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BARKS AND LICKS AND LOVE,
Hi everyone it’s Dakota (and my brother Cody too!)
We LOVE to follow blogs, it brightens our day! We love reading about your lives and learning more about you, (it’s kinda like sniffin’ a butt to get to know another doggy, if ya get my drift), that’s why we follow 100s of them, but there are some that we can’t follow because we don’t follow RSS feeds and we don’t use a blog reader.
We mentioned this to one of the Queens of the Blog-o-sphere (Ann Adamus of the adorable blog Zoolatry ) and she helped us out by creating these great graphics for us to use to make our point! (She’s super nice AND talented like that!)
So here you go!
Now….get crackin’!! I got my nose all ready to FOLLOW YOU!!!
Barks and licks and love,
Dakota (and Cody too!)
You can chat with Cody on his blog here
HAVE YOU PLAYED TODAY?
Think about it, when was the last time you actually stopped to PLAY? I don’t mean playing a game on the computer, but the kind of carefree, kick-off-your- shoes- twirl- round-and-round- on- the- grass- til-you’re dizzy kind of play that you did as a child. The kind of play that brings on belly laughs that actually bring tears to your eyes. The kind of play that makes you feel exhilarated and free!
It was probably some time ago wasn’t it?
I know for me it was. There’s this thing called “life” that often gets in the way with responsibilities such as kids, paying bills, going to work and the constant onslaught of depressing news. I know I don’t often make the time to actively play, and I bet that you don’t either!
According to a recent survey on the state of play in the U.S., 82-percent of the total adults surveyed say they don’t believe Americans are experiencing enough play in their lives*. Who better to inspire more play than our four-legged friends who bring smiles and spontaneity wherever they go?
To help Americans get more play in their day, Beneful® brand dog food is launching a digital video campaign that features some fun-loving dogs that spread random acts of play in the most unexpected places.
Two of my favorites are below:
This last video is my absolute FAVORITE!
The last video reminded me of when I attended the Meet Purina Pet Blogger Summit, and we had all convened in a meeting early in the morning. We were thrilled to be there and were delighted to listen to an assortment of speakers, but it wasn’t until 2 cats strolled into the conference room that the laughter, “ooohs and ahhhs”, and the giggles began! Purina “gets it”, that is why they allow their employees to bring their pets to work!
Beneful® must know that if I am in need of play, Dakota must be too. Look at what they sent to us!
Isn’t this stuff just great? Dakota’s personal fave is the green tennis ball! He is all about the tennis balls!
To inspire more play between you and your four-legged best buddy, Beneful® would like to send you a Beneful® Play Pack like the one I received above! (U.S. only please)! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you are going to put more “play in YOUR day!”
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH.
WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!
You can also PLAY when you swing by PetSmart-if you purchase a 31-lb bag of Beneful and a 10 oz. Beneful Prepared Meal, you’ll get a free toy with your purchase (there will be a special display of tennis balls right by the Beneful display). Just one more way Beneful is encouraging PLAY!
We are also proud to tell you that the dog-loving community of Lancaster, Pa., has plenty of reason to play, as local resident Angela Bauman and her German Shorthaired Pointer, Beau, have been named Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest. Bauman wins $10,000 cash and a one-year supply of Beneful brand dog food. In addition, her creative entry for her ultimate play destination will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in the Lancaster area!
That’s some exciting stuff!
Congratulations Angela and Beau!!
Now, what are you waiting for?
“Play. It’s good for you”
*About the Beneful “State of Play” Survey
The 2012 Beneful “State of Play” survey was fielded online by ORC International on April 16-22, 2012, among a sample of 2,024 American adults comprising 1,001 men and 1,023 women 18 years of age and older. The sample comprised 789 adults who own a dog.
In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am a member of the Purina Pet Blogger Panel and I was sent a Beneful® Play Pack for Dakota. I was given information to share with my readers if I chose to. Purina did fully pay for all expenses involving my visit to Meet Purina, this past October.
I found this and HAD to share!
Go ahead and laugh!
Have a great weekend all!!
Happy Friday everyone!!
What wonderful weather
we had in Michigan this past week!
It was so nice that Mom decided
to air out her fluffy butt and mine,
and take a walk outside!
Of course we brought Dad along with us!
Mom likes this photo
because she says I remind her of
Lassie sitting by the stream!
“Timmy! Are you stuck in the well?”
These are condos near ours.
Ours looks nicer than these.
I actually had to WALK what a concept! To get here!
Fall colors by the stream near my house
Mom kept saying it was just muddy
but then, she wondered…
We STILL aren’t sure!
(I’m clean now!)
It was a great day!
Just Mom, Me and My Daddy!!
Daddy playing with my muddy or “poopy” fur
better not shake paws with HIM!
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
Happy Friday all! Yep, I’m late! Almost wasn’t even going to be able to blog today with all that is going on at my house, but duty or is it DOODY? calls!
Today I am going to tell you about an award I was given by my buddy Toby over at
This award was a new one to me! Check it out!
You know what? I am not sure what the other requirements are, but to prove that I am worthy of this award, I am going to elaborate on a couple of things that Toby mentioned in his post that we seem to have in common. Once you read these you will know that I was a deserving recipient.
TOBY EATS DOG POOP. YES, you read that correctly. If you think you missed it, let me say this again, TOBY EATS DOG POOP. Ya know what? So do I! Does that make me “devious?” Nooo…it makes me a genius and proves that I am quite clever! Why? All dog poop is, is the same food that I just ate right before I pooped!! It’s just in a more palatable form! It’s packed with nutrients and comes with the added bonus of dirt, cat fur, dust bunnies and whatever else I may have ingested while going about my daily “business.” With everyone being so concerned about the environment, consider it a form of recycling and get over it, ok?
TOBY DOESN’T DO WELL WITH COMMANDS. Neither do I. Let me put it to you this way, do YOU like to be told what to do? What if you feel like running and someone tells you to SIT? What if you want to rest and someone tells you to COME? What if you found a hundred-zillion dollars and someone told you to LEAVE IT!! You wouldn’t listen, would you? Well, my 2-legged friends I am no different than you! I have the ability to think, and in some cases I can exercise sound REASONING skills as well! I will be the one to decide WHAT I will do and WHEN I will do it! Being a Shetland Sheepdog I am the 6th most intelligent dog of the top 20 breeds. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!
1 – border collie
2 – poodle
3 – German shepherd
4 – golden retriever
5 – doberman pinscher
6 – shetland sheepdog
7 – Labrador retriever
8 – papillon
9 – rottweiler
10 – Australian cattle dog
11 – Pembroke welsh corgi
12 – miniature schnauzer
13 – English springer spaniel
14 – Belgian terrine
15 – schipperke / Belgian sheepdog
16 – collie / keeshound
17 – German short haired pointer
18 – flat coated retriever / English cocker spaniel / standard schnauzer
19 – Brittany spaniel
20 – cocker spaniel
See? I don’t need YOU to make decisions for me. You want TRICKS….buy a SEAL!
I could go on and on with further examples of why I am worthy of this award but one thing that makes me even more clever and even more of a genius is that I know when to STOP. Well, unless I am on a barking binge but I digress…
Now I am supposed to award this to 7 other bloggers! Ok…here we go, if you have already received this just pretend I never told you about the award, it will be our little secret.
That’s it. Yeah, I KNOW that that’s not SEVEN. Did you NOT read my post above? I DON’T DO WELL WITH COMMANDS and I am the SIXTH MOST INTELLIGENT. I told you, I MAKE the decisions. I don’t care what some arbitrary award tells me to do, “it’s MY way or the HIGHWAY!!” Now, if you will excuse me, I think I will go and:
EAT SOME POOP!!
Barks and licks and love,
Happy, happy Friday all! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you about an award I received from my buddy:
“Easy” from Easy Blog !!
The award I received was the:
Gotta tell ya furiends this award really had me stumped. LIPSTICK??? Seriously??
Leave it to the prankster Easy to give me an award about LIPSTICK!! Hey Easy, you may like wearing lipstick, but I’m a manly Sheltie and you won’t find that stuff on me! BOL! Gee, thanks for the award pal!!! NOT!!! BOL!
One of the requirements of this award is that I link to my lip-sticking wearing buddy (done!), and tell you something about me. Since I am an obedience school drop-out, I have decided to tell ya something about Mom instead!
You see one of the jokes among many in my house that pertain to Mom, is that Mom is OBSESSED with lipstick. YEP she is! Won’t be caught without it. She loves wearing it, buying it and finding lipstick that lasts so long that she could wear it the rest of her life if she had to.
Why is Mom so obsessed? Well, back when she was a pup of about 16 her own Mother said that Mom’s lips were so light and thin that she must NEVER go without lipstick! Mom took the
advice warning to heart and the obsession began!
Mom’s current favorite brand of lipstick is:
Dad has a major pet peeve about Mom and her lipstick. He HATES that she touches it up at the table when at a restaurant. Mom says it is perfectly fine to do that, Dad says NO!! What do you think?
Ohhh about this award, if you would like it, grab it….and…nope, Revlon isn’t involved with this post AT ALL…this is Mom’s REAL lipstick. Believe me, if Revlon knew Mom they wouldn’t want to be associated with her! BOL!!
Barks and licks and love,
Mom is the proud recipient of the:
that she received from the wonderful blog:
From Long Life Cats & Dogs, “Long Life Cats and Dogs has been started, in order to introduce people to the lives of the people and animals in these shelters. It is a regular news feed and, hopefully, a future means of assisting with the generation of funding and food for the Pro-Life, No-Kill Animal Welfare Shelters in and around Gauteng (South Africa). These shelters provide permanent homes, love, food and medical attention for rescued animals for whom they are unable to find “forever” homes.”
Here are the rules when accepting this award:
Since this is a “girly” award and my Mom is a “girly” I decided to tell you seven things about her!
1) Mom’s Grandfather was from Johannesburg, S.Africa. When I met “Long Life Cats & Dogs”, finding out they are from S.Africa was a special treat!
2) Places Mom has lived: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and now Michigan!
3) Mom’s father, (Ray Osrin) was an Editorial Cartoonist at Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio who enjoyed world-wide notoriety (BEFORE the days of the Internet and blogs) and was featured in TIME and Newsweek (to name a few)
4) Mom is a “middle child” and oh yeah she suffers from “middle child syndrome”
5) Mom was a lifeguard and taught swimming, she was also on a summer swim team where she swam the 50-meter freestyle and various relays (Mom wasn’t quite as “fluffy” back in the day as she is now BOL).
6) Speaking of “fluffy” Mom collects cook books and loves to watch Rachael Ray, Bitchin Kitchen, Master Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, tons of shows on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel. Funny thing is, with the TONS of cook books that Mom has, where does she go to search for recipes? The Internet. Yep….she has brains…NOT!!
7) When Mom was little and drew pictures in school, she had a unique way of “signing” her name on the back of the pictures. She would draw a TV and put HER NAME inside of the screen. Delusions of grandeur? Yep…I would say so. BOL!
We are supposed to pass this award on to 7 other fabulous bloggers. You know the drill. Mom is a rebel (and I can be too). We love ALL of you and want you to accept this award as YOURS!! We value, love and enjoy each and every one of you!!
What we DO have to say is:
Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”