Happy Pawlidays!

Happy Holidays Bowzer Buddies!

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It’s the time of year that family and friends gather together to reflect on the year past and look forward to a bright new year and we are doing our fair share of both. It was this time last year that we were busy putting our heads together to figure out how exactly we were going to make Bowzer Box work, and just look at us now! We have come such a long way since our launch in February; we have spent the year growing our brand, meeting amazing friends and subscribers, promoting other Canadian companies that we believe in and helping dogs in need.

This last part is particularly important to us. There are so many deserving dogs across the country (and the continent and the world!) that are still without a forever home and we want to do as much as possible to help them out. It feels especially good this time of year when there is so much hustle and bustle to know that we are able to take a little time out to give back. We owe all of you a huge thank you for helping us do this. In November $1.00 from every box went to Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund which is run through the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund. Canine Cancer is a cause close to our hearts and we were so pleased to be able to donate to this foundation which aims to find a cure for this terrible disease. And this month all of our subscribers made it possible for us to donate full boxes to a large number of dogs in need. We are hopeful these pups will find their forever homes soon, but in the mean time their Christmases are a little merrier.

For all of our followers with forever pups in your home, we know that this time of year can get a little crazy and it sometimes becomes harder to take care of your pup the same way you do in the summer time. Your pup loves you and knows that you are doing your best and you’ll make time for a good walk or a belly rub when you can, so don’t fret, but do make sure that as your holidays get underway your pet’s safety is still at the forefront. This time of year presents a whole new set of challenges from icy sidewalks to holiday foods, but if you follow these tips from the BC SCPA you’ll help your pup enjoy a safe and happy holiday with the rest of the family.

Aaaand, if you really want to make up for how busy you’ve been, your pup will be pretty happy to see a Bower box under the tree. We hope that you caught us on The Steven and Chris show or City Line as part of their holiday gift guides! We were pretty excited to be featured and it was a great way for viewers to find out a little more about what we do. We had these appearances along with a pretty puptastic 12 Days of Stocking Stuffers giveaway going on this month to show just what a great gift a Bowzer Box really is. Congratulations to everyone who went home with their own box or a special prize! If you are still looking for a last minute gift you could always give your loved one a special card surprising them with a subscription starting in January, that’s a sure way to start their four-legged friend’s year off on the right paw!

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Bowzer Box on CityLine!

 

However you are celebrating this year we hope that you are safe, healthy, happy and surrounded by those you love, human and canine alike. Have the happiest of holiday’s Bowzer Buddies!

 

The Bowzer Box Team

 

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Awesome October

October’s been a jam-packed month and it’s not over yet!

We hope that you’ve had as much fun this month as we have. Just the fact that it’s fall gets our tails wagging! The colourful leaves, long walks in the crisp fall air, and settling in for some serious puppy cuddles on the couch on those rainy weekends or dark fall nights. And all the FOOD that comes with the season, it’s the time of year that even Scooby-Doo gets enough to eat! We love supporting other Canadians so you can be sure that our weekends were spent browsing farmer’s markets throughout the province, taking advantage of the pawsome Ontario harvest.

Is it Thanksgiving or Halloween? This pooch is covered for both!

Is it Thanksgiving or Halloween? This pooch is covered for both!

And what better way to celebrate the harvest than Thanksgiving! Anyone else missing those turkey dinner leftovers already? We had so much to be thankful for this year. Aside from wonderful family and friends, we have so many new family members- all of you! We are so thankful for all of you who have taken the time to learn more about Bowzer Box this year and to show your support in many different ways, including signing up to become part of the pack! We are so happy to be able to bring you delicious doggy goodies every month and we look forward to many more months and many more members!

We also had the opportunity to show a little extra thanks this month. Along with a bountiful “Thanks-o-Ween” box we had  some bark-tastic contests and give-aways in conjunction with some of the great brands we work with. Congratulations to the winner of our latest contest Patti S. Hope our October box gets your pups feeling festive!

October's box is going out to our lucky winner. Keep on the lookout for more contests!

October’s box is going out to our lucky winner. Keep on the lookout for more contests!

Tomorrow this pawsitively wonderful month draws to a close with a big night of trick-or-treating! Whether you are headed out or staying in to give out the goodies to all the ghouls and goblins going door-to-door, be safe and have a spooktacular evening! To make sure that the night goes off without a hitch and even our four-legged family members have fun, we’ve included some Halloween safety tips from the British Columbia SPCA.

