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TORONTO DOG BLOG: #UNLEASHKINDNESS PACT

toronto-dog-magazine-unleash-kindness-campaign-WEBAThere are no words to describe how much I love dogs and animals. There really aren’t! And every time I read a report about animal neglect or hear about the horrific conditions that so many lovely dogs and animals have to endure every day all over the world, my heart collapses. I feel crushed and hopelessly ineffectual because often times animal welfare issues seem too big for one person to take on and solve alone. (more…)

PET PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: WIN OVER $800 IN PRIZES IN PAWSH PET PHOTO CONTEST!

Pawsh-Magazine-pet-photo-contest-leading-imageExciting news ladies and gentlemen! Pawsh Magazine is hosting a spectacular photo contest, called Pawsh Showcase, which offers over $800 in prizes PLUS the chance to be published in the Fall 2014 edition of Pawsh Magazine! One lucky winner will even have their photo published on the cover of the next Pawsh Magazine edition! The contest is designed to showcase the best of pet photography from all levels to celebrate the wonderful artistry, emotion and creativity that exists in this particular genre of photo taking!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Pawsh-Photo-Contest-banner-3Pawsh Showcase is a beautifully curated and expertly designed extended feature section of Pawsh Magazine dedicated solely to showcasing the most creative, artistic, moving and mesmerizing animal photography from all over the world. Pet photographers rarely get the kind of recognition they deserve or the opportunities to have their breathtaking work published in a high-end format; enter Pawsh Showcase.

Part photography contest, part artist exhibition, the Pawsh Showcase feature in Pawsh Magazine will offer pet and animal photographers a unique chance to connect with their inner artistry, challenge themselves in the realm of shooting with our furry friends and share with a devoted, pet-loving audience how moving and emotional animal photography can be.

WHO CAN ENTER
The contest is open to photographers of all levels, from seasoned professionals to at-home shutterbugs. Preference, however, will be given to those photographs that have not been published elsewhere (including social media sites and personal blogs).

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for more than just a cute photograph. We’re looking for an incredible photograph that tells a story, expresses a mood, ignites the imagination and makes the viewer stop and stare while evoking emotion. We’re looking for artistry that pushes boundaries, work that captures unbelievable moments and submissions that make the heart skip a beat while sharing a message.

FIRST PRIZE!
The first place winner, the top dog, the best entry of the batch will receive an amazing prize package that includes the following:
0-First-place-added-text1. A gorgeous Madison camera bag from Epiphanie Bags — luxuriously crafted so you can carry your shooting gear in style
2. A SPARK tilt shift lens from Lensbaby — a spectacular lens that adds a beautiful dimension to your artist’s eye
3. A 300€ ($400US)  store credit from Cloud 7 — a spectacular store for dogs!
4. Their photo published on the FRONT COVER of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
5. A feature about you, your work and dog published in Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
6. A free digital copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

SECOND PRIZE!
The second place winner will also receive some fantastic prizes! Including:
2nd-price-final1. A stunning, luxury Georgia Nautical camera bag from Jo Totes
2. A set of 3 cell phone lenses (wide-angle/macro, telephoto and fisheye) suitable for Apple and Android devices from PhotoJoJo to take your Instagramming skills to a whole new level
3. Their image published on the back cover of Pawsh Magazine 2014
4. A free copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

RUNNER UPS
There will be eight runner ups selected! These lucky winners will have their work published in Pawsh Showcase and receive a FREE digital copy of the Fall 2014 Edition of Pawsh Magazine.

ABOUT THE ENTRY FEE
A small entry fee of $10 per submission is required for all photography contest submissions. This fee exists for the same reason an entry fee is required for any photography contest. In short, think of the entry fee as a small cost to enter a photography contest for a chance to win great prizes, be published and show off your photography to a wide,  pet-loving audience!

HOW TO ENTER!
Complete contest details, submission guidelines, tips/advice, submission form and FAQs about this photo contest can be found here. The submission period closes August 20th, 2014 at midnight, after which the winners will be contacted.

So don’t be shy! Grab your camera and your favourite furry friend and get shooting! PS: If you need some shooting inspiration, don’t forget to check out these 9 expert pet photography tips!

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{Special thanks to our incredible sponsors — Epiphinie, PhotoJoJo, Lensbaby,
Cloud 7 and Jo Totes — for helping to make this contest possible!}

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SLOW DOG FEEDER: THE GREEN DOG FEEDER REVIEW

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green-feeder greeninteractiveGreen means GO! At least, green means go at dinner time! Last year we reviewed this smashing slow feeder called (you guessed it!) GREEN from Company of Animals. Find out what we think about it here! And today we’re giving one away!
Designed to encourage dogs to ‘sniff out’ their food instead of simply gobbling it down in one gulp, GREEN provides mental stimulation at dinner and helps fast eaters to slow down.

For your chance to win one of these extraordinarily innovative dinner dishes, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us how your dog behaves at supper time!

