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These Official Contest Rules supersede all other published editions. Promoter reserves the right to change, alter, or amend these Official Contest Rules as necessary, in its sole discretion, to ensure the fair administration of the FREEDOG Contest  (the “Contest”) or to comply with applicable law. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Contest is governed by all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. If you have any questions about the Contest or these Official Contest Rules, you may e-mail

Eligibility: The Contest is offered by Family Dog Mediation (the “Promoter”) to pet parents and pet professionals in the United States (each a “Contestant”). Contestants, defined as must be a United States resident at the time of application and for the duration of the Contest and (ii) must be 18 years of age or older (a “Contestant”). Proof of residence is required. Contestants must submit an accurate and complete Application to the Contest as defined in Section 2 below.

Contestants, may not be not be employed by Family Dog Mediation or related to any employees of Family Dog Mediation. Contestants must comply with these Official Contest Rules and the policies of Promoter in all respects. Contestants, must not be represented by an agent, booking firm, or talent agency. Promoter reserves the right to require proof of eligibility at any time—including before, during, and after the Contest. Promoter reserves the right to make determinations of satisfactory proof of eligibility at its sole and absolute discretion. Promoter will not award a prize to anyone not meeting eligibility requirements. Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant in its sole discretion if these Official Contest Rules are not followed.

Application: Each Contestant must submit as follows: One (1) video newly recorded for this Contest in accordance with the Video Recording and Format Instructions provided in Section 3 below; One (1) completed entry form with names, ages and breed (or best guess) of all pets represented in the video; and Consent to these Official Contest Rules by the Contestant (the “Application”). Contestant’s Application must be received via Promoter’s website by 11:59PM EDT on September 2, 2024 (the “Application Period”). Contestants may only submit one application. Promoter reserves the right to extend the Application Period and change other dates of the Contest if Promoter determines that too few entries have been received. Promoter also reserves the right to cancel the Contest in Promoter’s sole discretion if too few eligible Applications are received or if Applications are not of sufficient quality. Promoter is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable, undelivered, caught in a spam filter, or delayed. Applications generated by any automated means are void. Contestant must have a valid e-mail address, and it is the Contestant’s responsibility to update Promoter of any change in email address. By submitting an Application and thereby entering the Contest, Contestant agrees to comply with all applicable laws and these Official Contest Rules, and to abide by all decisions of Promoter, judges, and any other party authorized to make decisions. Contestant further agrees, if selected as a winner, to execute any and all documents and take any other actions Promoter may require, including, but not limited to licenses, affidavits, consents, releases, and provision of proof, to Promoter’s satisfaction, that Contestant, is an eligible Contestant and have all necessary rights and approvals to license the Application to Promoter as contemplated in these Official Contest Rules.

Video Recording and Format Instructions: The video must capture a dog or dogs doing something that is natural to them where the dog is having fun. Dog must not be forced into the activity and must be participating on their own accord. The dog in the video must be an owned by the Contestant or the Contestant must have prior written consent and approval by the dog’s owner to use for the sake of the contest. If a Contestant submits a video found to not have proper permissions, the Contestant, will be disqualified and any prize awarded will be revoked. All Contestants, must be visible throughout the video. The video may not show any activity that is unsafe, inherently dangerous or compromises the safety of another human or animal. Videos of a dog participating in its bred purpose are an exception but may not be graphic or show illegal activity. The video must provide in its title, description, or other similar field Contestant’s name and the Contest’s name: FREEDOG Contest. The Application must include a link to the video available on YouTube or another video-hosting service as well as a native file of the video. When sharing from YouTube, the video may be set as “unlisted” or “public,” but not “private.” If another internet platform, Contestant is solely responsible for ensuring that Contest judges are able to access the link with their video.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria: Each entry that meets requirements will be added to a voting platform hosted on the Family Dog Mediation website. Videos will be voted on during the contest period by members of the public. Votes may only be cast once. Promoter reserves the right to use any contestant video in marketing/advertising during and after the contest period and to modify the video as needed. Promoter will provide each Contestant a social media guide with relevant hashtags, account handles, and other details to promote public voting. The public voting portal available on Promoter’s website will close at 11:59 PM EDT on September 2, 2024.

Winner Announcement and Prizes: The Contestant receiving the most votes during public voting will be announced as the winner on or about September 10, 2024, and will be awarded First Prize. The remaining finalists will be awarded Second, and Honorable Mentions (3-6) prizes commensurate with their rankings from public voting.

First Prize: Expenses paid dog friendly vacation rental.

Second Prize: $1000 gift card to the Family Dog Mediation shop to be used on courses or professional consults

Honorable Mentions (places 3-6): $100 gift card to a small pet retailer.

License, Representations, and Warranties: The term “Application” means all material submitted by Contestant for the Contest, including, but not limited to, entry form responses, the Contestant’s video performance, the Contestant’s written response, sound recordings, photographs, logos, artwork, and other images, and biographical information, statements, and quotations. By submitting an Application, Contestant grants to Promoter, and any parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees, and each of these entities’ and individuals’ respective successors, representatives, and assigns: The worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, and perpetual (for the duration of the applicable right) license to prepare, copy, record, reproduce, sublicense, distribute, transmit, perform, modify, adapt, publish, create derivative works from, and otherwise use and commercially exploit (in and on any medium such as over-the-air broadcast, cable television, CDs, computer audio files, Internet delivery, including streaming, satellite, or on any other form of reproduction and distribution now or hereafter known) all or any portion of the Application for any purpose, including, but not limited to, in connection with the Contest or Promoter’s creation, marketing, and distribution of the Contest, including any future contest or any compilation albums. The worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, and perpetual (for the duration of the applicable right) right to use, publish, reproduce, and distribute, and to permit others to use, publish, reproduce, and distribute, Contestant’s, including each member of a Group Contestant’s, name, portrait, pictures, likeness, biographical materials, and similar information included in Contestant’s Application for any purpose in any manner and in any medium, including, but not limited to, in connection with the Contest or Promoter’s creation, marketing, and distribution of the Contest, including any future contest. Promoter shall have no obligation to use, and Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to use, not use, or refuse any Application. Without limitation, by submitting an Application, Contestant grants to Promoter the right to edit and/or alter any Application in its sole discretion. No part of an Application shall be subject to any obligation of confidentiality on Promoter’s part, and Promoter shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Application. By submitting an Application, Contestant, represents and warrants to Promoter that: Contestant holds all of the full and necessary legal rights and authority, including, but not limited to, copyrights, rights of attribution, rights to credit, neighboring rights, moral rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights, to grant Promoter the licenses in and to the Application hereunder on behalf of the Contestant and any composers, publishers, authors, or other third parties; Promoter is free to use the Application in accordance with these Official Contest Rules and any such use of the Application will not violate any laws or the rights of any person; Promoter shall not be required to make any payments with respect to the rights and licenses granted to Promoter in these Official Contest Rules; and Contestant hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives any and all moral and like rights that Contestant may have in the Application and hereby agrees not to make any claim based on such moral or like rights with respect to Promoter’s use of the Application in accordance with the Official Contest Rules.

Indemnification and Release: By submitting an Application, Contestant agrees: To fully protect, indemnify, and hold harmless Promoter and any sponsors of the 2024 Season (the “Indemnified Parties”), and each of the Indemnified Parties’ agents, officers, directors, employees, performers, volunteers, vendors, representatives, attendees, guests, and invitees against any Claims (defined herein), including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, expenses, and any and all other costs incurred in defending any such Claims with respect to, arising out of, or as a result of its participation in the Contest, including, without limitation. For purposes of the Official Contest Rules, “Claim” shall mean any and all contingencies, causes of action, actions, affirmative defenses, judgments, liens, indebtedness, damages, losses, claims, regulatory enforcement actions or other regulatory fines or penalties, liabilities and demands of every kind and character, whether known or unknown, fixed or contingent, suspected or unsuspected, existing or prospective; and To release and forever discharge each of the Indemnified Parties, and each of the Indemnified Parties’ agents, officers, directors, employees, performers, volunteers, vendors, representatives, attendees, guests, and invitees from Claims arising from or related to its participation in the Contest.

Force Majeure, Disqualification, and Internet Disclaimer: Neither Contestant nor Promoter shall be liable for failure or delay in performing its obligations hereunder if such failure or delay is due to or caused by fire, flood, earthquake, natural disaster, or other acts of God, war, terrorism, riot, insurrection, acts or regulations of public authorities, power or water interruptions, cable cuts, labor difficulties, strike, civil tumult, epidemic, pandemic, interruption or delay of transportation service, inability to obtain raw materials, supplies, or power used in or for its required equipment, or any other cause beyond its reasonable control. Further, Promoter may prohibit a Contestant from participating in the Contest if Promoter determines that Contestant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices, or intending to abuse, threaten, or harass other Contestants or prospective entrants. Caution: Any attempt by a Contestant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Promoter reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law. Promoter (i) assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in acquisition, operation, or transmission of communications, line failure relating to theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; and (ii) is not responsible for any problems relating to, or technical malfunction of, any communications network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or communications service provider, computer or other equipment, hardware, software, failure of any entry information to be received by Promoter on account of technical problems, human error, or traffic congestion of any communications system on the Internet, or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to the participant’s or any other person’s computer or other device related to, or resulting from, participation or downloading of any materials in this Contest. PROMOTER MAKES NO WARRANTY, GUARANTEE, OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND CONCERNING ANY PRIZE, AND PROMOTER SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, WARRANTY OF FITNESS, AND ANY OTHER IMPLIED WARRANTY.