#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!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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

It’s Spring!!!

Spring officially began in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:29 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Happy Spring All!

Remembering Sugar the Golden Retriever with “Golden” Love

I was heartbroken when I saw on Instagram this  morning at about 1:30am, that one of the most beloved and long time blogging dogs, Sugar the Golden Retriever had left for the Bridge.

My heart shattered. Sugar and her Mom are two of the bloggers who I have known since I first began blogging in 2009. Sugar was a blogging icon.

Her smiling face graced her blog, Instagram, Twitter, everywhere and you could never look at her without smiling yourself.

I remember when I FINALLY met Sugar and her Mom, (and her Dad too!), it was a few years ago now, and I believe it was at Bark World. Sugar was just as sweet (maybe even more so) than those who haven’t met her would imagine her to be. Her Mom, Rosalyn, as well as her Dad, Ron are as well.

Look at her sweet face…it was the highlight of the conference for me, FINALLY meeting Sugar in person

Sugar was deeply loved by her family and all who visited her blog. She was given a most beautiful, loving caring, active and interesting life. A life that ANY dog would be lucky to live. Sugar was blessed to live such a life, and her Mom and Dad were blessed to have such an incredible dog. I am certain the loving care, (and probably a great gene pool!),  enabled her to live longer than most dogs could ever hope to live.

Sugar’s Mom took this photo of my shoes and Sugar’s shoes because we both had purple shoes on!!!

Some of my most favorite memories  of Sugar on her blog, were way before she became as well-known as she was when she passed. It was when Sugar’s family moved to Hawaii for a period of time. There were photos of Sugar on the beach romping and playing, jumping into frothy waves that crashed by the shore, sunsets, walks, it was a beautiful “golden” time. Those are my favorite memories of Sugar. It was just Sugar, no embellishing, just Sugar living a most “golden” life. Sugar loving nature. Loving her family. Loving the tasty treats her Mom would make for her with such great care. It was just Sugar and her Mom, nothing else, all surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii. Sugar was the epitome of the “Aloha Spirit.” Those posts exuded so much love and you could see just how happy Sugar was being in Hawaii, (who wouldn’t be??)

To Sugar’s Mom and Dad,  thank you so much for sharing your special girl with all of us. There is a huge hole in our hearts that will remain empty without sweet Sugar.

Her smile lit up the hearts of all who encountered her, either in person or on the blog.

Sugar was not only a Golden Retriever by breed, but she was GOLDEN in her heart, soul and presence.
We pray for strength for Sugar’s family during this most difficult time. We send you gentle (((hugs))), “golden” love and we are here if you need us. Love from all of us and our most heartfelt sympathy.

May Sugar romp eternally in the sunshine and waves, flashing her “golden” smile to all at the Bridge. May she be surrounded  by loving energy for all eternity. I have no doubt she will.

Mahalo to Sugar’s Mom for sharing her life with us, and to Sugar we say “Aloha”, until we meet again.

Caren, Dakota and Cody

 

 

The Luck of the Sheltie St.Patrick’s Day

It’s that TIME Again…

Daylight Saving time arrived for those in most of the U.S. at 2:00am Sunday, March 12th!

As long as I get to EAT earlier, then it’s ALL GOOD!

 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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.