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VALENTINE’S DAY has gone to the dogs

Valentine’s Day has gone to the dogs…literally!

 

From coast to coast, which state loves dogs the most?

 

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A special Valentine’s Day survey of U.S. dog parents showed the following:

 

INFOGRAPHIC: https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/doggy-love-index.html

 

Post a perfect Valentine’s Day with your pet, or comment on the findings of the infographic and you might just win some doggie treats for your pooch. yummy treats !

by the way, Cici loves these treats, she cannot get enough !!!

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How do your dogs help enhance your daily life?

How do your dogs help you become better people?

This year, let’s celebrate our wonderful animal companions by making February 13th Valentine’s Day For Dogs (#valentinesfordogs).

On this day, we make sure we’re also giving our pups the attention they deserve. How? I might take Cici out for a special walk, buy her a fluffy and comfy pet bed, or give her Milo’s Kitchen dog treats.

How will YOU connect with your dog this Valentine’s Day for Dogs?

The good folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie Valentine’s Day card. Get yours today at https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/

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Romantic places for V-day

Most romantic towns and some of them are pet friendly too

I would add Carmel, Mendocino and Napa to this list, too (in terms of romantic AND pet friendly).

 

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No. 5 San Luis Obispo, CA

With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (thinkSideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle. Readers ranked it at the top of the survey for its coffee—like the fair-trade, organic brews served at local favorite Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery.

No. 6 Aspen, CO

The A-list ski town has no shortage of plush hotels primed for romance—such as The Little Nell or the St. Regis—or sips to get you there: the Rocky Mountain state’s legendary craft beer scene helped rank this tony mountain town at the top of the survey for its local brews (such as Aspen Brewing’s pale ale called This Season’s Blonde). For a romantic dinner you can’t beat Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, with big views—from 10,700 feet—of the Maroon Bells and European-style classics such as fondue and veal schnitzel. Readers also applauded Aspen for its variety of events, from the X Games to the high-minded Aspen Ideas Festival.

No. 8 Sonoma, CA

The surrounding wine country makes this bucolic town a no-brainer for romance—with the added couples-friendly enticements of dreamy hotels (such as the rambling Spanish Mission–style Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa) and a noted lack of kids. The foodie factor runs high, too, thanks to renowned restaurants (such as French-country The Girl & the Fig) and top-notch farmers’ markets, like the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers’ Market on Fridays. Readers also voted Sonoma into the top 10 for having quirky locals, a plus on any memorable weekend getaway.

No. 18 Bend, OR

This Oregon ski town offers a casual alternative to a romantic wine country getaway: the Bend Ale Trail, which leads you to 11 craft breweries, such as the famed Deschutes, and a branch of McMenamins at theOld St. Francis School, a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse turned inn. Bend also won the survey for burgers, and locals swear by the classic versions at Pilot Butte Drive-In. (Go ahead, get two straws for that milkshake.) visitbend.com

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-most-romantic-towns

 

 

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Chocolate & Dogs

  

Valentine’s Day is almost here and you are looking for unique ways to celebrate it not only with your loved ones, but also with your biggest admirers – your dogs!

Over 35 million people will receive heart shaped chocolate boxes this Valentine’s making it the busiest day for veterinarians to field calls and treat chocolate poisoning in dogs.

Dogs, like people, love chocolate.  Unfortunately for man’s best friend, chocolate is toxic and can cause severe poisoning and even death.  That’s because chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine (a stimulant similar to caffeine).  Dogs can’t process theobromine, so the levels accumulate and become deadly.

 

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Different types of chocolate contain different amounts of theobromine.  Dark or baker’s chocolate contains 10x more theobromine than milk chocolate.  Levels vary from 130mg to 450mg of theobromine in an ounce of dark chocolate to 44mg to 58mg in an ounce of milk chocolate.

It only takes 115mg of theobromine per 2.2 pounds of body weight to kill a dog. To put that in perspective, 2 ounces of dark chocolate or 20 ounces of milk chocolate could kill a 20 pound dog.  That’s equivalent to approx. three-fourths of a dark Ghirardelli chocolate bar or four and half Hershey chocolate bars.

How many ounces is in your heart shaped box of chocolates? Depends on the size of the box. Russell Stover’s boxes have a net weight range of 1.7oz to 42oz.  Needless to say, you don’t want your dog eating any of it.

If you know your dog ate chocolate, don’t wait to do the math and call your veterinarian immediately.

