That's rough: Free dog sleeping bag was a scam

Dog owners looking to get a free sleeping bag for their pet should stay away from the free offer at Pet Maxi, a Web site that offers free pet product samples that turn into pop-up ads for healthcare and other things. In September I wrote a short story for WalletPop about an offer for a free sleeping bag for small dogs.

The offer is bogus, and Pet Maxi is misrepresenting itself on its "Contact Us" page as Walter's World of Pets in Lubbock, Texas. The phone number it lists is out of order and the address is an old address for the legitimate Walter's World of Pets in Lubbock.

"I'm not affiliated with them and I don't know who they are," pet store owner Ryan Blakley told me in a telephone interview.