Friday, June 28, 2013

Jumping Kelly

FitDog Friday, co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog With Love! Let's all be fit dogs!








Can a senior dog be a fit dog? Kelly thinks so! She's 11 years old and still pretty spry for her age. She doesn't chase tennis balls, but that's because she's a girly-girl and doesn't like to fetch. But she loves to run, play tug and other games, and she adores jumping. Just watch!



Sometimes she gets a little too much oomph into her jump.




*While we're here, I'd also like to ask for your vote for Dogtime's Petties for my blog post after losing Brooks. We got a little support on that front from PetSmart Charities. Look what they posted on their Facebook Page!
Did you enjoy reading Peggy’s guest blog post about when to choose a pet after loss? Nominate her for a Pettie: http://bit.ly/14XQfFo
Today is the last day for nominations! If you liked my post, "When To Get a New Dog after Pet Loss" post, I'd be honored if you'd consider nominating it. Blogs with the most nominations go on to the next round. To nominate
1. Go to http://petties.dogtime.com
2. Click on Nominate
3. Scroll down to Best Blog Post
4. Paste this URL: http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-to-get-new-dog-after-your-pet-dies.html
5. Click Submit Ballot
At the same time, you can also nominate a rescue or shelter to win a Petties grant.
THANK YOU!

Now on to the blog hop!



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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Get Your K9 Kamp Blogger Awards Here!


Here's to the Kampers...Hip Hip Hooray! Here's to everyone who participated in K9 Kamp!! Thank you for the great times, great posts. We hope you had fun getting fit with your pup.  And here's to awards!!




















1. Awards!!  Check out these awesome bloggers and see what they won...We have half the K9 Kamp Awards here, and to see the other half, please visit Kol's Notes.

















Rita--Pooch Smooches
Walking not only was good fitness, but at times it took courage, especially with stick-wielding menaces on the beach. But Rita showed exemplary bravery!

















Rocco--To Dog With Love
Kutest Kindergartener Rocco not only practiced for agility, but had fun playing crate games and just enjoying life too!


















Sampson and Delilah-- Heart Like a Dog
If all eight paws had pedometers, how many miles would these kampers have walked? We know it was enough to win this award!


















Tavish- I Still Want More Puppies
Maybe it's because his mom likes puns, but Tavish must have inherited the ability to make us laugh. He was always up for fun and games.


















 Snoopy--Snoopy's Dog Blog
We were tempted to hand out the award for Best Hairdo, but we think that this award reflects Snoopy's stylish flowing locks as well as his love of running!


















Jack--Slimdoggy
A yellow lab who likes kettlebells and wears his own weighted vest for workouts? Now Jack is one buff pup.


















 Sugar--Sugar the Golden Retriever
Purple-pawed Sugar is the perfect example of how age doesn't have to slow you down. From swimming to running, Sugar is one active and fit golden!


















Gizmo--Terrier Torrent
Gizmo likes to walk, but he doesn't stop there. He's sniffing around and finding more creative ways to work out, get fit, and have a great time!


Because we think you were ALL so pawsome.....this one's for all of you who participated, put in some extra time getting fit and bonding with your dog! Feel free to display it on your blog with pride :)


 













2.  And did you see that cool prize package? We drew the winner last night--Congratulations to SHARON GILBERT for winning the K9 Kamp prize package!  Schooner and Skipper will have a great time playing with the LED Glowing fetch ball and all the other goodies!

Schooner and Skipper are both generally healthy, but Schooner put on a bit of weight. Skipper and Sharon have been the best cheer team helping him slim down by swimming, a great low impact exercise. Even when the weather kept them out of the pool, they got in the K9 Kamp spirit by playing indoor games, like throwing the ball down the stairs and racing to get it. 













We want to take a moment to thank our fantastic K9 Kamp sponsors!

