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Why Are You Thankful for Fido: Contest Closed: Winners revealed

Why are you thankful for your dog? This Thanksgiving season, Fidose of Reality wants to know. What is it about your dog(s) that makes you most grateful?  Tell us in 50 words or less, share the love, and win a super new product to hit the dog market.

Three (3) lucky Fidose of Reality fans will each win a Flash Gordon tag, valued between $39.99 and $49.99.

Winners are Kathy Kiley, Abby Rubin, and Kelly Ladouceur.

Thanks to all who entered and be sure to check out our holiday photo contest!

If you havent’ seen Flash Gordon tags, they are simply smashing. Available in standard bronze or antique bronze finish, the company was started in 2011 by Jeff and Jason Gordon. Flash Gordon Designs is all about making custom, designer pet id tags and charms that are durable, unique and great-looking. AND they are customized for your dog, with his or her name and contact info.

Jeff, the designer, uses 3D-engineering software to create and input the design for a new tag or charm. The design is then customized for your pet and formed using sintered stainless steel with a bronze, antique bronze or gold-plated finish. We use an additive manufacturing process (3d-printing) that allows us to create revolutionary pet tag designs that go beyond the typical stamped tin tags and soft, pewter charms.

Jason, the marketing guru, helps run the website and engage new furry and not-so-furry customers. Flash, our mascot and spokesdog, thinks up new designs and works Facebook and Twitter to help get the word out about Flash Gordon Designs. His protégé, Maile the puppy, is still in training.

So tell us below in 50 words or less why you are grateful for your dog(s)…. Past or present.

When does it start and end? The contest starts now. The contest ends on 11/21/11 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win.

What are we judged on? Fidose of Reality will randomly choose three winners.

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. Enter as many photos as you’d like.

What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread no later than Thanksgiving Day, 2011. Winners must provide name and mailing address so we can ship you the prizes.


Rules and Regulations of the Contest:

No Purchase Necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Just follow the Official Rules below for all the details.

1. Can I Participate?
This contest is open to all residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia and Canada who are eighteen (18) years or older as of 10/20/11, except as provided in Paragraph 6 below.

2. How Do I Enter?
The contest begins immediately (as well as those who entered already) and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 11/21/11. One entry per person.

3. What Can I Win?
See above.

4. How Do I Win?
Winners will be selected by Fidose of Reality staff within several days of contest ending. All expenses and incidentals not mentioned above are the responsibility of the winners. No substitution or transfer of prize or cash redemption is permitted, but Fidose of Reality and/or sponsors may, at its option, substitute cash value or another prize it believes is of equal or greater value. Taxes are the responsibility of each winner. Odds of winning each prize will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. All prizes will be awarded.

5. How Do I Find Out If I Won?
Prize winners will be notified by within approximately 5 days after the date of the drawing. If a potential winner declines to accept the prize, forfeits the prize, has violated any contest rule, does not respond to award notification by the date listed on notification, or is found to be ineligible, the winner will be disqualified. Winners hereby release Fidose of Reality and sponsors and its employees, affiliates, agents, and representatives from all liability and responsibility of any kind which is related in any way to the prize (including without limitation any property loss, damage, personal injury or death) and consent to the use of their names and likenesses for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Prize winners may be required to sign a Liability/Publicity Release.

6. Who Cannot Participate?
Employees of Fidose of Reality and sponsors and their immediate families, and persons living in the same household as such employees, and persons associated with Fidose of Reality and sponsor advertising and promotion agencies.

7. General Conditions.
Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia and Canada. Void where prohibited by law. This contest is subject to all applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations. By entering the contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these rules and the decisions of Fidose of Reality and sponsors, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects.

8. How Do I Obtain a Winners List?
Winner will be announced on the blog on date indicated.

9. How Will Disputes Be Handled?
Each entrant agrees that:
A. Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved by binding arbitration. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, each party shall select one arbitrator and both arbitrators shall then select a third. The third arbitrator so selected shall arbitrate said dispute. The arbitration shall be governed by the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in force and effect;
B. Any and all claims, judgments, damages and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and
C. Under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and each entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages (other than actual out-of-pocket expenses), and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
D. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Fidose of Reality and sponsors in connection with this contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Pennsylvania.

10. Who Is The Sponsor Of This Contest?
This promotion is sponsored by Fidose of Reality and Flash Gordon tags. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time and substitute another in its place.



  1. Devri Owens says

    I am thankful for my dogs for more reasons than I can list, but the main one is that they have made me a better person and my world a much better world.

  2. Doreen says

    I am so thankful for Bailey for making our life whole again. I had company over the weekend and they said that Bailey was one spoiled dog. I thought about it awhile and then remarked that I can never ever give back to Bailey what he has given to us!

  3. Tiffany says

    I’m thankful for her teaching my patience, kindness, and relentless love, all the while maintaining her zazz, spunk and girlitude!

  4. nancy carter says

    I am thankful for the dogs who have touched my life. They have taught me unconditional love, strength, to fight even if the odds are against you, and that one matter how old you are you can form a loving bond with someone new

  5. Jennifer Polito says

    I am thankful for Fido magazine because so many of the articles have useful information for dog owners. I love my dog and I am always researching what is best for her. It is affordable and is now part of my collection on my coffee table that so many people like to read. Also, besides facebook, where else can we get to see Carol Bryant’s Dexter. He is truly an amazing dog!

  6. Hilary says

    I am thankful for Sunday because when I was left by my parents and boyfriend, she was only one who stayed with me. She showed me unconditionallove everyday until things got better. And continues to love me no matter what.

  7. Kelly Gavrich says

    I’m thankful for my doggies for keeping me company when my husband deploys. It makes it so much easier to come home when you have a wagging tail or two to greet you and a furry friend to keep you warm when you’re all alone in bed on a cold night. I only wish my husband could take one with them on the sub when he goes out. <3

  8. katie mitchell says

    I am thanful for my dogs Roxy and Molly.They are the sweetest cutest dogs I have ever had. They are their for me when nobody else is. They have taught me patience, always give unconditional love and both have unique personalities. They also look adorable in clothes that they love to wear.

  9. Rita Vetsch says

    I have grateful and thankful to all my amazing dogs that I have had in my life throughout my childhood and adulthood. I have learned forgiveness, patience, compassion and unconditional love that only they could have shown me. I am truly grateful for the memories and for the special bond that only our souls shared and the amazing love that only we could understand. I am thankful that my daughter also gets to experience the love of her dogs, Kasper and Koko Bean. Your heart it not whole until you have a pet to share it with. I am also thankful to Fido Friendly for bringing us all together.

  10. Jackie Baltrun says

    I am thankful for Prince Poodle. He is always happy to see me and wags his stumpy tail and “smiles.” Prince is the sweetest little soul even though he had a rough life in the past. He was a neglected stray rescued by Fuzzy Friends Rescue Waco employee Brenda.

  11. Katherine says

    Oisin reminds me to stop and smell the roses and leaves and rocks and bugs, etc. and to be open to the wonderment of discovery. Adama reminds me to find joy in the simple things, like cuddles, and to be in the moment.

  12. Sherry says

    I am thankful for my dogs because they bring so much joy and happiness in my life as I travel through some really hard times. They give my husband and me so much love no matter what is going on. They are not afraid to sit by you and just be there for you. They also help us with our foster dogs that are less fortune then them. They train, play, and teach the foster dogs so they can find their forever home.

  13. Denise R Santiago says

    I am very thankful for my dogs that I have now and in the past. They all were rescues and They seemed to have extra love and gratitude for saving them…. they are my family…and closest friends . They bring me joy andTheir smiles make me smile….

  14. Melissa D says

    My dog Zeus is everything to me: companion, friend, protector, workout buddy. Even when he’s “bad” (grabbing the end of the toilet paper roll and running through the house with it), I’m secretly laughing at his antics. He’s loyal, smart and brave, and I’m thankful for every minute with him!

  15. Debby says

    I am so thankful that God blessed me with Kirby. He makes me smile. His great capacity to love me no matter what gets me through those dark stormy days I encounter now and then. I can’t give up because I can’t let him down.

  16. Kadee says

    I’m thankful for my dog because she shows me unconditional love. She’s always there to keep me company or remind me that she needs me. A true companion.

  17. Jennifer says

    Of all my dogs, past and present, I’d have to say I’m most thankful for Cassie, my Great Dane. Though not with me anymore, she showed me how to live my OWN life and not let others influence me into doing things I didn’t want. Fly with angels Cassie-I miss you!

  18. Caroline Patterson says

    I am so greatful for my little dog Zeus. I live with chronic daily pain in my back and legs. The days I can’t do much for I hurt so bad this little guy is waiting for me to get up and take him for a walk. When I am laying down he is right there by my side giving me loving lloks and nugging me with his nose to get a rub behind the ears. I remember the day I adopted him for the people at the Humane Society cried when they saw he was being taken to a loving home. He laid in his little dog house in the Humane Society so distant as soon as I held him he wrapped his tiny paws around my arm like MINE owner.

  19. Cynthia Downer says

    I’m thankful for Jack because he helped me to grow up. I have been responsible for his care since I was 13. He taught me that there’s more to being a responsible owner than pouring food in a bowl. I am now studying to become a vet tech. because of him.

  20. Anne says

    I am thankful for our little shelter baby Molly. She came to us after being abandoned twice and left at the shelter just before our Berner Abby was stricken with IMPA. She remained at her side throughout her recovery. She was there for me when I couldn’t be.

  21. Julie D. says

    I am thankful for my dog, Cricket, because she keeps me company, cheers me up when I’ve had a bad day, and encourages me to get out and exercise. She’s a good dog, and I’m glad we picked her from the shelter last year.

  22. Claire W. says

    I was so thankful when I got my first dog, Theo, because he gave me a reason to come home every night, a reason to get outside and be active, and a lot of humor in my life. When my rescue dog, Bruce, came into my life, I was so thankful because my little family finally felt complete. Theo had a companion and playmate for when I’m not at home, and I had 2 little buddies to come home to. Their personalities contrast perfectly, so I’ve always got a tornado (Theo) for when I’m feeling active and playful, and a smoocher (Bruce) for when I just need some love and cuddles.

  23. Sharon Gilbert says

    I am thankful for my dogs Schooner and Skipper. My husband and I were empty nesters and our house was very quiet. Schooner and Skipper fill our house with lots of rambunctiousness play and making the biggest messes to clean up. I LOVE the unconditional love they give me everyday.

  24. Kelly Greb says

    I am thankful for my dog Mosley because he brings so much joy to everyone he meets. His little wigglebutt never stops and he loves everyone, even if they don’t like him (non-dog lovers) he doesn’t mind at all. He greets us at the door every time we come in the house, even if it is just to go get the mail and saw us 60 seconds earlier. He aims to please and he’s happy all the time. He gives the best kisses, especially if you’re not feeling well or sad. He makes my heart happy as he is my kid with fur and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

  25. Colleen K. says

    I am thankful for Daisy because she unconditionally loves others. Anyone who visits receives kisses upon arrival. She always adopts our guests, making sure they feel welcome. She even warmly welcomed her new sister, Jade (a kitten), into the family. The two are often caught cuddling and giving kisses!

  26. Diane Israel says

    Tucker is nine and was born with hip dysplasia in both his hips. I would stay up late each night throwing the ball and Frisbee to him and teaching Tucker tricks. It was one of those late nights that I said to Tucker; “You have a gift and should be a therapy dog.” Tucker has been a therapy dog for 7/12 yrs and brings fun, joy, love and laughter to my family and everyone who meets him. I can not tell you about Tucker in 50 or less words, these words are not enough.

  27. Emily Ann Meyer says

    I’m so thankful for Dora because she’s taught me so much about life and love–in doing nursing home, therapy dog visits with her I’ve learned to look past the superficial and see people for who they really are, and it’s made me a better person to incorporate some of her happy-go-lucky optimism into my daily life. She’s also an incredibly resilient dog who’ll never quit, and refusing to accept limits (while not always the best trait in trying to break her of counter-surfing) is another thing I’ve learned from her. I’m so blessed.

  28. Ginny Tata-Phillips says

    I am thankful to share my home with 5 rescued dogs. Sometimes I am not sure if I rescued them or they rescued me! I am in that strange ’empty nest’ stage of life where my children are grown and living on their own. My nest will never be empty with my rescued dogs. We try to share the joy by educating everyone we meet about the joys of rescue and the evils of puppy mills and pet stores inorder to Pay It Forward!

  29. Kathy Kiley says

    In November 2007 I lost my Maggie, my 13 yr old Irish setter. In January 2008 my Mom and best friend became very ill. After an almost year long battle with illness in December 2008 I lost my Mom. Since my Mom had lived with me and I nursed her I missed her and more than words could say. I started thinking about another dog. Unsure if I really had the time, more than a little depressed too, my younger brother pushed me into going to the local dog shows looking. At a show in late May of 2009 I saw a litter of Irish setter pups. Five days later I took a 5 hour drive to bring home my little boy. Rory has brought the light back to my life. Not only does he keep me physically active (I have lost 25 lbs to date) but he makes me laugh everyday. He has also fulfilled a life long dream I had almost forgotten about. You see I have always wanted to show dogs and just never had one who I could really show. Well, Rory became a Champion this past July. And I showed him myself!
    Rory is my joy. The light of my life. The Champion of my heart.

  30. Kelly Ladouceur says

    I am grateful for Farley for so many reasons. He reminds me that I am never alone, and that there is always somebody that loves me dearly. He reminds me to cherish the moment and to always let those around you know how important they are to you. Most of all, he has been my best friend for almost 12 years now.

  31. Ann Vanderlaan says

    I am thankful for my dogs because they make me laugh, are always happy to see me, and they think I am a better person than I am. And I don’t want to disappoint them.

  32. Amanda says

    I am thankful for my dogs because they bring joy and happiness to my life. They are also there for me and pick me up when im down. I thank god everyday for bringing them to me. I love them with all my heart and soul.

  33. Morgan says

    The true meaning of Thanksgiving came from my three boys. After I lost my puppy, my three sweet boys were the only ones who pulled me out of the depression I went into. Everytime I would cry, my three boys would jump on my bed and lick my tears away.

  34. Kolchak & Jodi says

    I am so grateful for Kolchak and Felix, not just because of the love and snuggles or because they remind me to be silly and to embrace each day with their level of enthusiasm and joy, but for helping my find my passion in Kol’s Notes.

  35. Emily says

    I am thankful for my dog Leila, because she was there for me when I needed her most. I very unexpectantly had to put my beloved 3 1/2 year old Beagle to sleep and Leila helped me get through that traumatic and devastating experience. It meant everything to me to have a dog to hold or pet when I was missing my Sadie girl.

  36. Brian S and my awesome Joey! says

    8 years ago Joey entered my life, captured my heart.
    He’s been there every step along my path.
    No matter what I stepped in, his love pulled me free.
    All those long, lonely nights he cuddled and held me in the dark.
    Through him God saved my life.
    Thank’s Joey.

  37. Ashley C says

    My 2 boxers drive me crazy but they are my whole life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are there to cuddle with me when I need and keep me motivated to walk them. I wouldn’t know what to do without them!

  38. Jenn M. says

    We have 5 dogs and wouldn’t trade them for the world. They all have their own personalities and quirks and we love that. They are always happy to see us, play with us, snuggle with us and most of all, they love us as much as we love them.

  39. Sue says

    My dog has brought such joy to our lives–he is the first dog I’ve ever owned and now I know the meaning of “A Dog is Man’s Best Friend.”

  40. Leisa Eman says

    My pug Pok is my service dog. She helps me with my autism. She makes life easier and loves me unconditionally. Her smushed face always makes me smile.

  41. nancy says

    I am thankful that Stanley is here to celebrate another Thanksgiving. Just before Stan’s 15th birthday, he developed glaucoma in 1 eye. And as the champ he truly is, my little man aced the surgery. Thankful for the most wonderful vets & staff that got us thru yet another challenge in Stan’s life.

  42. Annette D says

    I am so thankful for my wonderful Airedale, Pepper. She is always the bright spot of my day! She greets me with a kiss in the morning and follows me around while I am home. She always is so happy to see me when I get home, she always makes me feel loved and wanted.

  43. Kelly Ann T. says

    I’m grateful for my dogs because they never abandon me, no matter what. Steadfast, loyal and true without any expected gain for themselves helps me to try to be the person I can be. I truly appreciate all they do for me and my family.

  44. Mary Witter says

    I’m so thankful for Casey R. Doodle. We crack each other up a thousand times a day…dive headfirst into new adventures, discover the little (and large) wonders of life together and bring new perspectives through our senses to it all. Life was black and white before CR came along (though I hardly noticed)–now it’s living color. He has brought a new vitality–a whopping dose of WA-HOO! to my days, and for that, I am forever grateful.

  45. lorri langmaid says

    I am thankful for all the doggie that have been in my life. They just seems to know when you are feeling bad. They ask nothing from you, except to show them love, which they return 100 times over.Growing up, my first dog Snoopy was truly my best friends. She was always there when I needed her. Listen to me when I talked, comfort me when I was down. I miss still miss her. We lost our Max last Jan. He was an older dog when we rescued him. While he didn’t have patience for many people, he was always my buddy. I could always count on him to come sit with me, especially when I was down. Our other four doggies are just always there when I need. them. Sitting with my doggies cuddling on the couch is the best feeling.

  46. Stella & Chico says

    I’ve loved all my dogs…they were each special in their own way. But my little Chico has brought me smiles & comfort, laughter & adventure, & immeasurable, unconditional love. I’m so thankful I have Chico, to brighten my life and the lives of others, as well.

  47. AuntChristine says

    How to contemplate the reasons I’m thankful for my dogs without tears streaming down my face and onto the keyboard? Will try. I’m thankful that we have come through a difficult year, Giorgio, The Naked K9 and me, from his diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Disease. A year ago and for a good eight months thereafter, we weren’t sure the little man would be here, still working on his Bucket List. We are lucky and oh so thankful he is now stable with normal lab tests and gaining weight again. And I am thankful this little dog always hits his marks on the papers. What an achievement!

  48. Ericka says

    My wonderful dog is named Denny he is a 4 year old golden retriever mix which I adopted from the humane society. He definitely shows his appreciation through his endless love and companionship. He is always eager to please me which is evident by his long list tricks. I am so lucky to have him for multiple reasons. He is always there for a pat on the head or a chase through the yard which makes my days seem to go by so much easier.

  49. Tania says

    May May is my Yorkie mix who is full of energy. She is very loyal and wants to stay by your side no matter what. She has an endless amount of affection for everyone. She always greets visitors with treats whether it is a dirty sock or her favorite toy. She really does make my life better.

  50. Ericka says

    My wonderful dog is named Denny he is a 4 year old golden retriever mix which I adopted from the humane society. He definitely shows his appreciation through his endless love and companionship. He is always eager to please me which is evident by his long list tricks. He makes my life so much better in so many different ways. He is always there for a pat on the head or a chase through the yard which makes my day go by so much easier.

  51. Linda Davison says

    My three year old lab gives me uncondtional love and is my best friend. Living with a cronic autoimmune disease Sarcoidoisis Molly seens to always know when I can’t play today. She will clean my feet and brings me my slippers. Having her helps with depession andpetting her comforts me as she is always by my side. She loves swimming and is always has an eye on me when outdoors. I believe she has helped me survive the odds and hope to have many years with her.

  52. Amy Orvin says

    I have two dogs. Sushi is a 12 year old peekipoo and Toby is a 10 month old Imperial Shih-tzu. They are both such joys to have in my life. I am sooo very grateful for them everyday because they keep me company and provide lots of love.

  53. Lori Miller says

    I am thankful for my rescued Jack Russell Terriers because of the love they show me every day. No matter what the situation, my Terriers show me that I am really the one that has been rescued! Happiness truly is a warm puppy. 🙂

  54. Dawn Schulze says

    I am thankful for my Tucker who is no longer with us. He showed my husband that a dog’s love is just as powerful as a humans is. He also showed my husband how to love an animal with all his heart and that is the reason we have 3 rescues, Thanks to Tuckers love for his family.

    • Dawn Schulze says

      Tucker left us to cross the rainbow bridge with my Husband there to guide him and loving him to the very end. We miss him every day and he showed my husband the true meaning of loving an animal.

  55. Diane Israel says

    I am blessed and thankful to have Tucker in my life. He is a certified therapy dog and brings love, joy and laughter to everyone who meets him. Tucker has hip dysplasia in both his hips and still always ready to go on his visits and play with the residents.

  56. Anne says

    I am thankful for my dog Bonnie because she always lifts my spirit after coming home from a long day of work. Everyday, she jumps up and gives me wet, slobbery kisses as though I’ve gone for over a month. She’s so loyal and refuses to leave my side after I come home. She really does bring joy into my life.

  57. Susan Burkhead says

    So many reason’s that I am thankful for all my dogs, but I think that simple one’s are the best ,,I am thankful for Sam for licking my tears away when I am sad. Chase for making me laugh over his sillyness. GT for the great hugs he gives.

  58. Tessa Wynn says

    Until today I’m thankful that Muffin survived the long flights from Shanghai to Seattle, and that he is a very happy and healthy dog. We love to watch him run around in the park and cuddle on his big bed every night. Happy Thanksgiving, Muffin and everyone!

  59. Abby Rubin says

    I am blessed and thankful that my Service Dog, Olivia, is healthy. She is 8 yrs. young and the vet said she is in great condition. I am thankful that I recieved Olivia and that she has been able to provide the medical assistance that no other person/dog could. I appreciate all her hard work, devotion and attention to ensure that I am safe and physically okay. I am thankful to have my first true friend. As a Service Dog and a friend, she keeps megoing and gives me back my independence

  60. Angel Lewis says

    I am thankful for Isaac who taught me how caring dogs are, thankful for Samantha who taught me how faithful dogs are, thankful for Molli who taught me how special dogs are (she was a puppymiller girl) and thankful for Gizmo who taught me how much fun and how funny dogs can be. I am thankful for every dog who came into my life.

    • Angel Lewis says

      Molli.whom we rescued from puppymill. She was abused, fearful and trust issues. We helped her cross over the Rainbow Bridge on July 27 2010. She taught us how gentle a dog is.from being abused. We miss her so very much.

  61. Laura Hockman says

    I am grateful to my dogs for keeping my depression from engulfing me! They provide me with a purpose & motivation to get things done! Most importantly they provide me constant comic relief by playing & animated expressions & unconditional loyalty!

  62. Sand says

    I am thankful for my dogs because each of them has had such a different personality and has helped me in various stages in life. They kept me company when I didn’t have anyone. They helped nurse me when I was sick. They don’t care how much money I have (or don’t have) in the bank.

  63. Robbi says

    Henrietta (and Calico Zoe) have taught me to take a breath when I feel my stress level is getting out of control. My stress goes up and then Hen’s does and because I don’t want her stressed, I take a step back and relax.

  64. camea allen says

    My first two Goldens were with me every step of the way during my life as an Army wife…deployments,lonliness, birth of kids and moves. They have since passed away have taken a piece of my heart with them.

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