Dog and Cat Buddies!

This was sent to me by my friend C.Hawley and I thought it was so cute that I had to share!

Look carefully in each picture for the cat

as it makes its way

down from the roof to the dog.

Then check the explanation at the end. 
cat and dog buddies
The story behind this picture is this:

Every day – at the same time – she waits for him.
Sometimes she barks to call him.
He comes; they rub and greet each other
and they go for a walk. They have done
this for 5 years and no, they don’t belong to the
same owners. The owners didn’t know until
neighbors seeing them together so frequently
commented to the cat’s owner, who then followed
the dog home which was a distance away – not
in a house close or next door.
How it started no
one knows.
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Published in: on May 30, 2013 at 1:00 am  Comments (58)  
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No Mischief Today

dakota carpet april 2013

Hi every one hope you had a great weekend!

I’m just being low-key,  my Daddy is having surgery today…..

dakota head down carpet

I’m staying right here until he comes home!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

Mom and I  use comment moderation so if we don’t approve your comments right away please bear with us, we are going to be busy taking care of Daddy!

Also…Cody, Mom and I are featured on Peace, Love & Whiskers today. Check it out!

Published in: on April 29, 2013 at 1:00 am  Comments (87)  
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#BlogPaws Conference 2013, where the pets in the know, go!

Sheltie Shadow Sunday

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Published in: on April 21, 2013 at 10:03 am  Comments (50)  
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LOW-COST VACCINATION CLINIC FOR DOGS AND CATS #MICHIGAN

 

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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!)

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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!

 

Thankful Thursday: For Love Of A Dog

Throughout the nearly four years I have blogged, I have seen many products and met, albeit in many cases” virtually”, many different people.

There are  products and people who come and go, and there are some you just know will be around forever. Some products thrive and remain popular due to their superior quality and the meticulous care that goes into making them, and there are some people who sparkle and shine both inside AND out, just like their products.

One of these people and her products, is Sue Kottwitz from For Love Of A Dog.

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Click photo to visit Sue’s website and blog!

I have featured Sue a few times  on Dakota’s blog, and I am tickled to feature her again!  This  time I was the  lucky recipient of a gorgeous bracelet of Sue’s that came from a give-away that Sue had in honor of her cherished  mother’s birthday. (Sue’s mother passed earlier in February of 2013. What an incredible woman she had to have been to have raised a daughter who has a heart bursting with goodness, as Sue does.) 

Here  are photos of what I won:

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From For Love Of A Dog: “This is a one of kind piece of dog lover jewelry that I created specially for this celebration.

The focal is a hand crafted purple porcelain dog bone with DOG MOM hand inscribed.  The dog bone is surrounded by a variety of chubby artisan lampwork beads in shades of purple and lavender.  Pale lavender core with purple raised dots, a looping scroll design, and a drum rondelle.”

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From For Love Of A Dog: “The clasp is a silver heart with paw print lobster claw.  To finish things just right, I added an artisan lampwork heart that is nicely fat and scarlet red.   This bracelet is a $75 value!”

I wish you could see this bracelet in person, it is even more exquisite than it is in the photos. Here are some photos that I took:

Sue's creations are always packaged with love, and focus on presentation

Sue’s creations are always packaged with love, and focus on presentation

 

I squealed with delight when I opened my PRIZE!! It is something I will cherish forever!

I squealed with delight when I opened my PRIZE!!

Did you notice the beautiful presentation of the package?  A couple of years ago, I ordered pieces from Sue and some jewelry from another place, the jewelry all arrived at the same time. I felt bad for the “other” person, because her jewelry was wrapped in a haphazard manner, and then there was Sue’s? Who do YOU think I still purchase jewelry from?

The bracelet is simply GORGEOUS and as I mentioned before this is not the only piece of Sue’s jewelry that I own. I also bought some pieces myself, here is my beloved Sheltie necklace that I BOUGHT!

Yep I bought this breed specific necklace (along with some cat items but THIS is  a DOG blog!) I wore this necklace to BlogPaws 2011!

Yep I bought this breed specific necklace (along with some cat items but THIS is a DOG blog!) I wore this necklace to BlogPaws 2011!

Are you drooling by now? I thought so! It wouldn’t be fair of me to show you these wonderful items and not tell you that we have an upcoming GIVE-AWAY that will be on Dakota’s blog THIS MONDAY APRIL 1st (and THAT is no joke!) You will have to come back Monday to see what you can enter to win if you live in the U.S. AND CANADA! (it is TOTALLY different than what is featured here today!)

In the meantime you can follow Sue every which way possible and count the minutes til you can enter on MONDAY!

 The Websitewww.ForLoveofaDog.com 

>The Blog:  www.Talking-dogs.com
>Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/ForLoveofaDogJewelry
>Google+ : www.gplus.to/ForLoveofaDog
>Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ForLoveofaDog
>Pinterest:  www.Pinterest.com/Forloveofadog
THANK YOU SUE FOR MY GORGEOUS BRACELET!!

 

 

KONG® NEW Premium Treats! ENTER TO WIN!

Hi everyone it’s Dakota! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when my furiends at KONG®  “one of the most trusted and capable names in the Pet Industry” , contacted me and asked if I would like to sample some of the treats from their NEW Premium Treat line!

click on photo to visit the KONG website

click on photo to visit the KONG website

Of course, I said “YES!”

The products that I was sent to review were the:

KONG Natural Jerky Beef 

click on photo to visit the KONG website!

click on photo to visit the KONG website!

KONG Natural Jerky Chicken

Click on photo to visit the KONG website

Click on photo to visit the KONG website

I was particularly excited to receive the above two items because I needed my jerky fix!  Mom and I have read about all the recalls of jerky items made in China and we needed jerky that was made in the good ‘ol U.S.A . that would be safe for me and  you!

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Each product in the Premium line was developed with specific attention to common pet needs including Oral Care, Skin & Coat maintenance and Allergy Concerns. KONG® Treats are Vitamin Enriched and contain extra anti-oxidants to help improve overall health.

KONG’S Natural Jerky Beef  Strips  and Natural Jerky Chicken Strips are part of the KONG Premium Treat line.

KONG GRAPHIC

They are SUPER great tasting too!!  They are also a treat  that my Mom can feel GOOD about giving me!

They are fabulous for treat time, training, rewarding and even for stuffing  KONG® toys!!

dakota kong nose on bag

dakota kong paw on bag

At last! It was finally my chance to try them! The treats that are featured in this video are the KONG Natural Jerky Beef, (the Natural Jerky Chicken is also delicious and SAFE for you to enjoy as well!)

I bet you want some of these treats too, don’t you? Well our furiends at  KONG® are going to give SIX LUCKY PEOPLE IN THE U.S.A. treats for their DOG!

HOW TO ENTER: read carefully because these two steps are MANDATORY:

 LIKE KONG TREATS ON FACEBOOK

 tell them Dakota sent ya and tell ME in the comments on this blog that you did this

FOLLOW KONG TREATS ON TWITTER —

leave me a comment telling me that you did this

IMPORTANT!!

If you do NOT have a FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

AND YOU DO HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT

FOLLOW KONG TREATS ON TWITTER

ON THE LINK PROVIDED ABOVE

AND LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME YOU 

DO NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

BUT YOU FOLLOWED KONG TREATS

ON TWITTER

THAT WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY

The give-away is open NOW…and will CLOSE at 5pm ET ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH.

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY WWW.RANDOM.ORG

AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH.

GOOD LUCK!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a package of Natural Beef Jerky Strips and a package of Natural Chicken Jerky Strips for review purposes. All opinions are my own (and of course Dakota’s)

Is it a crime to tamper with email?

Hi all! I was being a good Sheltie,

I was helping Mom read email and blogs.

When Mom got up from the computer to go

and do something in another room,

I found THIS….

 

WE’RE

EXCITED

TO SEE YOU

FOR YOUR NEXT VISIT!

Please call us today to schedule an appointment for Dakota
248-646-1669
Dear Caren,Dakota is due for the following in April:

  • Heartworm/Lymes/Tick diseases test – due on 04/04/13

Thank you!
DePorre Veterinary Hospital

click on logo to visit my vet, IF YOU DARE!

click on logo to visit my vet, IF YOU DARE!

DePorre Veterinary Hospital
4062 West Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
248-646-1669

dakota email tampering

 

Am I going to go to jail?

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

What do gentlemen do?

Back on February 21st I were reading one of my favorite blogs: Something Wagging This Way Comes, and  the post that I was reading that day was:

11 Insanely Useful Weird Dog Commands

Pam had compiled a list of commands that she uses for her dog, Honey, that cover a lot more ground than your basic, “sit”, “stay” or “wait”.  If you haven’t read this fun and informative post, click on the above link!

At the end of the post, Pam asked: What are some of the strange cues you use to tell your dog what you need from her? (in our case it would be a “he”, but I digress…)

Here is the comment that I left on Pam’s blog post that day:

caren gittleman says:

February 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM

“What do gentlemen do?” I stumbled upon it a couple of weeks ago when Dakota was having a barking fit wanting a bone.

I never thought he would understand a complete sentence when I used it. In frustration I said “What do gentlemen do?” He promptly SAT. I have used it since to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and he sits EVERY time. My husband calls him a “gentleman” when he takes him to the bathroom but never uses it for sitting.
I must try to get it on video.

Then Jan Keefe  of Wag ‘N Woof Pets  (another favorite blog of mine) said on:

February 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I would love to see that, you will have to get it on video! :)

Guess what? I did JUST THAT! Yesterday I went and to Sprint to take advantage of the upgrade I had available to me to trade in  my old Android phone for  the new iPhone4 , and was playing with the video function. I decided to ask  Dakota the infamous question: “What do gentlemen do?”  See for yourself!

It is MUCH funnier when Dakota is in the middle of vocalizing about how much he wants his  Rachael Ray Nutrish® Soup Bones™. 

Just to show you the “gentleman” routine is NOT a fluke, witness it again!

I’d say he deserves a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award nomination, don’t you agree?  Now is  YOUR chance to nominate ALL of the pet blogs/bloggers that you love!

From BlogPawsThe “Nose-to-Nose” Awards is the only awards program in which pet bloggers and microbloggers are judged on their expertise, creativity, and performance in one or more of 12 categories by a panel of distinguished professionals. The BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards are not a popularity contest!

Nominations open at 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 – and close at 3:00 PM EST on Friday, March 8th.

Yep, that’s right! You don’t have to experience angst wondering who you are going to nominate, you can nominate ALL of your favorites in as many categories as you would like!

As an example, Dakota  and I have already begun nominating blogs in the categories of:

Best Blog Design

Best Blog Writing

Best Humor Blog

Best Bark Blog

Best Meow Blog

Best Wiggle Blog (for animals other than cats or dogs)

Best New Blog

Best Cause Blog

Best Blog Video

Best Blog Photo

Best Facebook Design

Best Twitter Design

and you know what? There are a number of blogs that we feel are deserving in EACH category and we aren’t going to just nominate one per category, we are going to nominate ALL of our faves for EACH category! That way, EVERY FURRY will be considered! How cool is that?

One thing that we love about the Nose-to-Nose awards is that even if you are just nominated ONCE, you are in the running, AND, you CAN NOMINATE YOURSELF!

Every blog that is nominated will be reviewed by the judges panel, but just once.

Please, please nominate ALL of the blogs/bloggers that you love for whatever category!

 

To read more about the criteria that the judges will be taking into consideration for each category, click here

We are HONORED and FLATTERED that so many of you visit us on a regular basis, or even that you visit us at all! That being said, if there was a post that made you smile, a photo that you loved, a book review that inspired you to buy/read a book, a contest that you won, a product that you learned about here or anything else that you loved, that we work painstakingly and with all of our heart to share with you, we would be HONORED if you wish to nominate us for whatever category you see fit.  Well, except best meow blog since this isn’t a cat blog! BOL! Our chances of being a finalist or even of gasp, WINNING...are next to none, but it would mean the world to us if we were even to be considered.

Should you wish to nominate us, and we THANK YOU if you do, you can click on each category that we mentioned above and it will take you right to the nomination pages.

Here is our info that you will need:

Blog Home Page: https://dakotasden.wordpress.com/

Contact Name for Blog Owner: Caren Gittleman

Email for Blog Owner: cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Twitter Page for Dakota: https://twitter.com/dakotasheltie

Dakota’s Den on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dakotas-Den-Daily-Doings-of-a-Dog-Named-Dakota-Let-the-Barking-Begin/212764172068608?ref=ts&fref=ts

  Now, Dakota and I are off to do some more nominating of other deserving blogs/bloggers ourselves!!

Good luck to all!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota and Mom