#ThankAVeterinarian on Veterinarian Appreciation Day™

Hi my furiends!!! Along with today being Father’s Day, is also Veterinarian Appreciation Day!!!   I have always loved my Vet and Mom and Dad are super impressed at the way I am the PERFECT GENTLEMAN when I go there!

Cody and Dakota at Vet

Mom thinks the reason I am so good at the Vet comes from the fact that my breeder was a Veterinarian (well, she STILL is!), and Mom thinks I got used to being poked and prodded from puppy hood. Plus, she thinks I got used to the smells that are associated with being at the Vet.

Now I love our Vet because he is an exceptionally kind, caring, compassionate and honest person. Whenever I see him, he speaks to me and touches me in a way that shows nothing but love. I KNOW he loves me and has my best interest at heart, so I am pretty relaxed when I go there. In fact, my Vet says that I “take things in stride” when I go there! Many times since I am groomed at the Vet too, I get a shot on the same day and Mom and Dad aren’t even there when I get it because they know I am fine there and that I completely trust my Vet.

Mom, Dad, Cody and I are grateful to have “Dr.Smiley” as our Vet. There are MANY, MANY times that he has gone above and beyond, returning Mom’s frantic calls,  even when he was on vacation.

Veterinarians are dedicated, caring people and today is the perfect day to show them some love!

Veterinary Appreciation Day collage

If you aren’t as lucky to have a fabulous Veterinarian as we are, check out the  Four Tips To Find The Perfect Veterinarian . 

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

National Best Friends Day

Today is National Best Friends Day    It is a day to celebrate your best friend(s) and let them know what they mean to you.

I think the last time I used the term “best friend” was when I was in college. Now, I am blessed to have people in my life that I refer to as “close” friends instead of “best friends.” My “best” friends are my “close” friends.

Whether I have known them for decades or days, they all add something to my life that if they were not here, they would be sorely missed.  My “close” friends are small in number, in my opinion, that is as it should be. I don’t try to amass close friendships the way people are seeking “likes” on Facebook. True friendships take more time to evolve and grow than Facebook would like us to believe.   I have many “acquaintances”, but few who I would consider to be “close friends.”

My close friends don’t pick my brain and then turn a knife in my back for their own benefit. They don’t feign liking me one day, and then have nothing to do with me the next. My close friends aren’t “yes” people to me or to anyone else. They care enough to not just tell me what I WANT to hear, but often will tell me what I need to hear, even if it is sometimes painful, as I do for them.

My close friends are friends where I never question their motives, I never question my trust for them. My close friendships just ARE. My communication with them is easy, natural, genuine, Those close friendships are sometimes painfully REAL. I am grateful for those friendships.

If I were to be asked  to pinpoint when those close friendships evolved, in many instances I wouldn’t be able to. Many of my closest friendships were unexpected, oftentimes on the surface they would appear to be “unlikely”. To me those are some of my favorite and most cherished friendships.

“Unexpected friendships are the BEST ones.”

I am grateful for my close friends, and I deeply love each and every one of them.

Remembering Sugar the Golden Retriever with “Golden” Love

I was heartbroken when I saw on Instagram this  morning at about 1:30am, that one of the most beloved and long time blogging dogs, Sugar the Golden Retriever had left for the Bridge.

My heart shattered. Sugar and her Mom are two of the bloggers who I have known since I first began blogging in 2009. Sugar was a blogging icon.

Her smiling face graced her blog, Instagram, Twitter, everywhere and you could never look at her without smiling yourself.

I remember when I FINALLY met Sugar and her Mom, (and her Dad too!), it was a few years ago now, and I believe it was at Bark World. Sugar was just as sweet (maybe even more so) than those who haven’t met her would imagine her to be. Her Mom, Rosalyn, as well as her Dad, Ron are as well.

Look at her sweet face…it was the highlight of the conference for me, FINALLY meeting Sugar in person

Sugar was deeply loved by her family and all who visited her blog. She was given a most beautiful, loving caring, active and interesting life. A life that ANY dog would be lucky to live. Sugar was blessed to live such a life, and her Mom and Dad were blessed to have such an incredible dog. I am certain the loving care, (and probably a great gene pool!),  enabled her to live longer than most dogs could ever hope to live.

Sugar’s Mom took this photo of my shoes and Sugar’s shoes because we both had purple shoes on!!!

Some of my most favorite memories  of Sugar on her blog, were way before she became as well-known as she was when she passed. It was when Sugar’s family moved to Hawaii for a period of time. There were photos of Sugar on the beach romping and playing, jumping into frothy waves that crashed by the shore, sunsets, walks, it was a beautiful “golden” time. Those are my favorite memories of Sugar. It was just Sugar, no embellishing, just Sugar living a most “golden” life. Sugar loving nature. Loving her family. Loving the tasty treats her Mom would make for her with such great care. It was just Sugar and her Mom, nothing else, all surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii. Sugar was the epitome of the “Aloha Spirit.” Those posts exuded so much love and you could see just how happy Sugar was being in Hawaii, (who wouldn’t be??)

To Sugar’s Mom and Dad,  thank you so much for sharing your special girl with all of us. There is a huge hole in our hearts that will remain empty without sweet Sugar.