Without sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to offer any prizes, much less a prize package worth more than $200 and filled with awesome things like:
Let’s hear a big K9 Kamp Yip! Yip! Hooray for our K9 Kamp sponsors EzyDog, NiteIze and Only Natural Pet Supply!

3. What do you think?  Kelly and Koly would be woofin' for joy if you'd take a few moments to click on the following link to take our survey and tell us what you liked, and how we can improve. Thank You!!
http://form.jotform.co/form/31755865137866

 4. The next K9 Kamp is in OCTOBER so we hope you'll come back and join us again! In the meantime, check out the Keeping Up with K9 Kamp mini challenges at You Did What With Your Wiener-- the first challenge is on FitDog Friday, July 5th. See you there.











5. Thank you to co-hosts Jodi and Kol for another great Kamp!

I'm so excited, my whiskers are really out of control!




















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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tasty Tuesday- Fromm Treats

Chewy asked us if we'd like to review some treats by Fromm...well woof yes! Kelly chose Fromm Grain Free Liver Treats.























Some reasons why we like these Fromm treats:

*Made in the USA- important for product quality and safety

*1 calorie per treat--good for keeping our trim figures

*There are only four ingredients in these treats, and I've heard of them all! Wheat flour, fresh chicken livers, salt, garlic powder

Kelly likes most food and treats, but I can say that she was CRAZY over these! She could barely wait through the obligatory photo session.
































We give Fromm Liver Treats a 5 WAG rating! Check them out at Chewy.com.
















*Chewy.com supplied us with one bag of Fromm Liver treats in exchange for our honest review. The opinions here are 100% my own.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

4 Frosty Paws travel packs Giveaway!

We love bringing Kelly along on hikes, picnics and other summer outings. That's because everything's more fun with a dog involved. To help celebrate summer (And Frosty's birthday) Frosty Paws® Frozen Treats for Dogs has offered us some great picnic gear to giveaway!*  Dog not included ;)





















Each summer travel pack includes:


*insulated backpack
*cool stainless steel pet water bottle
*pop-up treat bowl
*insulated food container
*doggy waste bag dispenser filled with bags
*Frosty Paws frozen snacks (1 pkg) VIP coupon
[Total ARV $64.99]

Frosty the Frosty Paws dog is going on a road trip, so that's why he selected these items special for all over pups who like to hit the road and get out for some summer fun! He knew just what to include to help make sure your trip is full of the things you love. Well, I LOVE ice cream, and Kelly enjoys a Frosty Paws as a cool treat, fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals with no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors.

This set is pawsome. The backpack is roomy and insulated with lots of zippers and handy pockets, one of which holds a tall stainless steel water bottle that features a stainless steel roller ball that releases water when your dog licks it...you just hold it up and your dog can get a drink, no need to pour it into any other container. If you prefer, however, the top unscrews so that you can serve it in a bowl as well. The food container is neat because it has gel in between the layers and you can freeze it, and it will keep your picnic food cold and fresh! I bet it could even hold one of your free Frosty Paws! Then, the little crescent shaped thing unzips into a handy treat bowl. And of course you need the poo bags and dispenser no matter where you go.
   















FOUR lucky winners will receive a complete travel gift pack and Frosty Paws coupon! Just enter below.















Contest Rules are simple-- 4 winners will be selected at random. To enter:
(You don't have to do all 4 to enter, but it would make Kelly wag if you did!)

*Like Frosty Paws on Facebook --leave a comment telling me that you did.
*Like my facebook page -leave a comment telling me that you did.
*Sign up for Pawsitively Pets free newsletter with positive pet news--leave a comment telling me that you did.
* Leave a comment-- Where do you think Kelly is going with her Frosty Paws travel pack? *

Sorry, contest is limited to U.S. Contest ends Monday July 1, 2013 at midnight.

*Full Disclosure: Frosty Paws® provided me with 5 travel gift packs and Frosty Paws coupons, one set to review and four to give away. This in no way affected my review, and opinions here are 100% my own.














