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Order Deadlines to Make Christmas December 15, 2016 12:11

Place your orders now for the perfect Christmas present.

Here are the deadlines for placing an order to ensure you receive the item(s) on or before Dec 23rd.

Standard Shipping Order by Dec 15th

Expedited Shipping Order by Dec 19th

Premium Shipping Order by Dec 20th

Merry Christmas 

 


Holiday Return Policy November 21, 2016 16:17

To help our customers purchase items as gifts for the holidays we will be extending the return time-frame as follows:

Special Holiday Return Policy:

Any item(s) purchased from our store between Nov 25, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016 will be allowed to be returned until Jan 31, 2017.  So shop with ease knowing that your friends or family can return any items if necessary for a resize or for whatever reason without any problem.  Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

GAMEDAY DOGS


TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS ONLINE SHOPPING November 11, 2016 12:59

If you anything like us, you will wait until a week before Christmas to do your Christmas shopping. With more people shopping online, it's even more important to consider planning your shopping much earlier than usual to allow for the shipping time. Even with a little bit of added pressure when a shorter deadline, with just about everything available online these days, you can really save yourself time and energy by doing a big portion of your holiday shopping online. Below are some helpful tips and reminders to improve your online shopping this Holiday Season.

TIPS FOR SHOPPING ONLINE

  • Look for FREE SHIPPING. Be mindful of misleading cheap prices on items that when added to your cart end up being much more expensive. Free shipping is an attractive option to consumers and with many vendors to choose from, this often can make the difference. Just be sure to understand their terms. Often even vendors who offer Free shipping can put restrictions such as a minimum purchase  amount or product exclusions.  GAMEDAY DOGS offers Free Shipping on all items shipped in the US.

  • Pay attention to the vendor's return and exchange policies. Most companies will offer some form of return option for items purchased from their store within a restricted period of time. Be sure that you agree with these terms and understand the time limit on these options. Some stores offer free returns and others require some form of payment for any return to their store. Simply taking the time to read their policy on returns can save you a lot of headache down the road if something isn't quite right with the purchase. GAMEDAY DOGS offers a 30-day free size exchange policy to provide customers with an opportunity to ensure the product size is just right for their dog.

  • Look into the company's reputation. What do the customer reviews say about the store. How long has the company been in business? Being a start-up company isn't necessarily a deal breaker but be mindful that if a company has been in business a least a little bit, you have a better chance of them being around if or when you need customer service. Also, things are bound to happen from time to time to make a customer upset; however, if you see a trend in negative reviews for a company that's been around for even a short period of time, it's probably best to choose another store. That's the great thing with shopping online, you have other options just a few clicks away! GAMEDAY DOGS currently has 53 reviews with a 98% positive rating. 

  • Look for secure payment gateways. There are several options for store to secure their customers' online payments. Normally this will be represented in the form of a badge located on the website. With online identify at all-time highs and growing, protect yourself by shopping exclusively at stores with encrypted-secured payment transactions. GAMEDAY DOGS has SSL encryption protection for all transactions.

These suggestions aren't new revelations; however, it's a good reminder to continue to be a savvy online shopper and with the ease of online store comparison, just a little bit of homework can go a long way to saving you a lot of misery in the long run. It will also help you stretch your dollar during the spending frenzy of the Christmas Season. GAMEDAY DOGS offers a wide variety of collegiate dog apparel and accessories that make excellent Christmas gifts. Take a peak at our product selection.

Happy Holidays

 


AP Top 25 Poll Midseason Review October 11, 2016 17:04

The 2016 college football season has reached its midway point and we have had a lot of amazing games thus far. In connection with a previous blog post regarding how misleading preseason polls can be, I thought it was a good time to revisit this year’s college football AP Preseason Poll and see how it has fared compared to how things have gone so far this season.  

Most Recent AP Top 25 Poll (10/10/16)

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State 
  3. Clemson 
  4. Michigan 
  5. Washington 
  6. Texas A&M 
  7. Louisville 
  8. Wisconsin 
  9. Tennessee 
  10. Nebraska 
  11. Baylor 
  12. Ole Miss 
  13. Houston 
  14. Florida State 
  15. Boise State 
  16. Miami 
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Florida 
  19. Oklahoma 
  20. West Virginia 
  21. Utah 
  22. Arkansas 
  23. Auburn 
  24. Western Michigan 
  25. Navy 

 College Football Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida State
  5. LSU (1)
  6. Ohio State
  7. Michigan 
  8. Stanford
  9. Tennessee
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Michigan State
  13. TCU
  14. Washington
  15. Houston
  16. UCLA
  17. Iowa
  18. Georgia
  19. Louisville
  20. USC
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. North Carolina
  23. Baylor
  24. Oregon
  25. Florida

(Underline indicate teams that were not ranked in Preseason AP Top 25 Poll; Strike-through indicate teams that were in the Preseason AP Top 25 but have since fallen out.)

What we see is that an astonishing 12 teams, nearly half of the top 25 teams ranked in preseason, haven’t just dropped in rankings but have completely fallen out of the top 25 altogether. The biggest drops come from the LSU Tigers, Stanford Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish who were ranked in the top 10 and are no longer in the top 25. There have been an equally impressive 9 new teams entering the AP Top 25 poll that were not ranked in the preseason with Texas A&M Aggies (6) and Nebraska Huskers (10) making the biggest jumps so far. Texas A&M came off a very disappointing season with the loss of 2 quarterbacks transferring out and the hiring of a new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Nebraska is in year two of the Mike Riley era with a huge springboard upwards from his disappointing 5-7 first year.

It just goes to show it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish; and it’s only midseason. We will inevitably see continued morphing of these rankings as the college football season continues into the months of October and November. Only time will tell who will end up with a seat at the 2016 College Football Playoffs table.  


The Season's Heating Up While Also Cooling Off??? September 22, 2016 16:13

We’ve made it about a third of the way through college football season and what a season so far. Right out of the gate it was a crazy season with one of the most anticipated set of match-ups to kick-off the season. We've seen a lot of highly ranked teams get tested and an ever shuffling of the college football poll week to week. The Heisman race is heating up and we are starting to see a clearer picture of the true contenders and the pretenders. Time will tell who will survive. Either way, it’s a lot of fun watching these teams play.

Just a reminder, the cold season is about to start back up and we’ve restocked our machine washable 100% acrylic knitted turtleneck dog sweater collection including the addition of Florida State Seminoles. You truly have to see them in person to appreciate their high quality. 

Also, the holidays are just around the corner starting with Halloween; one of our favorite holidays. Dog jerseys and dresses make for excellent doggie costumes. If you or know someone who might enjoy dressing their doggie up for Halloween in one of their team's jerseys or cheerleader dresses, we have a wide-selection of sizes to fit most dogs. 

As always, we appreciate everyone’s business and we always welcome suggestions and customer feedback. Please shoot us an email at info@gamedaydogs.com with anything you think we can improve on or to tell us what we are doing right.  Best of luck to your favorite team this weekend.

GAMEDAY DOGS

 


Why Your Dog Should Wear a Jersey August 01, 2016 13:02

When it's the big day and your team is about to take on your rival in the game of the year what do you do differently?  Do you put flags on your vehicle for the day to show your school pride? How about put on your favorite team shirt or jersey? This good luck charm has probably worked a time or two and better to wear it than take any chances right?
Does your dog want a dog jersey? Have you asked him lately?  What better way to show your team spirit than to get your pup dressed up for the big game? Whether attending a tailgate at the game or a house party, everyone loves seeing a dog wearing school colors.  If a jersey isn't your pup's thing, try a dog dressdog shirt or a dog sweaterGAMEDAY DOGS has a wide selection of schools and sizes to choose from. Of course you already have a team dog collar so those two items will go together beautifully. Your pup can't tell you but I bet he/she will love it and walk around proud strutting their stuff on Gameday.

College Football Preseason Polls vs Final Poll Comparison and Analysis July 26, 2016 18:00

It takes a little bit of brain power and a lot of luck to pick the order of the best teams in college football before the season even starts. I was curious to see how well these polls have performed and took a small sample set of two preseason polls from last year (2015) and compared them to the final AP Top 25. Below you will see the two lists with the pollsters’ prediction numbered from #1 to #25 and the final AP ranking in parenthesis.   

Preseason Poll #1

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes (4)
  2. TCU Horned Frogs (7)
  3. Baylor Bears (13)
  4. Oregon Ducks (19)
  5. Florida State University Seminoles (14)
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)
  8. Michigan State Spartans (6)
  9. USC
  10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10)
  12. Arizona State Sun Devils
  13. LSU Tigers (16)
  14. UCLA Bruins
  15. Georgia Bulldogs
  16. Boise State
  17. Arizona Wildcats
  18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  19. Stanford Cardinals (3)
  20. Clemson Tigers (2)
  21. Texas A&M Aggies
  22. Missouri Tigers
  23. Arkansas Razorbacks
  24. Tennessee Volunteers (22)
  25. NC State Wolfpack

NR Oklahoma Sooners (5)

NR Houston Cougars (8)

NR Iowa Hawkeyes (9)

NR Michigan Wolverines (12)

NR North Carolina Tar Heels (15)

NR Utah Utes(17)

NR Navy (18)

NR Oklahoma State Cowboys (20)

NR Wisconsin Badgers (21)

NR Northwestern Wildcats (23)

NR Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (24)

NR Florida Gators (25)

 

Preseason Poll #2

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes (4)
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide (1)
  3. TCU Horned Frogs (7)
  4. Michigan State Spartans (6)
  5. USC Trojans
  6. Baylor Bears (13)
  7. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  8. Oregon Ducks (19)
  9. UCLA Bruins
  10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish(11)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (10)
  12. Wisconsin Badgers (21)
  13. Arizona Wildcats
  14. Arizona State Sun Devils
  15. Georgia Bulldogs
  16. Mississippi State Cowboys
  17. Clemson Tigers (2)
  18. LSU Tigers (16)
  19. FSU Seminoles (14)
  20. Missouri Tigers
  21. Michigan Wolverines (12)
  22. Nebraska Huskers
  23. Minnesota Gophers
  24. Arkansas Razorbacks
  25. Tennessee Volunteers (22)

NR Stanford Cardinals (3)

NR Oklahoma Sooners (5)

NR Houston Cougars (8)

NR Iowa Hawkeyes (9)

NR North Carolina Tar Heels (15)

NR Utah Utes (17)

NR Navy (18)

NR Oklahoma State Cowboys (20)

NR Northwestern Wildcats (23)

NR Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (24)

NR Florida Gators (25)

 

Analysis:

  • Both pollsters missed badly on about ½ the top 25 teams.
  • Close to 1/2 of teams ranked in final AP Poll were unranked in preseason polls
  • Preseason pollsters are good at picking about ½ teams that will be ranked within the top 25 which is pretty good considering the total number of teams.
  • Both polls had 5 to 6 teams in their top 15 that ended up unranked at seasons end
  • Both polls had about 7 or 8 good picks that were within 5 of their final ranking. ~25%

 

Take Away:

Preseason polls tell you what you already know. There are about 10-15 teams that are clear top 25 teams and about 10-15 that are better than anyone gives them credit for (for now). Overall, the team’s strength and weaknesses on paper doesn’t matter. These issues are always settled on the football field with a few lucky bounces of the football for some and a few tough breaks for others.  Strength of schedules, player injuries, returning starters, breakout players, game plans, execution, referees, etc. all play a role in the team’s final record and thus final ranking. The good news is, if your team isn’t ranked in any preseason poll do not despair. You likely have about 12 or so slots available in the final ranking come season end.  The other bright spot is that we now have the playoffs and not someone’s opinion to place the top teams of the land. Although it’s far from perfect, it’s a whole lot better than what we before. So enjoy your preseason polls. It’s really just a long overdue appetizer to wet your football appetite. The first entrée is just a little over a month away.

