Wednesday, December 30, 2015

See all the winners of Deck the Dog House 2015

The holidays are rough! I feel like I am always out of time. There's always something that gets left behind.

I also didn't get around to announcing the winners of the the Deck the Dog House contest before Christmas! Sorry about that. But I did notify all the winners.

I want to start out by saying everyone did an amazing job this year. The entries were fantastic! My judges, (Jodi Chick of Kol's Notes and my mom, lol) both said choosing the winners were especially hard.

How the judging worked:
  • Each judge came up with a list of 10 contestants, for each of the 10 prizes.
  • Any contestant chosen by both judges instantly got a prize
  • Any contestant ties were broken by me. This happened for four contestants. In the end, two contestants didn't make the top 10. This was my decision
Anyone who didn't win this year, please don't get discouraged. Please try again next year. For one thing, all winners this year are barred from entering next year, so that more people have a chance. And at least one of our winners this year did not win last year. So please just keep entering.

Also, all contestants will coupon codes to two Etsy websites. My friends at Kitsch and Crossbones and The French Dog have graciously given these coupon codes so that everyone can enjoy these awesome handmade products.

So without further adieu, here are the winners:

Hallmark dog prize winner:
"A sledding Waffos goes" -- Kelly Seals
"Waffos enjoys playing in his pool in the Summer time. In the Winter he just likes to play with the pool as a toy . Then  I decided to turn the pool into a " Sleigh Bed" for the Winter so he would enjoy his blankets & bed in there. I have had the 2 little German Shepherds stuffed critters  & I thought Waffos would love to have some company in his sleigh day photo. The weather here in Texas in our town has been in the 70's so I had to "create' a Winter scene." 
Hallmark other pet prize winner:
"Snoopy Christmas" -- Katrina Koski
"This snoopy house took 5 hours to make and all it is a big moving box covered is red wrapping paper(I was going to use poster board but all the stores in town were out of red) then I had to pant on the stripe which was hard because I had to make Rabbit safe pant. sSo that's pretty much how I did it."

Lionel Train winner:
"Countdown to Christmas" -- Kerry Swartwood

 Big dog toy winner:
"Christmas bed" -- Jessica Gibson
Small dog toy winner:
"Snoopy's Christmas" -- Ann CargenRay
NOTE: We did not get any international entries this year, so I added some prizes for our domestic winners.

Bow tie from The French Dog winner:
"By the Fireplace" -- Jaime Grahek
Four "Peanuts Movie" hats and posters winners:
"Hanukkah" -- Mary Johnson

"Kitty Christmas" -- Melissa LaPierre
"Christmas TV" -- Leslie Penka
"Christmas Lair" -- Piper Dickinson

Again, Congratulations to all the winners! I will be getting the coupon codes to all contestants this weekend!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Deck the Dog House 2015: See all the entries

We are so excited and love all the entries we got for Deck the Dog House 2015!

And now, we'd like to share them all with you. But first, we'd like to remind you about the prizes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Itchy dog? #NaturalBalance Limited Ingredient Diet at PetSmart

Natural Balance is available at your local PetSmart, and at
When it comes to bonding with your dog, I've yet to meet a pup who doesn't love the idea of going for a ride -- even if they, like Jasmine, get a little car sick. Especially when that ride leads to goodies for them.

So today, Lulu, Jasmine and I headed to PetSmart®. We're trying out a new dog food, and we wanted to pick out just the right kind.

Natural Balance is available at your local PetSmart, and at

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Just a few days left! Decorate for your dog and win prizes!

UPDATE: We've decided, to give people more time, we will extend the deadline for Deck the Dog House 2 days -- to Dec. 15! So work this weekend and get those entries in!

Only 5 days left to enter the Deck the Dog House photo contest!

And I'm a little worried. I've only gotten three entries so far!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Why I am still feeding my dogs Merrick even after the Purina deal

Full disclosure: I've received some free food and treats from Merrick in the past. However, I am not receiving anything from Merrick right now, and I have never received monetary compensation.

A few months ago, I wrote about Purina acquiring Merrick Pet Care. I wrote how angry people are about the move, mostly because they don't like Purina and they saw Merrick as selling out.

Well, it's been about 6 months since then. And guess what? I'm still feeding Merrick. Why? Because it works.

Merrick makes a limited ingredient diet dog food.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Deck the Dog House week 1 entries! See how dogs are celebrating Christmas

We know it's a little early, but we were excited to get some great entries for Deck the Dog House already!

Deck the Dog House is our doggy holiday decorating contest. We ask you to decorate your pet's living space for the holidays, like Snoopy in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

You can find how to enter the contest, and see all the amazing prizes from Hallmark, Lionel Trains, Fetch 4Pets and more in our contest post!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Deck the Dog House like Snoopy! Celebrate the holidays, win prizes

UPDATE: We are pushing the deadline back two days to give everyone some more time to get their entries in!

