Thank you #Nutrish!!! Mom will SOON be #BlogPaws Bound!

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Also, it could EASILY mean





“Baby you can drive my car….”

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The “Soul of the Dog”–Dakota’s eyes captured by Artist, Sheila Wedegis

click on my eyes to visit Sheila's blog!

click on my eyes to visit Sheila’s blog!

Isn’t this just unbelievable?

Mom and I think that Sheila captured my eyes beautifully. So beautifully that Mom has bought this painting and cannot wait for it to arrive!

Some of you might be familiar with the art of Sheila Wedegis, but for those who aren’t,  this painting is part of a 30 day challenge that artist Sheila Wedegis is taking part in called


“The eyes are the windows to the soul” 

so it was no wonder that Sheila chose to paint dog’s eyes for her challenge.

Mom and I are just in love with this painting!

If you would like to submit a photo of your dog,  visit Sheila’s blog here and I linked to her in various other areas of this post.

You can also visit her on Facebook by clicking here

Thank you so much Sheila! You are sooo talented!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”


Veterinary YouTube series posts two new stories, now features 21 vets in 13 states

Veterinarians On Call, the popular YouTube series celebrating the work of veterinarians around the U.S., released two new videos this month, a dog story and cat story, in advance of the Western Veterinary Conference. The series of video shorts now features 21 veterinarians from 13 states. Twenty-eight videos have been published to date, with another 12 in production.

One video released celebrates the perseverance of Dr. Linda Randall, an African-American veterinarian who established her own practice to serve pets and pet owners in northern Ohio, such as her 11-year-client Border Collie Leah and her owner Angie.


Veterinarians On Call has logged more than 565,000 views and attracted more than 850 subscribers on YouTube.

The series is presented by Zoetis™ (zō-EH-tis), an animal health company dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. The series was developed under the guidance of Clint Lewis, President of the U.S. for Zoetis, as part of the company’s Commitment to Veterinarians™ platform.
 Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, with a focus on both farm and companion animals.

Veterinarians On Call is produced by Essex Television, the Connecticut TV production company behind the popular, long-running Discovery Velocity network TV show Chasing Classic Cars.



Hi every doggy! (and kitties that may be in attendance!) it’s Dakota!

I just love this time of year! Everybody is happy, people are exchanging love, caring, presents, even licks! One of my favorite things is when I receive an unexpected gift! That is EXACTLY what happened last week!

I was just sitting around, minding my business, listening for sounds and watching out the window for any doggy that might be going potty in MY territory, when what did my alert Sheltie ears hear? A knock at the door!

After alerting my Mom and Dad by doing my best Sheltie barks and continuing on for 20 minutes AFTER the fact, my Mom showed me what had arrived.

greenies in box


What in the world?? Mom and I looked at each other in surprise. We weren’t expecting anything. I was overcome with excitement, I was spinning 100 times faster than my normal cyclone-speed Sheltie spins! ….Hurry Mom! Open it! What’s inside?

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There was a lovely message wrapped in a festive Christmas-green bow. SOMEBODY LOVES ME!  I was jumping on Mom begging her to read faster and to begin opening the package already!

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When Mom and I opened the package we couldn’t believe it! The wonderful people at  GREENIES® had sent me a beautifully decorated holiday box of:



Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!



Mom and I were overcome with happiness and were surprised to have received this most WONDERFUL and UNEXPECTED gift! Mom loves GREENIES® CANINE DENTAL CHEWS because they are good for me

From the GREENIES® website:


GREENIES® Dental Chews are the #1 veterinarian-recommended dental chews* and clinically proven to provide a total oral health solution.

* In pet specialty, among veterinarians that recommended dental chews for at-home oral care.


GREENIES® Dental Chews are naturally made with added vitamins, minerals, taurine, and chlorophyll (sodium copper chlorophyllin) to provide a complete oral care, and offer a nutritionally complete and balanced blend of highly soluble and digestible proteins for adult dogs based on AAFCO recommendations.


GREENIES® Dental Chews are clinically proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums.

Be sure to click on the photo to visit the Greenie website!

Be sure to click on the photo to visit the Greenie website!

Mom immediately picked up the phone and thanked our furiends at GREENIES®  and then she decided, that as a THANK YOU to  GREENIES®, she would have me blog about these wonderful treats. That made me think. I don’t like featuring things on my blog that YOU can’t win, so I dictated an email to my furiends at GREENIES®  and told them I was going to blog about their special surprise and asked if I could please have a give-away for YOU! Guess what! They said YES!
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So, my pals, ONE OF YOU (U.S. only please), are going to win the SAME gift as me (one tub of  GREENIES® CANINE DENTAL CHEWS) OR….if you are a KITTY and you enter and are the lucky winner YOU can win THREE BAGS OF FELINE GREENIES® !!! 
click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Just leave a comment telling me why YOU want to win!  (with a way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner) by MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 5pm EST…WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH (or later, if Mom can’t get her act together!)
Good luck my furiends!!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota

The Winner of the Dog Collar Fancy Gift Certificate Is:

I know you are all excited to see who won the gift certificate! This is some serious and gorgeous BLING!

Click on the photo to visit Dog Collar Fancy





Ok…before anyone thinks there was ANY favoritism,

 allow me to show you this:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2012-11-05 22:35:16 UTC


There were 9 people who entered the contest…I went to to have them select the winner…….you all see that Number 1 won right?

Number One belonged to:

Click on the photo to visit Eva’s blog!!



A gorgeous Sheltie Princess won a gift certificate to use towards absolutely GORGEOUS BLING! These collars definitely suit the Princess that she is!

I just have one question,  is it too early in our relationship for me to give Eva……DIAMONDS???

Congratulations beautiful Sheltie Princess Eva!!!

Barks and licks and love, from your “Prince” Dakota






For my friends…

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Cats Are Winning! Vote DOG! Join America’s Pet Debate! Help Purina® Help U.S. Veterans!

 Are we a nation of “Cat People” or “Dog People?”

Click on the photo to make YOUR vote heard!

I live in a schizophrenic household. Since I have a kitty brother, the one who is at the top of the FOOD chain often varies.

When Mom is upset with me for barking too much or taking things that I have no business taking, she tells me to go to TEAM DOG (which has ONE member, my DAD!) On those days she says she is all about TEAM CAT!!

The nerve of her!

Doggies!  It’s time for our BARKS to be heard!

Purina® is calling all pet owners and lovers to join in the “America’s Pet Debate.” From now until Nov. 8, you can vote for your favorite pet at once a day. Purina will proudly declare whether America is a cat or dog nation on Nov. 9, 2012.

 For every vote, Purina will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs. The donation will help fund Pet Partners pet therapy teams for U.S. veterans by providing the mental, physical and emotional support of cats and dogs through animal-assisted therapy. There are more than 22.7 million veterans in America today. The current national vote tally is 55% for Team Cat and 45% for Team Dog with a total of 58,856 votes. ($58,856 for Pet Partners Veteran Programs).




You can also join the conversation about America’s Pet Debate on, Twitter (@petdebate), Instagram and Pinterest using hashtags #VoteCat, #VoteDog and #PetDebate.

 Now get out there and vote!


Barks and licks and love, Dakota




I was not compensated for this post. 



How Did YOU Name Your Dog?

Hi and happy Tuesday all! It’s Dakota’s Mom!

I remember when my husband and I first got Dakota. At the time, his name was “Tanner.” Now “Tanner” is a fine name, but when I would watch the handsome Sheltie who would soon become “Dakota”, the name just didn’t suit him.

Finding the perfect name was incredibly important to me. I always loved the name “Dakota” and had decided to look it up to see what it meant. I no longer remember the source, but at that time in 2007 the meaning I found was “trusted friend.”  The translation came from an Indian tribe…probably “Dakota???”

Once I saw the meaning, it was a done deal. “Tanner” would now become “Dakota”. I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice (or my dog!!)

How did YOU decide on a name for your dog?

Our friend Matt  Beswick sent us this great infographic  sharing the idea that maybe, just maybe your pet’s name was predestined?  Or are they just “plain random?” What do YOU think?

Dog Names
Dog names graphic produced by Matt Beswick for Pet365. Click here to view the full post.


This has been one heck of a summer so far! Much of the country has experienced temps of 90+ degrees since mid June which is simply unheard of in places such as Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and places further North. Today in Michigan the high is supposed to reach 102 degrees!!! They say that August is the “dog days of summer” if  June and July have been this hot, I hate to see what August will bring!

It is timely that I received this press release from Michigan Humane. I know that many of you have covered the high temperature situation on your blogs, but to me, it is a deeply serious issue that can never be stressed enough. Please enjoy today’s post from Michigan Humane, and take good care of your babies!.

Love, Dakota and “Mom”

Dogs are great companions and, as we all know, love riding in the car. But in warm weather, it’s most often safer to leave them at home. Even on a relatively mild 85-degree day, parked in the shade with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car could reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. When the outside air is over 100, the inside of a car can reach 120 or more.

In warm weather, the overheated air in a parked car interferes with a pet’s normal cooling process because, unlike humans, dogs and cats do not perspire to cool their bodies down – they pant. When the air they breathe is overheated, the evaporation that usually occurs during panting is insufficient to allow proper cooling. A pet, like a child, can only withstand a higher body temperature for a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage – or even death.

If you see an animal in immediate distress in a parked car, ask the store to make an announcement or, if necessary, contact local animal control or police in your area. In Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, call the Michigan Humane Society’s Cruelty Hotline at (313) 872-3401. Also contact these agencies if you notice a dog kept outside without adequate food, water or shelter.


Here are some additional warm weather pet safety tips from the Michigan Humane Society:

  • MHS strongly recommends that pets live indoors with the rest of the family, year-round. In the summer, this will also help prevent heat-related illness and reduce exposure to mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and internal parasites.
  • Bring animals inside during hot or humid weather. Pets should not be left outside in very warm, humid conditions for extended periods, even in the shade.


  • Ensure that pets have access to plenty of fresh, cool water at all times – indoors and out. Hydration is critical to help your pet regulate his body temperature.
  • Avoid chaining or tethering a dog outside. He may get twisted and become unable to reach shade or water, or his water dish may get knocked over.
  • In homes without air conditioning, use fans to keep air circulating or keep your pet in a cooler area of the house, such as the basement, during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid vigorously exercising pets during the heat of the day. Instead, take walks in the early morning or evening hours. Avoid hot concrete or asphalt surfaces as they may cause damage or discomfort to the animal’s paw pads.
  • Keep in mind that old, young and short-nosed animals such as bulldogs, pugs and Himalayan or Persian cats are especially susceptible to heat stroke. However, it is a concern for all pets during hot weather.
  • If you open windows in your home, be sure the screens are secure to prevent cats or other pets from falling out.
  • Never leave pets unattended around swimming pools, to help prevent accidents.

If your pet is overcome by heat, you can give immediate first aid by immersing him in cool water. If you are unable to immerse him, lay him on cool, shaded grass, pour cold water over him and call your pet’s veterinarian immediately.

For more information about pet health and safety, visit

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) 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.