#Sponsored Giving Thanks for my Silly, Stubborn Dog #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.


It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and here I sit with the smell of cranberries cooking on the stove for the upcoming Thursday feast. The TV is on with no one watching. To my left is Dakota’s favorite red, white and blue ball that is  just waiting for someone to trip over it. Dakota and Cody are asleep in the vicinity. Our condo feels warm and cozy. Perfect.


It is hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be saying goodbye to 2016. I have to admit, this is one year I am happy to kick to the curb. It hasn’t been kind on many fronts, but through all the challenges that were faced head-on, my pets are always there to make me laugh and give me the greatest gift they ever could, their unconditional love.

Today’s post was supposed to be entirely different from what it turned out to be. I was going to put a Turkey hat on Dakota, and take some cute photos and make it all “Thanksgivingy”, but Dakota made it clear that he wanted NO PART OF IT!  No amount of cajoling, treat bartering, or cutesy voices  would have him obey, he made it clear that he had enough of me chasing him around wanting to take photos.




My knee-jerk reaction was to be upset, my first thought was “what the heck am I going to write about now?”, but after looking at the photos and thinking, it dawned on me. How often do we forget that our pets have minds of their own? Some would disagree, but I believe our pets think and  have feelings, they are entitled to not want to always do what WE say they have to do, and if it is something that isn’t going to hurt them, then I say go with the flow.



Dakota practicing “selective hearing”
in the photo above. No way was he going to listen!

Dakota didn’t sign up to be on a blog, I enlisted him without his consent!  If I don’t have the photos that I need, that’s my problem, not his.


So, since “life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”, I re-grouped. There are  no silly turkey hats in this post. There is  just me, sharing photos of my sometimes stubborn dog, and often crazy cat, who make me laugh on a daily basis, multiple times per day, even when I don’t want to.


When Dakota and Cody both entered my life in 2007  I had no blogs. I didn’t look at them thinking of photo ops, or for what they needed to “do” to make me happy for my blogs, I loved them for THEM. I wanted them in my life because I love animals. Pets enrich the lives of their owners on every level. I wanted to give them love. I wanted them to be safe. They spend every day of their lives asking for nothing from me but to LOVE and  protect them. Dakota’s resistance to wanting his photo taken reminded me that he doesn’t need to pose or cooperate for a photo for me to love him. I love him because he is a wonderfully sensitive, fun, brilliant and silly dog. I love him because he “IS.”

Dakota, Cody and I are some of the lucky ones. My pets have a roof over their heads, a warm home. They have more than enough toys, tons of love from their Dad and me, they eat the most delicious food. Not all animals are as lucky.

When I began feeding Dakota Nutrish back in 2008, it was a no-brainer. I already was a fan of Rachael’s from TV, but my decision to feed them Nutrish was partly based on the fact that she has mad cooking ability, but more importantly, I trust Rachael Ray implicitly because I know how much she  loves animals.  Rachael’s pet food was created with the same love that she brings to her human food.  She brings that same love to a cause dear to her heart, Rachael’s Rescue.

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A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 

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 Sometimes we all need a kick in the butt to see what is truly important. Whether or not Dakota cooperated for a photo shoot isn’t important at all. What IS important is that I love he (and Cody), for the amazing pets that they are, for the love and laughter they bring me EVERY DAY. 
Today,  I give THANKS for Dakota and Cody, the 4-legged loves of my life!! I also give ENORMOUS thanks to ALL OF YOU, and ALL OF YOUR FUR BABIES who bring joy to ME every day. Last, but far from least, I give thanks to Rachael Ray, Rachael’s Rescue, and every one at the forefront and behind the scenes at Nutrish. THANK YOU for caring about all of our pets, EVERY WHERE!!! THANK YOU for all that you do!


  1. your post is so full of love, it sure needs no turkey hat or any berd-decoration, the pictures are the best reason to feel love and to be thankful for having such furfriends in our lives…. I’m with you, 2016 was such a haunted year, I only hope that 2017 will be a better one… Andy Warhol said that efurrybuddy deserved to be famous for 15 minutes , so I think it should work vice versa too… after 365 days of sh*t we really deserve a year full of good things…
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  2. Emma says:

    Dakota, I’m shocked! How could you misbehave so for your mom. It is almost never that I would refuse to work with my photographer. But, at least your mom managed to squeak out a post anyway. Maybe you sensed she needed a challenge.
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  3. They do have wants and desires just like we do. I’ve always thought that.

    I linked this post to Wordless Wednesday.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. Purrs to Cody. My best to your peeps. xoxo ♥♥♥
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  4. No turkey outfit needed to make this a great post!
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  5. The best thing about blogging is all the wonderful photos that I have of the boys. They are a blessing and I am soooo thankful for them. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with Dakota and Cody along with your fabulous hubby. ♥
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  6. Elliot and Cricket says:

    I have always believed my pets have every right to enjoy their lives without me imposing my will on them every minute.
    Lynne x

  7. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Ya know, I like these photos even more than silly turkey hat photos! I love watching dogs (and cats) just be themselves. Unlike humans, they are truly authentic creatures – we always get them as they really are 🙂 Love them for that.

    Happy Thanksgiving to Dakota’s fabulous family!

    PS I really love the photo of Dakota looking out the window.

  8. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of times my dogs do not care to dress up or pose. Usually I just stick the hat near them..lol…I know cheating. Or I can usually get them near the thing I want them to pose with, but I don’t push it either. I will admit that since they are retrievers they will usually fetch and hold most anything I ask them to. If you see that in a photo, you know that they elected not to wear the offending item….lol.
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  9. I think you hit just the right note, whether it was planned or not! My thoughts on 2016 are similar to yours…’don’t let the door hit you in the you-know-what on the way out! 💖 Onward to a new and exciting year with hopes for happiness and health for us all.
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  10. Jan K says:

    This is such a beautiful post! I agree with you, I try not to push the pets to do things they are not happy with just for the blog. I’ll try what I’m thinking of, but if it doesn’t work out, I’ll regroup and come up with a different idea! Sometimes it’s just easier to take the photos, see the results, and let my ideas go from there.
    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend! BTW, my sister is looking for a new food for her cat, and I have directed her to look at Nutrish…..and that’s all because I’ve read so much good about it here!
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  11. What a lovely heartfelt post; and how true!
    Pipo is a kin with you, Dakota. He is the most difficult fur petcretary has evfur had to take pictures of…with or without props. Its a wonder there are any good ones, BOL!
    I am mostly OK but sometimes, nope, not today…

    I do hope that the new year will prove to be good, yet looking back over the many years past, we can find good things to cherish in our memories about all of them.

    Thanks for being part of our huge blogging family…though we are late dropping by we sure wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

    By the way, we, that is the petcretary drooled at the sight of all those yummy cranberries!
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