“You Are My Sunshine”

Today Dakota and I are  excited because we were  presented with  a fun and happy award from our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs. It’s the Sunshine Blogger Award, “which is meant to shed light on those fellow bloggers whose positivity and creativity you admire.” Thank you so much for nominating Dakota and I for the Sunshine Blogger Award! We have received this award before, but it was quite some time ago. We figured since there are new readers of our blog, it would be great to participate again, plus I am super grateful to have received this award! Thank you Four-Legged Furballs for including us!!


There are some rules to follow with this award, and these rules are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (See above. But also, thank you again to the adorable Four-Legged Furballs family and their sweet Mama!)
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, adding their links and asking them 11 new questions.
4. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs came up with some great questions.

1. How many animals have you had in your lifetime thus far?

Eek. I haven’t had NEARLY the number of pets that others have had. Let’s see, when I was born, we had a Boxer named “Brandy” who lived with us til I was 7. She was the sweetest dog, but died quite young. She passed at age 7. From what my family had told me, she would “guard” my crib and get my parents if I was crying. I also had two turtles, some goldfish, a hamster, my first cat was my Angel Bobo, we shared our lives for 18 years. Then Cody, who I adopted 2 weeks after Bobo passed, then Dakota, my first dog as an adult, came that October.


2. Do you have a favorite blog topic, blog hop, or blogging day?

My favorite Blogging day is Wednesday when people participate in Wordless Wednesday. My favorite posts that day are the ones that ONLY use words in the title of the post. To me, those TRULY “wordless” posts beautifully convey the true meaning of the quote, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
3. What is your favorite book?

This one is pretty much impossible to answer. I have read soooooo many books that I have adored. Many are classics, many are cat and/or dog related. It is impossible to just choose one.
4. If you had to change your first name, what new name would you choose?

That is a great question! I have never thought of that before. I actually like my first name and am happy that my parents spelled it in such a unique way. Being a child of the 50s, at that time “Caren” with a “C” was virtually unheard of. I think it helped make me the creative person that I am. I like to think that I march to my own drummer, I have never been a “follower”, and I don’t always do what is the expected thing to do or the “norm.”  I often wonder if I am that way because of my name.
5. Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

Both. I often stay up til 1 or 2 and get up at 6 am. It isn’t healthy to do that, but I do. I find that I am my most alert in the morning. One thing I am NOT is an afternoon person. I am usually pretty dead at 3pm, then I perk back up from 5pm on.
6. What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving. I love the time of year, I love what it represents and OF COURSE I LOVE THE FOOD!!!! All of my favorite foods are present on Thanksgiving!
7. What is your dream job?

Another tough one. I used to have a dream of being an Olympic Swimmer (I was a lifeguard all through college, and was on a swim team when I was young.) At one time I wanted to teach Early Childhood Education, specifically kindergarten. Now, believe it or not, probably doing what I am now doing, blogging and working part-time in the world of Pets. Pet people, as we all know, are special people. I LOVE that I am able to work from home. I worked for approximately 26 years outside of the home, where EVERY morning I had to get up at 5:15am, I had intense deadlines to meet as well as steep sales quotas, working from home is something I never thought I would ever be blessed to do. If I am lucky enough to still be able to make ends meet at home, it is something I would do as long as I possibly can. One day, I would love to discipline myself to write a humorous children’s book involving cats and dogs. That would be fabulous.
8. How many siblings do you have?

one older sister and one younger brother, I suffer from “middle child syndrome.”
9. What is your favorite candy?

Almond Joy!!!
10. What is your absolute least favorite food?

LIVER!!!! Have to add another Bleu Cheese.
11. What do you call it: pop or soda? (Or something else altogether?)

Pop…of course (hehehe)

Next up is nominating 11 other bloggers.

To quote the Four-Legged Furballs Mom: “All of the blogs we read in this blogging community give us inspiration. We know so many bloggers deserving of this award, as all of you are so positive and creative in your own ways. That’s what makes this community so great!”  For that reason, and others, we always break the “rules” of these hops. I don’t want to list other bloggers because inevitably I would unintentionally leave someone out who is deserving and I don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone’s feelings. If I follow your blog, it is a pretty safe assumption that I enjoy your blog. So, if any of you are inclined to complete the challenge using the same questions above, (because I am lazy), feel free!


