The BEST New Holiday Tradition For 2014!

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Hi every kitty and woofie! It’s Dakota!!

I am so excited to see all of you!

Many of you know that I am a Sheltie that is of the Jewish persuasion, so instead of having a Christmas tree and all, I celebrate Chanukah. (The Festival of Lights).  We light our Menorah every night for eight nights, and if you are lucky you get presents all eight nights!

dakota holiday tradition post menorah on table


I know that  my kitty brother, Cody, and I don’t get presents all eight nights because Mom says we have too many toys, so I wasn’t quite as excited about Chanukah as I should have been.  Then, I sat myself down and said, “Chanukah and Christmas aren’t just about toys, they are holidays that are about giving to OTHERS too!” Well, as soon as I changed my thoughts, the most exciting thing happened! I am ECSTATIC to tell you about something that happened at my den the first night of Chanukah, that if I have anything to bark about it, it will be CERTAIN to happen EVERY year!

It all started when I was just sitting around being the perfect gentleman:

dakota holiday tradition post the perfect gentleman

you see, I KNOW when I think pawsitive and strike the gentleman pose, good things will happen! Sure enough, it worked!

My super Sheltie ears perked up at the sound of the UPS man leaving a package at our door! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As it turned out, the package was for Cody, NOT for me. His Secret Paws partner had sent him a package!!

There was a beautiful card too! We were thrilled to learn that Cody’s Secret Paws partners were  Melissa and Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows! 

dakota holiday tradition post card from melissa

Cody  had all sorts of gifts that were wrapped with his name on them! As Cody pawed through his presents, he told me that Melissa and Truffles had sent presents to ME TOO!! Woofies! I couldn’t believe my EYES!

dakota holiday tradition post wrapped packages from melissa


Mom said that before I could open anything I had to put my yarmulke on and join Mom, Dad and Cody over by the Menorah and say the Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessing

dakota holiday tradition post dakota with menorah

Once that was done I could have my presents!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing package from melissa

Mom was impressed that I didn’t try to rip the festive gift wrap off my presents. I was so happy that I received something, that I wanted to savor the different scents. I had a feeling there was something super good inside!

The first present I opened contained a DUCK!

dakota holiday tradition post duck

Pretty cool isn’t it? 

Then the surprise of all surprises appeared!

See for yourself!

 I was so happy I could NOT stop SMILING!!

Melissa and Truffles must have known that there is NOTHING that makes me smile MORE than having my SOUP BONES, my reputation as a respected  Ambassadog for Nutrish is well-known around these parts, but I digress… Melissa knew that these bones would bring a HUGE SMILE to my face and sure enough, she was right!

dakota holiday tradition post smiling next to soup bone bag

I immediately struck my gentleman pose, Mom wasn’t giving me my Soup Bones fast enough, so I made sure I didn’t break my stare, “Come on Mom! Give me my Soup Bones! PLEAAASE!! “

dakota holiday tradition post next to soup bones on chair

Did she open them right away?

Noooo! She had the nerve to take a photo of them!

dakota holiday tradition post soup bones on table

I sat in shock, what was with this woman? Then, when I thought I couldn’t take the suspense any longer, they were mine, ALL MINE!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing soup bone bag

The delicious scent teased my ample Sheltie nose!

dakota holiday tradition post licking soup bone before taking out of bag

I just HAD to have a LICK!





dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

dakota holiday tradition post grabbing soup bone out of bag

Well, there you have it! I think that EVERY year moving forward, that I am gonna hang with Cody and his feline pals and make sure that he takes part in the Secret Paws event!

Gotta hand it to those kitties and their humans, they sure lived up to the hype of being rather intelligent! They knew just how to make this Sheltie’s holiday a special one!

Thanks to Melissa and Truffles for giving me the BEST CHANUKAH EVER!

