Mischief of the not-so-fun kind

Hi all! It’s Dakota and I wanted to give a bark out today for my kitty brother Cody. Some of you know he isn’t feeling well right now.

It started late last week when he wouldn’t eat.

That is a concept that I just don’t understand.

Before I knew it, Cody was being whisked away in his carrier to, of all places,  the VET!! That didn’t bother me at first, it bothered me when Mom and Dad came home. I ran to the door excited to greet my brother, when I went to sniff the carrier to give him a kiss, he wasn’t there.

This had never  happened before.

My sensitive Sheltie heart sunk. I looked for him everywhere. I slept by his carrier, hoping with all of my heart that when I woke up, Cody would be there.

dakota by codys carrier

This was mischief of the most unexpected and not-so-fun kind!

After waiting for what seemed like forever, Cody DID come home! I smothered him with my special Sheltie kisses that are designed to heal anything and everything.

Cody is still not feeling well, I guess I need to give him some more kisses and see if that helps.

For those of you woofies who don’t like, or, don’t UNDERSTAND cats. My brother is my BEST friend! We love each other, we plan mischief together, we wait for Mom and Dad to come home together.

Please say a prayer that my kitty brother will be ok.

I can’t imagine my life without him.

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Mischief Monday: Follow up on “Who let the dogs out?”…OR NOT

Hi every furry! If you are a regular reader of my blog there are a couple of things that you know:

1) I am one of a number of super cool “Ambassadogs” that like to tell other woofies and their pawrents all about the GOODNESS that is  Rachael Ray Nutrish !!!


2) When you saw this photo, I was obviously waiting for SOMETHING!

dakota nutrish park waiting 1

The peeps at Mission Control for Rachael Ray Nutrish gave all of us Ambassadogs a number of missions to fulfill, (should we choose to accept it) AND I PROUDLY DID!

My first mission was to go out into my community and BARK as loud as I could BARK, and that’s pretty darned LOUD to let other doggies know about Rachael Ray Nutrish!

I was excited to accept this mission! Originally I was going to go and visit a couple of shelters that Mom and I work closely with, but we found out we couldn’t go there...why? Well, that has nothin’ to do with this blog post so I’m not gonna tell ya! So there!

Mission Control at Rachael Ray Nutrish gave me these super cool bags to hand out to some super lucky woofies!

dakota nutrish park bags

So, my first plan of action was to visit our neighborhood dog park. Ready for this? NOT ONE DOG SHOWED UP. NOT ONE! Granted, Michigan can be kinda cold this time of year,  but it wasn’t THAT cold! So, thankfully we came up with a  Plan B. Head to another park that wasn’t exclusively a dog park:



I was becoming frustrated:





dakota nutrish park view dakota nutrish park still no dogs

Then, as luck would have it!

We met our FIRST WOOFIE!!!

 We met a dog that was a breed that Mom and I had never heard of, it is called a Lapinkoira which is a Finnish Herding dog.  Mom and I were excited to meet this beautiful dog who had the equally beautiful name of “Azit” which means “Mighty.” in Hebrew. The BIGGEST coincidence was that Azit’s Mommy is a BLOGGER! Mom couldn’t believe it! It also put Mom at ease when she flagged her down like a crazy woman because she had a DOG…but I digress…..She has a blog called Baby Bear Hugs  and Mom and I signed up to follow it!  You should too!

dakota nutrish park Azit first dog

The day was looking up! We found a dog! Soon we met another woofie who was a Yorkie named Cloie.…she was quite curious about the bag that we gave to her Mom. Cloie was a MAJOR HAM so we were able to get a number of photos of her!

dakota nutrish park cloie reading bagedited

dakota nutrish park yorkie cloie and his mom

dakota nutrish park yorkie cloie

We continued on and met another woofie named Butchi!  Butchi is a super lucky dog. His Mom told us that she found him DUMPED ON THE STREET 3 YEARS AGO. He had no chip, nothing. He is half Havanese and half Shi-Tzu and is so incredibly cute! He had an amazing personality too!

dakota nutrish park Butchi

One thing that Mom and I discovered, that we couldn’t believe while we were working on our mission, was that EVERYONE we met KNEW Rachael Ray (who doesn’t?) but NONE of them had ever heard of Rachael Ray Nutrish? WHAT?! Are you kidding me!?

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They didn’t know that:

Rachael worked with a team of pet nutritionists to create a line of food and treats that are made with simple, natural and wholesome ingredients! They didn’t know that Rachael Ray Nutrish is a super premium food and treats for dogs! The food has NO BY-PRODUCTS, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES! They also didn’t know, but they will now, that PROCEEDS FROM THE SALES OF NUTRISH GO TO Rachael’s Rescue an organization that helps animals in need. 

That means that I have MORE WORK to be done! I must bark as loud as I can about the benefits and “delish”-iousness that is NUTRISH!

Mom. Dad and I never did run into any more woofies at the park, so we decided that desperate times called for desperate measures!

We had no choice but to walk all around our condo complex for what seemed like FUREVER  (and let me tell you, this time it WAS COLD!!) until we ran into one more woofie! His name was Bertie and he is a West Highland White Terrier who is 8 years old.

dakota nutrish park bertie adorable dakota nutrish park butt sniffing

The HUMILIATION that I had to endure with this guy made me REALLY stop and wonder if being an Ambassadog is all that it is cracked up to be! Geeze how embarrassing, this guy couldn’t get enough of my butt!

But, when I make a commitment I HONOR it, so  it was onward and upward! I continued my mission to try and find more doggies!

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Well, I might just be in trouble with Mission Control, because I never did find any more woofies after we met Bertie,  but I DID have an amazing PHOTO SHOOT! BOL!!

dakota nutrish park smiling

dakota nutrish park gorgeous

Rest assured my work IS NOT done! I am a dog that LOVES my RACHAEL RAY NUTRISH and I won’t rest until I have BARKED IT OUT TO THE ENTIRE WORLD!! I have a SUPER FUN RACHAEL RAY NUTRISH pawty planned for LATE DECEMBER, wait til you see it! Oh and I will have something SUPER SPECIAL TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IN MID-DECEMBER that also involves NUTRISH and Mission Control! STAY TUNED! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!!

But since you made it all the way to the end of this super LONG blog post, I have a SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOU!!!  CLICK HERE TO GET SOME RACHAEL RAY NUTRISH COUPONS FOR YOURSELF!!!

Barks and licks and love,


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.


“Mini-Me” Mischief On Plush Animal Lover’s Day!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and wait til you see what I have for you today!

A few weeks back, Mom was reading the calendar and noticed that today is PLUSH ANIMAL LOVER’S DAY!  This is a day of the year where you are supposed to show your stuffed toys some extra love, but because I have way too many plush toys, Mom decided to handle this holiday a little differently.

For many months, Mom would be reading blogs and noticed that many of the woofies and kitties had adorable crocheted items called “Mini -Me’s.”  A “Mini -Me” is a crocheted replica of a doggy or kitty and they are made by:

dakota mini me banner for dip dip


See them in the photo above on the right hand side and bottom left? Aren’t they just ADORABLE!!! ?? Mom was in awe when she would see them and kept hemming and hawing about having one made for me.

When Mom noticed Plush Animal Lover’s Day was coming, she said, “That’s it!I will contact Dip- Dip and the Bridge’s Mom and see if she could make a “Mini -Me” of Dakota so that I can blog about it for October 28th!”

Dip -Dip and the Bridge’s Mom is a SUPER busy lady and she wasn’t sure if she could have mine done by that date, (plus she is in the UK which is quite far from Michigan). but you know what? SHE DID IT!!

What made my “Mini -Me” even more PAWSOME was that I definitely was a “challenge.” I have a mane, and I am a “mottled sable” Sheltie which translates to my having “a coat of many colors” BOL!! I am NOT an easy dog to replicate by any means! But you know what? Not only was my “Mini- Me” completed, mailed AND RECEIVED faster than Mom and I ever expected, but the challenge of my mane, coat and coloring? GUESS WHAT???  IT IS JUST PERFECT!

Just look at how PAWTASTIC MY “MINI -ME” IS!

Is this not the most AMAZING THING EVER!!???

Is this not the most AMAZING THING EVER!!???

Mom was just dying when she saw it me! Look at my collar, the attention to detail on my mane, even my MOTTLED Sheltie colors! It was all JUST SUPERB! Check out some more views!

dakota mini me side view

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She even got the white tip on my tail!

She even got the white tip on my tail!

When my Mini Me first arrived in the mail I didn’t quite know what to make of it. It LOOKED like me…….

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I began to wonder if it TASTED LIKE ME!!!! Thankfully, Mom grabbed my new “Mini Me” away from me just as I was getting ready to take a taste and find out for myself. Crisis averted!! I decided I would just have to eye  me him longingly.

dakota mini me staring on table adorable

This looks like the same photo but it is really not. Dakota’s nose is slightly higher in this one. It was right after he found out he could NOT eat this toy!

Mom and I are ECSTATIC with my “Mini-Me” and we are hoping that for the holidays or even for “just because” that you will order yourself one too! They are SUPER REASONABLY PRICED and are one-of-a-kind gifts that are certain to be treasured furever!!!! If you would like more info, just email Dip-Dip and the Bridge’s Mom right here:



Can’t wait to see all of YOUR “Mini-Mes” once you order!

Barks and licks and love,


It’s Work like a DOG Day!! Mischief Monday

Happy Monday every furry! It’s Dakota again with yet ANOTHER holiday to tell you about! Today happens to be Work Like A Dog Day!!

Dogs have many kinds of jobs that they work quite hard at.

Some dogs are hunting dogs, some are police dogs, some are therapy dogs, there are dogs that are even actors and actresses!

Now this holiday has me a little perplexed. I don’t get it! I AM A DOG, and I work EVERY DAY, so shouldn’t EVERY DAY be WORK LIKE A DOG DAY?

Not to mention, I am a Shetland Sheepdog and I am considered to be a working dog because I am a HERDING DOG! Many, many years ago Shelties were hard at work herding sheep, cattle, etc in their homeland (which was Scotland).  Since we hopped on boats and headed to various countries such as the U.S.,  some of us, like ME, pretty much only herd CATS.

Well….cats and anything that has the NERVE to set one paw, wing, finger, foot, or breath in my TERRITORY!

I think the job that I perform BEST is Security.

dakota working photo

I take my job QUITE SERIOUSLY! If there is ANYTHING near my home that shouldn’t be here, you can bet your life I am gonna bark at it until it goes away or until my Mom has a fit, whichever comes first.

Did you know that I perform my job so masterfully that a special photo was hung  at the “Bark-sonian” in my honor?


dakota art museum

Yep! That’s me! 


Enjoy this video that my Mom and I found of one mischief-making, hard-working guy! He’s MY kinda doggy!



Tell me, what job do YOU perform BEST?

Barks and licks and love,


Merrymaking Mischief

Hi my furiends and Happy Monday!

Oh you wouldn’t BELIEVE the mischief that I have for you today!

Yesterday was my kitty brother’s Gotcha Day and the merriment began  the moment we all woke up.

There was a ton of  oooohing, ahhhhing and coooing throughout the day. That didn’t bother me because I receive the same kind of attention on MY special day.

What DID stun me was   the most EMBARRASSING merrymaking mischief that I had ever laid eyes on.

All I could say was “Thank DOG this WASN’T ME!”

Be sure to watch the ENTIRE video to see just how stunned I was:


See what I mean?

Barks and licks and love,


Monday Mischief: Vacuum

Hi guys!  Mom is super tired so I thought that for once I would put my paw to the keyboard and say hi to all of you!

Hope every furry had a great weekend!

Now for my  Monday Mischief! No words needed other than that isn’t Mom in the video! It ‘s her dear friend Cheryl! Cheryl agreed to vacuum while Mom shot the video so that you could see how nuts I am when the vacuum comes out!

Barks and licks and love,