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Dex the Halls Dog Holiday Photo Contest 2015

Dog holiday photo contest

Santa Paws is comin’ to town, and his wigglebutt is ready to shimmy down YOUR chimney. His sack is full of goodies for you and your dog in the The Fifth Annual Dex the Halls Dog Holiday Photo Contest with prizes galore. We have 15 prizes up for grabs, so enter your dog (and/or cat) today! There are over $700 in prizes now!

Cat picture

Plus for the first year ever, we have one special ‘CAT-egory’ for the kitties to enter. That’s right: Show us your felines in their holiday spirt! There is one special prize for the best cat photo of all!

Entering is easy, prizes are plentiful, and all dogs are welcomed: past and present. (same for the felines)

Deadline to submit entries is 12/22/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two entries per person. Entries must include a dog and you agree to ownership of the photo. All photos will appear on the blog (and other social media) and by entering, you give Fidose of Reality permission to use the photo on the blog and for other purposes now and in the future. Photos proven not to be that of the entrant will be disqualified. By entering, you agree to ownership of the photo.

When does it start and end? The contest starts now. The contest ends on 12/22/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win in the Holi-Dog Photo Contest.

Holiday Dog Photo Contest
These are just SOME of the paw-rizes you can win- wow!

How many prizes will be awarded? 15 for dogs!! We will be awarding 15 winners with 15 prizes.  And one prize for cats! And ho ho ho, they are pawtastic! Keep reading!!

Will I receive the prize in time for Christmas Day? No, since the winners are announced 12/23/15, but you can celebrate in January when the prize(s) arrive to kick off a brand new year!

What are we judged on? Fidose of Reality will pick TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS who best exemplifies the spirit of the holidays that occur between now and the end of the year (examples: Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, snowy days, etc).

We will also select THE other winners who will receive a prize based on the same criteria. One cat will win a cat prize from NipandBones.com.

Please don’t put Fido in harm’s way or make him or her uncomfortable. Yours truly will recuse herself from the judging panel. No photoshopping allowed – any image alteration entries will be disqualified. You can have a watermark on the photo but anything else will result in a disqualification.

Dex the Halls dog holiday photo contest

Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard. No more than two (2) entries per person, please of dogs and ONE of cats.

What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than December 23, 2015. Winners must provide name and mailing address so the prizes can be shipped to you by Fidose and our sponsors.Failure to reply within 5 business days of being emailed results in forfeiture of prizes and another winner will be selected.

Where Can I View the Entrants? All entrants will be posted to the Fidose of Reality Facebook Dex the Halls Photo Contest for the 2015 Dog Holiday Photo Contest.

Must be 18 years of age or older; U.S. only, please.

Official Rules Here

How to Enter: Send no more than two dog photos and/or one cat photo to contests@fidoseofreality.com with the subject line DEX THE HALLS. Include the images along with your name, dog(s) name, and your city/state/province. Entries without this information will be disqualified. If you want to enter a cat photo, you may enter ONE cat photo. So that means three entries total are allowed: 2 dog and one cat.

All entrants will receive an email within 48-72 hours of sending their photo to Fidose of Reality.

Dog holiday photo contest

What Are the Prizes? (NOTE: We reserve the right to cancel the contest and/or substitute prizes; Fidose of Reality is not responsible for sponsor prize cancellation)


GRAND PRIZE: Designer Dog Coat custom made for your dog by Coats Made by De.

