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That’s right-today is my one year mark of blogging. Honestly, I am a little surprised with myself. I tend to get excited about a project, work really hard, then give up or get distracted by a new fun project. I think blogging has one big difference than most DIY though.  The readers. Over the last year seeing my readership numbers continue to grow, seeing everyone clicking on my pictures and movies, and knowing that there are people out there who like reading about my dogs has kept me going. So, thanks for sticking with us! I hope y’all enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy reading yours.

I will say the original goal of this blog has not been met. I started writing about the girls in an effort to stop talking about them so much in my everyday life. Instead, I found even more people who love to talk about and listen about dogs.  I’ve learned I’m not the only dog crazy person out there. I’m not the only one who loves collars and taking their dogs to any activity possible and whose cars are filled with dried dog slobber.

So, inspired by my love of Lord of the Rings, I’m going to take a page from our friends the dear Hobbits, and give gifts to others for my Blogiversary. That’s correct, my very FIRST giveaway! I told you that you’d want to read today!! Everyone loves free stuff!

So, I sat down earlier this week and asked the girls what they wanted to send someone. They asked whether one of our small dog friends or big dog friends would be getting the gift. *enter stumped Lady in Waiting*  So…there are TWO giveaways!  One with a toy for a small dog, one with a toy for a large dog.

So, I asked the girls what they wanted to include in the gift.  Daisy wanted to give one of her favorite toys. It’s a Kong brand tug toy. It has everything! The ropes are connected inside the toy and act as the stuffing and there is a squeaker. Bella wanted to send hot dogs. I tried explaining that hot dogs wouldn’t last in the mail. To which, she huffed and said that she still wanted to send hot dogs. I found these great dried sausages and explained they are sort of like hot dogs and she was satisfied. My choice for a gift is Zukes treats. I chose the regular ones (as opposed to the minis) because they are good size to be given “just because” and if you need a smaller training treat-they are easy to break apart. Sorry for the not so good pictures. I had other stuff planned but with the Iphone-this is what y’all are getting!

Large Dog Gift


Small Dog Gift


I’m going to make the rules easy:

1. Comment to THIS post between 8 am EST August 20, 2011 through 11:59 PM EST August 21, 2011. That right-just a weekend to win. Tell me if you are entering for the small dog gift or the large dog gift. Only one entry per family.

2. Sorry, but no one related to me or the girls is eligible.

3. I’ll use to pick a winner Monday then email you for your contact information so make sure its a working email!


17 responses »

  1. The person who get’s this must be a lucky one 🙂

  2. Happy Happy Blogoversary!! So cool that you have been blogging away for a year. It is cool to think that it opened more ‘dog’ doors in your life. : )
    We have loved following your blog and reading about your journey. We hope to celebrate more Blogoversaries with you in the future.
    Miss Stella and Miss Sadie Lou woould love to enter your Big Gog Weekend Giveaway…the Kong Tug would fit right in with how they play together! : ) Again, Happy Blogoversary!

  3. Small, Furry black dawg says Congratulations on your one year anniversary!
    The girls are now truly famous!

  4. I’m slowly getting around to reading all the great posts people have written while I was out sailing around but I had to stop here when I saw on the Blog Hop linky it was your blogiversary!


    And no matter how much you write, never stop talking about your dogs. 🙂

  5. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog since I found it – near your beginning, I believe. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Here at Silverwalk are both larger and small hounds who would enjoy either gift – what a great idea! I personally lean toward larger toys/treats just in case….Whether we win or not, we still will enjoy your blog, which, BTW, keeps getting better and better. BARROOO! from Silverwalk!

  6. What timing!! We just recently found you, and really enjoy what we’ve read so far! So we’ll enter in the BIG dog category and send HUGE Congratulations to you and the girls on your Blogaversary!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  7. We would like the big dog toy, both my girls (newfs) look at your toy & treats and said they would really love to have them. Since I have newfs I love you blog.

  8. CONGRATS! You inspire me! 🙂 You have a really cute blog.

    I know a little doggie named Murphy who would be SO excited to get the small dog gift. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance!!

    lisagoneaussie (at)

  9. Happy Blogiversary! Give the hounds a hug for us! And yes, I’m a big hound… More of me to love mom says!

  10. Congratulations on your first Blogiversary! Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it. You didn’t say anything about your contest only being open to US residents so Frankie and Beryl would like to enter for the big dog category too. And should we be lucky enough to win we’d like you to give their prize to your favourite rescue society. I know postage between the US and New Zealand is prohibitive!!

    And I think I still talk about the kids as much as I did before blogging, but now I talk about my blog too, lol!

  11. Happy blogiversary! I hope you and the girls celebrated in style!
    I talk about my Zooey girl (black and tan) a ton, too – I get so excited when people in these parts (AZ) actually know what one is. I almost fell over when we were at PetSmart one day when she was a puppy, and a woman came up to me and said, “Is that a black and tan coonhound?” I nearly hugged her for not asking why my Doberman is so funny looking. My husband keeps saying that next dog won’t be a hound and I’ll love it just as much, but I just can’t enough of ‘dem hounds!
    Zooey is 60 pounds, so I think that if she were to win, she’d like the big dog package. I think she and your girls would have tons of fun together! If you ever get around here, you and I can talk about our dogs while our dogs sniff each others’ rears!

  12. Happy Blogoversary! One year is a big milestone! The girls all think you made excellent choices in prizes, since you’ve chosen some of their favorites.

    It is a good feeling to know that you’re not the only one who’s dog crazy, isn’t it? 🙂

  13. Happy Blogoversary! We love hearing about you and the girls. Looking forward to another year of the Coonhound Clan. 🙂

  14. I just started following your blog and am looking forward to many years more of hound-loving. Happy Blogoversary!

  15. Happy 1st Blogoversary! So enjoy reading your posts 😀 Look forward to MORE! 😀

    Waggin at ya,

    PeeS: Yes I know I missed the deadline for the giveaway. More for others 🙂 Just wanted to wish you a happy one! 😀

  16. I’m so sorry to be a couple days late, but happy, happy blogiversary! That is a HUGE accomplishment!! We’re looking forward to another year of pics of your darling herd!

  17. happy blogiversary! your admission of not meeting your blogging goal has me just a slight tad wee bit concerned, as that is the exact reason i started blogging about my pup. i’ve also noticed it’s not doing all that much to curb my outside-the-blog talking about desmond, and i’m assuming my friends/family/coworkers are over it. oopsy.

    either way, kudos to you. i very much hope to still be blogging a next year.

    p.s. desmond has one of those knot toys. he successfully tore up the animal part and is wholly uninterested in the rope. go figure.


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