Monday Mischief: Vacuum

Hi guys!  Mom is super tired so I thought that for once I would put my paw to the keyboard and say hi to all of you!

Hope every furry had a great weekend!

Now for my  Monday Mischief! No words needed other than that isn’t Mom in the video! It ‘s her dear friend Cheryl! Cheryl agreed to vacuum while Mom shot the video so that you could see how nuts I am when the vacuum comes out!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

Your city could win a $100,000 dog park! Entries Close May 31st!

PetSafe presents their third annual

Bark for Your Park Contest!

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Calling all dog owners, animal lovers, city officials, parks and recreation directors,

pet professionals and anyone who wants to

improve his or her community!

Nominate  YOUR city to win a $100,000 dog park!!

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To nominate a city, and for more information, simply visit www.petsafe.net by May 31. Finalists will be selected based on the availability of land, civic leader support, population size and total number of votes from community supporters. PetSafe will select 15 finalists based on information provided by the cities, and each community must provide documentation of land availability and civic leader support to be eligible.

Once you’ve nominated your city, supporters can vote daily on www.petsafe.net and PetSafe’s Facebook page.

Watch this video which explains how the “Bark for Your Park” contest works!

PetSafe® Bark For Your Park Contest 2013 from Radio Systems Corporation on Vimeo.

On June 5, PetSafe will announce the finalist communities that will continue “barking” for their park by voting daily on www.petsafe.net and PetSafe’s Facebook page. The finalist city with the most votes will be named the “top dog” and win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park, and four additional pet-passionate finalist cities will receive $25,000 to put toward their local dog park plans. “Bark for Your Park” contest winners will be announced on July 31.

 

In full disclosure: Dakota and I were not compensated for this post. We met representatives from PetSafe at BlogPaws 2013 who emailed this information to us and asked if we would share it. Because we think this is a GREAT contest, we agreed to do so!! Hurry and enter and we wish you the BEST of luck!

Published in: on May 24, 2013 at 1:00 am  Comments (22)  
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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.

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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!

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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!

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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“Yappy” Mother’s Day! 2013

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Our friend, Ann Adamus of the blog Zoolatry, summed it up best (she also made the graphic below):

“There are all kinds of Mothers … Foster Moms and Adopter Moms.  Auntie Moms, GrandMoms.  StepMoms and Other-Mothers.  Neighbor-Moms, Friend-Moms.  Sometimes even Dads are Moms!  At one time or another, nearly every creature on earth takes on the loving and caring role of being a mom.  This weekend, say  thanks, give a hug, share a kiss ~ with all the moms you know.  It’s their special day!”

Click on the photo to visit Ann's blog

Click on the photo to visit Ann’s blog

“Yappy” Mother’s Day All!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

A Morning in May-Wordless Wednesday

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American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week®

Click on the photo to visit the American Humane  Association website

Click on the photo to visit the American Humane
Association website

 

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and I am happy to tell you that it is Be Kind To Animals Week! In my opinion kindness to animals should be shown EVERY DAY but we can help spread that message this week!

There are so many ways you can be kind to animals, here are just a few:

Do NOT keep your dog in a hot car (even if the windows are cracked) Would YOU like to bake in a car?

DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG:

  • CHOCOLATE
  • ONIONS
  • GRAPES

Just to name a few!

Feed your dog the most nutritious food that your budget can afford.

Keep up to date on vaccinations and “wellness” visits at the vet!

Exercise your dog regularly (that is something that my Mom and Dad are working on with me, because I am not overly fond of walks.)

Keep your dog well-groomed

Photo courtesy of American Humane

Photo courtesy of American Humane

Donate items such as:

  • newspapers
  • food
  • toys
  • crates
  • food bowls
  • blankets
  • towels
  • money
  • paper towels
  • YOUR TIME!

to  local rescues!

There are so many ways that you can show kindness to animals

 

My Mom and Dad are always giving me hugs and kisses and they provide a safe environment for me. I feel secure and loved.

Kindness to animals should also include animals in the wild!

 

Provide water for the birds

help save endangered species

You know the ducks in the pond? Unless told to do so, do NOT feed them! Yep you heard me right! Many ducks and geese that live in areas that are well populated with humans are OVER FED and that can not only kill them, the food can pollute their water!

I know that all of you show kindness to animals on a  regular basis, leave me a comment and tell me what you are going to do THIS WEEK that is extra special!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

 

 

 

“Raise the Woof!” #BlogPawty with #BlogPaws and #Rachael Ray #Nutrish !! May 4th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST!

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Hi every furry! I am soooooooo excited!!! I am going to be attending a BlogPawty on TWITTER this Saturday, May 4th from 6pm to 8pm EST!!

It’s the “RAISE THE WOOF!!” PAWTY!!

 Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!

It is being thrown by BlogPaws and Rachael Ray Nutrish !!

I am hoping that an ENTIRE PACK of my furiends will join me!

There will be fun, lots of playing, DJ’s spinning tunes so you can dance and sing and  Bark Tenders mixing your favorite drinks for you to slurp up and ohhhhhhhhhhhh I will get a chance to BARK with every doggy!!!

Nutrish will be giving away special prize packs of “delish” and healthy Rachael Ray Nutrish products too!!  All of this is to begin the kick off of the BlogPaws 2013 Conference! YOU NEED TO RSVP HERE TO ENTER TO WIN PRIZES!!!

I am even more excited because Mom is one of five other bloggers who are being sponsored by Nutrish to attend the conference this year!!! Why SHE is going and I am NOT is beyond me, since it is ME who ACTUALLY HAS EATEN THEIR FOOD FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS but I digress…..

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If you are still on the fence about attending the conference, there is still time to register! Nutrish is even bringing a caricature artist! What fun!!

So, I hope to see LOTS of you at the pawty! Be sure you are following @BlogPaws and @Nutrish

oh and of course….ME on TWITTER @dakotasheltie

Can’t wait to see you there!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

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Click on the photo to RSVP!!

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It’s National Pet Month in the U.S.!

National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to our lives and vice versa! In the UK it is celebrated in April, in the U.S. it is celebrated in May.

caren and the boys!!

National Pet Month’s aims are to:

Promote the benefits of pet ownership

Support Pet Adoption

You can do this by visiting websites such as Petfinder,  where you can find over 300,000 adoptable pets from over 13,000 adoption groups!

Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets!

When you own a pet they can help ease depression and  lower blood pressure! To see more ways owning a pet can help you, watch the slideshow here

National Pet Month also hopes to:

Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals

Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.

Fairfax Pets On Wheels connects pets with people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (The Sheltie in the video looks like Dakota, but it isn’t him!)

More information: http://www.fpow.org/

My life would not be complete without the love of my pets

 and I am sure that you feel the same!

 

DAKOTA’S DAD UPDATE: Thank you to those who emailed and/or left comments  offering support and good wishes. Dakota’s Dad is doing well!  Thank you so much for the power of positive thinking! Dakota and I love you all!

No Mischief Today

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Hi every one hope you had a great weekend!

I’m just being low-key,  my Daddy is having surgery today…..

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I’m staying right here until he comes home!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota

Mom and I  use comment moderation so if we don’t approve your comments right away please bear with us, we are going to be busy taking care of Daddy!

Also…Cody, Mom and I are featured on Peace, Love & Whiskers today. Check it out!

Published in: on April 29, 2013 at 1:00 am  Comments (87)  
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