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Follow Up Friday #21

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 6, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday where we recap the week… in this case, the past two weeks. I did not participate last week because I was still stuffed from Thursday’s meal. 🙂

This week’s follow up is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog. Be sure to check out her blog to see what Sampson and Delilah have been up to.


You may have already heard about the contest in November for the cute dog figurines. Winners have been announced… Kate V, Jodi E, Lindsay, Jenn B, and Theresa S. Congratulations all! If you haven’t already received your prize, you should be receiving it within a day or two.

Now for the December contest giveaway! On December 2nd, I started a contest for a paw print seat cover. If you haven’t already, go check it out and enter the rafflecopter. There are multiple ways to enter, and I’m sure most of you already meet the criteria by liking my Facebook page and following me on Twitter. You can also add additional entries by tweeting daily. There have only been 38 entries so far, so your chances are good. This contest ends on December 15th. I want to make sure the winner can get their cover in time for Christmas.

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

Speaking of the paw print pet car covers, Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews did a great review for me. I heard she got a new Prius and thought she might like one. Check out the review from Flea.


Posted on the same day as the seat cover contest was an article about selecting the best way for your dog to travel; not based on what everyone else says is the best, but what works for you, your situation, and your dog. The best dog seat belt on the market may not work for your best friend. Some dogs might prefer riding in a crate. But then again, if you have a big dog you might not be able to fit his large pet crate in your small car. There are a ton of different situations and other options besides harnesses and crates. Be sure to go check out this article.


I haven’t posted about this yet, so I thought I would share it here today. We didn’t travel this holiday. Since my dad and stepmom are 11 hours away, my mom and stepdad are 5 hours away, my husband’s parents are in another country, and since my husband couldn’t get Friday off, we stayed home. Neither of us have any family nearby, but we have some good friends. We had a nice afternoon meal, ate some traditional and also nontraditional food, then took a nap. All-in-all, a wonderful day to be thankful for.


I didn’t post about Black Friday on this blog, but I did a little bit on my other blog. On Black Friday, I went to Petco and bought Pierson a bark control collar. I also got him a free pair of reindeer antlers with the purchase. I thought it was a fun trip, but Pierson was not at all pleased:

Dog Pierson Petco Antlers Why

Admit it, dog costumes are for our amusement, not theirs. Does Pierson look amused to you? I know these Petco antlers made me smile. 😀 Poor Pierson. I promise he didn’t suffer long. Just long enough for me to take a photo.

If you want to know more about how the bark control collar worked for Pierson, be sure to visit my American Dog Blog. The short version of this story is it has been peaceful this week.

Thanks for stopping by. And thank you, Jodi for hosting the blog hop! Happy Holidays everyone. 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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Win a Paw Print Pet Car Seat Cover

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 2, 2013

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

This is the Last Contest Giveaway of the Year

Starting right now and ending at 11:59pm on December 15th, 2013, you can enter to win a paw print pet car seat cover! Simply enter the Rafflecopter below. Earn an entry for each of the options in the Rafflecopter, and tweet daily for additional entries. One winner will be selected using The winner can select either one back cover or one front cover. Choose from one of four available colors. The contest is open to anyone with a continental US mailing address. Winner must respond within 2 business days or another winner will be selected.

A Paw Print Dog Seat Cover will Make a Great Gift for You or a Friend

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If you don’t want to wait, these are all on sale, plus you can get an additional 15% off by using the discount code, holidaypet. (This discount code applies to all orders, excluding the BreezeGuard car window screens.)

Here’s more about the paw print pet car seat cover:

– Comes in black, gray, tan, or brown
– Made by Guardian Gear
– Measures 55 inches across (side to side) and 42 inches long (top to bottom edge)
– Made from 100% polyester. Machine wash, lie flat to dry in order to keep the shape
– Has seat belt holes so your family and your dogs can buckle up
– Attaches with 4 corner straps and a few other clips and straps along the edges

Gray Dog Car Seat Cover

Back of Dog Car Seat Cover

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November 19, 2013

Thank goodness, it is another contest giveaway! Sorry, it is not a pet travel product this time. But it sure is cute. I have a few dog figurines left over from another website I used to run and thought it would be great to give some away. There are a total of five of these adorable shoe & dog figurines available, three brown and two black. They are each 4″ long, 7″ wide, and 5″ tall. The shoe has an opening in it so that you can put in some dirt and a small plant. This figurine can be used both indoors and out. These are a Land & Sea product.

Beagle Puppy with Black Shoe Figurine Brown & White Puppy on Brown Shoe

Contest Details and Rules:
– Since this is a thankful month, tell us in comments what your pet is most thankful for. Then use the Rafflecopter below to submit your contest entry.
– Enter by the other ways indicated on the Rafflecopter.
– Open to those with a shipping address in the Continental US only.
– Contest ends on November 30th, 11:59pm CST.
– Tweet daily for more entries.
– Your likes and follows must be active on the date of the drawing.
– Winners will be chosen using Please respond within 3 business days. Winners who do not resopnd within that time will forfeit their prize.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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May 3, 2013

This is our first Follow Up Friday blog hop. It has been an interesting week for us so I thought we would share what’s going on.