If you celebrate Chanukah make your pawrents get you one Soup Bone for every night, if you celebrate Christmas ask them to put them in your stocking! I am certain that once you do, they will become a tradition at YOUR house too!!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some important business to take care of:

dakota holiday tradition post eating soup bone



“See ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and Soup Bone Love,



  1. I so agree… why they have to take a photo first? that bones look delicious and to see your smile says more than a photo of the package :o) I like the duck, it has many interesting parts what scream: remove me!!!
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    • Dakota says:

      OMD EASY!! Those bones are THE BEST!!! I LOVE them! Hehehe about the duck! Mom can’t believe that I haven’t tried to remove the “bones” from it!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  2. First and foremost, Happy Chanukah! Second, Lady nearly died when she saw you in your yarmulke. That was the best thing ever! Those soup bones look like the next best thing, you are one lucky pup!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you sooo much and Happy Chanukah to you too!!!! Hehehe about the yarmulke….Mom couldn’t stop laughing either!!! Ohhh the soup bones are SUPERB! You need to get some! YES I am ONE LUCKY PUP! Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  3. Emma says:

    Lucky you! We had that duck, but Bailie killed it, we also had those soup bones and they were real tasty. I know you will enjoy those gifts!
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    • Dakota says:

      Bailie killed it!? I am shocked! It is so well made! I neglected to write the name of the mfgr down before I cut the tag off (Dakota eats tags off of toys lol). So glad you love the soup bones too! Love, Caren and Dakota
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  4. Dakota, yoo.luk pawsome in your kippah. Happy Chanukah!!!

  5. Cute duck and yummy treats. Happy Chanukah to you!
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  6. what gives with these peeps always wanting photos when our noses are going crazy at the smell of new treats.
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  7. OMD Dakota, what a great prezzie you got! We’re gonna have to try and find some of those yummy looking Soup Bones. We love that your new duckie has such skinny leg’s. He’s just tooooo cute.

    Happy Chanukah furends!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

    • Dakota says:

      Hi Lily Belle & Muffin! I linked to Nutrish in a few places in the post (the very first paragraph is a link), that will take you to their website and you can find their store locator which will tell you where in your area their products are sold!!!! Hey! Maybe I can work on them to do something so that woofies can order directly from their site! What a pawesome idea THAT would be! Thanks for the Chanukah wishes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  8. Mary says:

    Oooooo Torrey would love both those treats, And Roxy too. Lucky pup Dakota.
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  9. I am so, so glad that you enjoyed your prezzies, Dakota. We could never leave you out! Happy Chanukah!!!

  10. What a bounty – your bowl runneth over!

  11. Dakota says:

    I know, right? Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  12. WOWZA! That is a lot of stuff!!!!
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  13. Looks like those were some good treats!
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  14. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Dakota, you are adorable! Love your happy, happy face.

    You look fabulous in your yarmulke.

  15. Jodi says:

    Happy Chanukah Dakota, and to Cody, your mom and dad as well. That was a very nice and thoughtful gift you received. I hope mom remembers and adds it to the list of yearly Chanukah traditions.
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  16. Hope you enjoy your celebration!
    Dip and Elliot x
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  17. I think you were super gentlemanly like – Harley would have snatched that bag from me before I could blink twice! Hope you enjoyed them, Happy Hanukkah Dakota…
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  18. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Yummy yum yum
    Lily & Edward

  19. Happy Happy Chanukah Dakota – and Cody and Mom and Dad too! 🙂
    How exciting for you to have prezzies for eight days!

  20. Jan K says:

    Oh, how wonderful that you celebrate Chanukah at your house, Dakota, and that you also got included in the kitties gift exchange! Enjoy those soup bones!
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  21. We tried those this summer and loved them! And Dakota, I must say, you do a great job posing as a gentleman. You had way more patience waiting for those treats than any dog should be expected to exercise!

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  22. Happy Chanukah! That is a beautiful menorah. You are such a good model, I think you deserve a gift every night!
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  23. What loot you received! Score!!

    Yummy too.
    I wish I could eat those soup bones, but they have ingredients I am allergic too…sigh…
    I would be like you, gimme one already! No wait, gimme them *all* already, BOL!
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  24. what a cool duck, I just seen those treats in a store yesterday, guess you really like them.
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