#Ad It’s a Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Dog Treat Party and Give-Away! #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends!! It’s Dakota! Today I can BARELY contain myself!!!! Shelties spin when they are excited, and let me tell ya, I am sooooo excited that I am spinning like a top!!!!

The other day I was moping around because I didn’t feel that Mom and Dad made a big enough fuss about my TENTH birthday. I am a sensitive sort, and I felt there should have been much more fanfare. Suddenly, I heard a THUD outside of our door!! Sure enough, as if they could read my mind, my treasured friends at Nutrish came through YET AGAIN!!!  There was a GIANT BOX OUTSIDE MY DOOR AND IT WAS FOR ME!!!

I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it! As you can see by the photo above, it was LOADED with all sorts of things! There were even things in  the box for Mom and Dad! But the MAIN THING that I wanted….WAIT FOR IT WOOFIES….which has been a LONG time coming,  were the NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats!!!  Let me tell ya my furiends, these aren’t just any ‘ol run of the mill dog treats either. Nope! These treats are in flavors that doggies DREAM about!!! But, you will have to put your tongues back in your mouths for just one second, because before I tell you about the DELICIOUS NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats, I want to show you just some of the goodies that were in that Party box!

(This is just a sampling of what was in that amazing box! Mom was a piggie and ate the can of peanuts that was there, she also received some really cool lenses that are supposed to fit on her iPhone but Mom couldn’t get them to stay on).  Of course the MOST IMPAWTANT part, was that there were FIVE, COUNT ‘EM, FIVE BAGS OF NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats FOR ME!

There was a note in the box saying to invite some woofies over for a pawty, but anyone that knows me knows that I run a TIGHT security operation here and there is NO WAY other woofies are GOING TO SET ONE PAW into MY territory and eat MY BRAND NEW TREATS! NO WAY!!!! Thanks to my cherished friends at Nutrish, I  would FINALLY get to celebrate my tenth birthday the way it SHOULD have been celebrated!

 

My furiends did you catch the names of the new treats? No, well here ya go, they are:

Burger Bites

Pawsta

Deli Cuts

Meatloaf Morsels

Savory Roasters

Inspired by real recipes from Rachael’s kitchen, these delicious treats start with real meat combined with lots of other good stuff for a tail-waggin’ treat experience like no other.

“Real meat brings the YUM!”

The new Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats are made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Dogs everywhere crave the meaty deliciousness in these Nutrish treats. Dogs love smoky pepperoni, burgers, chicken and even meatloaf!! Look for them where you shop for your family’s groceries.

  • Real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken is always the #1 ingredient.
  • No artificial flavors or meat by-products.
  • No corn or wheat.
  • Dogs everywhere crave the meaty deliciousness in these Nutrish treats.
  • Safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients.
  • Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into small pieces for smaller dogs.

 

For those of you who are on Facebook, you got a little tease with THIS photo Saturday night. If you read the last bullet point above, Mom DID break a few of my treats into smaller pieces….but….

she was taking SO LONG to give them to me that I jumped up, hit that plate with my paw and the entire thing fell onto the carpet! Treats were EVERYWHERE! It was a treat free-for-all, well a treat FREE-FOR-ME!!!!! It was EPIC!!

 

Now, let me tell you how my pawty went!! Mom, Dad and I decided to have MY pawty Saturday night. My friends at Nutrish sent Mom some recipes, a super cute wooden recipe box to keep them in, and a MUCH NEEDED plastic cover so that Mom won’t spill all sorts of things on her recipes while she cooks.  The recipe below was one that Nutrish sent to Mom, but she changed it up a bit,

(Mom and Dad aren’t big fans of eggplant, so Mom left that out, and she used balsamic vinegar instead of wine, as well as  crushed tomatoes that she had on hand. Mom also added carrots, broccoli and cauliflower to hers to make up for the eggplant). Here is Mom’s (and it is served in one of Rachael Ray’s serving pieces that Mom bought last year)

 

Mom and Dad said it was AMAZING! Mom tripled the recipe because she is a pig,  so she could freeze some.

NOW CHECK THIS OUT!

MY PLATE IS ON THE LEFT

MOM AND DAD’S PLATE

IS ON THE RIGHT

It was fun because while Mom and Dad got to eat THEIR pasta with ground meat, and some dry salami, (Mom said it was sooo hot and spicy and SOO delicious!!)  I got to eat Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats! I got to try MY Burger treats, my Deli treats and my PAWSTA treats!!

