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Howie’s Howl is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Happy Howie’s! Our dog blog is a great resource for pet parents too—offering dog advice, gift ideas & safety tips! Check back often for Happy Howie’s news, events, contests & more!

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Silly Selfie Contest Winners 2018

Silly Selfie Contest Winners 2018 – We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone that have participated in our first Happy Howie’s “You & Your Dog Silly Selfie” Contest—whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote. We love ALL the fun entries we received.

We are excited to announce the following winners:

First Prize
With 38 votes!


“The king and his subject”

Cynthia will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats.

Second Prize
With 8 votes!



Julia will receive:
A Happy Howie’s Backyard BBQ Pack

Third Prize
With 6 votes!


“The Three Amigos ”

These sweet pups, together, will receive:
One-time use promo code for 20% off happyhowies.com

Congratulations to all our winners!

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

Please be sure to continue to follow us—we will continue to offer fun and exciting products, contests and updates throughout 2018. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.


Have Dog, Will Travel – Road Tripping with Your Dog


Have Dog, Will Travel: Whether its hiking trails in state parks, hitting the beach or visiting the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, there is nothing like a good vacation. Taking in different scenery, indulging in new experiences, spending time with loved ones is good for all members of the family, dogs included. With a bit of planning, you can avoid a Griswold style catastrophe and make traveling with your furry family member an epic success.

First, do your research. Determine which accommodations, attractions, and parks are pet friendly. Contact places you are considering to confirm their policies. Ask about size, restrictions on multiple pets, extra fees, or any other rules you need to know about. Websites may not be up to date and policies may have changed. You don’t want to arrive at Wallyworld to hear “Sorry folks, No Dogs Allowed. The moose out front shoulda told ya.”

Know your dog and be realistic. If he believes it’s his job to bark and alert you of strange noises, people, or blowing leaves, staying in a hotel may not be the best choice. The privacy of renting a cabin is a much better, and less stressful option.

Crate train your dog. Crates are basically canine mobile homes and will make your dog feel more secure in a strange environment. Most accommodations are much happier to have four legged guests if you can assure them your dog will be crated in your absence. Owners of a great little resort in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula once told me, “I’d rather have dog guests instead of human ones, because dogs never leave the bathtub running and flood the room.”

Brush up on the obedience basics: sit, stay, no jumping or barking, walking politely on leash. Like it or not, we are ambassadors for all pet travelers. Good manners go a long way to ensure venues continue to welcome furry travelers. Make sure everyone you come into contact with, from hotel and wait staff to park rangers and other guests, have a positive experience with your canine companion.

Before hitting the road, inspect all collars, harnesses, leashes, and seatbelts to make sure they are in good working order to keep your pet secure. Make sure your dog is wearing a current ID tag with your mobile number.

Unfortunately dogs can’t pack for themselves, and if they did it would be a backpack full of tennis balls. Although you don’t need a suitcase full, do pack a few toys and a blanket for his crate. Bring plenty of food, treats and water from home. Switching suddenly from city to well water or even to different municipality water can cause digestive problems that no one wants to deal with. If you are hitting multiple destinations, you may want to use bottled water.

Also be sure to be prepared for emergencies. Pack an animal first aid kit, as well as current vet records, vet phone number, microchip information and have a current picture of your dog available.

By doing a little research and preparation, you can ensure vacationing with your dog far is more enjoyable than any Griswold family trip.

—Kim P.
Canine behavior coach, behavior advisor, training counselor.

Happy Howie’s Silly Selfie Contest!


Happy Howie’s is excited to introduce our first ever “You & Your Dog Silly Selfie Contest”!

We always love see everyone’s photo contest submissions, and we hope this is a fun contest to participate in. Bust out the Snapchat and Facebook messenger filters & have fun—the sillier the better!

The contest opens for submissions Friday, June 1st. Participants will have about 2 weeks to submit their favorite silly selfie. Once all submissions are in, the photos will be posted and available for voting starting June 14th. Voting will close Thursday, June 28th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on June 29th & the winning photo will be featured on our homepage for the month of July!

First Place Prize: Happy Howie’s Sample Box!
The First Prize Winner will receive a special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats.

Second Prize: Happy Howie’s Backyard BBQ Pack!
Second place photo will be featured on social media.

Third Prize: One-time use promo code for 20% 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 #HHsillyselfie2018. 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 contest winners are ineligible to win. Official rules are available here, as well as, on contest platform.

We hope everyone has fun and enters their best silly selfies!