To MY “Queen of Hearts” Happy Valentine’s Day!


There were a number of us in the U.S. who didn’t realize until the last moment that Mollie and Ranger’s Valentine’s Ball was going on all week and many of us had other blogging obligations that we had to fulfill and were unable to adjust our schedules.

I still was lucky enough to attend the ball with MY “Queen”….EVA……..

We had a wonderful time and appreciate all the work that was involved in putting on such a spectacular event!

Neither Eva nor I  had any aspirations of winning   the title of “King and Queen” of the Valentine’s Ball, and of course we didn’t, but  in OUR hearts we will always be “KING” and “QUEEN” to each other!

Happy Valentine’s Day my precious and stunningly beautiful Sheltie girlfriend Eva! 

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Be sure to stop over to Mollie’s and see who the REAL King and Queen of the Valentine’s Ball was.


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Thank you for being our special furiends and for sharing your day with us!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota and Mom

“Yappy” New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Merry Christmas to all of our friends!

“Twas the night before Christmas…”

The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas graphic produced by Pet365 and Dogorama. Click here to view the original post.


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From all of us here at MHS, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!


Each year, families across Michigan and throughout  the world,  sit down with their families to celebrate the holidays with festive parties, big meals and colorful decorations. However, while these traditions are what make the holidays special for all of us, some can be potentially dangerous for our furry friends. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) offers the following tips for keeping pets safe during the holiday season:


  • Holiday plants can be harmful or toxic, including mistletoe, holly, Japanese yew, Jerusalem cherry, lilies and the bulb of the Amaryllis plant. A common myth is that Poinsettia are poisonous to pets – while not ideal, they are not lethal. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is vomiting, lethargic or foaming at the mouth. A list of emergency veterinarians is available at
  • Keep pets away from holiday decorations and never leave them unsupervised around the Christmas tree. Tinsel, ribbon, and bows – which many cats find irresistible – are choking hazards and can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Glass balls may be “fetched” off the tree and break. Also, if you have a real Christmas tree, ingested pine needles can puncture the intestines, so vacuum around the tree often.
  • Make sure lights and electrical cords are out of reach. Besides the risk of electrocution, the tree may topple over. Don’t spend your holidays imitating the Griswolds!
  • Secure four-legged family members while entertaining. More guests mean more chances for a pet to slip out. MHS strongly recommends that all pets have identification, including a collar and ID tag, as well as microchip as a permanent, safe and effective form of identification.

  • Provide a safe, quiet place away from the hustle and bustle. Some pets are social butterflies who enjoy the extra activity of the holidays, but others may prefer peace and quiet. Stock the area with their favorite toys, food and water, a litter box for cats and comfy bedding. If they are agitated, soothing music may be helpful.


  • Hold the leftovers. A taste or two may be okay for most pets, but a drastic change in a pet’s diet can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and require emergency medical attention. Never give animals poultry or steak bones, which can splinter or lodge in the throat, stomach or intestinal tract.  Poultry skin can be harmful as well, while onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous for dogs. And of course, be sure the garbage is secured.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can prove fatal depending on the dog’s size and the amount and type of chocolate ingested. The safest rule is to keep all chocolate out of a dog’s reach.
  • Lighted candles should never be left unattended, especially with animals around.
  • Alcohol and pets do not mix. Keep alcoholic drinks where animals cannot reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very sick and weak, possibly resulting in respiratory failure.


The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, please visit

Have a Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Chanukah!!!!

Chanukah (yes…there ARE multiple spellings of the word) begins tonight at sundown….

What is Chanukah?


Chanukah — the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev— celebrates the triumph of lightover darkness, of purity overadulteration, of spirituality over materiality.



Chanukah customs include eating foods fried in oil — latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts); playing with the dreidel (a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”); and the giving of Chanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children.

Click here for the complete story of Chanukah, and here for a comprehensive “How To” guide for the observances and customs of Chanukah.

My ALL TIME FAVORITE Chanukah song is by Adam Sandler….enjoy his crazy humor!

To those who celebrate,


Enjoy your “Eight Crazy Nights”

Barks and licks and love, from our house to yours!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey, Parades and the National Dog Show Presented by Purina

Today is the day that many of us in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving.  While humans stuff their faces with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and calorie-laden desserts, doggies all over the world are giving thanks!

Here is a short list of the MANY things I am thankful for!

  • My Mom and Dad
  • Cody
  • Delicious food
  • Bones
  • a comfy home
  • My blogging buddies
  • and soooo much more!

I am also thankful that today I get the TV all to myself and I can watch:





(like my Mom and Dad)



The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2012 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 11th year.

This show is impawtant to me since I am a pure-bred kinda guy and I am registered with the AKC. The show  is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 170 breeds vie for “Best in Show” honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition.

Can you guess what group of doggies I will be BARKING FOR?

Why the HERDING GROUP of course!!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

now pass me some turkey!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Dog Welcomes Her Soldier “Daddy” Home

This video is just too wonderful.  I found this on the Petcentric website hosted by Purina!

From Petcentric: “Gracie obviously missed her owner as much as he missed her. You can hear her whimpering as she licks his face and climbs into his lap, while he confesses, “I missed you so bad…I’m sorry I went away.”

To learn more about Veterans Day, click here

We send our own “licks” and love

to those who selflessly served

and fought for our country and our freedom.

Dakota and “Mom”

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It’s Halloween!!!!!!!!! Meet “Dakotular”


Photo done by our friends Mollie and Alfie!

I can’t imagine that you don’t know them,

but in the event you don’t, click here to visit them!!

In the meantime:

Happy 5th “Gotcha Day” Precious Dakota!

You came to us from up above,

a precious “Sheltie-boy” for us to love.

All licks and love and with a waggling tail,

with an abundance of energy

that wouldn’t  be curtailed.

You are the answer to our every dream,

a Sheltie of our own to love and preen.

You bark,

you prance,

you bark,

you dance,

we wouldn’t trade you for a zillion dollars!


Happy 5th “Gotcha Day” Precious Boy!

Love, “Mom and Dad”