Giving a Bark Out to Teachers! Thankful Thursday #WorldTeachersDay

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you that today is World Teachers Day, a most important day. It is a day that aims to “raise awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers all over the world.” Teachers should be appreciated EVERY DAY, but sadly, they are not.

Don’t know if any of you know, but my Dad is a teacher. Or he was a teacher, wait, he is now a substitute teacher because he is technically retired. When Dad was a full-time teacher, he taught for 36 years. 26 of those years were spent teaching middle school in the inner city of Detroit. Dad taught Special Ed.  He barely  missed a day. Dedicated guy my Dad is and was. Makes a woofie proud. I wasn’t around for all of those years since I am only 10,  but my Mom told me stories about it so that is how I know. Never doubt what I know. I am a Shetland Sheepdog. I am a highly intelligent sort. We Shelties are quite high on the list of woofies who are considered to be extremely intelligent. Hence my propensity for being stubborn…but I digress…..

Dad’s family is full of teachers! Dad’s Mom and sister both were teachers. His niece also is a teacher.

I think the real reason my Dad became a teacher is because he is a dead-ringer for Albert Einstein:

Mom says when she was growing up teachers were held in high esteem. She said that in her house, if the phone rang and it was your teacher on the other end, “God help you.” In Mom’s house the teacher was revered and respected. Nowadays, if a teacher just looks at a kid the wrong way they are in trouble. They are disrespected and grossly underpaid…professional athletes get millions of dollars…..teachers have to spend much of their own money for various supplies for their classrooms. Teachers have to fight to just get a raise…..something is wrong with this picture.

Anyway, in salute of my Dad for all of the years he spent teaching and to teachers everywhere,  Mom and I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the teachers that Mom had who made a difference in HER life and we wanted to share some of our favorite quotes about teachers:

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” – Dan Rather

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese 

  • Woofies, tell your humans to take some time  and thank the teachers who helped to make them who they are today and while you’re at it, leave a comment telling us who YOUR human’s favorite teacher was!

Happy World Teachers Day!!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota


We are happy to be participating in the  Brian’s Home Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

 

Happy First Day of Fall!!!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and Mom and I could not be happier that today at 10:21 AM EST Fall officially arrived!!!!

This past summer was one of our hottest here in Michigan and neither Mom, nor myself are big fans of the heat. Who WOULD be wearing a luxurious fur coat like mine?

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The photos in this post obviously are older. Our leaves haven’t changed into their magical, vibrant splendor yet, but I month from now they will be at peak!

Mom and I can’t wait to take walks around the neighborhood and in parks, enjoying the splendor that will be all around us.

Cooler temps, football, cozy nights, ahhhhhh we LOVE FALL!!!

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Do you love Fall as much as Mom and I do? What is your favorite thing about Fall? What is YOUR favorite season?

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

Thankful for Poodle Friends!!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and today I am feeling super thankful!!

You see, back on Friday, May 13th (that would be LUCKY Friday for me!!) Mom and I were pawing around the blogs and we were happy to read that it was the FIRST blogoversary of our new furiends over at the cute Forest Poodles blog!!!

They were having a give-away, you can see the items that were given away in the photo below that Mom stole borrowed from their blog!!

Click on the photo to visit The Forest Poodles blog! Photo Courtesy of The Forest Poodles

Click on the photo to visit The Forest Poodles blog! Photo Courtesy of The Forest Poodles

If you don’t know The Forest Poodles, Teddy is the brown Poodle and D’Art is the black Poodle! Mom and I are so happy to meet them! We love their blog!

Anyway, guess who won the prizes!!! A certain Sheltie did! That Sheltie would be ME!!!!!

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I won Yorkshire tea for Mom (according to the Poodle’s Mom this tea is the best of the best!! Mom is excited to try it!), Yummy Chummies treats for me and a cool ball from Planet Dog!!!    I have been wanting one of their balls so badly and now I finally have one! Rumor has it that this ball glows in the dark! So cool!

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Mom and I are so happy that we won, but we are even happier that we made such nice, new friends!! Thank you so much for our great prizes Teddy, D’Art and your Mom!!!!

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Oh and Mom and I apologize for our blurry photos and my “schmutz” by my eye….Mom took these photos kinda fast and didn’t clean me up first! BOL!!!!

Be sure to go over and visit The Forest Poodles blog!!    Guess what else? June 1st was the Forest Poodles birthdays!  D’Art turned 12 and Teddy turned 8!!! We wish them the happiest of birthdays!!! 

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Hi and happy New Year every one!

Hope you rang wagged it in, in style!! Wishing every one a pawsome and healthy 2014!

Before I lock the vault on 2013 I have something super special to share with you today and Monday too!

While going about my daily doggy tasks a week or so ago, there was a knock at the door. It was my good buddy nemesis, MR.MAIL PERSON!! He had a special package just for me!

I wasn’t expecting anything so I couldn’t imagine who it could be from, or what it could be. I opened the box and received the surprise of my life!

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It seems that Santa conspired with one of my favorite doggy friends, Pepper Pomeranian, from the blog Pepper’s Paws  and they sent me a super cool gift for CHANUKAH!!  I was spinning with delight!

Look at what I got!

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 It was a plush Chanukah dog toy from last season’s PetSmart Multipet Plush Chanukah line!

I couldn’t wait to put the bitey on it!

pepper pomeranian toy dakota putting bitey onDon’t I look FIERCE!!!!???

Mom tried to get a good video of me playing with it, but once I realized that once again my privacy was being violated by being  filmed, I wanted no part of it!

THANK YOU PEPPER for this most THOUGHTFUL and DEEPLY APPRECIATED GIFT! You helped to make my holiday extra special! I will think of you every time I play with it!

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Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

Pick Pocket Pouch

Hi every furry! Hope everyone had a great Christmas!!

I know you are tired, so today’s post is gonna be a quickie!

I just want to thank Spencer the Goldendoodle for the great prize I won on his blog!

It’s the Pick Pocket Pouch!

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I am sure I am going to put this to good use!!! THANKS SPENCER! If you want to learn more about this great product you can read Spencer’s review here

Thanks so much again and remember:

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