  1. congrats to your award… I agree with you to be a blogger is a good “job”… even when you get the payment in likes and comments. I hate liver too… it can be deLIVERed to a place far away from me :o)

  2. Emma says:

    Mom is with you on the liver, and she also votes for pop! Congrats on your award.
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  3. Congratulations on your award! Guess what? My mom can’t swim! She always imagine she will sink to the bottom down to the centre of the earth before she steps into the water! She has such terrible phobia! Everyone swims at home even me and Mika, but a big NO NO for mom! 🙁

    Love and barks

  4. sweet award, congrats!
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  5. Thank you so much for participating, Caren! I love your answers. I have an “unusual” name myself (Lorianne), and I love it. And we sound a lot alike in so many other ways as well! I, too, am both an early bird and a night owl. Liver is a no-go for me as well, and I also call it pop. (The question of pop vs. soda has always intrigued me. I know many people who call it soda, and who look at me like, “What on earth is pop”?” I even have some family members who refer to pretty much every carbonated beverage as coke.) And, I am so happy that you’re doing what you love now. I also love that you want to write a children’s book, as that happens to be a dream of mine as well! Thank you again for joining in on this, Caren!
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    • Hi Lorianne!! Thank you so much for including us!! (Cody’s will be up tomorrow!!) Yes that is right, I didn’t remember that your name is spelled untraditionally too!!!! Love it! I never knew that you are both a night owl AND an early bird too!!!! Guess what? EVERY TIME I think of writing a book………..YOU are the FIRST person who comes to mind to illustrate it!!! (I can draw, but I don’t think I am as good as you are!) WE SHOULD TALK!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for this lovely award! We love you!!
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  6. You are a handsome dog Dakota. Just saying.

    Congratulations on your award.

    I loved all the Q&As. I learned a lot more about you today.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  7. Congrats on your award. It is always fun to get to know more about our friends!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
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  8. Elliot and Cricket says:

    Congrats on your award!
    It’s funny, when they asked what your favourite holiday was I was expecting you to say somewhere you went, then I realised that was a vacation in America, lol.
    Lynne x

    • Oh I LOVE your answer!!!! Yes, I have heard of “holiday” as vacation!! I LOVE that you thought that. Ok, my favorite “holiday” is Hawaii!! (but I have only been there once) xoxo
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  9. Noreen says:

    Caren, Loved reading this with all your answers. Congrats on receiving that award!
    Hope you have a great week-what’s left of it.
    Hugs, Noreen and Hunter
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  10. Mr Jack Freckles says:

    Congrats on this fun award! Petcretary suffers the same middle child syndrome as well…
    I, MJF, enjoyed learning all about your goings on and the details behind them. Woofs!

  11. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Well, I learned some new things about you today!

    I haven’t had many pets in my life either! The only pet I had as a child was a chameleon, and he didn’t live very long…..now I can’t imagine life without a fur baby.

    Hey, it’s Wednesday, your favorite blog day 🙂

    • Now THAT surprises me! As fabulous as you are with dogs, and with as knowledgeable as you are about them, I would have expected that you had TONS of animals growing up. I am like you, now I could never imagine life without a fur baby!! I am sorry about your chameleon. I was devastated when my hamster died and I was in college! Yep, it’s Wednesday!! xxoxo
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  12. Congratulations! You definitely bring sunshine into our day! ☺
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  13. Congratulations on your award and it is wonderful to get to know you better

  14. I can’t think of a nicer award to receive and you certainly deserve it! Our sleeping habits sound similar I also stay up late and get up early (sometimes 3 or 4). I know it will catch up with me some day, but just not enough hours in the day.

    • Dakota says:

      Awww thank you!!! I agree that there just aren’t enough hours in the day!! We both need to GET TO SLEEP!!

  15. Congratulations! You definitely deserve it!
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  16. Loved reading the answers to your questions, didn’t realize that we had so much in common! I suffer from middle child syndrome also, and dreamed of being an Olympic swimmer. Never got to be on a swim team though, but I swim regularly now to keep fit. Do you not swim any more? A perfect choice for your award!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you! I never knew that about you either!!! I NEED to swim but haven’t in ages because I am too embarrassed to put a bathing suit on 🙁

  17. A totally well-deserved award, Caren. You leave us all with a spot of sunshine with every post. I’m so grateful to have met you through blogging. Thank you for all the inspiration and smiles you have provided. ღ
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    • Dakota says:

      OMG THANK YOU!!!! You provide waaaay more sunshine than I do! Thank you!!!!!!! You also provide sooo much inspiration! I am so grateful and HAPPY to have met YOU through blogging too!!! xoxo

  18. Congratulations!! I love Liber! Libers are good. Sorry I can’t say my v words for some reason they turn to B’s BOL!

  19. Sue says:

    Congratulations on your very well deserved award!

  20. Congratulations!!
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  21. Jan K says:

    We loved learning more about you! Congrats on your well-deserved award! If I could only figure how to work from home full time while making lots of money, I’d be in heaven! 🙂 Writing a book is my dream too, but finding the discipline to do so is definitely a challenge!
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  22. Bravo! Well written responses, I’ve learned something new about you!
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