World Spay Day 2013: Top Ten Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet: by Kim Thomas

From Dakota’s Den: While reading blogs on February 18, 2013 I came across this post from my friend, Kim Thomas  who writes the  wonderful blog CindyLu’s Muse and loved it!

CindyLus Muse (3) (2)

Meet CindyLu!

 

Kim is one of the first people I met when I began blogging in 2009, and I greatly admire her. I contacted Kim and asked if I could “re-post” this blog post on World Spay Day and she graciously gave her permission. I am a strong believer in the importance of spaying/neutering and loved this concise and straight forward blog post. Thank you Kim!

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Top Ten Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet

February is National Spay/Neuter Month – a reminder that there’s no better time than the present to ensure your pet is taken care of in the best way you can!

  • Collectively, with more spay/neuters, a community will have less stray pets, less disturbance and damage caused by them, and lower tax expenditures for the shelter of homeless pets.
  • You won’t add to the millions of homeless pets that are euthanized every year.
  •  Eliminate your risk! The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.*
  •  Eliminate your risk! The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.*
  •  It’s cheaper! Spay/Neuter costs less than raising puppies or kittens.
  •  Reduces/eliminates spraying and marking, in cats.
  •  Reduces/eliminates desire to roam, territorial fighting and resulting injury and disease, in cats.
  •  Reduces aggressive behavior, including associated dog bites.
  •  Reduces/eliminates mammary gland/ovarian/uterine and testicular cancers and prostate disease.
  •  Encourages longer, healthier life for your pet.

Spread the word – spay/neuter saves lives!

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*Source: ASPCA
Additional information from SpayUSA

Happy Birthday Pip & Sissy!

We just heard that our buddy Pip is having a birthday today and so is his human sister, Sissy!

Click on the photo to stop by and wish them both a

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Photo by Ann Adamus of Zoolatry

Photo by Ann Adamus of Zoolatry

 

Sending them both, 

TONS OF

BARKS AND LICKS AND LOVE,

DAKOTA

 

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Roxy Doggie Necklace

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Back in January our friends at one of our favorite blogs,  Roxy The Traveling Dog, had a give-away where you could win one of the beautiful, handmade, beaded “necklaces” that Roxy wears.

Photo Courtesy Of Roxy The Traveling Dog. Click on the photo to visit!

Photo Courtesy Of Roxy The Traveling Dog. Click on the photo to visit!

Click here to see more colors and styles.

Mom entered the give-away, and was lucky enough to be one of  the two winners! Do you believe that Mom had the nerve to ask Roxy’s Mom if she could have her prize made  as a BRACELET  for  her? What nerve! Mom’s  reasoning was that my “mane’ is so long that if I wore a beautiful collar/necklace like that it would never be seen, and my kitty brother, Cody, who it WOULD fit, doesn’t wear collars.

Roxy’s Mom was kind enough to make Mom her own bracelet and Mom couldn’t have been more excited when it arrived!

roxy and torrey bracelet on pad

Along with the bracelet that Mom adores, she  received  a lovely note from Roxy and Torrey’s Mom as well as some of their beautiful business cards. (Ignore the notepad with the coffee mug stain that Mom put the bracelet on, geeze!) Here is a better shot of how beautiful the bracelet is!

roxy and torrey bracelet

From their  website (and we apologize but WordPress wouldn’t let me remove the italics on the last two points)

All necklaces are 5/8″ wide, unless ordered larger, and any length you need. Cost is $2.00 per inch. Matching people bracelets are 7″ and $15.00, unless you request differently.
 Available colors – White, black, red, yellow, green, pink, orange, coral, lilac, beige, crystal clear, dk.blue, light blue, turquoise.  
 Patterns– Horizontal stripes, checker board w/line, random dots, vertical stripes, checker board, zig zag, stars, Native American.
 
For information on how you can order one of your own, click here
 
 
Roxy and Torrey’s gifted Mom and Dad create the most incredible art that you can buy or share with others who might be interested in buying their incredible artwork. Take a look at their art here
 
Thank you Roxy and Torrey!
Mom LOVES her bracelet and will wear it with pride!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
 
 
 
 

Can Dogs Send Their Humans to Obedience School?

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and yep I am SUPER LATE posting today. It is  NOT my fault. It IS my Mom’s fault!

Mom was supposed to post a really cool give-away from

click on their photo to visit them!

click on their photo to visit them!

I received a box of really fun items from Five Wags and I was supposed to tell you about them today AND have a give-away. Well, my Mom didn’t have the best week and she misplaced the email telling her how many winners we are allowed to have, and she can’t do the blog post until she has that information.

She emailed Five Wags this morning to tell them how she  lost the email totally screwed up, and she is waiting to hear back from them. If they get back to her before the weekend is over Mom will go ahead and do the review/give-away. If they don’t get back to her til next week we will just post the give-away at another time.

I am super sorry…you just can’t get good help today that is for sure!

I’m surprised she didn’t say that the DOG ATE HER EMAIL!

Does anyone know of any obedience classes that I can send my Mom to?

She sure needs them!

dakota close up january 9 2012

 

Barks and licks and apologetic love,

Dakota

Book Review: Paw Prints in the Sand by Elizabeth Parker #BtC4A

Since I began my primary blog, (Cat Chat With Caren & Cody), it has been important to me to take part in Blog the Change For Animals, a well-known blogging event where bloggers blog about causes, people and events that  are  near and dear to our hearts in the world of animals.  Blog the Change For Animals  takes place annually, (January 15,  April 15,  July 15 and October 15).   Many of us blog about animal causes that are important to us all throughout the year, but  it is extra heart-warming to see so many come together for this most important event.

Click on the badge to visit Blog the Change for animals

Click on the badge to visit Blog the Change for animals

I was given the opportunity of reviewing a marvelous book this past weekend, Paw Prints in the Sand by author Elizabeth Parker. This is not the first book that I have reviewed of Elizabeth’s, it is at least the third! Through the course of reading and reviewing Elizabeth’s books,  I not only became  a HUGE fan of her writing, but I have enormous respect and admiration  for her as a PERSON. Elizabeth has to be one of the kindest, most compassionate women that I have met on my blogging journey. ****More about that at the end of this blog post.

Why include Paw Prints in the Sand in the Blog the Change For Animals blogging event? While reading this book I saw that there was no way that I WOULDN’T include it.

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth's website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Click on the photo to visit Elizabeth’s website and to purchase Paw Prints and other books by Elizabeth Parker

Paw Prints in the Sand tackles  important subjects such as;  the importance of spaying and neutering pets and adopting from a local shelter, as well as the horrors of irresponsible “backyard breeders” and the deplorable conditions that puppy mill pups are subjected to.

From the moment I began reading Paw Prints my heart was pounding, my attention was riveted, I was on the edge of my seat.  I originally had planned on reading Paw Prints last Friday night, and my intention was to begin the book and finish it on Saturday. I finished Paw Prints in about three hours. I could NOT put it down.


The  imagery evoked is often unsettling , there were times that I cried, gasped and cringed,  the plot was so real to me that I had forgotten that this book is a work of  fiction. While the book is fictional, the conditions described in Paw Prints, sadly, are NOT. 

Note from the Author:

Although this book and the groups/organizations in this book are a work of fiction and a complete figment of my imagination, unfortunately puppy mills and backyard breeders are quite real. The fears and quirks I’ve described in this book are extremely common with rescue dogs.

The environment for puppy mill dogs is incomprehensible. Keep in mind that while not all, many puppy stores do get their puppies from puppy mills and it is a continuing practice here in the United States.

Paw Prints in the Sand isn’t just about puppy mills, it is “a moving love story of sorts that demonstrates the unbreakable bond and sustainable love between dogs and humans.”

Now available on Kindle

Also in paperback on Amazon

And Nook

Available in paperback on createspace.com

Use Coupon Code SG6M99JZ for $2.00 Off on createspace orders!

***Author Elizabeth Parker GIVES BACK

A portion of the proceeds from her books are donated to various animal rescue groups.

One of the first books of Elizabeth’s that I had the honor of reviewing was: Final Journey: Buddy’s Book a tribute to her beloved Golden Retriever “Buddy” who after the publication of Finally Home was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  Elizabeth decided she wanted to help other dogs with the same diagnosis, hence Buddy Bracelets was born

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth's beautiful creations and to purchase.

Click on the photo to see Elizabeth’s beautiful creations and to purchase.

40% of the sales of Buddy Bracelets will be donated to canine cancer foundations.

Now, as you can see, after reading about Paw Prints in the Sand and Elizabeth’s ongoing philanthropic efforts for rescue dogs, there was no way that I would ever think of NOT making her mission the topic of my Blog the  Change For Animals post.

Learn more about Author, Elizabeth Parker here

Today I have introduced an author to you who is actively helping to make a change to raise awareness about puppy mills, rescue dogs and dogs who have canine cancer. My question to YOU is: “What is your gift, and how will you use it to bring about positive change to your world?”

