We’re in a Detroit Lions making it to the NFL Playoffs frame of mind!

We can barely believe that the Detroit Lions have a 9-4 record and are on the verge of making it to the NFL Playoffs!! They are currently in first place in the NFC North!!!

Now, granted, they have won nearly every game by the skin of their teeth, but a win is a win, right?

Dakota, Cody and I watched the game all warm and cozy at  home on Sunday, while Dad braved the elements to go and watch  the game in the equally warm (it is a domed stadium), but far less cozy confines of Ford Field.

We wish the Lions much luck for the remainder of the regular season and hope to see them in the Playoffs!


Mom is the same age as Disneyland and the Mickey Mouse Club



Today’s post is mostly in black and white because when Mom was born there was no such thing as color!!!!!  Mom marches to her own drummer and is pretty darned colorful! Mom’s birthday celebration started this past weekend. What grown woman asks for Jimmy Fallon items on her birthday? MOM that’s who! No expensive jewelry for her…Mom is suffering from the “Peter Pan Syndrome!”  Dad knows Mom awfully well,  he arranged for the Detroit Lions mascot, “Roary” to stop by Mom’s seat this past Sunday….Mom was all about singing the Lions fight song with Roary…….hmmm…maybe she and Roary were responsible for the Lions FIRST win of the season? Only the two of them know for sure.

Mom, Disneyland and the Mickey Mouse Club all debuted the same year………Disneyland is still going strong…….the Mickey Mouse Club? Not so much……all we can say is,



#KickOrTreatfor6: Detroit Lions Punter Sam Martin and Premier Pet Supply Invite You To Dress Your Pet for Halloween To Help Homeless Animals

For each costumed pet entry, Michigan Humane Society

will receive $6 and 6 pounds of pet food

Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin, with support from Premier Pet Supply, is kicking off a social media Halloween pet photo contest to benefit the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). Pet lovers are asked to dress up their furry friend in a Halloween costume and post it to their social media account using the hashtag #KickOrTreatfor6. For each photo entered in the contest, Martin will donate $6, and Premier Pet Supply will donate 6 pounds of food to MHS.


“This is a fun and creative way to celebrate the season and show your love for your pet while helping animals in need,” said Mike Robbins, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the Michigan Humane Society. “We are grateful for the continued efforts and commitment of Sam Martin and Premier Pet Supply in helping animals in need.”

Sakura Dressed as an Elephant--Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Sakura Dressed as an Elephant–Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane


The contest will run from Thursday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 25 with Martin announcing the winners of his Halloween social media campaign on Oct. 26. There is no fee to enter. The top three entries will be chosen by Martin and will receive the following prizes: First place – Four tickets to a Detroit Lions game and free dog food for a year. Second place – Two tickets to a Detroit Lions game and a Premier Pet Supply gift card. Third place – A Premier Pet Supply gift card. 


“It’s always been an interest of mine to help out animals in need, and partnering up with the Michigan Humane Society and Premier Pet Supply is a great way to continue to help support animals right here in Michigan,” said Martin.

Molly Dresses as a Bumblebee--Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Molly Dresses as a Bumblebee–Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

“We are very excited to be teamed up with Sam Martin in a campaign that benefits the Michigan Humane Society and of course, a great cause,” said Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply.


Premier Pet Supply, located at 31215 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills, offers cutting edge items at a great price with a product focus on natural & holistic foods, treats and supplements for all pets. A second location will open soon in Rochester Hills. At Premier Pet Supply, every customer is treated like family. In 2015, the store launched a Buy Local Help Local campaign to benefit the Michigan Humane Society.


The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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. To learn more, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263).

Fun Film Friday!! An Important PSA about having a proper pet ID! Starring Detroit Lions Punter Sam Martin

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Many of you know that my Mom and Dad are HUGE football fans! They have been season ticket holders for the Detroit Lions for approximately five years now. I have all sorts of Detroit Lions doggy stuff at my house!

