Category Archives: Dog Activities

Cadbury Bunny Tryouts

Photo:  lieutenant_dan_the_twc on Instagram
Photo: lieutenant_dan_the_twc on Instagram

The first two winners of the Cadbury Bunny contest were dogs, so who’s to say your dog couldn’t be next? The current Bunny, Lieutenant Dan, announced the contest on his Instagram. I didn’t see it until now, so time’s a wasting! Get your entry in by 3/1/21 (that’s Monday – can you believe it?) Continue reading Cadbury Bunny Tryouts

Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day

Rosie and Checkers:  what do you mean this isn't our bed? Photo by Philley
Rosie and Checkers: what do you mean this isn’t our bed?
Photo by Philley

The good folks at Tractive GPS have compiled a list of the top five ways to celebrate today, which is National Love Your Pet Day. The highlights:

Praise them.
Spend quality time together.
Upgrade their toys and safety gear.
Treat them to new healthy foods.
Use your imagination to do their favorite things.

You can read the whole article here.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod Starts in 18 Days!

2021 Iditarod Race Map, courtesy Iditarod.com
2021 Iditarod Race Map, courtesy Iditarod.com

Although today the race could be held in Texas, The Iditarod will, as always, be held in Alaska, starting on March 7th. However, they have made some significant changes due to COVID-19. Here’s the scoop:

The Iditarod Trail Committee confirmed that both the restart and the finish of the Last Great Race on Earth will take place at Deshka Landing. The decision was mutually made by the Iditarod and the Willow Area Community Organization due to concern for COVID-19 risk mitigation at the Willow Area Community Center, which is also undergoing construction projects on facilities regularly utilized by the Iditarod.

Deshka Landing, located approximately 7.5 road miles from Willow Lake, serves as a year-round access point to the Lower Susitna Drainage consisting of the Susitna River, Deshka River, Yentna River, Alexander Creek and all tributaries. This change for the 2021 race, along with the Iditarod Golden Trail Loop race route, further allows race organizers to safely execute and continue to protect the communities along the trail, the mushers, volunteers and Iditarod personnel. Continue reading Iditarod Starts in 18 Days!

Madison Square Garden’s Best in Show Home Edition

Photo:  MSG
Photo: MSG

Madison Square Garden, longtime home to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, announces a contest to find the best “regular” dog.

While there may not be a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden this year, we still want to celebrate our love for dogs and this event by inviting you to participate in our Best in Show – Home Edition contest. Continue reading Madison Square Garden’s Best in Show Home Edition

Do You Know a Hero Dog?

2020 Uniformed Service K-9 Awardee, Stella.  Photo:  AKC Humane Fund
2020 Uniformed Service K-9 Awardee, Stella. Photo: AKC Humane Fund

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are open now through July 31st and winners will be announced in late 2021. The 2021 Awards for Canine Excellence will be covered on AKC.tv.

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund honors five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community. Since its creation in 2000, 105 ACE awards have been presented. Former ACE recipients have included a Flat-Coated Retriever that excels at dock diving despite missing a paw and a family pet who fought for his life protecting a seven-year-old from a rattlesnake, among dozens of other remarkable dogs.

“There are countless dogs that touch the hearts of people every day,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “These incredible canines impact the lives of individuals and communities across the nation and so many deserve to be recognized with these awards. We are proud to honor five of these canine heroes each year with an ACE Award in recognition of their contributions.” Continue reading Do You Know a Hero Dog?

Nerd Out Piece About Sled Dog Feet

Photo:  Iditarod.com
Photo: Iditarod.com

I know many people worry about the health and welfare of sled dogs during long races like the Iditarod. Here’s an interesting (if you’re a nerd like me) article about how these dogs’ feet can withstand being in snow and ice for nine days, written by the Iditarod’s veterinarians.

A penguin, a sled dog, and a manatee walk into a diner…

Well, maybe not. But even if they don’t frequent the same restaurants, they do share similar adaptations that help them overcome the challenges of life in cold environments. Continue reading Nerd Out Piece About Sled Dog Feet