Winner Of “Organizing The Care Of My Dog” Part Of The “WiseUp!” Workbook Series

Today is the day!  One lucky dog is gonna win a copy of “Organizing The Care Of My Dog”, Part of the “WiseUp” Workbook Series!   by By Morgan T.Orr And Penelope Orr Spry. Mom and I have a feeling that this doggy’s Mom is gonna put this to good use!

The winner is:

(as chosen by


Colleen has a great blog called CRichmanFreebies and you can visit it here

We are certain that Colleen is going to put this book to good use, here is the comment she left on her entry: “Oh this would be perfect. My husband and I are planning on going to FL (fingers crossed lol) for our anniversary and this would be great for my dad. This way he’ll have everything at his fingertips when he cares for our kids! thanks Dakota!!”

We are happy for you Colleen and will be contacting you soon to get your address!!

Thanks to all who entered!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Book Review And Give-Away! “Organizing the Care of My Dog”, Part of the “WiseUp!” Workbook Series by Morgan T. Orr and Penelope Orr Spry

Many of you will be attending BlogPaws 2012, and while some  of you may be lucky enough to be able to either bring your dog with you, or have a family member stay with them, others have to use the services of either an in-home dog sitter or a kennel.

If you are like me, when you leave notes for a pet sitter, they are typed or chicken-scratched on umpteen pieces of paper which are taped to cupboards or strewn on counters.   All  (or most) of the pertinent information about your dog is there, but it isn’t neatly arranged, and I bet there are things not on the list that you don’t realize are missing until you are winging your way to your destination, thousands of miles away.

I have the perfect solution to this problem!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by WiseUp! Workbooks and they asked me if I would be interested in featuring their Dog Care workbook on my Dakota’s Den.

I admit at first I was skeptical.

That lasted until the book arrived.


The workbook   has ALL of the “important information you should provide for the care of your dog in the event of your absence-planned or otherwise.”

It is your pet sitter’s  or kennel’s “Wise” guide. They are NOT kidding!

They have thought of information that many of us wouldn’t think of.  All you do is just fill in the blanks. Once you fill out the information it is all in one place…IN the workbook, it is NOT strewn on counters or taped haphazardly throughout your house!

Take a look at some of the chapters in this handy workbook:

  •  Information About My Dog-which has info such as,  date of birth, is the dog spayed or neutered, is the dog Microchipped? It even has an area to attach a photo of your dog which would be important if the unthinkable happened, your dog runs away or is separated from the kennel or sitter in some other way.
  •  Emergency Contact Information
  •   My Dog’s Personality-SUPER important as what works for one dog may not work for another!
  •  Daily Routine and Schedule
  • List and Location of My Dog’s Supplies- we all cover this verbally, but what happens when the person you were sharing the info with wasn’t paying complete attention and they later forget? Yes,. this DOES HAPPEN!
  • Health Care and Pet Insurance Information
  • Financial Arrangements-we don’t like to think about this but it is a necessity. Even I had never given this issue serious thought until I received this workbook.
  • Legal Trust for My Dog (sample Trust included)

And More…

The back of the work book has a handy RESOURCE section that includes websites for:

  • Dog Supplies
  • Dog Bedding
  • Dog Grooming Tools and Supplies
  • Pet Insurance
  • Dog Medications
  • Pet Legal Trusts

I wish I had this book when my husband and I vacationed last February. I know my friend who took care of Dakota and Cody in our absence would have greatly appreciated this workbook because the folks at WiseUp! have thought of EVERYTHING!


To purchase, visit WiseUp! Workbooks right here

ISBN : 978-1-937755-00-3 
Number of pages : 50
Price : $12.99

GIVE-AWAY!! The nice folks at WiseUp! will give one workbook to one winner in either the U.S. or Canada.  To be eligible, leave a comment telling me why you want to win this workbook and a way for me to contact you should you be the winner. Deadline to Enter is  Monday, May 28th at 11pm EST. Winner will be announced THURSDAY, MAY 31!

Good luck!!


I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a workbook to keep and review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Barkonomics By Paris Permenter and John Bigley

One of the many treats that Mom received at BlogPaws 2011 was the book Barkonomics by Paris Permenter and John Bigley.  She took one look at that book and was certain that it would be of huge benefit to us!

Mom is kinda slow on the uptake and didn’t realize until she read the book that Paris Permenter and John Bigley were also the duo  that write the hugely popular Dogtipper.  It is on this website where they share  dog tips, products, news, photos and more!

Continuing on these lines is Barkonomics.

This superbly helpful book is aimed at all income levels,  for people with one or many dogs or pets in general.

Mom has been waiting for a book like this! Having lost a steady income in 2007 , Dad retiring last year and living in Michigan (specifically DETROIT ’nuff said) Mom has decided this is her “Pet Bible” in reference to cutting/saving on pet expenditures.

How will YOU benefit from purchasing Barkonomics?

you will learn how to cut costs so that you will be able to keep your pets instead of being forced to give them to a shelter or rehoming them.

Barkonomics  will enable you to cut expenditures so you can afford veterinary care and direct you to resources that can help you finance that care!

There are some expenses that should NEVER be cut (as listed in Barkonomics)

1. Spay and Neuter

2.Quality Dog Food

3.Core Vaccines

4. Heartworm Preventative

5. Annual Wellness Exam

For further explanation pertaining to  the above I strongly urge you to buy this book!

From Barkonomics: Some tips  for cutting costs when it comes to your canine:

1. Sign up for newsletters of favorite companies. Many dog food and treat manufacturers offer electronic newsletters that provide exclusive discounts and coupons.
2. Follow favorites on Twitter and Facebook. Just about every company has a Twitter and Facebook presence these days (just check the company website for links). You’ll often find some great fan/follower discount offers that are only promoted through social media.
3. Go the DIY route. Consider learning some grooming and dog training skills. You’ll find numerous free videos at sharing sites such as YouTube for everything from trimming your dog’s hair to teaching your dog to stay.

4. Learn whether your pet’s prescription can be filled at the drugstore. Many dog prescriptions can be filled at the drugstore, often at a savings (and you’ll have the option of generic, low-cost equivalents for some drugs.) Also, some drugstores offer prescription clubs with lower costs–and family pets can be added to many of the prescription clubs.
5. Check your memberships for special offers. Check all your memberships–from auto clubs to work-related affiliations–for special partnerships offering discounts on everything from pet insurance to boarding services.
6. Consider pet insurance. Investigate pet insurance options while your dog is young, if at all possible. Do your homework and learn about exclusions and limitations, balancing the monthly premium against the amount of coverage.
7 Get proactive. Prevent costly problems before they start by taking your dog to his annual veterinary exam, spaying and neutering, brushing your dog’s teeth, and dog-proofing your home to prevent expensive accidents.

For more information on over 300 other tips for saving money on all aspects of your dog’s care, learn more about Barkonomics at

  • Number of Pages: 168
  • Imprint: Riviera Books
  • Retail price: $9.95 [on]
  • Trim size: 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN 978-0-9717620-0-8
  • Charitable contribution: Every quarter, 20 percent of proceeds donated to pet non-profit selected by DogTipper readers
Author Bio: Paris Permenter and John Bigley
Paris Permenter and John Bigley are a husband-wife team of professional writers. Along
with over 2,500 published magazine articles, Paris and John have authored 28 published 
books ranging from Fodor’s In Focus Jamaica to Texas Barbecue (named best
guidebook of the year by the Midwest Publishers Association).
Paris and John have a long history of frugal living, starting with their marriage and the
launch of their writing business in 1986. Paris graduated from college with double
degrees in Economics and Accounting (followed by graduate school, then a few years of
teaching Economics) then the couple turned their attention to freelance writing,
specializing in leisure and business travel.
Lifetime dog lovers, John and Paris launched in 2008, highlighting tips
for dog lovers with additional sections including dog news, dog-centric festivals,
celebrity canines, pet product reviews, Dog of the Day, dog rescue, and more.
Frequent television and radio guests, the couple has appeared as expert guests on many 
programs including local news stations as well as series on the Fine Living television 
Paris and John live with their dogs and cats in the Texas Hill Country near Austin.

Also:If you’re new to DogTipper, you might want to subscribe to our email updates or our RSS feed! And be sure to bark at us on Twitter and Facebook, too…woof, woof!

Can you tell that Mom LOVED this book?

Barks and licks and love, Dakota