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Giveaway: Tom Bihn Citizen Canine hip pack ($100 value)

Last week I posted a review of the new Citizen Canine hip/waist pack from Seattle company Tom Bihn. I liked everything about it except its price (and even that I could live with) and its lack of a way to hold a water bottle (and I came up with a workaround for that). I flat-out loved how it would organize the double-handful of objects I bring with us to dog parks: ChuckIt! launcher, two small ChuckIt! balls, water bottle, leash, and my car keys.

One lucky Dog Jaunt reader won’t have to worry a bit about its price, because I’m giving away the fully tricked-out hip pack that Tom Bihn sent me. They won’t have to worry about the water bottle problem either, because I stopped in REI and bought an S-biner (size 4), that will let you hook your dog’s water bottle onto your new hip pack. The total value of the package is $100, and here’s what it includes: A Kiwi green Citizen Canine hip pack, the optional waist strap, the optional Guardian Dual Function light (with extra lanyard, in case you want to detach the light from the hip pack and clip it onto something else), the optional Krebs Recycle Leash, a Size 4 S-biner, and an extra roll of compostable poop bags.

Thanks so much to Tom Bihn, which sent me the packet in the full knowledge that I would be giving it away to a reader (it’s Dog Jaunt policy to give away products I receive that are worth more than $50), and made sure that it included all the bells and whistles.

How To Enter

One lucky reader can win. If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment telling me about a dog-friendly restaurant, attraction or hotel before 11:59 PM PST on Monday, February 6, 2012. Please fill in the e-mail field of the comment form (your e-mail address isn’t shared with anyone, and I will not send you e-mail unless you win).

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Announcing the winner

I will choose a winner randomly and announce the results here and in Dog Jaunt’s Twitter feed on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.


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  • Morgan

    As an agility and obedience competitor in Northern VA, here is my comment entry in hopes of winning the super useful canine hip pack:

    Lost Dog Café in Northern Virginia goes above and beyond many of our local restaurants who welcome our four-legged friends in outdoor patio seating with biscuits, treats, and water bowls. In summer, most of the restaurants we enjoy frequenting give the dogs clean stainless steel bowls of ICE water. Yes, the dogs get way better service than we do!

    Lost Dog Café ( takes dog-friendly further rescuing and adopting out abandoned cats and dogs for 13 years ( The décor and menu items ( such as Whippet Pie and The Catahoula remind patrons of the café’s mission.

    That is the epitome of dog-friendly and a yummy restaurant animal lovers can feel good patronizing.

  • Carrie Browning

    Buster and I enjoy Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, North Carolina. They have huge fields for a dog to run and play with other dog friends, chase balls or frisbees, and practice training or agility. It is bordered by the Currituck sound which is a great place for some wet and mucky fun after your dog has worked up a sweat. Your dog can swim or lay in the shade under the live oaks while you fish or crab. On Wednesdays during the summer they have wine festivals, no drinking for dogs allowed, but there you will meet one dog lover after another and their four-legged friends. Wine tasting, live music and lots of new faces and “butts” will make Wednesdays you and your dogs favorite day of the week!

  • Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner

    Thanks for posting this to our Facebook wall. I will repost to my feed.

    One “new” dog-friendly restaurant in Seattle is the KISS cafe in Ballard. I wrote a review about it on my blog. I would have gone back but they are very strict on barking and have a rude delivery if it accidentally happens while they are “knocking” the espresso maker thingie on the counter.

  • Yvette

    +1’ed on G+ and followed your Page.
    Liked an FB and followed that page too.

    My favorite Seattle Dog Friendly bar/resteraunt:
    The Leary Traveler in Fremont/Ballard:

    The Leary Traveler is a great place with dogs year round. Dogs are allowed in the bar or on the back patio. They’re what I’d call a nice low key local bar with a great lunch/dinner menu (and I hear their Sunday brunch is fantastic too). Service is nice and actually dog friendly even when my little lady was a puppy and a bit hyper and now that she’s older and sometimes turns to attention barking.

    See you at the Traveler!

  • Cherie

    I’m now a friend of Dog Jaunt on FB. We have Sadie’s Bar in our area that is a pet friendly place to eat. We haven’t tried it yet, but probably will this summer.

  • amy

    Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse in Seattle, a well-known dog-friendly establishment that lets you bring your dog inside and- despite the warnings that it’s not allowed- never yells at me when I let my dogs sit on the booth seat/ chair with me. 🙂

  • Lisa Anne Zilney

    I compete in agility in New Jersey, and have found the Hampton Inn to be a very comfortable and welcoming hotel when it comes to my furry friends! Unfortunately, I have yet to come across restaurants on my agility travels that are as accomodating 🙁

  • Amy

    We just visited a new dog-friendly cafe called Lucky Jack’s in Redmond, WA. It’s very close to a huge off-leash dog park, which is great for a quick stop for lunch after tiring out the doggies. They opened especially for us on a weekend when we scheduled a doggie playdate for 20 people. They were so nice and friendly. Jack, the name-sake, is an adorable little guy who makes sure everyone knows he’s in charge!

  • Maureen Ferrara

    For a year now, a group of CGC graduates and owners get together on the patio of a wonderful mexican restaurant. El Chapparo is on 1488 in Magnolia TX. The staff there have been generous in their accommodations and care of our 4 legged companions. They have shown genuine interest in our dogs and happily bring them ice water upon our arrival.

  • Jennifer

    In Portland, Maine there are two wonderful dog-friendly stores: Videoport for all of your home viewing needs, and Longfellow Books for your reading pleasure. It’s nice to be able to bring your dog into a store and browse sometimes, you know? Also, the Snug is a popular local bar where your dog can join you while you socialize. Fun!

  • Kim M

    I’m not sure if I consider it terribly dog-friendly, but our local restaurants (Lafayette IN) Panera Bread Co. and Dairy Queen allow the dogs to be in the outdoor seating areas as long as they’re not making a nuisance of themselves. They’ve even been kind enough to give us water for the dog’s water bowls. I guess dog-tolerant is how I think of it, rather than dog-friendly (you’re not encouraged to do this…).

    One place that I’d like to check on was our local paint-your-own-pottery store, which used to encourage doggy visitors and had a water dish set up for them and everything. They also would help you pick out paw-safe paint and wash your dogs paw after they “helped” you paint (I made a dog bowl for my dog, with her pawprint in the center of it). I believe the place now has new owners, so I need to check to see if they still encourage this, as I have a 2nd dog now that needs his own bowl 🙂 (the name of the place is All Fired Up in West Lafayette IN).

  • Sheila Harley

    One of the best places to vacation with your dog is the Lazy Dog Inn in New Hampshire. I have stayed there a week at a time for the past 3 years and it’s wonderful. It’s a B&B so you get breakfast cooked by the owner.

  • ann

    For flyball tournaments, we always stay at Motel 6. Reasonable rates and dog friendly areas! As for a restaurant, well not many in SLC. However, our local coffee huts always have extra treats for my dogs 🙂

  • Seana

    Armando’s Dakota Grill on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA is super-dog friendly. The staff always remembers frequent customer’s names and will cook plain, boneless, skinless chicken breast just for your dog if you like. It’s nice to be able to take your dog(s) to a nice restaurant sometimes and not be stuck with just drive thrus or burger joints. Plus, the outdoor patio is misted when it’s hot, so it’s always comfortable.

  • Elena

    We have re-posted this on our Facebook page.

    I’m kinda new to the Seattle area. But yesterday we went on an outing with our Meet-up group “Pup n’ Pints” and we visited Lucky Jack’s Latte; A Dog Friendly People Cafe, Espresso and Smoothie Bar. They are a local business in Redmond. They had great sandwiches and also supplied lots of dog treats/food even drinks for the doggies. They were very sweet and very accommodating. We will be going back and I recommend it to anyone with any size dog. I know the three little ones loved it just as much as we did. We gave it 12 paws up and 4 hands. 🙂

  • Liz

    The Forge in the Forest in Carmel, CA is by far the best restaurant for dogs and their owners that I have ever been to. The menu for people is awesome, the servings sizes are ample, and the prices are upscale but not too bad; especially for Carmel.

    The patio for dogs and their owners is walled and gated, with a beautiful shade tree, and as soon as you sit down someone brings a water bowl for each dog. There is a menu for the dogs that includes dog biscuits, cooked chicken, and more.

    That wait staff is wonderful, patient with the dogs, and the head chef, Gene, came out from the chicken a couple of times to visit, talk about the dogs, check on our food, and even brought out the dogs’ chicken himself.

    Our whole experience there was great.

  • Catherine Fletcher

    Camp Dogwood in Ingleside Illinois awesome place for a long weekend with your dog playing every dog sport/activity you could think of. Bonus recommendation The Ace Hotel in Portland Oregon…welcomed my Zeke with open arms 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity

  • Catherine Fletcher

    Liked on facebook and subscribed to your e-mail. Thanks again for the cool give-away opportunity

  • Sandy D.

    Mainstay Suites in Clarksville, TN. When our house burned down in December, Shiloh and I stayed at Mainstay for a month and they were very dog friendly. It’s hard to find hotels that accept large dogs, but the Mainstay doesn’t discriminate against big dogs, and there were dogs of all sizes and weights staying there when we were there.

  • Amy

    Can I choose my house for dog friendly? I’ve got too many dogs flowing through (fosters) and I’ve pulled out all the carpet, replaced cloth furniture with leather (easier to clean up marking when new dog is added), baby gates in half of all doors, and two “dog” rooms (one is a bedroom with 10 crates of various sizes to accommodate various sizes where the dogs sleep and the other is a family room with a large leather chaise & TV where we hang in the evenings).

    I’ve got frozen meet bones, 5 different cookies at any given time in addition to human food that serves as cookies (cheese, blueberries, etc), and enough piggy cigar rolls to last at least a month…for those times we get snowed in!

    I frequently have girls night out at my place – which enables the dogs to be socialized while my friends get their fill of doggies and wine in a relaxed casual…inexpensive environment!

    So, that’s why I go with my house as the best place!

  • Sarah

    Love your site!

    In Harrisonburg, VA, we like to stay at Candlewood Suites Harrisonburg. There’s also the Harrisonburg Dog Park, which is located at 2702 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA. There’s also great hiking right near by, which our dog LOVES!

  • LAJ

    Love taking Piper to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in NC during Bark at the Park. She loves getting her own seat and watching the action on the field!

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