Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Top Ten Unusual Phrases

Davey has been in our lives for just over two years now. In that time several odd phrases have crept into my vernacular. Dave usually gives me this look

when I say any of the following:

10. "Not food" usually shouted and followed by the typical "drop it"

9. "Please stop licking the wall/floor/couch/cat"

8. "Don't let the cat puke in your mouth" Yes, she has come close to doing that.

7. "Why is your poop orange/blue/purple/pink?"

6. "Leave my bra alone!"- Davey likes to parade said undergarment around the house. Trust me, that is not a phrase I have uttered often in my life before Dave.

5. "Do NOT dive in that pooh!" - ah yes, poop diving. An infrequent but happy pastime

4. "Stop growling at the homeless man"- Dave does not have sympathy for the homeless, we aren't sure why.

3. "My bosom is not a shelf"- Davey likes to drop toys, rawhides and the like on his mom-shelf. Actually, I say that to more than just Dave, come to think of it.

2. "Please stop riding your sister"- said when Dave gets in a cat chasing mood. He is faster than poor Chloe so he is often ON her while chasing her.

1. "We don't hump our friends" – most frequently said at the dog park, occasionally said to my partner when we have cute visitors.

If you have pets of your own, I am sure you have similar statements you would rather the neighbors didn't hear. Do share...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Things Remembered Mother’s Day Giveaway

Have you picked up a gift for Mom yet?

You haven't?

Then this giveaway is for you!

Just in time for Mother's Day Things Remembered is debuting its new line, Charm Story. The line features affordable charms that can be personalized for any occasion. For $30 you can get mom a silver-plated charm bracelet or necklace with a starter charm of your choice. Not only is this a perfect gift for mom, but it will totally give you a jump start on a gift for the next special event.

As a proud pet mom I am partial to the Dog Bone and Heart charm, isn't it cute?

Chloe says it would go perfect beside the Wax Seal Cat charm

Of course your mom doesn't have to be a pet fanatic like me, there are lots of charms available and each one can be personalized with your own special message for just a few bucks more. Some of my favorites include the Heart Photo charm:

The Wax Seal Mom charm:
and the Secret Message charm

There really is a charm for every occasion- whether it is mom's first hole-in-one, a special trip or something just for luck. Each charm retails for $20 and can be purchased on-line or at a Things Remembered retail location. The starter set comes in a special storybook box and can even be gift wrapped.

Things Remembered has generously offered to give one reader a charm bracelet or charm necklace with a charm of the winner's choice AND selected engraving! In order to get the prize to the winner in time for Mother's Day the selected winner will have only 24 hours to claim their prize via e-mail. Here is how you can win:

Giveaway Rules
First Entry (must be completed for additional entries to count)

Tell me what you plan to get mom for Mother's Day, or what you would like to get.

For extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry)

  • Subscribe to this blog via email or an RSS reader (1 entry)
  • Favorite this blog on Technorati, leave your user ID (2 entries link on the right)
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet, leave a link to your tweet please (1 entry per day for a tweet)
  • Mention this giveaway on Facebook, e-mail a friend or blog about the giveaway (2 entries per mention, leave a link if possible)
  • Follow the blog or tell me you do (1 entry)

Open to U.S. readers only.

I will pick a winner randomly on Monday, May 4th at 12 noon CST and will notify them by e-mail immediately.

Stay tuned this week for many more gift ideas for Mother's Day, and a few just especially for pet moms!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Life’s Abundance Dog Food Review & Giveaway

Choosing a dog food can be a daunting task. Walk into any local chain pet food store and you are bound to see several aisles of food to choose from. We picked Davey's puppy food because it was what a store employee handed us. Several years plus one nation-wide pet food scare later and we are very different pet parents.

The 2007 pet food contamination disaster left pet owners second guessing the food they lovingly feed their cats and dogs. To me it is an unimaginable nightmare that the bowl of food Davey so joyfully eats everyday could be a bowl of poison fed to him by the person who is supposed to protect him.

