Win a FURminator! #SummerSplash Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Splash Event hosted by Life With Two Boys and With Our Best! We’ve joined in this fun summer giveaway hop…because we know that summer = travel for so many of us! Below you’ll find a whole giveaway hop; each blog is giving away at least $25 worth of prizes, plus we have an awesome grand prize for one very lucky winner. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs because the more giveaways you enter, the more chances you have at winning the Grand Prize!

TrexYachtClub-6_zps8e9d0a38Grand Prize Giveaway

So what’s this Grand Prize we’re talking about? Thanks to Trex Outdoor Furniture, one very lucky winner is going to win a Yacht Club 3-Piece Rocker Set valued at $1,317! Made in the USA and constructed of durable HDPE recycled lumber, this Rocker Set is sure to help you slow down and relax this Summer and for many years to come!

furminatorOur Giveaway

Summer means shedding season for our dogs…and, if you’re traveling with your dog, we know that you’re going to want to make sure your dog isn’t shedding on hotel furniture! One of the biggest concerns we hear from hoteliers when they consider four-legged guests is pet hair…so it pays to make sure that loose fur is gone before you check into that hotel, resort, or rental RV. Your pet deposit may depend on it!

We’ve got a FURminator Medium Yellow Deshedding Tool with 2-2/3-Inch EdgeFURminator deShedding Tool (value $54) for one lucky Dog Travel Experts reader!

How to Enter

We’ve got several ways to enter in the Rafflecopter below; you can enter with as many or as few entry methods as you like. This giveaway, which is open to US and Canada mailing addresses, ends at 12:01am ET on May 28, 2013. Good luck!
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More Giveaways!

Here you’ll find a whole blog hop filled with great summer giveaways…

Disclaimer: Please note that the Summer Splash hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.

Avoiding Bed Bugs [Review & Giveaway]

20 and 24 inches suitcases (with red)As you know, we’re currently writing our 31st book, a guidebook titled’s Texas with Dogs. Through the years, we’ve written several guidebooks to Texas and many guides to the Caribbean (and even one to Cyprus!)

Whether involving dog travel, honeymoon travel, or general travel, all these books have one thing in common: to research them, we have to travel a lot. In most cases, we don’t go to a single destination, unpack, and stay in a single hotel room for the duration of the trip. Typically we travel to a location, check into a hotel room, do our research in that area (whether that’s checking out the hotel itself for the guidebook or researching the area attractions) and then we load up and head to another hotel.

In all, that’s a lot of hotel rooms…and a big potential for bed bugs.

We’ve worried about bed bugs ever since the plague of bed bugs has hit hotels nationwide so we were super excited about reviewing ThermalStrike’s Bed Bug Proof Luggage! The first of its kind in the world, this luggage actually heats up to kill bed bugs as well as other creepy crawlies like mites and fleas that might have hitched a ride home with you.

The luggage itself is as stylish as it is practical and comes in two sizes: a 20″ carry-on and a 24″ upright. The luggage is TSA and FAA compliant (it even features an integrated TSA-approved lock). The luggage has a tough polycarbonate blend outer shell so it will stand up to being tossed in the overhead bin many, many times or checked as often as you like.

Like many other pieces of luggage, it features four 360 degree rotational wheels and inside you’ll find two independently zippered sections for all your packed items as well as an additional cosmetic/medicine pouch.

But that’s where any resemblance to other luggage ends. Because this luggage actually plugs in to kill bed bugs!

Plug the luggage in a standard 110 volt outlet and the infrared heat technology (which adds under half a pound to the bag’s weight) goes to work. The temperature of the bag and its contents rises to 140 degrees F. The process takes about two and a half hours then an automatic sensor will turn off the heating at the point where the temperature has risen enough to kill any creepy hitchhikers in your bag and belongings!

The ThermalStrike retails for $349 (20-inch) and $399 (24-inch) with a discount for the set. For more information on the ThermalStrike, visit the ThermalStrike Website and Facebook page or call 1-866-470-1755.

We’re looking forward to taking ThermalStrike for a “test drive” to Washington, DC for the BlogPaws conference in a couple of weeks and know we’ll sleep sounder on our return knowing we don’t have to worry that we’ve returned home with bed bugs!

Our Giveaway!

