“You Are My Sunshine”

Today Dakota and I are  excited because we were  presented with  a fun and happy award from our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs. It’s the Sunshine Blogger Award, “which is meant to shed light on those fellow bloggers whose positivity and creativity you admire.” Thank you so much for nominating Dakota and I for the Sunshine Blogger Award! We have received this award before, but it was quite some time ago. We figured since there are new readers of our blog, it would be great to participate again, plus I am super grateful to have received this award! Thank you Four-Legged Furballs for including us!!

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There are some rules to follow with this award, and these rules are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (See above. But also, thank you again to the adorable Four-Legged Furballs family and their sweet Mama!)
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, adding their links and asking them 11 new questions.
4. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs came up with some great questions.

1. How many animals have you had in your lifetime thus far?

Eek. I haven’t had NEARLY the number of pets that others have had. Let’s see, when I was born, we had a Boxer named “Brandy” who lived with us til I was 7. She was the sweetest dog, but died quite young. She passed at age 7. From what my family had told me, she would “guard” my crib and get my parents if I was crying. I also had two turtles, some goldfish, a hamster, my first cat was my Angel Bobo, we shared our lives for 18 years. Then Cody, who I adopted 2 weeks after Bobo passed, then Dakota, my first dog as an adult, came that October.

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2. Do you have a favorite blog topic, blog hop, or blogging day?

My favorite Blogging day is Wednesday when people participate in Wordless Wednesday. My favorite posts that day are the ones that ONLY use words in the title of the post. To me, those TRULY “wordless” posts beautifully convey the true meaning of the quote, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
3. What is your favorite book?

This one is pretty much impossible to answer. I have read soooooo many books that I have adored. Many are classics, many are cat and/or dog related. It is impossible to just choose one.
4. If you had to change your first name, what new name would you choose?

That is a great question! I have never thought of that before. I actually like my first name and am happy that my parents spelled it in such a unique way. Being a child of the 50s, at that time “Caren” with a “C” was virtually unheard of. I think it helped make me the creative person that I am. I like to think that I march to my own drummer, I have never been a “follower”, and I don’t always do what is the expected thing to do or the “norm.”  I often wonder if I am that way because of my name.
5. Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

Both. I often stay up til 1 or 2 and get up at 6 am. It isn’t healthy to do that, but I do. I find that I am my most alert in the morning. One thing I am NOT is an afternoon person. I am usually pretty dead at 3pm, then I perk back up from 5pm on.
6. What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving. I love the time of year, I love what it represents and OF COURSE I LOVE THE FOOD!!!! All of my favorite foods are present on Thanksgiving!
7. What is your dream job?

Another tough one. I used to have a dream of being an Olympic Swimmer (I was a lifeguard all through college, and was on a swim team when I was young.) At one time I wanted to teach Early Childhood Education, specifically kindergarten. Now, believe it or not, probably doing what I am now doing, blogging and working part-time in the world of Pets. Pet people, as we all know, are special people. I LOVE that I am able to work from home. I worked for approximately 26 years outside of the home, where EVERY morning I had to get up at 5:15am, I had intense deadlines to meet as well as steep sales quotas, working from home is something I never thought I would ever be blessed to do. If I am lucky enough to still be able to make ends meet at home, it is something I would do as long as I possibly can. One day, I would love to discipline myself to write a humorous children’s book involving cats and dogs. That would be fabulous.
8. How many siblings do you have?

one older sister and one younger brother, I suffer from “middle child syndrome.”
9. What is your favorite candy?

Almond Joy!!!
10. What is your absolute least favorite food?

LIVER!!!! Have to add another Bleu Cheese.
11. What do you call it: pop or soda? (Or something else altogether?)

Pop…of course (hehehe)

Next up is nominating 11 other bloggers.

To quote the Four-Legged Furballs Mom: “All of the blogs we read in this blogging community give us inspiration. We know so many bloggers deserving of this award, as all of you are so positive and creative in your own ways. That’s what makes this community so great!”  For that reason, and others, we always break the “rules” of these hops. I don’t want to list other bloggers because inevitably I would unintentionally leave someone out who is deserving and I don’t want to accidentally hurt anyone’s feelings. If I follow your blog, it is a pretty safe assumption that I enjoy your blog. So, if any of you are inclined to complete the challenge using the same questions above, (because I am lazy), feel free!

The #WordPress Family Award

Yes, Dakota and I are actually blogging about an award that we recently received, and you are correct that we don’t normally blog about awards any longer. While we  have always been  deeply appreciative that anyone would take the time to think that Dakota’s blog is “award-worthy”, many of the awards were just coming around repetitively and it was becoming cumbersome to post about them. Then, Dakota’s blog received the:

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and not only were we deeply touched when we  read what this award was actually FOR,  but this award is so unique, not to mention we hadn’t received this one yet, that we  felt compelled to blog about it.

