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Free Stuff, Facebook & a Favor

I’m breaking some rules today. Rules plural. In for a penny in for a pound and all that. Plus, rule breaking is exciting. Even if they’re your own.

What rules am I breaking?

#1. I’m skipping Money Saving Monday. That’s more of a guideline than a rule. Not that exciting. We’re just getting started.
#2. I’m revealing a little personal information. This is a big one. I’ve kept much of my identity shrouded in myserty, secret agent style, but a lot more boring. I’m making an exception here. For a good cause.
#3. I’m bringing Dogs or Dollars to Facebook. A bandwagon I never thought I’d jump on. Again, good cause, more accessibility to my readers, and hopefully a little more free form dialogue between us.

Why am I doing all this?

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To give you free stuff! Free dog stuff!!. And to ask a favor.

A favor for me, and for a little business I know. A certain Pet Store, I may have mentioned a time or two. We’d like some votes.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Mission: Small Business promotion currently going on courtesy of Chase. I’ve mixed feelings about Chase, of course. What they are trying to do here though, is good in my book. Rewarding solid business planning with size-able grants to fund expansion. Another bandwagon I could get on.

And I’d like to with your help. We’ve been beating the bushes, tapping our customer base, and drumming up votes. We need 250 such votes to get to round two of consideration. We’re getting close! I’m asking my Dogs or Dollars readers to help put us over the top.

Here’s the deal. (I’m all over the numbered lists today!)

#1. Go to the Mission: Small Business webpage and login with your Facebook credentials.
Side Note: You’ll see a message about installing an app. As far as I can tell it doesn’t do much of anything except capture some data. I really wish they hadn’t done this part, but I’ve voted, as have umpteen people I know, with no ill effects.
#2. Search for Paddywack in Washington State.
#3. Very important step: VOTE for Paddywack!!
#4. Once you’ve voted, leave a comment on this post indicating as much. For another chance to win, like Dogs or Dollars on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me that too. Please include a valid email address in your comment as contact information.

All this gets you one (or two) entries into a drawing for our fabulous Kibble Enhancement Package. Look for a post tomorrow on the details of the pack. It consists of (again with the lists)…

1 – Pack of Primal Freeze Dried Raw Food (a $25.95 value). Pictured in lamb, but can be swapped with any of the available flavors.
1 – 16oz bottle of Spike Salmon Oil (retails for $16.95).
1 – 3.5oz container of OptaGest Digestive Supplement (worth $17.95).
And because all dogs need good toys
1 – Tuffy’s Mighty Hammerhead Shark. Rated a 7 on the Tuff-Scale, usually retailing for $23.95.

That’s almost $85 worth of stuff!! Just for your vote!

Other important details: Voting is open between now and Saturday June 30th at Midnight EST to correspond with the close of the Mission: Small Business voting. The winner will be chosen at random by yours truly and my handy number generator. I will notify the recipient via email, and ask that they provide confirmation of their vote (via the Small Business website) or Facebook like (which I can confirm myself).

Who knows what will happen, even if we make the 250. Probably not much. But I’d like to get to round two of consideration. As part of my business venture ruminations after a year in Corporate Servitude, I’m working with my wonderful former Boss Lady on a plan. A business plan for a new breed of Pet Store. That’s about all I can say, but I’d like to get our idea a little scrutiny. If nothing else comes of it, the feedback alone will be worth the effort.

I appreciate your help in getting us there.

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Crystal Wayward
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Welcome to Facebook! I just liked you and shared the link to your page on the Wayward Dogs Facebook wall!

Jenny Nash
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I voted for Paddywack! Good luck getting all the votes you need! :-)

Jenny Nash
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AND I liked you on facebook.

Roberta
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Done & Done! I’ve voted and “liked” your FB page. Good luck to you on Mission Small Business. A $250,000 grant would certainly rock!

Tina
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I voted for Paddywack!

Tina
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I like Dog or Dollars on facebook!

Nancy Smith
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Voted for Paddywack and I liked you on FB! Glad to see you on FB!

Heather Hunt
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What an awesome opportunity! And I’m intrigued by this ‘new breed of pet store.’ Vote for Paddywack = done. Sending postive, grant-winning vibes your way :)

Heather Hunt
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… annnnnd liked Dogs or Dollars on Facebook (how could I not)?

Luke
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I voted Paddywack!

Luke
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I also like Dogs or Dollars, here and on facebook!

Charmaine
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voted! Best of luck :)

Tami
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Vote accomplished and I shared on FB too. Go small specialty pet stores!

Tami
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Liked and comment on FB too. Thanks!

Carley
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A new breed of Pet Store…? How could I resist?

Carley
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I wish there were a Facebook “Love” button, ’cause I would have used it that instead! #Facebook #dogsordollars

Laura
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Hi there- happily voted for Paddywack on the Chase site – and I am so glad you’re over on FB now.

Jeehawn
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Knick Knack, I threw Paddywhack a bone! Best of luck!

Kimberly C
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I voted for Paddywack! Vote #252. Wooo!

Kimberly C
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I liked Dogs Or Dollars on Facebook!

Lesli
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Voted! Good luck!

Tracy
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Voted for Paddywack – was up to 262 votes

Tracy
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Liked Dogs or Dollars on Facebook as well

Karawynn @ Pocketmint
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I have a no-app policy on Facebook, and I am very much a not-fan of Chase. But I gave Chase (temporary) access to my entire friends network and all my data. :P

Kaitlin Jenkins
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Glad to see you’re on facebook! I’ve liked you from my personal account (kaitlin jenkins) and my blogs’ accounts (shespeaksbark & justawhimsicalworld). We’ll vote for you on Chase’s contest too

Julia
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I voted. Good luck to you guys! You’ll have to let us know how that goes.

Julia
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I also liked the Facebook page :)

Donna
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I just voted for Paddywack and “Liked” Dogs or Dollars on Facebook, too! So glad you joined FB! :-)

Thanks for the great contest, too. I do feed my dogs some raw with their kibble: they love raw carrots, spinach and green peppers. I sometimes give them chicken breast meat (cooked but usually only seasoned with olive oil and black pepper).

I can’t wait to try some of the ideas you’ve talked about in this blog.

Jen
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Liked and voted but I only have garden and chickens :)

patti
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Done

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