Her smile lit up the hearts of all who encountered her, either in person or on the blog.

Sugar was not only a Golden Retriever by breed, but she was GOLDEN in her heart, soul and presence.
We pray for strength for Sugar’s family during this most difficult time. We send you gentle (((hugs))), “golden” love and we are here if you need us. Love from all of us and our most heartfelt sympathy.

May Sugar romp eternally in the sunshine and waves, flashing her “golden” smile to all at the Bridge. May she be surrounded  by loving energy for all eternity. I have no doubt she will.

Mahalo to Sugar’s Mom for sharing her life with us, and to Sugar we say “Aloha”, until we meet again.

Caren, Dakota and Cody

 

 

I am a Lucky Dog!

Hi furiends!
It’s Dakota and  today I am wearing the BIGGEST Sheltie smile EVER!! I got the most TASTY surprise in the mail last Friday from some dear blogging furiends! I couldn’t believe it!
Mom brought in a package that was addressed to both of us. I was so excited I didn’t even bark when the mail carrier dropped it off. I just couldn’t believe a surprise came in the mail for ME!!  I wanted to grab that package and open it myself but Mom wouldn’t let me. It seemed like it was taking Mom furever to open that package (and SHE has thumbs!) C’mon Mom hurry! Finally, she opened it.

Look at what was inside!

The sweetest part was that it was from my friends Sam and Elsa who have a pawtastic blog that Mom and I read regularly called, Tails Around the Ranch. They are such kind woofies!! Sam and Elsa  were so happy with the Denta Dish that they won from my blog that they asked their Mom if they could share some biscuits that their Mom had baked for them. Sam and Elsa sure are special woofies to think of me, and to offer to share like that. It made my day!
They taste sooo good!! I asked Sam and Elsa if they would mind sharing the recipe because if my lazy Mom won’t make them, I know that many of you would be interested.  (Also, Sam and Elsa’s Mom have other tasty recipes on their blog, just click here to check them out!)  Here is a photo of what they look like from the King Arthur Flour website where Sam and Elsa’s Mom got the recipe.
 I love these biscuits so much and am sure that you will too!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my Sheltie heart to Sam, Elsa and their Mama. That was so incredibly kind of you! Now here is the recipe for the rest of you to enjoy!!!
Best of Breed Dog Biscuits
(King Arthur Flour website)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick (I used quick oats on your treats)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 TBS of chopped fresh parsley (parsley is a great ingredient for controlling dog breath)
  • 1/2 nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter, plain or crunchy (just make sure your peanut butter does not contain Xylitol or other artificial sweeteners)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP cold water, enough to make a cohesive dough
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 300ºF. Lightly grease baking sheet (or line with parchment)
  • Mix flour, oats, parsley, dried milk and salt
  • Add eggs & peanut butter, stirring to combine, mixture will be crumbly
  • Add enough water to bring dough together [you may need to add more in winter, less in summer]
  • To make biscuits, use a cookie cutter. Roll out to 1/4” thick
  • To make dog cookies, drop in walnut sized ball and flatten to 1/4”
  • Bake for 40-60 minutes with lesser time for smaller cookies. Biscuits should be golden brown, dry and crisp all the way through
  • Remove from oven and cool directly on baking sheets

Easy is Going Home

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: We are simply devastated that we didn’t know anything about the event that is honoring Easy as he is headed “home.” We would have written a proper post. Because this day is too important not to acknowledge, we are posting what we wrote on Cody’s blog a few weeks ago:

“All about our truly best friend”

Easy and his Mom
Hoping she doesn’t mind that
I stole this photo from her blog

“All about our truly best friend.” Those words are written on Easy’s home page and  speaks volumes about the love that Easy’s Mom and Dad have for him. They are also darned funny too! From “Mischief Mo(A)nday to See Beautiful, DIY Thursday, to always acknowledging American holidays (for those that do not know, Easy lived in France), to experimenting with recipes, the list goes on and on as to how Easy spoke through the fingers of his typist and shared raucous humor, touching moments, scary DIY fails, disgust with his humans, and always, always  love.

I learned that a “salamander’s ass is DARK!!!“, that the “postman came to Easy’s crib”, that an “elephant skate” is a car, that many blog posts began with a simple “Hell-o” or “H-ello” depending on Easy’s mood.  I would laugh when anything came to Easy’s home and I would hear “Give it to the Weimaraner, Give it to the  Weimaraner!!” 

Easy was always one of the first (and often one of the ONLY ones to comment on Dakota’s blog.) Easy’s Mom won a number of doggy cookbooks from Dakota too, why? Because she was often one of the few people kind enough to enter.

From birthday cards and sweet comments, Easy cared about others. I could cite countless moments where that was the case.

Easy was a young dog when he passed. I am still reeling with shock.  My heart hurts that he is gone. My blog travels will never be the same.

 

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: We also want to extend our deepest sympathy and heartache for ALL of the furbabies who went to the Bridge in 2016. They ALL will be deeply missed.

If Only Wishing Could Bring Him Back: Wordless Wednesday

easyforever

Graphic by Ann of Zoolatry

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