Mish-Mash Monday-A little housekeeping: where we stand on book and product reviews


Tillman’s Treats By Natural Balance Compliments Of Mr.Chewy!!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am taking over MY blog to tell you about something delicious that I have wanted to tell you about for quite some time.

Mom and I were excited a few months back when we were contacted by Mr.Chewy (the online go-to for many of your pet’s needs such as dog and cat food and treats,  pet health products, etc.!). My brother, Cody had been contacted by Mr.Chewy last year and he was so happy that he blogged about his experience.

Now it’s MY turn!

For my review, I was one of a few lucky dogs who were chosen to taste a super delicious treat! Tillman’s Treats made by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Oh My Dog they are delicious! I gobbled them up so fast that I was too fast for Mom to take a photo of me enjoying them!

See Tillman on the package? Mom was so bummed because he was at BlogPaws and because Mom was sick she never got to meet him!

For those of you that may not know, Natural Balance Pet Foods was co-founded by Dick Van Patten who just happened to be the “Dad” , (Tom Bradford) on the cool TV show Eight is Enough. Mom watched that show all the time when she was in college back in the Stone Age, but I digress…

When Patten and his partners started Natural Balance in 1989 their goal was to create a pet food based on sound scientific principles, not marketing hype.  Their goal was to create a line of pet food that will “nourish your dog or cat through every stage of  life.”

Natural Balance Food Facts:

  • Natural Balance products provide all-natural, complete, and balanced nutrition.
  • They are used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders, veterinarians and kennels.
  • They contain no corn, soy, wheat, artificial flavors or colors.

You can read all about their products here.

In addition to their dry and canned pet food (which I did not try), Natural Balance offers a full range of healthy treats! You can choose from the soft snack that I had, Tillman’s Chicken and Veggie Training Tips,


or the oven-baked crunch of Turkey, Oats & Cranberry Healthy Bones. They have ya covered!

The cool part is Mr.Chewy offers the full line of Natural Balance food and treats for both dogs and cats, and they deliver directly to your doorstep!!  Kinda like ordering a pizza eh? From my pawsonal experience Mr.Chewy delivers so darned fast that he is ALMOST as fast as the pizza guy….almost! He runs a good close second!

If you want some deliciousness in your world and I KNOW that you do…start tapping that keyboard and visit Mr.Chewy NOW!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

I would like to thank Mr.Chewy for giving me the opportunity to taste these delicious treats!! In full disclosure. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. I was given treat samples to taste/review. I did not try the Natural Balance  dog food.


April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month A Guest Blog By Wag’N Enterprises


April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and the leader in pet safety gear and services, Wag’N Enterprises, reminds pet parents that as the seasons change, so do dangers for the family pet. Before looking forward to warm summer weather, springtime often brings out the worst in Mother Nature with tornadoes, flooding and more.

Doggy Bandana

Pet parents should be mindful of certain environmental hazards that could have a devastating effect on pet health. Wag’N Enterprises also encourages creating a pet safety plan this April.

According to Pet Tech®, pet first aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly becomes  ill. This includes home care and when necessary veterinary help. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; and expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care.

“We want to encourage pet parents to plan ahead for possible pet emergencies by taking small steps that could result in quicker response times during a potential dangerous situation. For example, making sure pet parents understand how to care for an injured pet until it is transported to the local emergency veterinarian can save the pet’s life” said Ines de Pablo, who is a Pet Tech® Certified Master Pet First Aid Instructor and founder of Wag’N Enterprises.

“Because there are only little variances between human and animal mechanisms of injury, pet parents can provide basic first aid for injuries and ailments like bleeding and fractures or heat stroke, seizures, choking management and respiratory distress. Just like us, most incidents can be addressed using a first aid skill,” according to de Pablo. She says initial response and care is vital. “You are your pet’s paramedic during a health related emergency until your pet is transported to the veterinarian. Panic and doubt are not going to help your pet and can both place you in danger and further the pet’s injury,” notes de Pablo.

Pet Passport

Wag’N Enterprises recommends keeping important pet lifesaving phone numbers both in their cell phone registry and displayed on paper copy in a prominent area of the residence and vehicle. Important numbers include their primary veterinarian as well as their emergency veterinarian’s phone number, the ASPCA Poison Control Center Number (888) 426.4435 and the National Poison Control Number (800)222.1222.

