Can Dogs Send Their Humans to Obedience School?

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and yep I am SUPER LATE posting today. It is  NOT my fault. It IS my Mom’s fault!

Mom was supposed to post a really cool give-away from

click on their photo to visit them!

click on their photo to visit them!

I received a box of really fun items from Five Wags and I was supposed to tell you about them today AND have a give-away. Well, my Mom didn’t have the best week and she misplaced the email telling her how many winners we are allowed to have, and she can’t do the blog post until she has that information.

She emailed Five Wags this morning to tell them how she  lost the email totally screwed up, and she is waiting to hear back from them. If they get back to her before the weekend is over Mom will go ahead and do the review/give-away. If they don’t get back to her til next week we will just post the give-away at another time.

I am super sorry…you just can’t get good help today that is for sure!

I’m surprised she didn’t say that the DOG ATE HER EMAIL!

Does anyone know of any obedience classes that I can send my Mom to?

She sure needs them!

dakota close up january 9 2012


Barks and licks and apologetic love,


We Have A Winner!

The winner of the Three Dogz LLC

T-Shirt give-away is:



Snoopy has a blog and you can check it out right here

Thanks to those who entered!!!




This was one FUN give-away and I want to thank everyone who entered!!!

I’m not going to keep you on the edge of your seat for long. We are going to go straight to the list of who won!

(Winners were chosen by

Some of you requested the same Cozie  so to be fair, I numbered the winners 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th number drawn. Tupper the Lamb was the most popular and two of the winners requested him. The person who won him had a number that was chosen before the 4th place winner so  Tupper went to the first person who wanted him whose number was drawn. (I hope that makes sense!)

Now…on to the WINNERS!

The  first number drawn

and the winner of

Floppy the Bunny is:


Be sure to check out Eva’s blog



The 2nd number drawn and the winner of

Tupper the Lamb is:


They  were  two  of MANY people who wanted Tupper,

so since they were the first number drawn

of those who wanted Tupper,

  they got first dibs!


The 3rd number drawn and the winner of

“King The Lion” is:



The 4th and last number chosen and the winner of

 Baily The Blue Dog is:



Be sure to check out her blog:







 Please email my Mom

your COMPLETE  mailing address to:

cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t win, stay tuned for MORE give-aways coming throughout the rest of the year!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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PetSmart Howl-O-Ween Costume Party & Photo Event

Hey doggy friends!! Guess what?

PetSmart is having a Howl-O-Ween Costume Party and Photo Event 



at PetSmart Stores throughout the U.S.,  Canada and Puerto Rico!!

Read all the details here and/or go to for store locations and rules for the costume contest!

Want a Pirate Hat like mine (minus the evil crow and hooting owl?) PetSmart has a great choice of Halloween costumes/accessories for doggies!!  This hat is not available online, it is available in-store only.

The Pirate  hat is machine washable in cold water and has an adjustable chin strap!

Ahoy doggies!!!

Go check out all of PetSmart’s Halloween costumes now!


I didn’t receive any gold nuggets or Pirate Booty for wearing this Pirate Hat for doggies from PetSmart. I didn’t even receive any Halloween candy or biscuits. I received this hat which I must say I look quite handsome wearing!


Barks and licks and a Yo-Ho-Ho!!!






Friday Find! FUR Dry™ By FURminator!!


If your Mom is anything like my Mom, there is nothing she likes worse than when I come inside when it is rainy or snowy and there is water, WATER everywhere!

I don’t take baths at home but I heard from the doggies that do,  that often freshly bathed doggies run through the house like a 4-legged sprinkler!

When I go outside on cold and rainy Michigan days like we had yesterday, when I come back inside,  the water soaks my fur and drips on our Pergo floors  and then if I decide to sit on the couch the couch is all wet too!

The nice people at FURminator have a  super cozy and cuddly solution to this problem!!

Doggie buddies, meet

FUR Dry™

FUR Dry towels are manufactured using a Microfiber technology that is uniquely designed to draw water away from a dog’s coat and into the absorbent fibers.

Doggies this makes drying your fur a breeze!

FUR Dry is so soft and cozy that it can calm you down after a day of outdoor fun, it will save your Mom’s carpets (and your ears from being yelled at for being all wet and sitting on the couch!).

FUR Dry is easy to put on and comes in  sizes that are suitable for all sorts of doggies  too!

Mom was excited when FURminator sent ME a FUR Dry™ to try!