- GAMEDAY DOGS  

 


Photo Contest April 13, 2016 12:48

Notre Dame Dog Jersey

PHOTO CONTEST

Interested in snapping a few pics of your pooch in our gear for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card to spend wherever plus having your photo featured on our website?  GAMEDAY DOGS is looking for some awesome pics.  We're not looking for professional shots but the more creative, cute and quality the better the chances of being selected. 

Photos of being accepted until April 15th and the winning photo will be selected on April 20th and announced on our Facebook page.  You can submit your photo(s) by emailing them to us: info@gamedaydogs.com.  Only two photos can be submitted for each contestant.  Please see the Official Contest Rules below for more details.  Good luck! 

Official Contest Rules: Each contestant must submit at least one and no more than two photos of a dog wearing GAMEDAY DOGS gear before midnight April 15th (CDT) in order to enter the contest. The gear must be clearly visible in each photo. The winning photo will be selected by April 20 and announced on the GAMEDAY DOGS Facebook page.  The winner will also receive an email notification and further instructions for claiming the $50 Visa Gift Card prize.  All contestants release all submitted photo copyright ownership rights to GAMEDAY DOGS and give permission to use any submitted photo in the future as GAMEDAY DOGS sees fit.  The $50 Visa Gift Card will be mailed via USPS Priority Mail to the winner before April 30th. 


Sharing Your Food with Your Dog January 29, 2016 16:22

It all seemed innocent and kind to share just a little taste of the food I was eating with my dog Jake.  That was a BIG MISTAKE. That choice has haunted me ever since. I wish I would have listened to those before me to not feed the dog scraps. Now, I live the nightmare that is a dog that begs every single time I eat anything. 

 Game Day Dogs

Sure it's easy to say just don't feed him. But you don't know the guilt trip Jake knows how to play on me. You see, Jake's entire world revolves around food.  It would appear that most of that food is whatever I am eating at the time.  His actual dog food is just snacks in-between meals. If I don't give him at least a little bite of what I'm eating, he knows exactly the right look to give me to let me know I don't love him enough to share what he wants so very badly. At least that's the angle he plays so well.

Too late, but lesson learned. Once a dog tastes how good our food tastes the damage has been done. I deserve every stare down I get for giving into the guilt-trip he played on me. For those who don't have a dog and are thinking about getting one you might want to consider eating out for every meal to avoid this torture.  Other option is to leave your dog outside, but that is a whole other lesson learned and for another blog post.

game day dogs

By the way, friendly reminder of what dogs absolutely should not eat (or drink) that could kill them: chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado (guacamole), onions, garlic, caffeine (coffee, sodas), alcohol, macadamia nuts, cooked bones or any fish bones.

Bon Appetit

 


Valentines Day Special January 26, 2016 12:36

Dogs can't eat chocolate so instead we are offering a great deal on something she can enjoy for Valentines Day.  From now until Valentines Day all dog cheerleader dresses are 25% off.  Use promocode Cupid25 at checkout.   

game day dogs cheerleader dresses


Newsletter January 21, 2016 17:58

We like to share special promotions, new product info and other fun stuff on our Newsletter. Sign up below to start receiving it.

Dog Tags Are Here January 21, 2016 13:14

We are rolling out dog tags for a select number of schools.  These dog tags are stainless steel with brilliant school colors and logos approximately 1.25 inches in diameter.  This new product is an excellent addition to your pups game day attire.  Only $9.99 and Free Shipping anywhere in the contiguous US. 

Schools with dog tags include Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, Houston, Notre Dame, Ohio State, TCU and Texas A&M University.

 


Couple of New Products for the New Year January 12, 2016 12:24

Game Day Dogs is happy to announce that we have added Oklahoma Sooners dog sweaters and Oregon Ducks dog sweaters to our product selection.

These sweaters are fantastic to keep your puppy warm during extended stays outdoors.  There will be no doubt who your puppy roots for.  Our dog sweaters are knitted turtleneck with embroidered logo on school colors.  The sizes we offer are x-small, small, medium and large.  Please refer to our product selection guide for sizing recommendations.  These sweaters run $22.99 with free shipping. 

Oklahoma Sooners Dog Sweater

Oregon Ducks Dog Sweater


Customer Rewards Program December 01, 2015 21:13

Watch our short video describing our new Customer Rewards Program that provides customers with kibble cash rewards for spending money, referring friends, liking our Facebook page etc.

WATCH VIDEO

Ole Miss Rebels and Clemson Tigers Jerseys December 01, 2015 18:30

Just in time for the holidays, Game Day Dogs has added Ole Miss Rebels and Clemson Tigers Dog Jerseys to our product selection.  These are available in 8 sizes from tiny to xxl at $24.99 each.  We are still offering free shipping on all orders shipped in the USA. 

These and our other products make excellent gifts for those dog owners who love their college teams and with gift wrapping also available, Christmas just got a whole lot easier.   

 

clemson tigers dog jerseyole miss rebels dog jersey

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BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL November 23, 2015 16:15

All orders placed on Nov 27, 2015 will receive a FREE BONE OR PAW MAGNET of the school of your choice (products in stock only).  Use Promo Code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. One magnet per order. Magnets will be provided to customers while supplies last.  Magnets are normally priced at $9.99.  Simply add the bone or paw of choice to your cart and use the Promo-Code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive your $9.99 discount.  As with all orders, shipping is always free unless you opt for expedited shipping (2-Day Priority). A few examples of our magnets are provided below. Happy Holidays! 


