I have been an animal lover my entire life. I brought home more stray cats and kittens than I can name. My mom was always initially annoyed and then, within a day or two (sometimes hours) she’d fall in love with the little balls of fluff. She is a cat person. I love cats, but I’ve always had a special connection to dogs.
I am a dog person, and not just any dogs, BIG dogs.
I don’t have anything against little dogs. I’ve just always been pulled towards big pups. Currently, we have about 400 pounds of big fluffy dogs in our home (and yes, that IS a lot of hair).
Becoming Part of
Oliver & Winnie are 11 month old Great Pyrenees Pups I drove nearly 8 hours round-trip to pick up from a family in Georgia (and Oliver gets car sick!!); Sparky is a 10 YO Black Lab mix who came for a sleepover 9 1/2 years ago and never left; and Luci, AKA Luci-fur when she is naughty, is the 2 yo Great Pyrenees we rescued from her previous owner who was going to dump her on the side of the road.
I brought all of the pups into our lives without telling my husband (haha). He’s forgiven me each time, and just like my mom with the cats, he fell in love with the pups almost immediately.
I am Sparky and Oliver’s HUMAN. Sure, they love everyone in the family, but they are borderline obsessed with me.
Sparky has to be near me at all times. When he gets to sleep in my bed, he has to sleep right in the middle between me and the hubby. If my husband tries to hug me with Sparky in the room Sparky will bark and “play” bite my husband’s pants to pull him away from me. If Sparky isn’t in the room with me he will stand at the door and bark over and over until someone lets him in.
Oliver runs to me every time I walk in the door, whether I’m away for 5 minutes or 5 hours. He will ignore everyone else and make a beeline for me. He thinks he is a lap dog and likes to sit on me when I’m in the recliner. He protects me from what he perceives as “bad things”–like the wind, leaves, cars that drive past our home, etc.,–and sleeps under my desk whenever I’m working to keep my feet warm.
My dogs and I have a strong bond. They always seem to know when I need an extra snuggle, a laugh, or a quiet walk. They are very protective of me, even with my own family.
That’s why I think we would make awesome contestants on The Pack, the new unscripted series from Amazon Prime Video!
The Pack, hosted by Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn and her canine co-host Lucy, celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions.
Watch The Pack on Amazon Prime – premiering on Nov. 20th
At stake is a life-changing $750,000 for the winning duo and their charity, $500,000 to the winners plus an additional $250,000 prize amount for the animal charity of their choice.
Additionally, The Pack donated $250,000 during filming to multiple charities and animal rescue organizations in each country, helping to pay it forward to dogs and those who love them around the world.
In this global adventure, 12 teams of dogs and their human companions compete in fun and exciting challenges celebrating their incredible bond.
To win the monetary prize for themselves and their charity, the teams will have to depend on their understanding of one another’s strengths and weaknesses and prove to have the strongest bond in the pack.
In each locale, the human and dog duos will face fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompany the group on their exciting journey, making sure it is a positive experience for everyone.
To celebrate the premiere of The Pack Amazon sent me this fun gift box for my pups! Oh my goodness did they LOVE it.
I can even put into words how much fun I had with my pups! I think their favorite thing was the peanut butter (dog-friendly) bubbles! They chased the bubbles around the room, trying to eat as many as they could until they finally dropped and needed a nap!
In honor of the launch of the new series The Pack, Prime Video has created the ultimate celebration for dogs everywhere–and their humans too.
On this special Packed Weekend page you will find:
Tail-waggin’ Treats for the whole family—enjoy special deals, perks and promotions from dog-friendly brands – no tricks or begging required!
The Pack Walk Challenge—Don’t sit! Don’t stay! Join our pack and strut your stuff during the Pack Walk Challenge, brought to you by Under Armour Connected Fitness. It’s a global, virtual dog walk benefiting some incredible causes and, the best part is, you can participate from wherever you are located. Plus, eligible participants have the chance to win amazing prizes when they complete the Challenge!
Charitable Organizations—When you sign up and complete the Pack Walk Challenge, you and your pup have the chance to win amazing prizes. You’ll also be able to donate to three incredible charitable organizations. On November 21, Amazon will match all consumer donations made through the Pack Walk Challenge up to $100k total, meaning each charity could potentially receive a donation of over $33k from Amazon! Learn more about these organizations here.
Follow Our Feed–Share your favorite photos with your four-legged best friends using #PackedWeekend on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our feed!