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.


Defending Your Dog From Fleas and Ticks

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Defending Your Dog From Fleas and Ticks

The arrival of warmer weather means more outdoor time for you and your dog. But with that added outdoor time comes the seasonal threat of fleas and ticks—those pesky blood suckers that can make your dog (and you) miserable.

The Flea

Fleas feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Besides being an irritant, they can cause skin infections, hair loss, tapeworm infestation, anemia, and serious bacterial infections. Signs of infestation include:

  • Visible evidence of fleas hopping off your pet, or off carpets or furniture
  • Itching, chewing, scratching or head-shaking
  • Small bite marks on your pet’s belly
  • Flea “dirt” in your pet’s coat

Passing a fine-toothed flea comb through your dog’s coat will usually reveal fleas, their feces, (or “dirt”), or both.

Eliminating Fleas

Fleas are difficult to eliminate because of their diminutive size, and prolific nature.  And even if you treat your dog, fleas can remain in your carpets and furniture.  Both pet and home often need to be treated simultaneously in order to eradicate the pests.

First, shampoo your dog with a veterinary-approved flea-and-tick shampoo.  Then vacuum carpets, furniture and drapes thoroughly, twice, making sure to toss the bag (or empty the canister into a garbage bag).

Sprinkling a product called diatomaceous earth onto your carpets can help deter fleas.  Made of powdered silica derived from fossilized algae, it is non-toxic to dogs and humans, and helps to dehydrate fleas.

If the home infestation is serious, you may need to call an exterminator for professional help, which may involve tenting, then fogging the home with an insecticide.  It is not recommended that you do this yourself, as the procedure requires expertise, and the products used are potentially toxic.

Preventing Fleas

To minimize fleas on your dog, ask your veterinarian about the use of a preventive.  There are both oral and topical treatments that work by disrupting the flea’s nervous system, while remaining safe to dogs.  Regular use of these during flea season will prevent infestation.

The Tick

Take your dog for a summer hike through a grassy field, and she will run the risk of tick infestation.  And, due to an anesthetic component in the tick’s saliva, dogs will not even feel the initial bite.

Ticks can cause numerous illnesses, including:

  • Anemia, or loss of blood
  • Ehrlichiosis, which affects the dog’s platelet count, and can cause abnormal bleeding.
  • Anaplasmosis, a bacterial infection that causes fever, vomiting, swollen joints and seizures.
  • Lyme Disease, which can produce joint, heart and kidney issues
  • Anaplasmosis, a bacterial infection causing fever, diarrhea, swollen joints or seizures
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever, causing swelling, seizures, or bleeding
  • Babesiosis, a parasitic infection that triggers anemia, fever, fatigue, and weight loss

Eliminating Ticks

After every outdoor outing with your dog, check her entire body for ticks.  Look in and behind ears, on the belly, under the tail near the rectum, between the toes, and even in the nostrils.  Do not depend on your dog itching or scratching to reveal a tick, as they often will not feel the parasite.

If you find an embedded tick, grab some tweezers, sterilize them in rubbing alcohol, then carefully grab the tick as close as possible to your dog’s skin and pull straight up and away.  The goal is to remove the entire tick, and not leave the head and/or mouth embedded, as this can cause infection.  Do NOT use matches, cigarettes, or any petroleum-based distillates to remove the tick—just tweezers. After removal, swab the area with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water.  If you do not feel confident in removing a tick, see your veterinarian.

Preventing Ticks

From spring through the fall, all dogs should be given a veterinarian-approved flea-and tick preventive.  Whether you use a topical application, an oral chew, or a combination of both, consider monthly usage until the seasonal threat of parasites ends.  Consult your veterinarian regarding which preventives and dosages will work best.  Avoid over-the-counter products, as the are not as effective, and can endanger your dog’s health.

As with fleas, ticks can be discouraged from latching on by the use of a veterinarian-approved flea-and-tick shampoo, once each month during tick season.

Author and pet behaviorist Steve Duno has trained thousands of dogs, cats and their owners. His sixteen pet care books address a wide variety of topics, including breed-specific behavior, environmental enrichment, basic obedience training, behavior modification, and nutrition. A former veterinary technician and school teacher, Steve lives in Seattle with his family, and his lovable Rough Collie, Rocco.

2022 Global Pet Expo

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2022 Global Pet Expo | Just got back from the 2022 edition of the Global Pet Expo in Orlando Florida.

This is the first show since the beginning of the pandemic. The show was held in a different (smaller) space than previous years, due the absence of Chinese exhibitors. Attendees were having noticeable difficulty navigating the unfamiliar hall!

There seemed to be a significantly smaller turnout vs pre-pandemic levels. The attendees that DID show up were very enthusiastic nonetheless.

EVERY visitor to the Happy Howie’s booth had the same question: “When will the Meat Rolls be returning???”

I was happy to inform them that the meat rolls were indeed returning in the coming months! They were all relieved to hear that news and were willing to patiently wait for the “Return of the Rolls”!!

I saw many familiar faces from years past and met some new friends as well. Woof Gang Bakery was having a national meeting at the show with over 150 locations attending! MANY of these stores visited our booth during the show to learn about our products.

It was good to see things returning to normal and a good time was had by all!

Looking forward to next years show!

Wayne Whitney, Happy Howie’s National Sales Manager

8th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

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8th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest

Happy Howie’s is excited to announce our 8th annual happy dog photo contest!

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Hey Big Spender Bundle full of each once of Happy Howie’s prepackaged treats. Happy Howie’s will also match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!

The contest opens for submissions Tuesday, February 8th. Participants will have 3 weeks to submit their favorite happy dog photo. Once all submissions are in they will be reviewed internally, and the top 20 photos will be available for voting starting March 1st. Voting will close Monday, March 28th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on March 29th .

Prizes

Grand Prize: Hey Big Spender Bundle
Happy Howie’s will match the winnings and donate to the winner’s animal rescue of choice.
Total Grand Prize package: *Over $179 worth of treats

Second Prize: Hey Big Spender Bundle

Third Prize: Beefy Best Sellers Bundle

📷 How to Enter

Enter here! You do not need a social media account to enter this year.

Please note:
Happy Howie’s is not responsible for any missing submissions. One photo submission per person. All entries are subject to internal review and may not make the top 20 for voting.

How to Vote

Voting opens March 1st here.  Can vote once per day. You do not need a Facebook account to vote this year. Voting will close Monday, March 28th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on March 29th

 

Last year’s winners can be viewed here. Official rules are available here.

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

*including bundle to be donated to rescue of choice

Winter Dog Rules

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Winter Dog Rules: How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Warm During the Colder Months

Though most dogs have a warm, insulated coat, they can still suffer from a number of winter-related issues if you are not prudent. But with a modicum of care and foresight, it should be easy to get your pet through even the harshest winter with these winter dog rules…

Breed type matters.

If you have a medium-to-large, healthy dog with a lush coat, cold weather should be of little concern. Artic breeds such as the Siberian Husky, Chow Chow or Samoyed will revel in the cold, as will the Newfoundland, Saint Bernard or Great Pyrenees. Mixed breeds that share these same coat and size traits will likewise be quite tolerant of the cold. But smaller dogs such as the Chihuahua, Maltese, or Toy Poodle, or any mixed breed of similar size, will suffer if outside for extended periods, in temperatures below 40 degrees. They simply do not generate as much body heat as do bigger dogs. Medium-to-large dogs with short coats can also be at risk if subjected to frigid conditions for thirty minutes or more.

Age plays a role.

A healthy three year-old dog, due to its optimal metabolism, will tolerate cold weather better than will a puppy or senior dog, so be prudent when spending time outdoors with the young or the old. When temperatures plummet, consider a jacket or sweater for them.

Reduce outside time.

Even heavy-coated dogs can suffer if kept outside too long. Frostbite and hypothermia can affect any dog, given enough exposure to frigid temperatures. Frostbite can damage ears, noses, lips, and feet. Uncontrolled shivering is indicative of hypothermia; if you see this, get inside!

Protect those paws.

If walking your dog on icy, snowy surfaces for long periods, purchase doggy boots, or use a beeswax-based paw balm such as Musher’s Secret, which will insulate your dog’s pads. Reduce the length of your walks, perhaps adding an extra one to make up for the reduction.

Never leave your dog out in the yard all day. In addition to it being ill-advised from a behavioral and safety standpoint, any dog will eventually become hypothermic in freezing temperatures given enough time.

Small dogs need less outdoor time, and a sweater.

Any dog under fifteen pounds, no matter the age, will become cold quickly during winter walks, so use a sweater or jacket!

Beware of road and sidewalk treatments.

Salt or deicer crystals are routinely used to melt ice, and prevent pedestrian injury. These treatments are toxic to dogs, so watch for them. If concerned, use a set of doggy boots, or at least wipe off your dog’s paws with a warm, damp rag when back home.

Walk your dog at midday.

Morning or evening winter walks are significantly colder than lunch time, so if possible, take that walk at the warmest time of day.

Watch for antifreeze!

Puddles of car antifreeze are often found during winter months. It is extremely toxic to dogs if ingested. And antifreeze has a sweet taste that dogs like, so steer clear of it!

Winter driving is unpredictable!

Do not expect cars to stop safely when you are crossing the street with your dog.

Avoid leaving your dog in the car during frigid days.

Just as dogs can overheat in a car during the summer, so too can they become unduly cold during winter months. Limit parked car time accordingly!

Feed less food during the winter.

Even though your dog needs food to create body heat, most dogs get less exercise during the winter, causing potential weight gain. Accordingly, cutting the amount of your dog’s food by five percent will help prevent that winter pudge!

By preparing properly and moderating your dog’s time outside, even the coldest winter should not adversely affect your best friend’s health and happiness, while you both wait for the coming spring!

Author and pet behaviorist Steve Duno has trained thousands of dogs, cats and their owners. His sixteen pet care books address a wide variety of topics, including breed-specific behavior, environmental enrichment, basic obedience training, behavior modification, and nutrition. A former veterinary technician and school teacher, Steve lives in Seattle with his family, and his lovable Rough Collie, Rocco.

Halloween Contest Winners 2021

Halloween Contest Winners 2021 – 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 happy to announce the following winners:

Grand Prize

First place winner

“durin howloween munth i moonlight as a Porcupine to get mi tweats, it works!”

First place winner will receive:
A Hey Big Spender Bundle which includes one of each of our pre-packed deli-style chews — 12 items total, valued over $89.69!

Second Prize

second place winner

“Wesley and Graham are two busy bees working hard to make that honey!”

Second place winner will receive:
A Beefy Best Sellers Bundle — 4 items total, valued over $24.37!

Third Prize

third place winner

“Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
Jet makes a fine raven for spooky season and happyhowies costume contest!”

Third place winner will receive:
A Time to Shine Bundle — 5 items total, valued over $17.86!

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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 2021. 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 2021

Halloween Costume Photo Contest 2021

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!