Thankful Thursday: Pet Blogger Gift Exchange! Our New Friend “Kirby”

There are many traditions that take place during the holiday season. Some involve music, some involve decorating or the preparing of special heirloom recipes, still others involve the tradition of gifts.

When we think of  gifts, we think of presents that  are in boxes or bags and decorated with silvery, satiny bows.

There is what I hope will be a NEW holiday tradition taking place in Blog Land called the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. Upon first glance one would think that it also involves exchanging gifts with fellow pet bloggers that involve boxes and bows. Not so.

Our friends over at Something Wagging This Way Comes have created, in my estimation, one of the best group blogger events…EVER! It is:


Click the badge to visit Something Wagging This Way Comes


What it involves: Positive Affirmations. From Something Wagging This Way ComesAnytime during the month of December, shower your fellow online animal lover with encouragement and compliments. You can write it into a blog post, tweet about them, set up a Pinterest board, or post to your Facebook wall. It’s an easy way to share a gift while feeling good yourself for encouraging someone who works so hard at advocating, educating, or just plain entertaining the animal loving community.

Let me tell you just how much I LOVED this idea! I couldn’t wait to take part! Now, allow me to introduce you to the blogger that I was paired with over at:


Click the photo to visit Kirby's blog!

Click the photo to visit Kirby’s blog!


How cute is this little guy?

From Kirby’s Dawg Blog September 2012– This blog is going to focus all around the trials and joys of owning my 5 and a 1/2 month old puppy…soon to be dog Kirby! He is quite possibly the happiest adventurous little dog I’ve owned. I hope this blog turns into a fun community for dog lover’s alike to discuss and relate to one another. I guarantee there will not be one dull moment with Kirby around- being cute also helps:) I have education in the dog/animal world and am hopeful to put it to some use!

I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know much…(yet) about the person behind the blog because I just started following her about a week ago. What I DO know is that the person behind the blog by all accounts is a complete sweetheart. We are now following each others’ blogs (I was honored to find out that before we were paired up for this exercise that she was already following me!)

What is pitiful is I forgot to find out her name! I am beyond embarrassed! I can tell you the name of every dog and cat in the blogging community (no, not really but I do know A LOT of them) but I forgot to ask Kirby’s Mom her REAL NAME!

What I see when I visit Kirby’s Dawg Blog is a completely adorable dog who shares his life with a human whose love is evident with each blog post.

Kirby’s human shares every day events in her dog’s life such as playing, bath time, one of my new favorites, “The Dreaded Christmas Sweater”  in a warm, friendly, humorous and welcoming way. You cannot leave her blog without feelin’ the love and to me that’s what pet blogging is all about.

Click the photo to read about the "Dreaded Christmas Sweater"

Click the photo to read about the “Dreaded Christmas Sweater”

What I am most happy about after having been paired with Kirby’s Mom is that our journey is just beginning, it won’t end after this blog post. I will learn more about this fun-loving, warm and compassionate blogger and guess what? I WILL FINALLY FIND OUT HER NAME!! Hey Kirby’s Human! I am now your #1 Fan and if there is ANYTHING that you need, I am here for you!! ! I’m HONORED to meet you and I am so happy to have you as my new friend!  Keep on creating blog posts that are as adorable as the ones you have created, your posts brought a huge smile to my face and warmed my heart. I look forward to reading more! I wish you the warmest of holidays, and give that little guy a HUGE KISS FROM ME!



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  1. Woof! Woof! LOVE the idea of the Gift Blogger exchange. We are just getting to know Kirby too. Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Yep Sugar this is the BEST kind of gift EVER!! You are welcome and thanks for reading! Love, “Mom”

  2. What a great idea 🙂 We adore little Kirby and follow their adventures 🙂 Have a great day xxx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Look at Kirby in his Christmas sweater!!!!!!! Soooooo cute 🙂 Love him, and I love the name “kirby”.

    • I love his name too, it is unique and adorable! Love, “Mom”

  4. Thanks for writing such a lovely post about Kirby’s Dawg Blog. I’m so glad you pointed me to the Christmas sweater story. It was as cute as Kirby is.

    I’m more of a pagan myself but I’ve never seen druid sweaters. 🙂

    I asked all the anonymous bloggers if they were willing to identify their real names. Those who didn’t reply I’m assuming are protecting a sexy, secret identity.

    I suspect Kirby’s person is really Batgirl and she can’t share her real name in case she takes Kirby with her on a crime fighting spree. 🙂

    • OMG that was too funny!! “Batgirl!!” I just feel that I was remiss because if I am supposed to be getting to know her, the FIRST thing I should have done is ask what the heck her name is! lol!!!! I didn’t write this til last night so it was too late for me to try and get a hold of her. Now I feel awful!! Pamela, Thank YOU for this fabulous blogging event! I am hoping it will be back next year, if so, COUNT ME IN! Love, “Mom”

      • OOOOH MY GOOODNESSS! Words can not explain how honored and surprised I am you did a whole beautifully written thorough post about little old me!….and kirby of course! XD THANK YOU SOOO much Dakota it means a lot to us! Hehe. I sent a email before to Pamela, saying that she can say my really name to whoever I get (which is LEA, btw! heehee) but my computer has been acting up back then so there is a chance it never got sent out properly! Well now ya know!! lol. But quite honestly Im really liking batgirl, so if ya wanna keep using that….XD. Anyways I can’t believe you wrote all this out for lil old me, this is definitely the highlight of my week, month, year, whatever, lol. You truly hold the Christmas spirit in your heart, and it can seem like a very rare thing to find these days. I am beyond grateful I have been paired up with you, and the best part is being December 6th and all, the Christmas exchange really has just begun! kisses from kirby, who is in shock right now I believe (well either that or sleeping XD) AND HUGS FROM LEA!! Now the question is how can I do something at least equally comparable to show my appreciation for your wonderful blog, and you of course!

      • LEA!!! LEA!!!!! OMG now I am even MORE embarrassed! YESSSSSSSSS Pamela DID put your name in the email! But did I check it? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! OMG! I wrote the blog on my calendar (your blog name) and completely forgot about the email! OMG what a jerk I am! I LOVE how you spell your name! You are so sweet, I am so happy you liked it. You do NOT have to do the same thing silly!!! I wanted to do a blog post because the entire blogging event is something I hold close to my heart. We ALL work so hard on our blogs, those darned blogging awards are all over the place but to me, being paired up with just one person to encourage, to get to know, etc, to let them know that what they are doing is worthwhile is more special than any group blogging award. I think the more something goes around the less special it is (at least in my opinion), this is something that will probably be once a year and to me that’s more meaningful. I am completely thrilled to have been paired with you. You have left me the sweetest, nicest comments and guess what? That is ENOUGH! THAT is a true gift! Love, “Mom”

      • Hahaha, that is funny. i felt so bad having you think that I wouldn’t want to give you my name. You are SOOOOOO right, I have not gotten one yet, and though I know they are very special, it means sooooooo much more personally for you to do this for me, what a kind and generous person you are 🙂 But enough mushiness, or Ifear Kirby and Dakota will both be gagging from it, lol. And oh yes, I feel so lucky to have you as my blogging buddy this christmas, truly blessed, it can not go unnoticed how lucky I feel to be linked to a wonderful blog, person, and dog like you guys. I will be thinking long and hard! lol. Hugs and kisses from me and Kirby. -LEA! lol

      • Lea (I am going to keep using your name so I don’t forget it! lol) You flatter me waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much!!!! But I thank you! Pamela must be laughing because she knows she put your name in my email. I need to learn how to read better! xoxo

      • haha, we all make mistakes 🙂 Sounds like something I would do to be honest! lol

  5. I have been reading Kirby’s blog for a few weeks now and agree with you that he is a total sweetheart…His adventures are worth following and he should make lots of new furriends thanks to your great post

    • Awww Gizmo thank you!! So happy that you already knew about Kirby! Love, “Mom”

    • Thanks sos much Gizzy! I feel equally the same way with you!

  6. Hey Dakota, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

    Kirby is a furiend of ours too, great choice. Wonderful program, will hop over and join. 🙂

    • Hi Jet! Well EVERYONE is your furiend! lol. Kirby and I were paired up…..(and I am happy we were) all of the participating bloggers were paired up, that is what made it so much fun! love, “Mom”

  7. What a greatest coolest idea!!!

    Kirby is so cute and I’m sure his mom is very sweet too! We will pop over to visit their blog right away!


    • We loved the idea too!! Isn’t Kirby just adorable? Thanks for visiting them Eva! Love, “Mom”

  8. That’s such a nice idea… I like Kirby very much and this year it’s his first christmas ;o) and I’ll bet it’s wonderful ;o)

  9. We’re definitely going to have to go and check Kirby out! He looks like a cutie!

  10. We love little Kirby too, such a cutie. We are taking part in the exchange too, and I agree, it’s a great idea!

  11. Hasn’t the gift exchange been so much fun? I’ve been working on my post all week because I want it to be perfect.

    Kirby looks like such an adorable little guy and I am definitely going to stop by to say hello!

    • Kristine oh YES it has been wonderful! I fell in love with the idea the moment I first read about it. I am SURE that your post WILL be perfect because your writing is exquisite. You write so beautifully. I feel bad that I didn’t have more time for mine. Kirby IS ADORABLE! Love, “Mom”

  12. Kirby is a new friend of mine too, just loved those photos of him as dogzilla BOL. He’s super cute.
    Love the gift exchange idea, I’ve just signed up!