Michigan Winter Dog Classic Thursday, January 17 through Sunday, January 20th

Hi everyone it’s Dakota! I cannot believe an entire year has passed and this weekend it is time again for the:

Michigan dog classic

Michigan’s largest Dog Show – the family friendly 2013 Michigan Winter Dog Classic –  Hosted by the Oakland County Kennel Club and Livonia Kennel Club, dog lovers can enjoy the four-day event packed with can’t-miss exhibits, entertainment, educational seminars and the newest feature, “My Dog Can Do That.” The 2013 Michigan Winter Dog Classic returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan January 17-20, 2013.

The Michigan Winter Dog Classic showcases more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds of “man’s best friends” throughout the course of the event, including several breeds getting ready for the country’s premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February 2013. Dogs will be judged in accordance with the American Kennel Club.

New Feature – “My Dog Can Do That” – Can Have Your Dog Be Part of the Action At This Year’s Event

For the first time in the history of the Michigan Winter Dog Classic, the annual event will feature the AKC’s attraction, My Dog Can Do That!  This unique attraction allows owners to bring their dogs and let them try some of the fun competitive events   (Saturday, January 19  &  Sunday, January 20)  from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It is FREE to take part in My Dog Can Do That! Participating dogs must be at least 6 months old and have proof of rabies vaccination. No pre-registration is required for My Dog Can Do That!

During My Dog Can Do That!, professional trainers will show owners how to get their dog started in the exciting sport of agility, which is an obstacle course for dogs. They will help owners try beginning agility equipment with their dog – plus give them some helpful obedience tips. They will also have information on where to find professional dog training classes in the local communities.

In addition to trying agility with your dog, you can test your dogs’ manners and basic obedience at the AKC Canine Good Citizen tests from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. For more information on My Dog Can Do That! and the AKC Canine Partners program, access www.akc.org/mixedbreeds, email  akccaninepartners@akc.org or call 919-816-3749.

Some other “can’t-miss” attractions the entire family will enjoy are:

  • educational demonstrations
  • obedience & conformation judging
  • breed seminars
  • Access to many of the 160+ breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the Oakland County Kennel Club and the Livonia Kennel Club and sanctioned by the American Kennel Club
Photo Courtesy of IMJ Communications, LLC

Photo Courtesy of IMJ Communications, LLC

The  2013 Michigan Winter Dog Classic is scheduled to run from:

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ~Thursday, January 17
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ~ Friday, January 18, Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th.
  • Admission for the 2013 Michigan Winter Dog Classic  is $10/adult, $8/children ages 7-12 and seniors, and FREE for children 6 and under. A family admission plan ($35) is also available and includes admission for two adults and three children. Group discounts are also available for a school group, scouts, senior citizen club, or ANY group of 12 or more.  For more information on this year’s event, visit www.themichiganwinterdogclassic.com

Last year Mom was lucky and was able to go, this year she isn’t sure if she will  be able to attend.  Mom enjoyed herself immensely and bought some really cool things there! Here are some photos  that Mom took from her visit last year!

A Sheltie being groomed!

A Sheltie being groomed!

A parade of Sheepdogs!

A parade of Sheepdogs!

I am upset because Mom is telling me she thinks that we can’t make it. I wanted to try my paw at agility!!  For those who CAN make it, this is gonna be a barking GOOD TIME!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

Book Review: “Dogs Of Courage” by Lisa Rogak

I was honored to be given the opportunity to review Dogs Of Courage by Lisa Rogak.

Dogs of Courage is “the heroism and heart of working dogs around the world.”

Prior to reading this information packed book I was under the mistaken assumption that only certain breeds with certain “jobs” could be considered to be “dogs of courage.” I never suspected that a Chihuahua, or for that matter a Sheltie, would be a dog that could ever  earn the title of  Dogs Of Courage.  That mistaken thought reveals the cat lover in me, and shows just how much learning that I need to do to truly better  understand DOGS. Of course I LOVE dogs but I do admit that I am far less well versed about all things dog, than I am about all things CAT.

Photo Courtesy of macmillan

Photo Courtesy of macmillan

I never realized until reading  Dogs Of Courage, that EVERY dog has the potential of being a “dog of courage” regardless of their breed, size or particular talent.

From Dogs Of Courage: While we smile (and cry) when we hear stories on the news about courageous dogs, we rarely learn “Why dogs go out of their way to help us.” and “how do they get that way? How are dogs able to perform tasks and work in tandem with the humans who are their partners?” Dogs of Courage answers those questions and many more.

What Is a Dog of Courage?

It could be your next door neighbor’s dog, it could be a dog that works with police or fire, a dog trained as a therapy dog in a nursing home or hospital, a dog that works in a prison, even a movie star dog such as Lassie.  A “dog of courage” can have any one of a number of jobs that you will delight in reading about in full detail in this marvelous book.