On the other hand, if your dog snagged a few chocolates on the sly, you’ll want to look for symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or hyperactivity.  For larger consumption, you will notice an increase in your dog’s heart rate, muscle twitching, excessive panting, restlessness, and increased urination. If not treated immediately, it can lead to hyperthermia, muscle tremors, seizures, coma and death.

 

Prevention is the Best Strategy

Store chocolate in a top-level cabinet or the refrigerator where it is not assessible by your dog.  Dogs are sneaky, smart, and they love chocolate, so choose a good hiding place.

Never leave chocolate out on counters or coffee tables.  If you want to leave chocolates out for guests, secure your dog in another room or leave them with a friend for the night.

Have a heart shaped box at home that you are dying to dig into?  Secure your dog in another room while enjoying your treats. Dogs really do love the smell and taste of chocolate, and tempting them by eating it in front of them will make them want to find it later.

Doggy Safe Valentine Recipes

So how do you show some love to Fido and make him happy on this special occasion? Feeling bad that you can’t share your valentine treats? You can make your own by substituting carob for chocolate.  Here are two recipes that you and your dog will enjoy!

Peanut Butter & “Chocolate” Truffles

From the The Daily Puppy

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup whey protein powder or 3 TBL dry powdered milk

¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 cups carob chips

½ teaspoon vegetable shortening

In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour. Once mixed, add 3 tablespoons of dry powdered milk OR ¼ cup whey protein powder and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Mix until dough forms.  If dough is too dense or dry, add 1 teaspoon of water in increments until texture is firm, but not sticky.

Grease cookie sheet. Form dough into ½ inch to 1-inch balls (depending on the size of your dog) and place on the cookie sheet.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 cups of carob chips for 30 seconds on high. Stir and microwave in 10-second increments until fully melted. If needed, add ½ teaspoon of vegetable shortening for a smoother consistency.

Use toothpick and dip peanut butter balls into melted carob and return to cookie sheet to dry.

Makes 12-15 truffles. Store in a cool, dry place.

Mock Chocolate Carob-Walnut Bark

From All Things Dog Blog

Ingredients:

4 cups carob chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (dry roasted peanuts are good too)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Prepare an edged cookie sheet by lining it with recycled tin foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray.

Melt carob chips in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir and repeat process. Stir in the peanut butter and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir to combine. Add the nuts and cinnamon, stirring these in until evenly distributed.

Pour this mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet, spreading evenly. Chill for 15 minutes in a freezer or 30 minutes in your refrigerator.

When ready, break up the bark into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Store bark in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Recipe makes about 70 one to two-inch pieces of deliciousness that you can delight your party guests and their dogs with.

The above delicious yet safe Valentine’s Day recipes for dogs and important tips and advice are from Andrea Servadio, Co-Founder of Fitdog Sports Club in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Dog friendly wineries Napa/Sonoma

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, in a few days, you might want to visit some dog friendly wineries if you are in the Napa Sonoma area. Below are a few of the ones that allow dogs on the property. If you want to have a romantic night on the town sans pooch, you can make it up to the dog with some extra treats and belly rubs. And if you and Fido are having a fun date, you might consider enjoying a little bit of wine tasting with cheese for your dog (no wine for the dog).

Thanks to Mary Alice and Chloe at Dog Jaunt who are in the area and reminded us to do this round up of dog friendly wineries.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/top-lists/dog-friendly-vineyards-where-to-sample-wine-with-your-best-friend/

check the dogs allowed box

http://www.sonomavalley.com/wineries.C8.html

http://www.visitsantarosa.com/pet-friendly-hotels-and-wineries/

http://www.sonomabark.com/Dog_Friendly_Dining.html

http://www.sonomabark.com/Wineries.html

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larson family winery

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https://celiasue.com/2009/04/28/napa-dog-friendly/

https://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

http://www.intowine.com/sonoma-county-dog-friendly-wineries

http://www.napavintners.com/wineries/dog_friendly.asp

http://vacations.petswelcome.com/sonoma-valley/sonoma-valley-vineyards

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14 Valentine’s Day gifts

We Love Our Pets 

According to the The American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owning Survey 2011 – 2012, there are currently 72.9 million pet owning households and they regularly purchase lifestyle products for their pet, especially for holidays. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day (2/14), Love Your Pet Day (2/20) or both, the sentimental holidays are coming up soon.  Last year, over $120 million was spent on gifts for pets (up from the $90 million recorded in 2008).

Below are 14 suggested gifts for your pets that will show them you care… Each of the gifts have been paw picked and reviewed by Cici and I to make sure that you and your pooches will LOVE LOVE LOVE them… Enjoy !

Loving Pets shows dogs and cats how to dine in style!  Cici loves her Bella Bowl with hearts and I love the ease of cleaning it.

Black Label Vintage Diners:

  • Three-step finish creates vintage styling, such as “aged copper”, and “vintage black”
  • Unique designs complement Craftsman, Mission, and Rustic home decor
  • No-skid rubber bases/feet prevents sliding and tipping

Bella Bowls in New Designer Expression styles:

  • 8 new designs sure to suit any taste or season!
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Removable rubber base prevents sliding and tipping

CritterZone Air Purifier

http://www.critterzoneusa.com/

We have been putting The CritterZone Air Purifier to good use 24/7 for days now. It is powerful, filterless and chemical-free and you can take one with you while traveling. Put one in the car and one in the hotel room and one at home. I was wheezing before using this purifier and Cici’s bugs were making her itchy. Plus, Cici can be a stinky girl. No more doggie smell, no more bugs, no more wheezing ! We love love love this little hard working product.

CritterZone air purifiers are odor neutralizers. They quickly remove the particles from the air that cause odors, restoring it to a healthier, fresher state.  An all-natural process virtually eliminates odors, bacteria and other pollutants such as mold, mildew, E-coli, Staph, Salmonella, Listeria, and more.  It safely and naturally kills germs in the air and provides a surface of protection to PREVENT germ and mold growth.   Featuring 3 settings, you control the amount of natural charged flow to clean your room or vehicle;  Virtually eliminating odors, bacteria and other air pollutants for up to 800 SQ FT!

As a busy pet owner, you may not have time to clean your home top to bottom constantly. That’s where a pet air purifier can help.

CritterZone, an ionic pet air purifier, can get to the root of the odor caused by the smelly cat or stinky dog in your life. It targets the odors and removes them, rather than covering them up. The CritterZone creates a continuous charged flow that restores the air to give it the natural cleaning power it has in the outdoors. The result is that odors are neutralized and removed from the air.

Another benefit of the CritterZone:  It can pull the odors out of fabric and carpet. If your cat or dog had an accident, hold the unit over the spot or set it nearby, and you’ll be able to tell the odor has been neutralized in minutes.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT !!!!

Incognito Pet Carrier in LE prints and solids is styled for pet travel when discretion is required. The design begs the question; “Is it for pets or people?” /Sturdi says, “You decide.”

This gorgeous, comfy red bag is only for small dogs under 40 pounds so Cici (does not fit) and she wants to Give It Away to someone with a small dog … All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us why you’d like to have it and it could be yours !!!! 

There is a double zippered side door entry and top for easy access to your pet. When you are not traveling, your pooch or your cat could use it as a comfy crate house…

When you want to be Incognito, cover the mesh windows with attached privacy flaps and no one

knows what’s in the bag! Additional large pockets on each side will keep paper work dry.

Other features include, slim padded carrying straps, zipper safety security clips, safety tether and a luggage handle loop. A washable fleece comfort pad is included!

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http://sturdiproducts.com/products/incognito-le-dog-or-cat-carrier

Hot water bottle for doggies

Cuddling with pets keep us humans nice and warm and cozy. And sometimes our pets (and we) need a little extra warmth and comfort. We love this hot water bottle… it works!

www.WarmTradition.com offers  some really unique hot water bottles that are great for pets to use. Pets like to curl up on a hot water bottle to keep themselves warm, comfortable and relaxed. Also great to use on dog or cat’s aches, pains or arthritis. Cover is removable and machine washable. Hot water bottle keeps pets warm for hours.

http://www.warmtradition.com/Warm-Tradition-Prints-Fleece-Covered/dp/B004F036CK

Boil water, pour into a hot water bottle and slip it in between the sheets of your bed (perhaps down by the feet where your pet is lying down) a few minutes prior to bedtime.  The hot water bottle will stay warm all night  An eco friendly and affordable way to keep warm throughout the winter.

Zuke’s Superfood Treats 

Cici loves Zuke’s treats, all of them. Super treats, she scarfs them up no matter what flavor.  They are Super nutritious and super delicious and the superfoods keep her going.  The naturally powerful nutrients found in superfood berries, betas and greens are just plain yummy in her tummy.

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/supers-334.html

Zuke’s Z-Bones

Z-bones are grain-free, anti-oxidant rich dental canine chews that breath and clean teeth- perfect for your favorite canine!

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/z-bones.html

Music for dogs CD

Relaxing music for your pooches …  a natural solution to pet anxiety and stress. This is classical music designed specifically to calm pets. You can play a CD for your pets when they are alone, recuperating from surgery, adjusting to new environments, or reacting to foreign sounds such as thunder.  The music is very soothing and all selections have been re-orchestrated using the sounds, chords and harmonies proven to soothe “stressed out” pets – and their owners!

Go listen to samples at the website…

http://store.musicmypet.com/57-mellow-mellodies-cd.html

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Treats galore plus food from Evangers

Evanger’s, America’s only privately-held, family-owned pet food cannery introduces a new Grain-Free recipe and packaging for Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs.  Cici loves them and does not notice that they are only six calories each !!!

Like every Evanger’s dog and cat food product, Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats have always been prepared without a trace of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  But now the treats are also Gluten-Free, removing oat flour from its list of farm fresh ingredients.

Available in these delectable combinations:

  • Organic Chicken, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Buffalo, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Pheasant, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Venison, Fruits & Vegetables

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Goat milk soap is for humans, too!  This soap smells soooo good, I wish I could convey that thru the computer, it is heavenly delicious, lathers up like a champ and I love the peppermint lip balm and unscented soap for pets, too.

Goat Milk Stuff, offers these great lathering bars of natural chemical-free goat milk soap for dogs, as well as a wide variety of goat milk soaps and lotions for people and pets.

http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Unscented.html for the unscented

version and http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Scented.html for the

scented. Each Goat Milk Stuff scented or unscented pet bar costs $8 and is easy to use on your dog’s coat. It will get their hair clean, but is a lot easier to rinse off than most other pet shampoos. It is scented with essential oils that are designed to help repel irritating bugs. Plus, the goat milk helps to make it gentle and non-irritating on their skin.

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While candy and flowers typify Valentine’s Day, gifts that pamper can make the day even more memorable. GoatMilkStuff is made by the Jonas family of 10 at their Indiana goat farm, the hand-made Goat Milk Stuff soaps and lotions are great gifts for loved ones and friends in a wide variety of scents.

With mom PJ and dad Jim overseeing soap making and marketing, each of the Jonas children (ages 5 to 16) pitches in to help milk the goats, mail soaps orders and help in many ways in the family’s growing business.

Goat Milk Stuff’s Valentine’s Day gift packs are reasonably-priced from $13 to $20, and each is presented in an organza bag with a variety of color and scent choices.

Online at http://www.GoatMilkStuff.com.

Chews On Belay dog tugs

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Cici chewed up the first one in 5 minutes but then the larger one has lasted and lasted and lasted. It is a tug toy with rope and a ball for chewing and tug fun.

To make these hearty tug toys, they use repurposed/recycled climbing ropes and hand make each and every tug. The tugs come in varying sizes and styles and have a broad range of colors. For Valentines Day, get some “love” tugs. These tugs are all red, as well as reds and whites and durable. Being made out of rock climbing ropes, they stand up to the toughest tug-o-war games. If the dog is a persistent chewer, they do not become stringy like other rope toys, meaning there is significantly less string swallowed as well as around the house. All the materials used are made in USA and the actual tug is made in Estes Park, Colorado. Tugs can be made in any color that is on the website. You can see the products at www.chewsonbelay..com You can also see pictures of the tugs in action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChewsOnBelay

Doggy sheets

Cici and I both love her Valentine’s cute pink sheets with hearts on it for her bed. One of her beds.

Dogysheets come in many colors including Red for Valentines Day! They are easy to use, soft, pretty, machine washable and also come in different sizes and shapes (round, square, rectangle), made in the USA, 100% cotton and are fitted. Dogs love them!  (What is not to love?)

Get yours at the website at:  www.dogysheets.com

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It’s a pouch and a dog rain poncho, all in one

Travel souvenirs for your pet… This is a cool product that is both fun and handy, to boot. Your pet can use the poncho to keep dry and you can use the pouch to keep stuff in it. Plus, it has iconic graphics of NYC (and other places) on it so you can show off to your friends where you’ve been or would like to go. They also offer doggie t-shirts (NYC) in different colors and sizes, too.

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http://petsenvoyage.com/

Night Dawg collar 

This collar is for the dark, comes in neon colors (Cici’s is hot pink) and you can get your dog’s info inscribed on it, to keep your pet safe at night and if your pet wanders off. This is a nifty and practical gift. Comes in different sizes, small, medium, large.

