Archive for October, 2011

Trace Adkins to hear 5 pet owners perform live on November 8

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The five finalists in the Tail Waggin’ Jingle Contest have been announced (see their videos at! On November 8 these five, lucky dog owners will perform live for Country Music star Trace Adkins at a private event at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville. Adkins will hear each jingle, score it, and name a winner by the end of the event. Immediately following the event, the Grand Prize winner will go directly to a recording studio where Adkins will produce his/her jingle.

These dog owners, who clearly share the affection we all have for our pets, are already getting lots of attention. Check out the USA Today story that ran last week.

Hounds of Howl–o-ween Costume Contest – For Pooches Only

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Win a two night ‘Very Merry Wine Country Holiday’ Package

Pooch-friendly Harvest Inn celebrates Halloween with its Hounds of Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Pups can trick, treat and be scary for a chance to win an eat, drink and be merry two-night stay. First and only prize is a two night ‘Very Merry Wine Country Holiday’ package, for the winning pup and two favorite people, at Harvest Inn, a $1000 value.

Don’t let sleeping dogs lie, snap a picture of the costumed pooch, ‘like’ the Inn on Facebook and email the jpeg to The Inn will post to their Facebook page and let resident pup, ‘Seahunt’ Peanut, who has a closet full of costumes, select his favorite. Deadline is Tuesday November 1, 2011. Only one photo per pooch. The winner will be announced no later than November 11, 2011.

The photo must include the pooch’s name, age, location where the picture is taken and the type of camera used.

‘A Very Merry Wine Country Holiday’ package includes a two night stay wrapped with the best of California’s wine country wonderland – exclusive tastings at two Harvest Inn preferred winery partners. Stunningly decorated for the holiday season, the charming Inn is ideal for a cozy fireside celebration and cheer.

The package also includes a wonderfully appointed, restful King Room with a wood or gas burning fireplace, a hearty daily breakfast, a welcome basket that includes a bottle of local wine, a sample of locally grown, infused olive oil, snacks, and handmade Woodhouse chocolates.

The gracious guest room features oversized bathroom, complimentary Internet access and views of the Inn’s gardens, pools, adjacent vineyards and Mayacamas Mountains. Complimentary on-site parking, unlimited access to the Fitness Center and two heated swimming pools are also included.

· Contest is open to those 21 years and older with the exception of all Harvest Inn employees, vendors or partners.
· Only one entry per participant.
· Prize is non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. It’s valid for one year from date of winning, available Sunday-Thursday and based upon availability.
· Winners will be selected by Harvest Inn and will be announced on Harvest Inn’s Facebook page and Twitter account; decisions are final and binding.
· By submitting a photo to the contest, you give Harvest Inn your consent to post your photo and name to the Harvest Inn Facebook page and Twitter account.
· This contest or promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.

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Top 200 Places: Pioneer Auto Show – South Dakota

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Pioneer Auto Show
I 90 & US 83
South Dakota 57559

This world-famous collection of everything on wheels has been family owned since 1954. Collections include 10 acres of exhibits in many buildings and sheds. The museum is only one minute off of the I-90 freeway and makes a great rest point for travelers on the cross country route. Dogs on leash are allowed both inside and outside and there is a large pets welcome sign on the front of the building and on their website.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

The blog entries can be found at, our Facebook page, or Twitter.