Dave was still eating puppy chow during the 2007 pet food recall and thankfully his was not on the recall list. When I switched him over to adult food I selected food from a handful of companies that were not on the big recall list.

In a past life I spent years working a variety of quality assurance jobs for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and during that time I learned a few things. I learned that if a company took quality control seriously only after a recall and FDA action then that company didn't take quality serious at all. I learned that bad quality control habits die hard in large companies. I wanted to feed my pets food from a company that had ALWAYS taken quality seriously, not one that was forced into doing so.

Life's Abundance is one of the few pet foods that were not on that big ugly recall list. As far as I can tell from my research, they have never had an FDA action or recall. In part that is due to the fact that Life's Abundance does not use cheap protein sources, such as the wheat gluten and rice proteins from China that contained toxic melamine. Life's Abundance uses only high quality chicken as its protein source- a significant advantage over many of the dog foods on the market. Their dog food has a number of other pluses including:

  • No artificial flavors or colors.
  • Made with a "fast-cook" process which assures maximum nutritional value.
  • Contains a veterinarian developed blend of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Strict inventory and quality controls for safety.

All this and, I'm told, it tastes great. Who told me? Why Dave of course. Here he is waiting for a Life's Abundance Wholesome Heart treat, which he gobbled up with glee:

Thanks to Lisa, a rep for Life's Abundance and owner of the blog Health Products for People & Pets, provided us with some samples. Davey got to try those delish Wholesome Heart treats, the Gourmet Dental Treats and the Premium Health Food. He whole-heartedly approves of all 3, and even searched the packages for crumbs when the samples were gone.

If you are considering switching your dog's food there is a tool on the Life's Abundance website that is super handy for comparing foods. This tool will tell you the cost of your current dog food compared to Life's Abundance as well as a side by side look at each product's ingredients.

Even if you don't feed Life's Abundance I highly recommend using this tool to see what you are feeding your dog. I also advocate searching the FDA's list of recalled foods to see if your dog food manufacture has had past recalls. Although past recalls do not indicate a problem with current food, prior FDA actions do provide insight into which companies buy their materials from cheap foreign sources.

Life's Abundance also has some wonderful supplements you might want to consider checking out. I plan to talk about them in the very near future.

Want to try out Life's Abundance? Head over and click on "dog" or "cat" to request a sample for a small shipping charge. If you end up liking the product they have a great autoship system which saves you money and trips to the pet store.

Still want more? How about a FREE bag of dog or cat food? Lisa has generously offered to supply one free bag of food to a reader.

How to Enter
The giveaway is limited to the U.S. (sorry no Hawaii or Alaska). The winners will be picked by the randomizer, but Dave will be rooting for whoever will share with him!

If you're a doggie who wins you'll receive a 3.3 pound bag of Life's Abundance Dog Food or if your a kitty who wins you'll receive a 2.2 pound bag of Life's Abundance Cat Food.

If you do not have a blogger account you may e-mail your entries to me at pestkaj(at)yahoo(dot)com, send me a facebook message or DM me on twitter.

First entry (must be done for other entries to count)

Visit and tell me which product you think your dog would like best.

Additional Entries

  • Follow
@health4uandpets on twitter (1 entry, leave your twitter ID)
  • Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day, leave a link please)
  • Purchase any item from and tell me what you bought (5 entries!)
  • Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)
  • Fav Health Products for People & Pets on technorati (1 entry)
  • Become a friend of Health4UandPets (aka Lisa Jelinek) Facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow me on blogger or tell me if you already do (1 entry)
  • The giveaway will close on May 10th at 12 noon PST. Good luck everyone!

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Freebie Friday- April 24th

    Just a few quick pet freebies to share. I've ordered all of these myself, so they should still be valid. Enjoy!


    • Petite Cuisine is offering a free can of cat food on your cat's birthday. Limit of 2 cats per household- so no fighting!
    • Simply Pawsome Specialty dog treats- A yummy variety of grain-free, gluten-free treats to choose from. Add your choice to the cart and proceed through checkout, no credit card info is required. You should get an order confirmation by email right away.
    • Pedigree Puppy Kit- I have received this in the past, they send some great coupons and every once in a while food samples show up in our mailbox!
    • Dogswell free bag of dog food- this offer is limited to the unemployed, but it is a great find if you need it!
    • Nature's Variety- a buy one get one free coupon for their raw food or kibble. An excellent value if you want to try the raw food.
    • Dog's Life Magazine- free print subscription. This one is older, but I believe it is still valid.


    These are what I consider the best of the pet freebies. If you have any others to share let me know!


    Dave and Jess

    Colorado Catnip Toy Giveaway!

    This blog is well overdue for a giveaway for all the wonderful kitties out there. Thanks to Jana at Colorado Catnip Toys the cat lovin drought is officially over.

    Jana sent over 3 wonderful, handmade toys. Chloe attacked the package as soon as I had it in the house. These days it takes something very exciting to wake Chlo from a nap, so I knew there must be some good stuff inside. Indeed there was.

    I actually had to take the 2 prize toys and hide them in the cupboard. As you can see Chloe started licking her chops as soon as she got a whiff of those babies and I knew they would be toast if I didn't hide them!

    Chloe likes her Colorado Catnip Toy so much I actually had a hard time getting a picture of her looking at me while the toy was near her. She was either laying on the toy or gnawing on it. After some prodding and promises of sending the dog to daycare for a "Davey free day" she cooperated:

    These great catnip toys are sturdy, colorful, lovingly handmade and Chloe approved. The designs are also pre-tested by Jana's cats, including Mr Tigger who is featured at the top of the post.

    Colorado Catnip Toys are available on Etsy for $3.95. Jana also makes beautiful quilts sized just right for cats or dogs and catnip mats sure to interest in the most finicky of felines.

    I have 2 catnip toys to giveaway- the Miss Iris butterfly toy and great fish toy. Here is how you can win-

    Giveaway Rules

    Visit Colorado Catnip Toys on Etsy and tell me which toy or quilt design you like best (this must be done for extra entries to count).

    NEW- if you don't have a blogger account you can send me a message on twitter or e-mail (pestkaj (at) yahoo(dot)com me for 2 entries.

    Additional Entries:
    • Follow @coloradocatnip on twitter and leave your user name (1 entry)
    • Follow me twitter and tweet about this giveaway (1 entry/day)
    • Add Colorado Cat Nip to your favorite sellers on etsy and leave your etsy user name (1 entry)
    • Follow this blog (1 entry)
    • Blog about this giveaway, post a link on facebook (or elsewhere) and let me know which you did (2 entries for each done)

    All kitties in the US and Canada are eligible! Entries will be accepted till 12 AM CST on May 1st, so get to it!

    Good luck.

    Jess and Chloe

    Dog Collar Winner

    Thanks everyone for entering to win the lighted dog collar. The entries were run through the almighty randomizer and Brooklyn, owned by Debbie from The Dog Walker CA has a great lighted collar on the way!

    Congrats Brooklyn and Debbie!

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Joey Totes Review and Giveaway

    The 39th annual Earth Day has come and gone and my naked celebration of dancing in the garden is over. I'm kidding, of course- sheesh, I wear an organic tutu during the dance.

    Really, for me Earth Day is simply a reminder to be conscious of the choices I make every other day of the year. I don't celebrate by slashing the tires of Hummers or dancing naked (as much as I might like to do both at times). While I try to live an "eco-friendly" life style, I know I am absolutely no Ed Beagly Jr. I love Diet Coke and would never consider living without some form of air conditioning. So I try to alleviate some of my air-conditioning induced guilt by changing other habits.

    The one way I can honestly say I have shown improvement is in the plastic bag department. I try to always carry a reusable bag in my car or purse, and if I don't have one handy I opt to go without a bag when possible. It is a small change, but just one of many simple things I know I can do.

    Over the past year I have used many a reusable bag- everything from the 99 cent Walgreens totes to the more expensive canvas bags. I have also torn and destroyed several reusable bags simply from overuse. Those flimsy (and cheap) Walgreens bags really are reusable for only so long, which sort of defeats the purpose.

    So I was thrilled to discover the best reusable bags I have ever owned, Joey Totes.

    Joey Totes have every single feature I could ask for in a reusable bag:

    • They come in 2 sizes, because you don't always need a huge bag
    • They have their own convenient storage bags. The bags have a pocket sewn into the liner, and the whole bag fits in the pocket for easy storage. I carry them in my purse with no problem at all.
    • They are sturdy- made from nylon and designed to hold up to 40lbs.
    • They're washable.

    Joey Totes really make the one act of carrying reusable bags effortless and sensible. I have had these totes for one week and have used them at least 5 times because they are already with me in my purse.

    A large Joey Tote can be purchased on their site for $8.50. You can also buy them in sets of three; 2 small 8" x 4" totes and 1 large 9.5" x 5" tote for $14 or 2 large totes and 1 small tote for $20. A bit more than the 99 cent or freebie reusable bags but totally worth it considering they promise to keep your milk and oranges off the sidewalk unlike some of the bags I have used.

    If you buy a set of Joey Totes by May 31st you can get 10% off using a very special code just for my readers. Just type in "I Like Green" (case sensitive, no quotes) in the coupon code at checkout. I personally think these would be a very sensible Mother's Day gift, and when it comes to gifts my Mom adores sensible.

    Kate and Chris, the awesome owners of Joey Totes, are also offering one set of totes to my readers! So enter to snag your own set:

    Giveaway Rules

    First Entry
    Tell me if you use reusable bags, and if you don't why. I promise not to make you feel guilty as long as you don't take away my air conditioning. This entry MUST be done for the extras to count.
    Additional Entries
    • Become a fan of Joey Totes on Facebook (1 entry, please leave your facebook name or the initials of your name)
    • Vote for Joey Totes on Mom Faves (1 entry, please leave your Mom Faves user ID)
    • Fav my blog on technorati or tell me if you already have (1 entry, link on the right side please leave your user name)
    • Follow my blog (1 entry)
    • Follow me on twitter and tweet (once per day, please leave linky)

    Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will be accepted until 12 AM CST May 1st

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Calypso Studio's Earth Day Giveaway- Hurry!

    Calypso Studios is giving away $10,000 worth of S.H.O.P. totes in honor of Earth Day. Entries are being accepted until 12PM EST April 22nd. Each winner will recieve one of the fashionable "Acts of Kindness" totes pictured above.

    Even if you don't enter sweepstakes on a regular basis, throw your name in the pool for this one, it has fantastic odds. If you win not only will you be carrying the same tote given to stars in the Academy Awards swag bag, you will be taking a step toward reducing your use of plastic bags. Each reusable bag you put into use has the potential to reduce your plastic bag use by an average of 1000 bags!

    Be sure to enter HERE before noon EST!

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    The Emancipation Network- with a handbag giveaway!

    The United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs estimates that 27 million human beings are victims of some form of slavery, forced prostitution or similar exploitation. Approximately half of these people are under the age of 18.

    Let that number sink in a bit

    27 million

    That is more than the population of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York combined. These victims, mostly women, are treated as commodities- 800,000 of them recruited, tricked or trapped like animals and taken from their own countries. It is a way of life the average American could never even fathom. Slavery and forced prostitution are so distant to most of us that there is no face or name to the numbers. And I suspect many in this world prefer it that way.

    I'll admit that I hate reading statistics like the one above. It makes me sick to my stomach, leaves me feeling helpless. How can human beings be so cruel and evil to one another?But I try not to suppress those feelings because I believe that ignoring the ugliness in this world leads only to inaction, passivity. I never want it to be said that I did nothing.

    Being just one person with limited resources restricts what I can do, and I never feel I do enough. So I am thankful for people like Sarah Symons and John Berger. Symons and Berger are the founders of The Emancipation Network (T.E.N.), a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking through "empowerment, education and hope". The Network provides funds for victims through products made by the survivors. This is an incredible program that genuinely strives to give victims a voice.

    In order to help get the word out about the important work being done across the globe, T.E.N. has generously provided one of their "eco-chic handbags" in blue as a giveaway for my readers.

    A high-quality, handcrafted bag with a hip earth-friendly edge, these handbags are made from reclaimed plastic bags. So not only is this item benefiting a victim of human trafficking, it is also eco-friendly.

    T.E.N. not only does handbags but clothing, beautiful jewelry, home d├ęcor and gifts. If you are looking for a unique Mother's Day gift T.E.N. is absolutely worth checking out. Don't forget to head back here and enter my giveaway when you are done shopping!

    Giveaway Rules
    To win this adorable bag you will have to do just a bit of work. Please be sure to follow the first step closely in order for additional entries to count.

    First Entry- Visit the T.E.N. website and tell me one thing you have learned from the site. It could be a product you love or some new information, just show me you have made a good faith effort to check the site out.

    Additional Entries

    • Tweet this giveaway and post a link to your tweet (one entry per day)
    • Follow @KatherineforTEN on twitter and leave your twitter name (one entry)
    • Blog about T.E.N., T.E.N. products or something you have learned about human trafficking (5 entries)
    • Purchase any product from T.E.N. or make a donation of any amount, tell me which you did (5 entries for each done)

    The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Entries will be accepted until 12 AM CST, April 30th to allow enough time to get this out to you for Mother's Day.

    Best of luck!


    Earth Day Features

    Image courtesy of user flaivoloka

    Earth Day 2009, the 39th annual celebration of environmental consciousness, is this Wednesday. In honor of the little blue and green orb we call home I will be featuring products and giveaways which are all about the Mother Earth lovin'.

    You don't have to be an extra-crunchy granola guy or gal to celebrate Earth Day. Purchasing products and services with a respect for the environment and social consciousness is a huge way to have a positive impact on the world around you I like to see shopping as a form of activism, now if only the IRS did the same and let me deduct my shoes and jewelry as charity.

    So stay tuned for eco-happy giveaways, reviews and more this week.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    Lighted Dog Collar Giveaway

    Do you like to hike with your dog? Do you go for walks at night? Do you live in the country? Do you just like pretty bright objects?

    Then the lighted dog collar by PolyBrite is perfect for you!

    I have one of these large collars in red to give to a reader. The collar is 22 to 26 inches, has reflective stitching and is powered by a watch battery. Here she is-

    Ready to win it? Here's how:

    Tell me the name of the dog this collar would be for (one entry, must be done before doing any extra entries).

    U.S. and Canadian readers only please.

    For extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

    • Subscribe to this blog via email or an RSS reader- 1 entry
    • Favorite this blog on Technorati, leave your user ID- 2 entries
    • Follow me on Twitter and tweet, leave a link to your tweet please- 1 entry per day for a tweet
    • Mention this giveaway on Facebook, linky please- 1 entry
    • Follow the blog- 1 entry

    I will pick a winner Wed, April 22nd at 12 AM CST.

    Good luck!

    Spring Clean Up Giveaway

    Spot Organics is hosting a fantastic giveaway for over $70 in eco-friendly dog grooming products.

    I am all about the eco-friendly, and poor Davey is a dirty mess that needs frequent bathing. So I am all over this giveaway.

    If you have a dirty mutt like me, you should be too!

    Good Luck everyone.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Meet Chloe

    This post is long overdue. Chloe would probably tell you the whole blog should be about her. But if it was she would only care about it when she wanted to, and you could all suck it if you didn't like it. Because that is how Chloe is.

    Now before you declare Chlo mean and nasty, let me explain. Chloe is a cat. Not just any cat, she is THE cat. The only cat that we will ever have if she has her way.

    And as a cat she has sworn to uphold some basic cat rules:

    1. Be affectionate only when you want to, and feel free to bite the hand that pets you the second you stop feeling affectionate.

    2. Feel free to wake your human anytime, day or night for the above affection. You say your humans don't wake easily? Do as Chlo and howl, jam your body through the teeny tiny spaces in the window blinds, flick your tail across their face or simply ram your head into any exposed part of their body.

    3. Any container of water placed in the house if yours for the drinking, or knocking over if you prefer.

    4. Actually, everything in the house is yours- feel free to treat it as such. Also, no area is off limits to you. Demand your human give you access to any closed room or closet. How dare they try to use the bathroom alone.

    5. Never feel obligated to catch a mouse or kill a bug. But be sure to watch with bemusement if you owner runs around screaming in an attempt to do either.

    6. A laptop, newspaper, paperwork or books laid out in front of your human are there for you to sit on. Do this as often as possible.

    7. Dogs are on this earth for you to tease and hiss at. They serve no other purpose.

    8. Oranges are poison. Run when one is peeled.

    9. Does the chair has a pillow you don't like on it? Do the bedsheets need washing? Do you hate Dad's Adidas flip flops? Puke on them, works for Chloe.

    So I forgive Miss Chloe what might seem like rudeness since she is just following those cat rules. Plus she is the softest, snuggliest creature alive (when she wants to be).

    And once she even sat on my lap while Davey was on it. Just the once. But don't tell the cat authorities, she would so be out of the club.

    Treat Winners!

    Thank you everyone for entering, I love the enthusiasm of the dog community so much! I wish I could send all of your sweet furry ones treats. But since that puggle of mine can eat ten times his weight in cookies, I let the randomizer pick 2 of you-

    CONGRATS to Bruschi the puggle from All About Bruschi and Corrin from Oh Hey, What's Up.

    I sent you both messages but if for some reason they got lost in the shuffle, feel free to drop me a note (pestkaj(at)

    I have lots of giveawways headed your way for fantastic stuff, so don't stray too far!

    Wednesday, April 8, 2009

    Enter to Win a Healthy Cookbook!

    I am perpetually in search of recipes that are good for us. I love food and I hate sacrificing taste and quality. Plus sugar is one of my great loves.

    So say the name "Sara Lee" and my sugar-loving cells pay attention. Otherwise I might have skipped right past this healthy endeavor- WomenHeart's ALL HEART Family Cookbook.
    Ok so it isn't the most mouth-watering name for a cookbook, but when you slap the Sara Lee name on that baby I am all in.

    Couple that with the word "giveaway" and I salivate.

    Now here is the important stuff, the point of getting my (and your) attention:

    • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Sara Lee Fresh Bakery knows the first step to a healthy heart is maintaining a healthy weight and getting the nutrition women need in order to live a strong life and care for their families.
    • Sara Lee is partnering with The Heart Truth Campaign to raise awareness of heart disease among women and encourage them to make heart healthy food choices every day. One of the best things a mom can do for her family is to take care of herself!
    • To support the campaign, Sara Lee Fresh Bakery is offering heart healthy sandwich recipes in the WomenHeart's ALL HEART Family Cookbook and will contribute one dollar for every cookbook ordered up to $35,000 to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

    You can enter to win one of 2 All Heart Family Cookbooks by filling out THIS form. If you don't win a cookbook you can get one by sending 6 UPCs from any Sara Lee Healthy & Delightful products along with this form and $3.95 S&H.

    Learn more about the signs of heart disease from my recent article, or head to the Sara Lee Red Dress website.

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Fabulous Dog Treat Giveaway!

