Dogster’s Pre-Black-Friday Blowout Giveaway

Hey, Dogsters! Want to get a head start on your holiday "shopping"? We know times are tough, so here at Dogster we want to help...


Hey, Dogsters! Want to get a head start on your holiday “shopping”? We know times are tough, so here at Dogster we want to help you by offering some items in a fun pre-Black-Friday giveaway. Usually we give away just one item at a time, but this today we’re offering four different items!

A John Bartlett print bed and matching throw. Bon-Ton Stores and designer John Bartlett have partnered to create John Bartlett Pets, an extension of Bartlett’s sportswear and furnishing line. JB Pets donates 1% of sales to Bartlett’s charitable organization, the Tiny Tim Pet Rescue Fund, which helps provide rescue animals with medical attention and foster parent placement.

The bed is 36 by 27 inches, so are better for dogs who aren’t terribly huge. If you have a big dog, you can keep the throw and give a smaller pooch pal the bed.


A “pawtographed” copy of the seventh edition of my book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California. The book features more than 1,000 pages of the best of California’s dog-friendly locales, including parks, beaches, hotels, restaurants, and wineries. Parks are rated on a scale from one to four paws. Jake, my research assistant, will sign the book for the lucky winner. The only people we’ll put into the running for the book are ones who tell us they live in California or have doggy friends here, since the only purpose it would serve people in other states would be as a doorstop.


A “combo pack” (8-ounce spray bottle and a 32-ounce refill) of NOse Offense fragrance-free odor eliminator for pets. If you want your dog-loving house to smell fresh for holiday guests, this stuff works wonders. I spritz it around whenever I’m not sure whether the house smells doggy. After a while, the old olfactory system grows used to these things, don’t you think? (The NOse Offense folks are giving away two combo packs.) This may not be the best gift to give others unless they will take no offense at getting NOse Offense. But it’s a great gift to yourself.


A copy of the book Animals Behaving Badly. We all know our furry friends (and their not-so-furry cousins in the animal kingdom) aren’t always perfect, but this entertaining book by Linda Lombardi shows us just how naughty they can be sometimes. And wow, are there a lot of examples of all kinds of animals doing all kinds of shenanigans. (She is giving away two books to Dogsters.)


All you have to do to be entered to win one item is to get into the true spirit of Thanksgiving and write a comment about what you are grateful for in your life. It’s too easy to lose sight of all the things that are right in our lives and to focus on what is not going so well.

As I mentioned above, the only other stipulation is that if you live in California or have a dog-loving friend who does, let us know. That way we’ll put your name in the proverbial hat for my book, which only a California dog would appreciate.

Enter by this Friday, November 18, at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The winners will be drawn randomly using, and announced Monday, November 21. Sadly for our friends not in the U.S., the contest is open only to U.S. residents. (It’s a shipping issue …) Only one entry per household, please. Good luck!

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