Would you like to make sure you don’t bring bedbugs back from your next trip by protecting your mattress? ThermalStrike is part of Protect-a-Bed and they’re giving one of our readers a Protect-A-Bed BugLock Mattress Encasement (ARV $49.99-89.99, dependent upon size). The winner will have their choice of mattress sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King. Depth choices are 9, 11 and 15 inches. The machine-washable encasement protects your mattress from bedbugs (and allergens!) so it’s a great way to keep your mattress safe after your travels (or protect the mattress in a guest bedroom when guests come with their luggage!)

We’ve got lots of ways to enter in the widget below; enter with as many or as few entry methods as you like. The giveaway ends at 3pm CT on May 3, 2013. Open to US mailing addresses only. Good luck!

Disclosure: We received a sample product for review; we were not paid for review and all statements are entirely our own.

Get a Free Kumfy Tailz Cooling Harness at #AmazingPetExpo

Preston gets ready for warm weather in Texas during the San Antonio Pet Expo!

Preston gets ready for warm weather in Texas during the San Antonio Pet Expo!

As you know, we’re Official Blog Ambassadors for Amazing Pet Expos around the country, the mega-company with over 40 shows a year. We’re very lucky because the next few shows are in Texas!

This Saturday is the San Antonio Pet Expo and we’ll have a booth along with, our fellow ambassador. We’ll also be speaking from the main stage about ways to save money on your pet travel!

As Texas residents and Texas travelers well know, Texas is HOT in the summer (and late spring…and early fall…) So we’re super excited to announce that we’ve got a great deal to pass along to readers lucky enough to drive down to the San Antonio Pet Expo on Saturday (or the Houston Pet Expo on April 13). Our readers will have the chance to get a FREE Kumfy Tailz warming and cooling harness just for coming to our booth!

You’ll remember that Kumfy Tailz hosted a great post-Super Dog Sunday™ event with giveaways to many members of our Super Dog Sunday™ Cheer Team. This company, which has donated over $23,000 in harnesses recently to shelters and rescues, offered harnesses to Cheer Team members and either a reader or the blogger’s favorite rescue so that other dogs can use these harnesses with its Kumfy Pax warming and cooling pack that fits in a sleeve inside the harness.

Now, thanks to Kumfy Tailz, we’ve got some free neoprene harnesses to continue the Event Barkers’ spirit of Super Dog Sunday™ and to share with DogTipper, Preston Speaks, and All Things Dog Blog readers! With San Antonio’s hot summers, these harnesses (valued at approximately $50) will help some lucky canines stay cool!

We’ll have a limited number (and limited sizes) of free Kumfy Tailz harnesses available at our booth with this Saturday at the San Antonio Pet Expo. To get your free harness, come up to the and booth at the San Antonio Pet Expo and let us know you’re a reader!

As mentioned, we have a limited number and limited sizes so please come by early. (Can’t make it to the expo? Just visit the website to order a warming/cooling harness for your dog.)

We’ll be donating any remaining harnesses at our booth to a rescue at the expo so watch for photos after the Expo! These harnesses have been put to good use by many shelters and rescues through Kumfy Tailz’ donation program and have been used to treat dogs coming in with hypo and hyperthermia, to provide comfort to scared animals or those in shock, for post-op to reduce swelling and cover stitches so dog can’t get at them, and even to send home with patients/adoptive parents for ongoing care.

To learn more, follow the Kumfy Tailz Facebook page, follow on Twitter, or visit their website.

We hope to see you Saturday at the San Antonio Pet Expo!

Photo courtesy

DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs Photo Contest


We’re so excited to announce our next book: DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs guidebook, published by Open Road Publishing and distributed by Simon & Schuster. This full-color book will feature dog-friendly destinations across Texas including hotels, parks, beaches, lakes, shops, festivals, and more and will be sold at bookstores nationwide.

Throughout the book, color photos will highlight great dog destinations — and that’s where we’d like your help! We’d like to feature reader photos of dogs enjoying the Lone Star State. Our publisher will be judging the photos with the best appearing in DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs and all photos appearing in an online photo gallery. Five winners will receive a complimentary copy of the book, and the grand prize winner will receive a package of dog travel goodies valued at $250!

How to Enter

Below you’ll find the entry form for submitting your photos, one per form. You may enter multiple photos but you need to be the photographer of each photo. All photos must be taken in Texas but the contest is open to readers everywhere. Submission of photos means abiding by the official rules at the bottom of this page. (If you have any problems with the submission form, please email photos with the information found in the entry form to

Deadline for entries is July 1, 2013.
Good luck!

Your Name  :  *
Your Email  :  *
Name of dog(s) in photo  :  *
Where was photo taken (city, location)  :  *
Upload of photo : *

DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs! Photo Contest Official Rules

  1. Complete the online submission form.
  2. The contest is open to readers everywhere.
  3. Photos must have been taken in Texas.
  4. Digital photos preferably should be at least 1875 pixels  by 2850 pixels in size.
  5. Do not include a border, watermark, date, copyright notice or other text on your image.
  6. Photo must feature at least one dog traveling in Texas.
  7. One photo per entry form but entrants may submit multiple entry forms.
  8. The entrant must be the person who took the photo. You must have all rights to the photo.
  9. The entrant must have full consent of all persons appearing in the photo. Submission of the photo signifies that the entrant has consent of all persons in the photo.
  10. All photos entered in the contest become the property of the site for use in the book and/or on the website in a photo gallery of submissions as well as for promotion of the title.
  11. A panel of judges will select the winning photos based on photographic composition, lighting, composition, and theme.
  12. Decisions of the judges are final.

Disclaimer: By participating, entrants agree that: (i) they have  read the rules pertaining to the DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs! Photo Contest and (ii) these rules and the decisions of  LT Media Group LLC shall be final in all respects, and (iii) LT Media Group LLC  and Open Road Publishing may publish the winners’ photo in DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs! as well as on,,, and other websites in the promotion of this book. Each entrant grants LT Media Group LLC and Open Road Publishing the right to use his or her name, likeness, portrait, picture, photo, answers on entry form and/or  prize information or  advertising, publicity and promotional purposes relating to the book,’s Texas with Dogs!, and the contest without compensation  or permission (unless prohibited by law). Each entrant agrees to hold harmless and release LT Media Group LLC and Open Road Publishing from any injuries, losses or damages of any kind that may result from taking a photo intended to be submitted. LT Media Group LLC is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected entries or mail; for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications, whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this promotion, or by any human error that may occur in the processing of entries; or for loss of or damage to any entries. LT Media Group LLC retains the right to not award the prize should no acceptable photos be received. By participating in the contest, each entrant grants LT Media Group LLC, Open Road Publishing, its affiliates, subsidiaries and agents,a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, nonexclusive license to print, display, distribute, reproduce, adapt and/or modify the entry(s) in any way and create derivative works of the entry(s), in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any LT Media Group LLC purpose, including but not limited to, advertising and promotion of DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs!, use on LT Media Group LLC and Open Road Publishing web sites, exhibition, use in any media and commercial products. LT Media Group LLC and Open Road Publishing shall not be required to pay any consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Each entrant also agrees that they derive no intellectual property rights in LT Media Group LLC use of the entry.

By entering the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless LT Media Group and Open Road Publishing each of their subsidiaries, affiliates, members, employees, officers, directors, shareholders and agents (collectively the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, actions and/or liability for any injuries or death, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in and/or entry into the Contest or acceptance or use of any prize, or participation in any Contest related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.


No purchase is necessary to enter the contest or claim the prize.

Contest is open to U.S. or Canadian residents 18 years or older. Employees (and their immediate family members) of LT Media Group LLC and Open Road Publishing are not eligible to enter.

By submitting an entry I agree that I have read the Contest Rules, assent thereto, and submit the enclosed photo in accordance therewith; I attest that I own all rights to the photo and it has not been published or accepted for publication in any medium; and if the photo portrays any living person or persons,  I have secured a model release or releases. I further agree that should my entry be chosen as the winning entry I will execute all necessary paperwork/releases as requested by LT Media Group LLC.



Giveaway: Win a Dog-e-Glow LED Leash! CLOSED


**This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Kelly Ann T., our winner! Watch for answers to many of these questions on our Dog Travel Experts radio show and in the Mailbox portion of this site.**

A big part of staying safe on any trip with your dog is to make sure your dog can be clearly seen at all times. If you get out in the evenings or at night with your dog, it’s vitally important both for his safety and for yours that he been seen by oncoming cars and be seen by you, should his leash slip out of your grip.

