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.


Meet Morris Animal Inn, A Guest Blog By Debora Montgomery

While traveling around the internet one day my Mom came across a place for doggies to stay when their parents are away that sounded so interesting! Mom checked out their website and loved what she saw and asked if they would be interested in being a guest blogger and they agreed! We are thrilled and happy to feature Morris Animal Inn! Debora’s guest blog is below:

Morris Animal Inn is a luxury pet resort located in Morristown, NJ.
Your pet gets individualized attention and lots of care from experienced, dedicated staff. Family owned since 1960,
Morris Animal Inn has been passed down through three generations of pet owners who have shared a passion for enhancing dogs’ and cats’ quality of life. Walter and Marianne Morris invite you to visit Morris Animal Inn to see for yourself why it has been a favorite among pet lovers for over 50 years. It is a home away from home for your dogs and cats.

At Morris Animal Inn, we strive to make your pet’s stay with us a healthy and happy one. Here are our top six tips for making this transition the best it can possibly be for your pet.

1) Consider scheduling some daycare appointments prior to taking a long trip. Bringing your pets to us for short stays prior to an extended period of time will help them adjust to the staff and the Inn. The next time they are here, the adjustment period will be minimized.

2) Feed your dog a light meal in the morning. A full stomach is not always the best idea when bringing them in for lodging, especially if they are high-energy. All the excitement of a trip in the car may upset their stomachs.

3) Try to keep suitcases out of sight. Many pets associate suitcases with you leaving them rather than a fun lodging experience that awaits them!

4) Don’t change your routine on the day you plan to bring your pet to us. If a dog is used to a certain way of doing things, changing it can make him or her stressed and anxious.

5) Bringing your dog to us on a leash is very important. This will not only help you to control and protect your pet, it will give them their own space to adjust to the new surroundings.

6) Give a relaxed and confident goodbye. If you are anxious and emotional in the lobby, your pet will feed off that energy. A quick and cheerful “Bye, Rover…see you next week!” and a scratch behind the ears is much better than a drawn-out exit accompanied by tears or hesitation.

Rest assured that while your dog lodges with us they will be treated to the finest accommodations and a number of activities that can be added to their daily schedule in order to keep them active, occupied and happy. If your dog enjoys playing with others he/she can join group play activities in our group yards. For water loving dogs, our aqua center is available for private and group swims while our whirlpool soothes tired muscles. Your dog can also enjoy scenic walks on our nature trail.

Our dog boarding accommodations include comfortable areas for small breeds and spacious suites for our larger guests. Each dog will have access to a well-maintained sleeping, exercise and elimination area.

The Inn’s dog boarding wing offers our canine visitors plush lambs’ wool bedding in their sleeping area. All bedding is freshly laundered each day.

For our guests who would like a little extra pampering Premium Beds are available. This popular dog boarding option is a great choice for our visitors with tender joints and muscles or simply those of you wishing to treat your pet to a more luxurious stay.

We treat every pet, as if they were our own!



Watch the video below to view one of our activities we have available


For more information about the amenities at Morris Animal Inn, visit