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!!??

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sugar book cover dakota reading inside

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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

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BlogPaws Bliss thanks to Nutrish®-Thankful Thursday

Before I write another word, I want to make it clear that this is NOT a commercial.  At the heart of this blog post is the belief in a brand, as well as the person behind it.

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

Long before I had Dakota’s blog, he was eating  Nutrish®. Why? Because I have been a fan of Rachael Ray’s from the time her first 30 Minute Meal shows aired on The Food Network. In those first shows she wasn’t the star that she is today. She was, by her own admission, a “home cook” NOT a chef. Her first shows were a tad awkward, she seemed tentative and reserved, a far cry from the bubbly, talk show host, magazine magnate and household word in the kitchen that she is today. What I saw in her then, and what I see and relate to now, was that she was and is REAL. She seems approachable, she drops food  “it isn’t a party until the food falls on the floor” and she burns toast. Yes, she burns toast. Just like you and me.

rachael ray

I knew that she used to test recipes on her first dog, a pit bull named Boo,  in her cozy cabin kitchen in the Adirondacks. She COOKED for her first  dog, she cooks for her current dog, Isaboo,  she cooks for her family. She is a home cook, like ME and like  many of YOU.

I own the majority of her cookbooks, I subscribe to her magazine, I watched nearly every episode of every show she has been on, beginning with  The Food Network and beyond.

Dakota became a part of our family in 2007, Rachael Ray began her dog food company, Nutrish®, in 2008.  As soon as  Nutrish® was available in Michigan, it was served to Dakota. He has eaten it ever since, long before his blog began in 2011.  It is the ONLY dog food that he is served.

Did you know that sales of  Nutrish® goes towards Rachael’s Rescue? Rachael’s Rescue was created for “forgotten pets”, for those that have no one to love them. 

There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING better than being given the opportunity of representing a brand that you LEGITIMATELY USE,  that you LEGITIMATELY BUY, you BELIEVE IN THE BRAND, AS WELL AS THEIR PRODUCTS.  Yes! I  AM yelling! I will shout it from the rooftops! Writing blog posts about a brand and products that you love  are not  a chore, you aren’t nervous about what you are going to say, or what the brand will think, why? Because you legitimately LOVE THE PRODUCT. When you love and believe in a product, the rest is gravy, whatever you have to say will come naturally, it comes from the heart, it comes from actually being a regular consumer of the product.

BlogPaws is another love that I first discovered in the fall of 2009. Without BlogPaws I wouldn’t know a thing about blogging. When I first discovered BlogPaws it was to me, a gift from the Gods!

BlogPaws 2013 Alyson and I Nutrish

Imagine my excitement when a brand that I LOVE approached me to be a “brand influencer”, and offered to sponsor my trip to BlogPaws 2013. I felt as if I had come full circle. I was ecstatic. It was a dream come true. I jumped on that opportunity the way Dakota jumps on his Rachael Ray Nutrish soup bones. If I had a tail it would have wagged. I wasn’t just on an airplane flying to BlogPaws, I was floating on air!

I took this from the plane!

I took this from the plane!

Meeting the Nutrish®team at BlogPaws was a true delight! They are just as warm and personable as the wonderful woman behind the brand that we are representing.  Having dinner with them and my fellow blogging friends who were also sponsored,  the night before the official kickoff of BlogPaws, was a treat whose flavor will stay in my mouth forever!  Especially due to the delicious Tiramisu we had for dessert!

BlogPaws 2013 Tiramisu with Nutrish

Without Nutrish® I wouldn’t have met and connected with other bloggers who were sponsored by Nutrish®for BlogPaws. Without Nutrish®I wouldn’t have FINALLY met fellow dog bloggers,  Jodi Stone of Heart Like a Dog, Sugar The Golden Retriever’s Mom, Rosalyn,  Jen from My Brown Newfies,  Carrie from Tales & Tails, Aimee and Chuy from Irresistible Pets,  the list goes on and on, and I apologize for not mentioning everyone!

Chuy of Irresistible Pets

Chuy of Irresistible Pets

Without Nutrish®I wouldn’t have experienced all that there is to experience at BlogPaws from the Professional Product Review session presented by Rose Hamilton (Pet360). Carol Bryant (of  BlogPaws and Pet360) and Jeff Davis.  Nor would I have been able to learn from, and enjoy the  down-to-earth and wise Kimanzi Constable who presented his workshop,  The Key to Marketing with Social Media, which I enjoyed immensely.

Jeff Davis, Carol Bryant and Rose Hamilton

Jeff Davis, Carol Bryant and Rose Hamilton

For those who have stuck around to read this blog-post-turned-into-a-tome, I thank you! If there is a brand that you would love to work with, I am here to tell you it is NOT all about the numbers. It is EVERYTHING about “doing more than is expected” (as I learned in the Professional Product Review session and was thrilled to learn that it  was something that I was already doing), and about partnering with a brand that you truly believe in, that you would use NO MATTER WHAT.

BlogPaws 2013 Dakota at Nutrish

Thank you Nutrish® for your wholesome food, treats, and bones, for making my Sheltie smile, and thank YOU for the honor of representing you at BlogPaws and beyond! YOU ROCK!

#VIDEO-Mama’s Home! #BlogPaws 2013

Hi guys!! It’s Dakota’s Mom and I wanted to show you the enthusiastic “welcome home” that I received from
Dakota when I returned home from the  BlogPaws  conference this past Sunday.

Dakota has a tradition of grabbing his red, white and blue ball when Lenny and I return home from anywhere! Whether we are gone 5 minutes, 5 hours or days, Dakota grabs that ball and I have to sing “Hooray for the red, white and blue!!”

I kept the camera running, in an attempt to  capture Dakota’s jubilation to have me back home. I wanted this to be real, raw and unedited! It sure is!  I  apologize for the poor video quality and my saying “Mama’s Home” a ridiculous number of times.  Please realize that I was pretty darned excited to see Dakota (and Cody) too!

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#BlogPaws Bound!! Wordless Wednesday

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Mom wishes that ALL of you could attend the

BlogPaws Conference!

For those that are, safe travels and see you soon!!

For those that aren’t, in the words of

Mom’s Sponsor for the conference:

rachael ray

Rachael Ray Nutrish

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

“We’ll see ya when we see ya!!!!”

Stay tuned for my “delish” updates

on Twitter @dakotasheltie

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

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

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Also, it could EASILY mean

MORE GOODIES FOR YOU TOO!!!!

STAY TUNED!!

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#BlogPaws Conference 2013, where the pets in the know, go!

Winner of Personalized Paw Print Dog Lover Necklace (#BlogPaws Jewelry!) from For Love of a Dog!

Happy Wednesday everybody!!

This is one EXCITING DAY!

Today I am announcing the WINNER OF THE:

Personalized Paw Print Dog Lover Necklace (#BlogPaws Jewelry!) from For Love of a Dog!

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To visit For Love Of A Dog click on photo!

THANK YOU THANK YOU

TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

If you are not the lucky winner, guess what?

There will be another give-away

FROM FOR LOVE OF A DOG

on CODY’S BLOG  (CAT CHAT) THIS FRIDAY!!!

I wish EVERYONE COULD HAVE WON!

But…we have ONE WINNER

(as chosen by http://www.random.org)

AND THAT IS….

NELLIE!!!!!

FROM:

 

catfromhell april 2013

Click on the photo to visit Nellie’s blog!

 

CONGRATULATIONS NELLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nellie’s comment was: 

On April 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm catfromhell said: 

Wowzers! Those is so beautiful ME would wears the too! Me LOVES the colors and the paw prints and the charms!!! Super! Me has to goes and look at her jewelry!
Mes Follwed the blog, liked on Facebook! Mes would LOVES to wins!
Kisses
Nellie

Nellie happens to live with doggies too!

Enjoy your necklace!!

AND A HUGE SHELTIE THANK YOU

TO FOR LOVE OF A DOG

FOR SUCH A GENEROUS GIVE-AWAY!!!

REMEMBER THIS NECKLACE IS ON SALE!

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

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

 

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!

 

BLOGPAWS COMMUNITY FEATURED PET by Kristin Dewey, BlogPaws Special Projects Manager

I am wagging my tail with delight! I am honored to be the BlogPaws Community Featured Pet!

If you haven't joined the BlogPaws Community. Click on my photo to join!

If you haven’t joined the BlogPaws Community. Click on my photo to join!

 

by Kristin Dewey, BlogPaws Special Projects Manager

 

Dakota is a loving, funny, stubborn, (loud!) 5-year-old Shetland Sheepdog gentleman from Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Dakota is a Native American word meaning ‘trusted friend,’ and his name won the popular vote in a naming contest for a canine character in the new Amy Shojai book, “Lost and Found!”

He loves eating bones, being brushed, modeling and playing with his ball, and he’s a great brother to Cody, the cat.

His mom, Caren Gittleman, says he can spell! (You’ll have to ask him about that…)

You can get to know the handsome and adored Dakota better on his mom’s Community Page, at his blog: Dakota’s Den, onFacebook and on Twitter @dakotasheltie.

Three Women Make a Difference: One Dog at a Time By: Carol Bryant

From DAKOTA’S DEN: Today Dakota and I have the ULTIMATE HONOR of featuring a guest post by  author Carol Bryant, a woman I have come to know and greatly admire, through BlogPaws.  Carol epitomizes the quote:

“if you want something done ask a busy person to do it.

The more things you do, the more you CAN do” Lucille Ball.

 Carol  is  vivacious, caring, brilliant, ADORES what she does for a living,  and dedicates her heart and soul to animals.  Carol also is an exemplary role model in the world of blogging.

About author Carol Bryant:  “A dog lover of the highest order,” is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant when she and her Cocker Spaniel appeared on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. A frequent media contributor, Carol has appeared on television, radio, and in print. As guest speaker at conferences and seminars about dog products and travel, she also has a passion for growing social media and helped one client land the “best dog blog” honor. A repeat nominee from the Dog Writers Association of America and writer for Dogster, she also works with BlogPaws pet blogger social media community and conferences and is founder of her own canine-centric magazine-style dog blog, Fidose of RealityThank you Carol for being our guest blogger today!

Three Women Make a Difference: One Dog at a Time By:  Carol Bryant 

One person can make a difference in the life of an animal. How many of us can relate to that statement? If you love a dog, cat, or anything in between, at some  point you wished you could do more. Perhaps if there was some way to reach out and help those innocent faces scrolling through your Facebook timeline, right? How can we stop the Michael Vicks of the world?

The same questions resonated through the minds of Molly Mednikow, Sara Henderson, and Susan Hollar. They had the same “what more can I do” thought racing through their minds and then they did something very special: They acted on it.

Molly Mednikow is the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon CARES. She answered the call of the wild, so to speak, as when she decided to move to Peru and start an animal welfare charity. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and divides her time these days between Atlanta, Georgia, and Iquitos, Peru.

Recently Amazon CARES made international headlines. Recently an  unprecedented verdict has been reached in the Iquitos area of Peru, where the not-for-profit organization, Amazon CARES, secured a conviction in the case of a woman who was charged with poisoning a 5-month-old puppy.

“In this particular case, Amazon CARES , in partnership with the Iquitos Bar Association, had been working with legislative officials to enforce and/or strengthen animal cruelty laws,” Amazon CARES’ Founder and Executive Director, Molly Mednikow, shares. “This case, of a  neighbor intentionally poisoning and killing her neighbor’s puppy, is the first case we have brought to trial.”

Making a difference, one life at a time, is certainly the focus for Molly Mednikow and Amazon CARES.

Here in the states, Sara Henderson and Susan Hollar are making a difference in feeding dogs one bag at a time, one shelter at a time, and of course, one dog at a time.

BOGO Bowl premium dog food is produced in Ohio, with protein, fruit, and vegetables, and contains no artificial fillers, colors, or flavors; no corn, wheat, or soy used as filler. The starches in BOGO Bowl dog food are encapsulated to ensure less fermentation in the dog’s body, and hip healthy vitamins are included in most formulas. Sara Henderson is the CEO and brainchild behind the company, which is poised to go national. BOGO Bowl sells seven types of dog food online and contributes food to shelter partners across the United States, with a buy one, give one concept.

All BOGO Bowl formulas meet AAFCO criteria for healthy, quality pet food. Formulas included Puppy, Maintenance, Healthy Weight, Lamb Meal and Rice, Chicken Meal and Rice, Salmon Meal and Rice, and No Grain.

Sara knew she wanted to make the world a better place for animals -– she put that phrase on a “vision board” in 2008 –- and she started the process in 2009 when she founded the Pet Project Midwest. Her concept: Buy a bag of dog food, and her group will give a bag to a shelter pet in the same area where the food was bought.

If you are anything like me, when you donate to a rescue group that is not in your area, you really hope (and cross your paws) that the money is used to feed and save dogs affiliated with that group. Sara and Susan agreed, so for every bag of their BOGO Bowl dog food purchased, they ship the equivalent of the same food to a nonprofit shelter of the buyer’s choice.

It can be done: making the difference in the life of an animal. One by one, click by click, bag by bag, when each of us does something, together we do so very much.

For more about BOGO Bowl, visit http://www.bogobowl.com.

The official website of Amazon CARES is http://www.amazoncares.org.