“Yappy” Mother’s Day! 2013

dakota mothers day 2013

 

Our friend, Ann Adamus of the blog Zoolatry, summed it up best (she also made the graphic below):

“There are all kinds of Mothers … Foster Moms and Adopter Moms.  Auntie Moms, GrandMoms.  StepMoms and Other-Mothers.  Neighbor-Moms, Friend-Moms.  Sometimes even Dads are Moms!  At one time or another, nearly every creature on earth takes on the loving and caring role of being a mom.  This weekend, say  thanks, give a hug, share a kiss ~ with all the moms you know.  It’s their special day!”

Click on the photo to visit Ann's blog

Click on the photo to visit Ann’s blog

“Yappy” Mother’s Day All!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

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A Birthday Letter to My “Boy”

Dear Dakota,

Today is your birthday. YOU ARE NOW SIX YEARS OLD! 

dakota birthday 6

 

It is hard for me to wrap my head around that  number.

This is the first of your birthdays that I am sad.  I am trying with all of my might to be in a celebratory mood, and I will accomplish that, I just can’t at this moment.

Where has the time gone?

this was the first photo we were given of Dakota from his breeder, Shelia Ellis, before we had met him

this was the first photo we were given of Dakota from his breeder, Shelia Ellis, before we had met him

 

It seems as if it was only yesterday that after an INTENSE and most DEDICATED search by your Dad to fulfill a childhood wish of  mine of presenting me with a Sheltie for my birthday, that SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED.

caren dakota and lenny best yom kippur 2012edited

 

When you joined our family you were only 8 months old. A mere pup. I remember when we had picked you up and were bringing you “home”, sitting with you in the back seat of the car, you were in your crate, I was next to you petting you and talking to you because we were told that you and cars did NOT get along. I did my best to  soothe and reassure you.

You instantly became friends with your kitty brother, a huge blessing for your Dad and I.

I am HONORED!

My biggest frustration in those early days was that I thought you would NEVER be housebroken!! I remember a relentless parade of going up and down 12 stairs with you, you were housebroken in your previous home,  you just had to learn the lay of the land with us.

It is hard for me to believe that the first two weeks that you lived with us you were QUIET! I honestly thought you did NOT know how to bark! To think, that ever worried me with the multitude of times every day that you show us that YES INDEED YOU CAN BARK,  and  quite well I might add!

I often feel guilty that you live on the second floor of a condo. I often feel that we are doing you a disservice. I see other dogs with fenced yards that are able to romp freely during the day, you? I think you are part cat, or maybe it is because you live with a cat, you don’t enjoy walks and prefer to stay inside.  I never was one to force you to do what you don’t wish to do, so maybe our situation isn’t that bad after all.

Dakota me and my shadow

 

You never cease to amaze me. You hated obedience classes but are an apt pupil for learning EVERYTHING that we DON’T want you to learn! You seem to have a grasp of language far better than many humans that I know. You know just what you want and let us know, you know just what your Dad and I need, and give it to us unselfishly.

dakota books

Your Dad and I survived indoor “accidents”, chewed cell phones, CD’s, paper, and enough wood to light a fire, it is a miracle you are still with us!

This was particularly delicious. The green color gave it a "Minty Fresh" taste. I was stopped from my fine dining experience before I could get to the delicious licorice flavored battery

This was particularly delicious. The green color gave it a “Minty Fresh” taste. I was stopped from my fine dining experience before I could get to the delicious licorice flavored battery

But, with the blessings of God, you ARE still with us! Your sixth birthday has made me face the brutal fact that you are no longer a pup, even though you still act like one, you are approaching your gasp, Senior years. I am having trouble accepting this.

Dearest Dakota, you have brought so much laughter, joy, love, craziness, and devotion to your Dad’s and my world that I cannot even fathom what life would be like without you.

dakota northern lights caren lenny

So, rather than be melancholy and reflective, I am going to switch to celebratory mode.

I celebrate your birth, I celebrate our good fortune when your human sister told us about you, I celebrate your smile, your warm and lavish fur, I celebrate your loving licks, your gentle eyes, they way you hold my hand with your paw when you lick me, the way you pick up your red, white and blue ball when your Dad and I return home, even if we were gone for only 5 seconds.

"Hooray for the red, white & blue!!!"

“Hooray for the red, white & blue!!!”

YES, I even celebrate your BARKING (remind me please that I said this)

My precious Sheltie boy, I vow to make your remaining years with us, and I hope there are MANY, ones full of continued learning, NEW adventures, MORE walks, tons of snuggles, oodles of  kisses, tasty food and  never-ending love.

YOU, Dakota, were the answer to my childhood dream of one day having a Sheltie of my own.

Happy, Happy Birthday my silly and sensitive boy,

me holding dakota

 

I love you more than all of your cherished bones being piled to the “moon and back”

Mom

I LOVE YOU DAD!!

Today is my Dad’s birthday!! I didn’t want to post this video but Mom found it and made me do it because it makes her laugh so hard! Sorry Dad! It’s Mom’s fault!


Any Dad who is willing to do that for his doggy’s blog, is a GREAT DAD indeed!!!

dakota happy birthday dad 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!!

Nope! This isn’t me but it is maybe the next best thing!!!


Barks and licks and BIRTHDAY LOVE!! Dakota

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!

NOT A CHANCE!!

Happy 5th “Gotcha Day” Precious Boy!

Love, “Mom and Dad”

 

 

 

Fall Fun!!

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

I kept rolling and rolling in the grass,

and leaves

Mom kept saying it was just muddy

but then, she wondered…

We STILL aren’t sure!

No worries!

(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

Sad-Wordless Wednesday

Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

You Loved Me Ever Since I Was A Puppy

 Now I am a big boy and you STILL love me!!

I hope you have a relaxing Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

You are the BEST Dad in the WORLD!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Hi Everyone! This is Dakota, this post published last year but I think I only had 2 readers at that time BOL. Now I have THREE so I wanted to publish it again! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Mischief Monday-Dinner!!!

Hi guys! Here is some “mischief” that goes on at our house EVERY DAY!!

My kitty brother, Cody, and I begin to “circle” my Dad beginning at about 3pm. Why? We are getting hungry! (We are “early bird special” diners in this house…chalk it up to having older-than-dirt pawrents!)

My Dad says this same thing every time he serves us dinner!

We apologize for the poor video quality, it was kinda dark in the room….

Watch closely at what my brother Cody does at the end!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Dakota and Dad Time-Wordless Wednesday

For those too young to remember, the music is from the TV show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, which was one of my favorite TV shows back in the day. You can read about it here

Here is Dakota and HIS best friend!!

His DAD!!!