ChalkboardDogs! ™ Your reminders never looked so good! Enter to win!

Hi everyone and boy am I excited to share something really cool with you today! When I was first contacted to see if I wanted to review

ChalkboardDogs! ™

I admit that I was skeptical….my first question was, “Just exactly what ARE ChalkboardDogs!  ?

Photo courtesy of www.steadfastfriends.com Click on the photo to visit their website!

Photo courtesy of http://www.steadfastfriends.com
Click on the photo to visit their website!

From steadfastfriends.com, ChalkboardDogs!:

are large, repositionable chalkboard canine silhouettes that can be mounted on any flat surface such as a wall, door or refrigerator. You can write on them with regular chalk or with Chalk Ink®.

There are over 50 dog breeds to choose from!

The material that is used for ChalkboardDogs! is eco-friendly, it is a chalkboard film coated with  REPOSITIONABLE,  removable adhesive.

When mine arrived, it was rolled up and my first thought was “Uh-oh, will I rip this when I attempt to remove the silhouette from the backing?” Not a chance! I am all paws when it comes to these things (and this is Dakota’s MOM talking), and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

dog board no writing

I picked a Shetland Sheepdog (what else?) as my silhouette and removing it from the poly sleeve backing couldn’t have been easier!

To apply, simply remove the silhouette from the poly sleeve and peel off the white backing.  Carefully apply the silhouette to a clean, dry, flat surface taking care to be sure that any small bubbles or folds are flattened. That’s it!

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Here is how mine looks after I wrote on it. If you can’t read it, it says “Everyone loves Shelties” and there is a reminder from Dakota to “BUY BONES!”

The size varies between breeds due to the orientation of the silhouette, but on average, the  ChalkboardDogs! are 22″ long and anywhere from 15″ to 30″ high.

dog board kitchen with coffee cupMine works perfectly in our kitchen, but as I mentioned above, should I wish to move it to another room I can! Once again, the message can be wiped clean with an eraser, damp cloth or sponge and you can write on it with chalk or special

Chalk Ink® 

If you use your imagination there are countless things you can write on your ChalkboardDogs! silhouette! Everything from:

  • Grocery lists
  • Reminders
  • Have the kids draw on it
  • Vet Appointments
  • Just DOODLE!
  • Phone Numbers
  • Special Holidays
  • Just to say “I Love You”
  • These would make GREAT graduation gifts for students heading off to college in the fall! They can have a reminder of their canine friend in any room that they choose!

The options are endless!

Another thing I absolutely love about www.steadfastfriends.com is that:

Every time you purchase something from their website they will donate 10% of your purchase price to one of their Charity Partners, and importantly, they are going to let you choose which charity gets the donation.

I could not be happier with my ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and I am certain that you will be too!

dog board under clock

ENTER TO WIN! The kind people at http://www.steadfastfriends.com have offered ONE of our readers who resides in the USA the chance to win a ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink®  of their own! (an almost $50 value!)

HOW TO ENTER: Just LEAVE A COMMENT telling me what breed you would select for your silhouette if you are the lucky winner AND be sure I have an email address for you should you be the lucky winner! COMMENTS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW and will end at 5pm EST on June 24th. The winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th.

If you can’t wait to see if you are the winner, visit http://www.steadfastfriends.com NOW to order yours! THIS JUST IN! The kind folks at steadfastfriends.com are offering a 20% DISCOUNT to my readers! How cool is that? Just use the DISCOUNT CODE STEADFAST20%: 


Good luck to all who enter!

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was given a Shetland Sheepdog ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink. All opinions are my own!

It’s Father’s Day!

Hi everyone and Happy Father’s Day to you and to all the Doggy Daddies out there!  Today my Dad and I are gonna “hang” just doin’ what we like to do! Watch sports!!

dakota and lenny watching TV April 2012

and we may do a little of this:

(this is actually from when I was a baby)

Dakota and Lenny sickeningly cute

and a little of this too!

Dakota and Lenny ADORABLE!! May 2011

Get the picture? I’m gonna be snuggling with my Dad, ALL DAY! What about you?

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and to all the Doggy Daddies in the world!  Enjoy this video that I did NOT MAKE!! BOL!  I’m not as talented as my pals Will & Eko, but I digress,, to see the FANTASTIC video that they made for Father’s Day click here,  

Then, enjoy this cute little video that Mom and I found on YouTube

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

Barks and licks and all of my love,

Dakota

 

Happy Flag Day!!

dakota flag day

 

To those who do not live in the U.S., you can learn about Flag Day by clicking here

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS PHOTOS FOR 2014 PET CALENDAR

Submissions postmarked by June 15

guarantee inclusion in the calendar

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is seeking adorable pet photos to be featured in its 2014 Pet Calendar. The $25 entry fee per photo guarantees inclusion in MHS’ 16th annual calendar. The top entries will be selected for special Pet of the Month placement, with all other photos appearing in a variety of formats throughout the calendar. Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2013. Proceeds will help MHS change the lives of animals in need. Download an entry form (only one form needed per household) at www.michiganhumane.org

 

Photo guidelines:

•             Photos must be clear, in color, contain only pets, and be no larger than 4” X 6”. Glossy finish preferred.

•             Horizontal (landscape) orientation preferred; this is required for Pet of the Month placement.

•             For quality reasons, color prints made at home on inkjet or laser printers cannot be considered for Pet of the Month placement. However, these types of prints will be accepted for the smaller photos featured throughout the calendar.

•             Photos taken at a commercial studio must include a signed copyright release.

•             Dogs and cats wearing collars and ID tags and cats photographed indoors will receive best consideration.

•             Name, phone number and pet’s name must be written on the back of each photo using a permanent felt-tip pen (not a ballpoint, which may damage the photo).

 

Mail entries to:

Michigan Humane Society

2014 Pet Calendar

30300 Telegraph Rd, Suite 220

Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Calendars will be available for purchase in mid-October for $15 plus tax.

For more information, call (248) 283-1000,

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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.

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Yo!! Listen up dudes!! Wordless Wednesday

dakota yelling

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Book:Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS:A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock, ENTER TO WIN!

As many of you know who have followed Dakota’s blog for some time now,  I consider myself to be a “dog hobbyist or a pet parent.”  Dakota is the first dog that I have had the pleasure of sharing my home and life with as an adult, and the only other dog that I shared my life with was a Boxer named Brandy when I was a toddler. As a “dog hobbyist or a pet parent” there are red-flag topics that I felt that I wouldn’t broach on his blog, and were better left to those in the dog blogging world that I consider to be “Dog Experts, (either by virtue of their “pedigree” or their life experience).” What topics are those?

Health and Nutrition

I have always felt if I were going to attempt to discuss my red flag topics it would boil down to regurgitating information from the internet, but much of that information is difficult to understand, and taking the time to peruse it? Much worse! For those of you who are like me, “dog hobbyists or pet parents” and need and would like information and guidance from those that ARE “in-the-know”, our prayers have been answered! Enter  the book Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock, which I am delighted to say was sent to me by the author, to share with all of YOU!

Click on the book cover to visit the publisher Rowman.com

Click on the book cover to visit the publisher Rowman.com

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock is timely, informative, and delivers sensible information on topics of importance to all pet owners.  From reading pet food labels to storing food, from understanding appropriate calorie intake to food allergies, David Wellock helps readers better understand the dietary needs of their dogs and cats.

David G. Wellock is a “seasoned expert in the care and feeding of dogs and cats. He provides fact-filled, no nonsense, understandable information on the topics pet parents need to know in order to purchase and prepare food and develop an appropriate diet for their furry charges.”

For me, this is not a book that I would sit and read the way I would a novel, rather,  it is an invaluable resource that I will refer to again and again. Take a look at a few of the chapter topics and you will see why:

  • The Rise of Pet Foods
  • Shopping for your Pet’s Food
  • How to Read a Pet Food Package
  • Nutrition and Osteoarthritis
  • Dental Details
  • Urinary Disorders
  • The Scoop on Poop

Want to know?

  • About grain-free diets?
  • Red-flag ingredients that should NEVER be in the food that you purchase

One of my personal favorites from this book is a list of:

Dave’s Table Scrap Rules:

  • Leftovers designated for your pets should consist of lean meats and veggies
  • All things in moderation
  • Portion control

Just to name a few!

What I love about Dave, (yes, “Dave!”  is that his writing style isn’t lecturing, condescending or “preachy”, his style is such that you feel as if you can have a conversation with him without feeling intimidated!)  also,  that after fourteen years in the pet food business (he had opened his own store!), he is “still learning about cats and dogs and their nutrition and health issues.” Dave says: ” Much of the knowledge I have acquired over these years has come to me as a result of interaction with customers and their pets. My store became my school, and my customers and their pets my teachers. My opinions are anecdotal rather than scientific, based on my experiences in dealing with thousands of customers and their pets. Hopefully whatever passes for wisdom and insight on the pages of this book will benefit you, my fellow two-footers, in your dealings with those furry family members sharing your life.”

There you have it, a book written for the “dog hobbyist” (as I like to refer to myself) or as Dave lovingly says “parent of a pet” or  “paropet.” A book written in language that even I can make sense of, I am certain that you will be able to as well!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David G. Wellock is the owner/operator of a franchised Global Pet Foods store in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where he currently resides. 

ONE LUCKY PERSON WHO RESIDES IN THE USA WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY (A $36 value!)!

HOW TO ENTER: just leave a comment telling me what your dog’s (or cat’s or pig’s or whatever!) favorite food is (the “favorite food” can be “people food” or commercial!) The give-away is open NOW and will end MONDAY JUNE 17TH AT 5PM. Comments that do NOT  follow the requirement will be disqualified. WINNER will be chosen by random.org and will be announced WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th. 

Good luck!

If you can’t wait to see who wins the contest, you can purchase Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents, in either hardcover form or as an ebook by visiting the publisher by clicking here, or visiting Amazon by clicking here, or visiting Barnes & Noble by clicking here. 

 

 

 

 

#Petfinder wants to prepare pet parents for #Hurricane season

We have heard reports that this year the Hurricane Season is expected to be a particularly bad one. It is our pleasure to share this Hurricane preparedness graphic that Petfinder has prepared for everyone!

To visit PetFinder click on Infographic

To visit PetFinder click on Infographic

 

Stay safe out there!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

 

 

Michigan Humane Society And PetSmart To Host ‘CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED PET SUMMER TENT EVENTS’ – STARTING JUNE 15

Three adoption events

to feature dogs, cats and rabbits

from MHS and local rescue groups

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), in partnership with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, will host three Certified Pre-Owned Pet Summer Tent Events, on Saturdays June 15, July 20 and August 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each of the adoption events will take place at a participating PetSmart location, with certified pre-owned dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits – all loaded with adorable features – from MHS and several local rescue groups.

 

"Liza" Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“Liza” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“With so many pets in our community in need of new homes, the Michigan Humane Society is pleased to partner with other local animal welfare organizations to showcase our wonderful adoptable animals,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “Thanks to our hosts, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, and the participating groups, dozens of makes and models will be available at these events and ready for you to drive them home!”

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“Walter” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

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The summer tent adoption event locations are as follows:

June 15 at PetSmart Roseville, 20530 E 13 Mile Rd;

July 20 at PetSmart Ann Arbor, 2865 Oak Valley Dr;

 August 17 at PetSmart West Bloomfield

7260 Orchard Lake Rd.

(which is by our house!

Mom is gonna see if she

can volunteer that day!)

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For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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.

 

My Treasures-Wordless Wednesday

cody and dakota necklace from coonhound

 

A special necklace made for my Mom as a surprise from Prudence’s Mom!  Prudence’s Mom gave it to my Mom at BlogPaws! Mom LOVES it! Visit Prudence’s blog here!

Book:”Sugar’s Furry Friend” by Author, Maria Rosalyn Acero: FREE on KINDLE, June 4th and June 5th only!

Hi everyone!

It’s Dakota and I have some pawsome news for you today!

When Mom was at BlogPaws, one of her most favorite things was getting to meet Sugar The Golden Retriever’s Mom, Rosalyn! It was ALMOST as good as meeting Sugar herself!

What? You don’t know Sugar? Who DOESN’T know Sugar!? Sugar is a beautiful Golden Retriever with a blog that is full of “golden moments” and love! You can visit Sugar’s blog here

 

When Mom met Rosalyn at BlogPaws, Rosalyn gave Mom a copy of a special book that she wrote in honor of “10 Golden years” she has spent with Sugar! Here it is!

sugar book cover 1 from rosalyn

 

Isn’t this just the BEST!!??

sugar book cover dakota sniffingsugar book cover dakota on floor with it

sugar book cover dakota reading inside

sugar book cover dakota looking up 2

sugar book cover dakota looking up so pretty

TO GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD:  CLICK HERE

You can also purchase the book online

by clicking here

sugar book cover dakota paw on sugar