Thursday, October 23, 2014

Doggie Baggage, Abound, and Bracelets

   If you are a faithful follower of Barking from the Bayou, there is one thing you’ve probably figured out about me.  I love to enter contests on my friends’ blogs.  There are several reasons for this.  I like to support their efforts for holding giveaways.  It’s a great way to discover new products for myself.  Last, but certainly not least…I LOVE WINNING! 
   Over the summer, I won a giveaway from Carol Bryant’s Fidose of Reality.  I must apologize for not reviewing this great Doggie Baggage sooner.  I usually set my prize away until I write about it.  I don’t want to forget to acknowledge whatever the prize.  The problem with my pink and purple bag is that I couldn’t wait to put it to use.  I was so excited to find it the perfect size for our day trips.  I won the small pink and purple bag, which is 14” W x 9” H with an adorable paws and bones pattern.  There is one Doggie Baggage’s signature pleated pocket along with two flat pockets on each side.

   We fill our bag with a drool towel, wipes, brush, treats, portable water bowl, toys, and anything else we might need for our trip.  I depend on my Doggie Baggage as much as I used to depend on my diaper bag when we had babies.  As we travel more with the boys, I realize a travel bag is an absolute must.  I can vouch that Doggie Baggage bags are durable, convenient, easy to clean, and a pet parent’s best friend.  Bentley is whining for the duffel bag before we travel to BlogPaws 2015.  This one will be added to my Christmas list.  Thanks so much to Fidose of Realty and Doggie Baggage, I love my bag.
   As summer drew to a close, Diane Silver from To Dog with Love contacted me with the news that I won her Kroger and Abound giveaway.  This prize made me squeal!  Diane was invited to attend a special event at the Kroger’s headquarters in Cincinnati.  It sounded like a wonderful opportunity and a lot of fun.  You can read her account of the trip here.  Kroger announced a new line of quality dog and cat food they named, Abound.
   One of the benefits of the trip was to host a fantastic Abound giveaway.  I was amazed to win seven pouches of Abound wet dog food, one 16 lb. bag of dry Abound, one pouch of Abound dog treats and a FIFTY-dollar gift card.  After waiting several weeks, I began to fret since I’d not received anything.  Then, a couple of weeks ago, I received the gift card, and TWO coupons for each of the Abound products!  Inside my package was a sweet hand-written note from the Powerhouse Factories for Kroger apologizing for the delay and telling me they had doubled my coupons for the wait.  WOW!!!
   We have shopped at Kroger for over thirty years and have witnessed many changes.  The one thing that has been consistent is their friendly staff and quality food.  We hurried to the store to get our new Abound pet food.  After a thorough scan, I had to ask where the Abound was located.  This is when I learned that the new food is not available at every Kroger location.  We drove over to the store my Kroger said carried their new brand.  I was glad to have an excuse to drive to this store, because they have a Starbucks.  I love an excuse for Starbucks espresso!

   I checked the flavors and the ingredients listed on the back of each product.  Abound uses quality ingredients in every product.  We choose the following: one 14 lb. bag of Salmon & Sweet Potato dry food, seven stews in gravy with chicken vegetable with brown rice, lamb & brown rice and salmon with sweet potatoes, then one pouch of grain free duck & potato recipe jerky bites.
   So far, we have only tried the gravy poured over our current dry dog food.  The boys were tail wagging happy and licked their bowls clean.  They are big fans of all the gravies.  I love that they are chocked full of meat and veggies.  The only thing I love more than this load of goodies is that thanks to Kroger’s Abound and To Dog with Love, we can get all this again!  Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
   As September gave way to October, Sue Kottwitz from For Love of a Dog Art, Jewlery, & Gifts and Talking Dogs blog told me that I had won her September giveaway!  Woo Hoo!  If you have never browsed the exquisite jewelry available on For Love of a Dog, prepare yourself to be amazed.  Sue does beautiful, quality work.  Each time that I pick out my favorite piece, I go to the next page and find my next favorite piece.  Several will be on my Christmas list.  She also carries Christmas ornaments with a wide choice of breeds.  I love her feeding stations and leash hooks.  You can check off every pet lover in your list at her online store.

   I had won her earrings giveaway in May and I absolutely love my white dog bone earrings with floral lampwork in black and white on sterling silver.  They match everything and are so cute.  I knew this bracelet would be amazing and I was right.  It is designed with mauve floral lampwork with a copper dog bone.  It is elegant enough for a night on the town and fun enough to wear with jeans and a blouse or jacket.  I will be accessorizing most of outfits with my new dog lover’s bracelet.  Thank you so much Sue!

 

 I am happy to join in my second week of co-hosting Thoughtless Thursday with my friends Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a Husky.  You can link up and hop along with us or click on any of the participants for more fun thoughtless posts.



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22 comments :

  1. All sounds good to us and love the bracelet. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly.

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  2. Sounds like a great haul for you!! I have one of Sue's bracelets and it is beautiful!!

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  3. Wow, you guys have won some pawsome stuff! Did you find a four leaf clover or something??? Love your monster mash video in the sidebar too!

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  4. You are such a lucky prize-winning girl! Thanks so much for the shout out. You've made my day!

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  5. those were some great wins you had - Mom only ever wins doggie treats but we are certainly not complaining about that :)

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  6. Love the bracelet, so creative! Congrats!

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  7. Wow! You have lots of great stuff there! I'm jealous!

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  8. WINNING! BOL You won lots of great prizes!!!
    Oz

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  9. Congrats, it's great to win such good things! I love the color of the bag and I lover, love, love the bracelet!

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  10. wow! Look at all that great stuff!!!! Nice!
    Happy Thoughtless Thursday!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS on your super duper WINS... those are grrrrrrreat prizes...
    KROGER???? We have Kroger HERE too.... it is the Largest GROCERY Chain in the USA... We have shopped KROGER FUR EVER and EVER...

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  12. What super duper loot you won!!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  13. Wheee! You get such good stuff! Love the bracelet, and I get the Abound treats, though I order my catfood from Drs. Foster & Smith. I am so thrilled for you!

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  14. I think you will love this.... http://greatergood.me/1wrHCi7 What a sweet Kitty-Love story!!!

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  15. I love that bag! I enjoy entering giveaways too!! It's a great way to get a chance to try out new products, show support for other blogs as you said, or just win something I love! I tend to go in spells, I'll win a bunch of stuff all at the same time, then nothing for a while. LOL
    PS....don't forget I'm having a big giveaway this weekend, and guess what? There will be a piece of Sue's jewelry in there! I love her jewelry, and I have bought some and won some as well.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  16. Thank you for linking up to Feline Art Friday, hope to see you back soon:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2014/10/feline-art-friday_23.html

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  17. you got some great loot and well deserved! Enjoy!

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  18. incredible wins! and pawsome human bangles MOL

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  19. That's awesome that you got extra Abound! Rocco loves the food and treats. In fact, I sometimes use the kibble as treats! (don't tell Rocco!). Love the tote and jewelry too! What a great haul!

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  20. Congrats on all the winnings you are on a roll. Love that bag and the bracelet is beautiful.

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