available on-demand for a limited time following the event.

“We want to grow the PetsMove Virtual Event and Move Your Mutt-a-thon into a nationally-recognized, reoccurring event embraced by all dog owners,” said Steve Pelletier, co-founder of “We are excited for this year’s event and the many, varied opportunities it brings to help people and their pets live longer, healthier lives.”

Register at!
Also check out this virtual exhibit hall with lots of great products for pets (including my books!) and businesses who care about pets.

FitDog Friday is co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog With Love. Join the hop!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from Peggy's Pet Place

Merry Christmas to all!
For the holidays this year, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Christmas photos with the dogs.

Dear Brooks (Deer Brooks!)

Santa Kelly

I'm not really liking these antlers.

A beautiful cape...more like it.

We didn't peek at the presents, we promise!

Holidays are exhausting.

Too much celebrating.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

#PetBox Delivers Fun Gifts for your Pet

Who doesn't like getting mail? Especially when it's cool treats and toys just for you...from PetBox!

I have never purchased a monthly subscription service for dog lovers before, mainly because of lack of information--what was in the boxes? How often would they arrive? Would my dogs like them? So when I was contacted to receive a free PetBox (in exchange for my honest review), I was excited to see what was what. (Keep reading for your chance to win one of your own!) Here's what came in the mail:

The PetBox arrived in a sturdy cardboard box that was attractive and easy to open. Kelly and Ike couldn't wait to check out the contents.

What is PetBox?
PetBox is a monthly delivery service that introduces its members to fun and healthy new pet products every month. But there's more!

How is PetBox different?
You can actually pick your own products and supplies that are most appealing to you and your furry friends. You will choose from a wide variety of quality and premium offerings. Or, go the traditional route and opt for a Surprise Box.

We got a Surprise Box, and we found 8 great items inside:

Aussie Naturals Duck Toy- made of suede, sturdy Jute fabric and high tensile strength Jutey Cotton rope. The body is filled with coconut fiber. Kelly is a strong chewer, and this toy is perfect for her! The suede will be a challenge for her razor sharp teeth!

NoviPet Omega 3 and 6- I've been learning a lot about vitamins for dogs and Omegas seem to be recommended by many pet parents and veterinarians. We have been giving Ike a fish oil pill for his itchy skin. Omega 3 & 6 may also help his skin and coat.

Earth Heart Canine Calm Natural Remedy Mist –Dealing with rescue dogs, we are often faced with dogs who have been in difficult situations, or have been through many transitions, and this holistic spray, which can be sprayed on the dog's coat or bedding, could very well help through the rough spots.

Clear Conscience Sliders Tender Chicken and Cheddar Recipe Dog Treats – healthy treats with organic flax and vegetables, all natural, no grain or gluten or glycerin.

Clear Conscience Sliders Tender Stikz- Hollistic dog jerky with beef as the main ingredient. Made in the USA.

The Honest Kitchen Smooches – Chicken and cranberry treats. Hand baked, wheat free and only 2.3 calories per smooch! I know how other dog bloggers rave about Honest Kitchen, and I'm excited that their treats are included.

Healthy Dogma Pumpkin ginger flavor Barkers –Low fat tiny treats, great for training rewards. I love the little "to go cup" in which they're packaged! Pet Rescue Decal - window decal intended for use in case of fire or other emergency to notify emergency workers that there are pets inside your house that need to be rescued.

The retail value of the PetBox is $60. Subscriptions normally start at $29 per month. And, PetBox is donating 100% of proceeds from December to pet shelters!

How can you save money?
If you order your PetBox now, use this great 10% Discount Code exclusive for Peggy's Pet Place readers!  BPPEGGY10

Will there be anything new for 2014?

PetBox is excited to be working with a cat expert who is helping them build out their cat product, so look for PetBox for your feline friends coming soon!

Here's one more special treat from PetBox. On December 31, 2013 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST  PetBox is sponsoring #BlogPawsChat, where they will be giving away 50 PetBox surprise boxes! 40 will be for dogs and 10 will be for cats! So follow PetBox on twitter and join the chat on Dec. 31st!

Now for the giveaway! You can win 1 PetBox with the same great products that I had in mine! (Contest good only in the US.) Enter the Rafflecopter below.

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This post is sponsored by PetBox on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about PetBox, but Peggy's Pet Place only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetBox is not responsible for the content of this article.

Friday, December 20, 2013

FitDog Friday- Meet the Chesapeakes

Today I'm combining FitDog Friday with the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange!


