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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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.


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



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Cody Needs Your Help! Please Vote

cody please vote


The next round of voting is open and Cody is up against a super popular blogging kitty! Will you please take a moment and vote for him in the AmazeCats Competition? You can vote til 12 noon Saturday….there is a different group of cats every day! PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FURIENDS!! THANK YOU!! You can vote right here (click on link and click on circle next to Cody’s name) https://www.facebook.com/AmazeCats?ref=ts&fref=ts



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Winners of PetCakes by Lucky Paws!!

Happy Wednesday everyone! I am sooo excited to present the winners of our PetCakes by Lucky Paws give-away!


Click to visit Lucky Paws online



Click to visit Lucky Paws online

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!

And now, the WINNERS as chosen by http://www.random.org (and their comments) are:


“Please enter us in the contest for the DOG option!”
“We would like the cat version and somehow we will get Mommy to cook them for us if we should win. They look simple enough that she can manage. ~Fenris, Tuiren, Socks & Scylla”
“Bailey and Katy would love to be entered for the dog version. Mom has been looking at a Dog treat baker.”
Congratulations to the winners!!
Enjoy your PetCakes!!
Barks and licks and love, 






A special birthday wish!!



Today is our Uncle Bills’ Birthday!

Uncle Bill is one of the BIGGEST

Doggy Lovers that we know!

He is also super kind to kitties too!

Uncle Bill and his doggy "Brewster" blowing out candles on his birthday cake!

Uncle Bill and his doggy “Brewster” blowing out candles on his birthday cake!


cody and dakota happy birthday uncle bill

Oh and Mom and Dad wish you the HAPPIEST of birthdays too!!!

They are looking forward to 

celebrating with you SOON!

Barks, licks, kitty kisses and LOVE!

Dakota, Cody, Caren & Lenny

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Will you help my kitty brother? Vote for AmazeCats Next Top Cat!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am gonna do something super brotherly (but don’t you dare tell that I did this!) You see, my brother, Cody is participating in a contest, and since he is NOWHERE near as adorable as I am, (BOL!), he NEEDS VOTES!

Look at this face:

cody please vote

Pretty pitiful isn’t it? Can’t SOMEONE teach this guy how to SMILE?  He has an expression like “Uh, duh…did you call me?” BOL!

The contest is being held by AmazeCats

Who is AmazeCats? Glad you asked! AmazeCats makes:

Famous Cats of the Internet Playing Cards

The famous cats of the internet that we all know and love are coming together to help cats in need. Our feline friends have joined forces to bring you a cool deck of playing cards featuring their adorable photos on each card. You can play cards, hang out with your favorite internet cats and donate to a great cat charity all at the same time. How neat is that?

Every purchase is a donation! All of the proceeds from this deck will be donated to Stray Cat Alliance, a great non-profit organization aimed specifically at caring for and finding homes for stray cats.

Vote for AmazeCats Next Top Cat

Because there are many special needs cats with way more votes than my brother, (and in all honesty they are more deserving, I am not kidding when I say that, I mean that with all of my heart) he won’t win the contest.  That’s ok! He just wants to finish in the Top 32!
amaze cats next top cat grid
Here is the video that my Mom submitted for Cody (the intro was done by AmazeCats)

Isn’t that the most EMBARRASSING THING EVER?

Do you feel sorry enough to vote for my slightly rotund feline family member?

If so, you can vote once a day UNTIL MARCH 29th! Cody has a few blogging buddies who are also in the contest and they would love to make it into the top 32 as well! The cool thing is you can VOTE FOR MULTIPLE CATS IN ONE DAY! So when you vote for Cody you can vote for them too!

To vote for my brother Cody, click here

To view and vote for the other kitties click here

Sorry to ruin your day with a kitty on the blog, but sometimes with family you just gotta do what you gotta do!

Thanks for your support!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


“You’ve Got A Friend”

Cody and Dakota on chair wordless wed

Book Review: The Rescue Team by Billi Tiner

When I  first met Author Billi Tiner  on Twitter and saw the cover of  The Rescue Team, the first thing that intrigued me about this wonderful book for youngsters in the “middle grades” or grades 9-12, was the cover! The cover features the two “stars” of this heartwarming and excitement filled book, Ellie, a Border Collie with an endearing “smile”  and a penchant for “spinning”, ( Shelties can certainly relate!), who was unceremoniously “dumped” off at a shelter when his owners discovered they were going to have a baby, and Toby, a silver-gray tabby cat, who was also treated less than admirably by his owners.  For those who read both of my blogs, do these two remind you of anybody?


to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

That’s right! The two featured on the cover remind me of my Dakota and Cody!

Flat Cody and Flat Dakota that Mom had bought for trip

Cody and Dakota!

When I read the first few pages I was hooked!  There were many things that I loved about this book, but one of the main themes that I loved was the “pay it forward” message that Ellie and Toby display throughout the entire story. Having been rescued, they live their lives rescuing OTHERS, both people and other animals. Ellie, being a “working” dog, finds her “job”,  her  “purpose”  rescuing others with Toby the cat, working devotedly by his side.

There are delightful “messages” or “lessons” that are learned when young people AND adults read The Rescue Team. The “pay it forward” message is clear but there are more messages such as, the power of love, devotion, determination, trust, courage, hope, to name a few.

Another aspect of The Rescue Team that I found to be delightful, was how Author Billi Tiner has the animals that are in this book “speak” to each other.  There are examples of how they speak with their “eyes” throughout the book, sensing whether a person or an animal can be trusted, just by looking into their eyes.  The animals in The Rescue Team “speak” to each other when no humans are around, they also have an uncanny ability to “speak” to the humans, Anne Richards, who adopts Ellie and Toby, and Brent Davis, the EMT who rescues Anne,  (in more ways than one!)

Animals have an inherent form  of communicating  that humans who LISTEN  understand, be it a “smile”, a “spin”, a tail wag, a cat showing love through brushing up against a human, Tiner shows throughout this book that SHE is an animal lover by her obvious understanding of these “gestures.”

 The Rescue Team also teaches us  how, often our first impressions can be wrong, as exhibited when Toby the cat is startled by Tank, the “huge” dog with the “freaky” eyes (one blue, one brown) that sent Toby running up the first tree that he could find!

The Rescue Team is a quick read,  fast-moving, exciting, packed with warmhearted “feel good” moments and lessons that can be learned by both young people and adults alike.

Be sure to put this one on your MUST READ list!


ISBN 9781478318156

To purchase in paperback form click here

To purchase in Kindle form click here