Shetland Sheepdog -Wordless Wednesday

ASPCA Summer Give-Away Winners!

Hi all! Thanks so much for entering our ASPCA SUMMER GIVE-AWAY!!!

Now, if you refer to our original post (which we linked to in the first sentence of this post), it said we were only going to have THREE WINNERS. Well, when Mom was going through the entries to have random.org pick the three lucky winners, she noticed that only FIVE PEOPLE who left a comment, did what Mom asked. Mom had asked to please leave a comment stating that you wish to be entered. (Now, maybe those that didn’t, didn’t want to be entered, but Mom is thinking that might not be the case). Mom is rather anal and rule-obsessed, (probably from her  days of being a life-guard, and her control-freak personality), and Mom felt that since five people DID do what she asked, she felt they should be rewarded, (kinda like being a good dog ya know? They should get a TREAT! BOL). So, Mom emailed our dear friend at the ASPCA and asked her permission about having FIVE winners instead of THREE and guess what? She said YES!!!!  (She’s SPECIAL like that!). Sooooooo, the LUCKY FIVE WINNERS (who are good woofies and followed directions) are listed below, (and if we know they have a blog we linked to their blogs too!!!!!!) If you see your name listed below please email your COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS, (NO P.O. BOXES!!),  to cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com (no worries if you don’t email Mom, she will still get a hold of you!!)  Now, on with our lucky winners!

 

ALL THINGS COLLIE

PIPO/MINKO/MR.JACK FRECKLES

BAILEY UNLEASHED

THERESA SPAID

BARBARA GALE

HUGE CONDOGULATIONS!! It pays to be a “good dog” ya know?

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

International Kissing Day!

Today is International Kissing Day! It’s not just for  lovers either! It’s a day to show appreciation for friends, family, pets, anyone you wanna plant a big ‘ol juicy kiss on!!!!

I LOVE TO KISS MY MAMA!!

MY AUNT NANCY GETS TONS

OF MY KISSES!!

KISS AWAY MY FRIENDS!!

Are YOU Next???

PUCKER UP

SO I CAN GIVE YOU

A BIG 

SHELTIE SMOOCH!!!

 

 

 

My Dad is a CHEATER!!!! Camera Day

According to Days of the Year today is Camera Day. I thought it was a great chance to show you how my Dad cheated on Cody and I this past Saturday. You see, Mom and Dad went to Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, June 24th (their wedding anniversary!), to attend the wedding of their cousin. They rode with my Uncle Bill and my Aunt Judy. Well, as evidenced by the photo below, it appears that SOME WOOFIE who just happens to be our cousin Punky, began celebrating early.

Hey Punky!! Why don’t you just make yourself a little more comfortable and steal my Dad while you are at it? He isn’t supposed to be petting other woofies!!!!

Barks and licks and jealous love, Dakota

(From the Mom: Punky is actually a sweetheart. She stayed on my husband’s lap during the entire  2 hour trip! She slept most of the way there, and was as content as could be!! We love her to pieces!!)

HOW TO CELEBRATE CAMERA DAY FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR: There is no better day than Camera Day to snap some photos during your lunch hour, on your commute to work, or whenever a moment of inspiration strikes. Cameras and photography have developed substantially over the years, from its early roots with the French inventor Joseph Niépce right up to modern-day digital photography.

Joseph Niépce was a French inventor; he is most noted as one of the inventors of photography and was a pioneer in the field. He developed the heliograph; a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825, the view from the window at Le Gras the family’s estate. To learn more about Camera Day click here.

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

 

 

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