Celebrate National Kids and Pet Day on April 26 -- and win a $20 Kroger gift card


National Kids and Pet Day is on April 26th! And to celebrate, the Kroger company and family of stores are launching a blog tour to raise awareness of the importance of pet safety, happiness and health. There's no better time to remind each other of the responsibility that comes with the joy of having a pet -- that making sure your pet is happy and well cared for can be a major undertaking that affects the whole family. If you're thinking of bringing a pet into the family, there are so many things to consider, such as:

* If you're considering getting a dog for your family, get a family-friendly breed such as cocker spaniesl, pugs, golden retrievers and basset hounds. These breeds are either sweet, affectionate, gentle or playful, and they enjoy being around children.

* Involve your child in your dog’s care. Even just the presence of your child in the same room while your dog is receiving his favorite things or activities can help build a positive association to children.

* Consider pet insurance! For example, Kroger's PetFirst insurance policies cover routine care and medical procedures for dogs and cats, and works at any veterinarian nationwide, with reimbursement typically occurring within two weeks. Coverage starts at $9.95 per month and right now, individuals who purchase online can save $10. Find out more at http://www.krogerpersonalfinance.com/pet-insurance.


You can find more information on family-friendly breeds and more pet safety tips on Kroger’s Pet Health blog. They have a great blog tagline that says it all -- Because Pets are Family, Too.


Win a $20 Kroger gift card!
The Global Influence Network and the Kroger Co. are providing a $20 Kroger gift card for one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader to spoil the pet in their life! This gift card is good at all Kroger family stores like King Soopers, Ralph's, Fred Meyer, etc..

Required entry
Leave a comment on this post with your email address and a tip that parents can use to teach their children to play with pets in a safe and healthy way.

Extra Entries
For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following, (you can only do each extra entry once; please leave a separate comment for each extra entry):


1) Upload a photo of your pet to the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page wall . If you don't own a pet, write on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page wall and say what kind of pet you would like to have (leave a comment with your FB id).

2) Follow Bonggamom Finds on Blogger(leave a comment with your Blogger profile name).

3) Join any of the other giveaways currently running on Bonggamom Finds (leave a comment here with the name of the other giveaway you joined).

4) Tweet this (leave a comment with a link to your tweet):

Apr 26 is National Kids & Pets Day! To celebrate, @petsofhealth and @bonggafinds are giving away a $20 Kroger gift card http://ow.ly/1DeBR

5) Click on this link and enter the CafePress American Idol sweepstakes (leave a comment here telling me you've joined -- this is only valid till April 30, 2010).

Maximum of 6 entries per person. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on May 5, 2010; I will draw a winner at random on May 6 and post the winner's name after the winner confirms acceptance. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!




Disclosure: For helping raise awareness of National Kids & Pet Day, the Global Influence Network and the Kroger Co. have generously provided me with a $20 gift card and a $20 gift card to giveaway. The thoughts and opinions here are my own."

28 Comments, Leave yours here:

Anonymous said...

I teach kids, that because animals can't speak like we do, they use their body to talk. Like when a cat puts it's ears back and it's tail is moving back and forth, that means it doesn't want to be petted.
debp
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mamawj on April 22, 2010 at 8:10 AM said...

main entry: they show approach and pet the animal from the front never come upon them from behind and attempt to pet them which will startle the animal and may result in a bit or scary grawl, thanks
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mamawj on April 22, 2010 at 8:13 AM said...

my tweet thanks
http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/12644290066
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moushka on April 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM said...

NEVER approach a dog you do not know. If the owners say it's ok then walk slowly up to it and then let the dog smell your hand then gently pat the dog on the head. Then ask the onwers if you can throw a ball or play chase.

wilkwise on April 25, 2010 at 4:56 AM said...

Never: pinch, poke, pull, push, shout at, jump at, tease or annoy, or approach an animal w/o permission. Animals can't speak to tell us when we are annoying.

Anonymous said...

Dogs should be on a leash if not in a fenced yard.

Christie
ropp(dot)5@wright(dot)edu

Anonymous said...

Entered roots

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Anonymous said...

entered cafepress

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Jaime on April 27, 2010 at 5:13 PM said...

we've always just taught the kids that an animal must be handled very gently
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Jaime on April 27, 2010 at 5:13 PM said...

already follow on networked blogs
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Anonymous said...

A friend of mine from Long Island, NY has pet insurance for her dog from a company called Trupanion.com. They paid 90%, within days, of a recent claim for an injury that the dog sustained.

Tabathia on May 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM said...

I teach them to never approach an animal not on a leash and not with it's owner and depending on breed never to approach the animal

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia on May 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM said...

follow on blogger (tabathia)

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Tabathia on May 2, 2010 at 7:41 AM said...

tweeted
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Tabathia on May 2, 2010 at 7:41 AM said...

entered twisted orchid giveaway

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Mari on May 2, 2010 at 8:42 AM said...

The best way that parents can teach their children is by supervision. Probably the worst thing a parent can do is allow a child to be with a pet unsupervised, espe. if the child is young. Sometimes young children may unintentionally hurt an animal, by pulling their tales, talking or screaming loudly in a way that makes the pet reject the child.

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Mari on May 2, 2010 at 8:43 AM said...

tweet

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Mari on May 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM said...

entered Trop Rewards contest

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Mari on May 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM said...

enter Marcal Small Steps

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carmen on May 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM said...

My tip for parents is that the most important thing is to model good behavior and be intentional about teaching your child the proper way to hold, pet and treat an animal. Kids are naturally curious, but it's important to stress that animals are not toys and that the child has a responsibility to treat it well.

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

carmen on May 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM said...

I'm following you on blogger.

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carmen on May 4, 2010 at 7:25 AM said...

Commented on your FB wall about what kind of pet I'd like: "I don't have any pets, but I love little kittens and hope once we're settled to get one from a rescue agency/shelter!" (facebook.com/carmensechrist)

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

carmen on May 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/atlantagalknows/status/13367166904

Carolina Girl Mommy on May 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM said...

We are trying to train my daughter to get a pet. So, when we around pets we try and teach her to be gentle. If not, she would attack the pet with hugs and be too rough.

Desiree
weeshareblog@gmail.com

Carolina Girl Mommy on May 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

wrote about the pet we want on your FB wall- Desiree Glaze

Desiree
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Carolina Girl Mommy on May 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

I also entered tiny prints

Desiree
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Carolina Girl Mommy on May 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM said...

http://twitter.com/WeeShare/status/13393595361

Desiree
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Bonggamom on May 10, 2010 at 9:55 AM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner: #27, Carolina Girl Mommy!

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