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
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I won a BarkBox and Cody won too!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota! Back in October, I was reading one of my favorite blogs:

 

Photo Courtesy of Roo's Doins, click photo to visit his blog!

Photo Courtesy of Roo’s Doins, click photo to visit his blog!

Roo has a super special story about his life, which if you don’t know his story, you can read about it here

Now being the super generous dog that he is, Roo was having a give-away for a BarkBox and/or a MeowBox  as part of Roo’s Birthday/Gotcha celebration and I decided to enter!

What is a BarkBox?

From their website:

When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from bones and treats to shampoos, leashes and innovative new gadgets!

A portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. To learn more about our causes, read about our giving program.

Here is a photo of Roo and HIS BarkBox

click on the photo to read more of his blog post!

click on the photo to read more of his blog post!

Then…when it was time to pick winners

of his contest,

look who Roo picked!

Photo Courtesy of Roo's Doins

Photo Courtesy of Roo’s Doins

I was BEYOND excited that I won!

Look at all of my stuff!

barkbox dakotas prizes

Do you believe it? One of my favorite things in that box are the blueberry treats by Fruitables Pet Foods! They are the perfect size for all of my treat toys and they are super delicious! Not to mention the great treat toy by Bionic and of course a gift card from our pals at chewy.com !! Everything I love!!

Mom was  super impressed with the Bark Box and said if she ever starts making some money again that maybe she will look into this for me. If not for me, it would make a great gift for some other lucky doggies!

Now, if that wasn’t generous enough, Roo even got presents for my kitty brother Cody, so he wouldn’t feel left out! Look at all of this stuff that Cody got!

barkbox cody prize

There was a KONG kitty toy, a dangly, a KONG brush, a blanket and wait! Even THIS! A Cat Amazing treat maze for Cody!

Click on the photo to enter to win one on Cody's blog!! You have til Monday at 5pm EST to enter!

Click on the photo to enter to win one on Cody’s blog!! You have til Monday at 5pm EST to enter!

Here  is a video of Cody enjoying his Cat Amazing!

You can enter to win one on his blog until

5pm this Monday by clicking here

 

Both Cody and I want to thank Roo for his INCREDIBLE KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY! It would have been enough for just ME to win (of course!), but to include Cody as well, was one of the kindest things we have ever experienced.

We are deeply touched Roo,

we THANK YOU  from the top of our ears,

to the tip of our tails,

and to the “moon and back!!”

We love you Roo!

Dakota and Cody

Freekibble.com Donating 500,000 Healthy Holiday Meals of Ellen DeGeneres’ HaloPet Food to Pets in Need

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There are a few things about Ellen DeGeneres that everyone knows:

  • She’s hilarious
  • She LOVES to dance!
  • She is highly philanthropic
  • She ADORES animals

When I lost my job in 2007, due to downsizing, if it weren’t for her show I don’t know how I would have made it through. Watching Ellen not only made me get OUT of myself. She made me LAUGH in SPITE of myself!

Ellen enabled me to learn to appreciate what I DO have, instead of focusing on what I don’t, give to OTHERS and by doing so, you will feel GOOD about YOURSELF!

This holiday season, homeless pets across the nation will be looking and feeling their best, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and a 16-year-old girl named Mimi Ausland.

 

DeGeneres, who co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, and Ausland, who founded Freekibble.com when she was just 11 years old, are launching their second annual Holiday Kibble Drop.  The initiative will deliver 500,000 meals of all natural Halo Spot’s Stew to pets in need across the country.

The Kibble Drop trucks will make a joint 14 stops throughout this holiday season, making food donations to 69 shelters and rescues, including many along the east coast that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

At most of the Kibble Drop stops, Halo retailers have generously provided a place where area shelters and rescues can meet the truck and pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo’s Spot’s Stew all-natural dog and cat food[DY1]

The Holiday Kibble Drop provides homeless pets the highest quality food possible. Organizations that feed the pets in their care premium food like Halo say it makes a big difference in their health and well-being and even in their adoptability. In a recent survey of 85 shelter professionals, 71% said that better food quality “definitely helps” dogs and cats to get adopted.

And helping homeless pets find their forever homes is a cause close to co-owner Ellen DeGeneres’ heart. “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about.  I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she says.

Providing high quality, nutritious food to shelters and rescues to help increase adoptions is also an important part of the Freekibble.com mission.

Since 2008, Freekibble.com has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues. Each day, Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com feature a new trivia question. Visitors to the sites can answer the questions and right or wrong, earn 10 pieces of kibble for homeless pets.

