Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!!


I'd like to wish all my friends a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!! And thank you for being our friends!! Woofs!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What a haul!!!

We had a great Christmas, hope you did too!!!

We woke up Christmas morning and Mum let us open our presents right away.

Gracie and I both got one of those pawsome Nina Ottosson Dog Fighters. We can't wait to try it out (we promise to video tape too :)

Gracie got a new EzyDog Element Coat for our hikes, since I already had one and she needed a coat too.

Mum made us some pawsome homemade Sweet Potato chews and bagged them up for treats, and we got a big box of Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food. Dog is it yummy!!! Oh and we got our favorite chew - Deer Antlers!!!

And when Mum picked up some raw food for all four of us last week (without even looking in web directories), she got some of those nummy raw chicken necks too, I can't wait to sink my teeth into those!!!

Hope all you pups got everything you wanted for Christmas!!! We're pretty tired from all the hard work with the Giveaway and stuffs (and there's still lots to do, too!). Hoping to catch up with everyone's blog after New Years!!!

Was just a little sore last week...

Weekend before last, during all the Howliday Giveaway stuff...I got a little sore. Mum wasn't sure what was going on with me, but I was super hunchy for several days, and the muscles around my tummy were very tight, and I really didn't want to get my zoomies on.

So Mum set up an appointment last week to see my soft tissue specialist. And she also set up an appointment to pick up some raw food for me, Gracie and Wolfie and Wiggy...more on that later in the week.

My soft tissue specialist watched me walk (and wouldn't you know it I was a little better by the time we got to her house). Then she pushed on me in my abdomen and iliopsoas areas. After she worked on me for a while, she thought that I had jammed my femer (that' my back leg) sometime recently, and that it made my iliopsoas super tight. So glad Mum didn't have to look up info about arthritis, fur sure!

She released those muscles and stretched out my back leg. And dog, did I feel better! After a day or so of forced rest, I was back to my old self. Yeah!!! Just in time to make that Holiday video we posted end of last week.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

And the winners are!!!!

Big, big congratulations to the winners of Johann's Howling Howliday Giveway 2009!!!

There were lots of great photo entries, lots of furious voting and of course we have lots and lots of great prizes!
1st Place goes to...Peyton

2nd Place goes to Kaley

and 3rd Place goes to Morgan & Maise

You can see all the winners here!

Big thanks to everyone who participated, and big, big thanks to those who donated to my former Shelter as part of the Giveaway. We are still only at 55% of goal and really need to raise more $$$ to get them the needed help this Holiday season. So don't furget to donate a few $$ if you can!


I want to personally thank the following people for their pawsome contributions to my former shelter - the Southside Animal Shelter!

Agilespots & PeytonSewCrazyDogLady.com
Cosmo HavanesePam O'Day
Kiyomi ForemanVicki and Morgan
Emma RoseDani_Lily
Morgan in PittsburghShawnee Shep
Courtney KeysMax's mom
Ricky the SheltieAnonymous :)

And big thank you to all the pawsome companies who contributed over $1700 worth of product so that we could hold this great Giveaway.



FurminatorDr. Harvey's
Dog Tag ArtFloaa Dishposables
4 Paw CreationsKoKos Pet Spa
Coryelle Kramer, Animal CommunicatorBig Paw Designs
Camp Run-a-Pup Deer AntlersPetit Four Legs
K9 Yard PatchPop Dog Art
Best Bully'sBig Paw Designs
TrueBlue Pets Natural Grooming ProductsSimon and Schuster - "Inside of a Dog"
Ark NaturalsCanine Earth
EcoSMARTRock Star Pooch
Punk Rock DoggBiologicVET
2HoundsDesignPetSmart
K9 Klear UpGolly Gear
Mountain DogKyra Sundance - 51 Puppy Tricks
The Company of AnimalsEzyDog
Stella & ChewysFree Range Dog Chews
Honest KitchenDoggie Sage

Wellness

We still have a couple of donations coming in next week, then we'll be able to put together the prize packs and send out the goodies to all the winners! So stay tuned....

