Win $50 in Nutrish Coupons + EveryDay with Rachael Ray Subscription!


As we told you about last month, back in November we went to New York City with the other Nutrish bloggers for the opportunity to attend the Rachael Ray Show! We had a great time at the taping and in New York City!


We were so honored to be part of the group because, as you know, Rachael Ray gives back all the proceeds from the sales of her Nutrish food and treats to benefit homeless pets, a cause that couldn’t be dearer to our hearts.

Next week we’re headed down to a small town near where John grew up, one that has a small shelter and is always seeking donations. We’ll be doing a community outreach project, and donating some Nutrish bags to be used asĀ  adoption bags, each filled with coupons for food and treats, water bottles, and some food we’re purchasing. We’ll be talking with people who are adopting and taking photos at the shelter.

But we’ve got some leftover room in the Nutrish bags. We’d like to add a few items to give to the adopters to help them as they bring their new dog home…and we’d like YOUR suggestions.

If you were adopting a dog, what would YOU like to also see in an adoption bag?

We’d love to hear your suggestions in our giveaway. One lucky reader will win $50 in Nutrish coupons for food and treats PLUS a one-year print subscription to Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. (International readers are welcome to enter and, if selected, would receive the same value as the magazine subscription in PayPal cash. Coupons are only for US use.)

We love Everyday with Rachael Ray; every issue includes a recipe for a meal you can prepare for your dog. We were even interviewed a few years ago by the magazine for a special Valentine’s issue and an article about romantic travel. (The same month, we were also in Redbook…February was a big month when we were romantic travel writers!)

rr-collage We hope that you’ll take a moment to let us know what YOU would love to see in the adoption bags we’re creating alongside Nutrish coupons!

How to Enter

You’ll find several ways to enter in the widget below; you can enter with as many or few entry methods as you choose. Good luck!

Photo credits: top photo: Amazon/ second photo: Rachael Ray Show

Disclosure: We are members of the Nutrish blogging group; our site is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are our own. As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

About Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.

  • Biscuits, blankies, chews, and/or toys.

  • Shelly

    Blankie, useful information, toys and treat

    • Deanna

      A squeaky beneful tennis ball. Every dog I know that plays with those LOVES them.

  • Deanna

    A squeaky beneful tennis ball. Every dog I know that plays with those LOVES them.

  • candy kratzer wenzel

    Books on training and care of their new pet.

  • Steve Sexton


  • SGilbert

    I would say a little fleece blanket to snuggle with and can be carried around, kong that include different ideas to fill the kong, a toy the sqeaks, and 2 books Barkonmics for great tips for a frugal fido and My Dog Says I Am a Good Cook so the owner know it is OK to cook for your dog.

  • dawn rasor

    I’d add a slicker brush, a bottle of dog shampoo, doggie dental cleaning products, some doggie poo bags, a pamplet of how to be a good dog owner/parent, some chews and toys!

  • Dena Furgason

    A gift card for vet insurance.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I think you should add some info on how to feed your dog various diets. Like something on the RAW diets, and how to find out what is in your dogs food. Toys are always nice too.

  • Julia Cosgrove

    I think you should have a good brush and some chew toys.

  • Catherine Turley

    bully sticks and a lint roller!

  • Danielle Murgia

    I would put in a kong toy, some poop bags and a small stuffed toy.

  • Susan Broughton

    I think some informational brochures for care and training would be good. Also a collar and leash is a must. Then a bag of treats and/or a toy for the dog.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    My rescue would give each new adopter a pack of poop bags and a dispenser. Toys, especially for dogs that were with fosters and had favorite toys there – we would include that toy(s) (washed before taking it to the adopter with the dog). I think a sample sized bottle of quality dog shampoo would be nice, too (especially for dogs that have sensitive skin). When I adopted my deaf girl, Ran, the rescue included a print-out of their own suggestions for caring for my new dog. I do wish they had included specifics for deaf dogs, so I’d suggest that any adoption goodie bag have information for any special needs the particular dog might have. Oh, and if it’s a goodie bag for a puppy, I’d include a couple of piddle pads.

  • Wendy Mastin

    A small stuffed toy or a piece of a blanket that they can feel secure with.

  • Marti Tabora

    I think it would be nice to add some booklets or pamphlets with things like training tips and what to expect information. Of course toys are always nice too. And a leash would be great. Thanks.

  • Janet T

    Poop bags are the best I think

  • sandy weinstein

    lamb’s ears, all natural cow’s ears, holistic select no grain, prodent dental powder, viscosity for joints, standard process vitamins-biost, enteric support, whole body support, dermal skin support, oxyfresh dental gel, toothpaste, water additives (oxyfresh), potty pads

  • Kristin Ashe

    A brush

  • SGilbert

    I am adding another item to the adoption bag….if they live in the state of Texas they need Texas with dogs so they know all of the friendly place for them and their new dog.

  • Carol

    Please incude the importance of vacinations!! Parvo, especially, is such a contagious and deadly disease that can be prevented with vaccinations saving a LOT of heartache, suffering and not to mention money! Basic training info will also help build trust and a lasting bond between the new dog and its forever family!

  • Theresa Spaid

    A bed or blanket would be something nice for new member of the family.

  • Abby C

    something to help with dental health!

  • Jenna Z.

    A roll of poo-bags, a voucher/token for a personalized dog tag (so that pets don’t get lost), doggie shampoo wipes, nail clippers, a tick key if it is a tick-heavy area.

  • rachel

    Dog treats or a squeaky ball!

  • Ruckus the Eskie

    Definitely a chew toy!

  • Samantha Daleo

    I think a nice fuzzy blanket would be good too.

  • Lisa F.

    I think a handout of dog signals/signs would be great. You know, body language.

  • Darlene Owen

    You could add a durable ball, my dogs go through tennis balls daily.

  • S Carter

    I think a disposable camera with a postage paid return envelope would be fun. the new owners could take pictures with their new pets and then return the cameras and you could have a cool scrapbook or collage.

  • Cat

    A collapsible bowl, doggy poop bags, and a BIG Thank You card for adopting!

  • A chew or squeaky toy (my Sookie LOVES her squeaky toys!)

  • Heather Hilyer

    dog food coupons

  • Katie Amanda

    Peanut butter!!! Yum!!

  • Laura Weil

    Samples of poop bags. A collapsible bowl, a neck scarf. Organic chew or maybe a kong.

  • Mendy Dinsmore

    toothbrush and paste for dogs

  • Leah Lucas

    I think a matching collar and leash

  • sherry butcher

    a warm toy esp. for puppies

  • Kerry DeKelver

    teeth cleaning treats

  • Paula Ball

    coupons for World’s Best Cat Litter for cat/kitten coupons for Revolution for either dog or cat. maybe coupons to Petsmart and for dogs maybe printout on how much exercise and attention a dog or puppy requires. I do rescue for abused/neglected dogs that would be put down at the shelter, and many of them have problems that would have never developed had they had proper socialization and love/attention during the formative period.

  • Phoenixtl

    Toys, treats, basic literature about health & training.

  • dh_jax

    An inexpensive book or a series of printings of basic dog training info. Behavior is often the reason dogs are in shelters so I think training should really be emphasized for adopted dogs to keep them from going back! So, even if it’s just printed material, anything that will help train the newly adopted, especially emphasis on correcting common behavior problems which the dog may come with….. Poop bag samples is another great thing that every dog person can use, or a shampoo sample, and a sample of high end dog food….. There is soooooo much more, I could keep going on and on, but I know I’ve adopted dogs from shelters before, one i received nothing at all with, The other was mostly just useless brochures….. A good adoption packet would be nice and those are just the first couple of things I could think of that would be beneficial.

    As for the giveaway, my dogs would be thrilled….I have eight, including three rescues and would love to win some coupons for yummy stuff for them. Love that the magazine has a dog recipie, that’s cool. Thanks for the chance to win

  • Joanne Gregory

    Poop bags, dental water additives

  • LyricInTime2803

    A lot of the items I think every new pet parent needs to have wouldn’t fit in a bag or would be expensive (crate, comfort zone spray, etc) In addition to Kongs or other food stuffable toys, maybe a list of those things they should invest in (maybe even to a pintrest board).

  • Jennifer P

    I think in addition to treats, maybe grooming items or samples, tips or a book on dog health and/ training, poop bags, health care and supplement samples or products.

  • RitaMae2

    I would like to see: a collar & leash, a coupon for name tags, a card for a reputable, local training group, maybe some shampoo, treats, a toy, anything that would encourage the new owners to think of the new pet as a member of the family. Maybe even a coupon or gift cert to a local dog friendly restaurant.

  • kristina

    collar leash treats and a bandana or a small bed or even a few toys, gift card to any pet store to take their new pet to shop which gift card and dog training book or something that would encourage the new mommy and daddy to treat their new pet as a family member

  • Shelley Joy P

    Adding poop bags, coupons and treats would be great.

  • Gillepie

    I always think doggie treats a must but for me which can’t be bagged up is LOVE, I would hope that it would be the most important gifts and toys later, a lovely doggie rug for his OWN bed

  • Kat E.

    Info on doggy dental care with a brush and paste – it’s just so important!

  • katie mitchell

    Toys, treats, dog shampoo,a grooming brush, a collar and leash, and the recipe book you created for dogs would be awesome for the new dog owners



  • sassycats

    chewies, blanket, harness

  • Lauren Eggers

    A fleece blankie, Toothbrush/paste for dogs, nail clipper

  • Heather Bridson

    a “Why does my dog do that” book

  • ccrepressie

    Toys, blankets, and more snacks.

    Charity S