My treats look EVEN BETTER than the HUMAN food, don’t you agree? (Mom said that the entire time she was giving me my treats to taste, they looked SO GOOD, and SMELLED so good that SHE wanted to eat them!!! BOL!!) Mom said that Rachael Ray’s love of food and talent with food, as well as her knowledge about food, and her love of pets, are evident in each and every one of these treats. Mom thinks they are the MOST CLEVER TREATS EVER and quite easily the BEST she has ever seen! I could NOT AGREE MORE!! Mom said that these treats are so special that she wanted to present MY treats to me in a SPECIAL way so she served the human food and my treats on these wonderful plates that Nutrish sent.

The dishes are microwave and dishwasher safe and on the back of each plate is a drink recipe created by Rachael’s husband, John who is known for coming up with super cool drink recipes! Mom was going to show a recipe from the back of one of the plates, but figured, hey, if you want the recipe, go and buy the plates!! BOL! BOL! BOL!!!

This was the BEST pawty EVER! But even when you have a PAWTASTIC pawty like I had, you know, there HAS to be an after pawty, right? Well, of course! There were still TWO bags of treats that I hadn’t tried so Mom brought those out. It was time to PAWTY DOWN AGAIN!!!

The treats I had at my after pawty were the Meatloaf Morsels and the Savory Roasters. OH MY FURIENDS they are THE BEST EVER!! 

Now, my special friends at Nutrish know that I am one SMART Sheltie, so they also included a “brain game” for me to try to figure out. Mom broke up the treats that  were in her hand, (as you can see in the above photo),  and put them in my game.  Here is a video of me figuring the game out.

Mom said it took me longer to figure out the game than she thought it would. I say “Pfffft!!” to that!

I say all that matters is that I got to taste EVERY SINGLE BAG OF THOSE DELICIOUS TREATS!!!! GUESS WHAT MY FURIENDS!! YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO TASTE THEM TOO!!!! (If you are in the U.S. and 18 or over). My furiends at Nutrish are allowing me to give away A COUPON FOR THE NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats, ONE PER EACH LUCKY WINNER! THERE WILL BE FIVE WINNERS!!! (Only if you follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below!)

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Don’t forget my furiends that when you purchase items from Nutrish,  a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.

Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

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Thank you Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® for making these PAWTASTIC TREATS!!  They were the BEST part of my tenth birthday! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Happy Birthday Dakota!! Our “Perfect 10”

Oh, this is a rough one. A terribly rough one. Where have the years gone? It seems like yesterday that my precious Sheltie boy was 8 months old. Now, today, he turns 10. TEN…so hard to believe, even harder for me to process.

We would like to thank Pipo, Minko and Mr.Jack Freckles thoughtful Mama for this incredible card that she made for Dakota. Click on the photo to visit their blog

When thinking about what I was going to do to acknowledge Dakota’s momentous birthday on his blog,  I kept becoming more and more sad.

I don’t want to be sad and I don’t want to make any of YOU sad, so I am going to do my best to keep this post light-hearted!

10 Things I Love About Our Perfect 10

  • You are my favorite boy to eat popcorn with!
  • You greet me EVERY TIME I walk through the door as if I have been gone for a zillion years, even if I am only gone for one minute.
  • You are incredibly sensitive and intuitive.
  • You lick (kiss) my hand like there is no tomorrow…(just because)
  • You are silly, playful and love to “dance” with me.
  • You “guard” me when I work on the computer, I just have to look to my right or left and you are there.
  • You are the BEST laundry supervisor!
  • You have a smile that makes ME and all who encounter it, smile too.
  • Your eyes are the proverbial “windows” to your soul
  • You are mine, (OURS or Daddy will get upset), we could not have asked for a more loving, devoted, intelligent, clever, silly, hilarious and wonderful dog.

Dad, Cody and I love you to pieces. Thank you for all of the love and joy you have brought to our lives, I cherish you my special boy!!!! There is a nice, juicy home-made burger in your future!!

Love, “Mom”

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Whitley!!

Today is a special day! It’s my furiend Whitley’s 13 birthday!!!!

Click on the photo to go give her a birthday barkout!!

