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

#Ad “Dishing” about Summer! #NutrishPets

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

Ahhh summer! Sunshine, long days, balmy nights, warm HOT temps! (Ok, we can forget the heat, not a fan here), but what I AM  a fan of is all of the fresh veggies that are just “ripe for the pickin'” in the summer! Veggies are a staple at dinnertime in our home, and the “dish” about summer is that you can get FRESH and DELICIOUS veggies  from a farmer’s market, (often at a lower price than at the supermarket!) Visiting farmer’s markets  is something I look forward to every year.

A few weeks ago a girlfriend and I went to our local  farmer’s market to survey the goods.

See those veggies in the middle? Do you know what they are? I sure didn’t! They are SQUASH and they were the cutest things I have ever seen! The other cute things I saw were dogs, lots and lots of dogs, two of them are featured above. (Dakota didn’t join us on this trek because I am paranoid about bringing him to outdoor markets/fairs because I don’t want to have to worry about what he might eat off of the ground while my back is turned.) It is important to me that Dakota is eating what is GOOD for him! That is why Dakota has been a Nutrish dog since 2008! One of our favorites is:

DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs from Rachael Ray Nutrish

It is available in two recipes, the recipe Dakota eats most often is the  Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit, Dish  is also available in Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken.

 Dish Has Real U.S. farm-raised chicken or beef (in this case it was chicken because that is the kind Dakota is eating right now), and it is ALWAYS the #1 ingredient.

There’s NEVER any corn, wheat, soy or gluten.

Each recipe is made with WHOLE INGREDIENTS YOU CAN SEE, like slow-roasted chicken, carrots, peas and apples for a whole taste your dog will love as much as Dakota does!!

 NOTE: Dakota has been eating other recipes of Nutrish since 2008, so I did not transition him to this food the way you should WHENEVER you switch your dog to another food. Because the only dog food that Dakota eats IS one of the Nutrish brand recipes, it was not a concern for me.

After I returned from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, I had an idea. I decided to take some of the ingredients from Dakota’s favorite Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit (as shown above), and make a HUMAN recipe for my husband and I to eat while Dakota was enjoying his Nutrish.

“C’MON MOM! STOP MESSING WITH COOKING AND GIVE ME MY “DISH!!”  I LOVE THE REAL CHICKEN, VEGETABLES AND FRUIT and more!!!!

Crisp Carrots offer a tasty crunch, (kinda like a natural bone!).

Garden & Field Peas and Farm-Grown Potatoes are yummy!

Tree-Ripened Apples . Dakota often share apples with his Dad, they are one of his favorites! (TIP:NEVER EAT THE SEEDS OR CORE!)

BELOW IS THE HUMAN’S MEAL BEFORE IT WAS COMPLETE

 WE USED THE SAME INGREDIENTS

THAT DISH HAS!

 

While Dakota was enjoying his healthy and delicious DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs, his Dad and I enjoyed the same ingredients in our meal! It was a “win-win” for everyone!!

Remember friends! Dish is available in two flavors:  Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken,  and Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit

Dish is available right where you shop for your family’s groceries!

 

As you often hear Dakota bark about, and what we are SUPER PROUD OF, is 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.

So, what are you waiting for? “MAKE THE SWITCH!!” for your dog! Hurry on out and get some DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs from Rachael Ray Nutrish today, and while you are at it, go and check out your local farmer’s market for some fabulous seasonal veggies for YOU!!! Enjoy!!

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Give-Away Winners!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away! We are so excited to announce the FIVE lucky winners! We are so happy for all of you!  Huge congratulations to all!!!!

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Born to be Backyard Wild! Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK (Give-Away!)

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

 

“Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way…….”

 

“Like a true nature’s child
We were born, born to be wild…….”

“Get your motor runnin……'”

(lyrics from Born To Be Wild–Steppenwolf)

Well hi my furiends, it’s Dakota!! You caught me while I was rolling in the grass in ecstasy, barking out one of my favorite songs! Why? Wait til you see. Gather ’round woofies and let me clue you in on something super special! You know  I often pout about that my pawrents don’t own a traditional house with a yard. We have a condo in an apartment building so our “backyard” is a shared courtyard. I would often be sad that other woofies have private yards and mine is no fun, but that isn’t the case! You can have fun anywhere, even right in your own backyard, no matter what that yard is!

How did I discover this? Well, you know my furiends at Nutrish have my back, right? They are always looking out for ME and all you woofies, wanting to bring us food that they know we haven an “instinctual craving” for. So, guess what they created?

 

That’s right! They created Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail!!!

