Fun Facts About Names and A Thank You!

Hi all! Today is Fun Facts About Names Day  a day where people are encouraged to learn about the meaning of their names and the history behind them.

When Dakota first joined our family his name was “Tanner.”  Now, there is nothing wrong with that name, but to me, it just didn’t suit Dakota. I had liked the name “Dakota” for years and when I looked up the meaning, it said “Trusted Friend.” (that was the American Indian meaning and I am too lazy to look up what tribe it was).  That was it for me. I promptly named him Dakota.

 As for me…the name “Caren” means “Pure” and it says it is a “Swedish baby name.” I have also seen the name attached to “Catherine” since my parents spelled my name in a non-traditional form. The question is “Pure” WHAT? (That is a rhetorical question, no need to answer! lol)

So, what does YOUR pet’s name mean? What does YOUR name mean?

Also, we would like to thank those who stopped over to Dakota’s blog to wish him a Happy Birthday. We try extremely hard  to always acknowledge our friend’s birthdays by leaving a comment on their blog,  and we do it whenever we are aware of a birthday, so we DEEPLY THANK those who took the time to stop by. Dakota received some nice photos/cards that we are sharing in the form of collages.

 

Once again we thank you all so very much!! We have another thank you planned for Friday, (hopefully!) of something special that Dakota received in the mail.

To us, a 10th birthday is a pretty big deal, (for that matter, ANY pet’s birthday is a big deal!) so once again thanks to those who visited Dakota’s blog on his special day.

 

 

Happy “Gotcha Day” Dakota!!

Oh my!!!!! With my being sick since last Thursday, I NEARLY FORGOT that today is Dakota’s NINTH GOTCHA DAY! I was sitting here doing work, I looked to my side and saw my boy who “guards” me while I work. Because I don’t have time to come up with something new, I went through some old posts and found this one that I have edited with some different photos, some of the text originally appeared in 2013.

HAPPY, HAPPY GOTCHA DAY DAKOTA!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

dakota-9th-birthday-sign-from-lenny

TODAY IS DAKOTA’S 9TH GOTCHA DAY!!!

Dakota was the answer to my childhood dream

of having my own Sheltie

When I was 5, I met a Sheltie

that lived across the street who was named “Dandy”

that was it, I was hooked.

I used to only play with the kids that lived in that house

because of their Sheltie!!

At the time, I was obsessed with Lassie

and in my 5-year old mind

 the Sheltie that  I had fallen in love with,

was a mini “Lassie”

I later learned that Shelties

aren’t related to Collies at all

but are their own marvelous breed!

sheltie-quote

THE SHELTIE!!!!!

HAPPY HAPPY GOTCHA DAY

TO OUR PRECIOUS DAKOTA!!

dakota quote challenge

DADDY, CODY AND I LOVE YOU

“ALWAYS AND ALWAYS”

LOVE, “MOM”

This video was not made by me

but it features one of my favorite Phil Collins songs

and celebrates one of the most wonderful,

sensitive, silly, loving and crazy breeds

Eight Years Ago Today!!

Dakota 8th Gotcha Day

Happy Easter 2015

To all of our friends who celebrate….

dakota easter 2015

If Pets (DOGS) Had Thumbs Day

Hi All! It’s Dakota! As many of you know, today happens to be If Pets Had Thumbs Day, No one seems to know the exact origin of this day (no surprise there, just add it to the ever-growing list of mindless holidays which in reality mean nothing, but hey, they are FUN, right?) So, because the human who helps me with this blog is lazy,  I decided to nose around through my photos and provide you with a pictorial representation of things that I struggle with regularly because I do NOT have thumbs!! These photos are just a sampling of the zillions of things I could do so much better if I DID have thumbs!

I COULD GRAB MY OWN TREATS

WITHOUT WAITING FOR MOM!

dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

I WOULD BE ABLE TO

DRY MYSELF 

WITHOUT HAVING TO HAVE

DAD DO IT

luv and Emmas dry pets dakota good one

I COULD TURN THE PAGES

OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS

dakota-books

I COULD TAKE MY OWN SELFIES!

dakota selfie week of Sept 14

BRUSHING MY TEETH

WOULD BE A BREEZE!

dakota toothbrush

I WOULD EAT POPCORN

IN A MORE GENTLEMANLY MANNER

dakota popcorn 3

I COULD REACH OUT

AND PET MY MINI-ME

dakota mini me staring on table 1I COULD REACH IN AND 

GRAB THESE BONES

MUCH EASIER!!

dakota nina ottoson paw action

 

I WOULD DRIVE A STICK-SHIFT

AND CRUISE AROUND TOWN!!!

NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M 

TALKIN’ ABOUT!!!

dakota park may 6 looking at stick shiftWhat are some things that YOU 

would do if YOU 

had THUMBS???

Dakota’s 7th Gotcha Day-B&W Sunday

It is hard to believe that seven years ago today, our precious Dakota was “gotted!!” He was a birthday gift for me, (my birthday is tomorrow!), from my husband, fulfilling a life-long dream that I had, to have a Sheltie of my own!

Dakota is a clown, thief, a brilliantly fast-learner, an affectionate, playful and sometimes-annoying brother to our cat, a “perfect gentleman at the vet and at grooming” (a direct quote from our Veterinarian and groomer, Dakota will sit, “smiling”, calmly awaiting his turn), and one of the most incredibly loving dogs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is cat-like in his discrimination of just WHOM he will show his love and devotion to. Many who don’t know him well, consider him to be “skittish”, “quirky”, “reticent” with strangers. Guess what? I’ll take that ANY DAY, that just shows that he is highly intelligent and carefully scrutinizes people and situations FIRST.  That is a common trait in most Shetland Sheepdogs who are true to their lineage.  This is a dog who will NOT jump on people who come into our home, (unless he loves them and has accepted them into his “pack, and even then, he isn’t the type of dog who jumps on everyone in sight.)

To those who find the above traits to be  undesirable in a dog, my advice to you is, then don’t come around.  This is Dakota’s home where he is intensely loved, cherished and accepted, NOT YOURS. My husband and I wouldn’t have him be any other way!!!

dakota black and white 2014

An Overview of the Sheltie from Dogtime:

The small, active Shetland Sheepdog (nicknamed the Sheltie) was once a Scottish farmer’s best friend: sounding the alarm when anyone approached the property, barking at birds and other animals to shoo them from the garden, and later, with crosses to Scottish herding dogs, keeping the sheep flocks in line. While at first glance they look like a smaller version of the Rough Collie, the two are distinctly different breeds.

Shelties are loving companions for all members of the family, including the kids, but they can be reserved or even shy around strangers. Because of their protective nature, they’re quick to bark if they sense that anything’s amiss in their territory. On the upside, they make excellent watchdogs. You just have to teach them some discrimination.

Ask any Sheltie owner, and they’ll probably tell you how smart their dog is. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an animal intelligence expert, that’s more than pride of ownership talking. In his studies of the intelligence of 132 different dog breeds, Shelties ranked sixth in intelligence by being able to understand a new command after being told it fewer than five times on average, and obeying commands the first time they were given at least 95 percent of the time.

In fact, Shelties have a reputation for being a little too smart for their own good. 

dakota black and white sunday smiling twins

 

dakota mini me black and white

 

Happy 7th Gotcha Day

to my most handsome boy

Dad, Cody and I

love you to “the moon and back!!!”

Black and White Sunday is hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola

 

black and white sunday