As Freekibble.com’s official pet food sponsor since 2010, Halo donates the kibble distributed to shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.

“It makes me feel great to know that so many homeless dogs and cats will be getting healthy, nutritious meals over the holidays. I really believe feeding them such a high quality food will make their holidays a bit brighter while they’re waiting for their forever homes,” says Freekibble.com founder, 16-year-old Mimi Ausland.

Three of this year’s Kibble Drop stops are at Pet Supplies Plus stores, which brought the Halo line into its 250 locations in 23 states earlier this year– bolstering its commitment to give our “pet companions with a happier, healthier life.”

 

Kibble Drop Stops:

Chattanooga, TN – McCartney Animal Center

Los Angeles, CA – Orange County Humane Society, Cat House on the Kings

Middletown, NJ – Petco

Naperville, IL (Chicago) – Pet Supplies Plus

Nashville, TN – Nashville Humane

New York, NY – ASPCA-helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy

Oceanside, NY (Long Island) – Pet Supplies Plus–helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy

Philadelphia, PA – DoggieStyle/Operation Ava–helping those who are in need from Hurricane Sandy.

Portland, OR – Humane Society of Central Oregon

Portland, TN – A Place to Bark

Raleigh, NC  – Phydeaux

St. Clair Shores, MI (Detroit) – Pet Supplies Plus (being a Michigander this makes me sooo happy!)

St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis) – Bone Marche

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Animal Care and Control

 

The Petco Foundation is sponsoring the truck going to New Jersey for disaster relief.  C.H. Robinson is donating a part of the freight costs of the other trucks, and company volunteers will be on hand at many of the stops to help unload food.

“We definitely see a difference in the health and vitality of our dogs when we feed super high quality food like Halo,” says Shannon DeBra of Recycled Doggies in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was a 2011 Kibble Drop recipient. “And when our dogs look healthy, they are definitely more adoptable.”

 

ABOUT HALO, PURELY FOR PETS®
For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Halo offers natural pet food, treats, supplements and grooming products – including the award-winning Halo Spot’s Stew, Dream Coat and Liv-a-Littles treats. Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became a part-owner of Halo in 2008. HALO’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Pet Supplies Plus, PETCO, Whole Foods Market, your local pet specialty and natural food store, and online at :http://www.halopets.com.

 

ABOUT FREEKIBBLE.COM 
Sixteen-year-old Mimi Ausland created Freekibble.com when she was 11 years old, to help feed the homeless dogs and cats at her local animal shelter.

Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com are two of the five most-visited animal rescue web sites in the world, with over 120,000 combined daily visitors. With the help of Freekibble’s 475,000 loyal monthly followers, they have donated 9 million nutritious meals to over 200 shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country. At the end of each month, Mimi personally delivers all the donated food to the Humane Society of Central Oregon and will be working with Halo, Purely For Pets® to distribute the pet food to all the other animal shelters they are assisting. Freekibble is played in 137 countries.

 

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I chose to share this great information that was sent to me!

Cyber Monday Savings up to 50% OFF! at Chewy.com

If there is one thing I know about, it’s chewing:

What??? Not THAT kind of “chewing?”

When our friends at chewy.com told us about this huge sale, we were sooooo excited!  Mom always orders Cody’s World’s Best Cat Litter from chewy.com and all sorts of things for me!  In full disclosure (We have received some things for free but Mom has PAWCHASED many things on her own!) Mom, Cody and I LOVE how easy it is to order and our items arrive almost as fast as I can scarf down a bowl of food!

What are you waiting for! Take over the compawter, grab the credit card and go SHOPPING NOW….if YOU can’t shop be sure to tell your humans/bi-pods/pawrents or whatever you call them!

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I am HONORED!

There are a lot of contests out there that many of us enter that offer prizes such as money, pet supplies and blog “notoriety”, just to name a few. I recently entered a contest that for me, was probably the most emotionally rewarding of any contest that I have entered thus far.

 

My friend Ann Paws who is the author  of one of my favorite new blogs:

 

Click here to visit!

had a contest where we had to submit a photo of what our PETS are thankful for.

 

For me, this was a no-brainer. My “boyz” are MOST thankful for EACH OTHER. This photo was my entry:

 

 

 

Cody and Dakota have a most unique relationship. I couldn’t be more blessed, nor could THEY!

