Dog holiday photo contest
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Holiday Dog Photo Contest for $700 in Prizes

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Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels. Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. These are a few of my favorite things: But Fidose of Reality has over a dozen more “favorite things” to add to the list this year. It’s time for our biggest photo contest of the year: The Fourth Annual Fidose of Reality Holiday Dog Photo Contest for over $700 in prizes!

Entering is easy, prizes are plentiful, and all dogs are welcomed: past and present.

Deadline to submit entries is 12/22/14 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 12/22/14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win in the Holi-Dog Photo Contest.

How many prizes will be awarded? 25!! We will be awarding 25 winners with 25 prizes. 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 12/22/14,  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 ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER  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 24 other winners who will receive a prize based on the same criteria. 

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.

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Our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager is ready!

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.

What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than December 23, 2014.  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 Photo Contest for the 2014 Dog Holiday Photo Contest.

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

Official Rules Here

How to Enter: Send no more than two photos to fidoseofreality at gmail dot com with the subject line HOLIDAY CONTEST. Include the images along with your name, dog(s) name, and your city/state/province. Entries without this information will be disqualified.

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

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: One 20×16 inch archival pigment ink on canvas print in an antique gold wood frame (24×20 inches including frame). Photography by Andrew Darlow. Print title: “NOT Elwood’s First Kiss.” Hand signed by Andrew Darlow. Retail value: $395.

From the photographer: Elwood with Chihuahua, Teekee. You may know Elwood as the winner of the ugliest dog competition about 5 years ago. He passed away last Thanksgiving day and he did so much with his Mom, Karen, to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for different charities. He also warmed the hearts of many children who he would visit often at schools. A scholarship was also created in his name, and I helped raise some funds for it. More information here: New Jersey Dogs

Elwood dog print


SECOND PLACE: Silver Paw Pet Tag: Stainless steel. High quality, thick, stainless steel, deeply engraved, life time guaranteed, pet id tags. Ideal for salt water dogs! Engraved and shipped within 24 hrs of order receipt! Made in Maine! Coolest tags on the market today. Customized for your dog. Retail value: $24.95 – $32.95

silver paw tag


A copy of Vaccines Explained book by Dr. Laurie Coger and a Luv and Emma’s Dry Pets Towel: The microfiber material absorbs water to the point that it holds up to 16 ounces of water. Those of you with furry feeted Fidos, rejoice: The microfiber towel dries quickly. The patent pending integrated stretchable opening means you can hang it from a doorway, off a doorknob, on a leash hook, coat rack, or any other place you hang your doggie stuff. Estimated retail value of combined package: $25.00


vaccine book

FIFTH PLACE: Winter Warmers Set of Three – Chicken Consommé, Beef & Bone & Turkey Stock from The Honest Kitchen; 3 x 5.5oz jars (16.5oz total); This holiday season indulge your four legged family member with warm, wintertime beverage treat! Perfect for chilly days, post-hike hydration, after playing in the snow, or any winter morning (or evening). Helps your pup or kitty feel warm, loved, hydrated and happy in the tummy! Estimated retail value: $19.99

warming broths



Fruitables limited edition Vanilla Snowflake treats made with real snow. See how they harvested the snow video here. Estimated retail value per bag: $4.95
dog photo contestBOOK WINNERS: The following fabulous books will be given out for 10 additional winners:

The Adventures of Coco Le Chat featuring Coco The Couture Cat of Teri Thorsteinson: Limited edition and will be paw-tographed for the winner by Coco the Couture Cat!

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Coco’s mom, Teri, proudly displays her feline’s book.

Rescue Me, Maybe, by Jackie Bouchard: A USA TODAY, Amazon Women’s Humorous Fiction, and Amazon Dogs bestseller and the GOLD MEDAL Readers’ Favorite award winner in the category Fiction-Animals!

dog book

Fuzzy Logic by Susan Daffron:  If you liked Chez Stinky, return for more fun in small town of Alpine Grove. You’ll meet new characters and find out what happens next with Kat and Joel.

dog book


Iris the Architect by Debra Lampert Rudman: A fast favorite Cocker lovers and all dog parents in general. Beautifully illustrated with the author’s water color paintings, this delightful tale is set to become a favorite with dog lovers everywhere, whatever their age.

iris architect

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning: In Almost Perfect an old woman who has given up hope, and a boy who believes the impossible, wonder if life would be perfect at the Westminster Dog Show.

almost perfect book

Pet Fashion Almanac by Laurren Darr:  A  handy annual tool and resource for people focusing on pets or pet-themed material in their business. It’s meant to be kept close, referenced, dog-eared, and used! People use the information to plan & market- social media, events, conferences, trade shows, PR, direct mail, advertising, and optimal times to implement ideas.

dog book


dog book

Life’s a Bark: What Dogs Teach Us About Life and Love by Larry Kay: Long gone are the days when being “treated like a dog” was a bad thing. Today, our canine companions thrive under our encouragement and love, but surprisingly, we don’t always treat other humans, or even ourselves, the same way. There’s so much our dogs can teach us about living a fun, fulfilling life-if only we’d sit up and listen!

larry kay book

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  1. Please award the top prize to my friend Powder, whos Mom Susan A. Malineo submitted her picture. Powder is the white dog with Santa Claus and she is in a wheelchair. She is fighting DM, a terrible neuromuscular illness affecting thousands of dogs. Powder is an activist in this fight and is an inspiration to so many, humans and dogs alike. Thank you so much for your consideration.

  2. Wow…deadline for contest is Dec. 22 & winner announced the next day? Well u make it sound like the job of deciding on the winners will be an easy one….that can’t be! =)

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