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October 9, 2013

Sunday, October 6th was the Dogtoberfest event held at South Park in Lawrence, Kansas. I was there as a vendor with a couple of tables of our pet travel supplies. Maya was there as well. Her job was to look cute and to occasionaly demonstrate her new ClickIt Utility dog car harness. Here is a photo I took of Maya and several other photos of the event:

Balloon Sculptures Dogtoberfest 2013

These balloon sculptures are awesome! Dogtoberfest had a kids section for face painting, kids crafts, and other fun activities. Where are the kids? This was taken before Dogtoberfest officially started.

Balloon Sculture Dogtoberfest 2013

A close up of one of the colorful balloon sculptures.

Brindle Mastiff 1 at Dogtoberfest 2013

We met this beautiful brindle Mastiff at Dogtoberfest.

Disc Dogs 3 Dogtoberfest 2013

I couldn’t leave my booth but luckily the disc dog event was right across from me. Look at this Border Collie go!

Disc Dogs 4 Dogtoberfest 2013

This Border Collie is really intent on her disc.

Disc Dogs 5 Dogtoberfest 2013

This dog is doing the weave trick at the disc dog event.

Mastiff and Malamute Dogtoberfest 2013

Also close to my booth was the Mastiff rescue. This big guy is already adopted. The Malamute is a visitor to the event.

Maya Playing with Stick 1 Dogtoberfest 2013

When Maya wasn’t being a model for her dog car harness or greeting visitors at the Dogtoberfest event, she was playing with a stick she found.

People and Dogs at Dogtoberfest 2013 - 2

Lots of people and dogs at the Dogtoberfest event. These people and vendors are to the left of my table.

People and Dogs at Dogtoberfest 2013 - 4

More people and vendors at the Dogtoberfest event. This is from the right side of my table.

Roxy the Dachshund Mix 3 Dogtoberfest 2013

This is my friend Roxy. I haven’t seen her in such a long time and so was very happy that she came to Dogtoberfest.

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October 2, 2013

Every couple of months, the Lawrence Humane Society has a little gathering called the Mutt Mixer. It is where people can come to bring their dogs and they get to hang around in the huge exercise pens with other dogs. The mixing part is the dogs with homes and their people get to meet dogs up for adoption. It’s a great socializing activity that Maya loves. I like it too, but I mostly hang out outside of the fenced area at a small table where I have the dog seat belts. I still get to socialize, though! 🙂 Here are some of the photos from the event last Thrusday (the 26th).

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 1

Maya is making friends.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 2

The Lawrence Humane Society has huge fenced-in areas for the dogs to run around in.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 3

This is Reno having a good time at the September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 4

This is Brownie having a good time at the September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 5

They had pools for the dogs to play in at the event. Maya was the first to test one out.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 7

Maya played with people more than with other dogs at the Mutt Mixer event.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 8

Maya really knows how to make people visiting the event feel special.

September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event 9

This is Spud, a Frenchie, who came to check out the September 2013 Mutt Mixer Event.

These other photos are from the same event held in May.

2013 May Mutt Mixer - 1

From the May 2013 Mutt Mixer at the Lawrence Humane Society.


2013 May Mutt Mixer - 2

More doggies and my Maya mixing it up at the Mutt Mixer.


We didn’t make it to the one in July. View our posts from the end of July to see why.

Do you have any fun events for dogs in your neighborhood?

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September 25, 2013

On Sunday, Maya and I went to the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event at Crystal K9 in Lawrence, Kansas. I had one table there for our pet travel supplies and Maya came with me to show off her Kurgo Go-Tech dog safety seat belt. The event was the first one ever held by Crystal K9 so it was a small event. But it was a lot of fun. There were several enjoyable activities, some of which Maya got to participate in. And there were other local pet supply vendors. Here are some photos I took of the event:

Adoptable Dog Responsible Pet Owner's Day 2013

There were adoptable dogs at the event, including this sweet girl.

Berger Picard Responsible Pet Owner's Day

This is the Wynn Dixie dog breed, the Berger Picard. This adorable guy is about 5 months old. Just look at those ears!

English Setter Responsible Pet Owner's Day

This is the first English Setter I have ever seen in person. Isn’t he gorgeous?

Havanese Responsible Pet Owner's Day

I think this guy is a Havanese. Sorry, I can’t remember for certain. I met so many adorable dogs at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event.

Keeshond Responsible Pet Owner's Day

I learned how to say Keeshond properly when I met this beautiful girl and her bigger fluffier brother at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event.