Don’t those flavors sound wild and exotic? That’s what I thought too! While I am “sheltie-smile-happy” with ALL of the Nutrish food recipes, let me tell ya my furiends, PEAK is something to get super excited and “SHELTIE-SPIN “WILD” about!

I couldn’t wait for my Mom to let me try it! Mom and Dad gathered some fun stuff that my pals at Nutrish sent to me and we headed outside, the most exciting part was the FOOD came with me! “FOOD OUTSIDE?” I had never eaten “al fresco”  and I was beyond excited!

I couldn’t wait to dig in! The recipe that I tried was the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb. (I will be trying the  Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail soon!!)

Both the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail are a natural food for dogs with added vitamins & chelated minerals. These are nutrient-dense recipes which satisfy your dog’s instinctual cravings! They both are:

  • Protein-rich, grain-free recipes to satisfy your dog’s cravings
  • Real U.S. farm-raised beef is always the #1 ingredient (Open Range Recipe)/ Real U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the #1 ingredient (Northern Woodlands Recipe).
  • 30% high-quality protein
  • 0% grains, glutens or fillers.
  • Natural food for dogs with added vitamins & chelated minerals.
  • Protein-rich recipes made with nutrient-dense duck & quail or lamb & venison.
  • No poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors, colors, or artificial preservatives.
  • Safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients. (Venison & Lamb from New Zealand, Duck from the U.S., Quail from the U.S. and France.)
  • Made for dogs of all sizes.

They are available right where you shop for your family’s groceries!

As you often hear me bark about, and what we are SUPER PROUD OF, is 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.

Now…check this out! After eating my incredibly “delish” meal, my Mom got out the new toy that Nutrish sent to me:

Boy did I ever have fun!!

WOOFIES!! Did you know that if you follow Nutrish on Instagram @nutrish and share a pic of your pup  with #NutrishBackyardWild & #sweepstakes you will be entered for a chance to win prizes from PEAK as well as a GoPro® HERO Session™? Yep, that’s true but the contest is ending soon so you had better hurry!!!  Read the Official rules: http://bit.ly/2qDmVUs

AND WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY TOO!!!!! That’s right woofies!!! FIVE OF YOUR HUMANS  WHO ARE 18 AND OVER, WHO PAW IN YOUR ENTRY FOR YOU AND WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S., CAN WIN ONE COUPON TO TRY Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK !!! Now, when you enter, read CAREFULLY…there are TWO mandatory requirements on the Rafflecopter. Unfortunately, if you do not complete both, you will be disqualified.

Now woofies

“Like a true nature’s child
We were born, born to be wild…….”

“Get your motor runnin……'”

AND ENTER!!!

GOOD LUCK!!! 

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#Sponsored 5 Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter on National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week #NutrishPets

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

Hi my friends, it’s Dakota!

  Happy National Animal Shelter

Appreciation Week

which is 

NOVEMBER 6NOVEMBER 12

Now, while I was NOT rescued from a Shelter, my kitty brother,  Cody, was adopted from a foster home affiliated with a rescue. When I came to live with my family, my Mom and Dad did search Sheltie rescues but there were none in our area. Mom wasn’t blogging then and didn’t know about pet transport, so that is the reason an adopted Sheltie did not come to live with Mom, Dad and Cody.

That being said, our family has close ties to Animal Shelters though, and we DEEPLY appreciate them! My human “bonus-sister” is the Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League & Haven,  and Mom featured her on our blog last summer. 

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Mom also frequently features adoption events/fundraisers for Michigan Humane as well as  the shelter, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.  It is our way of at least doing SOMETHING to help. We think animal shelters should be appreciated EVERY day, not just one week out of the year. Thankfully Rachael Ray feels the same way that is why a portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. 

Logo courtesy of Nutrish.

5 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

 SHARE ADOPTABLE PETS–Visit a Shelter’s website and if they have a widget for a daily featured adoptable animal, you can install it on your blog if you are a blogger. (We have had one on our sidebar for years). If you are not a blogger, you can share an adoptable animal on your Facebook page.

 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Visit their website,  “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stop in and visit in person.

 PURCHASE ITEMS FROM YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Many shelters have websites where you can purchase items such as  T-shirts, mugs,holiday cards, calendars,  all sorts of things that you can order and the proceeds go towards helping animals. (In many instances the shelters also offer the items that are for sale online at their physical locations too). For the past few years my Mom has bought holiday cards from Michigan Humane (some of you may have received one in past years). It’s a “win-win” for the animals, you and your card recipients.

 VOLUNTEER–Many shelters would appreciate a volunteer coming to walk or play with dogs, clean cages for dogs and cats, help with feeding and so much more….SPEAKING OF FOOD….

 DONATE MUCH NEEDED ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD! Shelters can always use blankets, toys in good condition (that can’t be swallowed, Mom always puts together a bag of toys that Cody and I no longer use when she visits Pet Expos. Usually there are shelters there who will gladly accept them.), newspaper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and MORE! You can give your local shelter a call to see what they need.

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(Always check with your Shelter or Rescue first though to find out if they are accepting food donations). If they are,  you might want to purchase a few bags of MY FAVORITE from Rachael Ray Nutrish!

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

 

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

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Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “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.”

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All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

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Mom and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

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#Sponsored: “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!! #NutrishPets

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

Hi my friends it’s Dakota! I just love Fall! Fall is a beautiful time of year, isn’t it? The colors of the leaves match my luxurious coat, there is a chill in the air….

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there is Halloween, football, baseball….”WAIT, WHAT??!! Baseball?” Yep my friends, BASEBALL! There was baseball in October! Imagine that!! My furry friends, my  home  was turned upside down this Fall,  since the first week of October, all because of BASEBALL!!! “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!!

Why? Well, my Mom is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and her beloved Cleveland Indians were in the playoffs this year, and they made it all the way to the World Series!! For the one or two of you who live in the U.S. that don’t know, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, better known as the “underdogs” (whoever dreamed up THAT term is beyond me! Dogs aren’t beneath or “under” anything other than maybe resting under a table or something like that…but I digress….), were both battling with their hearts and souls because the Cubs hadn’t been to the World Series in over 100 years, and Mom’s Indians hadn’t WON a World Series since 1948. (Prior to 2016 the Cleveland Indians were in the World Series in ’95 and ’97 and lost both times). Mom was confident that the THIRD time would be “the charm”, or so she thought….

Let me tell you pals, it was HARD living in my house! My kitty brother didn’t feel the stress like I did because Mom kept saying that since we live in the Detroit area, and he is a feline,  (and kisses up to Daddy), that he is a Detroit Tigers fan. So,  Mom decided I was the logical choice to be HER  “baseball buddy!”

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What does that mean? It meant that I had to sit there and take part in some of my Mom’s “rituals” or should we say “superstitions?” Well, for those of you who love baseball like my Mom, you know that baseball players are some of the most superstitious in sports. They have their favorite “walk-on” songs, (songs that play when they come up to bat), they have their favorite bats, favorite necklaces, etc. They even eat food that they feel is LUCKY.  Food that will bring them good luck for a game!

Mom’s food of choice superstition, was that if she ate the same snack that she had eaten when the Indians won a game, if she ate it again, the winning streak would continue. During the World Series Mom’s food of choice was popcorn. Bowls (or I should say TROUGHS of it!!!) Mom makes popcorn with olive oil and parmesan cheese. I usually have a tiny bit with her, but then, I move on to   MY food of choice,  my Nutrish!!!

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My “food of choice” is no superstition, it is what I eat EVERY DAY and  is what I have eaten since 2008! Hey! “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!”

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My fave is:

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

 

It is tasty and I LOVE IT!!!!!!  So friends, back to my story. All was right in my world while the Indians were winning….Mom had her popcorn and I had my Nutrish. This “ritual” was great! Every time Mom had her snack, I got extra Nutrish! I hit the Mother Lode! I wasn’t just having my Nutrish at meal times like I usually do, I was having my favorite food for  snacks too! I kept thinking, “Go Indians!!”

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But then, things took a turn for the worse. The Indians started losing, Mom was getting crabby, and there were TONS of HBO words being thrown around my house! Words not fit for ANY Sheltie to hear.

Then, the unthinkable happened. THE INDIANS LOST BY A SCORE OF 8-7, in the SEVENTH GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES,  in the 10th inning!!!

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The smile quickly left my face. Mom was crying, I was sad for Mom, but even sadder for myself. My extra servings of Nutrish would stop….but……I quickly realized, “Hey! I eat Nutrish EVERY day! That won’t change! I can be happy and let Mom be sad by herself!! Seasons change, baseball teams lose championships and rip my Mom’s heart out, but all is right in MY world because even though my extra snacks will end,  I will continue to eat Nutrish at my meal times TWICE A DAY, EVERY DAY!!” I am proud that Nutrish has:

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “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.”

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. 

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

Dakota and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

(Oh and while Mom is still grieving over the Indians loss, we would like to Congratulate the Cubs and their fans on their epic accomplishment……(we think!)

 

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