We’re in a Detroit Lions making it to the NFL Playoffs frame of mind!

We can barely believe that the Detroit Lions have a 9-4 record and are on the verge of making it to the NFL Playoffs!! They are currently in first place in the NFC North!!!

Now, granted, they have won nearly every game by the skin of their teeth, but a win is a win, right?

Dakota, Cody and I watched the game all warm and cozy at  home on Sunday, while Dad braved the elements to go and watch  the game in the equally warm (it is a domed stadium), but far less cozy confines of Ford Field.

We wish the Lions much luck for the remainder of the regular season and hope to see them in the Playoffs!


My Sheltie Proclamation

dakota yelling

Life Can Be Tough….

dakota pooping

So many birthdays for George Washington, “The Father of our Country”…

dakota george washington


FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES: George Washington’s Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

Federal holidays apply only to the federal government and the District of Columbia; Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays.

George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

Americans celebrated Washington’s Birthday long before Congress declared it a federal holiday. The centennial of his birth prompted festivities nationally and Congress established a Joint Committee to arrange for the occasion.

At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832 out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth.

Washington’s Birthday was celebrated on February 22nd until well into the 20th Century. However, in 1968 Congress passed the Monday Holiday Law to “provide uniform annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays.” By creating more 3-day weekends, Congress hoped to “bring substantial benefits to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.”

One of the provisions of this act changed the observance of Washington’s Birthday from February 22nd to the third Monday in February. Ironically, this guaranteed that the holiday would never be celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, as the third Monday in February cannot fall any later than February 21.

Contrary to popular belief, neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington’s Birthday be changed to “President’s Day.”

Three Day Quote Challenge (Day 1)

We were happy to be tagged on the:

three day quote challenge

By our friends at a blog that is “newer” to us because I found it just a few months ago. It has quickly become one of my favorites. The blog is called: FOUR-LEGGED FURBALLS:

Click the picture to visit their blog!

Click the picture to visit their blog!

One of many things we LOVE about this blog is the charming artwork that is created by the “Menagerie Mom”. Here is some info about her from the sidebar of her blog: “I love animals, and I always have. My parents first noticed my love for animals when I was a very small child, and I enjoyed a childhood in which I grew up with a variety of pets. My love for animals has remained strong — or grown stronger, if possible — into my adulthood. I earned a college degree in animal sciences, and I worked in the animal care field for years. What’s more, I am the human mother to an adorable clan of four-legged furball rescues, some of which are animals with special needs”

The Menagerie Mom also has recently introduced a “Daily Tip” feature at the bottom of each blog post, check it out because I am sure you will learn some interesting things, (as I have), if you do!

THANK YOU Menagerie Mom and the rest of the Four-Legged Furballs for tagging us!

I am a quote freak, I have been collecting them in notebooks since High School. I have a “menagerie” of books of quotes and my Pinterest board is chalk full of them!

I am looking forward to presenting some of my favorites today, and the next two days.

Now, about the challenge:

There are three rules to this challenge, and they are:

1. Post for three consecutive days.
2. Choose and share one or three quotes each day.
3. Challenge three additional bloggers each day.

For Day 1 of the challenge I chose the quote:


This quote resonated with me the second I found it. One reason it resonated with me, was it was an important reminder that for both of my blogs I must always be true to ME. I attempt to write in a more conversational, less-formal style, and whatever I choose to feature or promote, I strive to make the topics/items that I post here, be things  that I believe in.

It also made me think about how each one of us, when we write, we “paint” in our OWN unique voices, or if we aren’t, we should be! Every blogger brings something unique and special to their blogs, THEIR VOICE. What glorious “paintings” you ALL create for so many of us! So THANK YOU ALL, for being YOU!!


The last rule is for me to challenge three more bloggers each day. I’ve chosen three blogs, but please feel no obligation or pressure to participate in the challenge. (Some of you may have already been chosen, it is hard to keep up with everyone who already did this challenge, so please excuse me if you have already been chosen!) I know that not everyone has the time or desire to partake in blogging challenges, so please know that you only have to join in if you wish to and have time. That being said, here are the three that I’ve chosen to challenge today:

1.) Eva the Sheltie or her Mom from Sheltie Beauties

2.) My special friend at Comedy Plus

3.) My new friend from Lucky Collie

AARP and Michigan Humane Society Partnering To Help Find More Loving Homes For Homeless Animals

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I cannot begin to tell you how EXCITED I am to share this with you today! When I first heard about this amazing program, I told my friends at Michigan Humane that I just HAD to share! We all know about how pets benefit EVERYONE,  but the impact they make on Seniors in particular is incredible.

AARP members to receive discounted adoption fees at all MHS locations



The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and AARP are launching a new partnership to provide more people and pets with the endless benefits of companionship, while helping animals in need of loving homes! Adopters who present their AARP membership card at the time of adoption will receive significant discounts on the adoption fee of qualifying animals: $100 for dogs and $10 for cats.


“We are excited to begin this program with a great organization like AARP,” said CJ Bentley, Senior Director of Operation for MHS. “This partnership will enable us to bring together people and pets who will benefit greatly from the joy of companionship while helping more homeless animals.”


Qualifying animals include:


•             Dogs and Cats two years or older

•             Dogs 40+ pounds, regardless of age

•             Dogs and cats who need a little extra TLC


The discount for AARP members applies at all MHS locations and events. Members may utilize the discount for family members. However, the member must be present at time of the adoption.


To view animals currently awaiting adoption and for a list of MHS locations, visit www.michiganhumane.org.




The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.