yappy hour


Halloween just isn’t Halloween without some cute, scary and funny dog costumes! And, because we are dog obsessed here at Benebone, we wanted to throw a spooktacular Halloween pawty of our own. 

We decided to host our Halloween pawty and costume contest at Dacha Navy Yard in Washington, DC. This waterfront, dog-friendly, venue made for the perfect spot to unleash all our furry, boorifiic friends. 

As guests strutted in, each dog parent was treated to a free drink ticket and Benebone swag bag complete with a Benebone bacon wishbone, bandana and water bottle. 

Before our costume contest began, dogs had the opportunity to pose and showcase their good looks in front of the camera for dog photographer, BashHaus Studios. This dark and spooky backdrop was a perfect fit for Halloween memories. 

For even more captured fun, we brought 2 dog caricature artists to draw the attending dogs. Look how well these dog models sat for their drawings!

After drinks were drank, photos were taken and doggos were drawn, it was time to start the costume contest. Our very own VP of sales, Bob Lee, emceed the contest and kept us laughing throughout the contest. 

To determine winners of our costume contest, we invited 4 local celebrities to judge the contest: @sebastianloveslluna, @sheepadoodlebear, @moogle_the_fluffy_corgi and @with.love.kaden.and.adalynn all had a ruff time judging all the great entries! 

First up was the “scary” category, which was nearly impossible to judge since all the contestants were also so darn cute! 

Our scary category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Pennywise & child (prize: GoPro Hero 7 & dog mount harness)
  • 2nd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Dracula Frenchie (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Up next were the Most Creative costumes. This is always a fan favorite category since most of the costumes are homemade, you’re really able to see the thought and hard work that goes into dog Halloween costumes. 

Our most creative category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Needle & Thread (prize: Canon DSLR bundle kit)
  • 2nd Place – Weightlifting Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Finally, our last Halloween costume contest was Best Group. Best Group consists of either a dog and a human or multiple dogs. This is a popular category for couples and kids, which always adds an extra cuteness factor to category. 

Our best group category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Dunkin’ Donuts & Cop (prize: 2 night weekend cabin getaway)
  • 2nd Place – Lady Superheroes (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Beekeeper family (prize $50 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

If you have any event photos that you would like to share in our fan submitted gallery, please send photos to meesha@benebone.com. The full gallery of Washington, DC event  photos can be found on our Facebook page, as well as our Events page. As always, we would love for you to tag @mybenebone with #benebone with any event photos you share on social so that we can share them as well. 

We had such a fun time at our spooktacular Halloween pawty and hope all our furry friends have a fun and safe Halloween! If you missed any of our events this year, keep an eye on our Events page to see which cities we will be visiting in 2020. 

We came, we partied and your dog chewed! 

This year, we decided to take Benebone on the road! We realized that while we have such great social media friends, we have never met many of you in person. At the same time, there are so many great dog parents who may not know about Benebone and we want to personally introduce our brand to you.

We kicked off our chewing tour in Nashville, Tennessee. What better way to start our events then with some southern hospitality, great music and fun dog parents. 

Photo Credit: @emily.danielle.jones

Our first day in Nashville was spent visiting dog parks. In total, we visited 3  dog parks: Centennial Dog Park, Edwin Warner Dog Park and Riverfront Dog Park. During our last dog park stop, we invited professional dog photographer, Amiee Stubbs, and local Thai rolled ice cream truck, Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream. Each dog and their human were treated to a free ice cream (yes, there was dog-friendly ice cream) and a free Benebone bacon wishbone, all while having fun and having their photo taken. 

Our second day in Nashville was spent at Nashville Pet Products’ Cruzen Street store, where we hosted a Instagram Workshop for dog parents. We invited 4 local Instagram celebrities: @jackthewallaby, @jim_bear_rigney, @chessonchairs and @wildingwandersto come speak with pet parents about how to start, maintain and grow their Instagram account. 

We wrapped up our Nashville trip with a Yappy Hour at the Nashville Pet Products’ Franklin, TN store. Why let humans have all the fun?! Being that we are a dog-inspired company, we wanted this Yappy Hour to be for the dogs! 

We setup a Benebone Tasting Bar, which included bacon martinis, peanut butter and “crackers” and chicken jerky, which all highlight Benebone’s flavors: bacon, peanut and chicken. 

Since dogs don’t have thumbs to take selfies to commemorate the experience, we bought along a local dog caricature artist to draw each attending dog. 

And, because, what’s a Benebone event without a Benebone? Each attendee went home with a free Benebone tote filled with a bacon wishbone and some Benebone swag. 

We are happy to announce that we will be visiting other cities throughout the year and will continue the Benebone parties throughout 2020! Be sure to check out our events page on our website to see if we will be throwing a party near you! 

Photo Credit (unless otherwise stated): Amiee Stubbs

Now that the cold winter weather is finally behind us and warmer spring days have sprung, it’s that time of year for “Yappy Hour”! Haven’t heard of Yappy Hour before? It’s the same as Happy Hour for humans, but with even better benefits.

Photo Cred: @barcboston

Yappy Hour can be found in most major cities and usually benefits the local animal shelter or rescue nearby. It’s a win-win situation for all: you get to have a cocktail or two while fundraising for a great cause. Another great benefit of Yappy Hour is that you usually get to bring your best furry drinking buddy along with you. This is a great way to socialize your dog while meeting fellow dog lovers in your area.

Photo Credit: @wrigleyandtheo

Photo Credit: @watersidedistva

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite Yappy Hour photos from Instagram to share with you. And, we want to see your Yappy Hour photos as well. Post your photos and tag #Benebone on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for a chance to be featured in a future photo roundup. Cheers! 🙂

Feature Image: @ps.ny