Best & Worst Pets for Apartment Living

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Over time, dogs are reportedly more stinky than cats by a 2 to 1 ratio. And yet, the age-old personality question persists: Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Beyond personality, we wanted to look at the many other considerations of pet ownership that are important for apartment living. How much space does your pet need? How much care and walking will it require? Is it stinky? How much does it poop?

We set out to find statistics and data to answer these questions so you can find the best pet to suit your apartment life. Here’s what we found:

Best & Worst Pets for Apartment Living
Best & Worst Pets for Apartment Living Created By: ForRent.com

 

Educating people on the best pets for smaller spaces will hopefully reduce the number of pets turned over to shelters because owners were not well informed.

Happy Birthday to my Mama!!

Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota!!

To my precious “Sheltie-Boy”,

It is so hard to believe that ten years ago today you joined our family. The years have flown by. There are so many moments that I wish I could have captured and treasured longer, but thankfully through the blog and photos, many of them have been preserved.

Dakota there are times you drove me insane when you were under two years old. You Chewed furniture, chewed door panels, destroyed toys, you chewed up my brand new cell phone, and when I had to house-train you  I thought I would never make it through!  But I did, and so did you! 

You have grown into the most loving, sensitive, hilariously funny, compassionate and brilliant dog that I could have ever hoped for. 

When my Angel Bobo passed and we adopted Cody first, while Cody helped to heal my aching heart, and while I adore Cody, it is YOU dear boy who is more like my Angel Bobo. I didn’t realize that til this year. Angel Bobo would kiss me if I cried, you do the same. Angel Bobo would never leave my side, you do the same. In the past year it seems that our bond has grown even deeper. You show a love and sensitivity for me and all of my moods that I would never have thought to be possible. Your beautiful jelly bean eyes speak volumes. You have matured into my “heart-dog.”

I want to thank you dear boy for the countless doggy kisses that you give me EVERY DAY, for the laughs, yes, even when you are on one of your crazy Sheltie barking jags, (and I wish you would stop), you ALWAYS make me smile. Thank you dearest Dakota for all you have contributed to our family in the past ten years, thank you  for loving me even when I am not feeling lovable. Thank you  for sharing your life with us. I pray we have many more years together.

Happy, Happy 10th Gotcha Day my precious “Dakota Boda”, my “heart-dog.” You are the Sheltie I waited my entire life for. I love you more than you could ever imagine…..today, tomorrow and forever………”Mom”

 

 

It’s World Smile Day® !!

The World is a scary, sad place lately, but we must never, ever lose our ability to smile, laugh, and to do kind things for others! We need it NOW more than EVER! Who better than a “Smiling Sheltie” to help spread the love on World Smile Day®  ?? TAG! You’re it. Now you have to “Do an act of kindness.Make one person smile!

 

History of World Smile Day
“It was a simple thing, a circle with a few dots and an upturned curve, but put together Harvey Ball created one of the most iconic symbols the world had ever seen, and it would quickly come to infect everything from graffiti to modern-day emoji’s. We are, of course, talking about the smiley face, arguably the first emoji to enter the world. Harvey would later express concern that the sheer commercialization of his little symbol would strip it of its original intent and meaning. It was out of this concern that he created World Smile Day, a day devoted to the spreading of simple joy and love to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or geographic location.”

“Harvey sadly passed from this world in 2001, but the foundation he helped create, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, has carried forth his message of simple peace and love as the sponsor of World Smile Day every year. Whether you’re simply expressing a bit of silliness or doing a small act of kindness to help someone smile, World Smile Day is your opportunity to help brighten the world and make the world a better place through the simple power of the smile.”

 

 

Giving a Bark Out to Teachers! Thankful Thursday #WorldTeachersDay

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota and I am here to tell you that today is World Teachers Day, a most important day. It is a day that aims to “raise awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers all over the world.” Teachers should be appreciated EVERY DAY, but sadly, they are not.