Last year we asked people to decorate their pet's living space and send us pics. We then gave out two amazing products from Hallmark. We called it Deck the Dog House.

We were amazed at how much people like it. We got 21 entries! 

So we're bringing it back! And this time we have more prizes!
We ate celebrating Christmas with our pets!

Enter the Deck the Dog House decorating contest now through December 15!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

4 ways to help human and canine veterans every day

Honoring America's heroes. It's something we should do every day, not just on Veterans Day.

And here are some ways you can do that.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Peanuts Movie: 5 things about Charlie Brown's new movie

Disclaimer: Tickets to "The Peanuts Movie" screening were provided by Twentieth Century Fox. All thoughts are my own.

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”  -- Charles Schulz

This well-known quote from "Peanuts'" creator pretty much sums up Charlie Brown's newest film outing.

"The Peanuts Movie" is an homage to everything most of us remember about the Charlie Brown series we know and love.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Adopt a pet shelter! 5 ways to help shelters, dogs

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Do you have a shelter pet? We have three!

 Keeping the number of pets in the shelters to a minimum (zero would be better) enables the shelters to save more animals from the streets and from bad situations.

If I could take them all in, I would. I can't even go to the shelters because the temptation is too great.

But if you, like me, can't take in any more pets, there are lots of easy ways to help shelters, and by extension, help those pets!

Here are 5 ways, with help from Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Everything is Pawsome! Legoland Florida lets the dogs in

With fall here, most water parks and community pools are closing for year.

Many of them closed in September. But here in Florida we are blessed with slightly better weather for watery fun. That's why Legoland Florida is closing its water park on Halloween -- except for one special day for the dogs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Get your dog ready for Halloween! Jones Natural Chews Boo Bucket giveaway

Jones Natural Chews is a proud sponsor of Life With Beagle and Lulu's Favorite Things, our annual fundraising campaign for Harbor House of Central Florida. Although we received compensation for the post, my opinions are my own -- and so are Lulu's. 

It's in the air: a slight (very slight, this is Florida) chill, leaves are changing (a little, kind of, on some trees), that sudden desire for warm drinks and pumpkin bread. And everything is feeling just a bit spookier outside.

We want to help your pup get into the spooky mood too.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Get your dog's breath #TropiCleanfresh! Breath Drops giveaway

This post is sponsored by TropiClean and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops, but Life With Beagle only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article. 

A couple of weeks ago we told you what we use around here to keep Lulu's and Jasmine's teeth clean and healthy, and their breath fresh. We've been trying Tropiclean®'s Fresh Breath Drops™, which is like the company's water additive. We've been using the water additive for about a year now and we are liking the drops so far.

After all, a dog who loves her treats needs to keep her teeth clean and breath fresh.

Now here's your chance to win some of TropiClean's drops!

TropiClean keeps your dog's breath fresh with its new Fresh Breath Drops.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

5 ways to celebrate National Dog Week

It's National Dog Week!

National Dog Week has been around 87 years and always happens on the last full week of September.

You might be thinking: ANOTHER big dog event?

But the longtime message for this week is an important one. National Dog Week is all about teaching people to be responsible dog owners.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Doctor Who is back! Meet his doggy dopplegangers

Whovians rejoice! The new season of "Doctor Who" is here!

We're all excited here at Life With Beagle... or at least I am. It's one of my favorite shows on TV. 
To celebrate, we're once again taking characters and matching them up with dog breeds. Of course, the character that's most important is The Doctor himself, so we've matched up all of The Doctors incarnations with dog breeds!

Doctor Who is back! Meet his doggy dopplegangers

Friday, September 18, 2015

#LetsMovie! 2 films I discovered on TCM with important dogs

Saturday is #LetsMovie Day!

Turner Classic Movies, aka TCM, is hosting a whole day where we share our love of films, especially classic films, with the world! We want you to know why these movies matter and are wonderful.

So I'm taking part in a blogathon, sponsored by The Nitrate Diva! Because I love classic movies and I love TCM! We're supposed to be sharing a movie we discovered on TCM. But since I'm a dog blogger too, my angle is a bit different.

Blair the dog in "Rescued by Rover." (PHOTO/Columbia University Library)
Now, dogs are so important to cinema. For people who think that the world's over-the-top love affair with dogs is a relatively new concept, consider this: the first film to feature a canine film star, "Rescued by Rover" in 1905, was so popular it had to be re-shot twice because so many prints were made from the negatives the negatives wore out!

Irene Dunn, Asta and Cary Grant in "The Awful Truth."
And if you think the idea of custody battles over dogs is a relatively new concept, consider the 1937 film "The Awful Truth," where Cary Grant and Irene Dunne get a divorce, but the sticking point is their dog, Mr. Smith. And Mr. Smith in a way helps keep them together too. Mr. Smith, by the way, was played by Skippy, also known as Asta -- one of the top dogs in Hollywood history, after Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and Toto. 

But neither of these movies are the ones I will talk about (though I did see "The Awful Truth" on TCM! Along with "The Thin Man" movies and "Bringing Up Baby," also movies I discovered through TCM).

