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Enter your handler health tips to win!

Patti Lawson had been living a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and the blues that go along with it when she unexpectedly became a dog owner. Adding Sadie to Lawson's organized, sterile, food-focused life launched her into a complete lifestyle change... and into successful weight loss!  Lawson, who is a trial lawyer as well as an award-winning author, described her experiences in The Dog Diet, A Memoir. This well-written, humorous book is full of good weight-loss advice while being an easy and fun read.

Lawson autographed a copy of her book just for one lucky reader! How do you win it? Submit your own handler health tip to along with your name and address between now and midnight, EDT, July 27, 2009.  On July 28th, one winner will be chosen at random from all the entrants.  Multiple tips are OK (please send them in separate emails). You'll get one chance per entry!  We may print your tip, credited to you, on (entering the contest means you are giving us permission to use your submission in all media).

Need some ideas? Exercises, activities that improve handler agility, low-fat snack ideas, and so on are all welcome.  An agility focus is encouraged but not required.

Here are some tips to get you started, from the pages of The Dog Diet:

  • If your dog likes your snack, it's probably not good for you.
  • Don't exercise; "dogercise" with leash triceps and dog curls.
  • The sooner you get out of bed, the sooner you start burning calories.

Remember to send in your entries soon to!


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