Don’t know if any of you know, but my Dad is a teacher. Or he was a teacher, wait, he is now a substitute teacher because he is technically retired. When Dad was a full-time teacher, he taught for 36 years. 26 of those years were spent teaching middle school in the inner city of Detroit. Dad taught Special Ed.  He barely  missed a day. Dedicated guy my Dad is and was. Makes a woofie proud. I wasn’t around for all of those years since I am only 10,  but my Mom told me stories about it so that is how I know. Never doubt what I know. I am a Shetland Sheepdog. I am a highly intelligent sort. We Shelties are quite high on the list of woofies who are considered to be extremely intelligent. Hence my propensity for being stubborn…but I digress…..

Dad’s family is full of teachers! Dad’s Mom and sister both were teachers. His niece also is a teacher.

I think the real reason my Dad became a teacher is because he is a dead-ringer for Albert Einstein:

Mom says when she was growing up teachers were held in high esteem. She said that in her house, if the phone rang and it was your teacher on the other end, “God help you.” In Mom’s house the teacher was revered and respected. Nowadays, if a teacher just looks at a kid the wrong way they are in trouble. They are disrespected and grossly underpaid…professional athletes get millions of dollars…..teachers have to spend much of their own money for various supplies for their classrooms. Teachers have to fight to just get a raise…..something is wrong with this picture.

Anyway, in salute of my Dad for all of the years he spent teaching and to teachers everywhere,  Mom and I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the teachers that Mom had who made a difference in HER life and we wanted to share some of our favorite quotes about teachers:

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” – Dan Rather

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese 

  • Woofies, tell your humans to take some time  and thank the teachers who helped to make them who they are today and while you’re at it, leave a comment telling us who YOUR human’s favorite teacher was!

Happy World Teachers Day!!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota


We are happy to be participating in the  Brian’s Home Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

 

Help Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® donate $250,000 to benefit shelter pets! You could win a year of Nutrish for your Pets!

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

A SWEEPSTAKES FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS TOO!!

  • Grand Prize$25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.
  • THREE (3) First Prizes: $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.

Many of you know that I am not a Shelter dog. I was not adopted. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to help EVERY SINGLE ANIMAL who is in a Shelter find a furever home. My kitty brother, Cody, was adopted. My “bonus” human “sister” manages a local animal shelter here in Michigan and she has adopted many of the animals she has helped care for.

I have been eating Nutrish since 2008, and I have been an Ambassadog for Nutrish for approximately four years. Mom and I are EXTREMELY proud to represent a company, that not only has delicious food that is good for me, but we are proud to represent a company where the owner, (Rachael Ray), not only “talks the talk”, she “walks the walk” when it comes to her dedication to helping animals.

For those who are regular readers of my blog you know that Rachael Ray created:Rachael’s Rescue® which was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. 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. Through September 2017,
Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $21 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.

Because there are so many more animals who need help, Rachael Ray has created a new campaign that will run throughout the month of October.

The Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Furever Home™  Campaign is Helping Shelter Pets Find The Home They Deserve!

Rachael Ray Nutrish is donating $250,000 during the month of October to help shelter pets in need!!

Cash donation will be made in equal amounts to 3 organizations:

  1. Big Dog Ranch Rescue :Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States.
  2. ASPCA: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®(American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®: We have featured the ASPCA numerous times on Dakota’s blog and are honored and happy to do so. The ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and has worked tirelessly for over 150 years to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.
  3. North Shore Animal League:  North Shore Animal League is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
    • SWEEPSTAKES!!!!

    • The Sweepstakes begins on October 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
    • To Enter Online: Purchase any Nutrish®-only product during the Sweepstakes Period, then visit www.nutrishfureverhome.com and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration form with your contact information, including email address. Then upload a digital photo of your original purchase receipt with the Nutrish product circled, to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.
    1.                                                       To Enter without Purchase. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S/D.C.,18+ (19+ in AL&NE). Ends 10/31/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. To enter without purchase by mail and for Official Rules: www.nutrishfureverhome.com

      1. Grand Prize: $25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.
      2. THREE (3) First Prizes: $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.

      About Rachael Ray Nutrish: In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.

      I LOVE MY NUTRISH and you will too! So what are you waiting for? Hurry out and buy some today and HELP SHELTER PETS and maybe you will win some Nutrish for YOU!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota