Freshpet Launches Real Turkey Bacon Dognation® Treats!! WIN!

Hi my furry friends!  I’m gonna take a survey. Raise your paws if you LOVE BACON!! Let’s see…one, two, three, four, a zillion…I can’t count much past a zillion and the paws just keep on going up!!

Ok, I have another question. Since I am an intelligent doggy, I am just full of questions! Raise your paw if you LOVE TURKEY!  Let’s see, one, two, three, four, a zillion…you get the idea!

Have I got news for you! I could barely contain my excitement when the people at Freshpet gave me the opportunity to tell you about one of their newest

Dognation® Treats


Photo Courtesy of: Freshpet on Facebook

I have featured Freshpet in the past and it is my pleasure to do so again! Mom and I think highly of this company, everything that they do is first-rate!

Gather round me pups and let me tell you about the:


I’ll tell ya when Mom opened the bag to give one of those sumptuous smoky smelling strips to me,   I nearly lost my mind! That’s why there isn’t a photo of me eating them…I was TOO FAST FOR MOM! At one point, Mom  held the bag out to me and I grabbed a bacon strip right out of the bag! They look  AND TASTE like REAL BACON STRIPS!

Mom apologizes about the blurry shot, I wouldn’t stop moving because I wanted those Turkey Bacon Treats!!!

Who DOESN’T love bacon? Mom was watching TV this morning and that “Pioneer” cookbook lady was on and she was making meatloaf ready for this?… WRAPPED IN BACON!

I know that regular bacon is made of pork but many people like my Mom, use turkey bacon because it is a leaner alternative. Don’t get your fur ruffled, it is still crunchy the way we like it but has fewer calories and fat!

The best part? Now there  is Dognation Turkey Bacon made for dogs!

Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon for dogs are:

  • made using only all natural, simple ingredients the way ALL of the Freshpet products are made.
  • Fresh, wood-smoked turkey bacon treats made of simple, all natural ingredients. No fillers, by-products or preservatives.

Mom wanted to video me eating my Dognation Turkey Bacon treats but I would have NONE of it! I just wanted those treats! Mom remembered a FANTASTIC video that she saw over at the great blog Something Wagging This Way Comes and asked Pamela if she would share her fabulous video! Guess what! She said yes!! Thanks soooooo much Pamela!!

Dognation Turkey Bacon is $6.99 for 3 oz. which is a teeny bit pricey, but Mom loved Pamela’s idea of using them as training treats to make them go further and may have to do that with me!

You can purchase these treats in the U.S. by visiting the Freshpet store locator at

NOTE: They will not be available in Canada until early 2013.

No worries!!! I am having a give-away!! One lucky dog who lives in either the U.S. OR CANADA can enter to win your own Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon Dog Treats!


Leave a comment telling me just how much you love Bacon!

DEADLINE TO ENTER: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at 11pm EST. Winner will be announced, Wednesday, November 14th!


For more information about Freshpet foods visit

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent some Dognation Turkey Bacon Dog Treats to test and review. All opinions are my own!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Friday Find! Ooo La La!! Cardinal Pet Care’s Viva La Dog Spa Dog Facial Wipes! You Can Win!

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while now, if there is one thing you know about me, it is that I LOVE being groomed!

I love the attention, I love the feel of the brush as it makes its way through my luxurious fur, I love to look my best !

Was I ever excited when I was given the opportunity to try:

Viva La Spa

Dog Facial Wipes

for more info click photo!

The wipes are designed for people who are afraid to wash their dog’s face and get soap in their eyes, for people who like to wipe their dog’s face after they eat or drink, or for people like my pawrents who wanted to tidy me up after a particularly intense bone chewing marathon!

Yep! Mom had given me a bone and I wouldn’t leave it alone for HOURS. When I finally released it from my shark-like teeth, Mom looked at me and nearly died! My normally flowing mane was unkempt! It was frizzy, sticky and just plain disgusting!  Pals, take my word for it, I looked as if I had a run in with a sticky machine!

Technically the wipes are for a dog’s face but when my Mom looked at me she immediately decided to try the wipes on my mane.

Mom was pleased the second she opened the jar! The wipes are pre-soaked, not just moist but actually wet and the fragrance! Oooooo La La!! The fragrance was divine!  The 3″ wipe has a long-lasting, pleasing fragrance, it’s made from “pink” raspberries!

Natural Dog Facial Wipes have a mild cleanser of water, aloe vera and witch hazel with extracts of Chamomile, Rosemary, Raspberry and Sage. Pro-Vitamin B-5 (Panthenol) and Allantoin condition the coat and skin. Cucumber Melon fragrance will leave you smelling fresh and clean!

