Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We've Got The Power!

Happy Worldess Wednesday... I'm happy to announce that I am among the living and with power once again!  woot, woot!!!  And hey, guess what?  It's football season!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Power outage

Pardon my absence, as thanks to Irene we've been without power since Sunday morning...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Give it a Rest

Excuse today's drive-by posting, as things are still crazy busy around here.  I'd really love to take a cue from the Lapdogs and take a rest already... Happy Dogs on Thursday!  Be sure to check out our recent reviews if you haven't stopped by in awhile and don't forget to enter to win a great prize pack from Cesar!  Stay tuned for some more giveaways next week!

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Rest?  Who's got time to rest?!?!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINNER! Dog Is Good

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Thank you to everyone who entered to win the Womens "I Like Big Mutts and I Can Not Lie" green/pink twofer long sleeve tee from Dog Is Good! This is just one of their clever slogan shirts for dog lovers! 

The winner has been selected by random number generator...


Congratulations to Sue and her beautiful pack! The Lapdogs can't wait to see the Water Dogs' Mama sporting her new tee!

Thank you again to everyone who entered... and remember, you can use the exclusive coupon code LAPDOG to save 20% off your order at DogIsGood.com now through August 31.  Wag on over and get something for back to school season or start your holiday shopping!

Stay tuned for some fabulous reviews and giveaways coming this week... you won't want to miss them!!

REVIEW: Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection

Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection
by Sasha Kagan
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Taunton Press (September 6, 2011)

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The title speaks for itself - Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection is just that, a collection of her iconic designs spanning forty years.  The fascinating retrospective of her work is presented in a beautiful hardcover book that is sure to keep you oohing and aahing for hours on end.

Known for her innovative use of color, stunning intarsia design work and striking patterns, Sasha's designs have transcended fashion trends and become classic pieces in their own right.

Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection spans from 1969 - 2009 and includes five patterns to represent each decade.  In addition to the patterns, swatches, magazine articles and photographs are included to help recreate the original design concept.  The patterns have all been updated and reworked in contemporary yarns, making it easy for you to recreate the sweaters, wraps and jackets at home today.

My personal favorites include...
  • Silver Birch Scarf (1969 - 1979)
  • Bavarian Flower Beanie and Fingerless Gloves (1980 - 1989)
  • Tulip Pepium Jacket (1990 - 1999)
  • Carinthia Tunic (2000 - 2009)
If you are a fan of color work, add a copy of Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection to your knitting library today!

About the Author: Sasha Kagan, an internationally known knitwear designer, trained as a painter at Exeter College of Art and studied at the Royal College of Art. Sasha gives workshops and lectures in the UK, US, Japan and Australia.  She designs for many magazines and has previously published six books of her designs, including Knitwear. Sasha lives in the UK.

Monday, August 22, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Cesar Canine Cuisine

Cesar Canine Cuisine
Where to Find: Cesar.com

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Specifically designed for small dogs, Cesar Canine Cuisine packs big flavor into tiny packages.  While they are meant to be a complete meal for your tiny tot, I think any one of the Lapdogs could eat several packs in one sitting!  We opted to review them by using the seven varieties of Cesar as a mix-in with the dogs' regular kibble.  The flavors we received (and you can win below) are Beef, Grilled Steak & Eggs, Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken, Chicken & Cheddar Cheese Souffle, Chicken & Liver, and Chicken & Veal. 

The Lapdogs did enjoy their mix-ins and while I didn't hear any complaints, we won't be adding them to our shopping list any time soon, but if you have a small breed pooch, check them out!

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The Lapdogs also got to review the newest addition to the Cesar treats family: Softies Medley. Of course they are tiny bite-size treats also meant for small breeds, but that didn't stop the Lapdogs from lining up for more.  The treats have a soft texture and come in rich flavors like Porterhouse Steak, Grilled Chicken and Applewood Smoked Bacon.   

Although the Cesar line is not meant for our large breed mixes (shhh, don't tell Sophie she's "large" please), it's a fun line for tiny tots to enjoy.

GIVEAWAY! The good folks at Cesar have sent us a complete kit to give to one of you! One lucky reader will receive one of each of the seven varieties of food, plus two bags of Softies Medley and the small-lebrity t-shirt pictured (it's a women's size Large).  To enter:

Cesar21) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar).
2) Leave a comment here telling me what you love about small dogs!