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Friday, June 21, 2013

Around the Campfire, K9 Kampers Tell All!

FitDog Friday is sponsored by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy and To Dog with Love.

If time flies when you're having fun, we must have been having a lot of fun because K9 Kamp flew by in a wink of a puppy dog's eye!

1. How much fun did we have? How did Kamp go? What did you learn? In addition to our regular FitDog Friday blog hop, today's the day for all Kampers to post your results and link up. And if you didn't have a chance to join in the fun, link up anyway with any fit dog topic. Don't forget to check out all the activities that kept our K9kampers busy.

2. What? Awards too? Yup! All K9 Kampers were so amazing, on Wednesday we'll be announcing our annual Kamp awards! Last year we had awards such as Most Stylish Kamper, Abs of Steel Award, Most Creative Kamper, and more....see what you or your favorite bloggers won!

3. Still Time for Prizes! We've got a great K9 Kamp prize package for one lucky winner worth more than $200, from our sponsors  EzyDog, NiteIze, and Only Natural Pet Supply. There's a leash, toys, books, and much more. Entries close Tuesday June 25 at 12 NOON PST. Enter at http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.ca/p/k9-kamp.html or http://kolchakpuggle.com/k9kamp. We'll announce the prize winner on Wednesday.

5. How'd we do? So before we go, we'd love to hear from you--what worked, what didn't work? Any tips for how we can make K9 Kamp even more motivating and exciting? We'd love to hear your suggestions and are always working to make K9Kamp the best it can be.

6. See you in the fall! The next K9 Kamp will be in October. Everyone can join. See you then!

 2. Can't wait for Fall? We've Got Mini-Challenges! Kelly and Koly believe that fitness is a year 'round consistent need, not just a special occasion. So to keep the K9 Kamp fun rolling between Kamp Challenges we're excited to announce that You Did What With Your Wiener is joining our K9 Kamp Team with the new monthly "Keeping Up With K9 Kamp" mini-challenges! Mini-challenges will be easy ways to help you make sure your pet's fitness is on track. Visit FitDog Friday on the first Friday of every month to get the new challenge. Welcome Jessica, Chester and Gretel!

Join the blog hop!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Jun 18, 2013

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

*This month we've been getting fit with our dogs. We're so excited about how all our K9 Kamp Featured Bloggers andKampers are doing! Don't forget this Friday is the last day of Kamp. We'll be sitting around the kampfire singing kamp songs and reminiscing about all the fun. Join in the FitDog Friday blog hop on Friday to share your K9Kamp results.

*And don't forget to enter to win our great K9 Kamp prize package too, with leashes, glow in the dark toys, Dieting with my Dog books, and more, valued at $200!

* The Dog Time Petties awards are coming up, and there's a category for "Best Blog Post." If you liked my post, "When To Get a New Dog after Pet Loss" post, I'd be honored if you'd consider nominating it. To nominate:
1. Go to http://petties.dogtime.com
2. Click on Nominate
3. Scroll down to Best Blog Post
4. Paste this URL: http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-to-get-new-dog-after-your-pet-dies.html
5. Click Submit Ballot
If you decide to nominate this post, thank you so much! At the same time, you can also nominate a rescue or shelter to win a Petties grant.

* Every pet is cute, and sometimes pets get messy too. If you have an adorable photo of your dog or cat or rabbit or ferret, you can enter it in Pruven's "Cute but Caught" photo contest for a chance to win Pruven pet products and a $3,000 gift card. In addition, Pruven will donate to the Greg Biffle Foundation which benefits animal advocacy.  Enter the contest at http://www.pruvenpet.com/cutebutcaught.

* Speaking of contests, we had winners!
The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson- Chris R, Sandy W, Angela C
Natural Balance Fat Dog food- Melissa M
Bumperpet t-shirts- Gizmo G, Deanna T
toothbrush- Deborah D

I hope you all are having a great week!