Is there an app for that? Wag’N recommends pet parents invest in the PetTech Pet Saver App, available for iPhone, Android phones and Windows 7 phones. The app covers topics such as CPR, heat and cold injuries, choking, snake bites, shock, bleeding protocols, how to restrain and muzzle, what to do in an emergency situation, how to transport an injured pet, the snout-to-tail assessment and more. Each skill includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and narrated audio files. Wag’N warns that this comprehensive pet health app does not circumvent attending a PetTech® Pet First Aid & Care class.

Pet owners and pet care professionals can learn pet life-saving skills nationwide from trained instructors. Pet CPR, first aid and care classes are available in the Washington, D.C. area from Wag’N Enterprises and Ines de Pablo. Attendees can expect to learn pet first aid and care training including: restraint and muzzling, CPR, seizure management, choking management, heat and cold injuries, shock management, bleeding injuries, mitigation and response to poisoning emergencies and much more.

About Wag’N Enterprises:

Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (http://www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prominent George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.

Please Help Our Friends At Nipandbones.com

Hi everyone!

We wanted to join other bloggers and spread the word that our friends over at www.nipandbones.com are in danger of having to close their amazing website and we don’t want that to happen.

My Mom has pawchased a few things from them in the past and I have even tested a few, and we think they sell high quality merchandise and should stay in business!

Won’t you stop by and check them out? I am sure you will find SOMETHING for the special doggie or kitty in YOUR life!

Here is a video of one of the items that Mom pawchased for me there! They have all sorts of stuff! Please go and check them out! THANK YOU!!


Barks and licks and love, Dakota

January In Michigan? What’s Wrong With This Picture? Wordless Wednesday

Freaky Friday

Just a “normal” time at our house!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Now I have to go and hide since my parents are so crazy….


Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Wordless Wednesday

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!!!!

Thank you ALL  for being a part of our lives and for helping to make 2011 such a fantastic year!

We look forward to sharing more fun times with you all in 2012!!!!

“Ok, we’re outta here” but we have one more thing to say:

May your New Year make you SPIN with DELIGHT!


Dakota and “Mom”

Peak Antler WINNERS!!!

Hi everyone!

I barked and barked at Mom today trying to give her an important message but she wouldn’t listen!

She went ahead and posted a different blog post earlier today and I kept telling her that she forgot something really important!

All she did was tell me to “STOP BARKING!” like she always does. I figured “Ok it’s YOUR loss!”

Mom went about her day doing whatever it is she does that she is soooo “busy” with. Then, she looked at the calendar (nice going Mom, you look at the calendar when the day is more than halfway over!) and yelled “OMG! I forgot to pick the winners of Dakota’s contest!”

"Mom I'm TRYING to tell you SOMETHING!"

I just looked up at her and if I could have rolled my eyes I would have!

So here I am, better late than never! I am here to announce the winners of the Peak Antler Give-Away!!!

The  winners  (as chosen by  random.org are:

CHRIS WILSON who wants the antler for Dolly, Emma and Belle, Chris requested a LARGE which Mom will probably mail since we have that here. Chris, please email your address to cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com.

We don’t think that Chris has a blog and if there is a blog that we don’t know about, we are sorry!

The next winners are:

Chewy & Oreo!

Sara and her Shelties, Oreo and Chewy! (that’s a perfect name to win an antler, don’t ya think?)

Sara’s blog is: Sara Loves Dogs, you can check it out here. Mom and I LOVE this blog because Sara trains her Shelties so beautifully and she posts the most fun videos!!!

Sara, please email your address to my Mom at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com and let us know if you would like a medium  or large antler, (either a medium or large for a Sheltie would be best!)


Enjoy your bones!!

Thanks so much to all who entered!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota




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My Cousins And Aunt Nancy

This  is a photo of my cousins who live in Florida.  The photo was  taken by my Aunt Nancy.  Mom touched it up in Picnik. Doesn’t it look cool? The kitty at the top is “Jennifer”, the middle kitty is “Rosie” and the doggy is their new puppy named “Max”. Aunt Nancy also has a kitty named Oscar and another doggy that looks just like Max whose name is Molly!!!!

This is a photo of me and my Aunt Nancy

that was taken a couple of years ago

when she visited me in Michigan.

Yesterday was Aunt Nancy’s birthday,

this is my card to her!


Hope you had a great day!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota