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dish dakota bowl and apron

Hi my furry and two-legged friends!!! It’s Dakota! Today I herded Mom OFF of the keyboard because I have some exciting news to share with you, and it is only fitting that the news comes from ME and NOT my Mom!

Things had been pretty slow around my den, winter was wrapping up,  nothing exciting was going on and I was becoming tired of watching my kitty brother constantly cleaning himself.

I was starting to get hungry, and was jonesing for a bowl of Nutrish, but with no thumbs I knew I was out of luck trying to get it myself.  Then, like magic, before I could complete three Sheltie spins there was a knock at the door!!!  There was a box,  it was for ME…and…it was from Nutrish!!


dish logo on box

I couldn’t believe my eyes, OR my luck!!! Rachael Ray Nutrish had come out with NEW FOOD that they wanted to share with me!  NEW DISH SUPER PREMIUM FOOD FOR DOGS!!!

dish dakota yelling

Now, I am one super intelligent Sheltie (it’s part of my lineage you know), so I HAD to learn more about just WHAT makes DISH special, I moved in for a closer look, my eyes fell on a photo of delectable, crispy carrots (which I LOVE), I had to read more!!!

dish dakota box i want carrots

Upon closer inspection I learned that:

DISH from Rachael Ray Nutrish:

Has Real U.S. farm-raised chicken or beef 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 I do!!

dish food photo with description

Graphic courtesy of Nutrish

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


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

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

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

Available in two flavors:  Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken and Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit

dish dakota head on with bag fabulous

Ok, now all this talk has made me even HUNGRIER!!!! I gotta get my Mom to DISH it up for me!!!! How can you get YOUR human to “DISH” up new DISH SUPER PREMIUM FOOD FOR DOGS  for YOU???

Look for DISH where you shop for your family’s groceries or visit to buy online.

dish collage



One lucky DOGGY will receive a THE SAME BOX that I received (which includes BOTH flavors of Rachael Ray Nutrish DISH Super Premium Food for Dogs, the same dog bowl I am using above, the bib and more!!!!) They will also receive TEN COUPONS for DISH!!! THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS WHO ARE 18+. ENTERING IS SUPER EASY, ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW…THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BONUS ENTRIES!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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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.

Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $10MM. 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.




dish dakota snarling is this photo shoot over

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

New from Rachael Ray Nutrish! #NutrishZeroGrain Beef with Bison! #sponsored

Hello my woofie friends! As you already know if you are a regular reader of my blog,  I spend a ton of time around my den barking. I especially enjoy  barking about  things that I LOVE! You also know that I am a huge fan of Rachael Ray Nutrish and have been eating it since 2008, that’s a whole THREE years before I ever had a blog!

A few weeks ago I was thinking about how I hadn’t heard from my furiends at Nutrish for what seemed like an awfully long dog nap, when suddenly there was a sound at the door! There was a package that was addressed to Mom but I knew it was for ME!

Nutrish October Box

I could not wait to get my paws on it because I knew the second I read the side of the box that this HAD to be good!

Nutrish October side of box

I wanted to open the box myself, but since I don’t have thumbs to do so, (and Mom wouldn’t let me chew the box), I was at HER mercy! Finally, she opened it and look at what was inside!

Nutrish October contents of box

There was delicious Zero Grain Beef, Potato and Bison Recipe Nutrish for me, an ADORABLE steak toy, (also for ME!). Mom received a pawtastic Rachael Ray cutting board (her second, Mom had pawchased the exact same cutting board about six months ago!) and steak knives!! (How did Rachael Ray know that Mom had been whining about needing new knives just a week before the package arrived and then voila they are here!?)  The cutting board and knives are from Rachael Ray’s Cucina Collection (which Mom also bought in the past year and loves!) To say that Mom is obsessed with all things Rachael Ray is an understatement, but I digress, back to ME and my FOOD!

Nutrish October Dakota with bag

Enough of the suspense I had to get my paws on it!!!

Now woofies, it is super impawtant that whenever your human introduces new food to you, you SHOULD ALWAYS be sure that you follow a proper transition plan. Because Rachael Ray Nutrish may offer different ingredients than your dog is used to, it may take up to ten days for your dog’s system to become acclimated to Nutrish. Slowly mix with his or her other food over a five- to ten-day period until your dog is solely eating Nutrish.

Guess what? Because I have been eating Nutrish since 2008, I didn’t have to do that. I just DOVE RIGHT IN! (Please excuse my crunching, I just couldn’t get enough of this food!)

My happiness is impawtant to Mom.  Along with seeing my vet regularly, taking me for walks, (I should say trying to get me to walk, I don’t like walks) and giving me playtime and kisses and lots of love,   feeding me Nutrish makes she (and me), smile! There are:



Nutrish October Dakota product description
You should see for yourself! Rachael Ray Nutrish is offering a super pawesome discount!  ($3 off Zero Grain pet food), just click here to get your coupon!

Now, I bet you are wondering what Mom was doing while I was enjoying my beef with bison. Of course you were! My furiends at Nutrish sent Mom a couple of recipes, and she just had to make one of them! Now, the photo below says “My Burger”, let’s set things straight, that was Mom’s burger! I was busy with my beef and bison!

Nutrish October my burger collage

Mom and Dad were going on and on about how fantastic those burgers tasted, you can get the entire recipe here. (Or just click on the photo!) The recipe states you can use either sirloin or bison. Mom wanted to make the bison, but Dad wanted sirloin, so on this one, Dad won. The folks at Nutrish even included handy tips for preparing bison and beef!

We were all licking our “CHOPS” afterward, that is for sure!!!! Me, because I had enjoyed my Zero Grain Beef Potato and Bison, Mom and Dad, cause they had their OWN burgers!! But…as they say……..there is someone  in EVERY CROWD who just HAS to be upset! 

Nutrish October Cody with box

  • About Rachael Ray Nutrish:
    • In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish ultra-premium food and treats for dogs. In 2014, they 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 natural ingredients and do not contain meat or poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real meat is the #1 ingredient and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen.
    • DID YOU KNOW THAT Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, a charity created to help shelter pets in need. To date they have donated over $9MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. Nutrish is proud to  bring pet specialty quality food to the masses. Rachael Ray Nutrish is the first premium brand that is only available in grocery/mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. They are  very happy to say that they are the fastest growing dry dog food brand in the grocery/mass space. Contributing to the brand’s success is the approachability, accessibility and connection to Rachael Ray, who brings on-trend humanization of pet food and represents the charitable Rachael’s Rescue component.



#NutrishPetMoments Rachael Ray Nutrish Fur Real Pet Moments Contest! Win Nutrish for a year + $1,500!

Being a pet parent herself, Rachael Ray KNOWS what that entails! She will often share snippets on her show of some of the latest antics of her dog, Isaboo, ( Isaboo sometimes makes appearances on Rachael’s show too and in her mag and I always love seeing her!), and she LOVES hearing about the antics of our pets too!

As a result Rachael Ray Nutrish wants to celebrate those moments where you just know you’re a pet parent with the “Fur Real Pet Moments” meme contest. You know those moments, let’s say you bought them a toy, but all they cared about was the box or their favorite chew toy is your finger, or worse yet, a table leg!

Create your own meme using the generator provided on the Rachael Ray Nutrish “Fur Real Pet Moments” contest page. and enter!  (You must enter by September 20th, 2015 for a chance to win!) It’s super easy! All you do is choose one of your photos, and Nutrish makes the creation process a breeze,  by providing a number of fun captions for you to choose from! It is your chance  to show other pet parents they’re not alone! As you are going to do, I JUMPED on the chance to make mine!




When people who don’t blog look at photos of our pets and comment about how “cute” they are, they often aren’t aware of just how hard it can be to take those photos, especially when you have a pet who is camera-shy, or more than likely, is just annoyed by my constantly approaching him for photos.

I see other people with dogs who willingly pose for photos with glee (often including elaborate props) and I think, “Hmmm, it’s either ME or I just have a dog who derives great enjoyment out of seeing what lengths I will go to finally get a decent photo!”

Does any of that ring true for ANY of you?

Back in the day when Dakota was young and would tear up wood doors, eat cell phones, stuffed animals, paper and anything he could get his paws on, it was MUCH easier.

Dakota meme 1

After the “crime” was committed, all I had to do was grab the camera (more than likely, my phone, since that is always with me), and CLICK. Easy-peasy. Oh if it only were ALWAYS that easy!

Most of the time, when I need to take photos of Dakota for a blog post, what I get is what you see below. No amount of treat offering, or sweet coaxing will get him to come out from his “Den” which is conveniently located under our coffee table.

Dakota meme 3

I will make all sorts of intriguing “deals” with him about all of the great treats he will get if he cooperates. I will speak softly or with enthusiasm, but when Dakota is in his “no go” mood, NONE of that will work.

That is until…I am NOT taking a photo of him and do NOT want him in the photo AT ALL:

Dakota meme 4

Ok seriously, WHO could resist this giant Sheltie nose? Certainly not me and it enabled me to trick him and finally get a photo of him!

I often feel guilty following Dakota around with a camera. Maybe if I planned better I could just grab shots more at random, rather than waiting until I absolutely NEED THEM to try. What do you think?

I love my crazy Sheltie boy and if you have been following this blog since its inception in 2011, you KNOW that Dakota has been eating Rachael Ray Nutrish since 2008 (do the math, that’s WAY before he EVER blogged). I was drawn to the brand for a variety of reasons, just a few of them being:

  • For Rachael Ray food equals love — whether she’s cooking a meal for friends or working with pet nutrition experts to create delicious recipes for our family’s furry companions, I KNOW there is a great deal of love, time and thought being put into the recipes!
  • A portion of Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue to help animals in need.
  • Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet.
  • Rachael’s personal proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need.
    • Every Rachael Ray Nutrish food and treat recipe is made with simple ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies, so they’re naturally delicious.
    • Dakota meme 2 So when I ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY  MUST HAVE A PHOTO, I just whip out my bag of Nutrish and voila!! I click away and end up with the most adorable Sheltie smile EVER!! This boy, whom I love with all of my heart, in spite of the fact that he often drives me crazy, LOVES his Nutrish and I LOVE serving it to him!!!

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Thanks to all who entered our give-away for a case of Caru Pet Food Stews!!!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

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It’s time to announce the lucky winner!!


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Oh my furiends are gonna LOVE these stews!!!!

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Enjoy my furiends!!

Barks and licks and love,