Thankful Thursday:Bark Day Follow-Up!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on Dakota’s Barkday and left him such fabulous greetings! Both Dakota and I are deeply appreciative!

A few people asked me on Facebook how old Dakota is now. He just turned nine. Yes, I didn’t post that, I know it’s crazy, but it upsets me to think of how fast the time has gone. I just want to enjoy the here and now and not think about his age.

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband gave me this wall hanging that I love, it was featured in Dakota’s Bark Day collage but didn’t show up well, and I wanted you to enjoy it. For me, it sums up so much of the hundreds of things we love about our boy.

dakota 9th birthday sign from Lenny


Turning nine had some benefits in other ways too!! Dakota normally isn’t one who you can use props with in photos but I have been working with him more (thanks to Will for the tips I am learning that he has sprinkled on his blog), and we had such a breakthrough!!! If you look at the photos on Dakota’s bark day collage he is “smiling” in most of them, but then, enough was enough!

dakota 9th birthday collage not thrilled

Once that hat came off our buddy Easy would have been proud at the way that Dakota tried to destroy it!!! (We didn’t let him because we are hoping to turn the hat around and use it for Cody in April hehehe)

Dakota 9th birthday eating hat

In the end, it all turned out worthwhile, here is a photo of all of the items that Dakota received for his Bark Day! All of them (including the bag) were from Petco!

Dakota 9th birthday contents of bag

Yes, the bone above was marked down from Valentine’s Day (Shhh….don’t tell Dakota!) It seemed as if it would be super fattening so we only gave him one bite and threw the rest away…(he doesn’t know that either!)

We didn’t want his appetite to be spoiled for what was coming next! I had found a recipe on Pinterest for a “Pet-Friendly Woof Loaf” (I added mashed potatoes on top that were not listed in the recipe. I omitted milk from the potatoes which some dogs can’t tolerate, and only used a little bit of real butter. When serving to Dakota, I sliced it in thin slices so he wasn’t getting much potato at one time because potatoes also aren’t the best for dogs but won’t hurt them eaten in moderation.)  and I made one for him and a human version for Dakota’s Dad and I.  Dakota LOVED IT and is still eating it! (He gets one slice as his dinner).dakota 9th birthday meatloaf collage

Last but FAR from least, we would like to thank our friends that made cards, (or sent photos), to Dakota! I am often forgetful about doing that myself and I MUST get better at it! Here is a collage of the cards/photos that Dakota received. Thank you for helping to make his Bark Day extra special!!!

cards for dakota his thank you collage


  1. Dakota looks like he had an awesome birthday! His meatloaf looks tasty.

  2. What a fun birthday you had!
    Did you miss my card?? It must be buried in the comments of your B-Day posting.

    Have a great year!!

  3. Princess Leah says:

    What a pawsome Burfday you had Dakota, I especially like your advice wall hanging list and I intend to practice each one daily
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. hahaha clever idea of hat-recycling… maybe you can shred it together after cody’s birthday :o) I’m with you on that front it sometimes gives me the shivers how fast the time flies… they were puppies yesterday and tomorrow they turn 9…. a mystery :o(
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  5. 9 years young! Dakota s the pawfect actor.

  6. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Looks like a fantastic birthday! I’m going to have to try that meatloaf recipe.

    • Dakota says:

      Just use that one for the dogs. For humans there is no seasoning. I just made a variation of it for my husband and I and spiced up the daylights out of it! lol. I also left the hard-boiled eggs out of ours.
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  7. Emma says:

    I’m nine, and I say nine is a fine age! Happy nine once again to you.
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  8. Sorry, we are late, but glad you had a great BarkDay! Ruby is about 9 or 10, too – not sure because we adopted her as an adult, but you two are probably about the same age.

    Wishing you lots of love, good health, and yummy treats.
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  9. Aww….9 is a GREAT age (my Magical-Dawg is also 9). What a great celebration. Love the pictures, and I’m going to look up that meatloaf recipe.

    • Dakota says:

      I am learning that LOTS of woofies and kitties are 9 this year! Wow! Thank you about the celebration and pictures! Dakota LOVED that meatloaf!!!! I pinned it so you should be able to get there by clicking above!
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  10. Kismet says:

    Betcha can’t turn 9 again.
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  11. Aw, sweet Dakota…totally love your mom’s V-Day gift from your dad. What a lovely gift and tribute to your sweetness. We say celebrate being 9 the rest of the year! <3
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  12. Sue says:

    What a fabulous birthday celebration! Love that wallhanging 🙂

  13. Jodi says:

    That meatloaf looks pretty damn good. 🙂 I bet he is enjoying it.

    I’m so bad about sending cards for human birthdays, never mind pets, LOL so I don’t blame you there.

    I LOVE that wall hanging, it brought tears to my eyes reading it. I’m glad he had such a good bark day!

  14. Oh man, that feast looks fit for a king of any species!

  15. I loved seeing all of these barkday festivities for Dakota! What a fun day it must have been for all of you. I absolutely love how you made him a “woof loaf”.

    I know what you mean about not liking to think about your boy turning 9. But, he looks so young and spry! I’d like to think of it as him turning 9 years young. I had a Sheltie mix growing up, and she lived to 14 years old. As hard as it is, I always try not to focus on the number but just on the furbaby, and how he or she looks and acts. I’d say your Dakota is looking great!
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  16. What a fun day he had too. I love what you made him. What a treat.

    I love your advice too. That’s spot on.

    I know you love your babies and we too made a big fuss over birthdays or barkdays. So special. They don’t stay with us long enough.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  17. Looks like Dakota had a perfect barkday. I love the gift your husband got for you. that was so thoughtful.

  18. Aww, missed it! Happy Barkday Dakota!
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  19. So glad he had a good birthday – Reilly too will be 9 in a couple of months – where does the time go
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  20. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Awesome Dakota you made out like a bandit
    Lily & Edward

  21. Happy Barkday Dakota, looks like it was fabulous!! I love the collage with advice from Dakota, that is wonderful. I know what you mean about worrying about age. Beckett will be 7 this June; I lost both of my other bi-black Shelties in their 7th year, I know that I will be worrying over every little thing.
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  22. Toby says:

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Dakota. The “cake” looks really good!!!

  23. Jan K says:

    It looks like Dakota had an awesome birthday! I re-pinned that recipe, it looks great. Plus it looks versatile , I think you could use different vegetables too.
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  24. So glad Dakota had a wonderful birthday!
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  25. You got lots of stuff on your barkday. Pawsome.

  26. Bailey says:

    What a great barkday celebration.
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  27. That’s a very lovely plaque your hubby got for you. The sentiments are spot-on. I truly understand why you don’t want to focus on Dakota’s age. Harley is 7 now and ‘m in huge denial. Have a great weekend.

  28. OMD! That meatloaf looks amazing! What a great birthday he had! ♥ ♥
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  29. Dakota! You had the best birthday ever! <3 That Pet Friendly Woof Loaf looks so mouthwatering! 😀 Your mom is the best! <3
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  30. We’re so happy you had such a great birthday, Dakota! Nine is a very fine age, if you ask us. 🙂

    Hugs to you and Mom and Dad and Cody, too!
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