Share the Love Valentine’s Day Fundraiser from Pawsitively Pets and the Winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!

Wouldn’t you like a special photo of your pet(s) like this, created just for you?

Cody and Dakota best friends from Ann

I knew you would say yes!

Well check out

this super adorable and fun

fundraiser being sponsored by

Pawsitively Pets

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!


Now…on to the winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!! This lucky winner is going to get a TWO MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the Puppy Parcel!! Thanks to all who entered! Hint: there is ANOTHER give-away coming up on Friday…be sure to visit us!

The lucky winner(s) as chosen by are:

Click on their blog name to visit their blog!

Click on their blog name to visit their blog!



Donna: please email my Mom your complete mailing address to: cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Enjoy your Puppy Parcels!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Thankful Thursday: Pet Blogger Gift Exchange! Our New Friend “Kirby”

There are many traditions that take place during the holiday season. Some involve music, some involve decorating or the preparing of special heirloom recipes, still others involve the tradition of gifts.

When we think of  gifts, we think of presents that  are in boxes or bags and decorated with silvery, satiny bows.

There is what I hope will be a NEW holiday tradition taking place in Blog Land called the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. Upon first glance one would think that it also involves exchanging gifts with fellow pet bloggers that involve boxes and bows. Not so.

Our friends over at Something Wagging This Way Comes have created, in my estimation, one of the best group blogger events…EVER! It is:


Click the badge to visit Something Wagging This Way Comes


What it involves: Positive Affirmations. From Something Wagging This Way ComesAnytime during the month of December, shower your fellow online animal lover with encouragement and compliments. You can write it into a blog post, tweet about them, set up a Pinterest board, or post to your Facebook wall. It’s an easy way to share a gift while feeling good yourself for encouraging someone who works so hard at advocating, educating, or just plain entertaining the animal loving community.

Let me tell you just how much I LOVED this idea! I couldn’t wait to take part! Now, allow me to introduce you to the blogger that I was paired with over at:


Click the photo to visit Kirby's blog!

Click the photo to visit Kirby’s blog!


How cute is this little guy?

From Kirby’s Dawg Blog September 2012– This blog is going to focus all around the trials and joys of owning my 5 and a 1/2 month old puppy…soon to be dog Kirby! He is quite possibly the happiest adventurous little dog I’ve owned. I hope this blog turns into a fun community for dog lover’s alike to discuss and relate to one another. I guarantee there will not be one dull moment with Kirby around- being cute also helps:) I have education in the dog/animal world and am hopeful to put it to some use!

I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know much…(yet) about the person behind the blog because I just started following her about a week ago. What I DO know is that the person behind the blog by all accounts is a complete sweetheart. We are now following each others’ blogs (I was honored to find out that before we were paired up for this exercise that she was already following me!)

What is pitiful is I forgot to find out her name! I am beyond embarrassed! I can tell you the name of every dog and cat in the blogging community (no, not really but I do know A LOT of them) but I forgot to ask Kirby’s Mom her REAL NAME!

What I see when I visit Kirby’s Dawg Blog is a completely adorable dog who shares his life with a human whose love is evident with each blog post.

Kirby’s human shares every day events in her dog’s life such as playing, bath time, one of my new favorites, “The Dreaded Christmas Sweater”  in a warm, friendly, humorous and welcoming way. You cannot leave her blog without feelin’ the love and to me that’s what pet blogging is all about.

Click the photo to read about the "Dreaded Christmas Sweater"

Click the photo to read about the “Dreaded Christmas Sweater”

What I am most happy about after having been paired with Kirby’s Mom is that our journey is just beginning, it won’t end after this blog post. I will learn more about this fun-loving, warm and compassionate blogger and guess what? I WILL FINALLY FIND OUT HER NAME!! Hey Kirby’s Human! I am now your #1 Fan and if there is ANYTHING that you need, I am here for you!! ! I’m HONORED to meet you and I am so happy to have you as my new friend!  Keep on creating blog posts that are as adorable as the ones you have created, your posts brought a huge smile to my face and warmed my heart. I look forward to reading more! I wish you the warmest of holidays, and give that little guy a HUGE KISS FROM ME!


Tears for Jasmine-Wordless Wednesday

We are deeply saddened

to learn that our dear friend Marg’s

beloved Jasmine

has crossed the bridge

Photo by We love you Jasmine and will miss you. Your Momma loved you so much too. Please visit Jasmine’s Mom to share your sympathy by clicking on Jasmine’s photo


Barks and licks and tears and love,

Dakota and “Mom”

Published in: on October 10, 2012 at 10:44 am  Comments (24)  
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BlogPaws 2012- Can’t Wait To Meet You!

This is Mom and one little BlogPaws attendee from BlogPaws 2011…can you imagine how much MORE cuteness will be attending BlogPaws 2012?

Check out the agenda HERE!

Need a discount on your REGISTRATION?





Safe Paw Melts Ice: No Harm to Kids and Pets- A Guest Blog By Kim Clune Of “This One Wild Life”

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN- Some weeks  months ago we were presented with the opportunity of reviewing Safe Paw Ice Melter.  A safe alternative to remove ice and snow?  We eagerly agreed. Living in Michigan I was certain this product would be put to good use. Plenty of ice and snow? No problem! WRONG! This year we are having an unseasonably mild winter which up until about 2 hours ago wasn’t providing us with ANY SNOW  significant enough to warrant the use of a SHOVEL let alone a de-icer!

I kept postponing the review because I wanted to be sure to give you an honest assessment of this product. I was CERTAIN that we would have a decent accumulation of snow by January. WRONG AGAIN!

I was frantic! What was I going to do? Then I remembered reading a few reviews that other bloggers had done for Safe Paw and in my opinion Kim Clune of “This One Wild Life” wrote the BEST and MOST THOROUGH  review  I had seen, bar none!

 Being a follower of Kim’s blog/website for quite some time,  and  being an admirer of her superior writing ability, I emailed her asking her if there was any way at all that I could use her  review for my readers. I am deeply honored and eternally grateful that she so graciously agreed!  Today I am PROUD to present to you Kim Clune’s  review of Safe Paws! which was originally featured on This One Wild Life  on November 16, 2011…ironically I was the FIRST person to leave a comment that day!  Now, on to Kim’s review!


Snow came early this year for many US residents. We’ve had more than a foot already, in October! We shored up the roof’s heat cable, pulled out the snow shovels and we’re still working on getting the snow blower going, but the easiest task is stocking up on ice melt.


There’s a safe product we’ve been using for several years now, sparing us salty dogs. It’s called Safe Paw and it’s been a safe ice-melt bet since 1996. Have you heard of it? Did you even know it mattered? If not, you aren’t alone. According to Safe Paw:

“A national survey of more than 500 consumers living in cold weather states showed that an alarming nearly two-thirds of the respondents (62% total; 66% of men) were not aware that salt and salt-based ice melting products pose a health danger to pets and children who digest or come into contact with these products. The survey also revealed that 60% of the respondents said they use rock salt or salt-based ice melters in their households.”



Salt and its residue is a corrosive compound that can damage the tender flesh between your pets’ toes, not to mention lawns and plants. It can contaminate well water and water supplies too. Even brick pavers, stones, asphalt, concrete and wood decking aren’t safe from severe damage and permanent discoloration. When tracked across rugs, carpets, and wood floors, it not only damages these items too, but it pesters your pets and children inside as well.


Safe Paw not only makes your walkways walkable, it is pet and child safe and environmentally sound. According to Safe Paw’s FAQ:

“Safe Paw works just as good or even better than salt or salt-based products. In fact, Safe Paw begins working immediately to penetrate ice while other ice melters work very slowly. Moreover, most salt-based products melt ice only down to 24 degrees, while Safe Paw works up to 2 degrees below zero. Safe Paw also leaves an invisible protective shield that prevents ice from sticking to the surface for up to three days. This makes shoveling easier and saves work.”

Learn more about how it works at


Don’t just take my word for this blue-green gold, or my dogs’, or even Safe Paws’. Safe Paw is the only established national brand of pet and child safe ice melter to receive the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval and is recommended and used by most veterinarians throughout the U.S.. Safe Paw was honored in the 2011 “Whole Green Earth Catalogue” and has been awarded the “Green Seal” by the Parents Advisory Council too.

Steven Greenwald, founder of Safe Paw, explains:

“In 1994, the buzz word became environmental safety. Customers began asking us for an ice melter that was not only environmentally safe, but guaranteed to be safe around children and pets at the same time. Although Safe Paw is used around the home and in the pet market, it’s also used by cruise ships, the U.S. government in the National Complex in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey and Chicago Transit systems, Helipads and many dog parks and zoos throughout the U.S.”


Safe Paw is sold at most major pet stores including PetSmart and at many online stores, grocery shops and national retail chains including Costco. (Don’t be fooled by imitation brands.) Price varies by retail outlet. Cost is generally $14.95 – $19.95 for the 8 lb jug and $50 to $60 for the 35 lb pail.

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: THANK YOU Kim for providing this excellent review! 


(I KNOW that you DO!)


Kim’s Blogs:


Desert Raven Art

Back in October my Mom entered a give-away on a wonderful blog called Desert Raven Art.  The give-away was for a beautiful beaded bracelet, and guess what?

Mom WON!

She was so excited!

Isn't it beautiful!? Mom got a lovely note from Mary as well!

Mom thinks the bracelet is colorful, unique and is a  special piece  that she will always cherish!

Part of what makes it even more special is that Mary Hone (the artist behind Desert Raven Art)  is a member of Art For Critters.

What does that mean?

I’ll let Mary tell you from her own website because she can explain it best!

“Being a member of Art for Critters, means I can help an animal organization through selling my art. There are several organizations that Art for Critters helps, and one of them is Almost Heaven Golden retriever rescue.    

I am going to donate 15% of the total sales for November and December,  from theTrade bead jewelry, Bison leather bags and the Stone Spirits to Almost Heaven. 

Photo Courtesy Of Desert Raven Art

So please help me help them. Almost Heaven is a sanctuary for Goldens that due to age or health issues are considered unadoptable. Almost Heaven helps them to find a forever home, or if that isn’t possible they stay at the sanctuary. To learn more about Almost Heaven, please click the link above.”

Mom and I think that is truly special and generous of Mary to do that!

Mary also has another great blog that we follow called Roxy The Traveling Dog

  Click HERE to check out Roxy!

Mom says THANK YOU Mary for her beautiful bracelet and for all that you do for the “Goldens”

Give  Roxy a special “hello” from Mom and Dakota!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Wanna Meet Mom At BlogPaws?

This is the picture that is on the black T-Shirt she will be wearing all day Thursday and Thursday night.

Cody and I are going to miss our Mom sooo much

but Daddy will take good care of us at home.

Mom can’t wait to meet everyone!

Mom wishes safe travels to all!

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm  Comments (17)  
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