Mom goofed though and thinks she should have ordered me a large because I have a big belly and I have thick, long fur!

Mom wasn't able to secure this around my belly, this was MOM'S fault, NOT FURminator's!


Mom? Do you think that maybe you could have gotten me the RIGHT size????


Regardless of my Mom having requested the wrong size  (  Medium), when FURminator kindly offered to send her a FUR Dry™ for us to test and review, we still LOVE IT! Mom used it  to dry me off when it was rainy yesterday and it STILL absorbed all the water that accumulated on my fur!


FUR Dry™ towel (MSRP $34.95)

To purchase click here


Join the FURmination



Thanks FURminator for allowing me to test/review the FUR Dry™!!  I am a doggie, I received no other compensation for this review other than a FUR Dry™ to have of my very own!



Gift Basket Winner!! From Freshpet!!!

OMG my Mom and I nearly died this morning when we went to  to pick the winner of the Gift Basket from Freshpet!

The winner is:




to visit Nellie’s blog

please click HERE


The reason we almost died is picked Nellie as the winner of the Martha Stewart give-away that my brother Cody just had on his blog, Cat Chat!!

BOTH times picked Nellie!!

Doggies don’t get upset that a kitty won! Nellie entered to win as a surprise for her two doggie brothers,  Bob & Cinnamon….


Bob & Cinnamon!



We think you need to go and buy a lottery ticket, and when you win that, my Mom and I would like a cut please!!! BOL!


Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Friday Fido Find! Freshpet Fresh Food For Pets! Look What I Got! And…Guess What YOU Can Get!

They must have thought of me when they came up with the term “Lucky Dog!”


Well I’ll tell ya!

Look at what I received in the mail! From FreshPet!

Freshpet sent me  3 (count ’em!) THREE  bags of goodies and a super high quality cooler made by Coleman to keep my goodies fresh  in when I am  on the go.   I bet Mom and Dad could steal it and use it should they go on a picnic! It came with 2 refrigerator cold packs! My Mom and I were simply overwhelmed by the generosity  of Freshpet and by the sight of these delicious looking snacks!

Just who is FreshPet?

Watch this video to learn more!

Can you tell how EXCITED I was to get my chops around this delectable goodie?

This bone is 100% all natural. It is a crunchy Brown Rice bone

The first item I tested was the DogJoy Fresh Bones! They are:

Crunchy brown rice bone with real chicken baked inside. A safer alternative to natural bones.

4.3 oz.

This bone was long-lasting and simply delicious!

My luck continued! Look what Mom gave me last night when I was having a full-blown bark-fest!!

Mom almost wanted to eat one too because they reminded her of beef jerky and Mom LOVES beef jerky!

These are:  Dog Joy Fresh Chews

Long-lasting chews made from free-range buffalo. Each hand-cut chew is slow roasted in its own juices. Maintains dental health naturally.

4.3 oz.

See how I have my paws? I do this when I am carefully holding onto something that I LOVE! My kitty brother tried to take this away. He’ll never attempt THAT trick again! BOL!

Do you believe I even received a THIRD item from Freshpet? I didn’t get to taste test this one yet but I am looking forward to enjoying these while I watch football with my Dad this weekend!

Yum!!! Sweet Potato!!! My Mom and I can't believe these wonderful flavors that Dog Joy has!! They are so unique and Mom thinks they look tasty enough for her to eat too!

” Dog Joy™ Sweet Potato Chews: The only ingredient is sweet potatoes, naturally full of beta carotene, vitamins and dietary fiber. Each slice is slowly baked to chewy perfection. Available in a 7.5 oz. resealable pouch.”

Mom and I are awfully impressed with Freshpet! I think I am going to work on Mom to switch me from the food I am now eating to this food!! Mom just used their STORE LOCATOR TAB on their WEBSITE and GUESS WHAT DOGGIES!!?? Mom just learned that Freshpet is available at EVERY store she shops at!!!

That’s enough to make me do Sheltie Spins the ENTIRE WEEKEND!!!


YOU can be joining me in doing my happy “Sheltie Spins” because the generous and wonderful people at Freshpet are offering to give ONE WINNER a GIFT BASKET FILLED with their products!!!! ( U.S. ONLY PLEASE) How cool is THAT?

How do you enter?