Hope everyone had fun!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Howlidays!!!

Gracie, Wolfie, Wiggy, Mum Leslie and I all want to wish you the Happiest of Howlidays and a Pawsome and Prosperous New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Sew Crazy Dog Lady!

The last Ho, Ho, Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight focuses on Sew Crazy Dog Lady who is generously donating a pawsome gift certificate for a special handmade collar of the winner's choice and a nifty key chain to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

You can see how fiercely I have been guarding all the loot that all the pawsome companies have sent it and some lucky winning pups will be enjoying after the Howlidays. (Just kidding, BOL! Mum caught me in mid yawn :)

But sirusly, Sew Crazy Dog Lady is a great source for fun and functional collars and leashes! All of their collars feature: lightweight nylon webbing for strength, durability and resistance to mildew, quality quilting cotton sewn on with cotton/polyester blend thread, double stitched stress points, cast Nickel D-ring designed for use in dog collars, contoured Acetal side snap buckle, adjuster and size guard for long life and fade resistance, and totally handmade!

See, the Sew Crazy Dog Lady sent us a couple of samples in the pic to model fur ya, and the keychain and gift certificate, too. Here they are...we didn't wear 'em cause our fur covered up the pretty and we wanted you to see 'em. Click to bigify.

Thank you so much Sew Crazy Dog Lady for your generous contribution to my Giveaway!

Voting is heating up!

Voting is heating up for Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway and we want to be sure over the next few days that the contest remains fair for everyone involved.

I so don't want to write this post...but it seems a reminder is needed. Please be sure to heed the contest rules over the next days when voting...the rules state...
Contest Details: Limit one entry (actual photos, no Photoshop) per person. 1st thru 3rd place entries are limited to US (48 states) residents and will have one 1st place winner from outside the US (48 states). The contest starts on Nov 26, 2009 and ends at midnight EST Dec. 26, 2009. 1st thru 3rd place winners from the US will be selected by the highest number of votes and visits (or views) combined. 1st thru 3rd place winners will receive amazing gift packs created from products (and services) donated by our amazing sponsors! We’ll also have one 1st Place winner (decided from highest number of votes and views) from outside the US (48 states) who will also win a gift pack. Voting once per day per IP address is allowed, and there’s no need to register to vote. Select the link to detailed rules at the end of the page.
So with that....Play fair, K? We really, really, really don't want to have to kick anyone out...paallleeeseee!

Also, we want you to know that in the next couple of days we will have a bit of a surprise for some of those who have entered. We received much more product from the amazing companies who donated than we expected when we set up the contest. So much so that we are going to be spreading the winnings around a little wider than the rules state above. (BTW, the rules state that I can change the rules a little if I want to, but you know me, I wouldn't change 'em unless it made more folks happy, right? :)

No details yet, but watch the blog for info in the next couple of days. We think lots of folks will be really happy with a little plan we are hatching. So stay tuned!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - The Company of Animals!

You know how much I just love, love, love the Nina Ottosson series of intelligent dog puzzles.

So when The Company of Animals said they wanted to donate the Dog Brick and the Dog Magic to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway, I was super excited!

It's going to be great to be able to send a couple of these great toys out to some winning pups, so they can experience all the fun that I have with my Nina Ottosson Toys!

The Company of Animals has all of the four plastic Nina Ottosson plastic interactive and intelligent dog puzzles available, along with quite a few other pup products. Big, big thanks to The Company of Animals for sending on these great toys!

Howliday Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Inside of a Dog

The publishers of the recently released book "Inside of a Dog" written by Alexandra Horowitz sent us a copy of the book as a contribution for my Howliday Giveway.

Alexandra, who earned her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California at San Diego, and has studied the cognition of humans, rhinoceros, bonobos, and dogs, teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. For seventeen years she shared her home with an unwitting research subject, Pumpernickel, a wonderful mixed breed.

