The BEST New Holiday Tradition For 2014!

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.

Hi every kitty and woofie! It’s Dakota!!

I am so excited to see all of you!

Many of you know that I am a Sheltie that is of the Jewish persuasion, so instead of having a Christmas tree and all, I celebrate Chanukah. (The Festival of Lights).  We light our Menorah every night for eight nights, and if you are lucky you get presents all eight nights!

dakota holiday tradition post menorah on table

 

I know that  my kitty brother, Cody, and I don’t get presents all eight nights because Mom says we have too many toys, so I wasn’t quite as excited about Chanukah as I should have been.  Then, I sat myself down and said, “Chanukah and Christmas aren’t just about toys, they are holidays that are about giving to OTHERS too!” Well, as soon as I changed my thoughts, the most exciting thing happened! I am ECSTATIC to tell you about something that happened at my den the first night of Chanukah, that if I have anything to bark about it, it will be CERTAIN to happen EVERY year!

It all started when I was just sitting around being the perfect gentleman:

dakota holiday tradition post the perfect gentleman

you see, I KNOW when I think pawsitive and strike the gentleman pose, good things will happen! Sure enough, it worked!

My super Sheltie ears perked up at the sound of the UPS man leaving a package at our door! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As it turned out, the package was for Cody, NOT for me. His Secret Paws partner had sent him a package!!

There was a beautiful card too! We were thrilled to learn that Cody’s Secret Paws partners were  Melissa and Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows! 

dakota holiday tradition post card from melissa

Cody  had all sorts of gifts that were wrapped with his name on them! As Cody pawed through his presents, he told me that Melissa and Truffles had sent presents to ME TOO!! Woofies! I couldn’t believe my EYES!

dakota holiday tradition post wrapped packages from melissa

PRESENTS!! FOR ME!!!

Mom said that before I could open anything I had to put my yarmulke on and join Mom, Dad and Cody over by the Menorah and say the Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessing

dakota holiday tradition post dakota with menorah

Once that was done I could have my presents!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing package from melissa

Mom was impressed that I didn’t try to rip the festive gift wrap off my presents. I was so happy that I received something, that I wanted to savor the different scents. I had a feeling there was something super good inside!

The first present I opened contained a DUCK!

dakota holiday tradition post duck

Pretty cool isn’t it? 

Then the surprise of all surprises appeared!

See for yourself!

 I was so happy I could NOT stop SMILING!!

Melissa and Truffles must have known that there is NOTHING that makes me smile MORE than having my SOUP BONES, my reputation as a respected  Ambassadog for Nutrish is well-known around these parts, but I digress… Melissa knew that these bones would bring a HUGE SMILE to my face and sure enough, she was right!

dakota holiday tradition post smiling next to soup bone bag

I immediately struck my gentleman pose, Mom wasn’t giving me my Soup Bones fast enough, so I made sure I didn’t break my stare, “Come on Mom! Give me my Soup Bones! PLEAAASE!! “

dakota holiday tradition post next to soup bones on chair

Did she open them right away?

Noooo! She had the nerve to take a photo of them!

dakota holiday tradition post soup bones on table

I sat in shock, what was with this woman? Then, when I thought I couldn’t take the suspense any longer, they were mine, ALL MINE!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing soup bone bag

The delicious scent teased my ample Sheltie nose!

dakota holiday tradition post licking soup bone before taking out of bag

I just HAD to have a LICK!

I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

I HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

THE HECK WITH BEING A GENTLEMAN!

I MOVED IN FOR THE KILL!

dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

dakota holiday tradition post grabbing soup bone out of bag

Well, there you have it! I think that EVERY year moving forward, that I am gonna hang with Cody and his feline pals and make sure that he takes part in the Secret Paws event!

Gotta hand it to those kitties and their humans, they sure lived up to the hype of being rather intelligent! They knew just how to make this Sheltie’s holiday a special one!

Thanks to Melissa and Truffles for giving me the BEST CHANUKAH EVER!

If you celebrate Chanukah make your pawrents get you one Soup Bone for every night, if you celebrate Christmas ask them to put them in your stocking! I am certain that once you do, they will become a tradition at YOUR house too!!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some important business to take care of:

dakota holiday tradition post eating soup bone

 

THEY ARE MINE!! ALL MINE!!!!!!!!

“See ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and Soup Bone Love,

Dakota

Have yourself a Sheltie little Christmas…

Merry Christmas my Friends!

Of course I didn’t make this video, but when I found it I couldn’t resist!!

It’s a SHELTIE CHRISTMAS!

ENJOY!!

 

cody and dakota christmas 2013

Merry Christmas to all of our friends!

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY WITH THESE PET SAFETY TIPS

michigan humane logo

From all of us here at MHS, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!

 

Each year, families across Michigan and throughout  the world,  sit down with their families to celebrate the holidays with festive parties, big meals and colorful decorations. However, while these traditions are what make the holidays special for all of us, some can be potentially dangerous for our furry friends. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) offers the following tips for keeping pets safe during the holiday season:

 

  • Holiday plants can be harmful or toxic, including mistletoe, holly, Japanese yew, Jerusalem cherry, lilies and the bulb of the Amaryllis plant. A common myth is that Poinsettia are poisonous to pets – while not ideal, they are not lethal. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is vomiting, lethargic or foaming at the mouth. A list of emergency veterinarians is available at www.michiganhumane.org.
  • Keep pets away from holiday decorations and never leave them unsupervised around the Christmas tree. Tinsel, ribbon, and bows – which many cats find irresistible – are choking hazards and can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Glass balls may be “fetched” off the tree and break. Also, if you have a real Christmas tree, ingested pine needles can puncture the intestines, so vacuum around the tree often.
  • Make sure lights and electrical cords are out of reach. Besides the risk of electrocution, the tree may topple over. Don’t spend your holidays imitating the Griswolds!
  • Secure four-legged family members while entertaining. More guests mean more chances for a pet to slip out. MHS strongly recommends that all pets have identification, including a collar and ID tag, as well as microchip as a permanent, safe and effective form of identification.

  • Provide a safe, quiet place away from the hustle and bustle. Some pets are social butterflies who enjoy the extra activity of the holidays, but others may prefer peace and quiet. Stock the area with their favorite toys, food and water, a litter box for cats and comfy bedding. If they are agitated, soothing music may be helpful.

 

  • Hold the leftovers. A taste or two may be okay for most pets, but a drastic change in a pet’s diet can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and require emergency medical attention. Never give animals poultry or steak bones, which can splinter or lodge in the throat, stomach or intestinal tract.  Poultry skin can be harmful as well, while onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous for dogs. And of course, be sure the garbage is secured.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can prove fatal depending on the dog’s size and the amount and type of chocolate ingested. The safest rule is to keep all chocolate out of a dog’s reach.
  • Lighted candles should never be left unattended, especially with animals around.
  • Alcohol and pets do not mix. Keep alcoholic drinks where animals cannot reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very sick and weak, possibly resulting in respiratory failure.

 

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working 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. For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org.

Thankful Thursday: A Special Holiday Message from ChazzTheDog-A Guest Post

From Dakota’s Den: I read this post from my buddy Chazz  on his blog  ADOPTED MOM TO CHAZZ and it resonated with me. It made such an impression that I asked Chazz’s Mom if I may re-post this. She graciously gave me her permission.  This holiday season let’s celebrate and welcome our differences. Let’s learn from each others’ traditions. Let’s expand our frame of reference to include everyone. It should be a joyous time of year for us all.   I am proud to welcome ChazzTheDog to our blog today as our guest. Enjoy his post!

Barks and licks and love,  Dakota

  HOLIDAY GREETINGS

 from ChazzTheDog

Pawwaves to all my pals. I wanted to take this time, as the days get busier and go quickly to wish you all

Happy Holidays!

It is important at this time of the year to enjoy your family and furriends; to gather for food, music, and celebration – whatever your traditions. To remember with fond memories those who have left us in body; but always remain in our hearts in spirit. We never lose the love we have for them – never.

And let us remember that while we all belong to different families, we are all part of a bigger family. We  all share the important things. To have a furever home, to be loved and give love.

Let me tell you a short story: About two years ago when i first came to make this blog; I was asked to join a Dog & Kitteh Christmas Choir. I was very pawcited to be asked to join the group.  But I thought I had better tell them that i don’t celebrate Christmas, because I’m Jewish. Now that didn’t mean I didn’t know all the words to the Christmas Carols, because I do…and I wanted to be in da singing group.  They said that was okay, I could be in da group even though I celebrate Chanukah. We should respect everybody’s personal traditions cause that’s what they believe.

 Just because people (or dogs) were raised in different cultures doesn’t mean we can’t respect them when they are different then us…

So that’s my  message as we enter this Holiday Season. Shopping, cooking, baking,  wrapping presents, will keep us all very busy in these days leading up to the end of the year and through New Year’s 2013.  But it is also important to remember these things. Peace, Love, and Harmony. It’s mostly all we have to give to one another.

Happy Holidays,

ChazzTheDog

I Love My SmartBones!

Hi Everyone!

I have to tell you my Mom has been REALLY behind the Eight Ball lately! Geeze!

She owes the nice man who represents SmartBones (which I ADORE) a HUGE apology!

You see a few months ago Mom featured SmartBones on my blog and a few weeks ago the nice SmartBone man sent me an early holiday present! He sent me a box of SmartBones of my very own!!!

I was beside myself with excitement!

Well Mom was going to shoot a new video of me enjoying my SmartBones because she wanted other doggies to put these on their Christmas and Chanukah lists because they make GREAT stocking and Menorah stuffers! (well you can’t actually stuff these in a Menorah but you get the idea!) You could get one smart bone every night of Chanukah!

Anyway Mom wasn’t able to shoot a new video of me for a variety of reasons:

1) She is a huge procrastinator

2) She never has the video camera available when I am doing something REALLY cute (well that is every minute of the day and who can carry around a video camera every minute of the day?)

3) My brother Cody and I keep taking turns being sick. First it was me and my eye trouble (which Mom STILL hasn’t written or posted Part II) Then Cody has to go and get sick a few days ago and we still aren’t sure if he is ok.

4) FOOTBALL. That isn’t an acceptable excuse since Mom isn’t a first string player (although she looks like she could be BOL!) but it HAS taken her away from the important task of helping me update my blog.

So, because I can’t shoot a video of myself (due to being all paws) and Mom is a lazy slacker (no presents for HER this year!) I have to update the earlier SmartBone  post that I wrote and I am posting it below.

THANK YOU to the nice man at SmartBones who is more thoughtful than my Mom! I love my SmartBones and doggy buddies you need to tell your Moms and Dads about these so you can get some too!

Here is the post! Enjoy!

 

Did you know that I am a “chewing machine?”

Some of the SmartBones that I received!

Oh yeah! If it’s chewable, (or not) I’m all over it!

I’ve been known to chew wood, cell phones, metal door stops, you name it.  It’s not all my fault, I come from a long line of “chewers!”

Did you know that it is important for dogs to chew?

When doggies lived in the wild, they used to tear through the skin of wild beasts to get at the meat! We doggies that don’t have to hunt for our food don’t get to do that. It isn’t good for our teeth not to be able to chew things! We get a build up of tartar which can lead to periodontal issues and disease.

Some doggies chew out of boredom (like me!) These pet chews are the perfect answer to that problem! YAY! You gooo Mom! Mom also likes that SmartBones offer nutrition and health benefits as well!.

You have no idea how excited I was yesterday when my Mom gave me a brand new product to try!

Mom gave me a SmartBone!

Wow was I ever excited!

What is a SmartBone you ask? Well, sit back, relax and I’ll tell ya!

SmartBones by PetMatrix, are chew treats made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients. These raw-hide free treats are perfect for the four-t0-five out of 10 consumers who prefer not to feed their doggies rawhide.

Who came up with this genius idea?

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.,  that’s who!  Dr. Glinsky is considered one of the premier pet nutritionists in the country and is currently the Chief Science Officer at PetMatrix, creators of SmartBones and DreamBone chews.  He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, specializing in Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry.

He has lectured extensively around the world on pet nutrition and dietary formulation and started his own pet food manufacturing company in 1980, specializing in holistic and organic pet foods. His expertise in formulating, manufacturing, analyzing and testing of nutritional products for pets is well known and respected.

Dr. Glinsky formulated, engineered and produced the first dry pet foods to incorporate fresh ingredients, the standard of the holistic pet food category today. He has been intimately involved with many of the best-selling holistic foods brands being marketed around the world.

Wanna know more?

SmartBones are 99.2% digestible, which is higher than the digestibility of premium dog foods (85% digestibility).

Chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients dogs will love are used in making SmartBones.

   SmartBones are the first treats of their kind to be enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

SmartBones are safer for dogs than regular rawhide treats, which may cause intestinal blockages.

SmartBones are environmentally friendly, whereas a toxic chemical process is needed to create consumable rawhide for treats.

  SmartBones are available in Peanut Butter and Chicken Flavors.  There is also a Dental variety with additional teeth health benefits.

Four different sizes of SmartBones are available, based on a dog’s weight:

Small Dog (5-10 lbs) Mini SmartBones
Small – Medium Dogs (11-25 lbs) Small SmartBones
Medium Dogs (26-50 lbs) Medium SmartBones
Large Dogs (over 50 lbs) Large SmartBones

Here is a video of me lovin’ on my SmartBone!

I have to get my Mom to order me more SmartBones, I didn’t even bother my Dad during football when I had this!

SmartBones are available nationwide and at www.SmartBones.com.

 

Mom and I received no compensation for this blog post other than SmartBones for me!!