Pierson and Snow in May

It’s a good thing Pierson hasn’t lost his winter coat yet, because it’s snowing in May!

Snow in May
It has been a strange week for weather. It was in the 80s Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was in the 70s. Then Thursday it snowed! Poor Maya & Pierson don’t know whether to shed or grow more fur.

Maya in Snow in May

“Please let me wake up from this strange dream of snow in May.”

Canine Epilepsy
Pierson had a second seizure on Wednesday, May 1st. His first seizure was on January 10th of this year. Thankfully, his seizures were very short and don’t seem to happen often. The vet took some tests and was unable to determine the cause. This is a good thing, the vet says. It’s not head trauma, it’s not poison, and his blood tests came out normal. So he is just one of those dogs that have seizures. Seeing my pretty boy Pierson having a seizure is a scary thing, but seizures won’t shorten his life or lessen his quality of life. It is believed that dogs feel no pain during a seizure. And he gets back to his bouncy self within moments after the seizure.

Tomorrow for Pet Safety Saturday, I’m going to provide a link to an article I wrote in January about Pierson’s canine epilepsy. Be sure to stop by tomorrow.

Contest Winner
On a lighter note, Amy B. won the Bergan pet travel barrier. Congratulations Amy!

We will be holding another contest this month so stay tuned. What would you like to see in May’s giveaway contest?

Sharing Pet Safety Photos
You saw the Golden Doodle Spud’s photo earlier this week in his new Bergan dog car harness. Now we’ve seen a photo of another Doodle named Goldie wearing the Kurgo Tru-Fit pet car harness. We haven’t gotten permission to share the photo on our blog, but you can see it on DoodleKisses.

If you have photos of your dog riding in the car, share them with us. We’d love to post them here.

Teaching Pierson to Speak
I taught Pierson to speak last week. It was so easy that he learned it in one day. Two factors made it easy for him to learn: 1) Aussies are natural barkers, and 2) Aussies are super smart. I will hopefully have a video on American Dog Blog soon.

Check out more dog blog posts on the Follow Up Friday blog hop below:

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April 11, 2013

Does your dog try to climb in the
front seat when you drive?

Bergan Pet Travel Barrier

Help keep your dog in the back seat with the Bergan pet travel barrier.

Does your dog try to get in your lap?

If your dog won’t tolerate a pet seat belt or dog carrier, enter the contest giveaway to win a Bergan pet travel barrier.

Bergan makes a great car barrier that is easy to install. Simply wrap the straps around the headrest and seat body of the car. If you are wary about purchasing a dog car barrier made out of canvas cloth and netting material, enter our contest giveaway in the month of April for a chance to win one!

To enter, you must have a shipping address within the Continental US. We do not ship outside the US. If you meet this criteria, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway, and/or leave a blost post comment. You do not have to do all four entries, but each method gives you another chance to win. You can increase your chances of winning even more by tweeting about the giveaway once a day, every day.

This contest ends April 30th, 2013, 11:59PM EST. We will select a winner on May 1st or 2nd using The winner will be notified by email, through Facebook, and/or Twitter. If the winner does not respond within three business days, we will select another winner.

If you’d like to go ahead and order a Bergan pet travel barrier, visit our site at Please note, that the dog car barrier may not be effective in preventing determined dogs from getting in the front seat. Consider the size of your dog (smaller dogs are less likely to get over the barrier) and his tenacity. For our other pet travel supplies, start at the PetAutoSafety home page. Feel free to enter discount code, petfriend, for 10% off.

Good luck! 🙂
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April 3, 2013

First, let me announce the winner of the Pet Travel Calm from the March contest giveaway. Congratulations to Danielle M. and her dog Sissy!

Now, let’s introduce one of our previos winners, Shelley and her dog Kandy. Shelley won the Bergan dog car harness in February. Just look at what a cutie Kandy is. Tell me what you think of her ears. ♥

Kandy Wearing Bergan Dog Seat Belt 1

Here’s Kandy in the car wearing her Bergan dog seat belt.

Kandy Ears and Bergan Dog Seat Belt

Kandy’s ears remind me of little angel wings. 🙂

Kandy Bergan Dog Car Harness

Kandy is sitting comfortably in the car and ready to ride safe.

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Labrador and Pet Travel Calm

Travel Calm really worked on my crazy Labrador Maya!

Do you all remember the video of my crazy Labrador Maya in the car? If you missed it, check it out HERE. Basically, my Maya LOVES to ride in the car. She is so excited about it that she whines and cries for the first 15 to 20 minute of every car ride. At first, it is cute. But, as you can imagine, it doesn’t take long to grate on the nerves. I wasn’t sure what to do about it until I came across this pet travel product from Earth Heart called Travel Calm.

Travel Calm is an herbal mist spray that you put on your dog’s outer ears or on their belly. You can also spray it on the fabric of your vehicle or on your dog seat cover or pet car seat. The natural herbal scents are supposed to help soothe your dog and calm him. It can work for excited dogs like my Maya and for nervous dogs.

Travel Calm from Earth Heart

With an upcoming road trip from Kansas to Texas with my dogs over the Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I would give this mist spray a try. I am super excited to say that the pet Travel Calm worked great! Maya may have whined once for one second, but that was it! You can see my review posted on December 1st, 2012. I was so happy with this product that our company purchased a bunch more for resale.

Pet Travel Calm is now available on Plus we are giving away a free bottle at the end of March! Check out the Rafflecopter below and enter to win your free bottle of this great pet travel product. This contest giveaway is available to those with a shipping address in the continental US only. You do not have to enter in every category on the Rafflecopter but each category you enter gives you another chance to win. The contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 31t, 2013. A winner will be chosen on or around April 1st… Maybe we will do it on April 2nd so that you don’t think our email saying you’re a winner is an April Fools’ joke! 😀
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Congratulations Kumfy Koatz Winner!

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 5, 2013

We have a winner for the Kumfy Koatz contest giveaway, which was started on February 22nd. And the winner is…. Claudia McGee!!! Claudia, we sent you an email. Please reply with your address and color preference.

Congratulations!!! 🙂

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February Giveaway Winner Announced!

Author: MayaAndPierson
March 1, 2013


5TDY6V6CHCH4 Congratulations to Shelley P.!!! She won a Bergan or Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness for her dog from our “Love Your Dog” giveaway contest in February – An email has been sent to you. Please respond at your earliest convenience.



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February 22, 2013

Maya wearing the Kumfy Koatz

As an appreciation for our running of the Super Dog Sunday to benefit the Petfinder Foundation, Maya was given a Kumfy Koatz to try and review. Kumfy Koatz is a dog harness that has an ice or heat pack insert so that you dog can maintain optimum body temperatures in extreme weather. What does this mean? It means your dog can play in the snow longer when the insert is heated or your dog can play in the summer sun longer when the insert is frozen.

We found this product especially interesting for pet car travel. We never recommend you leave your dog in the car so we thought the product would be better for a road trip. For example, let’s say the a/c in your car doesn’t get to the back cargo area as well as it gets to those passengers riding in the front. If your road trip is in summer, perhaps the Kumfy Koatz can help keep your pet cool without the other passengers being blasted with ice cold air. The same logic can be applied to winter travel. Please note, however, that the heating or cooling will only be effective for about an hour.

But using the Kumfy Koatz for car travel is not the only use. My dog Maya got to try hers outside in the snow. Some of these photos are from the snow we had a week or two ago where we only had one inch. And some of these photos are from our huge snow storm yesterday. We got nearly a foot of fluffy white snow!

Maya in her Kumfy Koatz Maya in her Kumfy Koatz and Pierson Maya Playing in the Snow Wearing Kumfy Koatz Maya playing in the snow while wearing Kumfy Koatz My Labrador wearing Kumfy Koatz Maya wearing Kumfy Koatz

Maya is a Labrador and Labradors tend to have thick skin which helps keep them warm in cool weather so Maya seldom ever gets cold, especially since she is mostly an indoor dog in winter. For Maya, this product would be more beneficial to use in hot weather. While she is still mostly an indoor dog, she loves to play outdoors and will play and play no matter how hot or tired she gets. With the Kumfy Koatz dog harness, Maya will be able to hang out at the dog park for a much longer period.

Every dog is different. Just because Maya would use this product better in the summer doesn’t mean this product wouldn’t be great for another dog in winter. My sister has a medium-sized dog with really short hair and thin skin who would really love to wear the Kumfy Koatz in winter.

Overall, we really liked this product. It is well made and the large size fit Maya perfectly. The insert is a non-toxic gel-pack that can be put in the microwave or the freezer. And it is reusable. The gel-pack is easy to remove and to insert into harness. It was probably the easiest harness to put on and adjust… easier than putting on Maya’s dog car harness.

But I do have one criticism about the product – The weight of the insert made the harness sag at the bottom underneath Maya’s chest. Even when I fit the harness perfectly, it still sagged a little. And the more Maya moved, the more it sagged and had to be readjusted. Perhaps if the insert is frozen for warm weather use, the gel-pack insert will be stiffer and will somewhat prevent this problem. We won’t really know until we get to try it out next season.

We were given a free product to review but we are not being paid for this review. Our review is 100% our own opinion. The only thing we are required to put in this review as an exchange for the free product is the following paragraph:

“The outside layer of fabric on the Kumfy Koatz warming and cooling harnesses has recently been changed to a mesh fabric, available in numerous colors. Other than the fabric change, the product remains the same. The Kumfy Pax pouch slides easily into its pocket in the chest of the harness to help your dog’s inner core organs warm or cool as needed. Your dog can now spend more time outdoors in Winter cold or Summer heat. To learn more, follow the Kumfy Tailz Facebook page, follow on Twitter, or visit their website to see the new fabrics. Our giveaway will offer a neoprene version of the Kumfy Koatz to one lucky winner. If you prefer a sure thing to an entry, simply visit the website to select and order your preference of color in the mesh fabric.”

Colors available are red, black, and blue but color choices of the winner are limited.

To win the Kumfy Koatz for your dog, enter the Rafflecopter below. The contest starts today and ends Sunday, March 3rd 11:59PM EST.
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