The #WordPress Family Award

Yes, Dakota and I are actually blogging about an award that we recently received, and you are correct that we don’t normally blog about awards any longer. While we  have always been  deeply appreciative that anyone would take the time to think that Dakota’s blog is “award-worthy”, many of the awards were just coming around repetitively and it was becoming cumbersome to post about them. Then, Dakota’s blog received the:


and not only were we deeply touched when we  read what this award was actually FOR,  but this award is so unique, not to mention we hadn’t received this one yet, that we  felt compelled to blog about it.

Dakota and I received this award not just once

but TWICE!!

We were shocked!

The first blog we received it from was:


coming home rescue

Click on the photo to visit the Coming Home Rescue Blog

and to be completely candid, neither Dakota nor I had heard of this blog until we received this lovely award.


Coming Home Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey. 

It is estimated that approximately 38,000 animals were euthanized in the state of New Jersey last year alone.  Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing that number by rescuing and rehoming as many dogs from these shelters as possible. 
We have saved over 500 dogs since starting in 2009.
After reading their “About” page, Dakota and I signed up to follow their blog. Anyone who has read Dakota’s blog for any length of time knows that while Dakota was purchased from a responsible breeder, animal rescue is a cause that we hold close to our hearts, and we feature blog posts that focus on  animal rescue many,  many  times throughout the year.
It touched us greatly that someone who we  didn’t even know read Dakota’s  blog,  felt moved  in some way by what we do, and were moved enough to present us with this award!  Dakota and I are deeply humbled and moved.
The second blog we received this special award from:
I "stole" this photo from her Facebook page. Hope she doesn't mind. To visit Peace Love & Whiskers on Facebook just click this photo!

I “stole” this photo from her Facebook page. Hope she doesn’t mind. To visit Peace Love & Whiskers on Facebook just click this photo!

This is a delightful blog that features some of the best animal and pet blogger interviews on the web! We are honored that we are going to be featured there (we think on Monday?)  If you haven’t visited this gem please click their name above and head on over!
What is the WordPress Family Award?
“This is an award to celebrate those other WordPress bloggers who inspire, help and encourage us – just like a family does.”
Dakota and I feel that to be viewed like “family” makes everything that we do worthwhile and this is truly one of the most wonderful awards that we have received thus far.
What are the requirements of this award?

1. Display the award logo on your blog  DONE!

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.  DONE!!

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

Ok this part we  just can’t do. Many of the bloggers we  would like to give this award to have already received it, and as we always say, if we follow you, we consider you to be our “friend and our family” and we think the world of ALL OF YOU.

Thank you for touching our lives the way each and every one of you do.

Thanks for welcoming US into your world!

If you are reading this and are a WordPress blogger,

grab this award for yourself because, 

we love and think the world of ALL OF YOU!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota and “Mom”

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  1. I had a chuckle when I read this one Dakota because we almost sent this award to you too!!!
    We thought maybe you didn’t like awards, but we’ll remember next time that you don’t mind getting them if they’re new ones 🙂

    • Hi Zena!! We don’t blame you one bit! We do like awards, and we deeply appreciate them, we just don’t have the time with two blogs to keep blogging about them over and over and over (well…you get it) again! This one touched us, some of the ones going around to us just seem unnecessary, yes…this is Mom and I am strange lol. Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  2. That’s so lovely! Well-deserved, congratulations 🙂

    • thank you so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  3. Congratulations Dakota on this prestigious award. You truly do rich everyone of out hearts with your blogs. You are always trying to find ways to help all dogs, cats, etc. find love in a forever home. I could go on but I will just say that this award was truly deserved. We love you!! Lexie, Mica, Mom

    • Thanks so much Lexie, Mica and Mom!!! OMD you brought tears to my Mom’s eyes (and mine too!!) That was so incredibly kind of you to say and it simply means the WORLD TO US!! We LOVE YOU TOO!!! We also LOVE your blog! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  4. I don’t mind you using that image and yes, the interview will post Monday. 🙂

    • Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, “Mom”

  5. That’s a pawsome award.

  6. That’s just wonderful and you so deserve it guys..:) Have a wonderful Sunday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • thanks so much Mollie and Alfie, you do too!!! You have a wonderful Sunday as well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  7. It really is a lovely award. Congrats on getting it!


