Thursday, July 21, 2011

Petmate's Floatimals
Make Water Play Fun

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
© E. Glavin
I'm Sitting. Fetch Please?


It seems this is water week for reviews at All Things Dog Blog. Of course you know the rule: Have Retriever; must swim!  At our house the words "Swim", "Porch", and "Fetch" probably all mean about the same thing to Tanner, our water dog. At a very young age we discovered that he would quickly take most any opportunity to indulge himself in the wet stuff if we didn't intervene when necessary.


© E. Glavin
Good Manners. Ok, Let's Play
Now that Tanner knows the rules (No swimming without permission) he's much like any other kid around the pool, meaning that he enjoys his pool toys. We have experimented with all sorts of pool toys over his nearly 5 years, and I'm beginning to get a clear idea of his favorites. When I spotted the Floatimals in Petmate's display during Global Pet Expo, I knew I had found a winner. 


Today Tanner got the Dragonfly for his first test run. Thanks to my friend Elizabeth for running the camera, as a fetch game is tough to participate in, while also photographing. Didn't she do a great job? Thanks Lizzi!


© E. Glavin
Look Mom. I Got a Dragonfly!



Tanner's first plunge was met with great pleasure--a marshmallow-soft fetch toy was unexpected. What fun!


Now I'll make him work a little harder. He has to bring the toy to me for the next pitch, dropping it at my feet again, as a way of offering good sportsmanship--manners.


© E. Glavin
Good Boy Tanner



As usual, Tanner brings the toy all the way to my knees, rubbing it against me as if to be sure I know it is there. My resulting wet clothes are nothing more than an endearing way that he assures me he has returned the toy. How can I complain about that?


Let's "Fetch" again. This time a little harder task. I'll ask him to "Leave it" after I toss it. Let's see what happens.


© E. Glavin
Not Yet, Mom. I'll Be Right Back!






Tanner got a round of applause from me when he successfully waited till I gave permission to Fetch. That said, he also decided he wasn't ready to return it immediately. He's no dummy! After climbing out of the water he headed in the opposite direction of me and took another dip:








© E. Glavin

Tanner enjoyed a naughty round of the pool, knowing he was supposed to return the toy to me, but I tolerated his fun in favor of more photos. Normally that sort of misbehavior would result in the toy going back on the shelf and the end of a game. :(




© E. Glavin
Oliver Watches from the Window
As I Tease Tanner with the Floatimal



Now it's my turn to tease him. I flaunt the dragonfly in front of him, but he holds his Sit. Good Boy. 


I thought Oliver's interested spectating might distract Tanner, but his eye was on the prize.  I'm sure he was saying, "C'mon mom; please throw it again."


Okay, let's go again. This time you'll have to find me in a different spot to return Dragonfly. Go Fetch!


© E. Glavin
Go Tanner...
I think you probably get the idea by now, huh? This is a great pool toy that is enticing and different. It's not your typical, hard rubber tube-type toy. Tanner enjoyed the squishy, water fun and I appreciated the durable neoprene fabric that it's made of, despite the fact that I got doused. It's part of the fun, and besides, I got cooled off too.


© courtesy Petmate.com
Petmate's Floatimals come in a variety of critters including ladybugs, monkeys, snakes, bees, and gators. Whatever your dog's favorite chase is, they're likely to have something to fill his fun-factor.


Speaking of fun factor, I think we should share the love. Petmate has shared 5 Floatimals for a giveaway, so start your engines. You can win a Floatimal with your comments here on the blog. Here's a bunch of ways to enter, so join in the fun. Go Fetch a Floatimal for your Fido!
  • You may enter the giveaway once daily per method, but you must use a different Tweet, comment, photo, etc. each time. 
  • COMMENTS are the primo form of entry--super simple since you're already here. Visit the bottom of the post to find the COMMENTS link and click.
  • Winners will be selected from comments here on the blog that include a method of contact (URL, email, Twitter handle, etc). All Tweets and emails must be followed up with a comment here to be entered in the drawing. Random.org will be used to select the winners.
  • For 3 entries, post a photo of your pup to my Facebook page with a sign that says "We Love Floatimals". You can print a picture from this post and write the note on the photo for an extra entry. That's 4 entries right there! You can also post your photo to  Petmate's Facebook page and it may be featured on our blog if you email it to me at AllThingsDogBlog@gmail.com
  • Leave a comment here saying "I Like All Things Dog Blog and Petmate on Facebook" for another entry.
  • Likewise, follow  @AllThingsDog and @PetmateProducts on Twitter and leave a comment here telling me you've done this.
  • Subscribing to our blog by email using the dog house subscription box at left is a great way to keep up with our posts, giveaways, Ask the Vet and Trainer columns and more. Leave me a comment for one entry, saying "I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog." RSS subscribers may use this method also. Click this link for more info on RSS.
  • And of course, hit that Tweet/Retweet button at the top of the post, and then leave me a comment telling me you Tweeted/Retweeted this post. Leave your Twitter handle for verification and we'll be thrilled to give you another entry.
  • Entries will close at 5 PM sharp on Thursday, July 28th. I'll report the winners on Friday, July 29nd.
If you're not the patient sort, preferring to just go ahead and buy your own Floatimals, you can find them online at this page on Valley Vet. At least that's a sure thing, but it's not near as much fun as entering our giveaways! Hope to see you all in the comments list. Happy Fetching!








Related Posts:
Teaching Your Dog to Fetch
Teaching "Go Get the Newspaper"

Full disclosure: The Floatimal seen in these photos was provided to me for a product review by Petmate. I was not paid to provide my opinion. The thoughts shared in this article are my own.

58 comments:



Katie said...

I like All things dog blog and Petmate on Facebook!
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com



Katie said...

I follow both on twitter @katiemitchell1
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com



Katie said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com



K-Koira said...

You are having a lot of amazing giveaways lately.



Katie said...

I posted a pic of Roxy on yours and Petmate Facebook wall
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com
#1



Katie said...

I posted a pic of Roxy on yours and Petmate Facebook wall
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com
#2



Katie said...

I posted a pic of Roxy on yours and Petmate Facebook wall
katielynnmitchell@gmail.com
#3



Cynthia said...

I Like All Things Dog Blog and Petmate on Facebook! crzycoookies@yahoo.com



Cynthia said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog. crzycoookies@yahoo.com



Ashley Jones said...

I tweeted today : )

http://twitter.com/#!/ashley41jones/status/94199273230577664



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo on facebook

1/4



Ashley Jones said...

I like All Things Dog Blog and Petmates on Facebook



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo on facebook

2/4



Ashley Jones said...

I subscribe via email to all things dog blog



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo on facebook

3/4



Ashley Jones said...

I follow all things dog blog and petmate on twitter

@ashley41jones



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo on facebook

4/4



Anonymous said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog .

Sharon G
sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I LIKE All Things Dog Blog and Petmate on Facebook!!

Sharon G
sjgilbert@aol.com



crichmanfreebies said...

like u both on fb
crichmanfreebies@gmail.com



crichmanfreebies said...

follow u both on twitter
crichmanfreebies@gmail.com



crichmanfreebies said...

email subscriber
crichmanfreebies@gmail.com



crichmanfreebies said...

gfc follower
crichmanfreebies@gmail.com



Anonymous said...

Posted a picture of Schooner and Skipper saying We Love Floatimals on your facebook page.

Sharon G - sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I posted a picture on the Petmate facebook page
We Love Floatimals
Sharon G
sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

Do you know where you can go and purchase the Floatimals???

Sharon G
sjgilbert@aol.com



Sara said...

I Like All Things Dog Blog and Petmate on Facebook

sara (at) theniffs (dot) com



Sara said...

im following you and petmate on twitter

sara (at) theniffs (dot) com



Sara said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog

sara (at) theniffs (dot) com



Sara said...

tweet 07-22-11
https://twitter.com/#!/sniffenegger/status/94423683065577472

sara (at) theniffs (dot) com



Ashley Jones said...

tweeted today

http://twitter.com/#!/ashley41jones/status/94464317524680704



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo today

1/4



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo today

2/4



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo today

3/4



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded a photo today

4/4



Anna Galanos said...

I Like All Things Dog Blog and Petmate on Facebook.
annaisabanana08[at]yahoo[dot]com



Anna Galanos said...

I follow @AllThingsDog and @PetmateProducts on Twitter.
@annaisabanana08
annaisabanana08[at]yahoo[dot]com



Anna Galanos said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog via GFC.
annaisabanana08[at]yahoo[dot]com



Anna Galanos said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/annaisabanana08/status/94603304289579008
@annaisabanana08
annaisabanana08[at]yahoo[dot]com



Gianna said...

I subscribed by email.



Ashley Jones said...

I tweeted today

http://twitter.com/#!/ashley41jones/status/94792298008813568



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded on facebook

1/4

And I figured out where floatmates came from... pet MATE + FLOATimals = Floatmates... oops



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded on facebook

2/4



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded on facebook

3/4



Ashley Jones said...

I uploaded on facebook

4/4



Anonymous said...

great dog toys. thanks.
gabflab@live.com



rj7777 said...

GFC follower rjspratlen Rita Spratlen
rj_angel_house@yahoo.com



rj7777 said...

I liked All things Dog blog and petmate on facebook. Rita Spratlen
rj_angel_house@yahoo.com



rj7777 said...

I follow All things dog blog and petmate on twitter. rjs7777 Rita Spratlen
rj_angel_house@yahoo.com



rj7777 said...

new email prescriber rj_angel_house@yahoo.com Rita Spratlen



rj7777 said...

I tweeted with the tweet button at http://twitter.com/#!/rjs7777/status/95214708973510657
rj_angel_house@yahoo.com



Anonymous said...

I just posted a picture on Petmate facebook

Sharon G - sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I subscribe to All Things Dog Blog

Sharon G - sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I like and follow All Thing Dog on facebook.

Sharon G - sjgilbert@aol.com



Anonymous said...

I just posted a picture on All Things Dog Facebook page.

Sharon G - sjgilbert@aol.com



Tisha said...

I a follower of your blog.



Tisha said...

"Liked" All Things Dog Blog on FB



Tisha said...

New follower on Twitter.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
Blog Design by A Mommy's Blog Design (© Copyright 2011)
Header Banner created by Bill Henderson Design