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Team Beer Paws Grows + A Giveaway

Recently, I announced that I founded a little business.

Well, it’s so far so good in Beer Paws land.

The Facebook page is active. The official website is live.

Beer Paws products are available at my online store, at Kennel Creek Pet Resort and on Kansas City’s food truck for dogs GoodDog2Go.

And the sales – with a portion of proceeds directly supporting Tessa, a Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dog – are happening.

My first product, Beer Paws button style bottle openers, adorn the collars of many Kansas City area dogs, including:





Reilly and Willow look good with Beer Paws!

Reilly and Willow

Beer Paws have also been seen on dogs who live very far away!

It’s so exciting for me to see Team Beer Paws growing.

And, of course, I want it to get even bigger.

So, I’m hoping you all will help me spread the word, in exchange for an opportunity to win something cool.

Here’s the prize:


1 Stainless Steel Water Bottle for Dogs + 1 Beer Paws Button Style Bottle Opener

The bottle is awesome. The screw top lid opens two ways. The bigger opening allows you to fill it with fresh water for your pooch. The smaller, top opening contains a ball bearing that controls the flow of the water so your dog can drink from it. You can find similar bottles all over the internet for $10-$20. One winner will get this one for free plus one of my bottle openers.

Three ways to win:

  • Leave a comment below telling my why you want to win (mandatory – 1 entry)
  • Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #beerpaws (bonus entry)
  • LIKE Beer Paws on Facebook and leave a Facebook comment related to the giveaway (bonus entry)

Good luck!

This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. Entries close at 12:01 a.m. CST Sunday, June 2. One winner will be randomly selected via and contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be randomly selected.
U.S. residents only, please. (Sorry – I promise to do an international giveaway soon.)

Review: Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Flavor Natural Dog Treats

Friendship is one of the awesome side effects of blogging.

You make new friends. And, at least in my case, you also reconnect with old ones.

labrador puppy card

This card arrived in the mail not long ago. The precious puppy looks a lot like I suspect Charlie Machete did as a baby.

Inside the card was a loving note from my Nebraska friend Shawn. We showed our dogs in 4-H together as kids and performed in community plays together as adolescents. But we fell out of touch over the years, pretty much until she started following this blog.

Shawn still has dogs – a mastiff named Boo and a one-eyed springer spaniel named Dulcie, a certified therapy dog whose story I recently highlighted in a post. Shawn also was one of the people who so kindly sponsored Charlie Machete and me in the Strutt with Your Mutt 5K.

The cute card came from the whole pack.


As the note indicates, they also sent something else – something Charlie Machete couldn’t wait to get into.

Machete noses a box

What’s in here?

Machete reveals the box

Ehmergerd! Peeeenert berter from Trader Joe’s!

Just as Shawn predicted, the Peanut Butter Flavor Natural Dog Treats from Trader Joe’s were a big hit with our pack.

The peanut buttery aroma was too much for them to handle, really. It made them all excited, wiggly and hard to photograph.

Trader Joe's Natural Dog Treats

Doggy crack.

These cookies come in various fun shapes like squirrels and cars the size of Scooby’s head. I had to break them up into bite-sized pieces for the elderpin.

squirrel trader joe's dog cookie

Recommended Scooby servings per squirrel: At least 3

We have a tendency to be too generous with the treats at our house, so this box didn’t last as long as it should have.

But it’s so hard to ignore those pleading puppy dog eyes.

Machete looking at the camera

C’mon, foster mama! Gimme a race car!

Big thanks to Shawn for treating our pack to some baked peanut buttery goodness!

Although I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s very often, I would definitely consider picking these up again.

Other than including wheat, which we think Luke is slightly allergic to, there wasn’t anything scary on the ingredients list, and the dogs, obviously, found the cookies to be delightful.

Readers: Have you ever gotten Trader Joe’s dog treats for your pups?

Accolades for Addictiveness

Addictions aren’t always a bad thing.

For example, it’s pretty awesome someone thinks this blog is addictive!
Addictive Blog Award

Big thanks to Misty Shores Chesapeakes for the recent shoutout!

Standard procedure for this award: Talk about why you blog and pass the accolade on to other “addictive” blogs.

Why I blog

I’m a writer, plain and simple. I have always written for pleasure and profit, as a journalist and promotional copywriter.

As explained in the About section, Wayward Dogs began as a place for me to catalogue the tales of the many loose dogs we encountered on the trail near our home. However, thanks in large part to the fact that we didn’t actually catch a stray every day, this site has evolved.

Wayward Dogs has become the place where I can let my crazy dog lady flag fly and, I hope, share insights and experiences about life and life as an animal lover with other like minds.

More Addictive Blogs

These are some of the blogs I try to keep up with. Not all of them participate in these awards, but I still totally encourage you to check them out.

Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth

Keep the Tail Wagging

Adventures of a Dog Mom

Fido Fetch Photography

Georgia About

Stacy Ideus Photography

Dogs or Dollars

Long Life Cats and Dogs

Social Driver

Our Waldo Bungie – Have you checked out the new site yet??

In addition to blogs and blogging, I’m addicted to coffee. What are you addicted to?

Blog socialization at Saks

There’s a super sweet scent wafting through Wayward House right now. It’s coming from this fragrant bath set.


I was delighted to learn yesterday that I won a giveaway I entered over at Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth, a fun site about fashion, food and pin-up style.

Blogger Katty Delux personally presented my pretty pink prize to me, a Lovey Dovey Personal Pampering Set from PoshUSA, at a shopping party for bloggers at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH.

During the party, the Saks manager informed our group the median income for average shoppers is over $100,000. That meant most of the inventory was a little out of this clothing swap queen‘s price range.

However, as a perk for attending, all of us bloggers were armed with $25 gift cards and there was a drawing for bigger discounts. I didn’t win the bigger gift cards but did put my store credit toward a cute top and even cuter whale-shaped salt and pepper shakers.


Unfortunately, I could definitely not afford the sexy and mean looking $700 necklace that really caught my eye.


More than anything, last night’s event was a fun opportunity to mingle with people who share my interest in blogging and promoting things we care about.

I attended the Saks OFF FIFTH event with my friend Stephanie, blogger at Turtle Soup Daily, and we met up with Emily from Our Waldo Bungie.

You can find links to many of the other bloggers who attended at the KC Blogger Meetup site, where I was recently featured.

Blogging friends who live too far away to participate in a Kansas City meetup: How do you connect in real life with other bloggers?

Tip for dog lovers who want to win something: If you haven’t already, enter to win an awesome giveaway from Dogs or Dollars today.

Giving thanks


The Internet is not always a friendly place.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I received a friend request from a stranger with a dog-friendly Facebook profile and at least one other dog blogger I know in his friends list.

I clicked accept.

Within seconds, he sent me a direct message. It was menacing. He said he wanted to kill my dog.

I responded by blocking this person from my profile and reporting him to Facebook. There’s no need to respond personally to trolls.

In fact, I wouldn’t even share the story here if it weren’t in such sharp contrast with my experience in general — and especially the past few days — with people I’ve never met in real life but connected with through the Internet, through this blog.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has shared kind words, wisdom, encouragement and offered to help since I announced Charlie Machete returned to Wayward House.


A foster dog coming back is not the worst thing in the world, but our surprise and disappointment at the situation have made for an overwhelming few days. Thank you so much for your comments and support, which have helped keep me sane.

Today marks the fourth day since Charlie Machete came back to our home, and I’m happy to report that things are going great so far.

An initial check from the vet’s office revealed he’s as healthy as he looks. He still weighs in at just over 60 pounds, and he still loves to shake hands and snuggle. (But he doesn’t like getting his blood drawn one bit.)

I’m excited to take him for a walk with the KC Pittie Pack this Saturday where Charlie Machete will get to see some of his old friends and ham it up for Fido Fetch Photography.

I also need to take this opportunity to thank some folks who showed me kindness before we sprung Charlie Machete from death row.

Recently, two fellow bloggers gave us awards.

The first was the lovely Bassa’s Blog, who included us in a list of 52 bloggers — one for every week of the year — acknowledged in an anniversary post.

Bassa’s You Make Me Shine Award isn’t supposed to be passed on. I wanted to publicly acknowledge it because that’s what you do when someone pays you a compliment. You say thanks.

If you haven’t checked out Bassa’s Blog, yet, I urge you to do so. It’s all about the day-to-day experiences of a giant, awesome dog.

The second award we received recently came from Deanna and the pack over at For the Love of My Dogs.


It’s always touching when someone deems you and your work inspiring, and that’s what Deanna did by handing us the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

This one comes with some rules. Share 7 things about yourself and spread the love to up to 15 other inspiring blogs. Here goes:

7 things

1. Tough guy Charlie Machete was pulled from the shelter in Minnie’s old pink gentle leader.

2. I blog about business-y things for my employers at Your Brand Partner.


3. Two almost life-size stuffed dogs that look like Luke and Charlie Machete live at my office.

4. My mom is a travel consulant, and I recently started a new blog to help support her business. More to come on that.

5. The paw paw tree I recently wrote about seemed to die shortly after the post. However, in the past few days it has come back to life.

6. If I don’t plant some roses this weekend, they’re surely going to die.

7. Last weekend, two of my oldest guy friends came to visit, and we went to see the band Pinback.


The Lonely Dogs


Craves Adventure

Not a City Girl Anymore!

Couches for Breakfast

Dogs or Dollars

Our Waldo Bungie

Woof! Tails from St. Simons

Long Life Cats and Dogs

Two Pitties in the City

Heartbeat at my Feet

Fido Fetch Photography

Bassa’s Blog

If you’re seeing a lot of familiar names in here, it’s because I decided to share this award with bloggers who commented on Charlie Machete’s return. I know not everyone participates in these awards or some of you may have receive this one before.

In my book, it’s cool if you break the chain. I just wanted to say THANKS FOR BEING AWESOME. (And that goes for my supporters out there who aren’t bloggers, too.)

This blog has been recognized

Blog awards make me feel funny.

I mean that in a good way.

It’s very cool to know that folks out there are connecting to the thoughts and pictures I put down here instead of responding like this:


Recently, two bloggers saw fit to bestow awards on Wayward Dogs.

Collies of the Meadow handed us a Collies Choice Award, along with some extremely kind words.

Then, just this week, the hilarious Hutch a Good Life passed the Sunshine Award our way.

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

  • Link to the blog that passed it on
  • Answer the questions that come with it
  • Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it

Questions and answers

What’s your favorite number? 17.

What’s your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee – black, fair trade and locally brewed, if possible.

Facebook or Twitter? Do I really have to choose? I’m a heavy user of the social media, and I probably think a little too much about my Klout score. 

Please feed my obsession by “liking” Wayward Dogs on Facebook.

Follow me, Crystalwayward, on Twitter and Pinterest.

Find me under my real name on Google+.

What’s your passion? Singing silly songs about Scooby. Writing.

What’s your favorite pattern? On a dog – black and tan, rottweiler-style markings. In life, I rather enjoy patterns of time that involve me waking up around sunrise every day near a beach in Hawaii.

What’s your favorite day of the week? Saturday.

What’s your favorite flower? Hibiscus. Or, whatever is currently blooming in my garden.

My Sunshine Award nominees:

Bassas Blog

Town and Country Gardening

Not a City Girl Anymore!

A Heartbeat at my Feet

The House of Two Bows

Couches for Breakfast

The Rufus Way

Dogs or Dollars

Fido Fetch Photography

The Doodlehouse

Thank you so much to Collies of the Meadow and Hutch a Good Life for the blog love! To see more kind recognition received by Wayward Dogs, check out the Awards page.

Who are your favorite bloggers? Name them in the comments!

Show “Pittieful Love” by Fighting BSL

As most readers know by now, I’m a huge fan of Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn‘s original doggy art.

After learning about the premature loss of Knox, beloved dog and a dog star of the Baltimore-based blog Pittieful Love, I knew I wanted to help them commemorate his life with a custom magnet.


Although the Magnet Lady finished the project in short order, it took a while for me to get the gift in the mail. It was received around the same time that the Maryland Court of Appeals dealt a blow to all dogs like Knox — pit bulls and pit bull type dogs — by deeming them “dangerous.”

This is another in a frustratingly long list of cities and states adopting Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that hurts pit bulls (and often other dogs like rottweilers) by making it unlawful or legally difficult to adopt or own them.

For more information about why BSL doesn’t work, check out this post by Peace, Love & Fostering.

For more perspectives on the situation in Maryland, check out pit bull lovin’ blog Running with Squirrels and, of course, Pittieful Love.

If you live in Maryland or know people who do, urge them to join the fight against Court of Appeals’ anti-pit bull ruling.

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