Rules

Every Event Barkers social media event may include its own specific rules but these general rules will hold true for all giveaways unless otherwise specified:

  1. Purchases: Purchases are not required to enter any Event Barkers social media event.
  2. Chances of winning: Event Barkers giveaways may be random drawings or skill-related events such as photo contests. Random drawings are done using Random.org. Some giveaways utilize the Rafflecopter widget by Rafflecopter.com; it also uses Random.org to select random winners. Theoretically, the more frequently you enter, the better your chances of winning.
  3. Contest judging: An occasional giveaway will include a game where the reader must offer a correct answer, find an item on the website, or offer the best photo, as judged by a person or persons identified in the announcement post. This judge may be a group as opposed to an individual, and there may be some privacy in their identification to protect them from complaints. The judges’ decisions are final.
  4. Number of entries allowed: Occasionally, a giveaway will allow only one entry per person. This is rare, but please do read the giveaway rules for specific details.
  5. More on number of entries: Most Event Barkers giveaways involve one or two mandatory actions for entry. Beyond that you may be offered extra credit entries. These are your choice, but are not required to win. Winners have come from those entries where only one entry was submitted, so luck can sometimes be on your side.
  6. Entry eligibility by location of entrant: Event Barkers giveaways are almost always open to the entire contiguous United States. If not, this will be clearly stated in the post. Many are also available to Canadian entries, with the exception of Quebec. Unfortunately, Quebec’s laws preclude giveaways. We are sorry about this but we have to follow the law.
  7. Anonymity vs. Contact method: Event Barkers giveaways are promoted and advertised at numerous locations around the Internet, including other blogs and websites that help promote such opportunities. Twitter and Facebook will no doubt bear evidence of your entry, even if only by link to our post where you have entered. If you prefer anonymity, you’ll need to consider this when determining whether to enter. We MUST have a method of contact in order to name you as the winner. A valid contact can include an active email address, a Twitter handle, or a blog URL where comments are enabled. Facebook rules prohibit us from contacting you about a contest win.
  8. Giveaway/Prize/Contest photo postings: Please send photos, whether as a giveaway entry method or of your pet enjoying a prize, to eventbarkers@gmail.com.
  9. General photo posting on Facebook: Photos of a general nature, where no prize is involved, may be posted by you. In fact, we encourage you to share pics of your pups as often as you wish. Be sure to share your pet’s name!
  10. Sponsor contact information: The contact information for the sponsor of each giveaway related to a product review or general promotional handout will be available through links to their respective websites on the blog posts referencing these promotional events. This may come in the form of a website URL, a contact form, a Facebook page or a Twitter handle. We will not provide specific contact names and phone numbers for obvious privacy reasons. We give readers the same courtesy–privacy and the expectation that you will not receive phone calls as a result of participation. One exception to this is in the event of a shipping carrier’s need to contact you about delivery.
  11. Privacy: Your privacy is important, and we will not disclose your address or phone number, when required from our shipper, to anyone except those involved in shipping your prize. Your email will also not be shared or sold.
  12. Event Dates and Times: All giveaways have a specific beginning and ending date and time. In fairness to all entrants, entries posted or mailed to me, when appropriate, after the deadline, will be considered void even if they appear in the comments section of the post. Date and time stamps will be the gauge for this rule. The validity of all times and dates will be judged based on Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to check the dates and times for each event before entering. Note that the Rafflecopter entry widget is a big help with this concern.
  13. Facebook: When events involve a Facebook entry by the entrant, please note that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Facebook. A third party app will be used in these instances.
  14. Winners’ name announcements: By entering an Event Barkers contest or giveaway, your name or alias represents your explicit permission to use the provided name, alias, or your pet’s name, if provided, in announcing winners.
  15. Photo submission legalities: Photos submitted by readers may not include a human face, unless in the far background and unrecognizable.
  16. Photos of Pets guidelines: We reserve the right to disallow any photo that demonstrates what we deem to cause discomfort or danger to the pet in a photo submitted here. Your submission does not guarantee that the photo will be used. By submitting your photo you agree to allow Event Barkers and our sponsors to  reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works of, and otherwise use the material throughout our site or on any network in any form and on any media. You agree to indemnify EventBarkers.com and its founders–DogTipper.com and  AllThingsDogBlog.com–as well as all blogs, sponsors, and social media accounts participating in promoting an EventBarkers.com event for all damages and expenses that may be incurred in connection with the material.
  17. Permission to use photo submissions: Any method of photo submission to a site or email owned by All Things Dog Blog and DogTipper represents your explicit permission for All Things Dog Blog and DogTipper or its event sponsors or its licensees to use said photo, whether or not this photo is part of an entry for a giveaway or promotional prize. This includes posting a photo on the Event Barkers Facebook page, sending a photo to Event Barkers and its associated Twitter accounts, and emailing a photo to EventBarkers@gmail.com, AllThingsDogBlog@gmail.com, CarrieLeaJohnson@gmail.com, editors@dogtipper.com, editors@cattipper.com, or LetsAdoptaDogPark@gmail.com. Any other form of photo submission initiated by you is included here as well. Your photo submission must include your name as well as your pet’s. Note that Twitter submissions are likely to be missed. Email is far preferable.
  18. Reader photo copyright acknowlegment: When using readers’ photos submitted to Event Barkers, All Things Dog Blog, DogTipper or CatTipper, your initials, if available, will be offered as your copyright on file (Example: c.b., reader copyright on file), as a privacy courtesy to you. If you prefer another copyright acknowledgement, please specify this when you submit the photo.
  19. Minimum age for entry: You must be 18 years of age or older to enter an Event Barkers giveaway or event that involves a prize. Additionally, no employees of the giveaway sponsor or of Event Barkers are eligible for the giveaway.
  20. Shipping oversight: Shipping varies from event to event as to where the prize is coming from and who ships it. Event Barkers coordinates getting your address to the appropriate shipper (vendor, pet product maker) and cannot take responsibility for what happens beyond that point. However, if your prize does not arrive, please notify EventBarkers@gmail.com with the specifics so that we may follow up and seek to get your prize to you.
  21. Lost prize shipments: Please note that when the prize is shipped by Event Barkers, and is under a value of $100, we do not insure arrival and often cannot replace the specific prize.  Products above a $100 value will be insured and your recourse for reimbursement will be with the carrier. Please understand that we cannot provide you with cost validation in the form of a receipt or invoice. We generally use USPS unless UPS is called for in a particular instance.
  22. Void where prohibited by law: All giveaways, contests, sweepstakes and other events that involve free products are void where prohibited by law. No prizes of any kind can be shipped to Quebec.
  23. Liability Waiver: Products may be shipped from manufacturers, retailers or this blog’s owner. By sending your address to request shipment of your prize, you inherently agree to waive liability for any responsibility with regard to issues with the product. Event Barkers does not make the product and therefore cannot be held responsible for it’s safety or efficacy as used by the recipient. We urge you to read the full instructions both in packaging and online, and encourage you to direct questions to the maker before proceeding. Further, if concerns arise, please contact your veterinarian or trainer, as needed, for additional advice.
  24. Rules modification: Event Barkers reserves the right to change these rules at any time without notice.