3rd Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners 2017

We would like to send out a huge Thank you to everyone that have participated in the Happy Howie’s Happy Dog Photo Contest—whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote. This was our best photo contest to date & we are so excited for the amount of involvement for all the happy dogs!

We are proud to announce the following winners:

Grand Prize
With a record number of votes: 6,671!

“Mr. Smiley Pants wants to wish all his friends a happy and blessed Easter!”

Mr Smiley Pants will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats. He will then pick his favorite two treats, which will be shipped every three months. Happy Howie’s will also match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!

Second Prize
With another record number of votes: 5,613!

“Wait till the human sees her credit card after my order to Happy Howie’s!”

Lacey will receive:
A Happy Howie’s Sampler Box!


Third Prize
With a third record number of votes: 1,997!

“Rescued & Loved Furever”

These sweet pups will receive:
One-time use promo code for 50% off happyhowies.com


Congratulations to all our winners!

We appreciate everyone taking the time to participate to make our contest a success. This year’s photo contest was the best ever & we are so excited that our fans rallied for an amazing number of votes in hopes to win for their rescue of choice.

Please be sure to continue to follow us—we will continue to offer fun and exciting products and updates throughout 2017. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.

Happy Howie’s 3rd Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

Happy Howie’s is excited to bring back our Happy Dog Photo Contest for its third year! We love see everyone’s photos, and we enjoyed creating an engaging experience for our customers. We have high hopes for this year’s contest!

This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a one-year supply* of Happy Howie’s All Natural Treats, and Happy Howie’s will match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!

The contest starts for submissions Friday, January 13th. Participants will have 3 weeks to submit their favorite happy dog photo. Once all submissions are in, the photos will be posted and available for voting starting February 3rd. Voting will close Thursday, March 2nd @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on March 3rd & the winning photo will be featured on our homepage for the rest of the month!

Grand Prize: One-Year Supply of Happy Howie’s Treats!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats.

The winning pooch can then pick his or her favorite two treats, which will be shipped every three months. Happy Howie’s will match the winnings and donate to the winner’s animal rescue of choice.
Total Grand Prize package: *Over 365 all natural treats!

Second Prize: Happy Howie’s Sampler Box!
Second place photo will be featured on social media

Third Prize: One-time use promo code for 50% off happyhowies.com!
Third place photo will be featured on social media

Enter via Facebook here, or submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #HHdog2017

One photo submission per person. To read the official rules, click here.

We hope everyone has fun and enters their favorite furry friends’ photos—we can’t wait to see them!

Howliday Gift Ideas For Your Dog

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Our favorite holiday is right around the corner! Christmas is fast approaching & we want to make sure your dog is included in the gift-giving fun! Here are some pawfect holiday gift ideas for our favorite furry friends:

Sausage, burgers & woof stix—Oh my! 10% OFF Happy Howie’s + FREE SHIPPING

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What better way to kick off the New Year, than with your
dog’s favorite Happy Howie’s treats:

10% OFF online orders
FREE shipping
No exclusions
Use promo code: HOLIDAY10 at checkout
Ends 12/23 @midnight

Get your dog what he/she really wants—Happy Howie’s! Order here.

Use promo code HOLIDAY10 at checkout. Sale includes the entire online store—no exclusions! Promo cannot be combined with any other discount. All orders are made-to-order and ship two weeks out. Sale ends Friday, 12/23 at 11:59pm EST.

RF-V30 Smart Wi-Fi Pet GPS Tracker Remote

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This special collar is designed to help pet owners easy find their dogs when they are lost. You can easily control all of your pet’s information, so that you can better take care of your pet. Learn more here.

The Mud Dog Travel Shower

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The Mud Dog Travel Shower simply screws onto most plastic bottles to create a quick, convenient shower. Easily clean off a playful puppy or muddy gear after a romp on the snowy, wet trail. Learn more here.

Step & Press Automatic Outdoor Water Fountain

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Not all gifts need to be Christmas and/or winter themed—prepare for a long walk when the warmer weather returns with an automatic outdoor water fountain! All your dog needs to do is step on the water fountain’s press pad to get a fresh shot of water. It is made of heavy steel for durability and is super easy to install—all you need to do is connect it to your outdoor water hose and you are all set!
Learn more here.

Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket

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For the smaller pups, the Snoozer Buddy Bike Basket installs to handle bars in only a few minutes with no tools necessary. This carry basket is made of a durable microfiber that easily and quickly wipes clean for on-the-go pet parents. Also included is a removable inner pad and chin rest for pet’s comfort, and a removable rain cover. Learn more here.

Breeze Guard

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It can be a pet parent’s worst nightmare when their dog attempts to jump out of an open window while on the road. The “Breeze Guard” is a protective cage that mounts into a car door allowing the dog to safely enjoy the breeze, without the worry of an attempt to jump! Learn more here.

