America: I wish that more people would learn something from dogs….BE A DOG!


After a particularly stressful week, I had the pleasure of attending the Novi Pet Expo last Sunday. While there I was watching the Rock -N- Roll K9 Performance Team and had an epiphany.

When dogs meet other dogs they don’t care if the dog has black fur, gray fur, brown fur, white fur, if they have mixed color fur. Dogs don’t care if they are pure bred or “mixes.” They don’t care about what country they each emigrated from.  They sniff the butts of the opposite sex and the same-sex.  They don’t care. They just ARE. They do their jobs. They come together. (I apologize for my  wobbly video below, watch for the last dog that has a “thank you” sign)

I was overcome with pride and emotion when I watched these adorable dogs parading around the ring. This was just what I needed after a week of filthy attacks that were being shot like missiles from  “friends” as well as “foes.” I admit that I shot off quite a few myself.  The entire week had made me physically ill, I couldn’t think, couldn’t function, that is, until Sunday when I observed these wonderful dogs working as a TEAMMy “take-away?”

 I wish that more people

would learn something from dogs




Michigan: Novi Pet Expo Nov, 11, 12 and 13


Suburban Collection Showplace

Dates & Times

Friday, November 11th 2:00p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12th 10:00a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 13th 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave.

Novi, MI 48374


Adults and children 12 & older: $10

Ages 6-11: $5

Children 5 and under: FREE!

Senior Day (55+) Friday Only: $5 Admission

$2 Adult Discount admission opportunity!!

The Michigan Humane Society will be on site during the Pet Expo, a full adult admission will be discounted $2.00 with donation of pet food or needed supplies, here is the MHS wish list:

  • Any unopened, unexpired dog/puppy and cat/kitten food; wet or dry, in original packaging/container.

  • Cat litter (always in need!)

  • Pet-Safe Brand dog toys, especially their Busy Body line including their Squirrel Dude and Buddy Barnacle items!  

  • Catnip-based mice/toys  (kitties love these!)

  • Non-porous toys

  • Fleece blankets are a slice of heaven for homeless pets! 18” by 18” or so for cats, for dogs, 3’ by 3’ is just about right.


Upon entering the parking lot there will be a $5 charge per regular sized vehicles and for larger vehicles there will be a $10 charge. Parking spots will be directed by the parking attendants as you enter.


The Novi Pet Expo is located at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. Our facility can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.

I’m a Lusty Lad on International Bark or Talk Like a Pirate Day!


“I be so happy t’ see you all today! It’s Captain Dakota Sparrow and welcome!!! Today I be celebratin’ Bark Like A Pirate Day!! Give me a bark out and let me know what your plans for t’ day are!”






Photo stolen from Speedy’s Page

(Click on Speedy’s name above to visit!)


ARRRR!!!!!!! (or is that “ARF?”)

Summer Adopt-A-Thon to Feature 50 or More Adoptable Pets

We are happy to present to you the first of two large offsite tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, June 18th  from 10a-4pm in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park in the Fairlane Green II shopping mall.  Described locally as “On the Hill”, Home Depot is near the Oakwood boulevard entrance to the mall, just off Southfield freeway.  The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 50 animals or more available for adoption that day including playful kittens, adult cats and all shapes and sizes of dogs.

 Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon

Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon


Attendees will enjoy adoption specials and be able to shop Shelter merchandise and purchase Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.  Adoption counselors will be on hand to help visitors find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know new dog family members in a separate section.

Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, commented “This Adopt-A-Thon kicks off the summer season for us and is similar to bringing a one day “pop-up” Shelter to a highly visible location for one day.  Each year, we find that prospective adopters really appreciate the opportunity to see so many animals showcased under the tent, in an easily accessible place on a Saturday.  It’s a completely different feel they tell us, than seeing the adoptable animals while in the Shelter”.

This is the fourth year that the event is being hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Allen Park.  It will also be the location for this year’s second offsite tented Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, August 13th.

dearborn animal shelter logo

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.  Currently, the organization is engaged in a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a much-needed new sheltering facility that includes animal education and an adoption center.  More information and donations welcome to support this new facility,

You could win $1 MILLION DOLLARS in the Purina Pro Plan Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge!