Monday, June 17, 2013

When to Get a New Dog and Dog Time Petties

Something cool about the Dog Time Petties awards is that each time you nominate a blog or blog post, you can also nominate a nonprofit animal shelter or rescue to compete for a $10,000 Petties Grant. The shelter with the most nominations will win the grant. And each winner will also be able to choose a rescue, and each winning blogger will be awarded a $1,000 donation to the rescue or animal shelter of their choice. If I won an award, I'd choose Petsmart Charities because they do great work for pet adoption, and were so kind reaching out to us when we lost Brooks. I also like  Eldad Hagar and his Hope for Paws, a rescue organization especially skilled at rescuing street dogs and other dogs with very little hope. The videos of his rescues and transformations are heartbreaking as well as triumphant.
Categories for the 2013 awards include Best Dog Blog, Best Cat Blog, Best Cause-Related Blog and more. This year I have a post that I feel people responded to, When to Get a New Dog After Pet Loss? In this post I spoke from the heart about losing our golden retriever Brooks, and about how to know if it's time to adopt another dog. If you like this post, I'd be honored if you'd nominate it for a Pettie in the "Best Blog Post" category. Just go to http://petties.dogtime.com. Nominations close June 28. 

How to Nominate:
Go to http://petties.dogtime.com
Click on Nominate
Scroll down to near the bottom, find BEST BLOG POST
Copy and Paste in this URL-  http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-to-get-new-dog-after-your-pet-dies.html
Click on Submit Ballot

If you choose to nominate my post, When to Get a New Dog After Pet Loss, thank you very much!
Peggy and Kelly












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Friday, June 14, 2013

FitDog Friday- What Activities do you do with your Pet?

Do you have a special activity you enjoy doing with your dog? That's what the folks at Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and Foundation, a pet insurance company who also supports pet rescues across the country, wanted to know. And to discover some great ideas, they went right to the source...pet bloggers. We are honored to be featured in their recent article, Favorite Pet Activities.

8 Active Pet Parents. Dozens More Fun Outdoor Pet Activities.

Peggy’s Pet Place - peggyfrezon.blogspot.com

http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Peggys-pet-place-revised.jpg

we even got a badge for contributing!

pet-ambassador

The post includes some of Kelly and my favorite activities, and other great bloggers with their favorite things to do, such as
Bike Riding with Poochie Project,
Dancing with Peaceful Dog,
Weave poles with Two Collies and a Mutt,
Geocaching with Terrier Torrent,
or Hide and Seek with Miley's Daily Scoop!

Is your favorite activity included?

**Don't forget, K9 Kamp continues this week. Check out last week's exercise to do with your dog from our K9 Kamp Fitness Trainer, K9 Fit Club! And this week's exercise, on Kol's Notes!And don't forget to enter our Rafflecopter for a prize package valued at $200!


FitDog Friday- cohosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy and To Dog with Love, is a great way to highlight positive activities you're doing with your dog. Join the blog hop!







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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Look Where we See Fit Dogs!

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup, K9 Kamp Edition.












Look where we found dogs getting fit:

* Dog in the Gym: Here's a great exercise you can do along with your dog, from K9Kamp Official Trainers, K9 Fit Club!

Diana Ozimek and Zeus





















* Dog in the Kayak- Honey is helping her mom get fit by joining her in the kayak!
Pamela and Honey, Something Wagging this Way Comes

















* Dog on the Agility Course: The To Dog With Love team is practicing their moves.

Rocco flies through the tunnel!

















* Dog on a Trail- Charlie is an expert hiker and backpacker!
Photo: A Novice In All Things


Dog in the Woods- Kolchak explores the great outdoors.

K9Kamp co-coach Koly





















* Have you been using your Slimdoggy app? It's a great companion to K9Kamp. You can track your dog's daily activities and calories burned, as well as how many calories they're eating. One cool tool is the GPS tracking. You can click, take a walk, and the app automatically tracks how far you've gone and how many calories you've burned your walk. No need to do any head-numbing calculating yourself. The app's food list is also impressive. Click on your dog's food and you'll see how it ranks from 1(low) to 10 (high) pawprints, how many calories per cup, and the list of ingredients. Our dog food, Innova Senior Plus ranked 9.9 pawprints! yay!




