Pet Blogger's Gift Exchange is co-hosted by Something Wagging This Way Comes and I Still Want More Puppies. In the gift exchange, I was paired with  JoAnn Stancer  at Sand Spring Chesapeakes. I was so excited because I'd get to meet a blogger, and learn more about a great breed of dog. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are great-looking dogs, and the ones I've met have a lovely temperament. I've been visiting the blog, communicating with JoAnn and learning about her and her dogs. I'd like you to meet them too!

The Blog: Sand Spring Chesapeakes
Sand Spring Chesapeakes participates in Monday Mischief, Wordless Wednesday, This and That Thursday, FitDog Friday, Follow up Friday, and Black and White Sunday.

The pets:
Nellie, Gambler, Glory. And recently beautiful Norman crossed over the rainbow bridge. Since we recently lost Brooks and can relate to the recent loss of a dear pet, I feel JoAnn and I were matched up for a reason.

Gambler and Glory are certified therapy dogs!
Marsh Kitty has the coolest cat tree:

The person:
JoAnn and her husband run a small kennel in Wisconsin and breed Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
JoAnn is an avid hunter
JoAnn competes with her dogs in hunt tests and field trials.

Because I know so little about hunt tests and field trials, I asked JoAnn some questions to learn more about her and her dogs.

1. How do your dogs stay fit?
I have three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that love to train for Hunt Tests during the summer as well as compete in them and love to hunt in the fall. We hunt waterfowl as in ducks and geese and upland as in pheasants. They do go turkey hunting with us also. Each fall they get to go to Saskatchewan for a snow goose hunt where they get many retrieves in a weeks time.

2. How much exercise do they get every day?
I work part time so usually have 2 days off during the week and then the weekends so that is when we do our training and hunting. This fall when we are pheasant hunting we have gone for 2 hrs to 4 hrs to 6 hrs one day. We go as long as it takes us to get our limit which lately has been a minimum of 2 hrs. During the summer months they do get to be trained more as it doesn't take as long. Each dog I would say gets 10-20 minutes of training a day depending if we are doing land or water work.

3. What is your biggest challenge in keeping them fit? 
I would say my biggest challenge is time. In the summer have more time so have more time to work with them but in the winter days are shorter and days are colder so don't have as much time to stay fit. Food goes along with that challenge as we have to make sure we adjust the food allotment for the time and training we are doing to keep them fit.

4. What is involved in a hunt test?
There are two organizations that  recognize hunt tests the UKC (United Kennel Club) and AKC (American Kennel Club). Your dog needs to be registered to be able to compete. You train for different levels and clubs host hunt test events during spring-fall months. The levels in UKC are Started, Seasoned and Finished. Started you need to have your dog retrieve two single land marks and two single water marks and deliver the bird back to you. Seasoned is a double retrieve (one bird thrown one way and one bird thrown another way), your dog goes and retrieves one mark then has to remember where the other mark was and go get that and deliver it to hand. There is also a blind retrieve which is a bird placed in the field that the dog didn't see and you have to use a whistle and hand signals to guide them to the bird. Finished is a triple retrieve with a blind. You have to pass each level to gain points towards a title in each level. AKC Hunt Tests are basically the same but have different levels. Their levels are Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter and Master Hunter. They have to do the same retrieves and blind work but the bird has to be delivered to hand. You have to pass 4 junior hunter and senior hunter tests to get a title and pass 5 master hunter tests to get a title. The titles show up on their pedigree.

5. What is involved in a field trial?
Field trials are only recognized  by AKC. They are similar to hunt tests in the retrieving aspect and blind work but you stretch out the distance by 150-600 yards. It is all about the straightest line to the mark without help. The dogs are all competing against each other their is only one winner in a field trial. It's not a pass/fail like hunt test.

6. What qualities make a good Chesapeake Bay Retriever?
Drive, desire and dedication I feel make a good Chessie. You have to have a dog that wants to do the work and has the desire to do it. Every Chessie has it's own personality and needs a good foundation and good training. Knowing how to train a Chessie, which is different than a lab, is also what makes a good Chesapeake.

JoAnn is a great person and a great blogger, who cares so much about her wonderful pets. I am honored to be paired with Sand Spring Chesapeakes in the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. Check out more great blogs on the Blog hop! (The first linky is the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange hop, and then keep scrolling for the Fit Dog Friday hop!)

And I learned a lot about Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and field trials and hunt tests for FitDog Friday.

FitDog Friday is co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog With Love. Join the hop!

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