It’s My Mom and Dad’s Anniversary!

bride and groom dogs

I have no idea where this photo came from to credit the person who took it, plus, this ISN’T Mom and Dad!!

Caren and Lenny our wedding

But THIS IS!!!!

If you want to read about the story of their engagement, my kitty brother posted it on his blog today and I am too lazy to post it! You can read about it here!!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM & DAD!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

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Published in: on June 24, 2013 at 6:57 am  Comments (77)  
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#VIDEO-Mama’s Home! #BlogPaws 2013

Hi guys!! It’s Dakota’s Mom and I wanted to show you the enthusiastic “welcome home” that I received from
Dakota when I returned home from the  BlogPaws  conference this past Sunday.

Dakota has a tradition of grabbing his red, white and blue ball when Lenny and I return home from anywhere! Whether we are gone 5 minutes, 5 hours or days, Dakota grabs that ball and I have to sing “Hooray for the red, white and blue!!”

I kept the camera running, in an attempt to  capture Dakota’s jubilation to have me back home. I wanted this to be real, raw and unedited! It sure is!  I  apologize for the poor video quality and my saying “Mama’s Home” a ridiculous number of times.  Please realize that I was pretty darned excited to see Dakota (and Cody) too!

Published in: on May 20, 2013 at 12:35 am  Comments (53)  
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New PetCakes Winner-Mish-mash Monday

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to tell you that Sandy never came forward to claim her prize after Mom emailed her so we had http://www.random.org pick another winner.

That winner is:

GIZMO!!

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Sorry Mom didn’t link to your bloggy but she is super sick and wanted to get this posted right away……

Please email your address to my Mom ASAP at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com.

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

 

 

 

 

Published in: on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 am  Comments (30)  
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Enter to win! Personalized Paw Print Dog Lover Necklace (#BlogPaws Jewelry!) from For Love of a Dog!

Didn’t I tell all of you that I had a GREAT give-away up my sleeve? And….this is NOT an April Fool’s joke, it’s the real deal! You can enter to win a “Personalized Paw Print Dog Lover Necklace” (BlogPaws Jewelry) from:

for love of a dog logo with jewelry sues

This all came about a few weeks ago when Sue Kottwitz,  (the owner/creator of For Love Of A Dog Jewelry) and I were communicating back and forth via email, and Sue had the idea of making jewelry that would not only be ideal for those of us attending the BlogPaws Conference in May, but would also be suitable for those who are not members of BlogPaws (or bloggers), but would still love to purchase (or win!!) the necklace for themselves!

I thought that was a fantastic idea!

When I went to the BlogPaws conference  in 2011,  I brought way too much jewelry to “represent” both my dog AND my cat!   blogs. Packing was a nightmare, I had so many chains around my neck that I looked like “Mr.T!!

Well Sue came up with the PERFECT solution for that problem!

 Sue sent me a necklace that covered ALL of my “bases!”

 Here is a photo of my necklace!

for love of a dog MY official blogging necklace

The colors are perfect, and my dog, cat blogs,  AND BlogPaws are all “represented” on one necklace! That means, I will ONLY need to wear this necklace for the entire conference and I will just bring a pair of earrings with me. One packing challenge solved!

Being the incredibly kind, caring and giving person that Sue is, she offered to have a give-away on not just one of my blogs but BOTH of them! (The give-away on Cat Chat will be held on April 8th!)

for love of a dog dakota give away necklace 1 for love of a dog dakota give away necklace 2 for love of a dog dakota give away necklace 3

From For Love Of A Dog:

Dog Blogger Lampwork Necklace

This hand crafted necklace is a special tribute to the annual Blog Paws Conference event.  Sweet artisan lampwork black and white paw print beads and black agate gemstone beads are hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler’s wire.
 
The centerpiece consists of 3 separate hand stamped detachable charms.
  1. Silver paw print proclaiming BLOG PAWS accented with a ruby-red crystal rondel.
  2. Silver dog bone proclaiming BLOGGER, also accented with a ruby-red crystal rondel.
  3. Puffy red hand-made lampwork glass heart
Charms attach/detach with tiny lobster claw findings for easy on and off.  Wear charms solo or in any combination you desire.
 
Necklace measures 18″ or with extender chain, 21″. 
The REGULAR PRICE of this necklace would be $85 but Sue has put the necklace ON SALE for my readers for at least 2 weeks! The sale price is $50 which is a bargain for meticulously handcrafted, personalized, original jewelry that you CANNOT find anywhere else!  If you would like to order the necklace NOW, just click here
You can also ENTER TO WIN!
Note:  Winner may choose different personalization for the hand stamped paw and/or dog bone charms/  PLUS the winner may also substitute any of the charms on this necklace for the cat lampwork bead and/or dog bone lampwork bead that is on MY necklace as shown in the first photo.
The GIVE-AWAY is open to those living in the U.S. and/or CANADA!
The give-away starts NOW and will close on MONDAY, APRIL 8TH AT 5PM EST. The winner will be chosen by www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10TH!
TO ENTER:
MANDATORY:Leave a comment telling me WHAT IT IS YOU LOVE about this necklace!
WANT EXTRA ENTRIES? Do any of the following, all worth ONE ENTRY EACH, LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME WHICH OF THESE YOU COMPLETED.
Follow For Love Of A Dog on Twitter
Like on Facebook
Subscribe to the newsletter:  www.ForLoveofaDog.com
Follow the blog: www.Talking-dogs.com
Good Luck!
In full disclosure: 

As I mentioned on the last blog post where I featured For Love Of A Dog jewelry, I have BOUGHT a number of  pieces of Sue’s jewelry, and I couldn’t be happier. When I  mention the superb quality, value, creativity, uniqueness,  and appearance of Sue’s jewelry, I am saying that as a CUSTOMER, NOT as a person given an item for free to review. I BOUGHT Sue’s jewelry long before I ever won a bracelet, from her blog, and before I was sent my necklace for the purpose of a review/give-away.
All opinions are my own!

