Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rockin' a Hoo-rag: Photo Shoot and Product Review

Slave to fashion that I am, I was thrilled when I received two Hoo-rags in the mail this past week to try out and review.  

"But what is a Hoo-rag?", you ask.

This is a Hoo-rag

A Hoo-rag is a seamless tubular piece of cloth - kind of like a bandana but you don't have to tie it.    

This is a Hoo-rag

They have Hoo-rag Dog Bandanas for doggies and also lots of Hoo-rag styles for humans. Hoo-rags can be worn in lots of different ways by both humans and doggies.  You can scrunch it up and wear it like a bandana . . .

or to keep your ears warm . . . 

This makes me look like a seal

Mom got a matching Hoo-rag, and she likes to use it as a headband to contain her unruly mass of hair and keep it out of her face and as a way to snaz up a ponytail.

Kisses during a snuggle session

The Hoo-rags we received are traditional red bandana print, but there are lots of different colors and prints available.  Mom likes the Fishing Bandanas because they have one with a tarpon on it, one that is colored like a mahi mahi, and another printed like a dive flag.

This is what a Hoo-rag looks like before you put it on

This is where I'd rather have a belly rub
than pose for a photo

Mom says my Hoo-rag will
help her see me in the snow

This is definitely a cool product.  I give the Hoo-rag two paws up for effortless fashion.  No knots to tie or fumble with - all mom has to do is slip it over my head for a little instant flare.  Plus it's super comfy!

Mom and I think our matching red Hoo-rags will look great at our next tricks demonstration, and the red even goes with my skateboard.  Plus I simply look fabulous in red.  I think I also need a purple or green one to go with my therapy dog cape.  And maybe a blue one.  I wonder if Hoo-rags needs a doggie model?

Hoo-rag was very nice to send us a couple free Hoo-rags.  They also sent me a Hoo-rag sticker which I plan to proudly display on my skateboard!

The Human Perspective (from Garth's mom):

Like Garth said, we really like our Hoo-rags.  I find mine extremely handy to keep my hair out of my face.  I also think it will be great to use when I'm out on the water all day, so my neck doesn't get sunburned.  Hoo-rags are made of polyester microfiber, so they're lightweight and dry quickly.  They have some very cool designs and I'm already planning to put a Hoo-rag or two on my birthday list.  

For Garth, I love the Hoo-rag design.  It's so much easier to just slip something over his head than to tie a knot in something attached to a wiggly lab. And untying a knot in a bandana after the knot has tightened is difficult for me.  Garth has a pile of bandanas he doesn't wear for that reason.  Plus the Hoo-rag doesn't seem to bother him like a bandana does.  It fits loosely and I think he simply forgot he was wearing it.  He often fusses with bandanas and gives me the "pleeeeese take this thing offa' me" look.

Hoo-rags are similar to Survivor buffs but WAY less expensive.  The Hoo-rags for dogs are $9.99 and $14.95, with shipping to the continental U.S. included.  I really appreciate that they don't charge for shipping.  So many companies use inflated shipping charges as another way to make money, and Hoo-rag doesn't do that.  

I don't know if Hoo-rags makes smaller sizes for smaller dogs.  The size we received was perfect for Garth, but might be large for many of our smaller friends.  For a really small dog (doxie or chi-sized), you could twist it in half & double it up like you would to wear it as a wristband, but for a medium-sized dog, he/she may have to wear it loose.

Our friend Frosty rockin' a Hoo-rag

You can check out Hoo-rags at They're also on Facebook at Hoo-Rag and on Twitter and Instagram as @hoo_rag .

Hoo-rag sent us two Hoo-rags free of charge, but other than that, we received no compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed are entirely our own.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Frosty Paws Giveaway - ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS!

Okay Rafflecopter, do your stuff



Entry #26 Shannon J.
Entry #127 Ruby A.
Entry #252 Lori S.
Entry #73 Carma P.
Entry #32 jansfunnyfarm
Entry #91 Gizmo
Entry #136 Remy R.
Entry #167 Val B.
Entry #205 Ann S.
Entry #184 Sharon K.

Thank you very much to everyone who participated.  I hope to offer more giveaways soon.

To the winners: Congratulations!  I plan to send the prize packages out within a week, but first I will need your snail mail address.  Please email your address to me at garth (DOT) riley (AT) rocketmail (DOT) com by January 28.  

If I don't hear from you by January 28, I will select another winner.  (Sorry I have to do this, but sometimes winners never respond.)  (I will also be emailing each of you and sending reminder emails if I don't get a response.)


Friday, January 18, 2013

My Latest Trick, Today's Hike, and 30/30 Challenge Update

Mom and I are taking an advanced tricks class at All Dog Adventures.  This is my latest trick: 

The next part of the trick is getting a beer out of the frig, taking it to daddy, then closing the frig door.  That part of the trick is more difficult, because once I have the beer can in my mouth, I want to run around with it and play with it.  Do you know beer cans roll really well?  They're really lots of fun.  But for some reason, the humans don't like it when I play with their beer.