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You are probably asking, “Wait, Dakota, it’s May and you are talking FOOTBALL???”  Well, YES, actually, I AM!  I have something super important to bark out to you today! It makes me and my Mom and Dad happy when we read about sports stars who take time out of their busy lives to help animals in need and when they help the public by educating them about how to keep their pets safe!

Detroit Lions punter, Sam Martin, is helping the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) get the word out about the importance of having proper identification on your pets at all times by starring in a  Public Service Announcement. 

“Sam is a great sport as the PSA pokes a little fun at the fact that most people wouldn’t recognize him without his pads and jersey,” said Mike Robbins, Chief Marketing Officer for MHS. “We’re hopeful that the humorous scenario will help people realize the very serious issue of lost pets without ID rarely getting reunited with their owners.”

It’s estimated that about 1 in 3 pets get lost at some point in their lifetime and only a small percentage of lost dogs and cats arrive at shelters with any form of identification, such as an ID tag, license or microchip, to help the shelters get them back home.  Even indoor-only pets should have an ID tag affixed to their collar. In conjunction with an ID tag, MHS recommends microchipping as a permanent and unalterable form of identification.  While a tag can fall off – or be taken off – a microchip can still “speak” for your pet.

Does this totally ROCK or what???


“I had a great time filming this new PSA with the Michigan Humane Society,” said Sam Martin.  “As everyone knows, my dog Leo is really important to me and being able to help spread the word about making sure your pets have identification, and just really getting the word out about MHS in general along our new partnership, has been great.”


The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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.


Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Golden Tate Is Helping To Enhance The Michigan Humane Society Adoption Package To Help Get Pets Home For The Holidays

If you have been reading my blog or Cody’s for any period of time, you know that my Mom and Dad are HUGE football fans!!  Specifically THE DETROIT LIONS! (Ok, Mom is also a Cleveland Browns fan since she lived in Cleveland for 35 yrs before moving to Detroit, but I digress….) Mom and Dad have season tickets and in the fall and early winter they only have FOOTBALL on their minds! Especially this year since the Detroit Lions have a good chance of making it to the playoffs!

Today Mom, Dad and I are proud to tell you that for a limited time, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will give a free, autographed picture of Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate with any adoption at its adoption centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills, Westland and at Petco in Sterling Heights. The autographed photos will be given as long as supplies last. In addition, all MHS adopters in the month of December will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Detroit Lions football with signatures from Golden Tate and several of his Lions Teammates.

“We are extremely grateful for Golden Tate’s generosity and his desire to help the animals in our care,” said CJ Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “The Detroit Lions memorabilia is just another way to say ‘thank you’ to those who choose to give a homeless animal a second chance this holiday season.”

Golden, Elise and Rosie. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Golden, Elise and Rosie. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Not only has Golden Tate donated items to give to adopters, he’s also chosen to become an MHS foster caregiver to help care for animals who need a little extra time and care before they can go up for adoption. Currently, he and his girlfriend, Elise, are fostering Rosie, an English bulldog who is recovering from heartworm treatment. If this isn’t SPECIAL I don’t know what is!!! Mom is all leaky-eyed reading about this!

The Michigan Humane Society offers the very best value in finding a four-legged friend. MHS starts with a detailed screening of each animal, including a medical exam and behavior assessment, followed by spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, and much more.

Dog & Cat Adoptions Include*:

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • Age-appropriate Vaccinations
  • Basic Medical Exam
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Parasite Control/Deworming
  • Heartworm Test (dogs)
  • No-cost Microchipping (cats)
  • Feline Leukemia Test (cats)
  • Free MHS Veterinary Center Visit within 10 days post adoption, if needed (cost of treatment not included)
  • $10 Discount on Micro-chipping (dogs, at time of adoption)

*Services rendered depend on the specific needs of each animal

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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, call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263) or visit www.michiganhumane.org.


Oh and Gooooo LIONS!!!

Barks and licks and lots of “Golden” love to Golden Tate and The Michigan Humane Society!




Dogs will give Pawtini.com FOUR paws up! Enter to win a $50 gift certificate! (U.S. only)


Today I am THRILLED to feature a new friend!  A few months ago I was contacted by a kind gentleman at  Pawtini,

Click here to visit Pawtini online!

Click here to visit Pawtini online!

a NEW, super cool website for dog items, where you can find a vast assortment of things such as:

  • Treats
  • Carriers
  • Costumes
  • Collars
  • Outdoor Gear
  • Boots, Beds
  • and MORE!!

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I knew that my experience was going to be a good one right off of the bat! The gentleman who contacted me was helpful, professional and super kind.

I was offered a $50 gift card to purchase anything at all that I would like on the site, in exchange for my honest review of the site and the products that I purchased.


Delivering puppy smiles is what we do here at Pawtini! We strive to supply merchandise of great quality for your loved family members. From comfortable beds and clothes to fun toys and treats, we have what you need for any size dog. Our low prices, friendly customer service and high-end quality products are only a few reasons why your dog will love Pawtini.com! 

I found the site incredibly easy to navigate and pricing is competitive. There are items for EVERY BUDGET! One fun thing is, as soon as you visit, a pop up window is displayed asking if you would like a free toy. When you make a purchase you are given a free toy. Mine was the item featured on the right in the photo below.  Isn’t it just adorable? Also, instead of a shopping cart you put your items in a SHOPPING BOWL!! (How cute is that??? Like a DOG BOWL!!!!)

pawtini toys

One of the first items that I chose is on the left. It is the PATRIOTIC PLUSH DOG TOY HEART. I think it is adorable and I purchased it because Dakota has an OLD red, white and blue plush ball that he adores. It is in such ridiculous shape (not torn though), and it is his favorite toy. One day, it will go to the big toy heaven in the sky, so I wanted to replace it with another red, white and blue toy which I am sure will be one of his next favorites!

My only complaint about the site was that there were a few items listed that I wanted to purchase but they weren’t available. It turned out not to be a  problem because there is something that I found to be UNIQUE about Pawtini that will make me be a regular customer. They feature SPORTS ITEMS!!!  As of today 676 PRODUCTS WORTH OF SPORTS ITEMS FOR DOGS!!!!

Pawtini has sports items that doggies will DROOL OVER!!!

My husband and I are football and baseball freaks and I LOVE purchasing items for Dakota that feature our favorite teams!

The above says “apparel” but guess what? They have tug toys that feature different teams, (both college and pro),  such as the one I got for Dakota that features the Detroit Lions.

pawtini lions tug toy 1

pawtini lions tug toy 2

The toy is super well made and sturdy. It is the perfect size for a great game of tug-o-war!!

“Are you all ready for this????” For those of you with small, girly-girl dogs, they even have CHEERLEADER COSTUMES!! They are so adorable I thought I would die!

I had a field day browsing the various sports items and I know that that part of the website is going to be getting the most use from me! I was excited to purchase a DETROIT LIONS DOG FOOD BOWL for Dakota, that is just pawtastic!!!

Click to see the other team pet bowls that they have! Photo courtesy of Pawtini.com

Click to see the other team pet bowls that they have! Photo courtesy of Pawtini.com



pawtini lions bowl

pawtini dakota lions bowl 1

Now, I happen to be a Cleveland Browns fan as well, but to appease my Detroit-born-and-raised husband, we are starting off with Detroit sports items for Dakota. Trust me, there will be Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians items added to Dakota’s collection, you can COUNT ON IT!

I give Pawtini 4-paws up! I couldn’t be happier with my items! If I hadn’t been though, Pawtini offers:

pawtini returns

They also have a Customer Service tab where you can find answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (such as accepted forms of payment, etc.)

I was so engrossed in the site trying to decide what to get, that I must have spent a good half hour (easy!!) there! It was so much fun poking around, I am sure that when you visit you will feel the same way!

GIVE-AWAY!! I am THRILLED because the kind gentleman at Pawtini has offered ONE OF MY READERS, who RESIDES IN THE U.S. A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used on the site, just like mine!! Entering is easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

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