Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota!!

To my precious “Sheltie-Boy”,

It is so hard to believe that ten years ago today you joined our family. The years have flown by. There are so many moments that I wish I could have captured and treasured longer, but thankfully through the blog and photos, many of them have been preserved.

Dakota there are times you drove me insane when you were under two years old. You Chewed furniture, chewed door panels, destroyed toys, you chewed up my brand new cell phone, and when I had to house-train you  I thought I would never make it through!  But I did, and so did you! 

You have grown into the most loving, sensitive, hilariously funny, compassionate and brilliant dog that I could have ever hoped for. 

When my Angel Bobo passed and we adopted Cody first, while Cody helped to heal my aching heart, and while I adore Cody, it is YOU dear boy who is more like my Angel Bobo. I didn’t realize that til this year. Angel Bobo would kiss me if I cried, you do the same. Angel Bobo would never leave my side, you do the same. In the past year it seems that our bond has grown even deeper. You show a love and sensitivity for me and all of my moods that I would never have thought to be possible. Your beautiful jelly bean eyes speak volumes. You have matured into my “heart-dog.”

I want to thank you dear boy for the countless doggy kisses that you give me EVERY DAY, for the laughs, yes, even when you are on one of your crazy Sheltie barking jags, (and I wish you would stop), you ALWAYS make me smile. Thank you dearest Dakota for all you have contributed to our family in the past ten years, thank you  for loving me even when I am not feeling lovable. Thank you  for sharing your life with us. I pray we have many more years together.

Happy, Happy 10th Gotcha Day my precious “Dakota Boda”, my “heart-dog.” You are the Sheltie I waited my entire life for. I love you more than you could ever imagine…..today, tomorrow and forever………”Mom”

 

 

Dog Book for Children:”Too Licky” (Two Sisters’ Journey to Rescue the “Just-Right” Dog) by Gigi Giles & Ryan Giles, Illustrated by Cynthia Inks and a GIVE-AWAY!

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month we are happy to present to you a darling children’s book:

Photo Courtesy of “Too Licky” Click to visit their website!

I always feel a little uncomfortable presenting anything rescue oriented because the first question/comment I always think I will hear is: “What? You are featuring this and Dakota wasn’t adopted?” That’s right, no, Dakota was not adopted. Cody was. When Dakota joined our family he was referred to us by one of my “bonus daughters”. And…ready for this? Said “bonus daughter” not only manages a local rescue here in the suburbs of Detroit, but she has given homes to dogs and cats from her shelter that most would consider to be “un-adoptable.”

The bottom line to me is ALL dogs deserve a “furever home” and NO BREED should be discriminated against.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles, Photo Courtesy of Too Licky.com

What is “Too Licky?”

“Too Licky” is a children’s book about finding the ‘just right’ rescue dog.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles are the authors of the precious and important book: “Too Licky.” Back in April they launched a SUCCESSFUL kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of “Too Licky.”

Gigi and Ryan Giles with Sugar. Photo courtesy of Too Licky.com

Gigi and Ryan were born in Los Angeles and when their parents announced they were moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the “bargain” was to get a dog.

Gigi and Ryan Giles searched high and low to find the “right” dog. After months and months of searching they found her, the “just right” rescue dog – Sugar.

The first two years of her life are unknown. The only knowns are that Sugar and her three puppies were found as strays, were taken to a rural animal shelter, fostered by a volunteer and all four adopted into loving homes.

Sugar’s story isn’t over yet. It’s more like the bumper sticker, “who rescued who?”

Proceeds from each book sale go to help other rescue dogs like Sugar find their forever home.

Please join Gigi and Ryan in helping dogs like Sugar by purchasing a book, adopting a rescue or, both!

This darling book which was inspired by the book “Too Purpley!”  “Too Licky” features beautiful illustrations by Cynthia Inks (what an appropriate last name for an illustrator, right?) and those illustrations are EXQUISITE. The illustrations are vibrant, energetic and to me are reminiscent of artwork from the 70s (Pop art colors, etc), they are DELIGHTFUL! Each of the 21 illustrations are REAL DOGS from the rescue dog community, and each of those dogs  has a “story” that is shared in the back of the book. Cynthia is  a Florida native, (who also helped Gigi and Ryan find Sugar). There are also  forewords by well-known bully breed advocates and celebrity dog trainers. The book  also features tips for families on how to find their own “just right” rescue.

Huge kudos to Gigi and Ryan Giles for writing this darling book, sharing the proceeds and for giving “Sugar” such a special home! May you have many, many years of happiness together!! 

For more information on “Too Licky,” visit the website at www.toolicky.com.

“Too Licky” is now available on Amazon!

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GIVE-AWAY!! Gigi and Ryan are kindly offering two of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and are 18 and over) a chance to win their own copy of “Too Licky!” All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED! That’s it! The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm EST on OCTOBER 31st, 2017. WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY random.org and will be announced ON OR AROUND NOVEMBER 1, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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