Oh my DOG! My first Black & White Sunday!

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I have thought about it for some time, and kept wanting to participate, and then I could never get my Mom to give me the computer! Well, here I am!  I am taking part in my first Black and White Sunday Blog Hop  that is hosted by You Did What With Your Weiner ,  My Life In Blog Years and Dachshund Nola.

black and white sunday

 

I don’t think I can post the linky because I am on Free WordPress but soon that will be a thing of the past!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

Enter to win: “Life Is Pawfect” by the “Pawtographer”, Robert Semrow

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!

Photo Courtesy of Robert  Semrow. Click on the photo to visit his website

Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow. Click on the photo to visit his website

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.

 

"Life is Pawfect...when the art of something can be embraced by the mouths of many!" Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow The Pawtographer.

“Life is Pawfect…when the art of something can be embraced by the mouths of many!” Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow The Pawtographer.

"Life is Pawfect...when we are willing to jump in and see where the current takes us!" Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, "The Pawtographer"

“Life is Pawfect…when we are willing to jump in and see where the current takes us!” Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, “The Pawtographer”

 

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...when your vintage exceeds expectations!" Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, "The Pawtographer"

“Life is Pawfect…when your vintage exceeds expectations!” Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, “The Pawtographer”

 

 

"Life is Pawfect...when there's bubbles between your toes!" Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, The Pawtographer

“Life is Pawfect…when there’s bubbles between your toes!” Photo Courtesy of Robert Semrow, The Pawtographer

 

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:

CLICK HERE

ISBN: 13: 978-0-9860198-0-7

Visit www.thepawtographer.com

 

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.

Great for the Holidays! Picture Day is coming to a Pet Supplies Plus near YOU in MICHIGAN!

Oh my dog I am so excited for woofies and kitties in Michigan! A professional Pet Photographer will be coming to different :

every week through December 9th!

Here is the list:

Wanna hear something really cool?

I’m gonna have

MY PICTURE taken!

Mom, Dad and I will be there

in the next few weeks!

Do you think I am ready

for a pawfessional photo shoot?

“STRIKE A POSE!!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

DoSomething.org and AOL Help Shelter Animals Find a Home through the Organization’s First Ever Animal Adoption Campaign, ‘Pics for Pets’

From Dakota’s Den: We love hearing about creative ways that organizations find to help homeless animals. When we sent  information about this venture we couldn’t help but “say cheese!”.How many times do parents complain that their teens spend too much time online? It seems that they post never-ending streams of photos to their friends on Facebook. Now, they can put those “itchy-fingers” and photos to good use by taking pictures to help animals in need. READ ON!

Famed Photographer and

Campaign Spokesperson

Nigel Barker

Teaches Teens

to Find Their Inner Fur-tographers

DoSomething.org and Nigel Barker are launching their first
nationwide animal adoption campaign, ‘Pics for Pets’ aiming to increase adoption
rates in shelters through teens, their cameras and Facebook, while saving some
adorable animals’ lives in the process.

DoSomething.org is putting the bite back in the fight for homeless shelter animals. With the help of campaign spokesperson and world-renowned photographer, Nigel Barker, DoSomething.org is launching their first nationwide animal adoption campaign.  ‘Pics for Pets’ aims to increase adoption rates in shelters through teens, their cameras and Facebook, while saving some adorable animals’ lives in the process.  AOL is also supporting the cause by spreading the word about the campaign to their enormous audience.

 

Every year, approximately 5-7 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, and approximately 3-4 million are euthanized (50% of dogs and 70% of cats) simply because they are not adopted. One big reason why these animals aren’t adopted is due to sub-par pictures.  All too often, the pictures used to market the potential pets are taken when the animal first arrives at the shelter, disheveled and frightened.  DoSomething.org has set out make a change, arming teens with the skills to provide updated, irresistible pictures of animals to their social networks in hopes of finding new homes for these furry friends.

 

Running through November, ‘Pics for Pets’ is hoping to increase adoption rates across the country, utilizing the internet’s most powerful asset: sharable pictures of cute animals.  Working closely with Facebook, DoSomething.org has created an easy-to-use Facebook app to help teens take and share awesome pics of animals in their community.   Using the app, teens will have everything at their fingertips to locate a shelter, learn how to take beautiful pictures of animals and upload pictures to the gallery in hopes of spreading the word about shelter animals and where to adopt them.  As a companion tool, DoSomething.org will also be releasing Pics for Pets iOS and Android apps for teens who wish to visit their local shelter and become animal photographers using their smartphones.

 

Teens who participate by sharing their pics will have the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.  DoSomething.org will also be giving up to $10,000 in pet toys, food and bedding to partner shelters depending on how many times their animals profiles are shared on Facebook.

 

“Utilizing something that teens are already experts in (sharing photos on Facebook), we are hoping to show people that their next potential pet can be the cute animal down the street at their local shelter” says Greg Thomas, Campaigns Manager at DoSomething.org. “By joining forces with Nigel Barker and AOL, we have the chance to make a significant increase in the amount of animal adoptions—and all it takes is a few photos.”

 

Nigel Barker cares about saving animals’ lives too, and is lending his expert photo tips to help these teens make a difference. He adds some bite to the bark of DoSomething.org’s animal adoption campaign by starring in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) helping teens to build the perfect photo shoot to get these shelter animals adopted.

 

DoSomething.org and Nigel Barker are launching their first
nationwide animal adoption campaign, ‘Pics for Pets’ aiming to increase adoption
rates in shelters through teens, their cameras and Facebook, while saving some
adorable animals’ lives in the process.

“It’s been a really rewarding experience helping bring awareness to animal adoption, and it hasn’t hurt that I’m working with the most affectionate photo subjects I’ve had yet: animals,” said campaign spokesperson, Nigel Barker. “I’m hoping teens will take my lead and brush up on their photography skills while helping to save a few animals’ lives.”

 

“We know that pets are a topic that resonates with our audience, and we’re thrilled to support worthy initiatives like Pics for Pets,” said Blair Cobb, Senior Director of AOL’s Cause Marketing & Partnership initiatives. “By leveraging our platforms, including AOL.com, AOL Mail and Patch, we are able to create awareness around this campaign and truly help shelters across the country.”

 

To view Nigel Barker’s PSA and get started on ‘Pics for Pets,’ visit Picsforpets.org, download the ‘Pics for Pets’ mobile or Facebook app, or text “PETS” to 38383.

 

 

About DoSomething.org:

We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.

 

About AOL Inc.
AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.