Pooches in Our Products November 18, 2015 19:30

We love getting pictures of pooches in our products (say that 5 times really fast).  If you have one you would like to share please do.  We would like to add them to our Game Day Dogs website.  Our four-legged fans are much appreciated.  Send them to info@gamedaydogs.com.

  Dog in Texas A&M Sweater  Dog in Georgia Bulldogs Jersey

Dog in Ohio State University ShirtDog in Ohio State Buckeyes Collar

Dogs in Texas A&M Aggies Dog Jersey and Dress


Smaller Dogs Need Extra Attention in the Cold November 09, 2015 20:21

Small to mid-sized dogs lose heat much faster than larger breeds.  A great way to keep your small pup warm is a sweater.  GameDay Dogs has x-small, small, medium and large sweaters for dogs ranging in size from a Toy Poodle to a Boxer. We currently offer dog sweaters for Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, and Texas A&M Aggies.  You can view the dog sweaters by clicking on this link.     

Alabama Dog SweaterTexas A&M University Dog SweaterKentucky Wildcats Dog SweaterOhio State Buckeyes Dog SweaterGeorgia Bulldogs Dog Sweater


Some of our Favorite Halloween Dog Costumes November 02, 2015 16:01

With Halloween over (sad), we must quickly turn our attention to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Our products make excellent stocking stuffers for dog owners who are die-hard college fans.  However, before we embark on the craziness that is the holiday season, we would like to take a quick look back at some hilarious dog costumes.  Dogs make such great models.  Enjoy 

Dog Costume

Lobster Dog Costume

Knife through the head dog costume

Pirate Dog Costume

Caveman Dog Costume


GameDay Dogs Customer Loyalty and Reward Program October 10, 2015 12:38

We are happy to announce our customer loyalty and reward program.  By signing up and participating you can earn "kibble" which translate to cash towards purchases at the store.  Just signing up provides you with 500 kibble worth $5 towards any purchase.  Click to learn more and sign up for the GameDay Dogs customer loyalty and reward program.


Win a Free Bone and Paw Magnet October 08, 2015 19:44

Check-out our recent Facebook post to learn about our promotional give-away of a bone and paw magnet of the school of your choice.  Simply like our Facebook page, share the post and comment on the post and a random person will be drawn on Friday.  Best of luck to all. 


Jake Update 8-16-15 August 16, 2015 20:30

A couple of days after getting his stitches, Jake is getting more accustomed to wearing his gear.  To reward him we took him for a short 10 minute walk. He was chomping at the bit to get outside. 

WALK IN STICHES

Dog in Stitches August 16, 2015 10:27

What's more difficult than a dog in stitches?  I don't think there is such a thing.  At least that's been my experience over the past 10 days.  Click to read more about our journey through hell with a dog in stiches.


Official College Football Preseason Poll August 09, 2015 17:04

You've waited long enough. Now releasing our Inaugural Game Day Dogs Way Too Early and Silly To Even Consider Preseason College Football Poll.

TCU Horned Frogs Gear August 07, 2015 18:50

TCU Horned Frogs dog jerseys and cheerleader dresses are in.  Get your pup in the game on game day. Free shipping on all orders. 

  TCU Horned Frogs Dog JerseyTCU Horned Frogs Dog Dress


Now Listed on Amazon July 20, 2015 20:21

We are happy to announce that we are now listed on Amazon.com.  Same great products, free shipping, free returns, and next business day shipment guaranteed.  

 


FREE SHIPPING July 14, 2015 16:38

In celebration of the dog days of summer, we are happy to offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders shipped in the USA.  


Dog Hair Bows Are Here May 15, 2015 14:35

We are excited to announce the addition of premium dog hair bows to our product lineup. We are slowly rolling these out for a select number of schools. These super cute hair bows have printed team logo on grosgrain ribbon wrapped and jeweled with rhinestone and barrette closing. One size fits all. Approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. Officially licensed product proudly made in the USA. Free shipping on all orders in the contiguous US. 

Alabama Dog Hair BowTexas A&M Aggies Dog Hair BowDuke Blue Devils Dog Hair BowOhio State University Dog Hair BowBaylor Bears Dog Hair BowNotre Dame Dog Hair Bow


Dogs in Heat May 04, 2015 14:30

Using a title like "Dogs in Heat" I hoped to get your attention. No this isn't a post about THAT kind of "heat", we are talking about the kind of heat that you and your pup are exposed to during the warmer months of the year. Your dog is highly susceptible to overheating.  In fact, I've personally known of several cases of dogs dying after only being exposed to the hot elements for a very short period of time.

Like humans, dogs can handle the heat, so long as they have some shade and a source of water.  Unlike humans, dogs don't sweat to cool off. They pant and use their tongues to cool off their body. Because their mouths are very small as compared to a human's skin, they aren't as efficient in cooling off and are in danger of overheating if not provided a means of cooling down.  

Below are a few tips to help you and your pup deal with the ever rising temps of the spring and summer months:

  • NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A VEHICLE UNATTENDED
 Never leave a dog in a vehicle unattended
  • NEVER CHAIN UP A DOG WITHOUT A PLACE TO FIND SHADE
    • Chaining a dog up in a yard is bad enough and shouldn't be done. If, however, you do chain up your dog, please provide the dog a place to find shelter from direct sun. A small dog house, next to a shade tree, something that the dog can sit under to get out of the scorching sun rays.
  • Although there are a few exceptions, dogs generally don't have the same level of endurance as humans when it comes to walking.  When going on long walks when the temps are higher, bring plenty of water to share with your pup every 10 minutes. Also prepare to find a shady spot to cool off for a few minutes if your pup starts to drag.
  • Although heatstroke is something all dogs are susceptible to, some dogs need extra care to avoid it:
    • Dogs with dark colored fur and/or longer fur coats will tend to overheat more rapidly so be especially careful with them. 
    • Some dog breeds are more vulnerable to heat stroke such as those with "flattened faces" technically called Brachycephalic including Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Boxers, etc. 
    • Older dogs  
  • Pay careful attention for the signs of a dog overheating which include: hyperventilation, excessive panting, dry gums that become pale, increased salivation, erratic or rapid pulse, confusion, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly rectal bleeding. If the dog continues overheating, his breathing efforts will become slow, or worse, absent. This in turn can lead to seizure or coma. 
  • Give your dog fresh cool drinking water. Do not force water into his/her mouth as they may suck it into their lungs. If they won't drink the water, try wetting their tongue. Do not offer ice to a dog experiencing heatstroke because it could cool their body temps too fast causing shock. Put cool wet towels over their body, particularly around their neck, under the armpits, and between their hind legs.  Also wet their ear flaps and paw pads. If your out and about, seek out shade and/or a source of standing water or someone's water spicket. I've had to use someone's water and didn't mind explaining, if needed. In an emergency, do what you have to do to cool down your pup. 

In a nutshell, NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle or chained up without a place to find shade. Always bring water on longer walks during warm/hot days, take breaks in the shade and pay close attention to your pups behavior.  Contrary to what most people think, although dogs are super athletic and amazing in many ways, they are not built to sustain exposure to the heat for very long and are especially vulnerable on long walks in the sun/heat without a ready source of shade and water.

- Game Day Dogs 


Congrats to Duke University April 07, 2015 15:53

We'd like to extend hearty congratulations to the Duke University men's basketball team for their 2014-2015 NCAA championship with a victory over the Wisconsin Badgers 68-63. For a while there, we weren't sure if anyone would be able to contain the Badger's 7 foot tall beast Frank Kaminsky who at times would appear to simply take over games with his formidable play in the paint and excellent perimeter game "for a big guy".  For a tight game for most of its duration, Duke simply took the game over during the final minutes to close out the victory led by the Freshman Tyrus Jones who looked anything like a freshman out there on the court. What an amazing tournament and season of college basketball.  

April is now upon us and the Madness of March has subsided.  Aside for the folks who follow college baseball, most of us are truly entering the doldrums of college sports deprivation.  It's time to hunker down and hibernate during the dog days of summer until we can all get our college sports fix again with the start of the 2015-2016 college football season.  

 

 


Texas A&M Aggies Mascot Reveille March 12, 2015 18:45

In our next installment of looking at the different live dog mascots at colleges and universities, we feature one that is near and dear to my heart, Reveille.  

 Reveille

Reveille is Texas A&M University's official mascot and has been since 1931. Although most people recognize the beautiful Rough Collie with it's flowing mane and distinctive, soft and proud look as the official breed of dog, and they are correct; this hasn't always been the case.  In fact, the very first "Rev" was a mixed-breed (mutt).  The story goes that a group of students who were in the school's band were returning from a party when they accidentally hit a stray dog.  They took the dog in with the intention of taking the injured dog to the school's vet clinic the following day.  At the break of dawn, the bugle call sounded with the traditional playing of First Call "Reveille" when the dog started to bark hence her given name.  Up until the 1960's Texas A&M University was an all-male school with mandatory participation in the Corps of Cadets for all students which explains the bugle call.  

During the opening of the football season, Reveille led the band onto Kyle Field for their halftime performance and this was the beginning of her service as the official mascot of TAMU.  Due to the number of officers and soldiers Texas A&M put into service during WWII, Reveille was given the honorary title of Cadet General by the US Army.  Reveille is cared for by a selected member of the Corps of Cadets in Company E-2, known as the "mascot company". Reveille never leaves the side of her caretaker.  Fact, Reveille is the highest-ranking member in the Corps of Cadets and must be addressed as Miss Rev, Ma'am. By tradition, if she barks in class, that session is canceled. I would imagine students in class tease her to get her to bark during test day.

Texas A&M Mascot Reveille I


The first rough collie Reveille to represent Texas A&M was Reveille III during her tenure from 1966-1975.  This was during a time where a lot of change was happening at Texas A&M University.  In fact, it was in 1963 that the school went from being called Texas Agriculture and Mechanical College to officially becoming Texas A&M University (with the A and the M symbolic and not representing agriculture and mechanical).  During this time, A&M also began to allow women and minorities to attend the school and made joining the Corps of Cadets optional.  All of these changes, under the leadership of then Texas A&M University President General James Earl Rudder, would facilitate an unprecedented explosion of growth in the campus' expansion and enrollment continuing today. 

Reveille

When Reveille passes away, she is buried in a special cemetery where all other Reveille's are also laid to rest near Kyle Field.

Reveille Cemetary

As I write this blog there have been a total of eight Reveilles to serve as mascots of TAMU.  This week, Texas A&M selected the next dog to serve as the next "First Lady of A&M" Reveille IX. She is sixteen months old and was selected by a 12-person committee.  A short video below gives a little sneak peak at Reveille IX.  Gig 'em.


 SNEAK PEAK OF REVEILLE IX 

 


Jake leaping after a thrown frisbee into pond March 09, 2015 17:48

I've posted this before but I made a little change to enhance the video.  

This is Jake doing what he loves to do at the College Station dog park.

JAKE LEAPING IN POND

The University of Tennessee Mascot "Smokey" February 25, 2015 18:00

It’s time for another addition to our tribute to live college dog mascots.  In this blog post we will pay homage to The University of Tennessee Volunteer's mascot “Smokey”.  Smokey is a Bluetick Coonhound which are usually bred to be hunting dogs. They are very athletic and intelligent and are most happy when they have a task/job to do.  Like most hound dogs, they are very intelligent and have a knack for problem-solving. 

Tennessee Mascot Smokey

The original Smokey was selected as the Tennessee Vols mascot after a student poll in 1953. During halftime of a Mississippi State game, several hounds local to the Tennessee area were presented for a vote and "Blue Smokey", owned by a Rev. Bill Brooks, howled very loudly when introduced last and the students cheered and selected Smokey as the mascot.  Blue Smokey’s tenure as the Tennessee Volunteers dog mascot ran from 1953-1954. 

Blue Smokey

There have been 10 “Smokey” mascots with the current one “Smokey X” beginning his reign in 2013-present.

Tennessee Vols Mascot Smokey X

Exciting events in history for Smokey involved an incident in 1955 where Smokey II was dognapped by students of The University of Kentucky.  Smokey II wasn't done as he later survived a confrontation with the Baylor University Bear mascot at the 1957 Sugar Bowl.  Dog vs Bear is not a matchup in Smokey’s favor. 

1957 Sugar Bowl Live Mascot Incident Smokey versus Bear

We absolutely adore Smokey.  He embodies so many excellent traits that make us love dogs: athletic, smart and just entertaining overall.  

Go Vols!

Tennessee Vols Mascot Smokey at Football Game

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Jake Knows All February 20, 2015 13:14

A dog's intelligence never ceases to amaze me.  It can be a challenge at times if you own a dog that is at times too smart for his own good.  Well, you can't get anything past our dog Jake.  Case in point, I find a little scrape on his back leg from playing rough with Riley in our backyard.  He's always attached to me like bubble gum on a shoe.  He was waiting for me to get out of the bathroom.  I decided to get a cotton ball out of the drawer to apply some antiseptic to his scrape.  Knowing Jake, I was very careful not to make hardly any sound while pulling out the drawer to remove the cotton ball and open the cabinet to grab the bottle of antiseptic.  He knows that those sounds usually mean he's getting his ear's cleaned.  Well, sure enough, when I opened the door with cotton ball in hand, Jake wasn't sitting there anymore.  Not surprised I found him curled up in fetal position hiding beside our bed and the look of terror in his eyes when I came around the corner and spotted him.  He was very happy to learn that I wasn't cleaning his ears.  


Early NCAA Basketball Tourney Bracketology February 11, 2015 12:44

Well darn, football season is over.  It came and left so quickly.  The good news is that it's the time of year again to start thinking about your NCAA basketball tournament bracket(s).  "Selection Sunday" is March 15th and teams are neck-deep vying to stamp their ticket to the tournament that always manages to deliver everything that makes college sports so great: excitement, drama, tradition, upsets, and cinderella stories.  As much as I love football, I have always appreciated the parity that comes with NCAA basketball.  A sport where millions aren't necessary to spend on facilities and a sport where a team can go from a bottom-feeder in a conference to conference champion with the right offseason improvements; namely the signing of a great coach and/or a great recruiting class.  And until this past year, NCAA basketball was the only college power-sport to offer a true champion won on the field.  Thank god for college football playoffs.  But that's for another blog.

Back to the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament.  With a little over a month away from team selections, we are starting to see a few early bracket projections being distributed by the media....to wet our appetite.  Lets take a look at ESPN's Joe Lunardi's recent bracket projections.   Joe lists his number one seeds as Kentucky, Virginia, Duke and Gonzaga.  His #2 seeds are Kansas, Villanova, Arizona and Wisconsin.    Where it gets really exciting, teams on the bubble, include: LSU, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Temple, Old Dominion, Illinois, Miami, UCLA, St. Johns, Georgia Washington, Purdue, and the last few teams hanging on by a thread are Boise St., Oregon, Rhode Island, and Davidson.  

Only 68 teams will punch their ticket to the big dance.  The next few weeks should be exciting.  Sure it's not football season any more, but from a true sports fan, the NCAA basketball tourney is one of the best times of the year.  


New Products Coming Soon! January 31, 2015 22:27

Just in time for the middle of winter, we are adding some very nice dog sweaters to our product line-up. These are turtle-neck sweaters made of 100% acrylic and they are machine washable. They come in extra small, small, medium and large sizes. Small dogs tend to get colder a bit easier than larger breeds so these are tailored for those smaller pups. We currently are stocking them for Texas A&M, Ohio State, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia with more to come at a later date.  

Texas A&M Dog SweaterKentucky Wildcats Dog SweaterOhio State Buckeyes Dog SweaterAlabama Crimson Tide Dog SweaterGeorgia Bulldogs Dog Sweater

 


Play Day in the Backyard January 22, 2015 14:59

Riley in her A&M dog collar

Riley and Jake have been stuck inside the house lately due to the rainy weather and were happy to be outside again in the sunshine.  

Riley upside down happy in her A&M collar

We decided to put their A&M gear on.  Here is Jake showing off his jersey and collar.

Jake smiling in his A&M jersey

They don't try and hide their love for one another. Love Birds. 

Riley and Jake the Love Birds   

Then they did what they do best and that's running and playing around.  We're glad we have the room for them to move around.  Who needs a ball when you can chase one another.  Jakes faster than Riley but she's pretty elusive. 

 


University of Georgia Bulldogs Mascot - Uga January 13, 2015 17:30

As part of our series on collegiate dog mascots, we take a closer look at one of the most popular and possibly the most misunderstood dog mascot of all; The University of Georgia's Uga.


College / University Dog Mascots January 09, 2015 16:40

Colleges and universities select their mascots to help embody key character traits and values that they feel are characteristic of their institutions' student body and sports team.  Many colleges and universities choose animals to represent them as mascots.  With superior speed, strength, agility, determination, confidence, intelligence and loyalty, it's no surprise that dogs are often chosen as mascots. Some schools choose to have "live" mascots while others are in name / logo only.  

  
Topping the list of dog breeds are bulldogs.  With beefy bulky muscles, this breed exudes strength and confidence.  They simply look the part. There is a large list of schools that have chosen bulldogs as their mascot including:

Bulldogs: 

A recent photo of Uga; the University of Georgia's dog mascot.

• Ben of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas
• Bruiser of Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan
• Brutus the Bulldog of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
• Buddy of University of Redlands of Redlands, California
• Bully of Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi
• Butler Blue II of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana
• Colonel Rock “Rocky” of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois
• Duke Dog of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia
• Handsome Dan of Yale in New Haven, Connecticut
• Jack of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
• Lulu and Mac T. Bulldog of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina
• Rocky the Bulldog of UNC-Asheville
• Spike of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa
• Spike of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington
• Spike and Simone of Truman State University in Missouri.
• Tarzan of University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
• Tech of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana
• Timeout of Fresno State in Fresno, California
• Uga of University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia


Another very popular choice of dog breed for mascots is the Husky.  A strong, hard-working, intelligent and determined breed, this dog well-represents many fine institutions.


Huskies: 
Photo of a husky breed dog mascot. 
• Blizzard T. Husky of Michigan Tech
• Harry the Husky of University of Washington
• Jonathan of U Conn
• King Husky of Northeastern
• Mingo of Houston Baptist University
• Roongo of Bloomsburg University of PA
• Victor E. Husky of Northern Illinois University


There are many schools that, for one reason or another, have chosen their own "unique" breed of dog as their beloved mascot.  With each school having as much of a unique identify rich with history and tradition as the dogs they choose, the qualities of each breed help symbolize these qualities and differences with pride and distinction.  


Other Breeds:
A photo of Smokey, the University of Tennessee's dog mascot. 
A photo of Reveille, Texas A&M University Aggies dog mascot. 
• The Southern Illinois Carbondale has a Saluki
• Texas A&M has Reveille which is a Collie (although the original Reveille was a mixed-breed rescue)
• Siena College has Bernie, a St. Bernard
• Boston University has Rhett which is a Boston Terrier
• Carnegie Mellon has a Scottish Terrier
• Agnes Scott College also has a Scottie
• University of Albany has a Great Dane
• University of Indianapolis has a Greyhound
• John Jay College of Criminal Justice has a Bloodhound
• University of Tennessee has Smokey, a Bluetick Coonhound


I will follow-up with a series of posts; each highlighting a specific live mascot.  To kick things off, I will tell the story of Uga, the University of Georgia's beloved mascot.  


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Game Day Dogs Now on Pinterest January 05, 2015 14:20

We've recently created a Game Day Dogs Pinterest page to share things we like and to foster creativity around the theme of pets and pet owners.  We hope you follow us and enjoy our boards.

Below is an except from Wikipedia about Pinterest in case you didn't already know:  

"Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. Users save and share pins from multiple resources onto boards based on a plethora of criteria, e.g. similar characteristics, a theme, birthday parties, planning a vacation, writing a book, interior decorating, holidays. Boards can develop projects, organize events, or save pictures and data together." -Wikipedia


Visit to the Dog Park January 04, 2015 16:33 1 Comment

Today was the first day in awhile with nice sunny weather.  It was still cold, so we decided to put Jake and Riley in their sweaters.  We bundled up like the kid on A Christmas Story and headed out.

I think Jake and Riley look so cute in their argyle sweaters.  

 Riley has patented her signature one-eared flip pose.  Her's purdy.

Unfortunately the cold seemed to keep other dogs away from the park today; however we had fun fetching the ball.

VIDEO OF JAKE AND RILEY AT DOG PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jake didn't always want to easily give up his ball. 

 


Is that a Puppy? December 31, 2014 13:03 1 Comment

We were temporarily living in Houston and up early to grab some breakfast.  On the drive home down a very busy road we see what appears to be a very tiny animal that could be a piglet or puppy staggering alongside the road. I just catch the animal out of the corner of my eye but there was no mistaking it.  No way we were leaving that poor baby out there all alone left for dead.  I put on the brakes and we turned around to pick it up. Our fear was that it might not survive before with had a chance to get there with the amount of traffic zooming by at 60 mph plus.    

When we pulled over, the animal wasn't there.  With a little luck, we found her sitting in the tall grass. It was a tiny puppy, and immediately we noticed the unmistakable ridge along her back. She was only 4 weeks old and weighed 6 lbs with mange all over her body. There wasn't a house nearby where we found her but we posted signs everywhere just in case.  We never heard from anyone.  Our only guess is that she was the runt of the litter and someone dumped her.  The pictures below are ones that we took the day we brought her home. Her and Jake bonded immediately.

Riley as we found her.     

Jake and Riley playing on the floor together.

The poor baby couldn't stop itching.  It didn't take long for All OF US to start itching.  Vets misdiagnosed her and after a second opinion, mange was successfully treated.  A helpful tidbit on dog mange. It really hard to see the mites on their skin, so most vets treat based on symptoms. If a dog is itching excessively it's likely mange.  Treating it is simple and fast. We used Revolution and it was extremely effective.  

She immediately started eating her body weight in food and sleeping A LOT.  Still does.   

Riley as a small puppy sleeping upside down on the couch.

 Cute photo of Riley staring at the camera under a chair in the backyard.

A few weeks later, she was a pretty little witch for Halloween.  We decided to name her Riley based on the road we rescued her on.  

Riley in her Halloween witch costume.

She grew so fast.  Within a couple of weeks, she started to become too heavy to pick up.  Below is a picture of her and her "daddy".  

Riley resting her pretty head on Jerome's shoulder.

She loves her Jakey Boy.  They are inseparable.  Good thing for us, they keep each other entertained playing the house and in the backyard.  Sparring is a regular thing in our household. 

Jake and Riley, a little bit older, posing for a photo in our backyard.

Ridgebacks are an interesting breed.  She is very sweet, sensitive, yet strong willed and determined. It's a interesting combination. For those who have Ridgebacks, I'm sure you can relate. 

Riley with her head sticking out of a cat play toy she destroyed.

A couple of months later...She still likes to sleep.

Riley sleeping on our bed showing her beautiful ridge on her back.

Her and our cat Daisy are also very close. Love is probably not a strong enough word. I often catch them snuggling up with one another. 

Riley sleeping on the coach along side Daisy our cat.

Pretty girl next to her best man Jake.  In one year, she now out weighs him at 83 lbs. Her and her one year flipped back; her signature pose. 

Jake and Riley in our backyard one year after we rescued her.  She has grown to be a big and beautiful dog.

It's hard to imagine how small and pitiful she was only a year ago when we rescued her.  She has been a blessing. Dogs are amazing creatures and return the love they receive 1000 times over.

Riley as a small puppy showing how much she has grown since we rescued her.

 

 

 


Jake (how we found and rescued him) December 30, 2014 15:59

Well technically he found us....

One late night in the early summer of 2009  I was watching the television around midnight.  Something caught the corner of my eye.  To my surprise, a small black lab mix puppy with a little white spot on his chest was staring at me through our window facing our backyard.  How did he make It into our fenced-in backyard?  We looked for his owners for a couple of weeks with no luck.  I'd never taken care of a dog much less owned one; although I always wanted too.  We took him in and are blessed to have him.  Jake has made our lives much richer and certainly full of excitement.

Jake and my wife Lauren the day after he found us.  We couldn't decide on a name for quite some time.  At this time, he was known as Puppy.  Lauren was in love with him the moment she laid eyes on him. Who could blame her?

 jake

 Jake learned at an early age that the kitchen was the place to be if you wanted something tasty.  He is one smart dog, as we would learn over time.

jake

As dog owners, my wife and I needed to help Jake learn a thing a two about how to be a smart and obedient dog.  We enrolled him in to dog training classes at PetSmart and he graduated with honors.  He looks so astute in his graduation cap.  Thank you Joy Keller for all of your excellent help in training us to be good dog owners.

jake

lauren jerome jake

We discovered a very nice dog park near our area that has a little pond.  Soon we realized that Jake was a gifted jumper.  He knows how to put those extra long legs to good use and puts on a great show for those at the park.

VIDEO OF JAKE JUMPING INTO POND

 

jake

Jake enjoying the sunrise on the beach at Hilton Head, SC.

Naturally we had to get a pool in the backyard.  Until we can put in a nice underground pool, an above ground pool will have to do.  Jake and his mommy love their pool. 

jake lauren 

There is a lot more to share about Jake.  In time, I will add a lot more details about our adventures; including the addition of his best girl and partner in crime Riley

jake riley

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College Bowl Blow-Out Sale December 22, 2014 14:10

Our premium high-gloss, skid resistant ceramic food bowls are on sale for only $14.99 (reg $18.99) for the small bowl and $18.99 (reg $22.99) for the large bowl.   Limited supply.  

 

 

  


New Products Just In December 19, 2014 00:03

We have recently added products for the Louisville Cardinals, North Carolina Tar Heels, Clemson Tigers and Arizona Wildcats.

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Winterize Your Pets December 12, 2014 16:08

You spend time winterizing your car and your house, but have you taken the time to winterize your pet?  

With colder temperatures upon us, its a good idea to consider these basic and easy to follow tips to ensure your pets are safe and comfortable during the cold.  

CLOTHING:

Although dogs have a natural fur coat, many need additional protection from the elements; especially if they are of the shorter coat variety or will be in the cold for a significant period of time. For short-hair breeds, clothing should be considered including sweaters, shirts, and coats.  

DOG HOUSE:

An enclosed space (i.e. dog house) with blankets and other insulating bedding materials is essential for dogs who spend most of their time outdoors during the cold.  The dog house will provide the needed protection from the cold wind while allowing the dog's body heat to provide a warm environment.

In addition, if you are traveling by car with your pet, do not leave them in a freezing cold car.  Temps drop very fast when the heat is turned off. Good practice is to keep blankets and extra clothing in the vehicles in case of emergencies and these come in handy if and when you and your pets need to keep warm. In fact, the dog's body temp will help keep the both of you warm under the blankets.  

SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA:

In the event your pet is exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time, it's important to keep an eye out for signs of hypothermia which include: lethargy, weakness, shivering, muscle stiffness, difficulty breathing, and fixed and dilated pupils.  

OTHER DANGERS:

Vehicle Engines:  Unfortunately cats are often killed when finding shelter in and around vehicles in the colder months. To alert any cat that may be near your vehicle's engine, its good practice to bang on your hood a few times while inspecting the vehicle before getting in and starting your car.  It only takes a few seconds to save the life of an unsuspecting cat. 

Anti-Freeze:  Dogs and other pets are attracted to the smell and sweet taste of anti-freeze which kills many animals every year.  It contains ethylene glycol which is a potent toxin to the kidneys.  It only takes a very small amount to cause severe kidney damage and possibly death.  Keep these products in a safe place away from your pets reach and if you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested anti-freeze, get them to the vet immediately.   

With these tips and some common sense, you and your pet can stay safe and cozy during the cold winter months.   


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Welcome to Game Day Dogs September 02, 2014 13:46

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