1) You MUST be a subscriber of this blog

2) You MUST “like” Dakota’s Den on Facebook  and leave a comment telling me why you want this food

3) You MUST “like”  Freshpet on Facebook and tell them you learned about their products on Dakota’s Den





So my barking buddies head over to Freshpet’s WEBSITE and check out all the healthy, fresh and delicious items they have to offer! I even saw a Sheltie featured on one of their items!! I think I am gonna have to try to steal that Sheltie’s modeling gig, don’tcha  know?

You can also find Freshpet on:




Barks and licking my chops with love and THANKS to Freshpet! Dakota

In full disclosure. Mom and I were not compensated for this review. Mom and I were given the products listed above to test/review. All opinions are strictly my own! Now go and check ’em out!

While you’re at it check out the other great give-aways at  “Doggies And Stuff” right here! Be sure to tell them that DAKOTA sent you!

I Love My SmartBone! You Will Too! Give-Away!!

Hi Everyone!

Did you know that I am a “chewing machine?”

Oh yeah! If it’s chewable, (or not) I’m all over it!

This is the SmartBone that I had!

I’ve been known to chew wood, cell phones, metal door stops, you name it.  It’s not all my fault, I come from a long line of “chewers!”

Did you know that it is important for dogs to chew?

When doggies lived in the wild, they used to tear through the skin of wild beasts to get at the meat! We doggies that don’t have to hunt for our food don’t get to do that. It isn’t good for our teeth not to be able to chew things! We get a build up of tartar which can lead to periodontal issues and disease.

Some doggies chew out of boredom (like me!) These pet chews are the perfect answer to that problem! YAY! You gooo Mom! Mom also likes that SmartBones offer nutrition and health benefits as well!.

You have no idea how excited I was yesterday when my Mom gave me a brand new product to try!

Mom gave me a SmartBone!

Wow was I ever excited!

What is a SmartBone you ask? Well, sit back, relax and I’ll tell ya!

SmartBones by PetMatrix, are chew treats made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients. These raw-hide free treats are perfect for the four-t0-five out of 10 consumers who prefer not to feed their doggies rawhide.

Who came up with this genius idea?

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.,  that’s who!  Dr. Glinsky is considered one of the premier pet nutritionists in the country and is currently the Chief Science Officer at PetMatrix, creators of SmartBones and DreamBone chews.  He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, specializing in Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry.

He has lectured extensively around the world on pet nutrition and dietary formulation and started his own pet food manufacturing company in 1980, specializing in holistic and organic pet foods. His expertise in formulating, manufacturing, analyzing and testing of nutritional products for pets is well known and respected.

Dr. Glinsky formulated, engineered and produced the first dry pet foods to incorporate fresh ingredients, the standard of the holistic pet food category today. He has been intimately involved with many of the best-selling holistic foods brands being marketed around the world.

Wanna know more?

SmartBones are 99.2% digestible, which is higher than the digestibility of premium dog foods (85% digestibility).

Chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients dogs will love are used in making SmartBones.

   SmartBones are the first treats of their kind to be enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

SmartBones are safer for dogs than regular rawhide treats, which may cause intestinal blockages.

SmartBones are environmentally friendly, whereas a toxic chemical process is needed to create consumable rawhide for treats.

  SmartBones are available in Peanut Butter and Chicken Flavors.  There is also a Dental variety with additional teeth health benefits.

Four different sizes of SmartBones are available, based on a dog’s weight:

Small Dog (5-10 lbs) Mini SmartBones
Small – Medium Dogs (11-25 lbs) Small SmartBones
Medium Dogs (26-50 lbs) Medium SmartBones
Large Dogs (over 50 lbs) Large SmartBones

Here is a video of me lovin’ on my SmartBone!

I have to get my Mom to order me more SmartBones, I didn’t even bother my Dad during football when I had this!

SmartBones are available nationwide and at

Guess what? The SUPER NICE people at SmartBones have offered to have a:


Two lucky winners will win FOUR (count ’em FOUR SmartBones!!)

How can you win?

Just complete THREE EASY STEPS!

1)  Like  my  Facebook Page and give us a BARK OUT!

2) Subscribe to Dakota’s Den-you MUST be a subscriber of Dakota’s Den to enter. There are many great give-aways coming up just around the fire-hydrant that you WON’T want to miss out on!

3) Leave a comment telling me and my Mom why YOUR dog is a SMART DOG!!!


The WINNERS will be announced Wednesday, September 21st!

So what are you waiting for!?

Start jumping, barking, and if you are a Sheltie (SPINNING!)  and ENTER NOW!

Good luck!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a SmartBone to test and review and boy am I ever happy that I got to test it! You will love them too!