CLICK ON THE LOGO TO ENTER!! Logo courtesy of

 Purina® Pro Plan® has fueled the last nine Westminster Kennel Club Best In Show winners* and knows what it takes to make a champion – do you? On Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 more than 2,800 elite dogs from across the country will gather in New York City to compete for top honors at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan. This year, the brand is hosting the Purina Pro Plan $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge – the first-ever bracket challenge for a canine competition – giving dog-lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike a new way to get in on the Westminster action. Pick a perfect bracket – including all seven group winners and Best In Show – and you could win $1 Million.**

To enter, you  can visit and choose one winner from the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working, and Terrier groups, and from those winners, one overall competitor they believe will win “Best in Show.” After completing the bracket, sit back and cross your paws and tune into the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 15th at 8 PM EST on CNBC and February 16th at 8 PM EST on USA Network to follow your bracket in real-time!!!  If your selections all match the actual winners, you could win $1 Million, (with the prize being split evenly among all winning entries).

To help guide you in your selections, Purina Pro Plan has partnered with Joe Lunardi, expert in “Bracketology” – the “art and science” of predicting the teams in college basketball’s most famous tournament – to complete his own bracket and provide an expert opinion on the top dogs to watch. Lunardi’s picks will be announced in the days leading up to the Dog Show.

You can follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live Westminster coverage and behind-the-scenes action and use #WKCDogShow to join the $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge conversation.

Purina Pro Plan has a rich history in the sport of purebred dogs and has helped elevate some of the world’s top dogs to great success through innovative products and exceptional nutrition. The “Best in Show” title has been held by a Purina Pro Plan fed dog for the last nine years*, and the brand aims to continue its legacy again this year.



About Westminster Kennel Club

The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster’s influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Visit us at:, @WKCDogs


*The handler or owners of these champions may have received Purina Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.

**$1 Million prize will be split evenly among all winning entries.

In full disclosure: I was not compensated to share this information. I was told about the promotion by Purina and decided to share on my own.


Michigan Winter Dog Classic January 15 thru January 18th

Hi all! It’s Dakota and I am so excited to tell you that

it’s that time again! It’s time for the:

Click on the banner to visit the website!

Click on the banner to visit the website!




Dates and Show Hours:
Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday, January 16, 2015 – 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Saturday January 17, 2015 – 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 7:30 AM to 5 PM

Your family will enjoy:

  • educational demonstrations
  • obedience and conformation judging
  • breed seminars

And more!

New for 2015
Two new events in 2015 —Dock Diving and Barn Hunt. Both will have demonstrations and an opportunity for your dog to join in on the fun.

The Michigan Winter Dog Classic will host more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds of “man’s best friends”, throughout the 4-day show, including several breeds getting ready for the country’s premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February. Dogs will be judged on standards set by the American Kennel Club.

“My Dog Can Do That” – Bring your dog and work together with several AKC professional trainers as they show you how your dog can perform in agility events.

Lots of fun with “can’t miss” exhibitions throughout the weekend:

  • Barn Hunt Trials
  • Canine Good Citizen Testing
  • Dock Diving Trials and Open Splash
  • Duck Herding Demonstrations
  • Meet The Breeds
  • My Dog Can Do That!
  • Police K-9 Demonstrations
  • Weight Pull Competition and Demonstrations


I am thinking that a couple of our doggy blogging friends might be there, but I am not sure about that! Mom and Dad have attended other years, but this year I don’t think they are going to be able to make it. Darn! I really wanted to go!

Check the Schedule for specific times and more information.

How To Get Tickets
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Tickets Prices:

Tickets are available at the Suburban Collection Showplace Ticket Office from 8:30 AM to 4 PM Thursday and from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Family Plan: $35 (includes 2 adults and 3 kids)
Adult: $10
Active and Inactive Military with ID: $8 Kids (12-17) / Seniors: $8
Kids Under 12: FREE!