    • Misaki I am soooooooo happy to hear that you have signed up! Love, “Mom”

  13. Wowwie Zowwie! What a great idea! Me ALWAYS does an affirmation in the moring today was “I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life.”
    Me is sharing it with yous

    • Nellie you are truly a wise kitty! What a wonderful rule to live by! Love, “Mom”

  14. Awesome!!! We love your sweater
    Benny & Lily

  15. Hey Dakota and Mom – thanks for introducing us to Kirby and his Mom! We hadn’t met them before. Off to check out Kirby in all his cuteness!!

    • Hi Jackie! You are most welcome! Glad you are going to visit them! Love, “Mom”

  16. Aww how sweet! I visited Kirby yesterday and saw that cute photo of him as Dogzilla. Like you, I am MUCH better at remembering pet’s names than human names.

    • Well, the good think is I never knew her name! lol! Love, “Mom”

  17. We are also hoping this tradition continues. What a lovely idea. And such a great way to get to folks to reach out and get to know one another.

    I’m not familiar with this particular Kirby so I’m looking forward to geting to know him and his, obviously, fabulous mom. 🙂

    I had to laugh that you didn’t get his mom’s name – that is such a dog person thing to do! LOL

    • I couldn’t agree more! Getting to know each other in a spirit of good will instead of competition. I love it! Thanks for making me laugh about not getting LEA’S (I have it now!!) name!! lol. Love, “Mom”

  18. Well now I get to learn about two new great blogs – you and Kirby’s! This is such a lovely post you have written. It’s this gift exchange is such a great idea!

    • Elizabeth thank you!! That is such a sweet thing to say. Thanks so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  19. What a lovely idea and something that sounds 100% right up your alley!! We will go pay Kirby and Lea (LOL) a visit soon.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Robyn (and Wally & Sammy)

  20. Hey Dakota,

    You’re so right, Kirby is a super cutie!! And how cool that he gets to live with Batgirl!! Maybe he can swap his sweater for a Bat Cape?! 🙂

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  21. Misaki sent us your way, and we are so glad to have found you. Great idea. We will be watching. – DogDaz

    • thanks so much!! We LOVE meeting new furiends!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

      • Slobber back at ya – Lulu Belle and Sofie Bear

  22. Mom and I love reading about Kirby. We loved your blog about this lovable pup.

    • thanks so much Missy! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  23. Dakota what a terrific blog (present) I met Kirby a couple weeks ago when he was ready to drive the car. He is absolutely adorable and you did a great job of telling us all about him. Your writing is always happy and fun:-)

    • Awww Tyler thank you so much! That was quite kind of you! Mom and I are so happy to have met Kirby and his Mommy! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  24. Kirby is so cute in his sweater! Your blog post about Kirby was awesome…but we wouldn’t expect anything but awesome from you! Have a great weekend!

    P.S. We are having an Angry Birds Dog Toys (that’s a mouthful!) giveaway over at our blog! Tell your mom to enter cause we think you would like these toys Dakota!!!!!

    • thanks for thinking of me! Mom was contacted to do a review/give-away for Hartz for the same toys but she turned them down. Thanks though!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  25. Kirby is soooo darn cute!!

    Aha Dakota…you’re getting old forgetting someon’e name like that 😉

    Hope you won’t forget my Mommy’s name 😉

    • Ummm….Mom IS old……..and YEP she has no clue what your Mommy’s name is!! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • So…Mom is the old one…not you 😉

      • got that right! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  26. Absolutely loving this event! Your post about Kirby was too sweet.. I’m heading over there now!

    • we loved it too!! I think it is the BEST ever! Thank you about our post but Kirby really flattered the HELL out of us! We are not worthy!! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  27. Love this gift exchange and I cannot wait to read more of Kirby’s blog. Caren G, I am very blessed to call you my friend and am a fan of yours. Please know that — a mega talent you are. Hugs!

    • Hi Carol! I feel the same about you! Thank you!!! ((((hugs))))

  28. Oh how I loved your write up. What I love about Blogville/land is the love, there is so much love and support here. I can’t wait to learn more about Kirby too!!

    • Jodi thanks so much! Yep there IS a ton of love and support here and it is just fabulous! Barks and licks and love Dakota and Mom

  29. LOL – you are a true dog person – know the name of the dog, forgot to even ask the name of the owner! 😉

    This was a great post and I’m anxious to go get to know Kirby myself now – what a little cutie, huh?

    I loved this event even though I’m just now getting around to reading all the posts in the hop. We saw lots of tweets and pins throughout the month. And I agree, I hope it becomes a true blogville tradition. 🙂

    • Shhhh….Mom is the SAME way with the CATS too!! I guess she is just an “animal” person! Kirby is a real sweetheart that is for sure! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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