This has become our favorite piece of winter apparel for our dog, Dexter. Your baby will look so chic in these luxurious fashion dog coats. Dog clothing, in general, seems to cater to the small to medium sized dog. Even smaller and medium sized dogs may have trouble getting the proper fit because like people, clothing is not a “one size fits all.” Larger dogs tend to get the short end of the stick: How to find a proper fit for your dog is a dilemma for the millions of pet parents who need clothes for their dogs. I am one of those dog moms: I have a Cocker Spaniel with a girthy chest: Most off the rack clothes, sweaters, and outfits simply do not fit him.  The answer is custom affordable dog coats from De Hufford. Click here to read about these fabulous Coats by De.  (Retail value up to $150)

Custom dog coat by De



GRAND PRIZE #2:  From Nip and Bones.com:  Chocolate Bones Oslo Orthopedic Bed: Retail Value $174.99

A dog bed that features revolutionary cool gel memory foam technology! This innovatively designed dog bed features a “scooped” front which creates a modern sleek look while creating easy access for smaller or older arthritic dogs. The bed is filled with high memory polyester fibre. And the bottom cushion memory foam insert is infused with Cool Gel Micro Beads which helps regulate your dog’s body temperature. Choice of Size Small (18x14x5) or Medium (22x18x6)
Dog bed prize from Nip and Bones.com
Be sure to check out NipandBones.com for all your cat and dog holiday shopping needs: This online pet boutique offers unique items for cats and dogs all in one place. Each item is selected after it meets their high standards.

Cat picture

For our kitty friends, the prize is:

Mice & Cheese Silvervine Cat Toy and one pack of Cat Spring Toys from our pals at Nip and Bones!

Mice and cheese toy from Nip and Bones



SMARTCOOKEE Goodie Packet (two packets up for grabs):

An assortment of one-calorie, oh-so-delicious dog treats in a gift bag from our friends at SMARTCOOKEE COMPANY. “Go ahead, try one, you can eat them yourself,” Kelly nudged me.  They smell so delicious on opening the very well-packaged bags, that I could not resist. The PB’N Jelly Time treat tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I shared some with Dexter, our Puppy Relation (PR) Manager, too. This is by far, one of our favorite treats in the history of treats. Period.

SMARTCOOKEE holiday gift pack


Gift Necklace Set for Dog Mom and Dog: From Harper and Hound

What do you get for the woman who has everything? Matching jewelry for her and her beloved dog! Or gift yourself! This set features a woman’s necklace-18″ black leather braided bolo cord with a dog’s pendant-secure stainless steel split ring will fit any size D-ring on dog’s collar. Nickel-safe and made in the USA. (Retail value $64.99)

Dog mom necklace set Harper and Hound


Dog Mountain Official Angel:

This summer, my family and I traveled to Dog Mountain in Vermont. While there, we purchased this official Flying Lab Dog Angel that will look beautiful on your tree, hanging from a mantle, or anywhere in the home all year long. I display this year-round in my home office. Stephen Huneck originally designed these small wall reliefs in his studio on Dog Mountain. Made from resin and hand-painted, these delightful and lovable angels are perfect to hang on a wall or door, in a window, or on a holiday tree.

Dog Mountain flying angel


She Believed She Could So She Did Female Cut T-Shirt

Earlier this year, I was very inspired by Lorien Clemens, who is a dog lover of the highest order, and the 2014 Pet Industry Woman of the Year. Well, while in Oregon this year, I won Advocate of the Year and Lorien gave a very amazing speech. There, she told the audience, “She Believed She Could, So She Did.” And that is the quote that graces this custom t-shirt.

Believe t shirt


Breathe Right Pack of 30 Lavender Strips

I sleep with a dog, yet I have allergies. These strips have helped me immensely and now Breathe Right strips are available in Lavender scent for a good night’s sleep. Perfect for people with allergies, who might sneeze from pet hair or dander, and just to help with snoring.

Breathe Right Lavender strips


And for a prize from Fidose of Reality, an official My Heart Beats Dog® t-shirt for the dog lover in your life!

My heart beats dog raspberry tshirt

BOOK WINNERS: The following fabulous books will be awarded as prizes:

A two-book gift set from writer, M.K. Clinton. The set includes The Returns and The Returns 2: Showstoppers.

Melissa is the founder of the popular dog blog, Barking from the Bayou. M. K. Clinton lives in Louisiana. She and her husband have been happily married for over thirty years. The parents of two grown children, they are now enjoying the freedom of not punching a clock every day. After working at a local high school for many years, M. K. decided to stay home and concentrate on writing. In addition to writing her books, she also loves blogging, reading, family time, and her dogs. The couple shares their home with Bentley, a lovable Basset Hound and Pierre, a feisty West Highland Terrier. She found the inspiration for her book series, The Returns, on Bentley’s coat. He was born with a perfect number seven on his hip. Ironically, he is also the seventh dog that the family has owned.

The Returns by MK Clinton

Melissa Clinton Showstoppers



House Trained: A Novel by Jackie Bouchard

A true dog lovers’ plot: Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep…with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?

House Trained by Jackie Bouchard



Dogs as I See Them by Lucy Dawson

A BELOVED CLASSIC FOR DOG LOVERS OF ALL AGES. With a new foreword by Ann Patchett. In the 1930s, Lucy Dawson’s friendly, sympathetic portraits of dogs were so popular with readers of American and British magazines that she agreed to gather them together in a book, Dogs As I See Them. Now available once again after being out of print for decades, and a complete replication the original 1936 edition, Dogs As I See Them includes all of Dawson’s irresistible graphite and pastel drawings and handwritten notes.

Lucy Dawson dog book


Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age

From Pete Thorne, a stunning and indelible collection of portraits and stories that capture dogs of a certain age in all their patchy, scruffy, jowly, and devoted glory—an homage to man’s best friend, based on the popular international photography project.

Old Faithful dog book


Pet Business Planning Almanack by Laurren Darr

The Pet Business Planning Almanack 2016 is the ultimate planning tool for running a successful pet business. Packed with insight and knowledge of the pet industry, it is a comprehensive guide to marketing your business, whether it’s through social media, public relations, events, trade shows and conferences, advertising or direct mail. It includes listings of pet holidays by month, week and date, odd holidays by date, pet industry media and publications,pet-related trade shows, conferences and events, pet fashion weeks and pet industry organizations, along with helpful articles on such topics as deciding what trade shows to attend, understanding the difference between advertising and public relations and using fashion weeks for your pet fashion business

Pet business almanack


And a DVD prize:

Based on a true story, Susie’s Hope portrays the inspirational relationship between a pit bull attack survivor and an abused pit bull-mix puppy as they learn to heal and forgive together.I met Susie at the BlogPaws Conference and she stole my heart, see?

Susie and Carol Bryant
Getting smooches from Susie


Okay who is ready for the howl-idays?

Disclaimer: Some sponsors paid to be a part of this photo contest and others did not. We are spreading good cheer and happiness with dog lovers of the highest order.

dog house contest

Also, our pal, Life with Beagle, is having a fun Deck Your Dog’s House Contest – anywhere your dog sleeps – have fun and you might win! Deets for the Deck the Dog House Contest til 12/15 here.


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  1. I would LOVE to dress Milo up and take his picture, but he will not sit still even for a second. No kidding.

  2. What fabulous prizes!! This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. I think Dex wins with that snow globe pic though. He’s so cute!

  3. This is such a cool contest! I can’t wait to see all of the festive dog photos. There are a ton of great prizes here. Maybe I can talk Cinco and Manna into being honorary dogs….LOL 🙂

  4. Merry Christmas Dexter.and mom!! ..Chico will be sending in a pic or two for the Dex the Halls contest ! Hope you are feeling better, Dexter <3

  5. Oh my goodness, those photos of the dogs are so cute and funny! I’ll have to think of a way to dress my dog for the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. That bed looks fantastic, I wouldn’t say no to that 🙂
    We did just get some very cute stockings for the guys, in shape of paw prints. But haven’t taken any photos yet.

  7. Well, maybe I can get my act together before 12/22 and enter! We just decorated our tree today (and put up the Advent calendar yesterday – ON DEC. 12! FAIL!). SO many cool prizes here! That dog bed looks divine!

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