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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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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  1. Susan Friedland-Smith December 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    What a clever idea to team up like this. And the prize package sounds fantastic!

  2. Susan Friedland-Smith December 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    And now that I’ve read the rules. . . .I would go for the Kong gear. I haven’t seen these new products before and my dogs love their original Kong toys that I fill with treats.
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    • SimonDawg December 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      The prize packages are pretty fabulous 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Rafia Rebeck December 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    This is so exciting! And I’m tickled to learn that someone I know is behind Soda Pup!

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      We LOVE our Soda Pup toys! Good luck in the giveaway! 🙂

  4. Golden Daily Scoop December 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    All the packages look pawsome! Being powerful golden chewers, the Kong toys look great!
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    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I refer to Simon as an Olympic level chewer and Piper is “in training” 😉 Definitely recommend checking out the Soda Pup magnum series if you have serious chewers in the house 🙂

  5. Crystal S December 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    The treats prize pack because nothing makes my dog happier than tasty treats!

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      We’ve got some great treats in the giveaway! Good luck! 🙂

  6. Margot C December 7, 2016 at 1:40 am - Reply

    I would so love to win a Highland Sleeping Bag for my dog Milo. He’s a minPin mixed with Chihuahua and he loves to go hiking and camping but his little legs get cold when he lies down.

    • Margot C December 7, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

      Update! ** I just went through all of the prizes and (somehow) I didn’t realize that you have a special prize for seniors. I have a rescue (Monty) who is 15 years old. He’s a Dachshund mixed with .. we don’t know what, I would swear it was a Pit Bull … so a tenderhearted harmless mutt who has the sweetest nature and was just thrown away like trash. The super cool rescue group Bark Party pulled him from the high-kill Baldwin Park Shelter where he was mystified and in shock for several months. I started as a foster mom but we decided that he was too old to move on, and besides we love him. He’s doing VERY WELL with glucosamine and good food. I am always looking for products designed especially for seniors for him.

      • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        Hi Margot! Some of the prizes in the Holistic Goodies package are absolutely worth checking out if you don’t win the prize package. All of the participating bloggers in the giveaway had a chance to try the products and we have been thrilled. I’m so glad to hear that Monty found you after such a rough start. My senior girl, Zora (almost 14) is definitely slowing down and showing signs of aging so I am always trying new, holistic approaches to managing her arthritis pain. Good luck in the giveaway!

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Margot – I highly recommend the Highland Sleep System. If you don’t win the prize package, it is definitely a worthwhile investment. Piper (pictured in the sleeping bag in the post) has no fat and very short fur and the sleeping bag is perfect for keeping her warm and cozy!

      • Margot C December 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your advice, yeah that looks like a great thing and I didn’t even know that it existed!

  7. Laurajj December 7, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Oh they all look so neat!! I think I would pick the Treats and Food or the Travel gear! Although any of them would be so wonderful!

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      We’ve got some great prizes from some amazing and generous sponsors! Best of luck in the giveaway! 🙂

  8. The Daily Pip December 7, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Now, you need to plan some trips! The highland sleeping bag sounds amazing. Ruby tried the Ruffwear Urban Sprawl indoor/outdoor bed. She loves it, but definitely prefers it inside at this time of year. Love freeze-dried foods and treats for traveling, too!

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Yes we do! Still working on getting Piper over her fear of the car so that we can it the road! 🙂

  9. Tonya Wilhelm December 7, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I love that sleeping bag! I’ve had my eye on it for awhile. Dexter The Dog and I love our travels. I might just have to buy one.

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      It is an AWESOME sleeping bag! If you don’t win, I think it’s a fantastic investment! Feel free to use my affiliate link in the post, if you are so inclined 🙂

  10. Sminto Antony December 7, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for this great giveaway and a chance to WIN big 🙂

  11. Beth December 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, you guys know how to throw a giveaway! These are fantastic prizes.
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    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! It’s so much fun!! Good luck in the giveaway!! 🙂

  12. Rafael Pereira December 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! You rock! 🙂

    • SimonDawg December 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Rafael! We try 😉 Good luck in the giveaway!

  13. Vince December 7, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    The travel gear looks great. My dog would love it! Great job guys

    • SimonDawg December 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      The travel gear package is fantastic! Good luck in the giveaway!

  14. Nicole Sciore December 8, 2016 at 10:32 am - Reply

    sounds like a great prize to win!

  15. Charles December 8, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I really like the teckleklub outerwear, I like how the styling looks practical more than the cutsie dog clothing most people dress there dogs in.

    • SimonDawg December 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Piper is loving her TeckelKlub Fuzzy Fleece! I love that it goes on easily and their customer service is outstanding!

  16. Sherrie December 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is a great giveaway! These would be great items for the foster homes in the rescue I volunteer with! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    • SimonDawg December 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      We know how much rescues rely on donations. The Holidays, Hounds & Hot Buys team is thrilled to be supporting Best Friend’s Animal Society in Utah this year. Wishing you the best in the giveaway!

  17. Cindi O December 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    The kongs since I have a Rotty 🙂

    • SimonDawg December 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Two of my three take chewing to a whole new level so I definitely recommend giving the Soda Pup Magnum line a try for any big chewers in your crew. Good luck! 🙂

  18. Malaika Fernandes December 11, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    What a pawsome give away, good luck to all the pawticipants. The products in this hamper are a must have for every dog that speands a lot of time travelling on the road with their humans
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