There's also a Slimdoggy widget available for your website! We have ours here.


* Don't forget the Grrrreat K9Kamp prizes! Enter for our prize package worth $200! Prizes include:

Nitelze glowing LED fetch ball












Spotlit LED collar light













EZ Dog Vario6 Leash
Red - (Shown in 3 Foot Mode) - EzyDog Vario 6 - Multi-Function Leash - Carabineer

EZDog Fold-a-Bowl












Only Natural Pet chemical free pest tag














Kol's Veggie snacks
Kol's Green bean crunchers












Dieting with my Dog paperback book













Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance e-book (coming soon!)









and more toys!  Enter for our prize package worth $200!


Full Disclosure: K9 Kamp is sponsored by Ezy Dog America, NiteIze and Only Natural Pet, who are providing the prizes for our winner. All links to these companies are affiliate links, but no other compensation has been provided.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

12 Things to Know About Adopting a Dog and Rescue Groups

We're spending a lot of time lately thinking about adopting a dog, looking at pictures of adoptable dogs on Petfinder, and talking to our local rescue groups. We're looking for a new furry best friend (and companion for our current dog, Kelly), and it's taking some time. That's okay, we're not in a big hurry. (At least, that's what we keep telling ourselves. But when we see or hear about some of these dogs, our hearts get a little mushy!)

















We've chosen to adopt again. There's no shortage of homeless dogs. But you may be surprised to know that if you choose to adopt, it may not be a quick and easy process.  Here's what you should know:

Rescue groups-
1. ask a lot of questions
2. may require you to fill out a lengthy application with questions about your schedule, your family, your yard, and more.

3. may ask for personal references
4. will call your veterinarian to check that you've properly cared for your pets
5. will inspect your home

6. generally charge around $150-$450 adoption fees

Here's what else you should know:
Rescue groups-
7. Care about dogs. A lot. A lot a lot. Did I say a lot?
8. Care about people, too, and finding the right dog for the family.
9. Are volunteers with jobs, families, stresses, health concerns, financial pressures, and pets of their own. Yet they still put in countless hours to help save dogs in need. We sometimes get emails from one of our rescue group coordinators at three in the morning. I'm not sure that she ever sleeps.
10. May witness horrific situations of hoarding, abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and the reality of high kill shelters, and still continually put their hearts out there again and again. I often ask people in rescue how they handle it. Usually they say that they have to focus on the ones they save.
11. Have a heart for the old, the sick and the homely. And have witnessed situations of true transformations when these dogs are given loving homes.
12. Nurse sick dogs back to health. Bring homeless dogs to the vet for shots, treatments and surgeries. Have dogs spayed or neutered, microchipped. Often pay out of pocket for dog food and medical supplies. Those adoption fees only cover a small percentage of what's needed.

Rescue groups ask a lot of questions because they care about finding homeless dogs good homes. They don't want to see those dogs back out on the streets. They also have a lot of people waiting for certain dogs, and not enough people looking for other types of dogs.



















So far, we've found a few potential dogs in our search. Some have gone to other adopters before we got on the list. (Laid back, not-too-old golden retrievers happen to be in high demand. Go figure!). Once, it was determined that the dog in question was likely too high spirited to get along with our Kelly. Once, the senior dog we were considering wasn't able to manage stairs, so it wasn't a match. But we'll keep looking. We are happy to wait for the right dog who will fit in with our family and get along with Kelly. Those rescue groups can go right on asking all those questions. And we'll keep answering. And soon we'll find a dog who fits as well as Brooks had fit. And hopefully who needs us as much as we need him.

p.s. Keep going k9kampers! Check out Kol's post today on Kol's Notes!

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