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THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!
Barks and licks and love,
Hi everyone and boy am I excited to share something really cool with you today! When I was first contacted to see if I wanted to review
I admit that I was skeptical….my first question was, “Just exactly what ARE ChalkboardDogs! ?
From steadfastfriends.com, ChalkboardDogs!:
There are over 50 dog breeds to choose from!
The material that is used for ChalkboardDogs! is eco-friendly, it is a chalkboard film coated with REPOSITIONABLE, removable adhesive.
When mine arrived, it was rolled up and my first thought was “Uh-oh, will I rip this when I attempt to remove the silhouette from the backing?” Not a chance! I am all paws when it comes to these things (and this is Dakota’s MOM talking), and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!
I picked a Shetland Sheepdog (what else?) as my silhouette and removing it from the poly sleeve backing couldn’t have been easier!
To apply, simply remove the silhouette from the poly sleeve and peel off the white backing. Carefully apply the silhouette to a clean, dry, flat surface taking care to be sure that any small bubbles or folds are flattened. That’s it!
Here is how mine looks after I wrote on it. If you can’t read it, it says “Everyone loves Shelties” and there is a reminder from Dakota to “BUY BONES!”
The size varies between breeds due to the orientation of the silhouette, but on average, the ChalkboardDogs! are 22″ long and anywhere from 15″ to 30″ high.
Mine works perfectly in our kitchen, but as I mentioned above, should I wish to move it to another room I can! Once again, the message can be wiped clean with an eraser, damp cloth or sponge and you can write on it with chalk or special
If you use your imagination there are countless things you can write on your ChalkboardDogs! silhouette! Everything from:
The options are endless!
Another thing I absolutely love about www.steadfastfriends.com is that:
Every time you purchase something from their website they will donate 10% of your purchase price to one of their Charity Partners, and importantly, they are going to let you choose which charity gets the donation.
I could not be happier with my ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and I am certain that you will be too!
ENTER TO WIN! The kind people at http://www.steadfastfriends.com have offered ONE of our readers who resides in the USA the chance to win a ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink® of their own! (an almost $50 value!)
HOW TO ENTER: Just LEAVE A COMMENT telling me what breed you would select for your silhouette if you are the lucky winner AND be sure I have an email address for you should you be the lucky winner! COMMENTS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW and will end at 5pm EST on June 24th. The winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th.
If you can’t wait to see if you are the winner, visit http://www.steadfastfriends.com NOW to order yours! THIS JUST IN! The kind folks at steadfastfriends.com are offering a 20% DISCOUNT to my readers! How cool is that? Just use the DISCOUNT CODE STEADFAST20%:
Good luck to all who enter!
In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was given a Shetland Sheepdog ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink. All opinions are my own!
Didn’t I tell all of you that I had a GREAT give-away up my sleeve? And….this is NOT an April Fool’s joke, it’s the real deal! You can enter to win a “Personalized Paw Print Dog Lover Necklace” (BlogPaws Jewelry) from:
This all came about a few weeks ago when Sue Kottwitz, (the owner/creator of For Love Of A Dog Jewelry) and I were communicating back and forth via email, and Sue had the idea of making jewelry that would not only be ideal for those of us attending the BlogPaws Conference in May, but would also be suitable for those who are not members of BlogPaws (or bloggers), but would still love to purchase (or win!!) the necklace for themselves!
I thought that was a fantastic idea!
When I went to the BlogPaws conference in 2011, I brought way too much jewelry to “represent” both my dog AND my cat! blogs. Packing was a nightmare, I had so many chains around my neck that I looked like “Mr.T!!”
Well Sue came up with the PERFECT solution for that problem!
Sue sent me a necklace that covered ALL of my “bases!”
Here is a photo of my necklace!
The colors are perfect, and my dog, cat blogs, AND BlogPaws are all “represented” on one necklace! That means, I will ONLY need to wear this necklace for the entire conference and I will just bring a pair of earrings with me. One packing challenge solved!
Being the incredibly kind, caring and giving person that Sue is, she offered to have a give-away on not just one of my blogs but BOTH of them! (The give-away on Cat Chat will be held on April 8th!)
Throughout the nearly four years I have blogged, I have seen many products and met, albeit in many cases” virtually”, many different people.
There are products and people who come and go, and there are some you just know will be around forever. Some products thrive and remain popular due to their superior quality and the meticulous care that goes into making them, and there are some people who sparkle and shine both inside AND out, just like their products.
One of these people and her products, is Sue Kottwitz from For Love Of A Dog.
I have featured Sue a few times on Dakota’s blog, and I am tickled to feature her again! This time I was the lucky recipient of a gorgeous bracelet of Sue’s that came from a give-away that Sue had in honor of her cherished mother’s birthday. (Sue’s mother passed earlier in February of 2013. What an incredible woman she had to have been to have raised a daughter who has a heart bursting with goodness, as Sue does.)
Here are photos of what I won:
From For Love Of A Dog: “This is a one of kind piece of dog lover jewelry that I created specially for this celebration.
The focal is a hand crafted purple porcelain dog bone with DOG MOM hand inscribed. The dog bone is surrounded by a variety of chubby artisan lampwork beads in shades of purple and lavender. Pale lavender core with purple raised dots, a looping scroll design, and a drum rondelle.”
From For Love Of A Dog: “The clasp is a silver heart with paw print lobster claw. To finish things just right, I added an artisan lampwork heart that is nicely fat and scarlet red. This bracelet is a $75 value!”
I wish you could see this bracelet in person, it is even more exquisite than it is in the photos. Here are some photos that I took:
Did you notice the beautiful presentation of the package? A couple of years ago, I ordered pieces from Sue and some jewelry from another place, the jewelry all arrived at the same time. I felt bad for the “other” person, because her jewelry was wrapped in a haphazard manner, and then there was Sue’s? Who do YOU think I still purchase jewelry from?
The bracelet is simply GORGEOUS and as I mentioned before this is not the only piece of Sue’s jewelry that I own. I also bought some pieces myself, here is my beloved Sheltie necklace that I BOUGHT!
Are you drooling by now? I thought so! It wouldn’t be fair of me to show you these wonderful items and not tell you that we have an upcoming GIVE-AWAY that will be on Dakota’s blog THIS MONDAY APRIL 1st (and THAT is no joke!) You will have to come back Monday to see what you can enter to win if you live in the U.S. AND CANADA! (it is TOTALLY different than what is featured here today!)
In the meantime you can follow Sue every which way possible and count the minutes til you can enter on MONDAY!
The Website: www.ForLoveofaDog.com
This was one heck of a wonderful give-away and today is the day that I am thrilled to announce the winner of a customized plate by Three Sisters Plates!
Just in case you forgot how unique these plates are, check out my Dog plate!
The lucky winner of a customized plate from Three Sisters Plates is:
MAX of the blog: All About Max
Max’s human’s comment was selected by http://www.random.org and here is what she had to say:
“I like the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. TV Show Plate best… My daughter would love that!”
Mom will be emailing you for your mailing address!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
I am a firm believer in Synchronicity.
Synchronicity: from Wikipedia: is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.
Some months back I was shopping at my local market and noticed a man wearing a Cleveland Browns cap. I live in Michigan and Cleveland happens to be my home town. Always one to strike up a conversation with a stranger, whether they like it or not, I approached the man and asked if he was from Cleveland. He told me no, but that his daughter lived there. I asked her name, which sounded familiar and the kind gentleman proceeded to phone her. I got on the phone and explained how I had just met her Dad, pleasantries were exchanged. It turned out she didn’t know who I thought she knew and that was that. I thanked the gentleman for calling her and we went on our way. Just a fun coincidence in a local grocery store, nothing more. Or so I thought.
A month or so later I received this keepsake for my birthday from my niece who has a knack of knowing the perfect gift to give to anyone for whatever occasion! It came from an Etsy shop called:Three Sisters Plates.
I couldn’t have been more delighted! I spent so much time going through every photo, each one stirring up memories of my deeply loved and greatly missed home town. I couldn’t wait to display this keepsake with pride in my home.
I derived so much joy from this plate that it got me to thinking, I wondered if the shop owner also did plates that featured dogs and I began searching. YES! She did!
I promptly ordered one for myself (along with a custom cat plate, which will be displayed on Cat Chat on March 22nd, along with another give-away!). At the same time I ordered, I contacted the shop owner (Sandie) and asked if she would be interested in holding a give-away for my readers. Through our conversation I learned that she was from Cleveland which of course, led me to start my interrogation. When she mentioned her last name, I asked some other questions and then came the SHOCKER. She said “Are you the same lady who met my Dad at the market some months ago?” I nearly DIED! Synchronicity at work! What were the odds of THIS happening?
It was meant to be that I met Sandie’s father in the market, it was meant to be that I received one of her gorgeous, unique, handmade plates, so that I may share these marvelous plates with you!
There are all sorts of dogs on this plate and if you look closely you will see some photos of Dakota in the mix! I just love it!! Here is a photo of it displayed in my home:
How incredible are these plates? (The plate stand is sold separately and is super inexpensive). These make the PERFECT and most UNIQUE GIFTS and with over 130 themes you are sure to find one that would be perfect for you, or the lucky recipient!
From Three Sisters Plates:
To add up to 5 of your photos to a plate click here
To visit the Three Sisters Plates website click here
All plates are hand crafted. Yes, each picture is individually cut and glued.
They are meant to be looked at, laughed at and talked about!
Since all the work is done under the glass they can be used, but do not put them in the dishwasher. Most people put cookies, cracker and wrapped candy on them
Also please visit my vintage shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/SandiesVintage
Isn’t Synchronicity the best??!
By meeting Sandie’s Dad at a random market in Michigan, and receiving MY Cleveland Browns sports plate as a birthday gift, I decided to purchase a dog and cat plate, which led to my asking if Sandie would agree to having a give-away for YOU, and she agreed! As she said in an email: “after all, we’re practically related!”
