Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) #Blog4Peace

Mimi Lenox  is the  Creator and Founder of Blog4Peace.com, an online global peace initiative that has been celebrated by thousands of people, She has  come to understand ” the pervasive significance and influence of blogs and websites on our society, our consciousness, and on this planet now deemed a global neighborhood.”


She receives peace globes from all over the world on a regular basis.
“November 4th is the day we blog for peace. Every year. The same day. One subject. One day. One voice. As of Nov 2017, we are six continents and 214 countries/territories strong… and counting…”

Now more than ever may we “find peace in these overwhelming times.”

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:

writing

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

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!)

My Shameful 2014 Annual Report

Hi and Happy New Year All!

It’s Dakota and I have a MAJOR bone to pick with my Mom today!

jerky dakota standing gorgeous

My Mom kept saying throughout 2014 that she was not paying enough attention to MY blog and was paying WAY TOO MUCH attention to Cody’s! Well, after seeing this report, I would say that MY blog had better be at the top of her list in 2015!!!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW!

 

See what I mean?

I would like to thank EVERYONE that was kind enough to stop by, in SPITE of the fact that often the “lights were on but no one was home!”

I am a WORKING dog and my performance in 2014 was unacceptable to say the least!

I assure you, I will do my Sheltie BEST to change that in 2015!!!

Thank you to:

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FOR BEING MY TOP POST

OF 2014!!!

click the logo to visit them!

ALSO, THANK YOU TO MY

TOP COMMENTERS!!!

Sara, Oreo and Chewy

Jenna, Mark “Husky Crazed” Drady

Easy Rider

M.K. Clinton

2 Brown Dawgs

for being the top commenters!!

CLICK ON THEIR NAMES ABOVE

TO VISIT THEIR WONDERFUL BLOGS

THAT THEIR MOMS CARE ABOUT ENOUGH

TO KEEP THEM ACTIVE!!!

 

dakota smiling may 2014

I will see to it that Mom helps me do my best to keep you hanging around in 2015!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

 

Barkworld/Meowworld 2014: Time Spent At Blogging Conferences Is NEVER Wasted

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.

barkworld 2014 perfect quote 1

The above quote that I found on Pinterest, to me, the perfect way to begin my recap of Barkworld 2014. Yes,  as many stated on their blogs, it was much smaller, had fewer attendees than last year, (it was my second Barkworld, so I don’t have the years under my belt to compare it to as others had) and less exhibitors, but guess what? I STILL had a great time! 

“It’s not the circumstances that create joy. It’s YOU.”

Perfect.

This was my second Barkworld but my fifth conference experience (I had attended three BlogPaws conferences prior to this conference), so I consider myself to be a veteran. Both years I was blessed to be sponsored  by Rachael Ray Nutrish, I am not only proud to be one of their brand Ambassadors, I am grateful for the many opportunities for travel that they have provided.

My Nutrish T-and the super dog/cat food scooper/bag clips that the Nutrish Ambassadors handed out at Barkworld

My Nutrish T-and the super scoop/bag clips that the Nutrish Ambassadors handed out at Barkworld

I arrived at Barkworld with little to no pre-expectations.  I learned a while back when you arrive at a conference with preexisting expectations, you are bound to be disappointed.

After staying at the Westin (the hotel that hosted Barkworld), last year and being extremely unimpressed, I chose to save money (as well as my sanity),by staying off-site. I stayed approx a mile away at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Buckhead which turned out to be a decision that bordered on genius!

I had a shuttle that transported me back and forth from my hotel to the Westin, (except for the one day that it was being repaired, and my kind and dear friends Jobi and her partner, Geoff, transported me to and from the hotel) and the privacy and quiet that I needed to re-charge my mental (and actual cell phone!) batteries when needed. It was the perfect oasis from the conference drama, gossip and craziness that exists at ALL conferences. Call me anti-social, for me, this worked!

I arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday, which enabled me to check-in, walk to the grocery store, (a superb Kroger “Super” Store),  that was next to my hotel, (did I mention I had a fridge too? No? Well, I did!), to purchase healthy food for my fridge, and I was even able to attend a Weight Watchers meeting Thursday morning before the conference officially began!

Thursday night I unfortunately missed the opening reception, because I was busy helping the Cat Writers’ Association (of which I am a member), stuff swag bags for their members/conference attendees. (This was the first time that both the Barkworld conference and the Cat Writers’ conference were held together.)

For some reason, at BOTH Barkworlds, the first “people” I run into every time, are Bunny and her adorable poodle,  Carma Poodale! They make me smile whenever I am lucky enough to see them and share some laughs and they always start my conference experience off on the “right paw!”

 

barkworld 2014 carma and bunny kissing

 

On my way to my first Friday session I had the pleasure of running into a pack of pups attending the K9 Fit Club Bootcamp led by Diane Silver from To Dog With Love. Please excuse my poor video, the pups were all so adorable and were having a great time, my video does NOT do them justice at all!

Well, except for Carma!! She had me in stitches, because every time she made her way around the circuit, she would look at those of us sitting on the bench watching, with eyes pleading, “May I sit with YOU? PLEEEASE?” We indulged her with petting, which made her turn to  her Mom asking permission to stay with US!

barkworld 2014 carma poodale looking up smiling

 

My favorite conferences sessions were:

1) From the Paw Up:Cashing In On Your Passions led by Cara Warren.

“Cara Warren is the Founder and CEO of Paw It Forward, LLC – a cause-driven lifestyle brand that values the human-animal bond and celebrates great dogs changing the world!  She is a marketing and business professional with 15+ years of combined experience in Consumer Products with The Coca-Cola Company, Specialty Retail with The Home Depot, and Lifestyle Experiences with Club Corporation of America. “

I learned so much in her session, such as  the importance of getting media liability insurance, and had a great refresher about Journalism and Ethics and tons more!

2) Fearless Photo Editing 101 led by Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101 who discussed the importance of editing photos, specifically by using the popular photo editing site, Picmonkey,(my personal fave is www.ribbet.com) but I do use Picmonkey as well.

3) Lessons for Influencers: 4 Steps to gaining the attention of top brands led by none other than Julia Cantor, who is from Moxie, and is affiliated with a host of major brands such as Rachael Ray Nutrish and many more.  Julia was the first person I had met from Nutrish, around 4 yrs ago, and it is always a complete joy whenever I am able to see her in person.One of the many important points that Julia mentioned in her session, was, if you seek to have a brand notice you, and you hope to work with the brand, you SHOULD ACTUALLY BE USING THEIR PRODUCT(s). Sounds like a no-brainer right? You would be surprised. That is NOT a joke. Many people will want to align with a brand and aren’t a brand advocate of that product in their day-to-day life. Authenticity is something that cannot be faked, when you truly believe in a brand it will be reflected in your writing about their products. (FYI: I have been feeding Dakota Nutrish since it first came on the market in 2008, his blog began in 2011, ’nuff said). You can find more of Julia’s presentation and her bio in the slide show below:

All in all, I had a great time. I visited and chatted it up with the exhibitors that I wanted to meet with, attended sessions based on my individual needs/interests, and re-connected with some dear friends.

Photo taken by Julie from the blog:Sometimes Cats Herd You. Click the photo to visit them!

Photo taken by Julie from the blog:Sometimes Cats Herd You. Click the photo to visit them!

Dakota and Cody had a great time too!

Now, as I attempt to shake an evil cold that I brought home from Atlanta, I am about to leave yet AGAIN! (Shhh…don’t tell the “boys!”) This Thursday I will be flying to Ft.Lauderdale (courtesy once again of Rachael Ray Nutrish), to attend the Miami-Ft.Lauderdale Pet Expo which will take place this Saturday, November 15th. The super cool part is I will be able to see my brother, two sisters-in-law and one of my brothers-in-law on this trip, so it will be a total blast! Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

 

We “took a licking but will keep on ticking!” Our 2013 WordPress Report

2013 was an interesting year for Dakota and I. We were chugging along well until we made the transition from FREE WordPress to PAID WordPress in July of 2013. We lost a TON of subscribers in the process who we are STILL trying to regain!!

We began this blog late in 2011 and DO NOT, (NOR WILL WE EVER) blog every day of the week. Don’t believe in it, don’t like it and won’t do it!  (We might have a fluke week in there somewhere where we blogged every day but trust us, it is NOT the norm!)

So, try not to laugh TOO hard when you look at our report from 2013…..it’s pretty darned funny!!

CLICK HERE to view, since we can’t get it to display on the blog

THANK YOU TO:

MY TOP PEEPS WHO LEFT COMMENTS!

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2013 was Blogger Interrupted-Semi Wordless Wednesday

These were your 5 most active commenters:

Now, if we stay put in 2014  (not sure about that one yet either!) then maybe we can get some numbers back! Thanks so much to all who take the time to make us a part of their busy day!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota and Caren