Reminder: Summer Session of K9 Kamp Closing Soon! {Giveaway ends 6/25}

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Hey everybody! Have you been participating in the current K9 Kamp fitness challenge to get more active with your fur kids? We have…but we haven’t been very social Kampers this time around I’m afraid. Daisy and I have been spending an extra 30 minutes walking and playing together as many times a week as possible, but the real “challenge” for this event has been finding the extra time to snap some new photos and write about what we’ve been up to!

If you’ve been in the same boat and haven’t had time to report in to Kamp headquarters on a regular basis, it’s not too late! Just head on over and get caught up and record your participation with some blog comments and Rafflecopter Contest entries for chances to WIN some paw-tastic prizes including:

  • An EzyDog Vario6 Leash & Fold-a-Bowl
  • A NiteIze MeteorLight K9 LED Fetch Ball & SpotLit LED Collar Light
  • A Natural, chemical free EasyDefense pest tag from Only Natural Pet
  • A copy of  Dieting With My Dog  & The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
  • A bag each of Kol’s Veggie Snacks & Green Bean Crunchers
  • An assortment of active toys


The giveaway ends Tuesday June 25 at 12 noon PST, so don’t miss it! And also be sure to keep an eye out on the first Friday of every month, Jessica, Chester & Gretel from You Did What With Your Wiener? have joined the K9 Kamp Coaching Team will be sharing a K9 Kamp “mini” Challenge. The challenges are designed to be super easy to complete, even if you’re busy and strapped for time (aren’t we ALL!?!) and we can’t wait to see the first challenge! Join us and Tune in to You Did What With You Weiner? on the first Friday of each month more information!

Free Charity Miles App: Earn Money for Charity When You Walk, Run or Bike With Your Dog!

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Are you and your dog participating in K9 Kamp Fitness Challenge? We sure hope you’re having better weather than Daisy and I are here…it’s been terrible and we already had our first Tropical Storm of the 2013 hurricane season!


We won’t bore you with all the details, which mainly involve me doing my Hip Hop Abs DVD in the living room while Daisy laughed at me, but I did want to make sure to share this cool free phone app I discovered recently called Charity Miles.

charity miles app

You can use it to earn free donations for your favorite charity when you walk, run or bike! Choose from ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, The Nature Conservancy and loads more worthwhile causes and not only does this app track your miles but it also makes a donation on your behalf. It’s as easy as this: get moving. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile!

Charity Miles is a free app available for both Apple and Android devices.  Visit their website or check out this video to learn more:

Imagine how much money we could raise for charity if all the K9 Kampers use this cool app! Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know how you’re doing with this month’s fitness challenge. Then head on over to K9 Kamp HQ and enter to win some paw-tastic prizes for participating!

Join Us for K9 Kamp and Get Fit with Your Fur Kid!

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k9kampWoohoo! Daisy and I are super excited to be participating for the second year in K9 Kamp fitness challenge and we’re inviting YOU and your fur kids to join the fun! As always, K9 Kamp is co-hosted by founders Peggy’s Pet Place and  Kol’s Notes.

If you missed out last year, you can read all about it in our K9 Kamp 2012 posts to get caught up…although this year is a little different.

While last year’s event focused on different challenges each week, this year’s mission is more focused on the overall importance of establishing a year-round routine and staying active with your dog.

The challenge: Spend 30 minutes extra, 3-4 times a week, getting fit with your dog. Of course, stick within whatever physical limitations you or your dog may have…and remember to consult a trained professional if you and/or your dog have questions about what’s best for your situation!

Speaking of limitations, I personally have had issues with my knees in the past so I’ve been working up to being able to walk longer distances at high enough intensity to do some good. You may have seen that Daisy’s papa and I have been losing weight together on Nutrisystem. Now that we’ve shed some major lbs. we’re both powering up our workouts a bit more so the timing is perfect for us!


The hubby has actually got a head start on us and recently started training for running his first marathon, but that’s a bit too extreme for Daisy and me…30 minutes extra, several times a week, sounds doable and we’re looking forward to discovering some new hiking trails, fast-paced walks on the beach and maybe even swimming some laps if we can sneak Daisy into the community pool after hours.

