Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Fido Photos: A Contest for Your Devilish or Darling Dog

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
© courtesy SewDoggyStyle
Erika's Cheesehead
It's that time of year again, when Fidos and their family members are getting into the Halloween spirit. Whether your Bowser will be a princess or a ghoul, we'd like to help you enjoy this time of year with some fun prizes. We're teaming up with Dogtipper to bring you an even bigger contest with opportunity to vote for your favorite pups.


Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories:


Cutest Costume
Most Original Costume
Best Overall Costume

Our panel of 3 independent judges will be tackling the tough task of selecting the finalists from all the submissions made by All Things Dog Blog readers and those of our partner's site, Dogtipper. What's really cool is YOU get to vote on the winners from our judges' pool of possibilities. Tanner and Oliver will be dressing up, but they won't be included in the judging. You can see Tanner's costume at 5 Minutes for Fido, where he is busy complaining about costume stuff. Keep reading for more on prizes, how to submit your pup's pic, and how voting will work.

Prizes: 

© Carrie Boyko
My Lil Jack-o-Lantern
Curious about the prizes? Every Trick-or-treater is looking for tasty goodies, so we'll start with treats from our sponsor, Terra Paws. Fido is sure to enjoy these yummy, easy-to-serve treats that are not sticky or gooey. We also love how easy they are to break into smaller pieces for our pint-sized pups, or simply for training.

To make sure Fido has some fun-filled Halloween playtime, each of the prizes will include a Halloween dog toy or a terrific orange leash to get out and about with in the spirit of this month's big event. We also want to help assure that you both have good visibility on Halloween night, so we'll be tossing in a mini flashlight that can also clip to Fido's collar to make sure he is visible to passing cars. Our Best Overall Grand Prize will include an adorable dog-themed, Halloween handbag for Fido's favorite mom.
Win this Doggie Bag!

Photo Submissions: 

Photo submissions are super easy for our photo contest. You can start today! Just send your pic of Fido in his Halloween digs to 


I will be posting many of your photos on our Facebook page in order for you to sit back and enjoy the show. Submissions are open as of this post. Entries will close at 5 PM EDT on Tuesday, October 18, but don't wait till the last minute or the trick may be on you!

Finalist Selection and Voting: 

We'll be presenting slideshows of your entries on Dogtipper and All Things Dog Blog on Wednesday, October 19. Be sure to check out both, as each of our sites will display half of the photos that you send in. The two slideshows will most certainly bring a smile to your face.

Our panel of three judges will then get to work sorting your pics into categories and selecting the finalists. Voting will commence at 5 PM EDT on Thursday, October 20th and end promptly at 5 PM EDT on Sunday, October 23.

The winners of our Halloween Fidos Photos contest will be announced that same evening at our SafeHowlOween Twitter Party. Winners will also be emailed from TwitterBarkers@gmail.com. Be sure to place this email in your contacts list to allow our correspondence through your spam filter. You do not need to be present at the Twitter party to win. Good luck!

Rules:

Every party has its rules to protect privacy and keep the dogs in line:
  1. Only photos of dogs will be accepted. No humans please.
  2. Limit one entry per dog.
  3. Readers from the US and Canada, with the exception of Quebec, may participate.  Only submissions from these areas can be accepted.This offer is void wherever it is prohibited.
  4. Prize winners from Canada will receive a substitute prize for the Terra Paws treats mentioned above. This is due to regulations with regard to shipping of pet food over the border.
  5. Large images must be submitted to assure our ability to share in a slideshow: 400 px please.
  6. By submitting your photo, you agree that the photo was taken by you and is owned by you. No professional images can be accepted for copyright reasons. Please read additional details at our Giveaway and Contest Rules page.
  7. All entries must be emailed to TwitterBarkers@gmail.com. This contest is a joint effort between two blogs and no entries sent elsewhere can be accepted.
  8. Please include your name for correspondence and your dog's name in your submission so that we may identify Fido's name for voting.
  9. Our judges' selection decisions are final. Voters will choose from the finalists presented in voting.
  10. Winners will be announced at the SafeHowloween Twitter Party on Sunday, October 23rd. Winners will also be emailed and must respond with their address and phone number for shipping purposes.
That's it; let's get cracking on those costumes!





Full disclosure:  Treats for the photo contest are being provided as a promotional opportunity by Terra Paws. Other assorted prizes to be awarded at the Twitter party have been acquired as samples and conference swag from a variety of brands and sources. Flashlights and handbags were purchased by All Things Dog Blog to be used as prizes.
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