Fun Facts About Names and A Thank You!

Hi all! Today is Fun Facts About Names Day  a day where people are encouraged to learn about the meaning of their names and the history behind them.

When Dakota first joined our family his name was “Tanner.”  Now, there is nothing wrong with that name, but to me, it just didn’t suit Dakota. I had liked the name “Dakota” for years and when I looked up the meaning, it said “Trusted Friend.” (that was the American Indian meaning and I am too lazy to look up what tribe it was).  That was it for me. I promptly named him Dakota.

 As for me…the name “Caren” means “Pure” and it says it is a “Swedish baby name.” I have also seen the name attached to “Catherine” since my parents spelled my name in a non-traditional form. The question is “Pure” WHAT? (That is a rhetorical question, no need to answer! lol)

So, what does YOUR pet’s name mean? What does YOUR name mean?

Also, we would like to thank those who stopped over to Dakota’s blog to wish him a Happy Birthday. We try extremely hard  to always acknowledge our friend’s birthdays by leaving a comment on their blog,  and we do it whenever we are aware of a birthday, so we DEEPLY THANK those who took the time to stop by. Dakota received some nice photos/cards that we are sharing in the form of collages.


Once again we thank you all so very much!! We have another thank you planned for Friday, (hopefully!) of something special that Dakota received in the mail.

To us, a 10th birthday is a pretty big deal, (for that matter, ANY pet’s birthday is a big deal!) so once again thanks to those who visited Dakota’s blog on his special day.



Thankful Thursday:Bark Day Follow-Up!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on Dakota’s Barkday and left him such fabulous greetings! Both Dakota and I are deeply appreciative!

A few people asked me on Facebook how old Dakota is now. He just turned nine. Yes, I didn’t post that, I know it’s crazy, but it upsets me to think of how fast the time has gone. I just want to enjoy the here and now and not think about his age.

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband gave me this wall hanging that I love, it was featured in Dakota’s Bark Day collage but didn’t show up well, and I wanted you to enjoy it. For me, it sums up so much of the hundreds of things we love about our boy.

dakota 9th birthday sign from Lenny


Turning nine had some benefits in other ways too!! Dakota normally isn’t one who you can use props with in photos but I have been working with him more (thanks to Will for the tips I am learning that he has sprinkled on his blog), and we had such a breakthrough!!! If you look at the photos on Dakota’s bark day collage he is “smiling” in most of them, but then, enough was enough!

dakota 9th birthday collage not thrilled

Once that hat came off our buddy Easy would have been proud at the way that Dakota tried to destroy it!!! (We didn’t let him because we are hoping to turn the hat around and use it for Cody in April hehehe)

Dakota 9th birthday eating hat

In the end, it all turned out worthwhile, here is a photo of all of the items that Dakota received for his Bark Day! All of them (including the bag) were from Petco!

Dakota 9th birthday contents of bag

Yes, the bone above was marked down from Valentine’s Day (Shhh….don’t tell Dakota!) It seemed as if it would be super fattening so we only gave him one bite and threw the rest away…(he doesn’t know that either!)

We didn’t want his appetite to be spoiled for what was coming next! I had found a recipe on Pinterest for a “Pet-Friendly Woof Loaf” (I added mashed potatoes on top that were not listed in the recipe. I omitted milk from the potatoes which some dogs can’t tolerate, and only used a little bit of real butter. When serving to Dakota, I sliced it in thin slices so he wasn’t getting much potato at one time because potatoes also aren’t the best for dogs but won’t hurt them eaten in moderation.)  and I made one for him and a human version for Dakota’s Dad and I.  Dakota LOVED IT and is still eating it! (He gets one slice as his dinner).dakota 9th birthday meatloaf collage

Last but FAR from least, we would like to thank our friends that made cards, (or sent photos), to Dakota! I am often forgetful about doing that myself and I MUST get better at it! Here is a collage of the cards/photos that Dakota received. Thank you for helping to make his Bark Day extra special!!!

cards for dakota his thank you collage

Happy BARK DAY Dakota!!!!

dakota 9th birthday collage edited

Happy Birthday Rudy!!!

Today a special pal of ours is turning 5!!!

It’s Rudy’s birthday!!!!

Click on the photo to bark out a Happy Birthday!!!
Click on the photo to bark out a Happy Birthday!!!


Happy 14th Birthday Sugar! Happy to be a part of Sugar’s SMILE Pawty Blog Hop!!

Throughout our years of blogging, Dakota and I have derived great joy from following our dear pal Sugar The Golden Retriever’s many adventures!!!!

Her smile has brightened many of our days and her blog is one of a number of blogs on our “must read” list!


Today is Sugar’s 14th birthday and we are thrilled to participate in Sugar’s SMILE Pawty Blog Hop!!

In honor of Sugar’s special day, I chose one of my most “smiley” photos to wish Sugar a most happy birthday!

dakota sugars birthday


We love you Sugar!! Have a most pawesome day!!! 

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A Birthday Thank You!!!

My Mom would like to thank EVERYONE who sent her birthday greetings, on the blog, Facebook, via email, etc. She was blown away by the number of wonderful and thoughtful greetings! I wanted to help Mom and post a few of them here, if I missed anyone I am sorry! The cat ones are all on Cody’s blog (as of 6pm today)!

Birthday to me from bev green 2014

Be sure to visit our furiends at ALL FUR ONE AND ONE FUR ALL!!!

birthday to me from easy

Be sure to visit our buddy Easy, (yeah like you DON’T know him! BOL)


birthday to me from for love of a dog

Be sure to visit our pals at For Love Of A Dog

birthday to me from husky crazed sibe page

Be sure to visit our pals at Love Is Being Owned By A Husky

birthday to me from mary bucci DC shetland sheepdog fb page

Love this from the DC Shetland Sheepdog Club on Facebook


birthday to me from mary e haight facebook

Be sure to visit our furiends at  Dancing Dog Blog

birthday to me from melissa, bentley and pierre

Be sure to visit our furiends at M.K. Clinton:Barking From The Bayou

birthday to me from neil brogan facebook


Please visit our furiends at dognation