Great new dogster-owned business, great new contest!

I can't believe how many wonderful friends I've made over the years on dogster. We all find our niche on the site, in the forums...

Casey Lomonaco  |  Dec 21st 2010


I can’t believe how many wonderful friends I’ve made over the years on dogster. We all find our niche on the site, in the forums or groups, and I am no different. In particular, I’ve made a number of great friends through the positive training and raw feeding communities on dogster. I’ve found members to be extremely helpful and generous with their knowledge, expertise, and support as we all learn to be better pet owners. Some of these people I have met in person, others I only know from online. Individuals in both groups are considered close friends.

Dogsters Shayne and Rio were friends that I met on dogster. Eventually, I got to know the secretary behind those beautiful faces, a really interesting person and talented trainer named Tena Parker. Tena specializes in training for disc dog but has extensive experience working with rescue and shelter dogs of all types as well as training for tricks, obedience, and rehabilitating her reactive dog Shayne.

Tena and I were actually able to meet “in real life” this summer when she came out for a few visits. She mentioned considering opening a training business, and I enthusiastically encouraged her decision – the pet owning world needs more great trainers like Tena!

Exciting things have been happening for this dogster family lately. Tena recently started a new blog Success Just Clicks. As if that weren’t enough excitement, Tena has also opened a new store on Etsy, Tugs by Tena.

Christmas came early yesterday when Cuba and Mokie received their new Tena tug! Both of them are connoisseurs of fleece tugs and they were very excited when the package arrived! Mokie and Cuba enthusiastically agree that this tug is way cooler than the admittedly less impressive braided tugs I have made in the fast. The braiding itself is very tight and has held up well thus far to some serious tugging.

You have a chance to check out Tena’s tugs for free! Starting today, Tena is having a contest and is giving away two custom tugs – you get to pick the color and print! Prizes will be sent within the United States or Canada. If you’d like to win a free tug for your dog, here’s what you do:

  1. Sign into Facebook
  2. “Like” Tugs by Tena
  3. Reply to the contest post with your dog’s tugging style, your dog’s tugging motto, favorite tug toy, or favorite tug-themed story. (ie. Fido is a kill-it-dead shaker type tugger or Rex’s motto would be “must not let go” or “Molly’s favorite tug toy is a wubba” or “One time while tugging Buddy ripped the tug out of my hand and knocked over a huge glass of milk all over the floor” etc).
  4. Wait for the results!

One winner will be chosen based on Tena’s favorite response, the other will be chosen through a random number drawing. One entry per household, entries accepted 12/21/10 – 12/28/10. Best of luck to all contest participants!

These tugs are really fantastic and receive eight enthusiastic paws up from my two dogs. They’d make a great Christmas gift for your favorite tugger! Supporting a local business established by a fellow dogster is just the icing on the holiday cake.