There are no more heartfelt images than those which showcase the bond between
kids and animals. W.C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals."
That's because these special souls will upstage and outshine all that surrounds
them. And, what better way to celebrate the bond between kids and dogs than with
a photo contest that will benefit not only the winning participants but also a
worthy charity dedicated to helping our four-legged friends?
contest, every $1 donated in a particular dog's name will award
that entry 1 vote. With such a small amount, we are
hoping you will be able to get all your family and
friends to support your entry. After reaching at
least 800 votes (though we'd love to get many more) among
our entries, the top 6 vote-getters
will share in a fabulous $700+
It costs nothing to enter, so please provide your
most adorable photos. They can incorporate any breed
dog and any aged youngster (babies to teens), so
featuring a bond between the two.
A wonderful 45 entries were received with
total votes cast. The top winners are below but
be sure to click here to see
all our fabulous entries!
Our Contest Winners!
"Keller and Golden
Tally (Goldiva's Tangled Up In Blue CGC) are
the world's best playmates. All they need is a simple
stick to have a blast as long as they're together."
— Photographer Laura
"Our Rescue Golden,
Sydney, 6 years
young, and our granddaughter Kiersten. Love at first
sight. We got her from Golden
Rescue in June 2008. She was afraid of people, never looked
directly at anyone, drooled, and never played. Now look
at Sydney! She has a new wonderful life." —
Photographer Lysee Kierstein.
"Five year old Jack, loves dogs so much he dressed up as one for
Halloween and posed with his Golden Retriever buddy
before heading out to trick-or-treat." — Photographer
"Camden and Goldens Indiana and Dakota
(left to right) looking out window. Was that a squirrel? Indiana has the
dark coat, Dakota has the light coat." — Photographer
"Our granddaughter, Mercedez, and Golden Aine
gazing out at the world." — Photographer
is enjoying the bubbles. There are Goldens Ridley, Kelly, and Morgan (left
to right). Sarah is in charge of making bubbles while Emily is embracing
her fur pals and just loving it all." — Photographer
Click here to see
all our fabulous entries!
||Submissions must be ones in which you are
the photographer. For those under age 18, an adult must
submit the entry.
Dogs depicted need not be
your own. Please obtain permission for publication from those persons depicted
in your photos.
||There is no
limit to the number of photos that may be entered. However,
one entry form MUST be completed for each photo
incorporate a dog of any breed with one or more youngsters (ages
0 to 18), so demonstrating their bond.
||Photo images should be large in size
and have good focus. We do reserve the
right to refuse any entry that does not
meet these criteria, or is of poor
reserve the right to utilize any
submitted image on the Land of PureGold
Foundation site. The copyright, however,
will remain with the photographer.
||The top 6 vote-getters will be awarded with prizes. All prize winners
must receive a minimum of 15 votes.
The Land of PureGold Foundation reserves the right to
modify these rules without providing prior notification.
Be sure to provide the following information with your photo jpg file
as incomplete entries cannot be processed. Then,
click here to email your photo & complete entry material.
- Brief Photo Description (including dog and child's first
- Pictured Dog's Name and Breed
- First and Last Name
- Complete Mailing Address
- Contact Phone Number
- Contact Email Address
$700+ Contest Prize Package
Stephen Huneck Toy Chest
We got our hands on only a few of these Stephen Huneck
home gems but knew it would make a wonderful grand prize. Fun and functional, this cleverly cute toy chest provides ample room for all
your dog's treasures. The amusing scene features a pair of dogs playing tug of
war with the laces of a shoe amid bones, balls, teddies and socks.
from the hand-carved original by Stephen Huneck, it features a hand-painted
resin relief on the front panel. Brightly colored wood construction with hinged
lid, it measures 18.75" high x 13" deep x 27.5" wide. Assembly
is required, but we are told it is not a difficult job at all.
on the toy chest on the right to see a glorious supersized image.
We are also including a
Set of 10 Fine Linen Art Cards &
Fun Stickers and Tell Bell Training System, as
shown below. Total Value: $366 (incl. shipping).
Oliver's Paw Pal: The Next Generation in Nail Grooming
(2nd Place vote-getter)
Peter F. Baekkelund, Oliver's Paw Pal
inventor, has graciously donated one of his marvelous units for our
contest. We have used ours for many years now and just cannot imagine
life without it. Think about grooming your dog's nails without all of the
Blood, Sweat and Tears! A guillotine nail clipper, named
after an execution device, is typically sold with styptic powder to stop
bleeding. And, the nail grinders that are available for pets are merely
rotary power tools—originally designed for industrial applications—not
living, feeling beings.
nails reduce traction, forcing dogs to walk on the backs of their feet
the toes; dogs then walking on 'spikes' instead of
gripping surfaces with their pads
||Untrimmed nails can result in
an uneven gait — which leads to posture and
||Painful nail splits can run into nail bed,
Easy to use, the Paw Pal
naturally mimics the action of a dog's walking on rough surfaces to
painlessly wear down his or her nails. There is a smooth finish without
need for buffing or filing, and nails are shaped just above the quick,
with accuracy. There are no more marks on your skin or costly hardwood
floors, and you additionally save on grooming costs!
Click here to learn
more about this incredible product. Value: $102 (incl. shipping).
Half-Gallon Gift Tin filled with 100%
Organic Honey Healing Hearts Treats & Tell
Bell Training System (3rd Place vote-getter)
This gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy and kitten Gift Tin is one we have had for years, and it still remains one of our most favorites. It even looks as the day we received it. The handle makes the tin so wonderful to transport. It keeps your special treats accessible for you yet just as importantly, inaccessible to your furry kids. And, the tin is filled with incredible treats.
There are absolutely no dog treats available today that can compare to these. Initially developed several years ago for a Golden who was very, very sick with inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis, it was a miracle that she lived through her ordeal. These were actually the only treats that she could have. Click on the tin on the right to see a glorious supersized image.
No other dog treat out there has 100%
organic and kosher certified ingredients.
No treat out there has Active 15+ Manuka Healing Honey. No other treat
has been specially formulated to be totally soothing and non
allergen-provoking. Not only are our
ingredients exemplary, but the companies providing these wonderful items
are also beyond reproach.
ingredients to these heart-shaped wonders are: organic
milled whole oat flour, organic apples, organic whole rolled oats,
organic oat bran, organic Active 15+ Manuka Healing Honey, organic
Saigon cinnamon (5% oil content), and organic ginger.
All of our organic whole oat ingredients come from USA based
Grain Millers, the world's largest supplier of conventional
non-GMO and Certified Organic oats and North America's premier
oat milling and specialty whole grain company. And, our organic
apples come from the orchards on the shores of the Great Lakes.
The Tell Bell™ is a specialized dog training device that permits a dog to
“tell” his owner when he needs to go outside to the restroom (potty)! This is so
much better than guessing, cleaning up accidents, having marked doors from
scratching or having a dog bark. Mary Oakes, President and Founder of Kelston
Products, LLC spent over two years developing and testing the product.
Tell Bell was born out of necessity. Following years of pleading from their
children, Mary and her husband, Merrill, finally agreed to add a dog to their
household. Mary had read and knew people who had used hanging bells to potty
train their dogs, and decided to use bells. Additionally, it has been
recommended for years by professional dog trainers.
But Mary did not want the bells hanging on the door knob; they were not
attractive, the bells would ring every time the door was used, and the dog would
mark the door trying to ring the bells. She went to several large pet stores and
found nothing, so Mary decided to get a call bell. The problem was that the
plunger at the top of the bell was not large enough, resulting in their dog
missing the plunger. In addition, the call bell needed to have a smaller radius,
so it could sit out of the way by the door. Mary’s husband redistributed the
weight and made a larger plunger using thick plastic. In just a few days their
dog was ringing the bell.
Mary knew other dog owners could benefit and love the product. While juggling
her duties as mom and wife, Mary managed to come up with the design, test and
re-test Tell Bell and now her product is patent pending. It took Mary over two
years, which she says “it took more time than I thought to design and
manufacture Tell Bell and to perfect the methodology.” Now she has dog
trainers recommending Tell Bell TM because owners are more successful with the
device that is only heard when the dog needs to go outside to potty, and the
easy to follow steps reinforce what trainers are stating. Mary refuses to take
all the credit, because her children and husband have been instrumental in
The product comes in a package containing 2 Tell Bells (an extra one for
traveling or a large home), 1 step-by-step positive reinforcement instructional DVD, and 1 training
manual. Tell Bell is the total package with a device and methodology. It
doesn’t have any electronic features so it is safe. People, who have tried it
love it more than hanging bells on the door, because it is attractive, comes
with a complete dog training manual; including how to train your dog to wait by
the bell when you can’t come immediately. Also, it is only heard when a dog needs
to go outside. Value for both prizes: $88 (incl. shipping).
Set of 10 Fine Linen Art Cards
& Fun Stickers and Tell Bell Training System (4th to 6th Place vote-getters)
These are oversized 5¼" x 7¼" quality classic ivory linen
cards at a hefty 80-pound weight
with matching 70-pound linen envelopes.
Our lovely art collections of pure
Golden whimsy feature original illustrations by
the talented artists, Paulina Stuckey-Cassidy, of the
Moon Gallery, Anna Moore, and Suzi Beber, founder of the
Smiling Blue Skies Cancer
Fund. Paulina's images display an innocence that draws one into her magical
brew of whimsy. And Anna Moore's angel is our favorite, joyfully
featuring an engaging puppy smile.
So unique, these vivid cards can be used for every occasion, in happy times and
in sad, for they truly express the joy that only our special Golden souls can
In February 2004, we had the luck to photograph this chubby litter of three
5½-week-old puppies. And, along with their sweet message, we believe they are
even that much more irresistible. The actual size for these bright Photo Gloss
oval stickers is 4" wide x 1 6/16 high. Value: $66 each (incl.