Stay spooky Bowzer buddies!

Summer Lovin’

Long time no bark, Bowzer buddies!

We seem to have just gotten so carried away with all this warm weather and the time we’ve been spending outside that our blogging has got away from us. Isn’t that always the way though. We spend those long winter months waiting for the sunshine and then before we know it the warm summer days are just flying by. We know that life doesn’t just stop because it’s summer (wouldn’t that be nice) but we hope that you and your pup are taking some time to stop and smell the roses, or whichever of the multitude of flowers now in bloom is your favourite!

One of the things that got our tails outside in the sunshine was Woofstock! It was our first year there not only as exhibitors but also as individuals and we loved it. We recommend marking it on your calendars for next year and making a point to head down to the Beaches with your pup in tow—if your pup catches wind of all the excitement you may be the one in tow! We loved seeing such a variety of breeds and so many pups on their best behaviour as well as meeting all of you wonderful pup parents! Along side the tasty local treats and awesome accessories that were showcased at Woofstock, we were amazed at all the technology making its way into the dog world. Two of the apps that caught our attention were Sniffr and PiP. Sniffr is a great networking app that helps dog owners get together (you can find it in the App Store) and Pip is an app that uses facial recognition to help locate your pet if they become lost. It’s pretty awesome to see other companies taking advantage of the internet to reach and help all you puptastic pet parents out there.

We’ve been busy since Woofstock and our June box just went out with some pawsitively fantastic treats and toys. Some of you have been showing us the puppy love already and sharing pics of your dog with their very own Bowzer Box and we can’t wait to see what the rest of you think about this month’s swag!

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Our Instagram friend @hansontheschweenie with his Bowzer Box!

We’re on to planning the July box now and we have something special in mind for all of you, but you’ll have to wait and see!

You’ll also have to keep your eyes peeled for us this summer as there are tonnes of great dog events taking place and we are going to be part of as many as we can. Why coming up just this weekend in Embro, ON is Weinerfest! Saturday June 21st will be packed with great events and a couple celebrity dog appearances. It’s a great event for anyone who loves daschunds, or dogs in general!

Hope to see you out and about! Bark at you soon Bowzer buddies!

Spring Fever!

It’s the long weekend and we were prepared to give you all the tips and tricks for keeping your pup healthy and hydrated as the weather gets warmer, but we are almost tempted to post links for winter jackets and frostbite prevention! Even though the weather may not be cooperating we hope that you are getting a chance to make the most of your weekend, maybe taking a trip or just getting to spend some quality time at home with family, pets included. And although you may not be spending that quality time sunbathing or swimming, Summer really is just around the corner and it’s important to start thinking about how to make sure you and your pet get the most out of your time outside and that you’re safe while doing so. The American Kennel Club has some great tips for this time of year. Check them out so your pup can be prepared for all the fun you’re going to have this season.

Speaking of being prepared, we know that some of you have already got your May Bowzer Box, but if you live outside of Ontario and are still waiting, get ready for some fabulous, fresh goodies for Spring. We had so much fun putting this box together that we couldn’t believe it was already the middle of the month and time to send everything out. We guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun! If you are still waiting for your box, hang in there, but if you do want a sneak peek, we have had some awesome Canadian bloggers let us know what their pup pals think about this month’s treats:

The Other Side of the Box:  http://theothersideofthebox.weebly.com/?fb_action_ids=10100674414755941&fb_action_types=weeblyapp%3Ashare&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

The Dog’s Playbook: http://www.thedogsplaybook.com/2014/05/13/bowzerbox-a-subscription-for-canadian-dogs/

Leash and Paws: http://leashandpaws.com/2014/05/16/bowzerbox-arrived/

Our tails are just wagging with excitement over the great feedback we’ve been getting, so keep it coming, we want to know what you think! Something else we’re barking about this month is Woofstock! We are so excited to be part of Canada’s largest dog festival. Woofstock is taking place next weekend, May 24-25 at Woodbine Park, Toronto Beaches. We’re looking forward to sunshine, some fresh air, and meeting you and your pack! Pop your pup in the car, or if you’re in the city, stroll on down and we’ll see you there!

We’ll bark at you again soon but we think it’s time you get to enjoying your weekend. Bundle up for a nice long stroll or join in on a little doggy pile on the couch and watch a great movie; do something that makes you happy right to the tips of your tails!

Smooch Your Pooch

We’re playing a bit of catch up with the post today. First and foremost we want to talk about all of the Easter goodness that got sent out in our April box! With the All About Pets Show and the National Service Dogs Easter egg hunt, our box got a little bit overshadowed in our posts last month, and that will never do.

The April box was once again jam-packed with goodies for your pup, this time though it had an Easter theme. There were ducks and rabbits and eggs, lots of spring time treats made with fresh, tasty ingredients that made it seem like the Easter Bunny himself dropped off a little something special for your pooch this year. The April box contained:

-A delicious pack of fun-shaped cookies from Amelia Biscuit in Paris, ON

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-A couple applewood recipe BARK! dental chews from the folks at NORTHERN Pet Products in Concord, ON

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-Some irresistible crunchy duck chews from Etta Says! out of Missouri, USA

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-An Earth Rated baggy dispenser that clips right onto your leash and smells like lovely lavender. Earth Rated is a fantastic company from Montreal, QC.

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-Pumpkin and Liver bites that are great for digestion from one of our faves, Benny Bully’s out of Mississauga, ON.

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-And… a pawsitively awesome, versatile Orbee-Tuff bone from Planet Dog (Maine, USA) that is chewy, and bouncy, and floaty, and minty… we could just go on and on!

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So yeah, all in all it was a pretty great, jam-packed April box. We’re sending out a big thanks to all the pups and their humans that have sent us pics and reviews, thanks for sharing the Bowzer Box love. We can’t believe it’s May already and we’ll be sending you out another box before you know it!

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Now, on a more personal note, I want to talk about the title of this week’s post. I (Jamie, your Social Media rep here at Bowzer Box) had a bit of a family health scare this week and a lot of things have come up that have reminded me just how important it is to  show the people and pups in our lives how much they mean to us. Here at Bowzer Box we give you a tool to spoil your pup and make them feel special by getting something of their very own, but we think it’s important that you take care of your pup all the time. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir with all you pet lovers out there, but just try and remember how much you love your pup(s) in the more trying times. Maybe they felt it was necessary to take all that wonderful garbage back out of the bag, or they don’t feel like going for a car ride today so they howl the entire time, or when they need to go outside over and over even though you’ve just let them out, or even worse when they don’t quite make it out the door before they go. All of these things can be tough on us, but we need to remember they’re not doing it on purpose. We’ve got a lot of things going on in our lives every day, but for our pups, we are their lives, so when times are trying and they get a bit anxious, a cuddle, some reassurance, and a big smooch could make a world of difference.

I say this too because our time with our pups is fleeting. Unfortunately our dogs don’t live as long as we do, and it’s up to us to make things awesome for them while they are here. I had to make the heartbreaking decision to put my beautiful boy Cardinal down in February, just as Bowzer Box was launching, and that was probably the toughest choice I’ve ever made. I know it was the best choice and we still have two more a-dober-able dogs, Duck and Turkey, at home, but I miss him every day. With a whole pack of Dobermans at home things can get chaotic and I think we do a pretty good job of loving and reassuring and letting the tough things roll off our backs, so I am confident that Cardinal knew we loved him and that he loved us and loved his home, I just really do wish he could have a million more hugs and kisses to make sure of it!

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So go smooch your pooch! I didn’t write this post to make you sad, but just to think, as I’ve been doing a lot of that this week. Like I said above, we at Bowzer Box love your pooch too, we want to spoil them and make them feel like doggy royalty, and we believe that this kind of love should be an every day thing. Go play a game of fetch, or give a belly rub, or if you have a really spoiled pup (I don’t confirm or deny that this happens at my house) invite them up on the couch for a little dog pile and cuddle, then give them a big smooch and whisper sweet things about Bowzer Boxes to come…

Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll bark at you soon Bowzer buddies!

Recharged and Ready to Go!

We hope that your weekend was as wonderful as ours and that you’re feeling rested and ready to face the week!

As usual things have been jam-packed on our end. We started off last week by spending our Sunday in Mississauga with an amazing group of students who are part of Ontario DECA. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. We had the honour of being invited to present our business to a group of students preparing for the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, GA this coming May. We reviewed Bowzer Box pretty thoroughly and answered some questions from the students who then broke into groups, prepared, and presented us with 2-3 marketing activities to help promote and expand our business across the country. We were absolutely floored by the positive responses and by the professionalism and dedication with which all of the students approached this task. Having some fresh eyes on our business was great and the ideas that were presented to us were exceptional; if our time with them was any indication of what these students are capable of, we think that they are going to clean up at their International conference!

This was our first speaking engagement since our launch and we had a blast (pardon the pun). So thank you to the Ontario DECA chapter and best of luck at ICDC! If you’d like to find out more about DECA and how to get involved, head over to http://2013.deca.ca

We are lucky enough to have a couple more engagements coming our way this month. While we aren’t able to make it out in person, National Service Dogs has invited us to be part of their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs taking place April 18, 2014 (http://www.nsd.on.ca/events/easter-egg-hunt-for-dogs/). This is an amazing event for the whole family with hunts held across the country. Check out the link above for more information and if you are headed out hunting keep your eyes peeled for some Bowzer treats!

The reason we can’t make it to the Easter Egg Hunt is the All About Pets Show. Unfortunately there just aren’t enough of us on the Bowzer team yet to make it to more than one event at a time. While we hate missing out on a good egg hunt, we are pretty excited to meet all you pet lovers out there! We will be set up at the show, offering information about our subscriptions as well as giving you an opportunity to purchase your very own Bowzer Box to take home and share with your pup right away. Also look for Bowzer’s Doberman friend Turkey to make an appearance at the AAPS. We made the mistake of telling him about it a bit early and now we can’t stop him from trying to jump in the car!

Amidst all this event planning we were able to get everything packed up and we sent our our April boxes today- a day early! We are so excited for the puptastic Spring time treats that are coming your way. We can’t spoil the surprise, but if you haven’t subscribed yet, or if you are new and didn’t get our March box you can get an idea of what sort of product comes in our box from this review posted by one of our amazing pupscribers.

We love hearing from our pupscribers and we have a feeling that with Easter happening this month there are going to be some pretty cute little dog-bunnies out there, and we want to see them. Start capitalizing on all that social media and send us pics of your pup(s) enjoying the Spring sunshine, and their new Bowzer Box of course!

Now, as a little throwback in honour of National Siblings Day having just passed, here are some of our four-legged family members getting cozy. Go hug your loved ones and have a great week!

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The Bowzer Team

Happy April

Happy April Pupscribers!

It’s been a lovely week with temperatures rising and our spirits rising along with them, except for today which we think is a) a little late for an April Fool’s joke, Mother Nature, and b) not funny. Alas, that’s Canada, and there are so many great things that go along with living here that a few April showers aren’t going to get us down!

 The last week has been fantastic. We’ve had a chance to regroup and reenergize after the National Home Show and are gearing up for the All About Pets Show, which runs April 18-20 (www.allaboutpetsshow.com). This was also a great week because we got to hear what you thought about our very first box and that was pretty pawsome! Our Facebook and Twitter came to life with pictures and comments from some excited and adorable pets, and that got our tails wagging. We love the feedback and we want you to keep it coming! Check out these photos of a few of our pupscribers enjoying their Bowzer treats:

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Arya waiting patiently!

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And Harley digging in!

 Along with our own social media, we had the opportunity to get our boxes to some pretty cool pup/people combos who wrote about us in their blogs this past month. If you want to see what they had to say, you can check out:

 Taking the Mother Road  http://takingthemotherroad.com/bowzer-box-review/

Us On Cloud 9  http://usoncloud9.blogspot.ca/2014/03/march-bowzer-box-review.html?m=1

 tea & chickadees  http://www.teachickadees.com/2014/03/bowzer-box-for-gracie.html

Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu  http://sadieshihtzu.tumblr.com/post/80484217191/review-of-bowzer-box

We are constantly learning (and want to know more) about great people who love pets, work with pets, and write about pets, so if you have any pages or blogs you think we should check out, please send them our way!

 Something else we’d love you to send our way are North American toy companies that you love. We have finalized our April box and are getting ready to pack it up and send it out to you, but something we noticed while getting our lists together for this month, as well as our upcoming boxes, is that we have quite a large list of great treat companies to choose from, and while the list of toy companies is great, it is definitely not as large. Now, not to fear, don’t get your pup in a panic, we have toys—wonderful Canadian ones—we just want more, more, more! And like we said above, we’re still learning, so if you have Canadian or US toy companies that you and your pup love, we want to know about them too!

 We hope that you’ve had a relaxing Friday night and that you have a big weekend full of tail-wagging fun ahead of you! We’re crossing our paws that the forecast for sun on Sunday holds true and we can hit the great outdoors for a nice long walk and maybe a game of fetch or two, and we hope the same for you!

 Time for a pup-nap (cats can’t get all the rest!)

 The Bowzer Box Team