The publishers were also super kind to send us a copy to read as well! And we've really been enjoying it. You know how much Mum would just love to get into my head, BOL!!!

Mum's always been a pretty perceptive sort...especially when it comes to me. She had to, being her first dog, I gave her a lot to learn. But she is picking up some tips from the book to understand me just a little more, and Gracie especially! Here's a little video about the book....


Big thanks to Alexandra for writing "Inside of a Dog", and for her publisher to provide us with a copy to review (which we'll do in full when we finish the book), and the contribution to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Petit Four Legs!

OMD...Gingerbread Men!

The nice folks at Petit Four Legs sent us two boxes of their Gingerbread Men treats for Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

All Petit Four Legs dog treats are handmade in small batches using natural ingredients. That's why they're proud to say they're making the best dog treats humanly possible.

Visit their website and check out all the amazing treats...from Truffles to Cupcake Mix to Peanut Butter and more. They're not only yummy their very beautiful to look at too!

Thank you Petit Four Legs for donating to my Giveaway!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - 2 Hounds Design!

Collars galore!!! What dog doesn't want a nice stylish variety of collars :)

The good folks at 2 Hounds Design are contributing a pawsome gift certificate to one lucky winner of Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

They have only custom-made, creative and comfortable designer dog collars for medium, large and extra-large breeds. From dog collars with side release snaps to stylish greyhound collars with a limited slip loop, 2 Hounds Design keeps your pet on the cutting edge of fashion.

I was thinking that Gracie would look very nice in this Freesia hand-made collar, don't you think so?

Thank you to 2 Hounds Design for contributing to my giveaway!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Honest Kitchen!

The good folks at Honest Kitchen sent some pawsome yums as contributions to give some lucky winners of Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Check it out...we got in samples of their foods, boxes of their treats, and they are also sending us three of their new recipe books, "Made Out of Love."

Honest Kitchen offers completely gluten-free, grain-free diets and all their products are guaranteed 100% wheat free. All their grains are certified organic, meats are hormone, antibiotic free and their fruits and vegetables are guaranteed non GMO.

Super thanks to Honest Kitchen for providing some pawsome foods, treats and more to my Giveaway!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I got it, I got it!!! Finally!!!

Since I was just a wee pup, I've been really good at going out and targeting away from Mum. She taught me that trick very early as part of my agility training.

But get me to go get something, and bring it back to her, (other than my soccer ball in the backyard) and put it in a box...and I was stumped! Mum's been working with me to help me understand the behavior of (what I call) 'go get it' and 'put' for about a year now. And guess what! I did it this past week! Finally!

Mum was so excited she had to get it on video, even though we did it when it was dark outside (hence the poor quality of the video). But you'll get the idea.




So how did we do it? Mum thought...for me to be that excited about carrying something around in my mouth it had to be my most treasured toy. So we worked with this toy, which is actually Wiggy's little furry toy that you can stuff with catnip. I love this toy, and if I can get it from Wiggy, I carry it around with me all day.

Mum knew whatever she threw would have to be super high value, so she threw the furry little one, and then ran the other direction, with me right behind. Great first step. Then she put out a little box (the one she wanted me to put it in), threw the toy and had me bring it back to her next to the box. I like to hop into boxes so she knew I would be interested in the box...and voila! I dropped it right in.

Next step is to work on me fetching and putting other items, but we are so happy I finally got it, and Mum finally figured out how to help me learn it.

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment!

The mother load in DVD doggie entertainment!

Look what Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment sent us! Nearly 20 doggie themed DVDs for contributions in Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Included are some of my all time favs, Air Bud, Bolt, Underdog, Eight Below, the newest Santa Buddies and much more!

We got so many that Mum is planning something special with these as part of my Giveaway...Stay tuned!

A big special thanks to Walt Disney Studios for sending all these pawsome contributions.

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Punk Rock Dogg!

Got a wild streak? Sometimes I do!!!

That's when I wanna get my fix of some punk :) Our good friends at Punk Rock Dogg are generously donating a bag of their pawsome Hardcore Cookies to some lucky winner of Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

If you've got a hard core streak or even if you don't, head on over to their website, where you can find some pawsome tees, toys, bowls, sweaters and more and express your Punk side!

Thank you, Punk Rock Dogg, for contributing to my Giveaway! Woofs!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - PetSmart!

The folks at PetSmart are donating a bunch of goodies to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

The prizes include some of their new PetSmart-exclusive ToyShoppe toys for spring (and the winners will get them before they even appear in the stores!). The prize packs also include a tub or packs of Greenies dental chews, and even one of those PediPaw nail trimming tools for the first place winner!

Wow, that's a lotta loot...Big thanks to PetSmart for contributing to my giveaway!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Free Range Dog Chews!

The same folks that bring us those pawsome Buckarooz deer antler chews, Free Range Dog Chews sent us some of their nummy new Catch of the Day Treats as a contribution for Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

The nice thing about Free Range is that they pay lots of attention to keeping their treats healthy, and we like that!

Their natural dog treats, are only dehydrated (no additional processing), with only 1 or 2 ingredients each from Beef, Chicken, Duck, Fish, Goat, Lamb, Pork & Rabbit. They are made at Human Grade Meat Plants, their fish is Wild Ocean Caught (Not Farm Raised), their treats are sourced from humanely raised animals, and have no added Hormones, Antibiotics, Steroids or Preservatives.

Thanks so much to Free Range Dog Chews for sharing and contributing your pawsome treats to my Giveaway!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Doggie Sage!

The nice folks at Doggie Sage sent us an email the other day that they wanted to contribute to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

And we got their doggie soaps in the mail the other day! Their soaps are made out of all natural ingredients like glycerin, organic coconut oil, olive oil and essential oils. And you know how much we love organic and natural!

Some lucky pup is going to be healthy and clean after winning these products.

Thank Doggie Sage for contributing to my Giveaway!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - EzyDog!

Hey remember that pawsome coat I love so much?

Well, the nice folks at EzyDog emailed us the other day and said they wanted to contribute one of their pawsome coats to Johann's Howling Holiday Giveaway!

Some lucky winning pup is going to be warm and very stylish this winter, lucky dogs!

If you have some time stop on over to EzyDog's website and check out, not only the pawsome coats, but their leashes, harnesses, collars and more for the active dog!

Oh, and if you're looking for one of the pawsome coats just like mine we've got 'em in stock!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Canine Earth!

The nice folks at Canine Earth have contributed some of their pawsome products to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway, including their paw balm and coat cleanser!

Canine Earth products are made in the USA and certified organic under USDA National Organic Program standards. All products display the USDA Organic seal and are eco-friendly, naturally deodorizing, petro chemical free and hypo allergenic.

And you know how much we love organic and safe!

Some lucky pups are gonna get the spa treatment with these contributions! Thanks Canine Earth!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Mountain Dog!

Back in September, the nice folks at Mountain Dog sent me one of their pawsome leashes to try out. So when we were assembling the contributors for Johann's Howling Howliday Givewaway, the Mountain Dog folks emailed us right away to say they wanted to pawticipate, and they are contributing six, count 'em six, leashes to my Giveaway!

You know how green I am, so when we heard about Mountain Dog we got kind of excited. Why? Because their leashes are not only hand made in the USA, but they are also made from post-consumer recycled climbing rope, and their packaging is all from 100% recycled paper - love that!

Thank you so much Mountain Dog for your pawsome contribution!!! We are super excited that other pups get to use your leashes too!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My letter to Santa!

Every year about this time, I like to republish my letter to Santa, that I wrote back in 2007. It's my hope for Christmas every year, hope you enjoy!




Dear Santa,

I wanted to write you to tell you, you see,
That Gracie and I are grateful pups, she and me.
We love our life, friends and kitty bros,
We consider them part of our pack, and so,
What do I ask you for Christmas this year?
Well, I have a list that's near and dear.

I'd like for all pups needing a home,
To find a family and not need to roam.
I wish for all those scared, cold and hungry,
To be safe, warm and have a nice full tummy.
My hope is for all pets with no family,
To have one of their own, like me, finally.

For those afraid of some of us pups,
I'd like them to learn and shed their prejudice,
Realize that when they label us bad,
It's not always us, and it's very sad.
Help folks realize that breed doesn't matter,
It's the people that raise them, not all the chatter.

Help all the children to learn how to be,
Aware of how to love us, it's really key,
For great friendships with us all of their lives,
They need to understand us, so together we'll thrive.
Help their parents teach them how and to know,
The best ways to be with us, as we both grow.

And to those that keep way too many of us,
Let them know they aren't helping, they need to adjust.
They're making things worse, that's all they're doing,
They continue and continue, their constant pursuing.
We get hungry, angry, sick and can't thrive,
In conditions where we barely survive.

Watch over the pups who help humans each day,
That guide, search and rescue and calm those at bay.
The work that they do is very admired,
They save lives and help with skills they've acquired.
Please give them a special treat in their stocking,
And send them some love when you come a knocking.

For pups that are sick, please help them get well,
We'd be lost without them, we're under their spell.
And if they are old and it's time to go,
Help them make the transition, don't make it slow.
And help those who have lost their very best friend,
Comfort them and share, they'll see them again.

Can you tell folks who are way too mean,
That hurt us, scare us, and keep us too lean,
That they need some help to understand,
We can be their best friend, always at hand.
We'll love, admire and be more than expected,
If only we're loved and highly respected.

Another request that we have for rover,
Is to stop those who breed us over and over.
It's cruel and sad for pups to live that way,
They rarely get care and can never play.
We want to end horrific places like this,
Where only a fat wallet concern exists.

Help people understand, that whenever, and if
Their pup is bad, and starts getting in a riff,
That the pup needs a job, just like all of them,
To be the best they can be, a shining gem.
Training and working is what helps us behave,
It stimulates our mind, it's what we crave.

Please help those who think fighting us is fun,
It's heartless, horrible and something to shun.
While robbing us all of a wonderful life,
The pain and cruelty cuts like a knife.
Share info with all, tall and small,
We're pets to be loved, not to brawl.

I ask that you pay particular attention,
Give a pat on the back and a special mention,
To all the folks who rescue and shelter,
They care and feed and find us an adopter,
Over and over, they never think twice,
They give so much, to be very precise.

That's all I ask for my Christmas gift,
For you to bring these on your evening shift.
Thanks, Santa for listening, it's wonderful to know,
That you grant all our wishes and continue to bestow.
We wish you and everyone a great holiday,
With peace and love - it's the only way.

Loves and licks,
Johann

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Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - EcoSMART!

If you follow my Raise A Green Dog blog, you may remember that back in July we gave away a pawsome EcoSMART product bundle to some lucky winner.

So when we were getting the word out to our friends to see if they wanted to donate to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway, the nice folks at EcoSMART jumped at the chance to make a contribution.

Over the summer we used their Ant and Roach Killer in our downstairs bath. For some privacy, that's where Wiggy (my kittie bro) eats his dinner, because some other 'not to be named' kittie bro likes to steal Wiggy's food.

So we were very careful about what products we would use in there since we're green and since it's where Wiggy eats. We were very happy to receive EcoSMART's organic insecticide to use in there because it's made up of very safe ingredients, like essential oils and the like. And it really kept the ants out of Wiggy food :)

Some lucky winning pup is going to be very happy to receive a contribution of their Safe Home Value Bundle! Thanks EcoSMART!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Wellness Pet Food!

The folks at Wellness Pet Food were gracious enough to send eight, count 'em eight, $10 coupons for our 1st thru 3rd place winners.

And we got them in the mail the other day.

Some lucky pups are gonna get some good eats and treats at a pawsome price, I'd say.

Thank you to the folks at Wellness for contributing to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Don't furget to help out the Southside Animal Shelter!

Thanks so much to everyone who has entered Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway so far! We've had lots of entries and lots of votes - over 2500 votes so far!

We also want to give out a super thanks to those who have contributed to my shelter - the Southside Animal Shelter - so far too! You rock!!!!

If you haven't yet, remember, the Holidays are a season of giving back, so don't forget to donate what you can to my shelter, if you're pawticipating. Even a buck will do!!!

If the nice folks at the Southside Animal Shelter hadn't have rescued me from a life on the streets we sure wouldn't be able to bring you this pawsome Giveaway!

We're at 21% of our goal, to reach the $500 targeted contribution to help more pups like me get a furever home. So spread the word! Anyone wishing to donate can go to the Giveaway page or have them come to this blog post and donate too!

Look what the wind blew in!

What did we learn after the big windy, cold stuff that blew through last week? That cold windy stuff can bring some fun toys! Look what blew into our yard? A big ole deflated basketball that Gracie and I are having a super great time with.

An early Christmas present? Could be!!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Rock Star Pooch!

Our good friends over at Rock Star Pooch have graciously contributed one of their super cool tees from their Rock Star Pooch collection!

Here's Sugar, modeling one of their pawsome tees.

If you haven't been over to Rock Star Pooch lately, head on over. They have lots of cool stuff like eco-friendly dog gear, toys, beds, carriers, accessories and even a holiday shop for your last minute shopping!

Thank you so much to Rock Star Pooch for your pawsome contribution to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Pop Dog Press!

My good friends over at Pop Dog Press are contributing one of their very cool Custom Key Chains and a 5x7 Hand Cut Silhouette to the winning pup of Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Melissa at Pop Dog Press so graciously drew my little Johann logo on the header of my JohannTheDog.com website! Love, love, love it!

Pop Dog Press creates fun hand-made goods for dog lovers to enjoy and bring a little color and pop to their life! They've got our Pop Dog Portraits, dog breed key chains and their brand new hand-printed note cards!

Stop by and visit them sometime, they do pawsome art!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Golly Gear!

One of our first friends when we joined the Internets, the nice folks at Golly Gear, have contributed a super nice $25 gift certificate to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveway!

Golly Gear is the place where Gracie and I got our pawsome Puppia Harnesses that you see us wearing on our hikes. We love them! Golly Gear has lots of cool stuff, toys, treats, beds, carriers, harnesses and collars. So why not head on over and check 'em out!

And thank you to them for their pawsome contribution!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Some Holiday fun!

With all this Howliday Giveaway the past couple of weeks Gracie, Wolfie, Wiggy and I are gettin' in the Holiday spirit!

We like the Holidays so much that last year we made an entire Squidoo Lens dedicated to Christmas for Dogs. Head on over sometime, it's a lot of fun, we call it 'A howliday destination for pups and pup lovers!' You can watch holiday vids, read poems, have a good chuckle over some comics, get some tips on some great homemade and store bought pup gifts, and more. So put your paws back, get a nice cup of hot, and enjoy A Doggie Christmas!

Just to get you started here's one of my favorite holiday dog comics:

Some decorations are going up, and on our walks we see lots of lights around the neighborhood. But no pups get ready for the Holidays like these guys!


And of course, one of my favorite videos to get in the spirit of the Holidays! It's Bailey the Unknown Reindeer!


Happy Howlidays!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Best Bully's!

What pup doesn't like Bully Sticks! I know I do!

So we were very excited when our friends at Best Bully's wanted to donate to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

And guess what they donated? A whopping $25 and $50 gift certificate!

If you've never been over to visit our friends at Best Bully's check 'em out! The have lots and lots of Bully Sticks, curly ones, round ones, long ones, short ones and even the odor less ones. And they have other stuff too, like supplements, treats, toys, and other supplies!

Thank you to our friends at Best Bully's for your great contribution!!!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Big Paw Designs!

It's kinda difficult to see in the pic, but way back in 2005 when I was just a wee pup, Mum used to take me to all kinds of doggie events around town...that was before I started competing and gettin' busy with agility, of course. And she loved showing off my very cool collar charm that says 'Rescued'!

And it was about the time that we started JohannTheDog.com! One of the very first companies Mum signed up with as an affiliate was Big Paw Designs. We both loved their pewter collar charms, that have all kind of great sayings...like 'Rescued' and 'Talk to the Tail' and more.

We've been good friends with the folks at Big Paw Designs for quite some time now, so when we asked if they wanted to pawticipate in Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway, they were one of the first to say yes, and they are donating a super cool $20 gift certificate to one lucky winning pup.

Head on over to their website and check out all the collar charms, pet jewelry, gifts, magnets, bumper stickers, picture frames and more that are designed and made in the USA. And all their bowls, dog & cat toys, catnip, collars and more!

Thanks Big Paw Designs for your great contribution to my Giveaway!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Congrats to the winners of the AKC Agility Invitational!

We want to congratulate all the winners of the AKC Agility Invitational held this past weekend in California! You can see all the results here.

8-inch class:

1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi - MACH5 Hawk Hill's Tobi Bear MXF - Darlene Paul
2. Pomeranian - MACH5 Cheris Popeye The Zailor - Gena Zglinski
3. Havanese - MACH Alderon's Surfer Girl RN NF - Trisha Koetter
4. Cardigan Welsh Corgi - Ch. MACH2 Corwynt Tayken Crushed Ice HSAs HIAd - Susan Stephon

12-inch class:

1. Cardigan Welsh Corgi - MACH3 Dobcar's Cavaletti XF - Michelle Permann
2. Pomeranian - MACH5 April May Wicket Moxon - Gail Donaldson
3. Miniature Schnauzer - MACH6 Rock-A-Doodle-Do - Steve Moon
4. Manchester Terrier - Ch MACH7 Burmack's HVN Hi V Bobi CD RN MXF - Vivian Vidoli

16-inch class:

1. Pyrenean Shepherd - NAC MACH2 Luka De La Brise XF - Ashley Deacon
2. Australian Shepherd - MACH Toprock's La Femme Ewe-Nika - Elicia Calhoun
3. Italian Greyhound - MACH4 Amore's Cedar MXF - Karena Kosco
4. Bedlington Terrier - Ch MACH7 Serendipity's Heartbreaker OF ME - Melody Guiver

20-inch class:

1. Border Collie - MACH3 Bluefire What Was I Thinkin' XF - Lisa Carol Ross
2. Golden Retriever - MACH2 Fast-Trak's Laser Flash XF - Elizabeth Bronson
3. Belgian Tervuren - MACH Sprite's Full-Tilt TD XF - Marie Ashbaugh
4. Portuguese Water Dog - Ch MACH2 Cutwater Wine and Dine Me - Lori Chambers

24-inch class:

1. Doberman Pinscher - MACH4 Thornwoods Flare MXF - Yvonne Mancino
2. Weimaraner - CH MACH Regen's Rocket Launcher VCD3 XF - Steve Jenks
3. Siberian Husky - MACH5 T'ai CD RA MXF - Peggy Haslach
4. Belgian Tervuren - MACH Montage Works Like a Charm XF - J Rusty Pearson


Here are the courses from the weekend:

Day One Course: Round 1 - Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
Day One Course: Round 2 - Excellent Standard
Day Two Course: Round 3 - Excellent Jumpers With Weaves
Day Two Course: Round 4 - Hybrid
Day Two Course: Round 5 - Excellent Standard - Finals

And here are the cumulative round results:

Cumulative Round 1 Results By Score
Cumulative Round 2 Results By Score
Cumulative Round 3 Results by Score
Cumulative Round 4 Results by Score
Round 5 Results by Score

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - 4 Paw Creations!

The nice folks at 4 Paw Creations were kind enough to donate a gift certificate for one of their gemstone collars.

The company, 4PawsCreations says..."their new line of healing gemstone collars provides true therapeutic value and energy revitalization to your pet's lives, naturally and without drugs. These top notch, centuries old treatments are helping pets live longer and healthier lives."

Thanks so much 4 Paw Creations. This will be a very interesting gift item for one lucky pup in Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - BiologicVET!

The folks at BiologicVET sent us a slew of their products to add to the pawsome contributions for Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway!

BiologicVET explained to us...."they offer canine and feline nutritional supplements that range from maintenance for general health and wellness to condition specific cases. And that they use only natural ingredients for enhancing your pet's well-being and giving them the opportunity to live a longer, stronger and healthier life."

We're not sure of the key ingredients and source of ingredients for each of their products, but we believe the company will share all that info with you if you contact them.

Look at all the stuff they sent....their entire range of supplement products and three books 'Your Dog's Health.' Thank so much BiologicVET for sending all these products for pups to get to know!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A few photos from our hike yesterday!

Lucky for us the weather was kind of bearable yesterday, so we got in a little five mile hike down at our favorite walking path. Mum made us stay on the path because everywhere else was super muddy. But we didn't mind, we ended up walking just off the path anyway. Mum stayed clean and dry and we got our mud and snow and wet on, BOL!!!

We made a little stop at the stream and it was still kinda frozen, but very beautiful! No need for gswf here :)

We walked 3.5 miles at a pretty brisk clip, which is...'make Mum walk as fast as she can'. Then we took a little break at our favorite stump, and took in the river views.

I was being my impatient self and started chewing on my leash to say, 'let's go!'

We walked on, until we finished the five mile path. Just as we turned the corner Mum snapped this pic and wanted to share , because it reminds her of every winter of Indiana she has ever lived, and that's a lot of 'em you know :)

Got back home, and had a nice dinner with Sweet Potato chews for dessert. Mum cleaned, did laundry, got the dish washer all loaded up and timer set, and then we vegged out and watched a couple of movies. Fun day!

Hope you all had a fun day too!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - FLOAA Dish-sposables!

Not too long ago the good folks at FLOAA Dish-sposables emailed us to see if we wanted to try out some of their new disposable pet dishes.

Being green we were very intrigued because these eco-friendly pet bowls are made from sugar cane fibers, yep that's right! And they are biodegradable.

Their pet dishes hold 16 ounces each, and the company says that they are easy to travel with and can more efficiently hold water and food. They're also more easily stored in your pantry, car, or other area. Since they're reusable, you can rinse them out after each feeding.

Very interesting! So we asked them if they wanted to donate a couple of bowl packs to Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway so a couple of winning pups could try them out! They sent them on to us and we got them the other day.

Thanks FLOAA Dish-sposables for contributing to my Giveaway! I can't wait to hear how the pups like 'em!

Howling Howliday Contributor Spotlight - Coryelle Kramer, Animal Communications!

You may remember back in March when my friend Coryelle Kramer, the animal communicator 'talked' to me and took some questions from my reader's pups?

When Coryelle found out that I was putting on Johann's Howling Howliday Giveaway, she jumped at the chance to contribute a gift certificate for a free pet consultation with one lucky winning pup!

Coryelle has been communicating with animals since her childhood. She grew up in the heart of New York City and in the countryside of upstate New York and always had animals around her. Later on in her 20's she embarked on a spiritual journey, inspired by the desire to learn more about her Indian ancestry (both of her father's parents were Native American).

She reconnected with her gift of communication, and has been using it ever since. She has been doing professional consultations with people and their animal companions since 2001. Coryelle also has studied and utilizes TTouch and Herbal Healing, and she's certified in both Bach Flower Therapy and Reiki I and II, and has been doing these with animals, since 2002.

In addition Coryelle has worked as a Veterinary Technician in New York City and in the Capitol NY region. She has extensive hands-on experience with many different species of animals.

Thanks Coryelle for your pawsome contribution to my Giveaway!