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Happy Birthday Dakota!!!!

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What an awful Sheltie Mom I am!!!!

I was without internet from about 2:30 Friday til NOW and being the awful Sheltie Mom that I am, I hadn’t pre-scheduled his birthday post, so here I am scrambling before having to leave for the morning. The expression on his face in this photo expresses his disappointment with me!

Today our incredibly handsome, loving, brilliant, hilarious and beloved boy turns EIGHT! This is NOT the post I intended to do for him today, but rest assured,  he has already been sung to, kissed and loved on even more than he already his!

He also has some marvelous hamburger in his future for tonight and some other goodies after I head out to the store.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PRECIOUS BOY!!!!!!

WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!

Sugar you make us HAPPY!!!

We wish you the HAPPIEST

13TH BARK DAY

EVER!!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

WE LOVE YOU SUGAR!!

HAPPY HAPPY BARKDAY!!

Dakota, Cody

and Caren

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Help Us Celebrate Dakota’s Birthday With a World-Wide Give-Away From Crunchkins!!

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Today is a special day indeed!

Today is Dakota’s 7th birthday!!

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I am having an incredibly hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he is seven. Where has the time gone? I remember the day he joined our family as if it was just yesterday. He has added fun, love, craziness, and YES, NOISE, (but in a good way), the likes of which I could have never imagined!

The day Dakota joined our family, he fulfilled my childhood wish of having a Sheltie of my own!

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I am especially happy

to have our friends at Crunchkins

sharing this most special day with us! 

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I bet you are wondering, “What are Crunchkins?” Well, I’m glad you asked!! Do you see the photos above: (Happy Birthday and I Love My Sheltie)?  Are they not the CUTEST cards EVER?! Well those are just TWO of the TONS of CARDS FOR DOGS that are made out of SAFE, PRESSED RAWHIDE!!

From the Crunchkins website:

The Crunchkins Tale…

It all started with a postcard… While bustling through another busy day at my Veterinary Hospital, I saw a kennel assistant giving treats and reading a postcard to a dog we were boarding.

“Hello Goldie,” she read aloud. Wish you were here! Mickey & Minnie say Hi.”  I chuckled and thought, “The dog doesn’t care about that paper card.”  

That’s when it struck me – there should be a product that has meaning to both humans and animals. I decided to design a greeting card that people could send and pets could enjoy.

Crunchkins was launched in 2001, offering safe, fun, cute and affordable treats for pets and the people who love them.  As a veterinarian, pet health & safety has always been my top priority. Crunch Cards are made from rawhide – carefully pressed and artfully decorated.  From Christmas to Birthdays or “Just BePaws,” each greeting and design is rendered in non-toxic inks, making the card completely edible!

I hope the special pet in your life takes a bite out of a Crunch Card today!

Stephen B. Hoy, DVM

Founder, Crunchkins, Inc

 

Crunchkins has a VAST assortment of cards  where you can:

Shop by Pet  (they even have CAT CARDS!)

Shop by Occasion 

Shop by Holiday

Shop by Breed

 

THERE IS EVEN A MUTT PACK!

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I was lucky enough to receive the Sheltie Breed Pack.  Dakota’s Dad and I cannot wait to present him with HIS own edible birthday card!! We think this is the most clever and adorable concept, it is great to have a card for a dog,

 that a dog actually wants!

Did you know that Crunchkins Cares?

They have a special page on their website where four cards are featured. If you purchase any of the four cards, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity that is featured on the card.  To visit that page, click here

To “Like” Crunchkins on Facebook click here

To Follow Crunchkins on Twitter click here

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!

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IN HONOR OF THE

crunchkins worlds best sheltie
 
 

Crunchkins is allowing us to have a GIVE-AWAY!! THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN WORLD-WIDE AND THERE WILL BE FOUR WINNERS!!!!! THE WINNERS WILL GET TO CHOOSE EITHER FROM A:

BREED PACK-for their favorite breed

MUTT PACK

Or if a Cat Wins (Heaven forbid!! lol) they can choose 4 different cards

 (PRIZES ARE BETWEEN A $10 and $15 VALUE).

TO ENTER, USE THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW!!!

 

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In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was given a Breed Pack for Dakota and was offered a give-away to help Dakota celebrate his 7th birthday and in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.