 

They are playmates, partners in crime and conspiracy, companions when my husband and I aren’t home,  they visibly worry when one of them is gone from our home even if it is just for an hour or two.  At night, by choice, they  sleep in close proximity of each other. My vet often tells me how he marvels at the intensity of their bond. Don’t tell them that cats and dogs aren’t supposed to get along. They exhibit care and concern for each other that many of us could learn from. All of this, and my method of “introducing” them  completely defied “conventional” blogging and textbook guidelines. I listened to my heart, which rarely steers me wrong.

 

There were 3 winners of this contest and my photo of Dakota and Cody was the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! I am honored and elated that my photo won the contest! What thrilled me the most was that the “judge” of this contest was Anns’  8 year old daughter, Lily:

 

Photo courtesy of:

http://mypawsitivelypets.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-photo-contest-winner.html

 

 

What was special to me,  was this was TRULY a “fair and unbiased” judge who not only didn’t know any of the entrants, she just loves animals! There was no “hidden agenda” here! You know what they say, “out of the mouths of babes.” Lily said that my photo was  “adorable.”


You can’t fool a child. Children are often our harshest critics. They respond on an emotional level,  a child can sense dishonesty and those with less than stellar intentions a mile away. Ironically, our pets also have this ability. Want to know if a person is GENUINE? Introduce them to your children or your pets.

 

Being the winner of the “GRAND PRIZE” for this contest didn’t bring money, or pet toys or supplies or even a shiny statuette. The prize is THIS lovely badge that I am displaying with enormous pride:

 

 

 

this is PRIZE ENOUGH for me! I don’t have mad photography skills,  or the latest camera loaded with bells and whistles. What I DO have are a dog and a cat whose affection for each other lit up that photo and made my message clear.

 

My “prize” was my work touching the heart of a child. To me, that is the GREATEST gift of all, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving….I THANK YOU LILY from the bottom of my heart.

 

 

 

 

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National Homeless Animals Day Is Saturday August 18 PAW-TY WITH THE FRIENDS! MICHIGAN

 

 

Cruise on over to the Dearborn Animal Shelter on Saturday, August 11, when they open their  doors to the community  to kick off a  SPECIAL week-long celebration!  Why?  To celebrate National Homeless Animals Day which is Saturday August 18!

 

Time:  11:00 to 3:00
Location:  2661 Greenfield Rd.
Cost:  Free!
Highlights:
– Kid safety tips
– Meet adorable pets, 50% off adoption fees
– Human dunk tank featuring friends from
the Detroit Diesels
– Dog-kissing booth (mints provided)
– Tours of the Cat Community Center

Come on out and help some of my buddies find their furever home!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Sobering Sunday

Mischief Monday-Flat as a Pancake!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

My brother Cody and I have had discussions about being left when Mom goes to the BlogPaws 2012 conference. We didn’t like that kitties and doggies from all over the country (including my buddy Snoopy!!!) get to go to this spectacular conference and we can’t go!

What in the name of a bag o’ bones is wrong with THAT picture?

Cody and I  are the ones that work  til the wee (and I don’t mean peeing!) hours of the morning on our blogs!  All Mom does is type the info that we give her, she makes that appear as if it’s a big deal cause she likes to moan and groan about  all that she does,  but Cody and I know differently!

We didn’t earn the right to go on this trip?

Without Cody and I Mom would have  no blogs! If Mom had no blogs, she wouldn’t be going on a  trip to  BlogPaws which is only the best blogging conference on the Planet! 

Somebody needs to be barked at… big time!

Cody and I  decided to take matters into our own paws and take a look at what we did!

We had ourselves turned into  PANCAKE PETS!!

Also known as Flat Pets!

Don’t we look realistic?

We’re pretty smart huh?

Now we can go to BlogPaws with Mom

and REALLY stir up some mischief!!!!

Ohhhh…we’re gonna have FUN!!!

Do YOU wanna stir up some mischief?

Ohhhh I know you wanna!

Visit Pancake Pets right here and you can go anywhere that your pawrents go!

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and pack! I have a lot of toys, treats and Nutrish

to fit into my bag!

 I  have eaten Nutrish for all of my five years,  and my Mom won’t let me go to BlogPaws? When there is Nutrish around, this Sheltie will NOT be denied!

This bag is wrinkled because I EAT this food and have been for the past FIVE years!

(By the way, Nutrish  is  a Silver Sponsor at BlogPaws…click on  Sponsors  to see the entire list of TONS of BlogPaws Sponsors! )

 Let the mischief begin!!

Watch out Salt Lake City, here we come!!!

 Click the logo above to visit Salt Lake City’s Facebook Page!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Happy Birthday To Our SUPER Dad!!

“Are you ready for some FOOTBALL????”

BRING ON THE GAME!

Love, Dakota and Cody

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