The films I'm choosing are not dog movies. The dogs, however, are important to the plots and the characters. And I think they make the movies better.

Grand Hotel (1932)
Grand Hotel is one of the first films to feature an "All-Star Cast." The MGM film featured characters with different story lines that intersect at a posh German hotel in the 1930s. And what a cast! Garbo! The brothers Barrymore! Joan Crawford!

I was just getting into Greta Garbo movies, thanks to TCM. It seemed like an essential film for Garbo because it featured her iconic line: "I want to be alone."

But one character stuck with me more than any other. And now that I'm a dog writer his role has a serious effect on me.

I'm talking about Adolphus the dachshund.

John Barrymore and Adolphus, from Grand Hotel. (MGM)
Adolphus belongs to Baron Felix Von Gaigern, played by the great John Barrymore. We meet him when Barrymore chastizes a hotel employee for not coming to get Adolphus for his walk. But it's the scene above that really endears me to Adolphus.

The Baron is confronted by a dangerous associated in his hotel room, but he deals with it quite non-chalantly. And at one point he looks at Adolphus and says, "Adolphus, this is a peculiar thing for one gentleman to say to another, but as a matter of fact, you're the only thing in the world I really love."

The scene, I think, is what truly endears you to The Baron. Or at least me. Yeah, we see he may be a nice guy. He's witty. But his interaction with Adolphus makes you realize that he has something of a heart.

We learn later The Baron is a black sheep. He's an impoverished aristocrat. He's in with some bad people, and he's been tasked to steal some valuable jewels. And if he doesn't do it he's in trouble.

Adolphus leaves Grand Hotel. (MGM)
In all the world, all Adolphus and The Baron has is each other. So at the end of the movie, when The Baron's story is complete we are left to wonder what will happen to Adolphus. And our heart breaks for both of them.

Many have written about how Adolphus is a tie between the Germany lost in World War I and the Germany to come in World War II and the rise of the Nazis (the dog's name might even give us a hint). I don't know if all that is true. What I see in Adolphus and The Baron is the belief that any person who is on the outs, who might be a bad guy, really can't be all that bad if he has the love of a dog and he loves that dog back.

The Uninvited (1944)
I first saw "The Uninvited" on TCM, and I loved it so much I would periodically suggest it as a movie to put on the schedule for years. Then I DVRed it, and once it FINALLY came out on DVD I bought it... and then never watched. Unless it's on TCM, and then I'll watch it. Isn't it funny how these things happen?

"The Uninvited" is a good old-fashioned good story about a brother and sister who buy a big old house on the English coast only to discover they have a ghost -- or is that two ghosts? Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play city-slickers Rick and Pamela Fitzgerald. Pamela finds the ghost idea fascinating, Rick thinks it's hogwash. But when they question the former owner, he's evasive on the issue. Oh, and the old man's granddaughter is not to go to the house or associate with the Fitzgeralds either.

So the Fitzgeralds are stuck with a very expensive house with a ghost in it -- and it's all Bobby's fault, really.

Rick, Pamela and Bobby the dog in "The Uninvited." (Paramount)
You see, Rick, Pamela and their dog Bobby happened to come upon the house when they first saw it and Bobby, being a dog, just couldn't resist a big, fat squirrel that clearly needed chasing -- into the house.

Once the Fitzgeralds were inside, they simply fell in love. Pamela especially.

Bobby is not liking Windward House in "The Uninvited." (Paramount)
But when the Fitzgeralds buy the house and bring Bobby back, he suddenly refuses to go upstairs. And then -- he disappears. But don't worry, he'll be ok.

Is Bobby necessary to the story? Eh, one could argue the writer could have written around the dog. But Bobby adds a bit of cute excitement. He serves as a catalyst to the plot, and not just in this instance either. The writer weaves certain important points in the story around Bobby. He is the real levity in an otherwise-heavy scary story.

So there you have it -- two great classic movies that I discovered through Turner Classic Movies. But there are so many more!

Want to see what movies they are playing? TCM has a complete channel guide on their website.

SHARE: Do you have a favorite classic film? I want to know! Maybe I haven't seen it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Does your dog have garbage breath? Get #Tropicleanfresh dental help

This post is sponsored by TropiClean and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops, but Life With Beagle only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article.

What horribly gross things does your dog eat?

I asked my Facebook followers that question the other day. The answer overwhelmingly seems to be poop and garbage. Bleh!

Lulu has no problems knocking over a garbage can to get at goodies. She knocked one over just the other day. My mother doesn't seem to remember that Lulu and Jasmine are stronger and have longer legs than her dachshunds. They can get on counters and they can knock over trash cans. But she HAD to put garbage into a small can in Lulu's reach!

Nevertheless, poop, garbage and other gross goodies are no good for your dog's mouth... or breath.

Doggy bad breath is gross. Tropiclean keeps breath fresh

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday: The Quotable beagle

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