Saturday, April 19, 2014

Doga Pose 6: Forward Fold with Fido

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
Doga Time with the Dogs
This week's Doga pose is definitely not for everyone. It feels great when you begin to progress, but at first you may need to take it slowly, using a chair to ease yourself lower with each exhale. I've been amazed to see how an exhale actually gives you noticeably deeper movement into a stretch. There is so much to learn!

As you progress deeper into this stretch, use this opportunity to reach out to your dogs. Tanner joined me at the mat and remained focused as I quietly continued to go lower and lower. Oliver, as you can see, was busy watching the camera set up on a tripod in auto mode. I think the clicking grabs his attention, but it doesn't work that way when I bring out his favorite treats, Organix Jerky Chip Cookies. My bad for simply grabbing any treat jar. The treats in this jar didn't have the same allure.

Jess and Nikki B Share a Mutual Gaze
As you can see, there are different ways to position your arms. Jess will demonstrate some of these in the video. A chair is also useful when you're tighter in the hamstrings. Keep in mind that Doga and Yoga are not a destination, but rather a journey of body, mind and spirit. Encourage yourself to relax and focus on your breath and your dog. 

Just like me, most of you and your dogs will not be ready to load even a pint-sized pup onto your back for this pose. It is fun, though to see how Jess and Nikki B work through this. Nikki B knows her comfort level and Jess reads it fairly well. You should do the same, whether you're petting your larger dog on the mat or trying a more challenging lift.

Now that I mention it, I should have tried holding Oliver in my cradled arms above. I'll put that on my list of things to experiment with going forward. What are you working on? I'd love to hear your successes and your challenges. Feel free to share.

If you'd prefer to chat about Doga experiences and get more motivation from our small group of practitioners, please join us at our Facebook page for All Things Doga. We're just getting going there, but have posted some of the earlier videos and some inspirational quotes, with more to come. Now it's time to hear from you!

Our first five poses, published earlier, are at the following links, as well as at our dedicated Doga page. We hope you enjoy following along and that you'll offer your comments and ideas for incorporating your dogs easily and safely into your practice, either here or at our Facebook page where we can all support one another. The comment link is always open at the bottom of my posts.


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If you're new to Doga or Yoga, please be sure to do these three things: (1) Get your doctor's permission to start this or any other workout, (2) Check with your vet to make sure your dog is able to participate in simple Doga exercises safely, and (3) visit our introductory post where I've outlined a few tips that will help your experience go more smoothly and enjoyable. Keep in mind that you can always stop if a pose is uncomfortable, returning to a relaxing pose.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter, Passover and Earth Day
Celebrations--Gone to the Dogs!

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
How's This Look for Me?
For posts like this one, I'm reasonably sure that Tanner wishes our rabbit, Robby, was still here to stand in. While Tanner is fairly amenable to posing in ears, he'll have them off within 10 minutes after I shut the camera off. I have to offer him #ASmartCookie in reward for his good nature and accommodation. Thanks Tanner!

Today's giveaway prize announcement includes three winners who will each receive a grab bag for their Fido. These bags will include 2 bags of USA-made treats, a wallet-pack of Flushpuppies for better disposal of Fido's deposits, and either a toy or a leash. The latter will be selected based on the dog's size, for safety reasons.

Our winners are Crystal R., Molly P, and Linda G. Watch for an email from us via Check your spam file tonight if you don't find it easily, or feel free to write to us at this address with your full name, address and your dog's weight. If you'd like to receive an All Things Dog Blog bandana for your pup, please indicate this in your email and we'll include it along with your prizes.

After this you can sit back and relax as we do the rest. Oh, and don't forget to watch for the goodie bag of Event Barkers perks inside. You'll find coupons, samples, helpful information from our sponsors and other goodies in this bag. Be sure to go through the contents carefully so you don't miss a thing!

Speaking of Event Barkers, we're busy preparing for our next Twitter Party on behalf of sponsor Castor and Pollux Pet. #OrganicPet is sure to be a bit hit as we'll have experts on hand to answer your questions about their products, new introductions, and the value of purchasing an organic food for your pets. And did I mention there will be prizes? Mark your calendars for May 4 and click through to the post hashtagged above to RSVP and enter our pre-party giveaways. You could be a winner without even attending!

No matter which holiday you're celebrating at this time of year, be sure to enjoy the moment as you spend time with family, friends and your dog. Each day is precious and we all need to savor them. I'll look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the next pose in our Doga series: Forward Fold with Fido

Happy weekend,

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Flush Puppies flushable dog waste bags have been provided to All Things Dog Blog for promotion by giveaway. I was not compensated to offer this giveaway or to share information about this product. I do use Flush Puppies in my own home and love that we are not adding immeasurably to the waste bags in landfills.

Treats and other items in this giveaway were acquired as conference swag and/or are full size samples and are being passed along to you. Readership has its perks. :)

The Easter bunny ears used in the photos were provided by Petco for an earlier promotion. Thanks Petco!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#OrganicPet Prizes Go Extreme!

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
9 Prize Packages
Look Like This!
Does your dog love chicken? Beef? How about lamb or salmon? The Jerky Chip Cookies have you covered, but what about the other goodies in these prize packages? 

Each of our first 9 winners will receive a prize package valued at about $70, shown at left. In each will be a bag of all 4 flavors of the Jerky Chip Cookies, 5 cans of Butcher and Bushel meals, a 5.5 lb. bag of ORGANIX Grain-Free, and a can of the new Natural Ultramix canned wholefood supplement in either Pumpkin or Sweet Potato. More details will be coming on all these prizes, so watch for the reviews rolling out in the next 2 weeks.

Along with All Things Dog Blog's reviews, our Event Barkers team and will each be sharing a variety of information on the products to be featured at the Twitter Party, so be sure to check out their versions of the upcoming fun. The #OrganicPet Twitter Party is sure to be educational, enjoyable and prize-laden, with a total of $750 in prizes!

Our Grand Prize winner will get a similar, yet larger package to include the food of their
Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo
Which Can First?
choice in a larger bag or the equivalent in cans. This prize will be valued at $120 so be sure to mark your calendars for May 4, 8 PM to 9 PM ET. 

We're excited to share more details about the Butcher and Bushel meals as well as some ideas for using the pumpking and sweet potato supplement that Fido is sure to love. Stay tuned!

Just to make sure you have not missed an opportunity to win a pre-party prize, you may want to click right over to our giveaways going on now. You can RSVP to win, PreTweet to grab a prize package, or enter the social media widget for more options and opportunities. After all, who doesn't like to win?!

Here's to your #OrganicPet,

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Event Barkers is producing this Twitter Party on behalf of Castor and Pollux, their client.  As my primary advertiser, I am providing my services for this Twitter Party gratis. Prizes will be provided and shipped by the sponsor. 
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