The contest closes Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at midnight and the winner will be announced/emailed on Monday morning! Good luck everyone!

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PET WELLNESS: HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG

Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-4We humans are very lucky, because dogs love us unconditionally. It’s in their DNA to give affection, which is a truly incredible quality. Of course, however, as with any relationship, there are two sides to the dog and human bond and there are a few things we can do to continually strengthen the bonds we have with our dogs.

While it is sometimes easy to get caught up with our hectic work schedules and social lives, here are some simple ways to improve your bond with your dog.

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #1:  THE FIVE MINUTE SNUGGLE
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-1Mornings are sometimes the most chaotic part of the day. The whole family is up and groggy, people are trying to make breakfast and shower (not at the same time!), do their hair, pack the kiddos off to school and shovel the driveway before work.

Don’t let your dog get lost in the hustle and bustle — take time for a quiet five minute snuggle. Snuggle in bed, on the couch with coffee or even in the backyard after their morning outing. This serene ritual will soon become something your dog looks forward to, especially if they are left home alone during the 9-5 hours. Plus it will help to calm your morning craziness.

(TIP: Employ the five minute snuggle at the end of the day as well, when you walk through the door. Before you check the mail, change into comfy clothes, make a snack or throw the tv on, take five and snuggle with your dog. After all, they’ve been waiting all day for you!)

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #2: PLAY OUTSIDE WITH YOUR DOG
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-6While dogs are very content indoors with their toys, beds and blankets, almost all pooches get extremely excited by the prospect of going outside! But don’t let your dog have all the fun running around — join in! Not only will joining in on their great outdoor antics be a lot of fun for you, but it will further associate you as a highly joyful presence in their lives and further bond you together through a happy state.

(Suggested outdoor dog activities: fetch, chase, rough house, throwing snowballs, playing with the garden hose spray.)

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #3: COOK WITH YOUR DOG
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-5We all have to make something for dinner, but did you know this daily chore can be a great way to spend extra time with your pupster? As you slice and dice away, being the culinary genius that you are, have a few dog-friendly fresh goodies on hand, such as tomatoes, carrots or other dog-friendly human foods.

Between stirring and sauteing, ask your dog to do tricks in return for pieces of chopped green pepper, carrots etc. Suddenly cooking supper is an extra hour your dog can look forward to spending with you!

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #4:  ENROLL IN AN OBEDIENCE CLASS
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-3Obedience classes aren’t just for puppies! Dogs of all ages can enroll at various dog training schools, providing a wonderful and educational opportunity to spend more time together.

Training a puppy is a classic way to create a bond, so why not repeat it once in a while as your dog matures? A brush up on basic obedience skills is never a bad thing — or, if you’re feeling ambitious, progress to advanced obedience classes!

HOW TO BOND WITH YOUR DOG #5: CREATE YOUR OWN DOG GAMES
Pawsh-Magazine-how-to-bond-with-your-dog-2Every dog has a different personality and as you know their sweet disposition the best, take some time to create a dog-friendly game that they will love! Make your own DIY dog toys, invent a game for when tv commercials are on, combine training with play — in other words use your imagination to invent a new stimulating activity that your dog will go bananas for!

PAWSH PERK: Been extra busy lately? Here are 5 more ways to reconnect with your dog!

{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this vibrant installment of the “Pet Wellness” column. Be sure to visit her fantastic website for all sorts of other fun pet shoots!}

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STYLISH DOG BEDS: CLOUD 7 DOG SLEEPING BAG

Pawsh-Magazine-dog-sleeping-bag-1 CLOUD7 Pawsh-Magazine-dog-sleeping-bag-3 Pawsh-Magazine-dog-sleeping-bag-5Pawsh-Magazine-dg-sleeping-bag-3If your dog loves to burrow, cuddle and snuggle, they need to get their paws on the new Dog Sleeping Bag from our friends at Cloud 7. It folds easily and has straps for easy carrying (making it ideal for taking to sleepovers and nights away from home!) It’s available in two different sizes and the wool-blend interior makes it extra warm — ideal for chilly winter nights.

Today I am thrilled to say that we are giving away ONE of these beautiful beds valued at $222! As you know, I adore all things Cloud 7 (this is Rory’s favourite bed here). The quality is exceptional, the design beautiful and the style timeless!

HOW TO ENTER
1.  Leave a comment on today’s blog post telling us why your dog would LOVE their very own sleeping bag! Be sure to include your email in the comment field — it will not be published — so we can get in touch with you if you win!

2.  Share THIS FACEBOOK POST by clicking the little ‘share’ word under the image. Be sure to share this way so we can see your entry.

Contest closes Saturday, January 25th 2014 at midnight and the winner will be contacted by email.

This bed is truly exceptional; high quality, beautiful design and timeless style. It is perfect for short-haired breeds in particular, like greyhounds, whippets and doxies who love to borrow and dig.

Good luck everyone! Love this bed? Be sure to check out the rest of Cloud 7’s amazing website!

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