Guess what? Mom used the wipes on my mane while simultaneously brushing (she only had to use one or two wipes) and when she was done my fur looked as good as new! You will have to trust me on this one, my Mom didn’t think to take before and after photos to prove how my handsomeness was completely restored! Mom and I never endorse products we don’t believe in. When we were sent this product we were told we didn’t have to blog about it but Mom and I love the Dog Facial Wipes so much that we HAD to tell you about them!

Ready for this?

Guess where else Mom and Dad used them?

Yep! You got it!

There were a few renegade “tootsie-rolls” on my tushie!! They were stuck! Mom and Dad were desperate because I am not due to be groomed til next week and we don’t have a basement with a bathtub so Mom thought of the wipes!

They worked!

These wipes are THE BEST!

Viva la Spa Dog Facial Wipes

  • Freshen & Clean
  • Have a long-lasting (but not overpowering) fragrance
  • They enable quick, convenient clean up
  • Cleans face with no danger of getting soap in our gorgeous eyes
  • They condition and soften facial hair (and luxurious Sheltie fur!)
  • They are Hypoallergenic!
  • There are 45 wipes in a round pink cosmetic jar (male doggies like me, get over it! Embrace the PINK!!)

Wanna try some?

Guess what? You can!

GIVE-AWAY! We apologize but the give-away is only available to those living in the U.S.

There will be FIVE WINNERS who will win their own wipes!

Just leave a comment telling us that you would like to win  (and a way for Mom and I to contact you, if we have no way to contact you, you will not be eligible to win) by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 11PM EASTERN. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th.

We were not paid for this post nor were we required to blog about it. We were sent a jar of the wipes to try and to record our thoughts in a survey. Because we liked the wipes so much and found them to be so effective we decided to blog about them.

Good luck!

Barks and licks and love,


Mish-Mash Monday-A little housekeeping: where we stand on book and product reviews

Winner of Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™!! Semi-Wordless Wednesday


Who is the lucky winner

who is going to be licking their chops like me?

It’s  my Buddy SNOOPY of

click on the photo to visit Snoopy’s blog!



Soon you are going to be enjoying

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™!

Here is what Snoopy won!! Click on the photo to visit the Nutrish website!

PS: Mom still owes you prizes from before BlogPaws when she got sick! She is going to send everything out together! Thank you for your patience!

Barks and licks and love,


This blog post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for BlogPaws.

I am one LUCKY Dog! I have Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ and guess what? YOU Can Too!

Hi my furry furiends!! It’s Dakota and welcome to “Foodie Friday!”

If you are a regular reader of my blog it will come as no surprise to you to read that not only are my Mom and I obsessed madly in love with all things Rachael Ray, but I, in particular have eaten her Nutrish dog food practically since the day my Mom brought me home 5 yrs ago!  I have featured it a few times on my blog (check my side bar!), why? because I GENUINELY love the Nutrish line and I BELIEVE in Rachael Ray. Mom does too!

Rachael Ray is a no-fuss, down-to-earth HOME COOK, not a fancy, uppity chef, but a REAL COOK who cooks REAL FOOD!   She is also a REAL COOK who loves dogs.

Rachael Ray likes her recipes to be “Simple” no-fuss. That’s why she worked with a team of pet nutritionists to create a line of food made with simple, natural and wholesome ingredients, you know, the kind that HER dog would eat!   Rachael Ray Nutrish® is a super premium food for dogs!

How excited were we when Rachael took her love of food, cooking and dogs and created a line of dog food that “foodies” and “dog foodies” would not only LOVE, but would feel comfortable feeding their pet?

Now I am thrilled to share with you, the NEW dog food on the block: in the Nutrish line:

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™

click on the photo to visit

the FIRST natural wet food for dogs inspired by recipes from Rachael’s kitchen!

I could barely control my excitement the day that it arrived:

You would run away with it too if you saw the four hearty and healthy  flavors that it  comes in! The first is a “signature flavor”: Chicken Muttballs with Pasta (the pasta in Chicken Muttballs contains semolina wheat flour). When Mom opened it to serve it to me it reminded her of one of her favorite soups, (Italian Wedding Bell!) it looked THAT GOOD! The broth looked like a broth that your Mom would make!

click on the photo to visit

The other flavors are:

Hearty Beef Stew

Savory Lamb Stew

Chicken Paw Pie—-(“Chicken Paw Pie” how CUTE is that??) Mom giggled when she saw that and when she opened it….Ohhhhh…well….see for yourself!

When Mom read the ingredients in the Chicken Paw Pie she couldn’t believe that not only did it contain chicken broth (like Mom makes!), but it has chicken, green beans, pineapple and SWEET POTATO!!! No wonder it’s so “delish!!”