GIVE-AWAY! ONE LUCKY PERSON LIVING IN THE U.S. will win their own PERSONALIZED DOG PLATE with 5 of your own photos added to it (a $45 value plus shipping). The give-away starts NOW and will end on THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH AT NOON. WINNER WILL BE SELECTED BY http://www.random.org and WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH.
To enter, visit the Three Sisters Etsy shop and leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite plate is!
Oh and pay attention when you are at your local market, you never know WHO you will meet!
Hi my furiends and Happy New Year! Here we are in January and Mom and I are still trying to wrap up some things we had pending in 2012. One of them is an adorable and sure-to-make-you-smile book by Robert Semrow, also known as, “The Pawtographer.” The book is called Life Is Pawfect and let me tell you pals, this book IS JUST THAT…”PAWFECT!!”
It’s charming, witty, uplifting, superbly photographed and just plain FUN!
Life Is Pawfect is the perfect book to help get your New Year off on the right paw. It is chock full of the most adorable photographs, all printed on high quality glossy photo paper. Accompanying each photograph is a quote and an uplifting or humorous saying that will be sure to brighten your day.
About ” The Pawtographer” from Robert Semrow who is “proud to be “The Pawtographer.”
I love animals and have a tremendous amount of fun being around them. Whether it’s a traditional pose, a candid moment or a creative themed experience, I want to capture those silly looks, funny outfits and special moments that animals allow us to have with them. I want to show the world that energy, unconditional love and attention that animals freely give us.
I have always found that animals are the most naturally loving beings. They will let us hug, play, dress up and goof around with them, if we just give them what they want and deserve most-love and attention…and the occasional treat.
Life Is Pawfect is the perfect coffee table or bedside table book. It would make the best birthday, get-well, thinking of you, gift or Valentine’s gift or ANYTIME gift for the animal lover in your life!
Robert was incredibly generous, when he sent me my review copy of Life Is Pawfect he included an extra book for one of my readers!
HOW TO ENTER: Give-away is open to EVERYONE! Just leave a comment telling me how YOUR “Life Is Pawfect” by Monday, January 7th at 5PM Eastern. Winner will be selected by http://www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9th. Be sure that I have a way to contact you should you be the lucky winner! Good Luck!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
To Purchase Life Is Pawfect:
ISBN: 13: 978-0-9860198-0-7
In full disclosure: I was sent a copy of Life Is Pawfect to read and review along with an extra copy for one of my readers. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post.
Happy Thursday all! Well, there were supposed to be 10 winners but we only had six that qualified to win! The winners of a song from:
Thanks for entering our contest
and for being such good friends!
Mom will be emailing you
to let you know how to
get your FREE SONG!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
Hi guys! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you about a really cool website that contacted me, and I want to show you 2 products they sent to me to tell you about!
This toy is SUPER COOL! Mom apologizes that there are no photos of me playing with it…that is because Mom was sick and wasn’t able to take any, but trust me, my favorite thing to do with this toy is to have Mom put TREATS in it!
Here is some info about it from myfavoritepetshop.com:
“The Tizzi dog toy spirals through the air giving the time-honored game of fetch a dynamic new spin. It got its name because dog love it so much, they have a “Tizzi” when they play with it. Twist Tizzi’s handles together for maximum flight or untwist to hide dog treats inside. Whether you’re playing on land or in the water, this floatable dog toy is ready for takeoff! The perfect size for small breed dogs. Tizzi is made tough with an exclusive non-toxic material called Zogoflex. It’s super durable, extremely pliable (so it won’t hurt your dog’s teeth), and it’s made to last! This is one tough toy, recommended for aggressive chewers, pullers and fetchers. In fact, Tizzi is guaranteed against dog damage! “
To learn more about the
click the photo above!
Now…this next item Mom LOVES but….me? As many of you know who read my blog, I don’t sleep on a bed of any sort. No dog bed, no human bed, I prefer the HARD FLOOR (yep I am strange)
The people at myfavoritepetshop.com sent me this cool doggy mat:
Mom LOVES THIS!!! It even matches our decor! It also matches my fur! Mom was certain she found something that I would actually SLEEP on so she picked this when asked by the kind people at myfavoritepetshop.com what I would like!
“You and your dog are sure to love this soft quilted nap mat.
The Waghearted nap mat is perfect for picnics, car rides, overnight trips and much more because it is conveniently designed for travel. Just roll it up and snap it shut! But this mat is so cute and comfy you’ll want to use it all the time. Softly padded and nicely quilted, this nap mat is a great place for you best friend take a comfortable nap – anywhere you go.”
Made with faux suede 100% Polyester.
Did I sleep on it?
“The best laid plans of dog bloggers”….eh? That was pretty darned MISCHIEVOUS OF ME EH?
Take Mom’s word for it! This mat is too cute and Mom says she is sure that somewhere out there, there is a doggy who APPRECIATES super cute things!
I am certain you will find all a ton of items that you will love such as:
Barks and licks and uncooperative photo-shoot love, Dakota