If there is one thing I’ve learned from working with dogs, it’s that all leashes and collars are not created equal. I’ve seen collar clasps snap, chains come loose, leashes chewed through. I’ve heard more than my fair share of “We thought he was going to get that cat when he escaped!” or “How did she destroy ANOTHER leash?!” So they plunk more money into another poorly made pet store product…and worse, they continue to stress.
Enter Ruff Wear to save the day! From the moment I held one of their leashes in my hand, I could feel the difference. (And not to brag, but I’ve held my fair share of leashes….one might even say I’m somewhat of an expert.) Ruff Wear products are made “For Dogs on the Go”, and they aren’t kidding! Sure, they have extra durable, long-lasting leashes, beds, toys, collars, and bowls…but they also have cool things like dog life jackets, boots, packs, and harnesses. If these products can stand up to hiking, swimming, camping, and mountain climbing, think of how long they are going to last you and your pup on those daily walks around the neighborhood.
I found countless amazing products on this site. One of my favorites was the SquareBall rubber dog toy. The square shape is ingenious (and unique) and sure to keep your dog guessing where the next bounce will take it. It’s also durable and made for high energy dogs. It’s also ADORABLE! (Yes, that is an important factor when I buy toys for Buffy.)
As most of you regular readers already understand, I need to know a company’s background before I give it my 100% support (by recommending it to you or putting it up on this blog.) I want to make sure the people who are making the products and running the business are just as passionate (a.k.a. crazy) about dogs as I am. Patrick Kruse, Ruff Wear’s Owner and Founder, definitely passes the test. His Australian Cattle Dog, Otis, was the inspiration for many of Ruff Wear’s products and helped test gear items out in the field. I have to admit, reading about Otis made me a bit jealous of his life….this dog went everywhere and did so many cool things (much more exciting than my own life!) Patrick’s focus is making products that will help you share adventures and experiences with your pooch….that’s a mission statement I can get behind!
The folks over at Ruff Wear were kind enough to send us one of their SUPER awesome Flat Out Dog Leashes to give out to a lucky blog reader. I’ve tried this leash, and it is amazing. It’s like three leashes in one: (1) Use it like a normal leash (2) This one is my favorite – clip it around you like a belt and you can walk HANDS FREE! (3) Clip it around something fixed if you need to leave your pup for a minute or two. GENIUS!
So you want a FREE Flat Out Leash??? Here are the super easy ways to enter our contest:
(1) Comment on this post. (Do you already have a Ruff Wear product? Have you heard of them? TELL US!)
(2) Tweet about us! (Tweet about this blog or a link to this post…make sure to #PAWLIDAY or tweet @WandWHouston)
(3) “Like” us on Facebook
We will be accepting entries December 10- December 20, 2011. Entries will be assigned a number in the order they are received and a number will be chosen at random (by my trusty computer.) We will announce the winner on the blog and reach out to the winner however they submitted their entry. Enter as many times as you like.
Good luck! Happy PAW-LIDAYS!