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DIY Pet Holiday Gifts & Charitable Gifts for Pet-Lovers

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Pet Holiday Gift Ideas from the ASPCA are Fun, Festive & Functional!

Enter to Win a Holiday Gift Pack Chock Full of Goodies!

So all of us are uber-busy celebrating and/or preparing for this most festive of seasons, right? The turkey and the trimmings, the brisket and potato latkes…Well, as your fur-baby’s forum hostess, (OK so I’m not a baby, nor do I have fur, but I do own this blog! MOL/BOL), I feel it’s my duty to give you more details on pet lovers’ gifts and gifts for pets this joyous holiday season. The fine folks at one of my favorite animal welfare organizations, ASPCA, put together a helpful gift guide here for those with and without paws because, well, the ASPCA is cool like that! (If you’re down for more pet gifts, check out my ThoughtsFurPaws 2014 Pet Holiday Gift Guide.)

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For DIY enthusiasts or those trying to cut back on holiday shopping costs, I suggest these fun Do-It-Yourself pet toys and treats:

  • For dogs, braid together two strips of an old t-shirt for a fun chew toy. Directions and photo here.
  • For cats, use a t-shirt and a few easy to find household items to create a cozy cat tent. Directions and photo here.
  • Since cats love tuna, this quick and easy treat will keep them occupied during your special holiday dinner… Photo with directions here.
  • For tasty a reward, make pumpkin pie cookies (perfect for both cats and dogs) with this simple recipe. Photo with directions here.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, how about considering one of the awesome gifts from the ASPCA’s Online Store? After all, they are gifts that give back…They have delights including:

There are also choices you can make this holiday season to help those less fortunate furballs… The purchase of one or more of the following gifts is considered charitable in that it too can make a significant difference for an animal in need:

So perhaps the best news is this: one lucky person will win an awesome ASPCA holiday gift pack for themselves (or to give to another) on ThoughtsFurPaws.com. The gift pack includes an ASPCA mug, tote and blanket, plus more items like dog and cat toys, cookies (human) and Swiffer cleaning products!

ASPCA 2014 Holiday Gift PackHere are the rules and details you’ll need to know to enter to win:

  1. Tweet this blog post OR anything about the contest using hashtag #ASPCAT4PHolidays
  2. Enter up to two photos of your dog or cat in a holiday scene by emailing them to me or Tweeting them to me using the above hashtag.
  3. Pets DO NOT have to be dressed up, but we want the photo to have a seasonal tone (wintry, holiday, etc.)
  4. Please use a cute caption with your photo, and/or tell us why you love the ASPCA.
  5. Again, entries are accepted beginning now, via Twitter or via email to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com.
  6. The last day to get your entries in is Saturday, December 27 at noon EST.
  7. One winner will be announced that same day in the late afternoon; he/she will be contacted separately via email or Twitter by the Administrator.
  8. Two original photo entries per person only please.
  9. If emailing, please put this in the subject line: “ASPCA Holiday Pet Photo Contest

*Contest being sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), in conjunction with this blog, ThoughtsFurPaws.com. All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with the ASPCA and our Administrator. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation of misinformation.

Win a Trip to the Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge®; Enter Online for More Prizes!

Posted on December 12th, 2014

Do you long to experience the California Coastline? Are you craving a bit of beachy-keen excitement? Are you eagerly anticipating the, um, agility course and doggie-diving platform, like me??

Wait, what???

Yeah, that’s right, I said doggie-diving…

Pro Plan FoodPurina® is hosting the Western Regionals for its famous Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® in Orange County, CA’s dazzling surfing mecca, Huntington Beach, next year. It’s my official bloggerly duty to tell you how YOU could win tickets to it (a 3-day stay!) and to give you the deets on the other paw-some prizes and how to get ‘em!

The Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® Sweepstakes is a premier event that showcases absolutely uncanny canine talent from all over the US. You’ll be able to see amazing dogs competing in agility, disc, racing and more! The nationwide event is an Olympic-style showcase that will blow your hair back! I actually got to see some of the action at Purina Farms once and I can assure you it’s exciting and like nothing you’ve seen before. (Seeing those Jack Russells race across the field is priceless!) Competitions include head-to-head weave pole racing, large and small dog agility courses, fetching and more. In the doggie diving competition, a crowd favorite event, dogs take a running leap off a 40-foot dock into a 19,000-gallon swimming pool!

The Western Regionals will be held in the spring of 2015 in southern California. One lucky Sweepstakes winner will get two roundtrip airline tickets, a 3-day/2-night hotel stay in hot and hoppin’ Huntington Beach, ground transportation and spending money, PLUS a $500 PetSmart gift card! WHOA!

So how do you enter? Well go ahead and visit the Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® Sweepstakes page and enter away! The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C. who own a dog. Internet access and a valid email address are required to participate. The Sweepstakes runs through noon EST on December 30.

If you’d prefer to do something a bit lower key, then you can take part in the social media contest I’m having, too/instead! Simply head to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and useIncredible Dog Challenge the hashtags #GreatDog2014 and #ThoughtsFurPaws; then explain how the photo exemplifies your dog being a great dog. If you’re entering on Facebook, you do not have to use the #T4P hashtag: you may post directly to the page to enter here.

Three winners will be awarded a bag of Purina® Pro Plan® valued at $17.99. This contest, presented by Purina® and hosted on ThoughtsFurPaws.com, starts TODAY – NOW!

You may enter through December 30, 2014 at noon EST; three winners will be announced later that evening. Don’t forget to show me some grrrr-eat dogs in your photo entry – and use #GreatDog2014 and #T4P.

About Purina® Pro Plan®

Bring out the best in your dog! Formulated by experts. Trusted by pros. From dry dog food to wet entrees to nutritional supplement bars, Purina® Pro Plan® products are formulated to help you bring out the full potential of your dog. For more information, visit https://www.proplan.com, or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Get Creative with Your Canines this Halloween with Walmart’s Big Heart Pet Brands

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Premier Pet Brands Offer Fun Variety of Seasonal Ideas for Treat-Gifting Plus Howlin’ Halloween Instagram Photo Contest

 #TreatThePups

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions herein are those of the Administrator of this blog, JL Smith. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews.

Are you one of those dedicated dog-lovers who spend time making homemade puppy freezer pops to give to family and neighborhood dogs? Do you make your own dog food? Do you keep a dog treat bag in your car or purse just in case…? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Walmart’s Big Heart Brands have a real treat in store for you – and the pooches in your life — this howlin’ Halloween season!

Halloween Treat- and Gift-Giving for Dogs: Make the Ultimate Treat Basket

Gift-giving is always enjoyable; the feeling of watching someone’s face as they open your gift is priceless. Well it’s the same sentimentality with gift-giving for dogs! Right? They hop up and down, smile, and get all animated when they know they’re getting something… So why not make up some Halloween doggie gift bags for the whimsical waggily-tails in your life?

With Big Heart Pet Brands, like Milk-Bone™, Pup-Peroni® and Milo’s Kitchen®, it’s really quite simple – and it’s a fun, creative way to show your love, appreciation and friendship. (Bonus:  being the random treat-giver in the neighborhood gets you in any dog’s good graces, too!) There are so many choices at Walmart.com; you can mix and match to make your Halloween doggie goodie bags more varietal!

Tips and Tricks for a Safe Halloween with Dogs

Everyone knows that dogs are part of the family. Walmart and Big Heart Pet Brands feel the same way as we do! This is particularly true on the famous All-Hallows Eve; after all, in years past, how many dogs have you seen romping around the neighborhood with the kids, dressed to the nines, politely protecting their people? But as much as our canine companions love to shadow us in costume and get goodies, there are dangers lurking that all dog-owners should be aware of. So let’s discuss this imperative part of the fall holiday: dog safety on Halloween.

  1. Tricks, But No Treats : Yes, we all love our dogs and their tricks, but they absolutely cannot have any human Halloween treats. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is extremely dangerous for dogs. Candy or sweets with xylitol, the artificial sweetener, also can cause serious issues for Fido.
  2. Doggie Dress-Up: Dog Halloween costumes are not recommended unless you know that your dog likes to wear them. For pets that prefer to go au naturale, suiting them up may cause undue stress. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, move or bark.
  3. Pumpkin Fun: Of course it’s great to carve and showcase pumpkins, but be extra careful with those candles that go inside to light them. Dogs can easily knock them over and cause a fire, or they can drag a costume piece near it, or even get burned or singed from sniffing it.

Instagram Halloween Dog Photo Contest!

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Who doesn’t love doggie dress-up? Well it’s time to show off your most delightful doggie Halloween pictures and enter for a chance to win a $5,000 prize! Big Heart Pet Brands is having a one-of-a-kind dog costume contest on Instagram, and I highly encourage you to enter, and to browse the hilarious photos already in the running! Simply use the hashtag #TreatThePups to enter the Tricked Out Costume Contest!

For more howlin’ good fun this Halloween, and to see an awesome video on making Halloween treat bags/gifts for pooches, check out the Big Heart Pet Brands dog treat bags video!

New Cat Photo Contest – Purina Sponsors “Special Occasion” Cat Picture Competition

Posted on July 8th, 2013

purina21695_PhotoContest_logo_v2.jpg (2)Your cat is a special member of your family, so it’s only natural to include him/her in special occasions – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, really just about any occasion that is considered to be special…

(*BTW – check out the most recent issue of Purina PURR for some tips on how to incorporate your kitty into your wedding.)Wedding

Inspired by this notion, I, along with Purina and a select few other bloggers, would like to announce a cat photo contest – and you don’t have much time to enter so read on now!

I want you to submit your pictures to me; pictures of cats enjoying a special occasion – it can be any of the aforementioned events – I’m completely open-ended as to what a “special occasion” means.

You can send a picture of kitty at your birthday, on your wedding day, at Christmas, at Halloween, etc. Get CREATIVE!

