Dog Moms Rock Goodies Giveaway

Just in time for the month that spotlight Mother’s Day, Fidose of Reality is super excited to announce the Dog Moms Rock Goodies Giveaway. We want you to tweet about the love between you and your dog(s)! Easy, fun, and there are prizes involved.

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Why does my relationship with my dog impact me on such a deep level? Perhaps you feel the same way about your dog. Here’s my dog mom story and then the contest instructions follow.

Dog Moms Rock

My dog, Dexter, is my never again. After losing my Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, my heart was so very shattered that I promised myself I would never again allow a dog to enter my life and my soul in that way. I soon learned that I could never NOT love this way again. Dexter is my never again. Loving a dog is like breathing to me: It is second nature and an involuntary reflex.

Moreover, loving a dog is a life mantra. I even trademarked the saying, “My Heart Beats Dog.®”

Years ago at a pet blogging conference, I approached a mural. There we stood, dozens of us, waiting to etch a sentiment about our affection for animals on a 2×3 or so piece of paper.

My heart beats dog rolled off my fingertips.

“Did you just make that up,” the gentleman behind me quipped.

“Well, yes, it’s how I feel,” I replied. “My heart beats dog.”

He told me I should trademark it. And so I did. It’s mine.

And maybe it’s your mantra, too. What does it mean to have a heart “beat” dog? I am certainly not alone in this canine cardiac rhythm.

Dogs are more like us than not but they are not humans. Dogs are the best of us when the worst of us breaks our hearts and lets us down.

I embrace a passion for dogs and that passion somehow in this crazy, messed up universe so very perfectly found its way to me. A little girl once lost found her forever home in dogs.

My life is a celebration of dog and their time on Earth, a mere flicker. Poof, we blink and it’s gone. A heart that beats dog is all too keenly aware of its ability to break, and oh how it shatters.

Every day is Christmas with a dog. It’s a true celebration, a present waiting to be unwrapped every day. Cliche, but true.There’s a secret unspoken club for us dog lovers of the highest order. On fortunate days, we find each other: At parks, pet-welcoming stores, on vacations, and at traffic lights. Dogs sniff, we smile. Ages are exchanged, stories are passed on, and dogs bring strangers together, even for a moment.

“He’s 12 and he’s my baby.”

“I swore I’d never get another and never again. And here’s never again.”

The words change, but the feelings are the same: Those who love and have learned to love more richly because of a dog carry a light in their soul. We have hope when the world goes crazy: Dogs want us in it. We are welcome in their worlds. They celebrate our existence. The circle of life is pretty damned special with a dog in it.

Dexter is a Cocker Spaniel who has wrapped himself around my heart and laid claim to it. He is special in every way, and I am blessed to call him my son.

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Dog Moms Rock Goodies Giveaway

There are four prize packs up for grabs. Winners will be selected at random from all entries receive:

Winners: Tommy Romsford, Lisa S., Tamara Meadows, and Buddy’s Mom. Congrats!

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USA only, 18 years and older. Official Rules Here

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  1. My 5 pups, Copper, Jade, Paisley, Aspen and Haddie are the best cuddles ever. They all pile on each other and me to make sure no one gets left out <3

  2. Oreo my first dog ever who passed away a few years ago, miss very dearly. Max who is my current pup. Love both very dearly.

  3. My beloved dogs Mitzie cocker, Sasha dalmatian, Murphy Vizsla…..they all have a very special place in my heart forever. Schooner & Skipper ( Vizslas) are my rock. Love them to pieces!

  4. i have 3 girls that have my heart, my whole heart and soul. however, Evie, is my oldest, almost 16 yrs old, i have had Evie since she was 6 wks old. she now is deaf, almost completely blind, has a back disc problem, which causes her not to be able to walk much, dementia, and has terminal cancer. i had another little gal many yrs ago, Rose, who became my parents dog when i had to go off to college. she was their first grandchild and they adored her. she passed away at 7 due to leukemia. so all of my 4 girls are my heart dogs. i am sorry, cant just chose one.

  5. Among the things I thank God for are Baci, Snoop Dog and Charley. My heart would be emptier and my life would be less without them

  6. I have a boxer, An American Eskimo Mix and 2 cats I previously had another boxer but he died from ARVC

  7. Sunny Has flipped my world upside down. He fell into my lap sept 2016 at 5 months old on his way to a shelter and living in a truck. I knew I was out of my mind with 3 cats bringing this baby home but I couldn’t imagine what might come of him if I didn’t. He’s become the love of my life (is that to much?!) but really, it’s been one of the more tough years in my life and he has kept me moving and kept me laughing with his goofy sense of humor.

  8. I currently have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds – Kenji, Kyoko, and Seiji. Two years ago I had five, but lost my deaf girl, Ran, to an autoimmune disorder and exactly one year later lost my old girl, Suki (she was over 15 and had heartworm when we first adopted her). I can’t believe it’s been two years since I lost my Ran. I don’t think I’ll ever be over her. As for dogs I’ve lost, there was my childhood dog – a Beagle named Pixie. Since I became an adult, I’ve lost my Misty (she was just over 16 and had survived a stroke about 1-1/2 years before), Muffie (a Beagle/Lab – possibly Border Collie mix who lived just short of her 16th birthday). Bailey (my sweet Beagle girl who also had HW when I adopted her but still lived to past her 16th birthday). I guess that’s partly why I still have trouble dealing with losing Ran, since she was just five. All my other dogs have lived to be so old.

    • My first puppy of mine and my husband was Toughy. I fell madly in love and when he passed suddenly I was heartbroken and a customer said I needed another and went online and found a guy expecting a litter of poms and bought me my Macho, the best tip I ever got and I think he’s Toughy reincarnated born twice weeks after and does a lot of the same cute and silly things. I have been so blessed.

  9. I have so many that i have loved and they are passed. Right now I have my old girl Shunta and my new pup Bandit. They keep going day after day and I love them dearly.

  10. My world would be empty without my dog. We went without one for a year, and that was hard, but we rescued Callie, a puppy mill breeding mama, in October of 2016. Just over six months later and I feel like she is a part of me. When I have to leave her at home, it seems as though I am missing my left arm. I talk to her constantly. She is my therapy dog, both literally – as in I should have one, and she fulfills the role pretty well – and figuratively. She dropped into our lives as a complete surprise and has changed my health for the better. She has done the same for my eight-year-old daughter.

  11. I have had so many dogs are there truly unconditionally have loved. Matter baby all my love to you now is Named Finn. We rescued him last year and every day I fall more in love with him. He is the most precious adorable Pup!

  12. I have and had several dog’s that hold a very special place in my heart. Right now I have a Boxer named Loki and a Rottweiler named Cleo that have my heart. But I will never and can’t forget my very first Boxer Whiskey Joe that I used my High School graduation money (oops) to drive all the way to Oklahoma from Arkansas to pick up. He was something truly special and because of him there will always be a Boxer in my house.

  13. I LOVE MY BABY GIRL COCO CHANEL BELLA! She is 11 years old and she is going to live forever! She is my baby girl and always will be. I can’t imagine life without her and I don’t ever want to live without her. She is spoiled completely by me but she deserves it. She has been through a lot in her little life and she still always has a smile on her face and is wiggling her little wigglebutt.

  14. My Hollie and Molly are my little love bugs. I love them so much. Thanks a million for this awesome sweep and Happy Mother;s Day to all the mothers out there 🙂

  15. Sunday who passed in 2015 at the age of 17 years, Saturday who passed in 1997 at the ahe of 17 years, Khaleesi and my new pup, Melody

  16. My GirlZ, Lucy & Holly, are my entire world, and mean everything to me. I love them with all my heart and soul. I cannot imagine life without their love, devotion, comfort and friendship. They teach me something new every single day about “Being Kind Is The Way To Go” [which is our motto – perhaps I should trademark that, if it’s available]. It is in my DNA to love them dearly, clearly and completely and with every fiber of my being and I would do anything in the world for them.

  17. I loved Eek and Penny as a youngster and then I got my very own Cocker,Riley in 2003,we were able to spoil him for 11 years and 3 mos…oh what a beauty he was.Now I have my Beauregard—- he is now 4 and is as loved and treasured as Riley was,he also is a beauty and such a good boy.

  18. Josey is my first dog and I’m in my 40’s!! I never knew what I was missing all these years, not having this type of love in my life. She is my world, my baby girl, my friend….I’m a crazy dog mom for sure and can’t imagine life without her!

  19. Chico is my current 15 year old puppy love, Though i have loved my departed beloved dogs Princess, Buffy, Champ, Noelle, Kato and Sheba, and they each will always have a place in my heart, my precious Chico is my heart & soul dog, i love him like no other, more than i could ever express. <3 He truly is my furry son!

  20. I love all my dogs-Jack, Blaze, Roman and Charlotte but Papa was my doggie soulmate. We rescued him when he was 4 1/2 years old. He came to us with one eye. He was a pug who had so many quirk and an unbelievable personality. He went everywhere with me and everyone who met him loved him.. He so loved Monkeys, tennis balls and to swim with me everyday. Sadly a brain tumor took him from me this past January.

  21. I fell in love with pugs after inheriting my first dog, Milo. When he passed at age six I was so alone that I spent every night on Petfinder, and I found rescue puppy Petey. I lost him at age five due to complications from a medicine reaction. I have two young pugs now, Liam turns 1 yr old today! But Petey was my bestie, my heart. I love them all but I’ll always treasure Pete’s memory –
    “I miss you the most
    And I loved you the best
    And now that you’re gone
    I thank God I was blessed,
    Just to know you”

  22. My and my husbands first pup was Toughy and I was madly in love. When he passed I was heartbroken and a customer told me needed another and went online and found a guy expecting a litter of poms and bought him for me. Macho, the best tip I ever got. I think he’s Toughy reincarnated as he was born two weeks after and does a lot of the same cute and silly things. I am so blessed.

  23. Current dog is Blackie and he’s 13 years old but still love to play with his toys and other dogs.
    Past, until 2009 Buffy 18 years old wonderful conker spaniel that had a soft football she love to play in the snow with all winter.
    Freckles, until 2009 16 years old and a big tease loved to steal things and have people run after her.

  24. I have two Boston’s. Junebug is 11 years old and has been with me through some tough times. He is my rock. Cain is 2 years old, he is my little baby. I can cuddle with him when I need to. They are the reason I get up in the morning.

  25. Bella filled the hole in our hearts when we lost our precious Pepper 2 1/2 years ago. She is so spoiled and clearly is in charge of our time . . . . she thinks belly rubs should happen 24/7. That’s our Bella/Belly girl!

  26. I’m a writer, and couldn’t have possibly summed up my feelings any better than you did about Dexter.

    Simply, when we lost our beloved Husker-pup, we vowed to never allow our hearts to be owned and broken like that again.

    Enter Pipa. 🐾

    Thanks to the then-popularity of a cocker spaniel forum, we were asked to be the fur-parents of our sweet Pipa, not quite a year after losing Husker. We struggled mightily with a decision.

    Thank you Husker, for opening our hearts to Pipa. Thank you Pipa, for showing us the most gentle love ever!

    Eight years later, with our sweet, gentle, loving 11 year-old baby girl, we can’t imagine our world without her. 🐾💗

  27. I have Cody, Zoe and had Schultz ( Rest his soul). All three are miniature schnauzers. My furbabies.

  28. No one could ever capture the feelings one has for their furry kid better than what you wrote here, Carol. I think you’ve touched all of us with your love and honesty for your fur kid.

  29. Kandy is my spaniel mix who is turning 18 next month. She is a wonderful dog, super smart and a joy to have.

  30. I’ve had a lot of dogs over the years. Right now we have 2 rescue doggies, Charlie and Bowie. They are the lights of our lives!

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