A HOWL-IDAY GIVEAWAY

December 10, 2013

House of Harvey Howl-day Giveaway

I never thought there was anything that could make me appreciate dogs more than I do already, but these amazing stories of lessons-learned from the pooches in our lives has done just that.  We truly has some wise, brilliant, loving and compassionate pups in our lives. Aren’t we the luckiest?

And now for the winner….congratulations MEGAN!

Parker, my dapper 14yo guy, has bestowed so many lessons as he has been my watchful guardian through my 20s and now 30s. He’s definitely taught me to stop and take a pause. Even if this means squatting in the middle of the 6-way intersection in the very hip Wicker Park neighborhood for a #2. Well, that day he taught everyone to take a pause! Always at my side, he now has been slower moving older gentleman and I have been careful to sit and relax more at home (instead of jumping to the endless list of to-dos) to give his joints a rest. Together we can admire the change of light or hear a city noise that may have otherwise escaped notice. Every day is a lesson in aging fearlessly and gracefully.

Parker sounds like a dapper gentleman indeed!  Megan, please email me at hello@houseofharvey.com with your full name and mailing details so I can send out your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. I plan on having some fun giveaways in the new year, so stay tuned! And happiest holidays to all!

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This week I shared a fun gift guide for pets and pet-lovers on Design*Sponge and it got me thinking about the power gift giving.

There is something so magical about giving. Whether it’s a small trinket, a grandiose gesture, a smile or a compliment, the power of giving can go a long way. I know for a fact that Harvey was the best gift I could have ever received. And while no one actually gifted him to me (sheer kismet brought us together three years ago),  he has graced my every day with a love and joy that nothing will ever compare to…blinking red nose and all.

He keeps me in the “present” and that is the best gift anyone could ever give. (Did you like that play on words there? I know I was impressed.)

So in the spirit of giving and holiday cheer, I thought I would give away a hodgepodge of pup goodies for you to share with the lucky dogs in your life.

This is just a small selection of favorite items I came across this past year and it makes me so happy to share them with you, my fellow dog-loving peeps.

House of Harvey Howl-day Giveaway

Wildebeest Funston To-Go Bowl – Hydrate on the go!

Dogtails Shampoo – All natural and it smells as fabulous as it looks.

blanketID “Too Cool for Drool” ID tag – Our House of Harvey custom design for blanketID. Such a fun collaboration!

Life of Riley Faux Bois Food Bowl (large) – Still haven’t found a bowl I like better than this one.

George Green Stick Chew Toy – Because who doesn’t love a green rubber stick toy?

In order to enter to win this collection of amazing swag, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me the greatest lesson your dog/a dog in your life has ever taught you. And for bonus points – and because it’s a gift we all can enjoy – take a pic of your pup enjoying the holidays and tag @houseofharvey via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’ll share them via social and on the site!

I’ll select and announce the winner on Friday Dec. 13. Good luck!

 

 

Now for the not-so-fine print:

  • I will be selecting the winners based on favorite responses…creativity counts!
  • You are allowed only one entry per person.
  • The giveaway will run from Dec. 10 – Dec. 12, 2013, 11:59 pm PST.
  • No P.O. Boxes…sorry.
  •  Once the winner has been announced, they must email me at hello@houseofharvey.com with correct shipping information in order to receive their prize.
  • I wasn’t paid a cent for this promotion.  I just believe in great products.
  • No purchase necessary
  • Void where prohibited.

16 comments :

  • Rachel D

    the greatest lesson my baby girl Ellie has taught me is to stop being so shy…get out there and meet new people (and puppies)!!

  • Claire M

    It’s been a little over a year since my dog Penny got hit by a car. A broken front leg, fractured pelvis (both sides), and 2 metal plates and many pins later, she’s the same dog – as loving and happy as can be! She battled nerve damage and learning how to walk again, but looking at her now, you’d never know (save for a battle scar on her front left leg, which she shows off to her friends at the dog park!)

    In addition to the power of unconditional love, Penny has taught my fiancee and I about resiliency. Life is unexpected, and will literally knock you down, but we only get one, and must make the best of it, each day. Share it with those you love, and keep striving to LIVE…

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull

    Hmm…I think the greatest lesson my pups have taught me is that our gifts (look, I had a pun, too!) may sometimes be what we least expect!

    I never used to even like dogs, now I don’t know what I would do without my two best buds. I have gotten so entrenched in our dog community that many look to us for advice and leadership — and I would never have guessed it!

  • Lacey

    I’d never had a dog before the one I have now–Vera–a pitbull/whippet mix. And she’s taught me that animals can be hilarious! She has recently figured out how to play ding dong ditch–when she’s outside and I’m inside she’s started knocking on the door and then running away so when I go to let her in she’s not there–she’s standing at the other end of the house peeking her head around the corner, laughing hysterically I think. She definitely helps me lighten up when I’m getting too serious or not having enough fun.

  • Claire

    I have always been an independent person. I’ve never liked the idea of relying on other people, and if anything was every bothering me, I kept it to myself rather than burdening my friends with my problems.

    When I got Daisy, my now 3 year old English Shepherd, I was preparing for my live-in boyfriend to leave for 2 months for work. A kind-hearted lady had found Daisy under a bridge with a litter of puppies, and she wasn’t even a year old yet (the puppies all got adopted quickly, don’t worry). For the first month, Daisy would not leave my side. She slept by my feet at the office, followed me to the bathroom and cried if I was out of her sight. She was my furry shadow. I missed my boyfriend, and having a creature that so desperately needed me and relied on me was the perfect distraction.

    Every day I got to see Daisy progress. The first time she showed any interest in a toy. The first time she stayed in a room when I left. The first time she played in the ocean. She was learning how to be a real dog—something she had never had the chance to do on the streets.

    With each passing day, I began to realize just how much I relied on Daisy. For once, it was blatantly obvious that I needed someone…this dog. And a lot. In a way, Daisy opened me up to needing people—to letting people know how much they mean to me. Daisy taught me that it’s ok to be vulnerable and open because with that you open yourself up to a whole lot more. Love unconditionally, forgive easily and run like there is a squirrel heading for a tree with your name on it.

  • Kim K

    Our road together has been rough and early on required some work from both of us. Violet had a lot of fear based aggression that we were able to get (mostly) past with training. She has taught me that investments in patience, trust, and most importantly love will be rewarded. I don’t regret this journey we have taken together and cannot think of anyone except this snuggly ball of love I’d rather have as my copilot.

  • Anathalia

    I was never a dog person and was really reluctant to get a dog. But one day my husband (who loves dogs!) went to visit a shelter near our old apartment and fell in love with Maddox! Maddox taught me so much since we’ve been together, a little more than a year. He taught me a lot about companionship and friendship, to be patient and to be happy. But most of all, he taught me to love ALL animals and see them with new eyes.

  • Jenny Walter

    The greatest thing my dog has taught me is love, kindness and being calm. I’m luckily in the fact that my dog is a snuggle bug. Every night before going to bed she curls up next to me for some one-on-one love. She likes to be petted and talked to. She loves me no matter what. On her daily walks she can be trying though – as a beagle she goes where her nose wants and not where mommy wants. That is when I must remain calm to help guide her and give her pack leadership. A dogs love is the most unconditional and true. I love my Bella beagle.

  • Jenna Z

    I have had dogs since I was 6 years old and have been showing dogs in obedience since I was 10. In high school, one of my dogs (Penny, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) taught me a HUGE lesson about trust, care and the way I wanted to train from then on. We were still in the days of prodding and pinching and yanking to train and I had been working with Penny at home on the exercises we had been taught in class. I corrected her harshly and the look she gave me broke my heart. I cried and begged her to forgive me, told her I would never do that to her again and knew there had to be a way to train that didn’t involve scaring or hurting your dog. And there is! She changed the way I train and I am SO GLAD she showed me this early on in my dog training so that I had years to develop new habits. So many dogs have benefited from this lesson, my own personal dogs and the dogs of the 4-Hers I now teach as the leader of the club I once was in!

  • marissa hermanson

    My dog (also named Harvey) taught me how to live in the moment and also how to just relax. I have been struggling with anxiety issues for years and he has taught me to sit back, relax and just be happy in the moment.

  • Tina Batori

    I’ve had several dogs over the years, and they have taught me to be a more caring person, something that doesn’t come easily to me. I don’t have kids or grandkids, so my Pal is my pal in the journey of live.

  • Kimberly

    My dog has taught me how to laugh at life’s hiccups. There is nothing like coming back to your car to find a whole bag of brown sugar strewn across the back seat and all over your furry black pup to really nail that lesson home! My pup has caused a few catastrophic messes in her short year of life, but its great when you can come upon that huge mess and just be able to laugh. I am a more flexible and patient person because of my pup!

  • Jami

    My dogs taught me that rescuing them and being rewarded with their love and loyalty is worth more to me than what other people think of me. After having to choose between a boyfriend of 5 years or rescuing another puppy, I chose the puppy… and couldn’t be happier!

  • Malgosia Krol-Baty

    Our dog, Charlie, inspired me to open up our small business & has taught me to take each day as it comes with incredible presence & patience…now if I could just perfect my wiggle and toothy smile like hers, I’d be set!

  • Megan

    Parker, my dapper 14yo guy, has bestowed so many lessons as he has been my watchful guardian through my 20s and now 30s. He’s definitely taught me to stop and take a pause. Even if this means squatting in the middle of the 6-way intersection in the very hip Wicker Park neighborhood for a #2. Well, that day he taught everyone to take a pause! Always at my side, he now has been slower moving older gentleman and I have been careful to sit and relax more at home (instead of jumping to the endless list of to-dos) to give his joints a rest. Together we can admire the change of light or hear a city noise that may have otherwise escaped notice. Every day is a lesson in aging fearlessly and gracefully.

  • Carie

    The most important lesson I’ve learned in my life is from my first (and current) dog Scout, a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Gratitude & Attitude. I read this recently in a blog post about agility and the mental game. The post was an excellent reminder for me, but it’s exactly what I practice. I am eternally grateful for every minute I spend with her. And I try to show her my love and gratitude by having a fun and positive attitude in every agility run (competition or practice) and in every aspect of our life together. We are about to compete in the AKC Agility Invitational…and even though we did well the last two years… I know that it doesn’t matter how well we do this time, as we will be having fun and enjoying the team relationship that we’ve built together. Go Scoutie Go!

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