Halloween Contest with Rover.com & PicMonkey

Happy Monday Friends!

I come to y’all today with such a fun contest! Rover.com has partnered with PicMonkey to show off our pet costume skills called #FrankenPet And while I may not love the whole dressing myself up for Halloween, I DO love a good pet costume 😀 Cute animals in costume, what’s not to love?

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First off, Rover.com is basically an online pet-sitter finder (did that even make sense?) One would go to Rover.com to either find a pet-sitter for their pets or offer their pet-sitting skills. Pretty convenient so little Fido doesn’t haveta go stay in a kennel. Boo 😦

I feel as though I don’t need to explain PicMonkey to anyone, but just in case you haven’t sipped the Blogger kool-aid yet, it’s the most amazing photo editing site available. Not an opinion but a fact. They have a billion (also a fact) fonts, overlays, frames, and other editing tools to use.

Would you like to win a Go-Pro as well as free use of the Royale features on PicMonkey for an entire year? Le, duh. You’ve come to the right place 😀

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Ok fine, so I do dress up too….who wore it best?

Contest Rules:

Between now and Halloween (aka Friday), create and share your photos online and be sure to tag them with #FrankenPet. When you tag your photos with #FrankenPet, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: a GoPro camera and mount plus a year of PicMonkey Royale!! Additional runner-up prizes will also be given out.

One winner and one runner-up will be chosen in each category: “Creepy Canines,” “Scaredy Cats,” and “Other Beasts.” One grand prize winner will be chosen from each category so I guess if you’ve got more then one pet, get to snappin those photos!!

For more details on the contest you can click over to Rover.com. <<That link goes straight to the contest rules, I wouldn’t Trick you….I’m all about the Treats, duh 😉 Speaking of sweet, Rover.com also gave me a Promo Code for my readers. Use Code BLONDER20 for $20 off your dog boarding! My Mommy boards my dog but for an occasion when she can’t I’m all in!

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She loves me….aka I’m holding her for these totally non-staged photos and she’s attacking my face to get away so she can chew her sweater off….

Have I convinced you to join in the fun? I know I’ll be sharin my spooky(?) pet photos because what’s more fun then dressing up an already adorable pet and taking pictures of it? Maybe a human baby, but let’s not push it…..

Now I demand ask kindly but with much gumption, that you also tag me in your photos so I can see them all!! (I might even pick my own and re-tweet/re-gram/re-post/re-whatever it)


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**All photos must be created and shared between October 15, 2014 and 11:59pm on October 31, 2014. The winners will be announced on November 5, 2014.

***This is a sponsored post and I’ve been compensated, however, all opinions are my own. Plus dressing pets up is fun and I woulda done it anyway 😛

Dogs: A Runner’s Best Friend


As exciting as this week has been blog-wise,(ps. don’t forget to enter my giveaway for free ad space!) in real life I took a hit. My beautiful dog Riley passed away on Wednesday. As sudden as it was, it was kinda expected. I got her in the 8th grade if that gives you any idea how old she was. No matter how expected a death is though, it’s still hard and takes its toll. I actually had a completely different post planned for today, but had to pay homage to my bestest doggie friend instead.

RileyTitle Riley, or as I called her Schmiley or Schmiles, was my running buddy from the day I got her. Well not the exact day because neither her nor I were very capable at first. So from day 500 and some change, she was my running buddy. I’ve written before how running is my happy place, but that happy place wasn’t complete without my pup.

So here’s to all the other dogs out there hittin the trails with their runner pals. In honor of some of my Best memories, here’s a look at what it’s like to run with your dog.

>> They give you an excuse to take a break. Dogs aren’t the best at planning their day. They’re more of a fly by the seat of their pants, do whatever they want when the fancy strikes kinda animal. Because of their lack of foresight, they inevitably must poop during the run. This gives you the convenient excuse to take a break while you wait for them to finish their biz…Any break is always welcome….or maybe that’s just me.


>> They push (aka pull you) on the run. I don’t know about you, but my dog is faster then me….by like a lot..a lot, a lot. I’ve run some of my fastest splits with her because she constantly wants to go, go, go. There’s literally no excuses to stop when a steam-engine propelling you forward.

>>They motivate you to start. Riley was one smart pooch. She knew which shoes were my running shoes and which were for grocery store runs. She also got to the point where she could hear me getting ready in my room and would wait for me at the bottom of the stairs. The problem (for me at least) came when she thought I was getting ready for a run when I wasn’t. I’d come down the stairs to an excited pup and no shoes….sad dogs are the pits, so I’d get the right shoes and take her for a run afterall.

That giant sock monkey is her "baby"

That giant sock monkey was her “baby”

>> They make you meet new people (and dogs). As you can see, Schmiles had beautiful coloring (the most beautiful in my mind). She also had a slight blue tinge to her in the sun so people were forever stopping me to ask me what kind of dog she was. (Boxer-Bluetick mix if you must know). I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met because of that dog 🙂

>> Finally, they make it fun. There was nothin more fun than a happy puppy. After every run there’d she be, tongue out, enjoin the wind from the open window of my car as we drove home. I’m unashamed to say I’m firmly in the “Cat-person” camp, but when it comes to my runs, I need a dog by my side. Life is more fun with a happy-go-lucky attitude like your puppy.

cookie for my puppy

And go Big Blue and all that I guess….Just Kidding Go VOLS!

Although as she got older, and I retired her from the running schtick, she remained my best bud. We even matched with our bum knees! I’ll miss her immensely, but I take solace knowing she’s no longer in any pain and can finally run free. Now go run with your dog for me, won’t you 🙂

Has anyone else ever lost a pet? What’s your favorite memory?


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