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ product line is made with:

  • simple, natural ingredients
  • No corn, no wheat, no soy
  • No meat by-products or fillers
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

Doggies, that is info for MOMS….what we care about is TASTE and I’m tellin’ ya Rachael Ray is all about food that tastes good and dog oh dog does this ever TASTE GOOD!

Mom and I also love that proceeds from sales of Nutrish go to “Rachael’s Rescue”

From the website:

What is Rachael’s Rescue?

Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet. To date, proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. Many more shelters around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

What are you waiting for!  Click here to find out where you can purchase Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™


Just leave a comment telling us which flavor interests you the most (U.S. only please) and we will pick a winner by using  DON’T DELAY!!  ENTER TODAY!! This is a quick  GIVE-AWAY! The deadline to enter is: MONDAY, AUGUST 6, at 11pm EASTERN. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8TH!!!!

Ohhhh my doggy friends YOU could be saying Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™  is “what’s for dinner TONIGHT!!” (and tomorrow night, and the day after that and the day after that, ohhhh YOU get the POINT!!)

Barks, “Naturally Delish” licks and Rachael Ray love,


This blog post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for BlogPaws. But….ALL opinions are 100% MINE and my TUMMY’s!!!

Book Review And Give-Away! “Organizing the Care of My Dog”, Part of the “WiseUp!” Workbook Series by Morgan T. Orr and Penelope Orr Spry

Many of you will be attending BlogPaws 2012, and while some  of you may be lucky enough to be able to either bring your dog with you, or have a family member stay with them, others have to use the services of either an in-home dog sitter or a kennel.

If you are like me, when you leave notes for a pet sitter, they are typed or chicken-scratched on umpteen pieces of paper which are taped to cupboards or strewn on counters.   All  (or most) of the pertinent information about your dog is there, but it isn’t neatly arranged, and I bet there are things not on the list that you don’t realize are missing until you are winging your way to your destination, thousands of miles away.

I have the perfect solution to this problem!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by WiseUp! Workbooks and they asked me if I would be interested in featuring their Dog Care workbook on my Dakota’s Den.

I admit at first I was skeptical.

That lasted until the book arrived.


The workbook   has ALL of the “important information you should provide for the care of your dog in the event of your absence-planned or otherwise.”

It is your pet sitter’s  or kennel’s “Wise” guide. They are NOT kidding!

They have thought of information that many of us wouldn’t think of.  All you do is just fill in the blanks. Once you fill out the information it is all in one place…IN the workbook, it is NOT strewn on counters or taped haphazardly throughout your house!

Take a look at some of the chapters in this handy workbook:

  •  Information About My Dog-which has info such as,  date of birth, is the dog spayed or neutered, is the dog Microchipped? It even has an area to attach a photo of your dog which would be important if the unthinkable happened, your dog runs away or is separated from the kennel or sitter in some other way.
  •  Emergency Contact Information
  •   My Dog’s Personality-SUPER important as what works for one dog may not work for another!
  •  Daily Routine and Schedule
  • List and Location of My Dog’s Supplies- we all cover this verbally, but what happens when the person you were sharing the info with wasn’t paying complete attention and they later forget? Yes,. this DOES HAPPEN!
  • Health Care and Pet Insurance Information
  • Financial Arrangements-we don’t like to think about this but it is a necessity. Even I had never given this issue serious thought until I received this workbook.
  • Legal Trust for My Dog (sample Trust included)

And More…

The back of the work book has a handy RESOURCE section that includes websites for:

  • Dog Supplies
  • Dog Bedding
  • Dog Grooming Tools and Supplies
  • Pet Insurance
  • Dog Medications
  • Pet Legal Trusts

I wish I had this book when my husband and I vacationed last February. I know my friend who took care of Dakota and Cody in our absence would have greatly appreciated this workbook because the folks at WiseUp! have thought of EVERYTHING!


To purchase, visit WiseUp! Workbooks right here

ISBN : 978-1-937755-00-3 
Number of pages : 50
Price : $12.99

GIVE-AWAY!! The nice folks at WiseUp! will give one workbook to one winner in either the U.S. or Canada.  To be eligible, leave a comment telling me why you want to win this workbook and a way for me to contact you should you be the winner. Deadline to Enter is  Monday, May 28th at 11pm EST. Winner will be announced THURSDAY, MAY 31!

Good luck!!


I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a workbook to keep and review. All opinions are my own.

From The Makers Of SmartBones!! SmartSticks and SmartChips! A Dakota’s Den Exclusive! And…A GIVE-AWAY!!