Dakota and I received this award not just once

but TWICE!!

We were shocked!

The first blog we received it from was:

COMING HOME RESCUE

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Click on the photo to visit the Coming Home Rescue Blog

and to be completely candid, neither Dakota nor I had heard of this blog until we received this lovely award.

FROM COMING HOME RESCUE

Coming Home Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization focused on helping homeless animals in shelters throughout New Jersey. 

 
It is estimated that approximately 38,000 animals were euthanized in the state of New Jersey last year alone.  Coming Home Rescue is dedicated to reducing that number by rescuing and rehoming as many dogs from these shelters as possible. 
 
We have saved over 500 dogs since starting in 2009.
After reading their “About” page, Dakota and I signed up to follow their blog. Anyone who has read Dakota’s blog for any length of time knows that while Dakota was purchased from a responsible breeder, animal rescue is a cause that we hold close to our hearts, and we feature blog posts that focus on  animal rescue many,  many  times throughout the year.
It touched us greatly that someone who we  didn’t even know read Dakota’s  blog,  felt moved  in some way by what we do, and were moved enough to present us with this award!  Dakota and I are deeply humbled and moved.
The second blog we received this special award from:
I "stole" this photo from her Facebook page. Hope she doesn't mind. To visit Peace Love & Whiskers on Facebook just click this photo!

I “stole” this photo from her Facebook page. Hope she doesn’t mind. To visit Peace Love & Whiskers on Facebook just click this photo!

This is a delightful blog that features some of the best animal and pet blogger interviews on the web! We are honored that we are going to be featured there (we think on Monday?)  If you haven’t visited this gem please click their name above and head on over!
What is the WordPress Family Award?
“This is an award to celebrate those other WordPress bloggers who inspire, help and encourage us – just like a family does.”
Dakota and I feel that to be viewed like “family” makes everything that we do worthwhile and this is truly one of the most wonderful awards that we have received thus far.
What are the requirements of this award?

1. Display the award logo on your blog  DONE!

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.  DONE!!

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

Ok this part we  just can’t do. Many of the bloggers we  would like to give this award to have already received it, and as we always say, if we follow you, we consider you to be our “friend and our family” and we think the world of ALL OF YOU.

Thank you for touching our lives the way each and every one of you do.

Thanks for welcoming US into your world!

If you are reading this and are a WordPress blogger,

grab this award for yourself because, 

we love and think the world of ALL OF YOU!

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota and “Mom”

Thankful Thursday: “You Are So Beautiful…”

I am such a lucky Sheltie! I was given the:

by not one, but TWO of some of my favorite blogs!

The two blogs who gave it to me were:

Dogs N Pawz

and

Sheba’s Life Story

It makes me feel good to receive such a “BEAUTIFUL” award!

I try hard to be a good boy

who is not only beautiful OUTSIDE

but

INSIDE TOO!

I sure hope that I am!

So now…

for all of you…there are no specific requirements

for this award (that I am aware of!)

other than to link to the bloggers who gave it to me (done!)

So please grab the award for yourselves

AND

here is my gift to

ALL OF YOU!

 

After such a romantic song I would be remiss if I didn’t tell a certain “some-sheltie” that I was also singing it to THEM….blushing…bet ya can’t guess who….

Click the photo to visit her…isn’t she just the most gorgeous Princess ever? Photo courtesy of Eva’s blog: Phang Photos

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Thankful Thursday: The Addictive Blog Award

Happy Thursday everyone! I was so excited to learn that I had won the:

and it was given to me by a couple of my favorite blogging buddies:

Click on the photo to visit Mollie And Alfie!!!

If you haven’t visited Mollie & Alfie you don’t know what you are missing! They are a couple of the funniest and FUN blogging kitties and doggies that I have ever met!

From their HOMEPAGE: “Weee’s is just silly, we likes to have fun.I’m a 15mth Border Collie and he’s just a Furball. Hopes yooo’s like the fings weee’s get up to.”

I don’t know if there are any requirements that come with this award (but I did link to them!) because they didn’t tell me! BOL!

I am just thankful that they enjoy reading my blog because I know I sure enjoy reading theirs and I am sure that you will too!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

Thankful Thurs:”Thinking Of YOU!”

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and I am super thankful today.  Recently I received the:

“Thinking Of You” Award

from my buddy Zac

from the great blog:

ZAC THE ALL BLACK

Click on photo to Visit Zac’s blog: Zac The All Black”

It’s always special to be thought of, isn’t it? I was super honored!

One of the requirements of this award is that I link to the doggy who gave it to me– DONE! Next: I am supposed to tell you about SEVEN things that I LOVE and think about daily!

1) Mom

This is a SUPER OLD photo before Mom lost some of her chubbiness, she is still chubby but she looks better than this! BOL!

2) Dad

3) Cody

4) My red, white and blue ball

5) SmartBones

6) DINNER

LAST but FAR from LEAST!!

MY BELOVED

7) EVA!!!!

My beautiful Sheltie Princess! Click the photo to visit her blog!

Next: I am supposed to pass this award on to SEVEN bloggers who I LOVE and think about all the time! There is a good chance some of you may have received this, if so…just ignore it, if not, ENJOY!!!!!!! And…if I didn’t list you it could be because:

a) I know you don’t like receiving awards

b) I  knew that you had  already received this award

c) I can’t possibly give it to everyone that I follow,  but I love ALL of YOU!

Now, on to the Seven:

Eva The Sheltie Princess

Torrey from Roxy The Traveling Dog

Fred and Gloria from Bassetmomma

Snoopy from Snoopy’s Dog Blog

Cinnamon and Bob from Cat From Hell

Leroy and Sherman from My Brown Newfies

Sue, from For Love Of  A Dog

And for everyone else, I LOVE and APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF  YOU and THINK ABOUT YOU every day!! I couldn’t have a blog without YOU!!

FROM DAKOTA AND MOM: Our hearts are breaking.  We feel awful. At the time we wrote this we didn’t realize that our beloved friend Zac was extremely ill.  We treated this post in a light-hearted way not knowing that Zac was reaching the end of his time here with all of us. We are shocked, devastated and frankly just too upset to write much now.  We weren’t blessed to know Zac as long as many of you have. In the short time we knew him he has touched our hearts and we grieve for his family. Please forgive us Zac and your family for doing a light-hearted post. We didn’t know. We love you…….for the rest of you, please click on Zac’s photo below and send your love and sympathy to his family.

Zac, we will miss you…

Thank you for bringing so much joy to all of our lives.

Run pain-free, you will always be with us

Barks and licks and love, 

Dakota and “Mom”

 

Thankful Thursday- We Received The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I am one excited Sheltie!!! The other day when Mom and I were reading blogs, we discovered that we were given an award!!!

The award we received is a super special one and we are THANKFUL to have received it!! It is the:

and it was given to us by our new buddies over at My Dog Sheba’s Life StoryMom and I get a kick  out of this blog because they have a  cat in their family named CODY too!! Imagine that!

The rules are simple in accepting this award. We are supposed to thank the person (or doggy) who gave it to us, THANK YOU My Dog Sheba’s Life Story  and link back to them. DONE!!! Then…we are supposed to tell you seven things about us! HERE WE GO!!

1) Like Sheba, I also LOVE to lick people’s feet. One might even call me obsessed. If you have a foot, preferably a freshly pawdicured and lotioned one, I am ALL OVER IT! Dad finds it charming, Mom? Not so much!

2) I do NOT like going for walks. I used to, back in my younger days. I wasn’t jaded then. After a territorial “Mother Goose” nearly bit my head off when I innocently was checking out her babies, and a garbage truck decided to make too much noise for my liking, that put a SEVERE damper on my walks.

3) I like being groomed. It’s impawtant for a manly Sheltie to keep his fur looking good at all times!! Got a brush? Come on over!

4)  Like Sheba, I also like love to be  around my humans. When my pack is away I’m a sad Sheltie for the day!

5) Also like Sheba, I LOVE my cat brother Cody!!!

6) I can spell!! It just dawned on me that I might have told you that before. If I did, just humor me and pretend that I didn’t. ‘k?

7) I like to scale our couch thinking I am a CAT! The first time I did this my Mom nearly died laughing. I came up behind her while she was watching TV and BOOM!!! I had crawled up the back of the couch and walked along the top!! I was pretending I was a CAT!!! It always looks so cool when Cody does it that I had to try it!

The other requirement of this award is to pass it on to 15 other bloggers who inspire us. This is a hard one. We are not going to do that because:

1) We don’t know if some pals have already received this award

2) Some blogs like to stay “award free”, while appreciating the awards, they don’t always have time to do a blog post about them.

3)  We follow way more than 15 blogs and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not passing this on to them!

Soooo, if you haven’t received this award and would like to claim it as your own, GO FOR IT! Just link back to us ok? We would one day  like to have more than 6 readers. BOL!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota