Fun Film Friday!!! It’s Time For POPCORN!!!

Hi and Happy Friday all!

Dakota is at the vet as you are reading this. Today he is having his first dental cleaning, and to say I am nervous about him being under anesthesia, is an understatement!!!  We adore our vet and have complete faith in him,  I am just a nervous Sheltie Mom! Paws crossed that all goes well!!

In an effort to add some levity to the day, I wanted to share a silly video that I shot of Dakota this past week. If you have read the blog in the course of the last year you will remember that I have mentioned Dakota’s love for popcorn in the past.

Dakota loves nothing more than sharing some with me (don’t worry, I don’t give him much!), and being the brilliant Sheltie that he is, he KNOWS when you are talking about POPCORN, even if you SPELL IT! He also knows what the container looks like that I keep it in and will begin losing his mind whenever he sees it!

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Being the HORRIBLE doggy Mom that I am, I often like to egg Dakota on, (he’s just sooo easy to get worked up!), and that is just what I was doing the other night.

Enjoy this silly video and please excuse my “singing!!” Dakota had actually “sung” with me the day before, and I was trying to get him to do it again, but I wasn’t horribly successful!

Once Dakota had his fill of my annoying him….he “exits stage left!!!!!”

Have a great weekend!

 

“You Eat Hot Dogs!” Be sure you have YOURS tonight! #GoTribe !

Saw this fantastic video on YouTube, (be sure to hang in there til the 43 second mark and beyond), this is a hot dog vendor in Cleveland,  Ohio, (my home town, I lived there for 35 years before moving to Michigan in 2001)….

Good luck to the Cleveland Indians   tonight in the AL Wildcard playoff game that will be played  IN CLEVELAND!

It is a “do-or-die” game. If  they “do” they progress in the playoffs, if they “die”, they’re DONE!

While you’re there, “EAT A HOT DOG!!!”

 

Meet www.WhenTospay.org

A cause close to our hearts is attempting to educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering to help avoid unwanted litters, which in turn leads to our current problem of millions of homeless animals.

I am honored to feature a guest post today by Aimee  St Arnaud from Humane Alliance:

WHEN TO SPAY

WEBSITE AND CAMPAIGN

When do you think is the best time to spay/neuter a dog? In a recent survey, 72% of people didn’t know or thought they should wait until 6 months. Unfortunately by this time they could have already had a litter! Oops!

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50% of litters are accidents and it’s often because of some misconceptions.

Did you know:

–dogs can become pregnant starting around five months of age?

– litter mates can mate (yep it’s true!)  They don’t have the same thoughts about brothers and sisters as humans do.

Check out our video!

-dogs do not need to have one litter before getting fixed. As a matter of fact it’s actually best to have them fixed before their first heat.

 

Kilo came into an ER clinic with puppies stuck inside the birth canal.  Her guardian could not afford the thousand dollars for an emergency c-section. She, and her puppies, would have died if the ER clinic had not called a local spay/neuter clinic who was able to do an emergency c-section and spay to save the mom’s life and six puppies!  This happens more often than people think.

 

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In addition to risks like this, fixing before the first heat helps cut down on mammary cancers.  Here’s a chart that shows how the risk of this cancer goes way down when you fix before the first heat.

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There is a lot of confusion about spay/neuter so Humane Alliance just launched a new campaign at www.WhenToSpay.org to share the facts that fixing your pet by four months is safe and easy and prevents accidental litters that could end up in overcrowded shelters.

 

Check out the site for info on where to find low-cost spay/neuter options in your area, take a pledge to get your pet fixed, join in contests to show how cute your fixed dog is, and share fun videos and print and share photos  like these, to  help spread the word.

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Would you help us get the word out to your friends and family that the best time to fix your pet is by four months to prevent accidental litters?  There are lots of ways to get involved and the more people sharing the more we can make an impact!

 

We hope you’ll like www.WhenToSpay.org and check it out and become part of our Spay Nation!

 

Thanks to Aimee for being our guest today!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

 

Beneful® wants you to “Play. It’s good for you” Enter to win a Beneful® “Play Pack!”

HAVE YOU PLAYED TODAY?

Think about it, when was the last time you actually stopped to PLAY? I don’t mean playing a game on the computer, but the kind of carefree, kick-off-your- shoes- twirl- round-and-round- on- the- grass- til-you’re dizzy kind of play that you did as a child. The kind of play that brings on belly laughs that actually bring tears to your eyes.  The kind of play that makes you feel exhilarated and  free!