Dog in Purse at the Responsible Pet Owner's Day

This little guy belongs to the exectutive director of the Lawrence Humane Society. He loves to stay in his purse and he was quite comfortable there too.

Maya in the Way Responsible Pet Owner's Day

My Maya got in the way of a lot of photos at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event.

Maya Making Friends Responsible Pet Owner's Day

Maya loved meeting all the dogs at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event.

Maya Won Dish Responsible Pet Owner's Day

Maya won this dog dish in one of the activities at the event. The activity was a doggie version of musical chairs where the dog who took the longest to sit was out. Maya got 2nd place out of 10 dogs. I’m so proud!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Responsible Pet Owner's Day

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event. He was with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi too, but I didn’t get a good photo.

Responsible Pet Owner's Day Crystal K9

Lots of people and dogs hanging out at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event held out in front of Crystal K9.

Dog Giselle Dog Safety Seat Belt

I think this girl’s name is Giselle. She was adopted from the Lawrence Humane Society a few months ago. Here, she bought the Kurgo Go-Tech dog safety seat belt from me at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event.

Cute Little Puppy Responsible Pet Owner's Day

This cute little girl is named Mia and she was at the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event too. Isn’t she just the cutest little thing?

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September 17, 2013

Even though I don’t have much of an opportunity to travel with my dogs, we go places together all the time. Traveling is a great way to bond and to get out of the house for some adventure. It is also helpful in making sure Maya and Pierson enjoy car rides. Because if the only time your dog rides in the car is when he is going to the vet, he is not going to like riding in the car much.

Maya Vet Caption

Actually, Maya loves the vet. She’s weird.

Visiting places around town is also a great way to help socialize your dog. While Pierson still has dog aggression issues, his ventures away from home have really helped lessen his reactions. He is more comfortable going to new places now that it is part of his regular routine. So if you enjoy spending time with your dogs as much as I enjoy spending time with mine, here are some great places you can go that are just around town.

I never take my dogs with me if I have to leave them in the car. But there are places I can go where I don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended. Let’s say I am craving ice cream. Well, Maya & Pierson, let’s go to Sonic! I can get ice cream for me and a free ice cream doggie dish for them. If you don’t have a Sonic, there’s always Dairy Queen, Sheridan’s, Andy’s, and other such places. Not all of them have a free sample for the dogs but it wouldn’t hurt to ask. If you don’t care for ice cream, go to another fast food drive-through for a hamburger and fries. Share a fry or two with your dogs. Just a little bit, though. You want to make sure your dog doesn’t get too fat for his dog car harness or pet travel carrier!

My Dog Pierson Eating Sonic Ice Cream

Pierson enjoys a free dog dish from Sonic!

Sometimes I will take my dogs to the bank too. Lots of banking transactions are online, but there are still plenty of times when I need to go to the bank. Most times when we use the teller drive-through, they give Maya & Pierson a dog biscuit!

If you have prescriptions you need to pick up, why not take your dogs and use the prescription drive-through? Or the drive-through dry cleaners. Can you think of any other errands around town that have a drive-through service?

My dogs’ most favorite places to visit around town are the parks. There’s not just an abundance of city parks but there are also some great nearby county and state parks. Maya loves Shawnee Mission Park which is a park in Johnson County, about a 45 minute drive from here. We don’t go there often because Clinton State Park is closer and nearly as nice.

Shawnee Mission Park

Shawnee Mission Park

Maya and Pierson at Clinton Lake

Maya and Pierson at Clinton Lake

Off-Leash Dog Parks
If your dog gets along well with other dogs, take him to a dog park. If he doesn’t have a good recall, make sure it is a fenced dog park. There is a nice dog park that Maya goes to near Clinton Lake. It isn’t fenced, but Maya is good about coming when called. She loves this particular dog park because but there is also a nearby stream for her to swim in.

Maya at Clinton Lake in Lawrence, KS

Maya really likes the stream at the dog park in Lawrence, Kansas. (Part of Clinton Lake)

Hiking Trails
A lot of parks have nice walking or hiking trails. Hiking is a fun on-leash activity that Pierson really loves. There are so many scents and sights to check out. He recently went to the Rotary Arboretum here in Lawrence and had a great time. Except for the lady who had two small dogs running around off-leash, it was a great experience for him. For the most part, he didn’t react to seeing other dogs around. (But I did have to pick him up away from the small dogs so that he wouldn’t hurt them.)

Pierson Group Walk 003

This is another hiking trail in Lawrence. We are on a group walk organized just for helping to train leash reactive dogs.

Pet Store
Feel a need to spoil your dog? Let’s go to the pet store and buy a new toy! When Maya and Pierson get low on food, I take Maya with me for a trip to the pet store. Sometimes I take Pierson, but I have to be careful with him because he doesn’t like other dogs. Both love the pet store. Even though I go to get food, most times I end up getting a dog toy too. The main pet stores here in Lawrence where I take my dogs are Petco and Pawsh Wash. The people at Pawsh Wash are awesome and know Maya and Pierson on sight. Sometimes they recognize me too. 😉

Dogs at Pawsh Wash Lawrence

Maya plays with Hercules and Bean at Pawsh Wash.

Pet Events
Your local humane society most likely participates in a number of events for dogs all throughout the year. Perhaps they have a gathering for adoptions or microchipping. Whatever the main theme, you will also probably find food and drinks for you and treats for the dogs. There may even be some fun dog activities going on. Check out my previous post on the three upcoming pet events that Maya gets to go to this fall. One of them will have a dog park like setting for her to run around and socialize in. The other one has lots of fun activities like dog agility and disc dogs. I bet your community has several pet events a year too.

Dogtoberfest 2012 003

This is a photo I took to show how crowded it was at Dogtoberfest 2012 despite the chilly weather. The Greyhound Rescue was right next to us.

Don’t be bored at home. Enjoy life and enjoy it more with your dog. You won’t regret it!

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September 14, 2013

Sorry, I don’t have a Pet Safety Saturday theme prepared this week. We have a lot going on and some fun upcoming pet events to get ready for. With the weather getting cooler, but hopefully not too cool, it is the perfect time for gatherings. If you live anywhere near Lawrence, Kansas come by and see us at these special events:

On Sunday, September 22nd, we will be at Crystal K9 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Crystal K9 is a doggie day care and pet grooming facility located at 3115 W. 6th street in Lawrence. The event is being held for Responsible Pet Owner’s Day and proceeds will be collected for the Lawrence Humane Society. I’m not sure of all the happenings at this event, but I’m sure it will be one where a lot of pet care information is shared. We will be there as a vendor. And there is likely to be a few fun activities.

On Thursday, September 26th, we will be at the Lawrence Humane Society from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The Mutt Mixer is held every two months except in winter so this is the last Mutt Mixer event until next year. We didn’t make it to the previous Mutt Mixer event in July because we were in a car accident along the way. Let’s hope there is no rain on this event day and we have a safe drive this time around! There will be food and drinks at the Mutt Mixer. Bring your dog and have them run around with other dogs in the fenced in outdoor areas. It’s like a dog park social event with adoptable dogs as the focus. A few local vendors, including myself, will be there selling our pet wares.

On Sunday, October 6th, we will be at South Park in Downtown Lawrence from 10:00am – 3:00 pm for the Dogtoberfest event. This event is held every year in October and this is the 2nd year in a row where I have been on the committee to help organize the Dogtoberfest event (although admittedly I haven’t contributed as much effort as the other fantastic committee members). It is the third year in a row where I have had a vendor booth at the event. There will be a walk-a-fest, costume contest, disc dogs, agility dogs, vendors, food, and lots of adoptable dogs from various rescue groups from around town.

Dogtoberfest with Logo 1

This is a photo from the Dogtoberfest in 2011.

My Maya will be at all three of these events, but Pierson has to stay home. He does not get along well with other dogs. Maya can be a bit hard to handle at the beginning because she is so excited. But once her initial enthusiasm wears off, she is a perfect lady. She will most likely show off her Kurgo Go-Tech pet car harness. Or if the Sleepypod ClickIt has arrived, she will show off that one.

I know many of you reading this are probably not in the Lawrence, Kansas area. Don’t worry, though. I will share pictures! 🙂

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February 13, 2013

For our participation in the Super Dog Sunday event, we were entered into a prize drawing. We didn’t even know our participation meant a possible prize so when Maya & Pierson won, it was a super surprise! For in case you weren’t aware, the Super Dog Sunday helped to benefit the Petfinder Foundation. While the twitter party is over, Super Dog Sunday continues with more possible prizes. Keep an eye out on this blog or our American Dog Blog for a giveaway of a Kumfy Koats. In the meantime, check out the pictures of Maya & Pierson with their prizes:

Maya & Pierson sit amongs all the great winnings.

Maya & Pierson sit amongs all the great winnings.

This is what they won – two dog books, two toys, a paw-wipe towel, Toby & Max jewelry, a lickety stik dog treat, and a natural remedy for dog aggression (I can’t wait to try it on Pierson when he goes out and sees other dogs).

Pierson is telling me how much he loves his plush football dog toy.

Pierson is telling me how much he loves his plush football dog toy.


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Super Fun Puppy Bowl IX App & Subaru

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 31, 2013

Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™

You’ve seen those funny and cute Subaru dog commercials, haven’t you? You know, the dogs driving a subaru to go camping and skiing, or driving a Subaru to the grocery store only to have a cat driving another Subaru steal their parking spot (that’s my favorite). Well, Subaru has more great commercials for you. And this year, they are associated with the Puppy Bowl IX.

There are four new commercials that we are aware of. And this year, it’s not just about the dogs. Grant Weber, is a human Subaru Canine Sales Associate who specializes in selling the Subaru to dogs. He makes an appearance in a most of the commercials but our favorite is the one with the dogs Toby and Keys getting ready for a tailgate party:

We just love this Subaru commercial:

If you have never seen the Puppy Bowl before, it is a MUST SEE for dog lovers. Imagine a bunch of cute adoptable puppies on a mini football field romping around and having a good time. You can watch the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet on February 3rd, 3pm p/e time.

Want to make watching the Puppy Bowl an even better experience? Download this app on your tablet or mobile phone:

The app can be downloaded now but won’t activate until the start of the Puppy Bowl. Watch the Puppy Bowl in unison with your app, see additional cuteness content, and interact with the show! The app also brings in new hilarious Subaru Dog tested. Dog approved.™ commercials.

Remember, you can download the app now but it only becomes available at 3pm e/p on February 3rd. If you miss that airing, Animal Planet replays the show throughout the rest of the day.

This post is sponsored by Subaru, Dog Tested. Dog Approved™ campaign. Yes, we here at are being compensated for this post. But please note that we agreed with this arrangement because we love that Subaru goes out of their way to be dog friendly, because we love their hilarious dog commercials, because we love the adoptable dogs in the Puppy Bowl, and because we love the message of the Puppy Bowl. I personally, can’t wait to use this app myself on February 3rd!

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January 16, 2013

Catch that football Maya!

Pierson is doing the touchdown dance for Super Dog Sunday.

Maya & Pierson tackling a football player for Super Dog Sunday.

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December 28, 2012

New Year’s Resolution – Protect your four-legged family member in the car with a dog seat belt. Enter to win a Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness or a Bergan dog car harness for your dog by entering the Rafflecopter entries below. Comment, like, and follow your way to a safer pet. Open to US entrants only. The contest ends on Sunday, January 20th at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random on the 21st and announced between the 21st and 23rd. The winner can select from the available sizes of either a Kurgo Tru-Fit brand or Bergan brand dog seat belt.

Sephi is wearing the Kurgo dog car harness.

Maya is wearing a red Kurgo Tru-Fit car harness.

The Kurgo Tru-Fit brand uses a loop system tether. The seat belt of your car goes through the loop on the harness in order to secure your pet in the car. The loop system keeps your dog more secure. It doesn’t allow for your dog to move around much so if your dog will try to move around while wearing the Kurgo brand, he may get tangled in the loop system. This brand is best for dogs that simply like to sit or lay down in the car. The Kurgo harness is slightly padded. Red is shown above with our dog Maya but we only have black available at this time for this contest. BTW, Maya has to use a Bergan tether with her Kurgo harness because she does like to move around a lot in the car.

Pierson is wearing the Bergan dog car harness.

The Bergan tether attaches to the seat belt of your car.

The padded chest piece of the Bergan brand is a little longer than that of the Kurgo brand. The tether of the Bergan brand attaches directly to the seat belt webbing of your car. This allows your dog to move around more. The shorter you keep the tether (which is adjustable in length) the safer your dog. But if your dog likes to move around a lot despite the harness, the Bergan tether may be better for them than the Kurgo loop tether.

Both the Kurgo and the Bergan have been safety tested for strength. Feel free to check out their pages for more information on each brand – Kurgo and Bergan. If you are not a winner but would like to purchase a dog seat belt, feel free to use discount code petfriend for 10% off.

Thanks for entering!

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November 7, 2012

Designed to fit on a small couch, this plush cover can also be used in the back of your SUV. It can also be used in the back seat of your car, however, it does not have straps to secure it to the seat. If used in the back seat of the car, it would work more like a blanket.

To enter to win this month’s contest is simple. Enter the Rafflecopter options below. Like us, follow us, comment, or all of the above! The more you do, the greater your chances of winning.

There will only be one winner as we just have one of these left. The contest ends November 30th and the winner will be chosen at random on December 1st. Please note that you must be a resident of the continental US to win. We will not be able to ship this item outside the continental US.

Good luck on this Pet Auto Safety giveaway!

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