    I discovered Lainey's Pawtique, an adorable shop for all things canine, just last month. It seems the Pawtique's namesake, Ms. Lainey herself, looks adorably similar to my very own sass-butt puggle. I quickly fell in long-distance love with that sweet little Lainey, how could I not when she looks so like Dave?

    See the resemblance?

    Well as it turns out, Ms Lainey has Davey's dream job, she is one of two head taste-testers for the homemade dog treats featured at Lainey's Pawtique. Seriously, that is Davey's dream job. He eats in his sleep; he is sleep chewing this very moment.

    Here are the envy of every dog in the Chicago area, Lainey and her sister Chloe:

    Davey did have the distinct privilege of trying out a slew of treats from Lainey last week, including Milk & Blueberry cookies, Crispy Apple cookies (Davey's absolute favorite), Pumpkin Pie bread, Rawhide Sprinkles, Apple Pupcakes, Chocolate Coconut cookies and Easter Rainbow cookies. Dave is one mighty spoiled (and happy) puggle! We don't want to make you too jealous, but here he is enjoying a yummers Milk & Blueberry cookie:

    And a Rawhide Sprinkle:

    Dave LOVED every single treat he tried. I got him to do things so enthusiastically when I mentioned that he could have a "Lainey Cookie". For example, we took some on walks and Dave's normal wild-man howling when he sees another dog quickly disappeared when I pulled out a miraculous Lainey cookie!

    Those of you who know Dave are aware of how much he loves food in general. But there are a few things I love about the treats from Lainey's Pawtique.

    • First of all they are made from all human-grade ingredients, something you simply can't find at the store.
    • You can smell and see the wholesome ingredients used- things like blueberries and apples. And yes, I tasted one... not bad, but don't ask me to potty outside for one.
    • Every every recipe is lovingly altered and enthusiastically tested in Lainey's own kitchen- so you know it is going to be well received by your dog, not to mention healthier than an dull ole milkbone.
    • The size of the cookie treats are perfect for putting in a kong. They don't get stuck and they aren't messy- I love that!
    • Every shipment is adorably packaged and made fresh when you order. How fantastic is that?
    • A portion of proceeds from every sale is donated to a dog or human cancer charity.

    So, now that all you doggies out there are all salivating let me tell you the wonderful news! I have TWO yes TWO great packages of treats to giveaway. The First prize winner will get an amazing Lainey's Cookie Bucket filled with an assortment of tons of cookies! Plus a package of Rawhide Sprinkles! This prize, worth $24, is courtesy of Lainey herself.

    I'm also giving away a second prize of THREE bags of Lainey's cookies to one lucky dog out there. Here is a teaser of what you can choose from:

    If you simply can't wait to win, stop by Lainey's Pawtique at her website or her etsy shop and pick up some home-baked lovin for your pup. Currently if you buy 2 bags of cookies you get the 3rd one free on Etsy, a great deal if you ask me. Items start at 4 bucks! Plus there are a ton of other cute items for your canine and feline friends.

    Don't forget to enter the giveaway! There are lots of ways to enter and I am so excited to send these out because I know your dog will love them.
    How to Enter
    The giveaway is limited to the U.S. and Canada only. The winners will be picked by the randomizer, but Dave will be rooting for the puggles!

    If you do not have a blogger account you may e-mail your entries to me at pestkaj(at)yahoo(dot)com or send me a facebook message.

    First entry (must be done for other entries to count)- Visit Lainey's etsy shop and tell me which treat you think your dog would like best.

    Additional Entries: please make one post for each additional entry

    Follow @laineyspawtique on twitter (1 entry)

    Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day)

    Purchase any item from Lainey's Pawtique (5 entries!)

    Blog about this giveaway (3 entries)

    Fave this blog on technoratilinky on the sidebar(1 entry)

    Become a fan of Lainey's Pawtique on Facebook (1 entry)

    Follow me on blogger or subscribe via e-mail (1 entry)

    The giveaway will close April 13th at 12 AM CST. Good luck everyone!

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Win a website, blog or boutique make-over

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