We are “Versatile?” Color us HONORED!

Last night Mom  & I  sat down to begin to make a long-overdue trip around the Blog-o-sphere to try to catch up reading the posts of our buddies, and boy oh boy were we ever shocked and honored with what we found!

Leslie and Bella over at the superb blog Bringing Up Bella had given us the Versatile Blogger Award!

Here is some info about Bella and her “Mom” Leslie:

“Bringing up Bella is a journal of sorts about my beautiful, crazy, smart (and crazy-smart) rescue dog, Bella (and other doggie stuff).

Bella is both fearful and reactive and I hope these stories will highlight her amazing resilience, joy and growth as well as my own learning curve as her guide through this life’s journey.”

Mom is tickled and grateful, I on the other paw, am shocked! Us? “Versatile?” Ummm…have you seen the ridiculous amount of product we have featured on this blog in the past few months?

The fact that Leslie and Bella, whose blog is impeccably organized, beautifully written and evokes complete and total feelings of love to all who read it, thinks we are “Versatile” is the greatest honor indeed! We thank you from the tip of our ears to the end of our respective “tails.” We are shimmying, shaking and spinning with delight! THANK YOU!

All awards come with rules and this award is no different. The rules involved in accepting this award are:

1) Thank the award giver and link back to them (check)

2) Share 7 things about yourself. Ok here we go. Mom wasn’t in a mood to reveal much about herself so she is passing the keyboard on to me.

Here are my 7 things:

1) I love to be brushed. Yes! I am a vain little guy! If you have a brush, are ready, willing and able, I will stand and be brushed for however long you are willing to do it!  If I were a woman I would be one of those 100-strokes-a-day-kinda-gals.

2) I can talk. Mr. Ed isn’t the only one who can yakety-yak all day, the incredible Dakota has something to say!

Mom engages me in conversations while she is cooking. She asks about my day, my thoughts and I respond, ( I am doing it now but you can’t hear me BOL!)

3) I can spell. I know how to spell “D-I-N-N-E-R”, “P-E-A-N-U-T B-U-T-T-E-R” and “B-O-N-E” (it is important when one is spelling that they include the dashes as well. BOL!

4) I can read lips. Mom almost fell over with this one. She was playing harassing me one day, and was trying to get me riled up, which doesn’t take too long. She started mouthing all sorts of words. I barked at just the right time and at each proper place,  for each and every word.

5) I am crazy at home but a perfect gentleman at the Vet. I love my Vet and the entire staff. The Vet always marvels at how “calm” I am. Mom says I am like the little kids that act up at home for their parents but at school they are perfect angels.  In my opinion when someone is standing there with a needle in their hand, poised to give me a shot in the butt, it behooves me to be on my best behavior. I’m no fool!

Instead of "reach out and touch someone", I thought they meant "reach out and EAT someone or some THING!"

6) I once ate part of my Mom’s cell phone-ummm…we won’t go there

7) I prefer to sleep on the floor and not sleeping in a dog bed. My poor Mom has bought me so many beds because she says she can’t bear to watch me sleep on the floor. She is afraid that if people see photos of me sleeping on the floor they will think she is an awful Mom.  Mom will purchase every bed that strikes her fancy and I have yet to sleep in ANY of them. Oh yes, I have eaten a few, but sleep in them? NOPE. Not ME!  My kitty brother Cody has inherited the majority of them.

See what I mean?

The last rule involved in accepting this award is to pass it on to 15 other bloggers. Mom and I  always feel so bad when we are asked to do that.

There have been all sorts of things in the blogging world that maybe myself, my brother Cody and my Mom have been included in, or not,  that can often cause hurt feelings, albeit usually unintentionally. 

 We have experienced seeing  lists, events,  or whatever that we thought maybe we would be included in, for  a myriad of  reasons, and then for reasons that we often don’t understand, we find that we have been excluded.  OUCH. Whether you want to admit it or not, when it happens to you,  It hurts.

We all like to be recognized and to feel as if what we do is important.

We have experienced feeling like the odd-one-out in the schoolyard who is picked for a team last,  it is a stinky feeling and we  don’t want to make anyone else feel that way.

Also, some people don’t like to receive awards because they feel obligated to blog about them, and we know how so many of us are pressed for time, so we don’t want to unduly cause more stress, or have who we chose be upset that we chose  them, or not. 

Let’s just say we LOVE and APPRECIATE all of you!  All bloggers bring their own unique talents to the table, we all have something special to offer, no two of us are alike, we work hard at doing what we are doing, whatever that is, and we all deserve to be recognized for our efforts!

So to our blogging buddies, if you haven’t received this award, grab it……you deserve it!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”


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  1. Congratulations, Dakota and Caren! I love your blog, admire your writing, and can’t say enough good things about the two of you. I also like your rational for not passing the award along to other bloggers. It makes a lot of sense and is certainly very thoughtful.
    Looking forward to future blogs, both learning about products for dogs, or reading about what you’ve both been doing.

    • Awww Debbie my mom and I THANK YOU for your lovely comment!!

      Mom had to laugh when she read that you “admire our writing”…a year or so ago Mom was rejected for something by someone who will remain nameless (let’s just say it had to do with PETS) who inferred (without saying it literally)…that Cat Chat was a grammar and punctuation NIGHTMARE. Yep! She sure did! Even suggested a book that Mom should read to learn how to write.

      Mom did purchase the book (she is always willing to learn more)…but the last time we looked Cat Chat isn’t a thesis…it is a Chat about Cats…….cat folks can be soooooooo “catty”…but wait…this is a DOG BLOG and that is an entirely different issue altogether but certain annoyances are sadly becoming more frequent.

      If I were being paid significant bucks to be annoyed that is one thing…to get aggravated for FREE…makes one feel they need to decide if this is what they want to be doing.

      Food blog anyone? BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  2. What? Lip reading!!! You’re so clever!!!

    It’s funny that I prefer to sleep on the floor too.

    Congratulations on your award, Dakota!


    • Eva are you kidding?

      you prefer to sleep on the floor as well???? OMD we DO have A LOT in common don’t we?

      Ohhhh yessssssssss I can read lips! Mom is simply amazed!!!

      Thank you about the award as well!
      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Congratulations on the award. You absolutely deserve it! Love, love, love how you’re handling passing it along. Kudos!

    • Sue thank you!!!!!!

      Thanks also about your comment about how I chose to handle it.

      Guess I went on kind of a rant didn’t I? lol. My husband read this blog post early this morning and was appalled. He was like “what in the heck are you doing?”

      Oh well…..sometimes we just gotta do what we gotta do.

      I sometimes am shocked at the amount of “politics” that exists in the world of blogging.

      Oh yes in my past working life that was the norm, I guess in reference to blogging I have been rather naive.

      Over the past few weeks blogging has become far less fun for me. When it gets to that point it might be time to do some serious thinking about moving on….it’s on my wavelength……we will see!

      Thank you for your support!

      Love, “Mom”

  4. Too funny! It’s Mr. Ed theme week!

    Of course you can talk. Duh.

    • Sara I nearly died when I saw your post! I had written mine about an hour or so before I saw yours (I didn’t even have a chance to read blogs for a few days) I couldn’t believe it!!! BOL! Here I thought I was being sooooooo unique! NOT! BOL!

      loved your “of course you can talk. Duh.” BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  5. Congrats to you! I would love to hear you talk, I can talk too. Maybe we should steal our mom’s cell phones some day. Teehee


    • Hi Roxy! Maybe one day my Mom will try and video me talking!

      Ok we will exchange cell phone numbers and talk! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Congratulations! I had to laugh at the cell phone! Freddie chewed mine up too! LOL!

    • thank you Bassetmomma! OMD!! You mean Freddie and I could be a 2 doggy cell phone destruction team!?

      Game on!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. YEY!!!! You soooo deserve this HOOOOORAY!!! too funny the look on Cody’s face as he takes yet another bed MOL!!

    • Sue BOL!!

      About Cody! He sure looks smug doesn’t he? I had bought Dakota an adorable dog house shaped bed…he wants no part of it. cody loves it! Will have to take a photo of him in it the next time I find him there.

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  8. I love the way you handled passing it on. I worry so much about all that myself. I worry about leaving someone out, about making people feel “obligated”, or unappreciated… :\ You explained those feelings eloquently.

    Still, I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw some appreciation your way. And I’m glad I did because we got a glimpse into the little wonder that is Dakota. Sounds like a regular Eddie Haskell. Who’d have thought?

    Finally, thank you for such a nice shout-out. *That* was certainly not part of the award rules. :]

    • Leslie THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! I deeply appreciate that and I sooo appreciate your having chosen me!! I intend to show my husband what you wrote 🙂

      Please do not think that I am NOT grateful…I know you know the spirit that I intended to convey. I am HONORED AND GRATEFUL, especially for this blog as it is my secondary blog and it means A LOT!!

      “Eddie Haskell” OMD you have me laughing! Love that description!!

      I WANTED to do that shout-out so HUSH!!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • Big hugs.

        Believe me Dakota (and mom), I know. Reading your other responses, I can’t imagine what some people are thinking when they criticize others like that. I’m sorry you were treated that way.

        Anyway, on to “funner” stuff. 😉 I assumed since you were referencing Mr. Ed, that I wouldn’t lose you with my Eddie Haskell reference. Glad to hear I’m not the only one around here old enough to remember. BOL

        And if mom ever does get video of you two having a chat, I would LOVE to see it. (Bella talks to me as well but I’m pretty sure she’s usually just complaining that I’m not paying attention to her.)

        Hope you have a wonderful day. (More hugs.)

  9. Concatulations Dakota! Yous and your Mom are Versatile!
    Me loved reading about yous and all the quirks that makes yous you and me particularly loves that yous a little stinker! Tee Hee!

    • Thank you Nellie!!!!

      Oh yessssssss “quirks” that is putting it mildly in reference to me AND Mom!!!!! BOL!!

      Love you Nellie!

  10. Nice, nice. nice. Con-cats!

    • thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Barks and licks and love, dakota

  11. Yay for your award!

    Aww Dakota! Who were you trying to ring using mum’s phone?! LOL! You are one smart and amazing woofie! Yay for you! Take care

    • Hi Old Kitty. if you MUST know I was trying to call CHARLIE!! BOL!!

      This photo is from approx 2 years ago…Mom has a Droid phone now that she keeps FAR away from ME!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota and THANK YOU!

  12. Congratulations Dakota, well deserved award buddy!

    • Prudence thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. We love Mr. Ed 🙂

  14. We love your blog sweet Dekota and this award is much deserved. Congratulations! We enjoyed reading your 7 things. You can read lips and spell? Wow! You are amazing. Hugs and nose kisses

  15. Congrats on your award. You shared some very interesting things about yourself Dakota. I like how you handled the award rules.

    • Bailey thank you!!!

      Daddy didn’t like it but Mommy did! BOL!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  16. Congratulation for the award Dakota…you fully deserved it.

    I love reading that 7 things about you, makes me know you more 🙂

    I want the full story of that cellphone thing…I didnt know cellphone could be delicious 😉

    • Hi Novroz and thank you!!

      The cell phone thing? It was actually partly Mom’s fault. She had her cell phone in her coat pocket and hung the coat UPSIDE DOWN on a chair.

      The cell phone fell out but Mom didn’t know it.

      Anything that hits the floor is MINE!!!! BOL!! By the time she caught me I had almost reached the battery! Mom had to pay $300 for a new phone BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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