Did you know?

  • That the smallest police dog in the world is an 8 lb Chihuahua named Midge who hails from Geauga County, Ohio?  Midge has appeared on the Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.
  • That many arson investigators and insurance companies think that Labrador retrievers are the best dogs for arson work?
  • That Newfoundlands are considered to be the best breed for water work?
  • That a Collie named “Kira” works as a psychiatric service dog?

Being from Michigan, I was particularly intrigued reading about a Golden Retriever named Landon who was brought into a family to help their 10-year-old autistic son, David.  Landon was acquired from Paws with a Cause, a nonprofit organization in Wayland, Michigan that trains assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. Landon ended up helping David with his communication skills and enabled him to open up more. Landon also helped David be better able to fall asleep at night just by being by his side.

I urge you to buy this wonderful book. If you are an educator, this would be a marvelous book to use as a learning tool in the classroom to teach students about how important dogs are in our lives, not just as our trusted and playful companions, but to enable students to learn about  the many jobs that a dog may have and how important they are in helping us to better function in our  daily existence.

From the publisher St.Martin’s Press: Dogs of Courage reveals the heartwarming and awe-inspiring stories of these hard-working dogs, from the training they receive to the ways we honor their sacrifices and reward their years of service.  Dogs Of Courage is an incredible story of the vital role that dogs play as working heroes, it is a must-read for animal-lovers everywhere.

About the Author:

Lisa Rogak is the author of The Dogs Of War: The Courage, Love and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs, the Edgar-and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein,  and And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert. She is also editor of the New York Times-bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words.

ISBN: 1-250-02176-6

2012 in review We’re Pitiful!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 28,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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PURINA® DOG CHOW® GIVES THE GIFT OF HOPE FOR MICHIGAN ANIMALS IN NEED

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Donation of hundreds of pounds of food to support the MHS free pet food bank

On the heels of a successful community pet food donation drive that helped fill a truck with food for the Michigan Humane Society’s (MHS) free pet food bank, another gift has arrived just in time for the New Year, and it means a holiday full of hope for hundreds of local animals. More than 8 pallets of Purina® Dog Chow® brand dog food was delivered to MHS this week. This gift of hundreds of pounds of dog food will be used to support MHS’ free pet food bank program, which every year helps thousands of pet owners who love their pets but have fallen on hard times and are struggling to feed them.

“Every day, dozens of pet owners depend on the MHS pet food bank to feed their four-legged friends,” said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator and MHS Detroit Facility Director. “These are people like you and me who love animals, but who may have fallen on hard times. Without programs like these, they’d be forced to give up their best friend.  “We are extraordinarily grateful to Purina Dog Chow for this generous donation, which will help MHS keep hundreds of families together this holiday season.”

(Photo caption: “Former Detroit Red Wings player Kirk Maltby holds Crosby, a 2-month-old Hound mix, in front of a Michigan Humane Society van on Wednesday, December 19 in Detroit. Maltby was helping gather pet food for MHS’ free pet food bank.”)

(Photo caption: “Former Detroit Red Wings player Kirk Maltby holds Crosby, a 2-month-old Hound mix, in front of a Michigan Humane Society van on Wednesday, December 19 in Detroit. Maltby was helping gather pet food for MHS’ free pet food bank.”)

MHS’ pet food bank assists qualifying low-income families in metro Detroit by providing them with dog or cat food at no charge. The program is supplied through food donations at MHS’ three centers for animal care, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland. Low-income pet owners can pick up one bag of food every week to help feed their hungry pets.

Last Wednesday, MHS was proud to team up with the Detroit Red Wings, including former player Kirk Maltby and the voice of the Red Wings, Ken Kal, at the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care to help “Fill the Truck” with pet food. Through the community’s tremendous support, more than 100 bags of pet food were collected, and are already being distributed to struggling pet owners.

“No pet should ever go hungry,” MacDonald said. “Thanks to the generosity of Purina Dog Chow and everybody who came out to donate food, dogs and cats across metro Detroit will have a much brighter holiday.”

For more information about the MHS free pet food bank, including eligibility information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org, or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Michigan Humane Society 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.

Mischief Master Class: A Book written by Dogs (two Cats and a Turtle!)…assisted by Annette Vivian

Hi everyone it’s Dakota, it’s Monday and you know what THAT means! It’s Mischief Monday!!

I can’t think of a better day to feature the new book by my buddy Snoopy, (of the informative, fun and adorable blog, SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG,)   Mischief Master Class A Book written by Dogs (two Cats and a Turtle!)…assisted by Annette Vivian.

snoopy book cover

Photo Courtesy of Annette Vivian

How did this book evolve?

For the rare few who DON’T know, my buddy Snoopy is the MASTER of Mischief! So much so that on his blog he has a regular Monday feature called the Monday Mischief Blog Hop which is sponsored by Snoopy, Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies. This Blog Hop is so popular and has so many weekly submissions from various animals all over the world, that it only made sense that the concept would make a natural evolution, into a BOOK! Now, when you want to read about all the mischief that everyone has been up to, it’s right at the tip of your paws!

My buddy Snoopy is a 2-year-old Bearded Collie who considers himself to be the “Master of Mischief”  That title didn’t come easy.  In order to attain the title of “Master of Mischief” you must have enormous skill and creativity! Snoopy has made it his mission to help all animals get the title of “Master of Mischief” by compiling this pawsome book!

But what exactly IS “Mischief? I’m glad that you asked!  Here is the definition that I found online:” It is “Playful misbehavior or troublemaking”

Snoopy feels, and I agree, that with so much seriousness in the World and in our jobs (did you know that Snoopy is a registered therapy dog? That’s some SERIOUS stuff!) it is important to incorporate some play in your day and what better way to do that than through creating some Mischief!

How Does The Mischief Master Class Work?

From Snoopy: “you must keep in mind some basic principles/rules/codes. If you stick to these principles, my experience tells me you’ll be a Mischief Master in no time!”

This book will be your greatest “go-to” to hone your mischief-making skills! You will LOVE the fun examples/stories shared by animals from all over the world (and their 2-leggers). The colorful photographs will make you wag your tail with delight!

Some of my favorite “Principles” in Mischief Master Class are:

Look Cute-Freddie of the blog BASSET MOMMA  has that skill learned, paws down!

Forgiveness is Easier Than Permission-shown by the sock stealing antics of Alfie the Entlebucher Mountain Pup. Visit him at ALFIE’S BLOG.

My Handiwork

My Handiwork

Stand Tall, Be Firm-shown by none other than yours truly!! Yep! I’m in the book too! I tried so hard to protect my territory from the dogs across the hall that I tore up our door wall! Just for the record, I was so adept at this feat that the dogs have MOVED!

The Art Of Negotiation– remarkably displayed by our turtle friend Kroten, of the blog UNDERNEATH THE SHELL, who will eat anything and everything!

Don’t Underestimate The Little Guy, The Big Dog Isn’t Always The Top Dog-shown by Roxy and Torrey of the blog ROXY THE TRAVELING DOG, as well as  Snoopy himself with a hilarious intro to this chapter about Snoopy and his “sheep.”

Learn To Count– one of my faves, and highlights how my buddy Snoopy can count! Yep!  By learning to count he knows just how long he can stay on the forbidden bed before his Mom counts to THREE to get him off. He even includes a link to the video in his book (links to many other videos are in the book as well). Check out this one of Snoopy, you’ll see why it is a fave of mine!

The last principle we are going to share with you, (you will have to buy the book to see the rest), is showcased by Emma  of the blog MY GBGVLIFE and that is: Don’t Be Shy- Ask For What You Want where Emma was determined to have a special birthday pawty for her sister Katie and took matters into her own paws!

snoopy book photo

Photo Courtesy of Annette Vivian

Check out some more mischief that is in this great and FUN book!


Once you finish reading Snoopy’s Mischief Master Class, you will have “learned that no matter who you are or what you are, Mischief is for ALL!”

You will even have your own “Mischief Master” Certificate in the book, like mine!

Yeah I forged Snoopy's "pawnigture", hey, I read the book and contributed Mischief! I earned it!

Yeah I forged Snoopy’s “pawnigture”, hey, I read the book and contributed Mischief! I earned it!

 

Now,  go tell the person in charge of the money in your house to hurry up and pawchase this fantastic book! Better yet, YOU create some mischief and grab their credit card and order it yourself! BOL!!

Did you know?

 Snoopy  and his Mum are generously donating 50% of the book Profits to Therapy Pets Support Charities

To purchase Mischief Master Class in paperback click here

To purchase the Kindle edition click here

ISBN-13:978-1481159920

Wanna follow Snoopy?

You can find him on Facebook by clicking here

Twitter @snoopysstory

On his blog: SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG

About the Author

Snoopy lives in Northern California with his Mum, Annette Vivian, and the rest of their family. Annette Vivian, born in the Isle of Man, British Isles, qualified as an Accountant and Project Manager. After spending 15 years working in start-ups and financial institutions around the Globe, she finally realized that she was neglecting the creative, fun side of her brain. She spends her time now, looking after her family, taking Snoopy on Therapy visits and writing. 
Barks and licks and love, Dakota