Welcome to Howie’s Howl

Howie’s Howl is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Happy Howie’s! We are always excited to share the latest/greatest news with our loyal customers, and this is the place to see it all first-hand. From new product offerings and events recaps, to contest information and featured Happy Howie’s Stories, Howie’s Howl is a one-stop resource for the best Happy Howie’s news!
Our dog blog is also a great resource for pet parents too—offering dog advice, gift ideas (for dogs & pet-parents), safety tips, health & nutrition tips, and activity ideas! Happy Howie’s not only wants to provide the best, all-natural treats but wants to help our best friends live an overall healthy, happy life.

Check back often for Happy Howie’s news, events, contests & more!

For more pet-parent information, be sure to follow us on Pinterest — we have a variety of different boards for all sorts of pet-related topics.


Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2021

Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2021

HH_halloween_contest_blog2021

Happy Howie’s Halloween Dog Costume Photo contest is back for its sixth year! No tricks, just treats—we hope everyone has a howling good time and enters their favorite fuzzy friends in their best Halloween costume.

Prizes

Grand Prize: Hey Big Spender Bundle

The Grand Prize Winner will receive one of each of our pre-packed deli-style chews, including:

(1) 12in Beef Sausage
(1) 12in Lamb Sausage
(1) 12in Turkey Sausage
(1) 11in Beef Woof Stix® 4pk
(1) 6in Beef Woof Stix® 4pk
(1) 6in Beef Jerky 2pk
(1) Baker’s Dozen 2in Burgers
(1) Baker’s Dozen 6in Beef Woof Stix®
(1) Baker’s Dozen 4in Beef Sausage
(1) Baker’s Dozen 4in Lamb Sausage
(1) Baker’s Dozen 4in Turkey Sausage
(1) Happy Howie’s Dog Bandana

12 items total, valued over $89.69!

 

Second Prize: Beefy Best Sellers Bundle

This bundle includes:

(1) Baker’s Dozen 6in Beef Woof Stix®
(1) Baker’s Dozen 2in Beef Burgers
(1) 6in Beef Jerky 2pk
(1) Happy Howie’s Dog Bandana

4 items total, valued over $24.37!

 

Third Prize: Time to Shine Bundle!

This bundle includes:

(1) 12in Beef Sausage
(1) 12in Lamb Sausage
(1) 12in Turkey Sausage
(1) 11in Beef Woof Stix® 4pk
(1) Happy Howie’s Dog Bandana

5 items total, valued over $17.86!

How to Enter

Enter here, or submit your photo via Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #HHcostume2021 by October 18th @11:59PM EST. Please note that social profiles need to be public for any hashtag submissions to come through. Contest photo submission via hashtag must be a newly uploaded photo — previously posted photos with edited captions will not come through. Happy Howie’s is not responsible for any missing submissions.

Photo entries will be available for voting October 19th until October 28th @ 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced October 29th! The Winning photo will be featured on our homepage.

One photo submission per person. To make this contest fair to all participants, previous first place winners are ineligible to win the grand prize again. Last year’s winners can be viewed here.

Official rules are available on contest platform or here.

We look forward to seeing your pawsitively festive pups again this year.
Happy “Howl”ween!

Amazon Exclusive

7th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners

7th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners – a big THANK YOU to everyone that participated in the Happy Howie’s Happy Dog Photo Contest—whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote. We always receive the best entries & we love seeing our happy customers!

We are proud to announce the following winners:

🎉 Grand Prize 🎉

1st-place

“The Spirit is Still Willing”
464 votes

Our grand prize winner will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats. They will then pick their favorite two treats to be shipped. Happy Howie’s will also match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!

Second Prize

2nd-place

“Trick training is fun when you have Happy Howie’s!”
383 votes

Our second place winner will receive:
A Happy Howie’s Sampler Box!

Third Prize

3rd-place

“You look hot! Let me cool you off!”
148 votes

Our third place winner will receive:
One-time use promo code for 50% off happyhowies.com


Congratulations to all our 7th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners!

We appreciate everyone taking the time to participate to make our contest a success.

We will continue to offer fun and exciting products, contests and updates throughout 2021. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.

7th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

HH_Contest_blog

7th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

Happy Howie’s is excited to announce our 7th annual happy dog photo contest!

The 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 opens for submissions Thursday, January 14th. 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 4th. Voting will close Thursday, February 25th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on February 26th .

Prizes

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. 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.

How to Enter

Enter via Facebook here, or submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #HHdog2021.

Please note:
📷  Social profiles need to be public for any hashtag submissions to come through.
📷  Contest photo submission via hashtag must be a newly uploaded photo – previously posted photos with edited captions will not come through. Hashtag must be in original caption and not a comment.
📷  Happy Howie’s is not responsible for any missing submissions.

One photo submission per person. Previous first place winners are ineligible to win the grand prize again. Last year’s winners can be viewed here. Official rules are available on contest platform.

How to Vote

Voting opens February 4th here. Although entry is available via Instagram and Twitter, voting is only available via Facebook. Can vote once per day per Facebook user. Voting will close Thursday, February 25th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on February 26th

 

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

Halloween Contest Winners 2020

Halloween Contest Winners 2020 – Thank you to everyone that have participated in our Halloween Dog Costume Photo Contest—whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote! We loved seeing all the dogs dressed festively for Halloween!

We are proud to announce the following winners:

Grand Prize

1st-place

“This is our little Ewok ACE. He loves happy howie’s treats!”

First place winner will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats, including: 7 oz Beef Meat Roll, 12 oz Lamb Meat Roll, 4” Beef Burger, 4” Turkey Sausage Baker’s Dozen Pack, 6” Woof Stix Baker’s Dozen Pack, 2” Beef Burger Baker’s Dozen Pack, 12” Turkey Sausage,  & 6” Beef Jerky 2-pack — 8 items total, valued at $53.42!

Second Prize

“Sprocket & Ratchet as Maverick & Goose from Top Gun. #FeelTheNeedForSpeed #TopGun”

Second place winner will receive:
A 12oz Meat Roll Bundle!

Third Prize

3rd-place

“Mom made me get a job with UPS so she could get her Amazon packages faster! I think I will fit right in! “

Third place winner will receive:
A 7oz Meat Roll Bundle!

________________________________________________________________________

Congratulations to all our Halloween Contest Winners!

We appreciate everyone taking the time to participate to make our Halloween contest another success.

Please be sure to continue to follow us on Facebook—we will continue to offer fun and exciting products and updates through the remainder of 2020. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.

Happy ‘Howl’ween!

Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2020

Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2020

HH_Contest_blog

Happy Howie’s Halloween Dog Costume Photo contest is back for its fifth year! We hope everyone has a howling good time and enters their favorite fuzzy friends in their best costume.

Prizes

Grand Prize: Happy Howie’s Sample Box!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a special sample box of Happy Howie’s treats: including:

7 oz Beef Meat Roll
12 oz Lamb Meat Roll
4” Beef Burger
4” Turkey Sausage Baker’s Dozen Pack
6” Woof Stix Baker’s Dozen Pack
2” Beef Burger Baker’s Dozen Pack
12” Turkey Sausage
6” Beef Jerky 2-pack

8 items total, valued at $53.42!

 

Second Prize: 12 oz Meat Roll Bundle!

This bundle includes:

12 oz Beef Meat Roll
12 oz Turkey Meat Roll
12 oz Lamb Meat Roll

3 items total, valued at $22.47!

 

Third Prize: 7 oz Meat Roll Bundle!

This bundle includes:

7 oz Beef Meat Roll
7 oz Turkey Meat Roll
7 oz Lamb Meat Roll

3 items total, valued at $13.47!

How to Enter

Enter via Facebook here, or submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #HHcostume2020 by October 14th @11:59PM EST. Please note that social profiles need to be public for any hashtag submissions to come through. Contest photo submission via hashtag must be a newly uploaded photo – previously posted photos with edited captions will not come through. Happy Howie’s is not responsible for any missing submissions.

Photo entries will be available for voting October 15th until October 29th @ 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced October 30th! The Winning photo will be featured on our homepage.

One photo submission per person. To make this contest fair to all participants, previous first place winners are ineligible to win the grand prize again. Last year’s winners can be viewed here. Official rules are available on contest platform.

 

We look forward to seeing your festive pups again this year.
Happy “Howl”ween!

To read the official contest rules, click here.

Obesity in Pets

Blog_Obesity

Obesity in Pets | As owners go, so go their pets. The obesity epidemic began in the US in the 1980s, with a dramatic increase noted over the last decade. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 40% of all adults over the age of 20 in the U.S. are currently classified as obese. This trend is directly mirrored in the pet population.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs classified as overweight or obese. Just as obesity plays a key factor in your overall health and wellness, your obese pet is also at risk from a multitude of diseases and health concerns.

What does obesity mean for your pet?

Obesity in dogs and cats is a serious medical condition. In fact, it is one of the most common medical conditions diagnosed on routine physical examination. In general, obese pets are more at risk in surgery, more prone to injury, and have more stress on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and joints. They are more prone to breathing issues and cardiovascular dysfunction. Excessive body weight can worsen osteoarthritis, can cause respiratory problems in hot weather and during exercise, increase heat intolerance, lead to type 2 diabetes, and generally lessen the quality of life for your pet. In several studies, dogs with a healthy body weight had a mean lifespan of nearly two years longer, as well as delayed onset of many chronic diseases commonly seen in the aging pet.

How can I help my pet reach a healthy body weight?

The weight loss process in dogs is no different than in people, which is why they are a perfect partner for a weight loss and fitness program. Diet and exercise are the key to reaching and maintaining a successful body weight/condition for both you and your pet. Learning to make smart decisions in feeding our pets, including choice, portion, and treats is an important first step in the weight loss program. As a general rule, treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily calorie requirements. For instance, if Fido’s recommended calorie consumption is 500 calories per day, only 50 calories should come from treats. Pets are not people and, as such, do not have the same emotional attachments to food. It is important to remember this and to change the ways in which we show affection to our pets.

One of the best ways to show affection to your pet is through a walk, tossing the ball, or a chase session with the laser pointer. Remember, you control your pet’s diet exclusively and are solely responsible for their weight loss success. There are no late-night refrigerator raids for your pooch; they only consume what you offer. Making smarter decisions for our pet can increase longevity and improve their overall quality of life.

Dr Kari Nugent is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian for sixteen years.  She owns Unleashed Pet Care, a quaint companion animal clinic located in Westland Michigan.

Exercise Tips

Blog_Exercise

Exercise Tips | If your pup is part of your 2020 fitness goals, it’s important to start off on the right foot with any an exercise program. Just like people who aren’t used to a strenuous exercise routine, dogs should start off slow. The first step when making your fuzzy buddy your exercise partner is an evaluation by your veterinarian.

It is important to check for signs of arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular disease, etc., prior to starting any workout program with your pet. Dogs with inflamed joints or ligaments may need to start with a low impact exercise program, such as swimming or walking on an underwater treadmill.

If your pooch gets a clear bill of health, start with moderately paced walking or swimming. These activities allow canine athletes to build their cardiovascular and muscle strength without putting too much stress on their joints. A daily 10 to 15 minute walk or swim is a good start, building gradually depending on how your pup is doing. If he is doing well and can handle long, fast paced walks, he can graduate to jogging with you. Keep in mind that if your dog is still growing, it is best to wait to start a strenuous exercise program until his growth plates are closed.

Below are a few precautions when exercising with your furry pal:

  • Avoid overdoing it. You are working too hard if you can’t speak comfortably. Your dog may be overdoing it if he is breathing fast, panting excessively, staggering, or refusing to follow. If your pup wants to stop, let him. Dogs that overdo it can suffer from heat exhaustion, strained tendons, ligaments, or other orthopedic problems.
  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion. Working out in hot, humid weather can lead to heat exhaustion for both you and your pup. Schedule your workouts in the morning before the temperatures soar. Always have fresh water with you and a collapsible bowl for your dog. Watch for desperate panting, stumbling or staggering, difficulty breathing, collapse, etc. Again, if your pup wants to stop, let him. Take frequent water breaks.
  • Protect those paws! Long walks on rough surfaces can damage paws. Start slowly to allow your dog to develop thicker, tougher pads. If it’s hot avoid asphalt or sand as these may burn your pup’s pads. On those cold, snowy days, be sure to check for ice build-up. If you will be hiking or walking on rough terrain, you may want to invest in a sturdy set of boots for your dog.
  • Always, safety first. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when you run, hike, or walk. Even the best-trained dogs can run into the path of a car, a territorial animal, or a number of other dangers. While your dog may be friendly to everyone, remember that not everyone’s dog is. If you will be walking or running when it’s dark, put reflective garb on your pet, as well as yourself.

Take it easy in extreme weather. If it’s freezing cold or hot and steamy, either keep your workout light and short or play indoors.

Dr Kari Nugent is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian for sixteen years.  She owns Unleashed Pet Care, a quaint companion animal clinic located in Westland Michigan.

6th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners

6th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners – THANK YOU to everyone that participated in the Happy Howie’s Happy Dog Photo Contest making this our best one yet! Whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote, we love the participation. We always receive the best entries & we love seeing our happy customers!

We are proud to announce the following winners:

Grand Prize

first-place

“When mom has happy howie’s treats #gimmethemall #hhdog2020
#happyhowie @happyhowies #happy”

Boblee and Bruna will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats. They will then pick their favorite two treats to be shipped. Happy Howie’s will also match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!

Second Prize

second-place

“Thanks to Happy Howies we have come a long way! Decker was a ferrel dog found 35#’s underweight eating dirt on the side of a highway. With commitment and Happy Howies we have molded him into the best dog he can be.”

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

Third Prize

third-place

“Be like Mishka and enjoy your #Monday! #mishka #malinois #monday #mondayvibes #raptor #bbf #happy #goodvibes #hhdog2020”

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


Congratulations to all our 6th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest Winners!
A Happy Howie’s representative will reach out to you with the information provided with your entry to fulfill your prizes.

We appreciate everyone taking the time to participate to make our contest a huge success.

We will continue to offer fun and exciting products, contests and updates throughout 2020. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.

6th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

HH_Contest_blog_2020

6th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

Happy Howie’s is excited to announce our 6th annual happy dog photo contest! We love see everyone’s photos, and we enjoyed creating an engaging experience for our customers.

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 opens for submissions Friday, January 10th. 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, February 27th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on February 28th & the winning photo will be featured on our homepage for the month of March!

Prizes

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. 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.

How to Enter

Enter via Facebook here, or submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #HHdog2020. Please note that social profiles need to be public for any hashtag submissions to come through.

One photo submission per person. To make this contest fair to all participants, previous first place winners are ineligible to win the grand prize again. Last year’s winners can be viewed here. Official rules are available on contest platform.

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