It was probably some time ago wasn’t it?

I know for me it was. There’s this thing called “life” that often gets in the way with responsibilities such as kids, paying bills, going to work and the constant onslaught of  depressing news.  I know I don’t often make the time to actively play, and I bet that you don’t either!

 According to a recent survey on the state of play in the U.S., 82-percent of the total adults surveyed say they don’t believe Americans are experiencing enough play in their lives*.  Who better to inspire more play than our four-legged friends who bring smiles and spontaneity wherever they go?

 

Logo courtesy of the Purina Beneful Facebook page. Click on the photo to "like" them!

Logo courtesy of the Purina Beneful Facebook page. Click on the photo to “like” them!

To help Americans get more play in their day, Beneful® brand dog food is launching a digital video campaign that features some fun-loving dogs that spread random acts of play in the most unexpected places.

Two of my favorites are below:

This last video is my absolute FAVORITE!

The last video reminded me of when I attended the Meet Purina Pet Blogger Summit, and we had all convened in a meeting early in the morning. We were thrilled to be there and were delighted  to listen to an assortment   of speakers, but it wasn’t until 2 cats strolled into the conference room that the laughter, “ooohs and ahhhs”, and the giggles began! Purina “gets it”,  that is why they allow their employees to bring their pets to work!

Beneful® must know that if I am in need of play, Dakota must be too. Look at what they sent to us!

Click on the photo to visit the Beneful website!

Click on the photo to visit the Beneful website!

Isn’t this stuff just great? Dakota’s personal fave is the green tennis ball! He is all about the tennis balls!

It's not the same ball that he received but you get the idea!

It’s not the same ball that he received but you get the idea!

To inspire more play between you and your four-legged best buddy, Beneful®  would like to send you a Beneful® Play Pack like the one I received above!  (U.S. only please)! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you are going to put more “play in YOUR day!”

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH.

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!

You can also  PLAY when you swing by PetSmart-if you purchase a 31-lb bag of Beneful and a 10 oz. Beneful Prepared Meal, you’ll  get a free toy with your  purchase (there will be a special display of tennis balls right by the Beneful display). Just one more way  Beneful is encouraging PLAY!

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We are also proud to tell you that  the dog-loving community of Lancaster, Pa., has plenty of reason to play, as local resident Angela Bauman and her German Shorthaired Pointer, Beau, have been named Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest.  Bauman wins $10,000 cash and a one-year supply of Beneful brand dog food.  In addition, her creative entry for her ultimate play destination will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in the Lancaster area!

That’s some exciting stuff!

Congratulations Angela and Beau!!

Now, what are you waiting for?

“Play. It’s good for you”

 

 

 

*About the Beneful “State of Play” Survey

The 2012 Beneful “State of Play” survey was fielded online by ORC International on April 16-22, 2012, among a sample of 2,024 American adults comprising 1,001 men and 1,023 women 18 years of age and older. The sample comprised 789 adults who own a dog.

 

In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am a member of the Purina Pet Blogger Panel and I was sent a Beneful® Play Pack for Dakota. I  was given information to share with my readers if I chose to. Purina did fully pay for all expenses involving my visit to Meet Purina, this past October.

Mischief Master Class: A Book written by Dogs (two Cats and a Turtle!)…assisted by Annette Vivian

Hi everyone it’s Dakota, it’s Monday and you know what THAT means! It’s Mischief Monday!!

I can’t think of a better day to feature the new book by my buddy Snoopy, (of the informative, fun and adorable blog, SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG,)   Mischief Master Class A Book written by Dogs (two Cats and a Turtle!)…assisted by Annette Vivian.

snoopy book cover

Photo Courtesy of Annette Vivian

How did this book evolve?

For the rare few who DON’T know, my buddy Snoopy is the MASTER of Mischief! So much so that on his blog he has a regular Monday feature called the Monday Mischief Blog Hop which is sponsored by Snoopy, Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies. This Blog Hop is so popular and has so many weekly submissions from various animals all over the world, that it only made sense that the concept would make a natural evolution, into a BOOK! Now, when you want to read about all the mischief that everyone has been up to, it’s right at the tip of your paws!

My buddy Snoopy is a 2-year-old Bearded Collie who considers himself to be the “Master of Mischief”  That title didn’t come easy.  In order to attain the title of “Master of Mischief” you must have enormous skill and creativity! Snoopy has made it his mission to help all animals get the title of “Master of Mischief” by compiling this pawsome book!

But what exactly IS “Mischief? I’m glad that you asked!  Here is the definition that I found online:” It is “Playful misbehavior or troublemaking”

Snoopy feels, and I agree, that with so much seriousness in the World and in our jobs (did you know that Snoopy is a registered therapy dog? That’s some SERIOUS stuff!) it is important to incorporate some play in your day and what better way to do that than through creating some Mischief!

How Does The Mischief Master Class Work?

From Snoopy: “you must keep in mind some basic principles/rules/codes. If you stick to these principles, my experience tells me you’ll be a Mischief Master in no time!”

This book will be your greatest “go-to” to hone your mischief-making skills! You will LOVE the fun examples/stories shared by animals from all over the world (and their 2-leggers). The colorful photographs will make you wag your tail with delight!

Some of my favorite “Principles” in Mischief Master Class are:

Look Cute-Freddie of the blog BASSET MOMMA  has that skill learned, paws down!

Forgiveness is Easier Than Permission-shown by the sock stealing antics of Alfie the Entlebucher Mountain Pup. Visit him at ALFIE’S BLOG.

My Handiwork

My Handiwork

Stand Tall, Be Firm-shown by none other than yours truly!! Yep! I’m in the book too! I tried so hard to protect my territory from the dogs across the hall that I tore up our door wall! Just for the record, I was so adept at this feat that the dogs have MOVED!

The Art Of Negotiation– remarkably displayed by our turtle friend Kroten, of the blog UNDERNEATH THE SHELL, who will eat anything and everything!

Don’t Underestimate The Little Guy, The Big Dog Isn’t Always The Top Dog-shown by Roxy and Torrey of the blog ROXY THE TRAVELING DOG, as well as  Snoopy himself with a hilarious intro to this chapter about Snoopy and his “sheep.”

Learn To Count– one of my faves, and highlights how my buddy Snoopy can count! Yep!  By learning to count he knows just how long he can stay on the forbidden bed before his Mom counts to THREE to get him off. He even includes a link to the video in his book (links to many other videos are in the book as well). Check out this one of Snoopy, you’ll see why it is a fave of mine!

The last principle we are going to share with you, (you will have to buy the book to see the rest), is showcased by Emma  of the blog MY GBGVLIFE and that is: Don’t Be Shy- Ask For What You Want where Emma was determined to have a special birthday pawty for her sister Katie and took matters into her own paws!

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Photo Courtesy of Annette Vivian

Check out some more mischief that is in this great and FUN book!


Once you finish reading Snoopy’s Mischief Master Class, you will have “learned that no matter who you are or what you are, Mischief is for ALL!”

You will even have your own “Mischief Master” Certificate in the book, like mine!

Yeah I forged Snoopy's "pawnigture", hey, I read the book and contributed Mischief! I earned it!

Yeah I forged Snoopy’s “pawnigture”, hey, I read the book and contributed Mischief! I earned it!

 

Now,  go tell the person in charge of the money in your house to hurry up and pawchase this fantastic book! Better yet, YOU create some mischief and grab their credit card and order it yourself! BOL!!

Did you know?

 Snoopy  and his Mum are generously donating 50% of the book Profits to Therapy Pets Support Charities

To purchase Mischief Master Class in paperback click here

To purchase the Kindle edition click here

ISBN-13:978-1481159920

Wanna follow Snoopy?

You can find him on Facebook by clicking here

Twitter @snoopysstory

On his blog: SNOOPY’S DOG BLOG

About the Author

Snoopy lives in Northern California with his Mum, Annette Vivian, and the rest of their family. Annette Vivian, born in the Isle of Man, British Isles, qualified as an Accountant and Project Manager. After spending 15 years working in start-ups and financial institutions around the Globe, she finally realized that she was neglecting the creative, fun side of her brain. She spends her time now, looking after her family, taking Snoopy on Therapy visits and writing. 
Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Friday Funny! Video: Dog loves automatic ball throwing machine

That was just too much fun!

I originally saw it on www.coolstone.com

Have a great weekend all!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota