We are HONORED to be included on the “THE TOP 20 PET BLOGGERS OF 2016” List

Ok, now that I have picked myself up from the floor, I can say that while I am STUNNED, I am DEEPLY, DEEPLY HONORED to have been selected by:



(and Dakota is too),  to be in the company of the blogs that are on this list. They are a sampling of a large number of blogs that I hold in high esteem, ( there are MANY, MANY OTHERS that are not on this list but SHOULD BE).

Here is a sampling of the blogs that have made this list, (I am listing those that I know and already follow. I linked to their Facebook pages, but if you click here, you can visit the original blog post announcing the selections and click on each blog from there.)

Fidose of Reality

The Conscious Cat


Golden Woofs

Tenacious Little Terrier

Carma Poodale

It’s Dog or Nothing

Rubicon Days



My Dog Likes

Wag ‘N Woof Pets



Dakotas Den


Here is what they wrote about us and we couldn’t be more HONORED AND PROUD!!!!!

“This enjoyable blog covers just about anything dog-related. From reviews of products and books to pet awareness days, Dakota and Caren will blog about it. There are giveaways and competitions too, so keep checking back for updates! Plus, you’ll find adorable videos of Dakota’s antics. Why not sit back, relax and visit Dakota’s Den with your dog?”


Dakota and I are full of gratitude to whomever selected us to be a part of this list. THANK YOU!!!!!!

One Lovely Blog Award

Hi All!!!  It’s Dakota and while  I was helping Mom paw through some email yesterday, we came upon a pawesome surprise! It seems our friends over at Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties nominated ME (not Mom!), for the

one lovely blog award

and I, am extremely flattered! Thank you!!!!

Now, those of you who have been following me since my blog started in 2011 (that would make maybe 5 of you? BOL, BOL, BOL!!!) know that normally Mom is a sour puss and doesn’t allow me to participate in blog awards because often she is too busy catering to Cody, to help ME with my posts!

I BARKED at Mom BIG TIME telling her she MUST let me participate? Why? Well, for one, it was super nice to be thought of, ESPECIALLY because since 2016 has begun Mom has been AWFUL about helping me with my blog and I am frankly SHOCKED that ANYONE is reading it!dakota january 2012 4 mouth wide open

So, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

If you don’t know the blog Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties, you MUST go over and visit them! You can also learn about their family by clicking their About Page !

Thank you so much for even knowing who the heck I am to even think of giving me this award guys!

Now,  according to the rules of this award we need to tell 7 things you might not know about ourselves. So here you go:

  1. I have a doggy brother (he doesn’t live with me but was in my litter), named Elwood who chewed an electrical cord not once, but TWICE and lived to bark about the tale!
  2. Mom used to be a lifeguard and taught swimming. She was also on a Swim Team!
  3. I don’t mind going to the Vet or being groomed. Dad says I sit like a perfect gentleman with a smile on my face waiting for my turn.Dakota May 2015 reading groomer report
  4. Mom was going to major in Art in college. She is somewhat talented but rarely draws anymore. Mom’s Dad was a famous Editorial Cartoonist and she didn’t think she was as talented as he was and switched her major to Rhetoric and Communication because she was afraid if she majored in Art she would be selling pencils. (IMPORTANT NOTE: She is practically selling pencils NOW so what the heck! She should have majored in Art, BOL!!)
    One of  Mom's Dad's most popular cartoons, that was created in 1970 that STILL, SADLY can apply to the World today. (Mom took this photo from online http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/ and if they want to sue her, good luck since she is his daughter. BOL, BOL, BOL!!!!

    One of Mom’s Dad’s most popular cartoons, that was created in 1970 that STILL, SADLY can apply to the World today. (Mom took this photo from online http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/ and if they want to sue her, good luck since she is his daughter. BOL, BOL, BOL!!!!


  5. I am Mom’s FIRST dog as an adult. Yep! That’s true! Mom had a Boxer named Brandy when she was a little girl but never had a dog again until almost nine years ago!
  6. I LOVE vegetables! I love broccoli, green beans, red peppers (not the hot ones), carrots. Whatever is safe for dogs, I love!!
  7. That Mom and I love you ALL soooo much and we appreciate it when you visit us!dakota march 2015 for walk

Now, here is where we are going to break the rules which is something that we ALWAYS do. We are supposed to nominate  up to 15 other bloggers for this award, but we nominate EVERYONE that has a blog that we read and comment on, and EVERYONE who takes the time to stop and see us!!!!! We don’t like to just choose a few blogs, because if we comment on your blog and visit you, that means we love you and we comment on way more than fifteen blogs! So, CONSIDER YOURSELVES NOMINATED!!!

If you choose to participate, here are the rules:

1-Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in the post.
2-Copy the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
3-Share 7 facts about yourself to your fellow bloggers.
4-Then nominate up to 15 people.


Once again we thank your friends at Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties for thinking of us!!!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota (and Mom too!)

Thankful Thursday: Family Of Bloggers Award

Imagine my shock when I found out that I was given the:

I was immensely honored! My blog is under two years old and to find out that I have added to someone’s day means the world to me!

The blogging “family” is truly a family, both 2-legged and 4. We grieve when our friends are hurting, offer support when it is needed, laugh with our friends, we love our friends, and we worry about them if they are missing, even if it is just for a day!  We often know more about our blogging friends who are far away than we do about our friends who we see every day. We share each other’s trials and tribulations, we care and commiserate. I am blessed to be in the company of so many talented people and their pets.

The blog that bestowed this honor on me was:

Henrietta’s Hippo

“A Whimsical Home Store est. 2011

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Henrietta’s site please take a moment to do so. She features some lovely items for the home there!

There are four rules to accepting this award:

1. Pay credit to the one who nominated you. DONE!

2. Place a link to the one who nominated you on your award page (I linked to her above)

3. Using the anagram of the word “FAMILY” tell us the attributes you bring to the family of bloggers.







I have to be honest with you, I am confused about what I am supposed to do about the rest of the award, so I am just going to tell ALL OF YOU that I feel as if you are ALL my family, and you ALL should grab this award for yourselves!

Now about my REAL family: Mom, Dad and Cody…this about sums up how THEY are!

Speaking of “family”, my Mom would like to thank EVERYONE who took time out of their day last Saturday to wish Mom a Happy Birthday!! She had a fabulous birthday and you all helped to make it so!!! Mom thanks you from the bottom of her heart!

Now, I would like to share with you a funny card that Mom got for her birthday it is one that we ALL can relate to!


My Dad gave Mom this card and she loved it! It’s from American Greetings.

So, to everyone, I love and appreciate you,

thanks for your support

thanks for YOUR laughs,

YOUR information,

YOUR love!

Each and EVERY ONE of you

Make MY day!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Thankful Thursday: Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

See the title of this post?

Confused? So was I!

I was awarded the:

by not one, but TWO of my favorite blogging buddies!

This award is a real honor because it is given to blogs that are found  to be enjoyable reading!

The first one to give me this award is a most BEAUTIFUL doggy named Misaki:

If you don’t know Misaki (and I bet that you DO!) Here is some info about her directly from her blog!

“I live in Essex (UK) with my human mummy and daddy. And I’m also a girl, incase you weren’t sure.

I enjoy eating (especially bonios), having my belly rubbed, chasing pigeons and playing with my humans. They both need the exercise.”

The second bloggers to give me this award are the beautiful Lexie and Mica from:

Tylers at 99’s Blog

I love viewing photos of their many hikes and viewing the lovely photos of nature that they feature. Here is some information about this great blog!

” Hi we are Lexie & Mica, two Newfoundlands that enjoy taking long walks through the woods. We have a beautiful creek in the woods and we enjoy swimming every chance we get. We live in Ohio, USA and want to share our walks with you.
Newfoundlands are Working Dogs. We are cart dogs, but more importantly we are water rescue dogs. This means we are people dogs and bond very strongly with our people and each other. We rarely allow our people out of our sight for long and some of us have been referred to as Velcro dogs because we never leave your side.
Newfs are very large strong dogs and therefore MUST be trained early. Once trained we are very obedient and gentle and make fantastic and fun pets :)

Of course this award comes with rules, and one of the rules for acceptance of this award  states that I must complete this phrase:

“A great reader is…”

In my humble Sheltie opinion, to me, “A great reader is someone with a love of the written word. Who finds themselves lost in the mind and heart of the writer. Who respects the power of words and the emotions that they evoke. It is someone who is curious, who has a good imagination and who believes that we not only learn from each other every day, but more importantly we should NEVER stop learning!”

Pretty deep thought for a Sheltie, eh? I have told you before we didn’t rate 6th on the intelligence scale for nothin’!

There is another rule that comes with this award and as  always, being an obedience school drop-out, I am  going to break it because it requires you to pass this on to FOURTEEN OTHER BLOGGERS! OMD!!

I  know that MANY of you have already received this AND as I always say, IF I FOLLOW YOU, I FIND YOU TO BE ENJOYABLE READING…so PLEASE grab this if you have not received it with love from ME to YOU!

Barks and licks and most appreciative love,


The “Ass” Award-Silly Saturday

OMD I am totally embarrassed!!! In case you haven’t picked up on it already,  my Mom is INSANE, COMPLETELY CERTIFIABLE. Frankly, she shouldn’t be walking the streets unattended. Now…she is using MY BLOG as a vehicle for her insanity! What am I to do?

A few days ago Mom was reading our friends, Mollie and Alfie’s blog and was told that she was given an award (the award I am talking about will be featured on another day). What catches Mom’s eye? A different award that really isn’t an award, it’s a JOKE. But don’t tell Mom that. Mom was eyeing it longingly and being the demented person that she is, felt that she MUST have it! So, she told Mollie and Alfie’s Mom, who of course said “take it because you ARE one!” She really didn’t say that but I can bet she was thinking it, how could she NOT think it when you see what Mom has posted below?

The award that Mom was  longing for wasn’t a Pettie, or a Nose-to-Nose award…nope, those are WAY too normal and prestigious for her. THIS IS THE AWARD that my mentally challenged Mom wanted:

Click on the image to visit Mollie and Alfie!!

If wanting that award wasn’t bad enough. Mom had a REASON for wanting it! Approximately 3 years ago Mom filmed this INCREDIBLY EMBARRASSING VIDEO! (Please ignore how our home looked at the time. We have redone the floors, painted and got a new TV and new furniture, so our old place looks REALLY BAD in this video!) But…our condo isn’t what is so embarrassing…watch and you will see…

See what I mean? Soooo in my opinion just because I like to sniff butt, that doesn’t make me an “ASS!” My Mom is the “ASS” for filming it and deriving such great enjoyment out of it!!!

I am tellin’ ya this woman is impossible to live with! My heart goes out to Dad…HE married her!

Hanging my head in embarrassment,

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Friday Funny:Lipstick? Seriously?

Happy,  happy Friday all! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you about an award I received from my buddy:

Click on the photo to visit his blog!!!!


 “Easy” from Easy Blog !!

The award I received was the:


 Gotta tell ya furiends this award really had me stumped.  LIPSTICK??? Seriously??

Leave it to the prankster Easy to give me an award about LIPSTICK!! Hey Easy, you may like wearing lipstick, but I’m a manly Sheltie and you won’t find that stuff on me! BOL! Gee, thanks for the award pal!!! NOT!!! BOL!

One of the requirements of this award is that I link to my lip-sticking wearing buddy (done!), and tell you something about me.  Since I am an obedience school drop-out, I have decided to  tell ya something about Mom instead!

You see one of the jokes among many in my house that pertain to Mom, is that Mom is OBSESSED with lipstick. YEP she is! Won’t be caught without it. She loves wearing it, buying it and finding lipstick that lasts so long that she could wear it the rest of her life if she had to.

Why is Mom so obsessed? Well, back when she was a pup of about 16 her own Mother  said that Mom’s lips were so light and thin that she must NEVER go without lipstick! Mom took the advice   warning  to heart and the obsession began!

Mom’s current favorite brand of lipstick is:


Just part of Mom’s “stash” Click on the photo to visit Revlon’s website

Dad has a major pet peeve about Mom and her lipstick. He HATES that she touches it up at the table when at a restaurant. Mom says it is perfectly fine to do that, Dad says NO!! What do you think?

Ohhh about this award, if you would like it, grab it….and…nope, Revlon isn’t involved with this post AT ALL…this is Mom’s REAL lipstick. Believe me, if Revlon knew Mom they wouldn’t want to be associated with her! BOL!!

Barks and licks and love,