Ohhhh my doggy  friends, I could barely keep my tongue in my mouth when I found out about this EXCITING SURPRISE  that I have just for YOU!!

Many of you have read over and over about my undying love for my :

because of that love, I get to be the FIRST, see THAT?! THE FIRST to tell you about two new additions to the PetMatrix family of  rawhide-free chew treats! This news is soooo hot off the press that I haven’t received my samples to test, but trust me, they are on their way!

One day our Vet, “Dr.Smiley”, told Mom that giving  me treats that are made of rawhide can be unhealthy for me.  Mom took that information quite seriously and that  is when Mom and I made the switch to   SmartBones. Doggies, am I ever glad that we did!

Now, due to HIGH customer demand, PetMatrix has added SmartSticks

This is a SmartStick! It looks like complete deliciousness! It’s all wrapped up waiting for us to enjoy it! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into one of these!!!

and SmartChips to their rawhide-free dog chew treat product line!

Don’t these look like tasty little appetizers that you would eat at a PAWTY?? Mom said I could invite my doggy friends and entertain with these they are so attractive and delicious-looking! I am sure they taste great too!

That news just makes me spin with excitement!

Similar to the original line of SmartBones, the new products are made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients!

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.

Here is a message from my idol, PetMatrix Chief Science Officer Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.

“We’re excited to offer additional rawhide-free options to our customers who have responded so positively to our product line,” 

“Chew treats are an important part of every healthy dog’s diet since eating kibble alone doesn’t thoroughly exercise a dog’s mouth and can cause teeth to become disused and plaque-ridden.”

And, since keeping pets healthy is paramount, SmartSticks and SmartChips contain a special vegetable layer that is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help supplement daily nutritional requirements.  In fact, these treats offer more nutritional benefits than standard chew treats because rawhide treats offer very little nutritional value, Dr. Glinsky said. 

 “Even though rawhide is a form of protein, all proteins aren’t equal,” Dr. Glinsky said.  “Rawhide is an extremely low-quality form of protein, not the type that animals need for nutrition.”

 In addition to health benefits, SmartSticks and SmartChips are easier on a dog’s digestive system compared to rawhide treats.  Both products are 99.2 percent digestible, which reduces the potential for intestinal blockages – a problem that can occur when dogs swallow large pieces of rawhide treats.

Thank you Dr. Glinsky, I’ll take it from here!!

Doggy pals I am so excited I can barely contain myself!  I KNOW that you have to be excited too!  Both SmartSticks and SmartChips are available in Chicken flavor,  and, be still my heart, PEANUT BUTTER FLAVOR!  They are available at fine pet stores throughout the country and at  (Mom is super familiar with that website cause when my “stash” runs low she is online in a flash!! ) I cannot be without my SmartBones and I can’t wait to try SmartSticks and SmartChips!!

Guess what doggy pals? YOU can enter for a chance to try them out too!!




Leave a comment WITH A WAY TO CONTACT YOU SHOULD YOU BE THE WINNER,     if Mom doesn’t have a way to contact you, guess what? You are ______out of luck!! BOL!!


FOUR LUCKY WINNERS will EACH win one bag of SmartSticks and one bag of SmartChips.




Now go ahead and be SMART doggies and enter!!!


Good luck!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Oh and I was not compensated in green papers for this post. Rest assured I WILL be compensated in SmartSticks and SmartChips so that I may try them out. Maybe, just maybe, if I am lucky, they will throw in a bag of SmartBones too!!! BOL!!!


Congratulations to:



you were picked by

as the winner of a box of


Mom is going to email you!

We have your address (we think, lol!)

we will email you to make sure it is correct!

in the meantime


Please visit Snoopy at his blog right here:

Enjoy your wafers Snoopy!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

REJUV-A-WAFERS, “Give Your Pet the Power of Superfood!” And A GIVE-AWAY!

Hi everyone! Dakota’s Mom here. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the wonderful people at REJUV-A-WAFERS™asking if I would feature and review their product on Dakota’s blog. The product sounded as if it would be a wonderful addition to Dakota’s diet, so I happily agreed.

I believe in being completely honest with the products that I share with you on Dakota’s blog so I wanted to let you know that so far I have only given Dakota one wafer (which he gobbled up!) so I cannot speak about  how the product has  benefited HIM  so far but he eagerly ate it and I am going to continue to give him a wafer a day and see what benefits I notice.

I do believe that REJUV-A-WAFERS™are a wonderful addition to your dog’s diet (and to Dakota’s, REJUV-A-WAFERS™ may also be given to cats!) and I am pleased to share information about them from REJUV-A-WAFERS™ website.

