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


“Time Is Of The Essence!!”

dakota spring forward


Daylight Savings time arrived for those in most of the U.S. at 2:00am Sunday, March 9th!

As long as I get to EAT earlier, then it’s ALL GOOD!

 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

#Astrology Reading-Pisces #Dog and #Libra Mom

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I have always enjoyed reading about Astrology and I view it as being entertaining and fun, and by no means use it to predict the future. I just love reading about characteristics of signs and about how compatible they are with other signs, so I was delighted when I was contacted by my new friend Sunny, asking if she could do an astrological reading for Dakota and I.

 You will find her guest post below, enjoy!

Dakota and I march 2011

There is nothing quite like the bond between a pet parent and their pooch! Sometimes, it’s just meant to be when two souls meet — whether they walk on two legs or four. Some beautiful “fur”riendships seem to be written in the stars.

Sometimes it’s fate. Others, it’s just a happy coincidence when a pet parent meets their fur baby. However, once they’re in each other’s lives, there is an unbreakable bond between the two — no matter how many pairs of shoes are chewed up in the process.

Today, we’re going to take a look at how well Caren and her BFF (Best Furiend Forever) Dakota match up in terms of their astrological signs. We’ll take a look at both Caren and Dakota’s individual sun signs, as well as how well they mesh together on the astrological wheel. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Libra: A Lover Not a Fighter

Born on October 20, Caren is a Libra. By nature, Libras are lovers and not fighters — which may have something to do with the fact that the sign’s ruling planet is Venus. Represented in the cosmos by the constellation of The Scales, Libra is able to balance a great many things — home, family, career … or a multi-pet household!  In addition to having a strong sense of fairness, justice, and diplomacy, Libras have the uncanny ability to charm the pants off of anybody — man, woman or (not-so-beastly) beast.

On the flip side, Libras do have some issues with making decisions. Their love of beauty and general joie de vivre can sometimes distract them from the tasks at hand and make coming to a decision  (Hey! Look! A Squirrel!!) difficult. Their relaxed, go-with-the-flow nature — all part of the Libra charm — also makes Libra a bit of a procrastinator.

dakota astrology

Pisces: Sensitive Souls

Dakota was born on February 28, under the astrological sign of Pisces. Pisces are one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac and have an almost preternatural sense of knowing when something is wrong. They’re good-hearted dreamers who are loyal to a fault. Once a Pisces takes a liking to you, they will go to great lengths to give of themselves for your benefit. (Yes. They may even want to share their favorite squeaky toy with you.)

While thoughtful Pisces can be a great friend, they do get a little lazy and can be a bit of a Debbie Downer  at times. They look for the best in others, but when things go sour, their sensitive nature makes them take any (perceived or real) slight very personally and it can be hard to pull them up out of the dumps afterward.

Dakota kissing me!

Libra / Pisces Compatibility

Libra and Pisces make for a magical pairing. They do have a lot in common. They’re both laid-back individuals who love to take — and enjoy! — life at an even keel. Due to the slightly indecisive nature of both signs, in order for things to get done, one half of the dynamic duo will need to take the lead and call the shots. Libra’s balanced nature can help pull Pisces back from the brink when they get too down-in-the-mouth and Pisces’ strong imaginative streak can add an element of whimsy, play and joy to Libra’s life.

In short: These two signs are made for each other! If you’re wondering how you and your pet match up, feel free to reach out to Psychic Source and find out if the stars are aligned for your furry pals.

“Yappy” Mother’s Day! 2013

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Our friend, Ann Adamus of the blog Zoolatry, summed it up best (she also made the graphic below):

“There are all kinds of Mothers … Foster Moms and Adopter Moms.  Auntie Moms, GrandMoms.  StepMoms and Other-Mothers.  Neighbor-Moms, Friend-Moms.  Sometimes even Dads are Moms!  At one time or another, nearly every creature on earth takes on the loving and caring role of being a mom.  This weekend, say  thanks, give a hug, share a kiss ~ with all the moms you know.  It’s their special day!”

Click on the photo to visit Ann's blog

Click on the photo to visit Ann’s blog

“Yappy” Mother’s Day All!

Barks and licks and love,


Sunday Sharing–“Be Grateful”

Many of you have probably seen this, but for those that haven’t, it is simple and too important not to share!  I saw this on the Pig Love blog yesterday (if you have never visited them, I suggest that you do! Just click on their highlighted name). I thought this message was too important NOT to share!

grateful saw on piglove on wordpress

Mom and I are grateful for so many things!!!

  • Our home
  • Our family
  • Having food to eat
  • Our friends

The list goes on and on! 

Always remember that we are grateful for


Barks and licks and love,




Will you help my kitty brother? Vote for AmazeCats Next Top Cat!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am gonna do something super brotherly (but don’t you dare tell that I did this!) You see, my brother, Cody is participating in a contest, and since he is NOWHERE near as adorable as I am, (BOL!), he NEEDS VOTES!

Look at this face:

cody please vote

Pretty pitiful isn’t it? Can’t SOMEONE teach this guy how to SMILE?  He has an expression like “Uh, duh…did you call me?” BOL!

The contest is being held by AmazeCats

Who is AmazeCats? Glad you asked! AmazeCats makes:

Famous Cats of the Internet Playing Cards

The famous cats of the internet that we all know and love are coming together to help cats in need. Our feline friends have joined forces to bring you a cool deck of playing cards featuring their adorable photos on each card. You can play cards, hang out with your favorite internet cats and donate to a great cat charity all at the same time. How neat is that?

Every purchase is a donation! All of the proceeds from this deck will be donated to Stray Cat Alliance, a great non-profit organization aimed specifically at caring for and finding homes for stray cats.

Vote for AmazeCats Next Top Cat

Because there are many special needs cats with way more votes than my brother, (and in all honesty they are more deserving, I am not kidding when I say that, I mean that with all of my heart) he won’t win the contest.  That’s ok! He just wants to finish in the Top 32!
Here is the video that my Mom submitted for Cody (the intro was done by AmazeCats)

Isn’t that the most EMBARRASSING THING EVER?

Do you feel sorry enough to vote for my slightly rotund feline family member?

If so, you can vote once a day UNTIL MARCH 29th! Cody has a few blogging buddies who are also in the contest and they would love to make it into the top 32 as well! The cool thing is you can VOTE FOR MULTIPLE CATS IN ONE DAY! So when you vote for Cody you can vote for them too!

To vote for my brother Cody, click here

To view and vote for the other kitties click here

Sorry to ruin your day with a kitty on the blog, but sometimes with family you just gotta do what you gotta do!

Thanks for your support!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota