Happy Halloween!!!

Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota!!

To my precious “Sheltie-Boy”,

It is so hard to believe that ten years ago today you joined our family. The years have flown by. There are so many moments that I wish I could have captured and treasured longer, but thankfully through the blog and photos, many of them have been preserved.

Dakota there are times you drove me insane when you were under two years old. You Chewed furniture, chewed door panels, destroyed toys, you chewed up my brand new cell phone, and when I had to house-train you  I thought I would never make it through!  But I did, and so did you! 

You have grown into the most loving, sensitive, hilariously funny, compassionate and brilliant dog that I could have ever hoped for. 

When my Angel Bobo passed and we adopted Cody first, while Cody helped to heal my aching heart, and while I adore Cody, it is YOU dear boy who is more like my Angel Bobo. I didn’t realize that til this year. Angel Bobo would kiss me if I cried, you do the same. Angel Bobo would never leave my side, you do the same. In the past year it seems that our bond has grown even deeper. You show a love and sensitivity for me and all of my moods that I would never have thought to be possible. Your beautiful jelly bean eyes speak volumes. You have matured into my “heart-dog.”

I want to thank you dear boy for the countless doggy kisses that you give me EVERY DAY, for the laughs, yes, even when you are on one of your crazy Sheltie barking jags, (and I wish you would stop), you ALWAYS make me smile. Thank you dearest Dakota for all you have contributed to our family in the past ten years, thank you  for loving me even when I am not feeling lovable. Thank you  for sharing your life with us. I pray we have many more years together.

Happy, Happy 10th Gotcha Day my precious “Dakota Boda”, my “heart-dog.” You are the Sheltie I waited my entire life for. I love you more than you could ever imagine…..today, tomorrow and forever………”Mom”

 

 

Halloween is Coming! Get Your “BOO!” on with Mirage Pet Products!

Disclaimer: Mirage Pet Products has sponsored this post.

Oh woofies, kitties and humans! It’s Dakota at the keyboard today and It’s no TRICK! I have TREATS to show you today from our furiends at Mirage Pet Products.  If you follow our blog you probably remember the bow tie that I  was sporting for Labor Day. Well, I got it from Mirage Pet Products!

Click to visit!!

Mirage Pet Products features the most darling and affordable products for your pets! They have everything from Collars, Apparel, Toys, Grooming items,  Pet Beds and More! They even have event and holiday themed items!

I was like a Sheltie in the proverbial candy store when I was contacted by Mirage a month or so ago, asking if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. You should have seen all of the Sheltie-spins that I did! The items I chose to review are featured below:

They are from the Halloween Pet Supplies area. (I also selected the bow tie I mentioned earlier, but obviously that was in a different area). I don’t have photos with me playing with the Candy Corn dog toy (it has a squeaker!!) because Mom said I was “uncooperative” (whatever that means!) that day…but it is a terrific size and is super cute! (I just visited the website and don’t see it there any longer, but they have other Halloween toys that are equally as cute!)

I also chose those two adorable bandanas.  I LOVE that they are “tie-on” bandanas, there are no buckles, etc. They come in size small which is a 14″ x 14″ x 20″ triangle, and size large, which is   a 22″ x 22″ x 31″ triangle. They are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Isn’t that just the cutest? Well, here is another! Since Halloween is right around the corner, Mom and I decided to “spookify” this photo of me wearing my orange bandana.

If you are like me, I don’t enjoy dressing  up for Halloween, but I still want  to look festive. These bandanas suit my needs perfectly!

Ok, so I don’t look thrilled in the photo above but Mom LOVES it! I am wearing my new Pumpkin Smoocher from Mirage Pet Products which is also another great alternative for woofies (or kitties) that don’t enjoy dressing up!

Even Cody got in on the action (he looks THRILLED doesn’t he?) The smoocher comes in various sizes too and is super affordable! It also has another purpose! Mom put it on the front door of our condo with my Sheltie sign!

About Mirage Pet Products:

They are a small, family-owned American workshop/factory that produces nearly 100,000 original products – fun pet apparel, strong dog and cat collars, cute pet toys, and more for everyone’s favorite family members.
Mirage is a socially conscious company, giving back to help with social issues facing our world.  From drilling wells for clean water and working to help increase the population of endangered animals in Africa to assisting in tragedies across the developed world, as well as working with rescues and shelters, they are truly proud of their ability to make the world a better place than it was when we got here.
They manufacture nearly all of their products in the U.S. to maintain high standards of quality in their products and fairness and integrity with their employees.  With a legacy that spans six generations in the pet industry,  they look forward to you purchasing their products to see just how great they are yourself!
Get Social with Mirage Pet Products! Tell them Dakota sent you!

 

It’s World Smile Day® !!

The World is a scary, sad place lately, but we must never, ever lose our ability to smile, laugh, and to do kind things for others! We need it NOW more than EVER! Who better than a “Smiling Sheltie” to help spread the love on World Smile Day®  ?? TAG! You’re it. Now you have to “Do an act of kindness.Make one person smile!

 

History of World Smile Day
“It was a simple thing, a circle with a few dots and an upturned curve, but put together Harvey Ball created one of the most iconic symbols the world had ever seen, and it would quickly come to infect everything from graffiti to modern-day emoji’s. We are, of course, talking about the smiley face, arguably the first emoji to enter the world. Harvey would later express concern that the sheer commercialization of his little symbol would strip it of its original intent and meaning. It was out of this concern that he created World Smile Day, a day devoted to the spreading of simple joy and love to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or geographic location.”

“Harvey sadly passed from this world in 2001, but the foundation he helped create, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, has carried forth his message of simple peace and love as the sponsor of World Smile Day every year. Whether you’re simply expressing a bit of silliness or doing a small act of kindness to help someone smile, World Smile Day is your opportunity to help brighten the world and make the world a better place through the simple power of the smile.”

 

 

Rosh Hashanah and Day of Peace 2017

FROM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES:

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish religion. The two-day holiday begins at sundown and celebrates the Jewish New Year. During the celebration, Jewish people take the time to appreciate and accept God as their king.

The Jewish calendar, which runs on the lunar cycle, determines the date of the holiday each year. The celebration begins at sundown and the following day marks the first full day of the celebration. Jewish calendar dates end at nightfall, which means this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration will begin at sundown on Oct. 2 and end at nightfall on Oct. 4.

In Hebrew, “Rosh Hashanah” means “Head of the Year” and it’s also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the day that God completed the creation of the world and highlights the relationship between God and humanity.

While Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe the holiday over the course of two days, most Reform Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana for one day.

An important tradition during this holiday is Tashlich, which calls for Jews to go find a body of water, be it the ocean, river or stream, and cast away their sins. This is done symbolically by throwing bread into the water and the act allows people to reflect and correct themselves so they can focus on a new year.

At home, families gather for dinner prior to attending service the night of the holiday. They recite blessings over candles and wine. Families also indulge in challah bread or apples dipped in honey.

This year it is extra special that the

 FIRST FULL DAY of

 Rosh Hashanah coincides with:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

May peace be around you and inside of you.

I’m a Lusty Sheltie on International Talk (Bark) 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!”

WANT TO KNOW

HOW INTERNATIONAL

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY BEGAN?

READ ABOUT IT HERE!

Thanks to Ann from Zoolatry 

for this great graphic!

Join us over at Speedy’s
for MORE PIRATE DAY FUN!!!
 
 Don’t forget its Speedy’s  Pirate Party on Tuesday 19th September right through to 22nd
 so send in your photos of you in your best costumes either
by Email  to rachel.dejong28 at googlemail.com 
or direct to Speedy’s  Party event on Facebook