You must complete both steps to enter and you must be a US resident to win.
You can get extra entries by sending your friends here to enter (be sure to have them mention your name).... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!
Winner will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Monday, August 29th at midnight.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINNER! Stay: A Noevl

41m-zIHl6kL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of Stay: A Novel! This is the perfect light hearted summer read for any dog lover.

The winner has been selected by random number generator...

Congratulations to Chelsea!  Please get me your snail mail address asap so I can send the book off to you!

Thank you again to everyone who entered.  Stay tuned for some fabulous reviews and giveaways coming this week... you won't want to miss them!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

GIVEAWAY WINNER! Steadfast Canine Joint Supplement

STEADFASTCanineLargebreedjpgThank you to everyone who entered to win the Steadfast Canine Joint SupplementSteadfast Canine is a unique formula for dogs specifically designed to support normal mobility and ease discomfort. 

The winner has been selected by random number generator...

Congratulations to Pam and her pack!

Thank you again to everyone who entered... stay tuned for our official Steadfast Canine review coming soon!

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Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

REVIEW: Planet Dog Lil' Hemp

Planet Dog Collar & Leash
Where to Find: Planet Dog

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Planet Dog has expanded their eco-friendly Hemp Collar and Leash collection with the newly added Lil' Hemp sizes, designed for dogs up to 20 pounds.  After receiving several requests from dog lovers with small canine companions, Planet Dog decided to offer tiny-tyke size collars made from one of nature's most abundant and strongest fibers. 

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The Lil' Hemp collar features a nylon-reinforced plastic quick release buckle and durable fabric.  These hemp collars are great for active dogs, as they stand up to everything from rigorous salt-water swims to mud puddle baths to frosty snow romps to rolls in the sand.  Doggy Moms will be pleased to note they are machine washable too!

According to company founder Alex Fisher, "The collection was inspired by everyone's favorite pair of jeans - it's what you would choose to wear if you were a dog."

PD_Rosie_review_711cThe Lil' Hemp Flat Adjustable Collar fits 9 - 13" necks and is .5" wide.  Like all of the Planet Dog hemp collection, these little collars get softer with age, while still remaining strong.  They are available in five fun colors: apple green, orange, purple, blue and pink.  Unlike the larger size hemp collars, the Lil' Hemp collars is made without the fleece lining, to reduce bulk on tiny necks.

The Lil Hemp collection includes matching 5' leashes and like their larger size counterparts, the handles are fleece lined for the human walker's comfort.

All of Planet Dog's products are 100% guaranteed and socially responsible, as they continue to donate 2% of every purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), their non-profit, to support canine service programs across the country. Since January of 2006, PDF has given away over $775,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to help more dogs help more people in need.

Monday, August 15, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Dog is Good

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Where to Find: DogisGood.com

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Attention Dog Lovers!  Have you checked out the funky, stylish apparel from Dog is Good yet?  If you answered no, let me tell you about the best thing you are currently missing...

Dog is Good is a woofy-good lifestyle company obsessed with Dogvergn├╝gen, "the unique joy you feel in the presence of Dog." They make fun, innovative apparel and gifts that capture the Dogvergn├╝gen spirit.  With slogans such as "It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Ends up in A Cone," "Your Dog Doesn't Know Sit," "Dog. Codependent," and "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie," there's sure to be something that will be a must-buy item for either yourself or that dog-obsessed family member on your holiday gift list this year.

Dog Is Good was founded by a retired US Navy Captain, a dog trainer and a pet photographer (the Captain and dog trainer also happen to be husband and wife).  When Gila, the dog trainer, found it difficult to find fun and fashionable clothing to express her love of dogs, they realized there was a great void in the marketplace.  She and husband Jon got to working on the idea and soon teamed up with J. Nichole Smith when her photography caught Gila's eye.  They developed a simple mission statement: "Create and market stylish and clever products that celebrate and enhance the dog-human relationship."  I would say they've done a good job of achieving this, as I've already got quite the wish list going from their online store! 

Check out DogIsGood.com and let me know what catches your eye... go ahead, I know you'll be awhile so I'll grab a beverage and wait.  Once you come back, you can enter to win a t-shirt below!  While you're over there, use coupon code LAPDOG and you will receive 20% off your order... but hurry, this offer is only good through August 31st!

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GIVEAWAY! Thanks to the great folks at Dog Is Good, not only can you save 20% on anything you order using the coupon code LAPDOG, you also have a chance to win a Women's Size XL "I Like Big Mutts and I Can Not Lie" green/pink twofer long sleeve tee (these shirts do run small)!  To enter:

1) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar)
2) Leave a comment here telling me about your favorite item at DogIsGood.com
3) For a bonus entry, Like the Dog Is Good page on Facebook (and leave a separate comment here saying you did so)

You must complete steps 1 & 2 above to enter. You must be a US resident to win.
You can get extra entries by completeing step 3, as well as by sending your friends here to enter (be sure to have them mention your name).... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!
Winner will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Monday, August 22nd at midnight.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

What Day is it Anyway?

Happy Saturday!  The new job, Matt's racing (plus a band gig) and life has kept me quite busy these past two weeks and I've been left to ask "what day is it?" several times... so while I have a few spare moments, I figured I'd get in one of those rare Saturday posts.  As I type, this little girl is sleeping on the laptop next to me...

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Yup, that's little miss Rosie!  She arrived this morning for a week long stay at the Lapdog B&B.  We are so excited to have her staying with us and I have to say, it's almost like she never left!  As soon as she got out of the car, she was wagging her tail like crazy and jumping all over us... then as soon as she saw her foster siblings, she was wagging even more and giving them all kisses.  Have I mentioned how much we love this tiny tyke lately?

Speaking of our foster children, I got my first photo of Bentley from his new mom. It looks like he's loving sticks in Massachusetts just as much as he loved sticks here in New Hampshire!  It makes me so happy to see him "smiling" because he did not want to leave with his new Mom.  He broke my heart when he put on all four paw-breaks and didn't want to go with her or get in the car.  sigh..... but I know he's in a good home!

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The Lapdogs think everyone should stop talking about their foster siblings and check them out over on TheBark.com ... all 4 were part of the August 8 Weekly Smilers!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and please don't forget to enter our giveaways for the Steadfast Canine Joint Supplement and Stay: A Novel!  And stay tuned because I've got several more reviews and giveaways that I'm getting ready to post, including both dog and knitting related items!  Trust me... there's a lot of cool stuff that will be up for grabs soon! 

Friday, August 12, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Stay: A Novel

Stay: A Novel
by Allie Larkin
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Plume, reprint edition (July 26, 2011)

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"There are many ways to get over heartbreak - Ben & Jerry's and marathon episodes of reality TV are common survival tools - but buying a hundred-pound dog over the Internet surely isn't one of them.  In her debut novel Stay, Allie Larkin proves that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better."

Stay: A Novel is a feel-good, fun read with humor, heart and endless sloppy, wet doggy kisses.  Allie writes about love, loss and the perils of being a doggy Mom.  Stay is warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny.  

The following is a short excerpt, printed with permission from Plume:

“I clicked from one site to another and then, I saw him.
He was a shaggy ball of fur. Jet black, except for a small pink tongue hanging out of his mouth. His head was tipped to one side like he was listening to something intently.
I took another long slurp of my Kool-Aid and vodka. I couldn’t just decide I wanted a dog and order one off the Internet. It was crazy. Crazy! But I couldn’t stop staring at the puppy. It was like one of those paintings where the eyes follow you everywhere. From every angle, I felt like that dog was looking at me.”

Whether you're a dog Mom or not, you'll find Stay to be one of those fun reads that you just can't put down.  Grab a copy now and spend part of your end-of-summer vacation reading about Van and her new companion Joe as they begin to mend the pieces of her shattered heart.  Just keep a towel handy to wipe the slobber away...

GIVEAWAY! How would you like to win your very own copy of Stay: A Novel? Thanks to Plume, we have one copy to give away to a lucky reader! To enter:

1) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar).
2) Leave a comment here telling me why you want to win this book.

You must complete both steps to enter and you must be a US resident to win.
You can get extra entries by sending your friends here to enter (be sure to have them mention your name).... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!
Winner will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Friday, August 19th at midnight.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

B-A-T-H Time!

Happy Dogs on Thursday!  Don't forget to enter our contest to win a package of Steadfast Canine Joint Supplement for your dog/pack!  You have the chance to win a box while the Lapdogs are reviewing it. 

Speaking of the Lapdogs, today it's all about B-A-T-H time in our house.

Queen Lola...

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King Tut...

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Miss Sophie...

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Zeus the Moose...

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Happy - and clean! - Lapdogs...

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