4knines Dog Car Seat

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4Knines Dog Car Seat Covers will protect your car from claws, fur, and dirt. Keep your car seats clean and fur-free on the way home from a fun-filled day. Learn more here.

Paw Plunger

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Clean your dog’s paws without giving them a full bath with a portable paw plunger! This convenient tool can be used anywhere. Learn more here.

Cooling Shelter Shields

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This unique cooling shelter shields your dog from the heat (once summer arrives again) and the elements. Take it just about anywhere, including: the beach, poolside, picnics and parks, or even indoors. It is lightweight, durable, and features a pop-up canopy and integrated padded pillow for ultimate home-away-from-home comfort. Learn more here.

SiliDog ID Tag

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No more noise from jingling metal or plastic dog tags—these silicone dog tags are flexible, durable, fade-proof, and silent! Learn more here.

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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The holidays are fast approaching!
It can be quite a joyful experience gathering loved ones to enjoy the holidays together as a family—indulging in family recipes and carrying out traditions. As much as it can be the “most wonderful time” of the year, it can however be very stressful for our pets. Keep your pets healthy and safe with the following holiday tips:

Keep a Regular Routine
Pets can be extremely sensitive to sudden change. It is important to keep your pets on a regular schedule to reduce unnecessary stress. With all the different holiday plans, company, and/or travel, be sure to maintain scheduled feedings, walks, exercise and play sessions.

Avoid hazardous holiday trappings
While the Christmas trees are up and decorated, it is important that we pay close attention to our dog’s surroundings. Make sure your Christmas tree is very sturdy; pets tend to explore and may try to climb the tree—which can cause it to tip over and possibly cause an injury!
It is recommended to keep pets away from tinsel, popcorn strands, ribbon, string, and other wrapping accessories as serious injury, even death can occur if it is ingested.
Also, please consider using electrical cord containers for excess cords illuminating those festive holiday lights. Pets may chew on electrical cords when we’re not looking, which can cause electrocution. You can even run cords them through PVC to prevent any electrical accidents.

Avoid giving your pets holiday foods
Keep your food and other people’s food away from your pet. Those holiday cookies may look delicious, and your dog may be begging, but don’t give in! Avoid giving your pet any chocolate, baked goods, turkey (including the skin), yeast dough and table scraps. If you want to include your pet in the holiday food festivities, make or buy treats formulated just for them. (Happy Howie’s is a great option…)

Enforce positive training with Happy Howie’s
Happy Howie’s dog treats are a great training tool to help keep your pet calm during the holidays, especially with busy traffic in and out of your home. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we would recommend our Turkey Premium Meat Rolls. Our meat rolls are the trainer-preferred treats throughout the country—slice it, dice it, break it or freeze it! Order here and your dog can enjoy some turkey (or beef or lamb if you prefer) too!

For more holiday pet advice, visit:
https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/holidays.aspx
https://apdt.com/pet-owners/safety/holidays/

Dangers of Halloween Candy

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Halloween can be a fun event for your family and pets. It’s a time to dress your children, pets, and even yourself up in creative costumes! With all the commotion of trick-or-treating and indulging in our favorite candy, it is important we take the time to make sure our pets are safe.

We all know pets have just as big of a sweet tooth as their owners but be sure your pets avoid consuming Halloween candy this October. Avoid giving our pets gum, mints, baked goods, and chocolate containing the “sugar-free” sweetener xylitol which is potentially very poisonous.

It is important that we try healthier alternatives for dog treats such a Happy Howies! Our all natural dog treats do not contain any corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, artificial colors or artificial preservatives. Eating healthy natural treats can help promote nutritional boost, reduce excessive weight gain and can help prevent disease and illness after consuming over a lifetime!

Fall Pet Health Tips

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Fall is near—literally, this weekend! Let us help keep your dogs healthy and happy this season with some Fall health tips from Pet Health Network:

Watch out for those nasty ticks
Just because Fall brings colder weather, this does not mean those lurking ticks will not be near. According to the University of Rhode Island, many species of ticks are active even into the winter, and can survive the first frost— which is why it is so important to look out for ticks. Here is some great tips to help keep them away:

  • Eliminate their favorite environment, such as: leaf and garden litter (these help them survive during the winter months)
  • Frequently check your dog’s fur for ticks
  • Use tick control and other repellent products, especially if you are outdoors often
  • Consult with your veterinarian about regular annual screening for tick-borne infections

Keep your Pet away from rat poisons and other rodenticides
Rodents always seem to find their way into our homes during the colder months, which is why many set up rat poison-type traps. Please be sure to keep the pets away from these poisonous products. Many on-the-market products can be very hazardous to our animals, even deadly. Try using live traps instead poison products. If you see a tail dangling in your pet’s mouth make sure you tell them to drop it, remove the rodent & keep an eye on them. If you think your pet has accidently ingested a rodent, please consult with a veterinarian immediately.

Feed your pet the right foods
Since its starting to get cold, pets need more energy to help them stay warm. You might need to increase your pet’s food intake—food generates body heat. Before you increase your pet’s food intake get an approval from your veterinarian. Perhaps a serving of Happy Howie’s treats will help give them the energy they may lack!

Beware of the antifreeze toxicity
Some people tend to use the Fall season as an opportunity to winterize their vehicles, which often involves regularly changing their antifreeze. This can potentially be deadly for your pets—one to two teaspoons of antifreeze can kill a 10-pound dog! Antifreeze contains a substance called ethylene glycol; Ethylene has a sickly-sweet smell that entices pets to lick it up. It is important to clean up spills immediately before your pet gets a hold of it.

Stay away from chocolates and hearty foods
The holiday season is approaching fast! We tend to indulge in hearty foods and sweets during this time, and it is important to make sure your pet eats none of it. Hearty foods and sweets can cause dogs to become very sick. Eating rich, high-fat foods can cause major stomach problems such as diarrhea, gastroenteritis even more serious conditions like pancreatitis. This is very important with Halloween coming up next month—keep chocolate away from your pets!

For more Fall Health Tips, click here

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Dog Nutrition Tips

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In honor of today being National Dog Day, we want to share some nutritional tips to help keep your dog healthy thanks to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

It is very important that dogs maintain Read more

Happy Howie’s at SuperZoo 2016

 

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We are back from another successful SuperZoo show!

This show continues to grow—the floor layout, while easier to navigate than previous years, was massive! With over 1,200 exhibitors, SuperZoo is the largest gathering of pet retail and service professional in North America! If it is a pet product, chances are you could find it at this show. As with previous shows, Happy Howie’s was thrilled to be a part of it.

This was our first SuperZoo with a 20-foot Happy Howie’s booth, and we needed every inch of it! Many of the attendees—some from all over the world—brought their dogs, so sampling was very frequent. Dogs were hitting the brakes hard in front of our Doggy Deli Displays and wouldn’t leave until they got a tasty treat.

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Happy Howie’s is excited to have launched our new Bulk Bags for our Doggy Deli Display! Shopping for our bulk treats is easier than ever before—customers can use our new bags to stock up on their favorite selection of our fresh deli treats. We also launched our new 2-pack 11” Woof Stix, and our 6” Woof Stix Baker’s Dozen Pouches! Our new product was a big hit and we look forward to see its success within our growing product line!

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Happy Howie’s is already registered for a booth at next years show, July 25–27, 2017. We can’t wait and hope to see you there!

 

Summer Fun with your Dog!

It may be almost August, but summer certainly isn’t over yet! There’s always so much going on in the summer—barbecues, pool parties, vacations and get-togethers—it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle. But while you’re out soaking up the warm sun, don’t forget about your best friend at home!

Summertime offers plenty of opportunities for fun, pet-related activities. Thanks to ModernDog, we are happy to share some activities to fill your calendar with that will help you and your furry friend enjoy the rest of summer together:

Splash zone!

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Kids love playing in the sprinklers, and if your dog loves water, I bet he/she does too! Set up a sprinkle while you’re out in the yard and watch your dog go crazy with fun, or grab a ball or Frisbee and play catch through the water!

Go site-seeing

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There are many historical sites, museums and parks all over that are dog friendly. Leash up your best friend and enjoy the day site-seeing together.

Host a Dog Swap!

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You’ve heard of clothing swaps—host a doggie swap! You know that toy you bought for your dog that was never played with, and is just collecting dust in the toy bin? Swap it! Invite follow pet-parents and get socializing. Encourage other pets to join in on the swap party & score big with new or gently used items that your dog actually likes!

Start a walking group

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Chances are you know other people with dogs—set a date and time to meet up and get walking. This not only is great exercise for your dog, but it gives him/her an opportunity to socialize with other dogs too!

Float around the pool

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Perhaps it’s just too hot outside to work up the energy to do anything. This happens! If you have a pool, or if there’s a dog friendly pool around go take a load off & enjoy the refreshing water—it is summer after all! Get your water-loving pooch swimming with some encouragement: float treats in the water!

Whatever you decide to do with your dog, make sure to pack lots of water & treats!

For more summer activity ideas, click here

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Phillip’s Pet Mid-Atlantic Open House

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The 2016 Phillips Mid-Atlantic Open House was held July 11–12 at the Ocean Place Resort in Longbranch, NJ!

This show always takes up all of the available conference space in this facility: Every meeting room, the 2 main ballrooms on the ground floor and the 2 ballrooms on the second floor. Happy Howie’s occupied the exact same booth space as the last show, on the second floor of the show.

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