 

Cyber Monday Savings up to 50% OFF! at Chewy.com

If there is one thing I know about, it’s chewing:

What??? Not THAT kind of “chewing?”

When our friends at chewy.com told us about this huge sale, we were sooooo excited!  Mom always orders Cody’s World’s Best Cat Litter from chewy.com and all sorts of things for me!  In full disclosure (We have received some things for free but Mom has PAWCHASED many things on her own!) Mom, Cody and I LOVE how easy it is to order and our items arrive almost as fast as I can scarf down a bowl of food!

What are you waiting for! Take over the compawter, grab the credit card and go SHOPPING NOW….if YOU can’t shop be sure to tell your humans/bi-pods/pawrents or whatever you call them!

Click on the widget to shop now!

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I am HONORED!

There are a lot of contests out there that many of us enter that offer prizes such as money, pet supplies and blog “notoriety”, just to name a few. I recently entered a contest that for me, was probably the most emotionally rewarding of any contest that I have entered thus far.

 

My friend Ann Paws who is the author  of one of my favorite new blogs:

 

Click here to visit!

had a contest where we had to submit a photo of what our PETS are thankful for.

 

For me, this was a no-brainer. My “boyz” are MOST thankful for EACH OTHER. This photo was my entry:

 

 

 

Cody and Dakota have a most unique relationship. I couldn’t be more blessed, nor could THEY!

 

They are playmates, partners in crime and conspiracy, companions when my husband and I aren’t home,  they visibly worry when one of them is gone from our home even if it is just for an hour or two.  At night, by choice, they  sleep in close proximity of each other. My vet often tells me how he marvels at the intensity of their bond. Don’t tell them that cats and dogs aren’t supposed to get along. They exhibit care and concern for each other that many of us could learn from. All of this, and my method of “introducing” them  completely defied “conventional” blogging and textbook guidelines. I listened to my heart, which rarely steers me wrong.

 

There were 3 winners of this contest and my photo of Dakota and Cody was the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! I am honored and elated that my photo won the contest! What thrilled me the most was that the “judge” of this contest was Anns’  8 year old daughter, Lily:

 

Photo courtesy of:

http://mypawsitivelypets.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-photo-contest-winner.html

 

 

What was special to me,  was this was TRULY a “fair and unbiased” judge who not only didn’t know any of the entrants, she just loves animals! There was no “hidden agenda” here! You know what they say, “out of the mouths of babes.” Lily said that my photo was  “adorable.”


You can’t fool a child. Children are often our harshest critics. They respond on an emotional level,  a child can sense dishonesty and those with less than stellar intentions a mile away. Ironically, our pets also have this ability. Want to know if a person is GENUINE? Introduce them to your children or your pets.

 

Being the winner of the “GRAND PRIZE” for this contest didn’t bring money, or pet toys or supplies or even a shiny statuette. The prize is THIS lovely badge that I am displaying with enormous pride:

 

 

 

this is PRIZE ENOUGH for me! I don’t have mad photography skills,  or the latest camera loaded with bells and whistles. What I DO have are a dog and a cat whose affection for each other lit up that photo and made my message clear.

 

My “prize” was my work touching the heart of a child. To me, that is the GREATEST gift of all, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving….I THANK YOU LILY from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am  Comments (46)  
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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Snoozer Orthopedic Cozy Cave Pet Bed

I have a confession.

I am a floor sleeper.

Not a SWEEPER but a SLEEPER.

I have NEVER met a bed that I have liked. NEVER.

Doubt that I will.

This makes my Mom tear her hair out!

Back in August, Mom entered a give-away

on one of her favorite blogs:

click on the photo to visit!

 The prize was a 

Snoozer Orthopedic Cozy Cave Pet Bed

 

Click on photo to visit the website!

Mom was completely ECSTATIC when she was chosen as the winner! Mom chose the same bed as above, but the color she chose was olive green.

Notice how the dog above isn’t ME?

I DON’T SLEEP ON THE BED.

Nope, I don’t!

Mom thinks that I am NUTS!

The bed is plush, well-made, high-quality, GORGEOUS!

It has:

  • Poly/Cotton exterior
  • Sherpa interior
  • Machine-washable cover
  • 3″ orthopedic foam
  • Topped with 2” layer of polyester batting for added cushion and comfort
  • Extra deep sleep surface
  • Rust-proof brass zipper
  • Available in a variety of fabric options

 

It comes in:

  • Small: 25 in. Diameter x 4 in. Sidewall
  • Large: 35 in. Diameter x 4 in. Sidewall
  • X-Large: 45 in. Diameter x 4 in. Sidewall

 

Mom ordered the Large and it is everything that Snoozer Pet Products says that it should be!

The problem isn’t them…it’s ME!

This is making Mom ask the question…am I the ONLY dog that won’t sleep in a bed of their own?

 

Where do YOU sleep?

Inquiring Moms want to know!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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

Mish Mash Monday- Advice

Mish Mash Music Monday

I  have no mischief,

I have no news,

only some fun music,

for our doggy buddies everywhere,

Hey! I’m talkin’ to YOU!!

You are ALL “GOOD DOGS!!!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota