Category Archives: Benefits

Dream Dog Park contest – Vote NOW!

Deborah and Mollie

Deborah Demme is one of 12 finalists in the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest! She needs you to go to the site and vote for her by November 7th! If she wins the contest, Beneful will provide $500, 000 (!!!) to build a new dog park in our area! VOTE TODAY! WOOF! CLICK HERE to go see all about her park and vote!



We here at Dawg House found a GREAT new subscription service that is right up our alley! We think you would love it too.

It’s called BarkBox!

The first step is to go to their website and choose the size of your dog.  Then, you choose your plan (you can pay monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months) and then you get to wait =).  The boxes are shipped on the 15th of every month, and every month you get a bevy of different dog related products geared to the size of your pup.

Somehow, Clio knew that the box was for her!! In this months’ box, we received:

1. Hyper Pet slingshot dog toy that is full size.  Our dogs love it!  You can shoot it really far, which is great for dogs that love to chase and fetch. Plus, it floats!         (

2. A bottle of Nature’s Miracle dog freshening spray that is really light in scent and conditions the coat as well. This one may be more for us, but our dogs love that we snuggle with them more often when they smell better. (

3. Acadia Antler–a small company from Maine that collects naturally shed moose antlers from the wilderness.  Moose antlers are the toughest antler, so they will last a long time.  They are non splintering, odor and mess free, and even provide calcium and other trace minerals.  Plus, they are very appealing to your dog—so much so we actually have to bribe our dogs to get it away from them! They have every size and shape available. (

5. Milk-Bone Trail Mix–it’s a great snack for the dog on the go! If you hike, bike, or even have a vigorous play session with your pup–this treat is for you! The pieces are small as well, so would work great as a training treat. (

6. Bocce’s Bakery treats–called Elvis treats! They are peanut butter, banana and bacon. Yes. You read that right. But they’re not for you–they’re for your dog. (

Hopefully you all will give this service a try—in addition to getting a great box of interesting treats and toys, learning about new products from mainstream companies, and supporting a variety of  small companies, 10% of the proceeds are donated to an animal rescue group.

What could be better than that? Finnegan says “nothing”!!

Milo Update

Milo had surgery on Monday, March 26 to have one of his rear legs removed, and his dad says that all went well. On Wednesday, March 28 Milo will return home to start his recovery.

Some years ago, our dog Bela had a front leg removed due to cancer. From first hand experience we can tell you that it is remarkable the way dogs recover from this procedure. The first couple of weeks can be difficult, but dogs simply don’t dwell on things they way we humans do – they just want to move forward and experience all the great things that this world has going on.

We hope you’ll help us send some positive thoughts to Milo and especially to his parents, who will be doing some pretty intensive nursing in the next few weeks. They’ll also be taking a lots of time off of work, and we hope you’ll continue to help us show them some support by dropping a dollar or two into the “Milo” box in our lobby. THANK YOU!

See you soon, Milo! Woof!


Most of you know Milo as the dignified, reserved dog who sits near the gate at Dawg House every time somebody arrives.  He is also a silly puppy who can run around with the best of them! He has been part of our pack here at Dawg House for almost 5 years.

Recently, Milo was diagnosed with soft cell sarcoma, and has a single, localized tumor on his rear leg.   He was enrolled in a clinical trial to see if a new drug therapy would shrink the tumor, but it didn’t.  During his treatment, surprisingly, Milo actually enjoyed his visits to the vet.  It was inspirational to see him trotting in after a day spent at the hospital, all “smiles”.

The next line of defense for this cancer, though, is an amputation of Milo’s leg.  This will essentially cure him of the disease, which is a great outcome.  The amputation ensures that all the cancer will be removed, leaving nothing behind at the cellular level to multiply and grow again.  In the meanwhile, however, the actual surgery and aftercare is extremely expensive.

We here at Dawg House are sympathetic to the cause and know how difficult all these decisions can be.  We want to do what we can to alleviate some of the financial burden for Milo’s family so they can concentrate on what is important–helping him heal!

So, there is a donation box in our lobby, right by the door. Please donate a little something…because it can really add up and help out.  In the next week or so, we will also be raffling off a couple of daycare passes and 100% of those proceeds will go to Milo’s family as well.

We will look forward to his return to Dawg House, and his healthy future.  Dogs are incredibly resilient and it won’t be long til Milo is running around with the pack again!

Toro Loco Challenge!

On April 7th in Eloy, AZ there is a fundraiser happening for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona that will blow your mind!

Last year,  we (Christopher and Erica) participated in an event called the Warrior Dash that involved 3 1/2 miles of running, obstacles, climbing, and MUD! It was a blast, but there was one thing missing—our dogs!

The Toro Loco Challenge takes that into account by offering two separate courses.  The Raging Bull course is for competitive athletes, much like the Warrior Dash.  But, they also offer the Leisurely Longhorn course, which is a 5K that welcomes (and encourages!) both children and dogs to participate. You will still get wet, muddy and exhausted–and so will your dog!

It looks like a BLAST so, if you have the will and the way…sign up now! You can get additional information by clicking Toro Loco Challenge . Hope to see you there!

Two Upcoming Humane Society Benefit Events

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is hosting two big events in February! These are both annual events where you and your dogs can participate, win some prizes, and have a ball with lots of other dogs!

PAWS IN THE PLAZA is  Saturday February 11th from noon to 3pm at Casas Adobe Plaza (NW corner of Ina and Oracle).  It features adoptable animals, live music, sidewalk sales and specials and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to the plaza stores. You can also buy raffle tickets here.

COVER DOG SEARCH is Saturday, Feb. 18th at La Encantada. Is your dog a Cover Dog? Then bring him out for this annual contest, and they could grace the cover of Tucson Lifestyle’s May 2012 issue. Your $10 entry fee benefits the HSSA. You can also get a personal photo of your dog on a magazine cover, visit pet-related vendors and enjoy the shopping center. Get more info: online registration and VIP.


El Tour de Dawg – Ride for the Animals!

We wanted to share this idea with all of you who may be riding – or considering riding – in the 2011 El Tour de Tucson. You can choose to sign up through the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA)  and pledge your proceeds to benefit local animals in need!

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is participating as a beneficiary in the University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson Presented by Diamond Ventures.  You can raise funds for our animals through your El Tour de Tucson ride or through the indoor event (which is held on stationary bikes).

El Tour de Tucson (Outdoor Ride):  Saturday, November 19, 2011

El Tour is an amazing bike ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States, including novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. What all riders of El Tour share is a desire to get on their bikes, meet great people and have a fun doing it!

Participants may choose to cycle 109, 79, 66, or 40 miles, plus a 4-mile & 1/4- mile Kids & Family Fun Ride, open to kids, parents and friends.

El Tour cyclists (signing up through HSSA) receive an official event t-shirt, cycling socks from HSSA, goody bag, police, route and SAG support, aid station refreshments, published results and more! And all finishers are awarded a special engraved medallion at the finish line for their accomplishment.

How it would benefit HSSA?  All contributions you raise from family, friends, and business associates for your ride will benefit the animals in our care.  Click here for pledge form and click here for sample thank you notes for your friends who pledge.  BUT you  MUST fill out our registration form! Click here for a registration form.