Why?

Because the winners get AWESOME prizes!!!!

Winners will receive 4 free individual packs which include a can of Fancy Feast Chicken Feast in Gravy as well as a “buy 3, get 1 free” coupon redeemable at Petco.

Purina will feature at least three photos from all winners in the Fall issue of PURR.

FFAdditionally, Petco will feature at least one photo winner from each blog in a photo album on their Facebook page!!! Their page currently has 2,245,586 fans!

The kicker is that you only have one week, starting today, to get your photos to me so I can post them and get them to Purina.

 

Please send photos to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com. Please put “Special Occasion Cat Photo Contest” in the subject line so I know right away to post your cat pic.

I will be putting up these photos as I receive them. There is no audience voting being taken into consideration here but feel free to comment on your fave cat pics!

Again, this contest runs from today, July 8, through next Monday, July 15 at 6 pm EST.

Good luck and GET CREATIVE!

 

Friskies® Presents 2nd Annual “THE FRISKIES,” the Major Award for Best New Internet Cat Videos of the Year Featuring $25k in Cash Prizes

Posted on June 13th, 2013

Renowned Comedian and Cat Owner Michael Ian Black to Host “The Friskies” Award Show in New York City

Calling all cat video creators: “The Friskies” is back!

It’s time to capture your cat’s funniest or most adventurous moment and enter “The Friskies” for your opportunity to win a $5,000 cash prize and a custom-made gold plated Friskies Catuette, and take part in the live Award Show in New York City this fall.

Visit www.TheFriskies.com to learn more about how to enter now through July 15, 2013.

Debuting in 2012 as the major award show for the best new Internet cat videos of the year brought to you by Friskies® cat food, “The Friskies” returns for a second year to celebrate the pop culture phenomenon of cat videos and the cats who inspire them. Renowned comedian and cat owner Michael Ian Black will host the Award Show on October 15, 2013 in New York City to award $25,000 in cash prizes to winners in four categories and the popular Fan Favorite from 12 finalists. Category winners will be determined byFriskies public vote, and Fan Favorite will be chosen by public text vote on the day of the Award Show. The show will be broadcast live on TheFriskies.com. Friskies also will award more than 250,000 cans of Friskies cat food to 20 cat charity organizations nationwide as part of the program.

“We’re thrilled to bring “The Friskies” back for another year. The Contest celebrates the creativity and quirkiness of cats, and rewards those who showcase these unique qualities through the art form of cat videos,” said Shawn Brain, Friskies assistant brand manager. “We’re expecting thousands of entries this year. Cat video creators and viewers may participate by entering their videos in the Contest, voting for and sharing their favorites, helping our 20 cat charity partners earn donations of Friskies cat food, and tuning in to see Michael Ian Black host an all-new award show live from New York City.”

“Films may have the OSCARS®, but cat videos have ‘The Friskies,’ and I can’t wait to host the show,” said Black. “It’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. ”

“The Friskies” Contest Overview and Judging Panel:

The Call for Entries is open now through July 15, 2013. Cat video creators may upload videos up to two minutes in length at www.TheFriskies.com in one of four categories:

  • Cat Comedy: Your cat(s) in an humorous situation
  • Catventure: An indoor cat adventure
  • Rescue Cat:  Your cat(s) adopted from a rescue group or shelter enjoying life
  • Pursuit of Food/Treat: Your cat(s) pursuing or engaging with their cat food or treat(s)

All entries will be evaluated by an eclectic panel of judges with strong ties to popular cat culture. Judges will evaluate each entry using the following criteria to select 20 Semi-Finalists, five from each category: originality & overall artistic impression (25%), audience appeal & entertainment quality (25%), sense that there’s a story being told (25%), and portraying cat’s perspective (25%). The 2013 “The Friskies” judging panel includes:

The 20 Semi-Finalists will be awarded a one-year supply of Friskies cat food and Friskies® Party Mix brand cat treats. The Semi-Finalists will be announced August 6, 2013 to kick off the public voting phase of the Contest. Cat video fans will have the opportunity to view, share and vote (limit one (1) vote per entry/per person/e-mail address per day) for their favorite Semi-Finalists’ videos through noon ET September 16, 2013. Based on the popular public vote, the top three from each category will be named Finalists, and will win a trip to New York City to take part in the Friskies Award Show October 15, 2013, live from New York City. One winner from each of the four categories will be announced during the show, and will receive a Friskies Catuette and a $5,000 cash prize. One Fan Favorite will be named based on public text vote on the day of the Award Show, and will receive a Friskies Catuette and a $5,000 cash prize.

Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (19 years of age or older if a resident of AL or NE.) Entry period ends at 12:00:01 p.m. ET on 7/15/13. See Official Rules at www.TheFriskies.com. Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO.

About Friskies

The Friskies® brand offers a complete line of great-tasting cat foods, including more than 60 wet, dry and treat varieties. Friskies is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis; Mo. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. – the world’s largest food company.