It's time for our weekly 30/30 Challenge Update.  Mom and I have been doing really well, but we missed a day yesterday because mom said it was just too nasty.  (And if it's too nasty for mom, that means it's REALLY nasty.)  But we've only missed one day so far this month, and we think that's great.  And we've walked more than 30 minutes most other days, so we're still way ahead.

Today's 30+ minutes was very muddy and very fun!

Come on mom! Whatcha waiting for?

Note muddy undercarriage

The river was very high from all the rain & melting snow

Muddy and proud of it

The river was over the steps of the canoe launch

Sticks were plentiful

And the water felt great!

30/30 Challenge Update

Sunday, January 13, 2013

NEWS FLASH: ANOTHER Frosty Paws Giveaway!!!

Frosty Paws Prize Package

I have some super-exciting news: 

The very nice people who make Frosty Paws frozen dog treats have sent me TEN Frosty Paws prize packages to give away.  

Each package consists of a plush Frosty toy and two coupons for a free box of Frosty Paws. (The Frosty plush toy is not intended for dogs -- it's made for human pups to enjoy.)

Frosty Paws are one of my favorite treats

Nom nom nom

Frosty Paws are one of my favorite things to eat so I'm very excited to be able to share some Frosty Paws with my furiends.  (Unfortunately Frosty Paws are only available in the United States, so the contest is only open to U.S. residents.  I feel bad about this because I have so many anipals outside of the U.S.  Once I make it big and have my own private jet, I promise I'll bring you all some Frosty Paws.)  

See the Rafflecopter thingy below to enter (and share my amazement that my staff was willing to give Rafflecopter a try rather than just drawing names out of a basket).

Last time we did it the old-fashioned way. . . 

Preparing to draw names

Drawing names out of a basket

Now we're trying this new-fangled Rafflecopter thingy . . . 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, January 11, 2013

Buttermilk Trail & Boulevard Bridge Hike + 30/30 Challenge Update

Last weekend, we hiked the Buttermilk Trail from Reedy Creek to the Boulevard Bridge and back. 

There are some amazing trees
along the Buttermilk Trail

When we got to the Boulevard Bridge, we walked across, because it's such a beautiful view of the river -- a view you can't appreciate at 55 mph.

I'm not afraid of bridges

Of course, no hike is complete without a dip in the river

and some dirt on the snout

One more photo of my handsome self

30/30 Challenge Update

Mom and I are doing very well in the 30/30 challenge.  So far we have walked well over 30 minutes every day in January, even tonight in the cold and the rain.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy + 30/30 Challenge Update

As you may know, my mom writes guest blog posts for doggyWOOF.  Her most recent article, about doggy fitness and weight loss, has some helpful information and ideas.  Her article is in two parts - here are the links:

How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy: Part 1

How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy: Part 2

This article is particularly timely . . .

30/30 Challenge Update

My buddies at created the 30/30 Challenge, and a bunch of my buds are participating in it with us.  Our goal is to walk at least 30 minutes per day for 30 days.  

I totally copied my friend Gizmo of Terrier Torrent's idea and created a ticker to track our progress.  (This ticker just shows the minimum 30 minute per day goal -- we're actually going way over that.)

Mom and I have always been pretty active, but she sometimes needs extra motivation to go for a walk in the evening after work when it's cold and dark.  I think the 30/30 Challenge is great because it's helping motivate us during the hardest time of the year.  25 days to go!

A side effect of the 30/30 Challenge

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm One of the Coolest?!?

Guess who made the list of the 


And I was included in this snazzy infographic:

Infographic created by and reproduced with
permission of Ann Paws of Pawsitively Pets Blog 

A huge Thank You to Ann!  This really made my day.  And it was a great way to start the new year!  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

We're Taking the 30/30 Challenge!

My friends at recently came up with a great idea.  It's called the 30/30 Challenge.  The goal of the 30/30 Challenge is to walk 30 minutes per day for the next 30 days, beginning on New Year's Day.

It's true we do a lot of hiking on weekends, and we try to walk every day during the week too.  But we don't always walk every day.  This time of year, it's cold and dark when momma gets home from work, and sometimes she just wants to come home and curl up on the couch with me where it's cozy and warm.  I'm okay with that because I get mid-day walks daily and super-fun adventure hikes on Wednesdays, but of course I like having another walk in the evening, and momma really needs it.  She needs the exercise but she also just needs to get outside to clear her head.  And once she puts on her 27 layers of polartec and all of our flashing equipment, and we get out walking, she's always glad we did.  She doesn't mind the cold if she's properly bundled and moving, but sometimes it's hard for her to get started.

So we're doing the 30/30 Challenge for my mom -- as a way to motivate her to walk with me at least 30 minutes per day for the next 30 days.

Mom would like to be as fit as I am

We'd also like to encourage others to take the challenge with us.  To be happy and healthy, we doggies need to get out and walk.  And our humans need it just as much as we do, if not more so.

A number of other bloggers are participating in the challenge (see We Aren't Walking Alone) and we hope more will join us.  We will try to post weekly progress updates on Fridays (but may end up posting these on Saturday or Sunday).  

Let's get moving!