Win Travel Gear for Your Dog on the Go! #HoundsAndHolidays

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We are so excited by all of the amazing products in the Hounds, Holidays & Hot Buys 2016 Gift Guide & Giveaway and we wanted to share a breakdown of some of the wonderful items included in the Travel Gear prize package worth more than $300! 

Traveling with your dogs is one of life’s greatest pleasures and having the right gear for a road trip can make any trip more enjoyable. There are so many incredible products on the market and we are thrilled to share a few of our favorites that are included in the AWESOME Travel Gear prize package in the 2016 Hounds, Holidays & Hot Buys Gift Guide & Giveaway!

Travel Essentials for Dogs

In addition to the basics such as a leash, collar, current ID tags and updated microchips, emergency contact information, recent pictures of your dog, travel bowls for food and water, medical information and a crate for the car, here are some specific suggestions for making any road trip (day trip or longer) a success.


Sleeping Gear 

Whether you’re heading out for a day or longer, bringing your dog’s bed, blanket or sleeping bag provides your dog with a comfortable place to rest. The Highland Sleeping Bag™ from Ruffwear is not only functional, it’s nicer than my sleeping bag! The sleeping bag, and the optional insertable pad make for a super comfortable and cozy portable sleeping area. The sleeping bag comes with it’s own stuff sack, is durable and provides insulation on the trail, at the camp ground, in the car or wherever you might be spending the night.  The integrated pad sleeve accommodates the Ruffwear Highlands Pad™ (sold separately) provides additional padding and insulation in extreme cold. (The Travel Gear Prize package includes a the Highland’s Sleeping Bag)

 Dog travel gear giveaway featuring products from Ruffwear, Down Dog Snacks, Soda Pup, Caru and more.

Piper in her Ruffwear Highland’s Sleeping Bag

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Being prepared for any kind of weather is essential so having appropriate rain gear, sweaters, and even booties packed will keep your dogs comfortable. Comfort doesn’t mean you have to forego style. In fact, Piper’s Teckelklub Fuzzy Fleece is about as stylish as they come with the optional monogram! (I mean seriously! How cute is Piper in Pink?!?)

The Fuzzie works as a standalone fleece or  layered under any Teckelklub waterproof jacket. It is super easy to put on and take off, has a reflective collar feature and comes in a variety of stylish colors and patterns. (The Travel Gear Prize package includes a Teckelklub Fuzzy Fleece or Sierra Waterproof Jacket – winner’s choice)

Teckelclub Fuzzy Fleece

And check out Piper’s buddies sporting the Waterproof Sierra Jacket with harness opening.


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Check out what My Life With Dogs PDX has to say about the TeckelKlub line. 

Read Shasta’s review of this awesome lined, waterproof coat.

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We love freeze-dried or dehydrated foods for travel as they take up considerably less space and weigh less than canned food or kibble. You simply measure out what you need and add water. Whatever your preference, the folks at I and Love and You have got you covered with everything from chews and treats, to wet food, kibble and dehydrated foods. All of their products have been formulated by a holistic veterinarian and include the optimal combination of complete, whole-food nutrition, freshness, and premium ingredients for dogs and cats. Because Piper has such a sensitive stomach we are always searching for clean, grain-free healthy options so we are big fans of this line of foods that always lists meat as the first ingredient and is free of grain, corn, wheat, rice, soy, or fillers (like white potatoes) that has no artificial ingredients!

(The Travel Gear Prize package includes an I and Love and You Gift Package with treats and food) 



Any trip is an opportunity to continue training, so having an assortment of snacks and training treats for your dog is a great way to keep them motivated and focused on you, especially in new surroundings.

While Simon can eat anything, Piper has a sensitive stomach and Zora has to watch her girlish figure so we always have a wide variety of snacks and treats on hand. 

Any trip is an opportunity to continue training, so having an assortment of snacks and training treats for your dog is a great way to keep them motivated and focused on you, especially in new surroundings.

While Simon can eat anything, Piper has a sensitive stomach and Zora has to watch her girlish figure so we always have a wide variety of snacks and treats on hand. 

allflavorsOne of our newest favorite treats are the line of delicious, grain-free, gluten-free and plant-based dog treats. The treats are baked by hand in small batches and contain only all-natural human grade ingredients. They contain no soy, dairy, eggs, corn, wheat or added sugar or salt and use high protein, easily digestible garbanzo flour as a base. 


Having tasted the delicious Peanut Buddha treats from Down Dog Snacks, Simon & Piper did not appreciate having to sit for a picture before having some more. These were a huge hit! ?

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Use coupon code: Holiday for 15% off during checkout


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Ruby (left. Photo credit The Daily Pip) & Bean (right. Photo credit: A Dog Walks into A Bar)

This holiday season Halo, Purely for Pets® newly launched mix ‘n mores™ is the fabulous stocking stuffer and/or gift for finicky felines and persnickety pups. These tiny morsels of high-quality, freeze-dried WHOLE meat provides pets with a protein boost and every purchase “gives back” to shelter pets in need (and you know how much we LOVE that!!)  Read Ruby’s review of Halo Mix n’ Mores at The Daily Pip! 

We are huge fans of Caru’s all natural Soft ‘n Tasty Treats for training. They easily break into smaller pieces and are made with real meat or poultry. (No ingredients are from China). These are high quality protein with no wheat, gluten, corn, soy or animal by-products. Caru only uses non-GMO ingredients. Plus, these products are carefully prepared in small batches and naturally preserved.

(The Travel Gear Prize package includes Caru Pet Food – Dog Treats & Bone Broth; I and Love You  6-pack free ranger bully sticks and nice Jerky chicken and duck treats; One Zen Sampler Pack from Down Dog Snacks and Halo Pets Mix n’ Mores)



It’s good to have a selection of toys that your dog loves to play with on hand for car rides, chilling at your destination or for play time. It’s also a good idea to have a couple of new toys to introduce during the trip. We generally pack a whole bad just for toys to make sure everyone has a couple of favorites as well as some new stuff to check out on the road.

(The Travel Gear Prize package includes a Soda Pup Toy Package and a Kong Toy Package)

To say that the Soda Pup toys are big with the Sarcastic Dog crew is an understatement! So much love for these toys and treat dispensers. The products are responsibly made in the US with sustainably sourced natural rubber with no petroleum or synthetic materials. They even have a super durable Magnum line for my epic chewers and they are SO. MUCH. FUN!!





 And check out these brand new Kong SQUEEZZ ZOO toys! They squeak even when punctured and they are ADORABLE! The toys come in four different zoo animal shapes in small, medium and large sizes and a variety of colors! 



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