Here is the link to the website:

http://www.safetygearonline.com/recreational-safety/pet-safety/night-dawg-collar

Send a flying card frisbee

Perhaps you are traveling for V-day and want to send your pooch a message. What better way than send a frisbee with a special message printed right on it ! They will woof it up !!!  This is a great gift for V-day, birthdays, Xmas and more.

 http://sendaflyingcard.com/

Star in a Romance Novel Made in America This Valentine’s Day

Paperbacks start at $39.95; hardbacks at $74.95; ebooks at $14.95, but there are Valentine’s Specials on the site, so it’s best to look for a deal. Photos of the starring couple can be added to the cover for an additional $25. We ship worldwide. Ordering is fast, safe, and easy online at www.YourNovel.com. Order by February 8 for print books in time for Valentine’s delivery. Ebooks can be ordered up through February 14.
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Cupid Canines

The way to a Woman’s Heart is not Diamonds, hearts, flowers, candy or balloons…

As Valentine’s Day approaches ,

according to a survey conducted by PetPlan Pet Insurance of more than 4,300 American Pet Parents, 66% of women said they would rather receive Valentine’s kisses from their four-legged friends than their two-legged sweethearts.

And that’s not all. Petplan’s survey reveals that 67% of FEMALE Pet Parents would end a relationship with a significant other if their partner clashed with their pet, and nearly 60% of women plan to spend more on their four-legged loves than their human lovers this Valentine’s Day. Move over diamonds – it looks like Pets are a WOMAN’s Best Friend !

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MEN picked their partners over their pets in every category; nearly 60% said kisses would be sweeter from their significant other, and nearly 70% plan to spend the most money on their two-legged honeys this February 14. Less than half of the men surveyed said they would leave a partner who didn’t connect with their pet.

Despite these differences, men and women agreed that their pets make a cute Cupid; 68% polled say their dogs and cats bring them and their significant others closer. And the overwhelming majority (81%) of pet parents plans to give their fur-kids a special gift for Valentine’s Day. (Our annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will be posted soon)… lots of goodies for pet parents and their pooches.

“When it comes to our pets, we wear our hearts on our sleeves,”

This Valentine’s Day…

Give your Fur Friend a Healthy GOO Glow !

Thank you Healthy Goo for all your Hard Work and for this blog post.

www.HealthyGOO.com

and here are some savvy tips on how to find love in all the right doggie places…

http://www.petside.com/article/top-10-ways-dog-lovers-can-find-love

Cupid Costume for Your Dog

Cici would destroy this homemade costume in 2 minutes or less…  (video)

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http://www.squidoo.com/cupid-costumes

what do you think, is your pet your best friend and are you buying them a gift and/or dressing them up for V-DAY???

 

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

 

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Love muffins contest

What’s better than a pet’s love and affection? This Valentine’s Day, consider your pets’ unabashed adoration, slobbery kisses and enthusiastic tail wagging and enter Radio Beastro’s “Unconditional Love Muffins” contest.

Created by pet lifestyle expert Kristen Levine, Radio Beastro is an On-Demand Petcast dedicated to helping the 72.9 million American pet parents make life with pets happier, healthier and more rewarding.

Our pets show their love for us in gestures both small and grand, every single day. Radio Beastro wants to know, “How does your pet show you love?” Pet owners are asked to upload a photo of their pet along with a short description of how their furry friend shows affection, for the chance to win one of three “pawesome” prizes:

  • Grand Prize: One-Year Supply of Ascenta, canine or feline Omega-3 supplement (a $400 value)
  • Second Prize: $50 BarkingDeals.com or MeowingDeals.com Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize: Angry Birds Pet Toy Prize Pack (including one “Birds Gone Crazy” cat toy, one “Two Heads” tug toy, one plush head and two tiny dog plush heads)

To enter the contest, visit http://on.fb.me/ABUnx2. Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 29, 2012. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

About Radio Beastro

First broadcast in October 2011, the weekly show addresses topics such as pet obesity, smart food product choices, winter preparation tips and creating safe, healthy environments for pets. In addition to learning valuable tips from Levine and other on-air guests, Radio Beastro listeners have the opportunity to win prizes and gain access to special pet product discounts and promotions.

Radio Beastro can be heard on WebTalkRadio.net or by downloading the show’s podcasts from iTunes. More information about the show is available at www.RadioBeastro.com.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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