Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The second stop- Cindy Lu's Muse

Welcome to the Faithfully Yours blog tour. We certainly enjoyed our time at Earl's World. Now it's time for the next stop. Join us today over at Cindy Lu's Muse.
Leave a comment there and you'll be entered for a giveaway for a free copy of Faithfully Yours. One winner will be chosen from all the comments from the blog tour. Follow the tour and if you leave comments on all 14 stops, you'll get 14 entries!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The tour starts at Earl's World

Welcome to the Faithfully Yours blog tour. We're about to begin the tour. Buckle up and get ready. We're going to learn a lot about the book, why I wrote it, and the human-animal bond. And join us over at Earl's World.
Leave a comment there and you'll be entered for a giveaway for a free copy of Faithfully Yours. One winner will be chosen from all the comments from the blog tour. Follow the tour and if you leave comments on all 14 stops, you'll get 14 entries!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Faithfully Yours Blog Tour and giveaway

I'm honored that so many awesome blogs have invited me to visit for my Faithfully Yours blog book tour! Please stop by the blogs and see what questions they have for me about the book, my inspiration, my writing process, and whatever else they wanted to know.

**Everyone who leaves a comment on any of these blogs will be entered into a contest to win one free copy of the book! If you comment on all 14 posts (including this one!) you'll get 14 entries into the giveaway!

Here's the list. I hope to see you as I make my way along the tour!

Tues 9/29- Earl’s World
Wed 9/30- Cindy Lu's Muse
Thur 10/1- Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
Fri 10/2- Pet Product Review
Sat 10/3- Talent Hounds
Sun 10/4- The Writer's Dog
Mon 10/5- Pooch Smooches
Tues 10/6- Heart Like a Dog
Wed 10/7- Champion of my Heart
Thurs 10/8- Joyful Paws and Talking Dogs
Fri 10/9- Fire Safety Rocks and Five Sibes

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pet Fit Challenge

Does your pet have a few extra pounds? Now is the perfect time to help Fido or Fluffy get fit and healthy! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of adult dogs and 55% of cats in the US are obese or overweight. September 24th kicks off the official Pet Fit Challenge; a great opportunity for pet parents to step up to the plate and make a positive health change for their pet. This four-legged fun fitness challenge will end on October 7th, just in time for Pet Obesity Day! 

I'm proud to partner up to help sponsor this event. The two-week challenge will include daily fitness and health tips from experts and vets, giveaways, prizes, and a chance for you to share your fitness goals.  During the challenge, post photos on social media sharing ways you get fit with Fido or Fluffy. Use hashtag #fitpetchallenge to show support and spread the word to other pet parents.
On Thursday, September 24th, a kick off event in New York City will take place to launch this national challenge. The Salty Paw’s Pet Boutique & Groom Spa will host a free event from 7:00-9:00pm at their facility in Seaport, NY which will benefit Social Tees Animal Rescue. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the Vet, check out adoptable dogs, join a raffle, and take a 20-minute K9 Fit Club demo class. I'll be giving away a 2 copies of my book, The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss too!

The Pet Fit Challenge is a fun way to encourage pet owners to spread pet fitness health to others, while bringing awareness to Pet Obesity Day. It’s a win-win for all who join the challenge!

To learn more and join the challenge here:

Partners and Sponsors:
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Connect Socially:
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About K9 Fit Club: K9 Fit Club is the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness. We are dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people. As the nation’s first indoor workout facility dedicated to dogs and their pet parents, our programs and classes were developed by Veterinarians, Doctors, Certified Animal Behaviorists, People and Pup Personal Trainers, all designed to ensure a safe, fun and effective workout for both the dog and owner. As we develop and grow clubs around the country, our efforts also include working with humane associations and animal rescue groups throughout the communities in which we serve. Learn more about K9 Fit Club® here:
Connect Socially:
Twitter: @K9FitClub1

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mike and Ike--Am I Worthy?

I'd like to introduce you to a very special member of our pack, my husband Mike. He's agreed to join in and share his thoughts on dogs with his own feature, Mike and Ike. Please welcome Mike in his debut post.

Am I Worthy?
Guest Post by Mike Frezon

Actually, I love Ike. 
Most of you folks here already know that. 
Peg and I have two dogs: our little spaniel mix, Kelly…and Ike. She blogs about them (and sometimes me) all the time. But now that she has asked me to occasionally contribute an entry here, I thought I should tell you a little bit about myself and my dogs. 

My first dog was a beagle/bassett mix that wandered up to the door of our camp in the Adirondack Mountains. We named her Cleo after a talking basset hound featured on an old 1950s TV show (A sitcom called The People's Choice. Doubtful too many of you will remember it!)  

Then, over our years together, Peg and I got our Dalmatian, Schuyler (just before we got married), Hudson our yellow Labrador Retriever (after Schuyler died and the kids were little), Kelly (a spunky young rescue pup), Brooks (a senior Golden Retriever rescue we had for one very special year), and Ike. Ike will be 9 in January. As is the case in most households, each of our dogs holds a special place in our hearts…and represents a different time in our lives.

Kelly has really always been Peggy’s dog. Hudson, Brooks and Ike were “my dogs.” At least that’s how I’ve seen it. (*EDITOR'S NOTE: Brooks was such a great guy, he made me feel like he was "MY" dog too!)  I was generally the human at the other end of their leash. 

Ike is a pretty typical older Golden. He’s loving, loyal…did I mention loving? He gets up with me in the morning and sees me off to work. He then waits—patiently—at home with Peg and Kelly for me to return. He gets all excited when he sees me, runs to get his favorite tennis ball, and then hardly leaves my side until it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again.  

What did I do to deserve that adulation? Not enough…that’s for sure. Oh, I feed him some meals, walk him, play ball with him, etc. And I love him with all my heart. But his love for me is… different. It’s total. He would be at my side 24/7 if it were possible. It sometimes makes me feel inadequate. I might have other things on my mind and not pay him the attention that he craves. Peg and I might go out and leave him and Kelly home alone…when all he wants to do is come with me and be with me.  
Peg and I do very well by our dogs. Very few people can live up to their dog’s expectations. But when Ike pushes his nose into my hand when I’m standing in the front hall…or sticks his head onto my laptop when I’m getting caught up on my e-mail, I sometimes fear that I’m not worthy of the extent of Ike’s idolization.  

But that’s the relationship between man and dog.

I am forever trying to live up to Ike’s view of me. Sure, I have a t-shirt that say “Be the person your dog thinks you are,” but I really think my dogs were sent to me to remind me of my need to live to a better standard. Ike might be my dog—“man’s best friend”—my companion and best buddy. But he’s also a constant canine reminder of the life I should be leading—a life of putting others ahead of myself. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Small bites for small pups, and Taste of the Wild #giveaway

Do you have a small breed dog?

My dog Ike is large, and Kelly is medium. What works for Ike doesn't always work for Kelly. Kelly uses a collar for walks, but Ike does better with a harness. Kelly loves stuffie toys, while Ike prefers tennis balls. Kelly's bed is small, while Ike's is larger.

Okay, they don't always get that one right.

And then there's food. You want to choose the right food for your particular dog. And if you have a small dog, you wouldn't choose the same food as you do for a dog like, say, Ike. So what do you consider when choosing a food for your small breed dog?

1. Kibble size – Kibble size is one of the most common differences between small breed and regular pet foods. Small dogs have smaller mouths and often have trouble eating a larger kibble.

2. Protein and fat – Small dogs require extra nutrients to meet their needs, it’s important to choose a small breed dog food that has higher levels of protein and fat than ordinary dog food.

3. Ingredients – Like all dogs, small dogs should be fed a formula with high-quality ingredients including a good quality protein.

4. Price –High-quality formula specific pet foods can be pricey. It's important to find the most affordable option that meets your needs.

5. Picky eaters – Many small dogs are picky eaters, which can be harmful to their health. Small dogs have a faster metabolism and need regular calories to keep them healthy--meaning skipping or only picking at meals is not an option.

 Now, what can you do about this? One great option is new Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley (TM) Small Breed Canine Formula with Venison and Garbanzo Bean.

It features a smaller kibble size to make chewing and digestion easier for small mouths. It also is formulated to meet the needs of small dogs by offering a diet that is more energy dense with higher protein and fat ratios. It's first ingredient is venison, offering pet owners a unique, lean protein source that is highly digestible and heart-healthy.

The Appalachian Valley formula offers higher protein and fat levels, which allows finicky dogs to eat smaller portions and still meet their nutritional needs. It includes tasty ingredients like real meat, garbanzo beans and peas.

And all Taste of the Wild formulas are grain-free.

If you have a small dog, consider checking out Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley.

Now how about a giveaway?! Enter here to win some Taste of the Wild samples, a dog car seat organizer, Little Dogs activity book, scoop and bandanna.

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* FULL DISCLOSURE: I am being compensated for spreading the word about Taste of the Wild and also provided with Taste of the Wild samples, a dog car seat organizer, Little Dogs activity book, scoop and bandanna to give away. The Writer's Dog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Taste of the Wild is not responsible for the content of this post.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Show us a photo of your pet

Show us your Pet!
I love seeing pictures of your pets. It's one thing us pet bloggers and pet blog readers can surely say we have in common. Yesterday I shared a way you can show us a photo of your pet and enter a contest to win a $50 PetSmart gift card. Now here's another way you can earn something fun just by showing us your pet. Post a picture of your special pet---dog, cat, horse, bunny, etc...and you will get a 30% off coupon on my new book, Faithfully Yours! Here's what you do:

Just visit Paraclete Press on Facebook.
Find the post with the picture of the cover of the book

and post a photo of your pet in the comments!

You will be sent a coupon for 30% off Faithfully Yours! I love saving money, and this is a fun way to get the book for a great deal.  Hurry! Offer now through September 20th.

Be sure to let me know if you commented, so I can go see your photo! (Remember, your photo has to be on the Paraclete Press FaceBook page to be eligible.)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Show us your photos of dogs having fall fun and win #dogfallfun

 Are you ready for some fall fun? Here's an awesome way to show us a beautiful fall picture of your dog, and you could win a $50 (USD) PetSmart gift card! Here's how to enter

1. Follow all the hosts on Instagram: @kolsnotes @Heartlikeadog @Talesfrombackrd @cindylus @pfrezon @petproductreview

2. On Instagram, post a photo of your dog having fun and tag it with #dogfallfun
The contest is open to those living in the US and Canada. The contest ends at 11:59pm(EDT) on September 28, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random from all Instagram photos featuring dogs tagged with the contest hashtag using and announced by the hosts on Instagram. Winner has 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Here's an older picture, but one I like of Kelly, and dear Brooks, in the fall.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. or PetSmart. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Can't wait to see your photos!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday the Watering Tub

Kelly enjoyed this beautiful mountain fed water in the New York Adirondack Mountains. Locally it's known as the watering tub. Residents and campers come and fill up their jugs with fresh, clean water. It's such a nice refreshing treat on a hot day.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

From Wags to Riches celebrates a man who cares about animals

When a reality show takes a look at real people, making positive efforts, especially when it involves animals, I'm there. I love to see people who really care about the welfare of animals highlighted. That's especially true of this TV series about Bill Berloni.

I met Bill when I helped him bring his story to Guideposts magazine. He had rescued a scruffy shelter dog, and trained the dog to become the canine star of Broadway's Annie. But Bill Berloni's story is so much more. Because he really cares about dogs. Now an award-winning theatrical animal trainer, the dogs Bill works with come to live with him on his farm in Connecticut.

It's at this farm that the show, From Wags to Riches, is filmed. It follows Bill, along with his wife and daughter, and the house and barn full of dogs, a llama, a donkey and more!

From Wags to Riches premiered on Discovery Family Channel August 6. There have been four episodes so far. I'm not sure if there are more planned. In last Thursday's episode, Bill worked with a despondent 8 year old St. Bernard at the Humane Society of NY where he volunteers as Director of animal training and match making. He came up with a plan to help bring him around, and eventually Titus felt better, and even found his forever home.

He also searched for the perfect rescue dogs to play a role as Toto in a production of the Wizard of Oz. All Bill's canine actors and actresses are rescues. He evaluates the dogs' ability to focus, ability to learn, and ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Two dogs are used for the role of Toto. "A dog who is feisty enough to run away from the Wicked Witch is not the same dog who will sit calmly while Dorothy sings Somewhere over the Rainbow," Bill said.

It's fascinating to see how Bill evaluates and trains his canine stars. And then returns home to his own brood, giving them all the love and attention they deserve. I especially appreciated hearing him discuss the joys of senior dogs, and his own senior cairn terrier Snickers. I love my senior dogs Kelly (13) and Ike (9).

One of the funniest lines in the show was when Bill was getting his English Bulldog Nigel ready to appear in an event, Broadway Barks, hosted by Bernadette Peters. As he was rushing out the door he called out to his wife, "Oh! Nigel needs his hat!"

And his wife responded, "Which one?"

haha, how many dogs have several hats to choose from!

Turns out it was his bowler.

From Wags to Riches is a show that showcases a man who cares about animals, and who does much good for animals. And that's definitely worth watching.

Bill Berloni- Facebook

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday--Shake it Off

When a dog comes out of the lake or ocean, (or even the bathtub!) what does he do but give a good, hard shake to send that water flying and get himself feeling in shipshape again. We can learn a lot from our dogs. If something is upsetting you today, a hurt prickling at you, a worry niggling at you, and you've done what you can to remedy things---just shake it off. Some things you can't change. And others aren't worth stewing over.  So be like a dog and shake it off!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crunch! Munch! Awesome Solid Gold Dog Food Giveaway

Kelly just competed the Solid Gold Free Spirit Challenge by trying Solid Gold dog food for four weeks. And we're running a giveaway so you can try it too!

During this time we answered a questionnaire to assess the appropriate formula specifically for her age, health and activity level. We kept track of her appetite, digestion and overall health during this time. We blogged about Solid Gold's ingredients, and how Kelly enjoyed the taste.

We were exceptionally pleased with our trial. Solid Gold is natural and holistic, with grain free varieties and many different proteins to choose from. Kelly loved the taste of the venison Buck Wild variety, and responded well physically. Even Ike decided that he liked the taste better than his own food! We give Solid Gold 4 paws up!

Now it's your turn to sample Solid Gold, and see what this premium food can do for your dog. Enter to win a Solid Gold V.I.P. Prize Package consisting of:

1 (4lb) bag of Solid Gold dog food, your choice of variety, 1 bag Solid Gold dog treats, plus great swag including a tote bag, food scoop, and coupon.

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Good luck!

Full Disclosure:
*I was provided a 3 month supply of Solid Gold dog food for review, 3 (4lb) dog food bag coupons, and one V.I.P. gift package consisting of 4 lbs dog food, treats, scoop, tshirt and tote bag. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.