“Cherish Every Moment, Nourish Everyday”

“Give Your Pet the Power of Superfood”

Managing your pet’s health is now easier with REJUV-A-WAFERS™, the quality pet Superfood used and recommended by America’s top breeders and veterinarians.

REJUV-A-WAFERS™ combines the unique benefits of Sun Chlorella and Sun Eleuthero, which means your pet can experience the amazing health benefits of CGF and the adaptogenic benefits of Eleuthero. You won’t find this in any other pet food supplement.

Just like Sun Chlorella for humans, REJUV-A-WAFERS™ will help purify your pet’s body of dangerous toxins and chemicals, enhance your pet’s health with an abundance of beta-carotene, and help improve your pet’s appearance and overall health and well-being.

Why give your beloved pets commercial pet treats that are loaded with artificial flavors and fillers when you can give them REJUV-A-WAFERS™? Your pet will love the delicious, wholesome flavor, and you will love your pet’s visible good health.

This is what the wafer looks like. Dakota gobbled his up so fast that I couldn’t photograph him eating it!

Each tiny tablet of REJUV-A-WAFERS™ has been blended with eleuthero and lecithin, providing your pet with added support to maintain good health.

Directions For Use

Pets Up To 25 Pounds: 1 Wafer
Pets Over 25 Pounds: 2 Wafers


GIVE-AWAY!!! The kind people at REJUV-A-WAFERS™ sent me an extra box to share with YOU!  This give-away is for the U.S. AND CANADA ONLY.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE A WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU SHOULD YOU BE THE WINNER…ENTRIES WITH NO MEANS OF CONTACT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. 



Dakota’s Birthday Give-Away!!!

Mom was so wiped out from a cold that she got when she visited Florida that she hasn’t updated my blog since last Wednesday! I thought she would forget about my birthday but nope! She didn’t!

Today is my birthday and guess what?

Since I am now 5 years old I am a big boy  and it shouldn’t be all about ME getting presents, we should GIVE some back too!  So Mom and I decided to have a HUGE give-away for my readers!

There will be FIVE  WINNERS (one winner per prize).

Wait til you see what prizes we are giving away!

Mom and I sat down and figured out what some of my favorite things are,  kinda like Oprah but we don’t have any cars to give away, so we brainstormed and came up with what we think are some pretty fabulous prizes!

1) A $100 gift certificate to

From their website

“Celebrating its 25th anniversary, PetAg, Inc. is a leading pet product development and manufacturing company, delivering innovative health and wellness products to pet owners and veterinarians that enrich and prolong the lives of companion pets, animals, birds and reptiles.”

Back in October 2011 Mom had entered me in a contest  for  National Pet Obesity Awareness, and so many people liked my photo on Facebook that   I won!! I was also interviewed and if you missed that you can read the interview here

Mom and I decided that it would be a nice thing to give my gift certificate to one lucky person!

2)  FIVE BAGS OF SmartBones!

Yep! One of my most favorite things in this entire world are SmartBones! One person is going to win FIVE BAGS of SmartBones! You know that I feature SmartBones on my blog a lot and the give-aways are always super popular! Well, now you can enter again to try to win FIVE BAGS for yourself!

3) A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to FOR LOVE OF A DOG!! (it’s really a gift CODE but it will function like a gift certificate) At check out you will enter the code that you will be given and it will pay for $50 of your order.

Mom featured them on my blog a few weeks ago and this is one of her favorite websites for all things doggy (and cats too!) You can buy something super nice with a $50 gift certificate!


You can sure get some cool stuff with THAT!

5) Last but not least, since peanut butter is my favorite flavor in the world…one lucky person will win FIVE BAGS OF ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER TREATS from Barker’s Dozen!!!

I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER and they make some really great treats!

Whew!!! This is a darned good give-away!!! After all a doggy only turns 5 ONCE, right?

TO ENTER: EASY PEASY! Just wish me a  Happy Birthday!


If you aren’t comfortable typing it out you can use the words “at” and “dot” instead of the symbols.

We apologize but due to some of these prizes being food related, this give-away is for the U.S. ONLY.


“LIKE” my Facebook Page and let me know here that you did! (If you comment directly on Facebook that will NOT count as an entry) Oh and if you “unlike” us after the give-away (as some of you did after the last SmartBone give-away) …we have special ways of hunting you down BOL!!!  Trust me you do NOT want me BARKING outside of your door!! BOL!



Now…I gotta go and blow out some candles and Mom said there is a SPECIAL TREAT for me for dinner tonight! HAMBURGERS!!!

Barks and licks and BIRTHDAY LOVE, Dakota