We’ve got a handy product that one Dog Travel Experts reader will win: a Dog-e-Glow LED Dog Leash! Bright LED lights make your dog leash super visible even on the darkest nights. The leash has two settings: a constantly lit setting as well as a blinking setting for extra attention!

How to Enter

As you know, our new’s Dog Travel Experts radio show will begin on Tracie Hotchner’s Radio Pet Lady Network in March. In preparation for the show, we’re gathering questions about traveling with your dog…and we’d like to get YOUR questions!

Please leave a comment below with your question about travel with your dog. Our show will cover all kinds of dog travel, whether that means a trip to your local dog park, moving with your dog, enjoying a day trip, or taking off on the vacation of a lifetime.

To enter, leave your question below in the comments section. Leave one question per comment; each comment will count as an entry. You may enter as many times as you want as long as each comment is a unique question.

This giveaway is open to readers everywhere. The giveaway ends on March 10, 2013. Good luck!


Win a Set of Dog Toys from DogTuff!


Whenever we travel with our dogs (even for an afternoon outing), we always take along some of their favorite toys. The toys keep them distracted in the car and, once we reach our destination, give them something to enjoy at the lake or in the hotel room. Our dogs can be tough chewers, though, so we were glad to learn about, a site that specializes in tough toys for tough chewers! Now one reader of Dog Travel Experts or DogTipper will win their own set of DogTuff toys! We’re giving away:

Zogoflex Jive

The Jive is the most durable dog ball from West Paw Design yet! This is the only dog ball toy you’ll ever need – bright, bouncy, and BPA-free. The Jive comes in three great sizes: Mini 2″, Small 2.6″, Large 3.25″ Made in the U.S.A.

Rutabaga The Rabbit

Rutabaga – Watch out for your garden! These hungry bunnies are ready to take everything you’ve got…. unless your pooch can stop’em! Easy to toss and Great For Indoors! Washable! And Floats!!

Busy Buddy Jack

Featuring durable nylon and rubber construction, the Jack holds Gnawhide Rings in multiple locations to customize the toy’s difficulty level. Enjoy this new twist on a classic toy!

How to Enter

As always, we’ve got lots of ways to enter in the Rafflecopter below; you can enter with as many or as few entry methods as you like. This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses. The giveaway ends at 12:01am ET on Feb. 25, 2013. Good luck!

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Disclosure: DogTuff is a DogTipper advertiser.

Win a Kumfy Tailz Harness for Your Dog & Your Favorite Rescue!


In Texas, there’s a saying about the weather that we’ve heard many places around the globe: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” We go from hot to cold at a minute’s notice. Last week, it was in the mid-80s here and the dogs were panting on their afternoon walks. Today it’s so chilly Irie and Tiki are hanging out indoors!

kumfy-SadieTo help deal with those extremes in temperatures–the cold AND the hot days when your dog still wants and needs to get out and walk, Kumfy Tailz has developed the Kumfy Tailz warming and cooling harness, a great option for travelers since it covers all kinds of weather conditions.

The Kumfy Tailz works thanks to its size-appropriate Kumfy Pax pouch that can be used for cooling or warming, depending on the weather. (It’s like the gel packs you’d put in a child’s lunch to keep it cool.) To use the Kumfy Pax pouch for cooling, simply place it in your freezer. When ready to go outside, slip the pouch into the Kumfy Tailz chest pocket to help Fido stay cool and enjoy his activity. In the winter, the pouch can be microwaved before slipping it inside your dog’s harness. Kumfy Tailz and Kumfy Pax were developed in close consultation with Kumfy Tailz’ licensed veterinarian adviser, Jennifer Henderson, DVM.

The outside layer of fabric on the Kumfy Tailz 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. To learn more, follow the Kumfy Tailz  Facebook page, follow on Twitter, or visit their website to see the new fabrics.

One lucky reader will win TWO harnesses: one for their dog and one to give away to their favorite rescue! It’s all in keeping with the mission statement of Kumfy Tailz to help shelter dogs (they’ve donated $23,000 in product to shelters and rescues around the country in the past year alone.)

How to Enter

We’ve got several ways to enter in the Rafflecopter below; as always, you can enter with as many or as few entry methods as you like. The giveaway ends at 12:01am ET on Feb. 24, 2013. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Kumfy Tailz is providing these prizes; they have not paid for the promotion and all opinions are entirely our own.