Everyone is invited to join us! If you’re a blogger you can write about it on your own blog. If not, join in by leaving updates, tips and stories in the comment section of our posts. This session of K9 Kamp runs May 31-June 21 and there will be loads of fun AND some great prizes we hope you’ll stay tuned and join in the action! Speaking of prizes, be sure to head on over here to find out the details of what you can win and how to enter!

And be sure to visit the other K9 Kamp featured blogs:

Pamela and Honey from Something Wagging This Way Comes
Snoopy & Annette from Snoopy’s Dog Blog
PupFan, Bella & Tavish from I Still Want More Puppies
Pam & Oskar from Pet Blogs United and the Daily Oskar
Jodi, Sampson & Delilah from Heart Like a Dog
Steve, Jack & Maggie from SlimDoggy
Diane and Rocco from To Dog With Love
Jackie & Rita from Pooch Smooches
Cinny, Baby Pom & JR from Whirlwind of Surprises
Jessica, Chester & Gretel from You Did What With Your Wiener
Beth & Gizmo from Terrier Torrent
Emma and her Mom from My GBGV Life
Are you joining us for K9 Kamp? Leave us a comment and let us know you stopped by and how you and your dog are adding more activity to your fitness routine!

Nutrisystem Week 9 Update: Celebrating NSVs (Non-Scale Victories) #NSNation

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daisy tape measure

Woof Woof Papa and I just finished up week #9 on the Nutrisystem program and are back with an update for you! Weighing in this morning, I realized I’m becoming a bit too fixated on what the scale says. Yes, I lost weight this week (skip to the end to see how much) and should feel great about it, but instead of being thrilled that I’ve lost 19.8 pounds so far, I found myself feeling disappointed that I was .2 pounds short of 20! Silly, right?

Instead of beating myself up about it, I headed to the Nutrisystem Program Member’s Page to look for some inspiration  Each week, the folks from Nutrisystem post online advice and support designed to help members at each stage of their weight loss journey. This week’s advice was about ‘seeing past the scale’ and celebrating the NSVs (non-scale victories), so I decided to take stock of my NSVs. Some Non-Scale Victories I’m celebrating this week:

  • Inches Lost: I’ve been logging my measurements for 9 weeks now, but never really took notice of how the progress was adding up. I’ve lost 3 inches from my hips so far, and another 3″ from my waist!
  • Clothes: Since I work from home and spend a lot of time at the dog park, I tend to wear the same old dumpy stuff which makes it hard to tell that I’m getting smaller. I dug to the back of the closet and pulled out some jeans I love that hadn’t fit in a LONG time. Guess what? They fit great! (still several sizes to go to reach my goal but super exciting anyway)
  • Health: This one is harder to see and measure but probably the most important. I’m taking time to remind myself that I’m getting heart-healthy and reducing other health risks by losing weight and increasing my physical activity!

Woof Woof Papa celebrated his own NSV this week, too.  They had a huge holiday party at his work – a football tailgating themed party complete with ribs, wings, chili, ice cream and all kinds of other yummy but fattening foods. His strategy was to take just a tiny bit of each item on his plate. It must have worked because his coworkers noticed and about half were impressed, while the others expressed concern and asked if he was feeling OK. Too funny, but he was pretty proud of himself and told me all about it when he got home from work.

After all this talk about Non-Scale Victories I do need to update you on how much we lost this week. It’s still an important measure of our progress…I’m just going to work on remembering that it’s not the only measure of success. So, how did we do this week? I’ll tell ya!

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*HOT* Deal on Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch w/ Heart Rate Monitor {Today Only}!

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Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS

Do you run or walk with your dog? Daisy LOVES going running with her papa and he has a Garmin Forerunner similar to this one, but I know he paid a lot more! Today ONLY Amazon has an incredible Gold Box Deal on Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Sport Watch with heart rate monitor. Forerunner 110 uses GPS to accurately record your distance, time, and pace. Data from each run is stored in the unit, so you can go back and review how you did last week or last month. Or, upload to the Garmin Connect website for more detailed analysis. This offer is available today only, August 13th, 2012.

It’s shown above in a female-friendly pink and grey but also is available at the deal price in a men’s design! Regular price is $229.99 but today’s Gold Box Price is just $149.99 ($80 OFF). Free Shipping is included! Head on over to check out all of today’s Amazon Gold Box Deals!