The next round of voting is open and Cody is up against a super popular blogging kitty! Will you please take a moment and vote for him in the AmazeCats Competition? You can vote til 12 noon Saturday….there is a different group of cats every day! PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FURIENDS!! THANK YOU!! You can vote right here (click on link and click on circle next to Cody’s name) https://www.facebook.com/AmazeCats?ref=ts&fref=ts
Happy Wednesday everyone! I am sooo excited to present the winners of our PetCakes by Lucky Paws give-away!
Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!
And now, the WINNERS as chosen by http://www.random.org (and their comments) are:
Today is our Uncle Bills’ Birthday!
Uncle Bill is one of the BIGGEST
Doggy Lovers that we know!
He is also super kind to kitties too!
Oh and Mom and Dad wish you the HAPPIEST of birthdays too!!!
They are looking forward to
celebrating with you SOON!
Barks, licks, kitty kisses and LOVE!
Dakota, Cody, Caren & Lenny
Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am gonna do something super brotherly (but don’t you dare tell that I did this!) You see, my brother, Cody is participating in a contest, and since he is NOWHERE near as adorable as I am, (BOL!), he NEEDS VOTES!
Look at this face:
Pretty pitiful isn’t it? Can’t SOMEONE teach this guy how to SMILE? He has an expression like “Uh, duh…did you call me?” BOL!
The contest is being held by AmazeCats.
Who is AmazeCats? Glad you asked! AmazeCats makes:
Famous Cats of the Internet Playing Cards
The famous cats of the internet that we all know and love are coming together to help cats in need. Our feline friends have joined forces to bring you a cool deck of playing cards featuring their adorable photos on each card. You can play cards, hang out with your favorite internet cats and donate to a great cat charity all at the same time. How neat is that?
Vote for AmazeCats Next Top Cat
Isn’t that the most EMBARRASSING THING EVER?
Do you feel sorry enough to vote for my slightly rotund feline family member?
If so, you can vote once a day UNTIL MARCH 29th! Cody has a few blogging buddies who are also in the contest and they would love to make it into the top 32 as well! The cool thing is you can VOTE FOR MULTIPLE CATS IN ONE DAY! So when you vote for Cody you can vote for them too!
To vote for my brother Cody, click here
To view and vote for the other kitties click here
Sorry to ruin your day with a kitty on the blog, but sometimes with family you just gotta do what you gotta do!
Thanks for your support!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
When I first met Author Billi Tiner on Twitter and saw the cover of The Rescue Team, the first thing that intrigued me about this wonderful book for youngsters in the “middle grades” or grades 9-12, was the cover! The cover features the two “stars” of this heartwarming and excitement filled book, Ellie, a Border Collie with an endearing “smile” and a penchant for “spinning”, ( Shelties can certainly relate!), who was unceremoniously “dumped” off at a shelter when his owners discovered they were going to have a baby, and Toby, a silver-gray tabby cat, who was also treated less than admirably by his owners. For those who read both of my blogs, do these two remind you of anybody?
That’s right! The two featured on the cover remind me of my Dakota and Cody!
When I read the first few pages I was hooked! There were many things that I loved about this book, but one of the main themes that I loved was the “pay it forward” message that Ellie and Toby display throughout the entire story. Having been rescued, they live their lives rescuing OTHERS, both people and other animals. Ellie, being a “working” dog, finds her “job”, her ”purpose” rescuing others with Toby the cat, working devotedly by his side.
There are delightful “messages” or “lessons” that are learned when young people AND adults read The Rescue Team. The “pay it forward” message is clear but there are more messages such as, the power of love, devotion, determination, trust, courage, hope, to name a few.
Another aspect of The Rescue Team that I found to be delightful, was how Author Billi Tiner has the animals that are in this book “speak” to each other. There are examples of how they speak with their “eyes” throughout the book, sensing whether a person or an animal can be trusted, just by looking into their eyes. The animals in The Rescue Team “speak” to each other when no humans are around, they also have an uncanny ability to “speak” to the humans, Anne Richards, who adopts Ellie and Toby, and Brent Davis, the EMT who rescues Anne, (in more ways than one!)
Animals have an inherent form of communicating that humans who LISTEN understand, be it a “smile”, a “spin”, a tail wag, a cat showing love through brushing up against a human, Tiner shows throughout this book that SHE is an animal lover by her obvious understanding of these “gestures.”
The Rescue Team also teaches us how, often our first impressions can be wrong, as exhibited when Toby the cat is startled by Tank, the “huge” dog with the “freaky” eyes (one blue, one brown) that sent Toby running up the first tree that he could find!
The Rescue Team is a quick read, fast-moving, exciting, packed with warmhearted “feel good” moments and lessons that can be learned by both young people and adults alike.
Be sure to put this one on your MUST READ list!
To purchase in paperback form click here
To purchase in Kindle form click here
Hi everyone it’s Dakota, it’s Monday and you know what THAT means! It’s Mischief Monday!!
I can’t think of a better day to feature the new book by my buddy Snoopy, (of the informative, fun and adorable blog, SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG,) Mischief Master Class A Book written by Dogs (two Cats and a Turtle!)…assisted by Annette Vivian.
How did this book evolve?
For the rare few who DON’T know, my buddy Snoopy is the MASTER of Mischief! So much so that on his blog he has a regular Monday feature called the Monday Mischief Blog Hop which is sponsored by Snoopy, Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies. This Blog Hop is so popular and has so many weekly submissions from various animals all over the world, that it only made sense that the concept would make a natural evolution, into a BOOK! Now, when you want to read about all the mischief that everyone has been up to, it’s right at the tip of your paws!
My buddy Snoopy is a 2-year-old Bearded Collie who considers himself to be the “Master of Mischief” That title didn’t come easy. In order to attain the title of “Master of Mischief” you must have enormous skill and creativity! Snoopy has made it his mission to help all animals get the title of “Master of Mischief” by compiling this pawsome book!
But what exactly IS “Mischief? I’m glad that you asked! Here is the definition that I found online:” It is “Playful misbehavior or troublemaking”
Snoopy feels, and I agree, that with so much seriousness in the World and in our jobs (did you know that Snoopy is a registered therapy dog? That’s some SERIOUS stuff!) it is important to incorporate some play in your day and what better way to do that than through creating some Mischief!
How Does The Mischief Master Class Work?
From Snoopy: “you must keep in mind some basic principles/rules/codes. If you stick to these principles, my experience tells me you’ll be a Mischief Master in no time!”
This book will be your greatest “go-to” to hone your mischief-making skills! You will LOVE the fun examples/stories shared by animals from all over the world (and their 2-leggers). The colorful photographs will make you wag your tail with delight!
Some of my favorite “Principles” in Mischief Master Class are:
Look Cute-Freddie of the blog BASSET MOMMA has that skill learned, paws down!
Forgiveness is Easier Than Permission-shown by the sock stealing antics of Alfie the Entlebucher Mountain Pup. Visit him at ALFIE’S BLOG.
Stand Tall, Be Firm-shown by none other than yours truly!! Yep! I’m in the book too! I tried so hard to protect my territory from the dogs across the hall that I tore up our door wall! Just for the record, I was so adept at this feat that the dogs have MOVED!
The Art Of Negotiation- remarkably displayed by our turtle friend Kroten, of the blog UNDERNEATH THE SHELL, who will eat anything and everything!
Don’t Underestimate The Little Guy, The Big Dog Isn’t Always The Top Dog-shown by Roxy and Torrey of the blog ROXY THE TRAVELING DOG, as well as Snoopy himself with a hilarious intro to this chapter about Snoopy and his “sheep.”
Learn To Count- one of my faves, and highlights how my buddy Snoopy can count! Yep! By learning to count he knows just how long he can stay on the forbidden bed before his Mom counts to THREE to get him off. He even includes a link to the video in his book (links to many other videos are in the book as well). Check out this one of Snoopy, you’ll see why it is a fave of mine!
The last principle we are going to share with you, (you will have to buy the book to see the rest), is showcased by Emma of the blog MY GBGVLIFE and that is: Don’t Be Shy- Ask For What You Want where Emma was determined to have a special birthday pawty for her sister Katie and took matters into her own paws!
Check out some more mischief that is in this great and FUN book!
Once you finish reading Snoopy’s Mischief Master Class, you will have “learned that no matter who you are or what you are, Mischief is for ALL!”
You will even have your own “Mischief Master” Certificate in the book, like mine!
Now, go tell the person in charge of the money in your house to hurry up and pawchase this fantastic book! Better yet, YOU create some mischief and grab their credit card and order it yourself! BOL!!
Did you know?
Snoopy and his Mum are generously donating 50% of the book Profits to Therapy Pets Support Charities
To purchase Mischief Master Class in paperback click here
To purchase the Kindle edition click here
Wanna follow Snoopy?
You can find him on Facebook by clicking here
On his blog: SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG
About the Author
Hi everyone! It’s Dakota! Back in October, I was reading one of my favorite blogs:
Roo has a super special story about his life, which if you don’t know his story, you can read about it here
Now being the super generous dog that he is, Roo was having a give-away for a BarkBox and/or a MeowBox as part of Roo’s Birthday/Gotcha celebration and I decided to enter!
What is a BarkBox?
From their website:
When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from bones and treats to shampoos, leashes and innovative new gadgets!
A portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. To learn more about our causes, read about our giving program.
Here is a photo of Roo and HIS BarkBox
Then…when it was time to pick winners
of his contest,
look who Roo picked!
I was BEYOND excited that I won!
Look at all of my stuff!
Do you believe it? One of my favorite things in that box are the blueberry treats by Fruitables Pet Foods! They are the perfect size for all of my treat toys and they are super delicious! Not to mention the great treat toy by Bionic and of course a gift card from our pals at chewy.com !! Everything I love!!
Mom was super impressed with the Bark Box and said if she ever starts making some money again that maybe she will look into this for me. If not for me, it would make a great gift for some other lucky doggies!
Now, if that wasn’t generous enough, Roo even got presents for my kitty brother Cody, so he wouldn’t feel left out! Look at all of this stuff that Cody got!
Here is a video of Cody enjoying his Cat Amazing!
You can enter to win one on his blog until
5pm this Monday by clicking here
Both Cody and I want to thank Roo for his INCREDIBLE KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY! It would have been enough for just ME to win (of course!), but to include Cody as well, was one of the kindest things we have ever experienced.
We are deeply touched Roo,
we THANK YOU from the top of our ears,
to the tip of our tails,
and to the “moon and back!!”
We love you Roo!
Dakota and Cody