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

  8. Congratulations and Congratulations :o) Of course your blog is absolutely award-worthy! I’m a member of the WP-family too, now we are realted – ha great!

    • Easy I know you are and you soooooooooooooo deserve to be!!!! You are OUR family as well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  9. Congratulations! You’re part of our family too 🙂

    • Awww THANK YOU!!!!! I am always sooooo happy to see Oreo and Chewy in my in box!! You are OUR family as well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  10. Congrats on the award. We are mixed ourselves on awards, at first we were always excited and then they were so much work and so many of them but we still try to keep up with them.

    • thanks Emma! Well, I have been blogging for almost 4 years on Cat Chat and for 2 years on Dakota’s. Some of the awards kept repeating themselves over and over again. While I ALWAYS appreciated receiving them, making sure to acknowledge each and every one was turning both blogs into awards blogs and it was just too much. This award I found particularly touching. Thanks so much! Love, “Mom”

  11. Woof! Woof! Interesting award, congrats. We feel the same way on receiving overwhelming awards. We are sure very thankful. Will check out coming home rescue. Happy SUNDAY. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • thanks so much Sugar!!! Being thankful and having the time to thank, link, etc, etc, etc are totally different things all together!! You have a HAPPY SUNDAY TOO!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  12. Congratulations! This award is awesome, Dakota! We are a family too!


    • Thank you so much Eva! Of course we are family! I am your husband BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. You have so many barkfriends who love you. Congrats!

    • Thank you!! We are blessed and you do too!!! WE LOVE YOU TOO! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  14. Congratulations on your award, pet bloggers are one big happy family,


    • Thank you Sheba! We most certainly are! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  15. That’s too funny because I almost gave you that award yesterday too but I was thinking you didn’t really do the award thing…Leah at Kirby’s Dawg Blog gave it to me and she’s sooo sweet and although I am not a WordPresser, I felt I would post it cuz of my WordPresser buddies and how I appreciate them 🙂 Congrats on this award my friend! You rock!!

    • Hi Max’s Mom!!! I definitely appreciate them but you are right 🙂 The longer you are blogging, the newer bloggers give them to you thinking that you didn’t receive them and they don’t stop lol. They are like Gremlins lol. It isn’t that we don’t appreciate them, they just start to take over the blog posts!! And…I have another blog (Cat Chat) over on Blogger so that makes them even MORE cumbersome!! lol!! Thanks soooooooo much for thinking of us though! We think that YOU rock too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  16. Congratulations! It’s always nice to expand your family 🙂 !
    We’ll be checking out Coming Home Rescue too!

    • Thank you! It most certainly is! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  17. Congratulations! Never say never, right? 🙂

  18. Oh cool! Well done Dakota, you are very deserving of every award you receive! Those other blogs are great too!
    Hope everyone has a super week!
    Pippa 🙂

    • thanks so much Pippa!!!! Hope you have a great week too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  19. Awwwwww what a beautiful award from wonderful bloggie pals! We love the sentiment too – it’s great to be part of a family that cares, nurtures, loves and helps! Yay! take care

    • Old Kitty we couldn’t agree more!!! Love you! We have to stop by soon! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  20. Congrats on your awards. Lee and Phod

    • thanks so much guys! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  21. Congrats on the award Dakota, definitely deserved:-)

    • thanks so much Misaki!!! The same to you!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  22. Concatulations Dakota! Me was going tos send the award with yous, but then me started checking amd Most of my WordPress Furrends had it. So me gived it to everybody!

    • Thanks Nellie! Not a problem at all! Normally they make my Mom want to scream BOL!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  23. How cool, congratulations
    Benny & Lily

    • thanks so much!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  24. Congratulations on the pawsome award Dakota – very well deserved. Can’t wait to read your interview with Christina, I just got done making her a fun badge for her “Pets That Blog” interviews.

    • thanks so much Ann! Can’t wait to see your badge! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  25. Congratulations!

    • thanks so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  26. Congrats on your award!

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

  27. Wow not one but two awards! Congratulations Dakota, it is always nice to be recognized by a fellow blogger. 🙂

    • thanks so much! I agree! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  28. Congratulations, Dakota and Mom! You deserve it! Just when I am having trouble keeping up on all the blogs I follow, now you’ve just added two more to my list! LOL I thoroughly enjoyed your interview on Peace, Love & Whiskers!

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

  29. Well deserved!

    • thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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