A Dog’s View of Labor Day

 

 

Happy Labor Day to those celebrating!

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Wikipedia

For everyone else, Happy Monday!

Love Dakota’s tie? So do we!! It’s from Mirage Pet Products and we will be featuring some adorable products of theirs this October and November!

The Service Dog Digger, Written and Illustrated by Hope I Saxton

In honor of National Dog Day,  a day that “celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.”  Dakota and I think that today, while we are celebrating ALL dogs, it is also the  perfect time to introduce an important children’s book that honors Service Dogs.

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Digger the Service Dog: “by evoking an emotional response in my art I can have a conversation with a total stranger, who may or may not speak my language…from anywhere in the world. If I can illustrate a response toward empathy and educate the public to seen and unseen disabilities, I have used my art to encourage a more compassionate society.” Hope Saxton

FROM THE SERVICE DOG DIGGER: “What does a Service Dog do?  A Service Dog helps people function in a normal life by helping disabled people do things that they can not do, like fetch an out of reach phone when it rings. They may also alert a handler to a ringing doorbell that they cannot hear. A Service Dog may also help mobilize a person by helping them stand or walk, or even by transporting them. Service Dogs come in every size and with different tasks that they like to do.”

Written and beautifully illustrated by Hope I Saxton in language that children can understand, The Service Dog Digger “allows the reader to understand the role service dogs play in society. Hope shares her experience that endears pets and children as well as pets and parents.”

Meet Digger:

“Digger” Photo Courtesy of Hope I Saxton

Digger is the dog of author and illustrator Hope I Saxton. “Digger is a soft, attentive, friendly, longhaired Chihuahua that will capture your heart.”

In The Service Dog Digger,  Saxton describes “the many ways in which Digger helps his owner be more aware of her surroundings and to remain calm, so she can speak better.”

She also explains to children (and adults), that “A working animal helps his or her human handler do his or her job better than doing it alone.” She mentions the jobs that police dogs, performance dogs and search and rescue dogs do that is clear, simple and concise for young minds to understand.

This book, while small in pages, stands tall in the important message that it shares. Children AND adults will learn the PROPER way to approach ANY animal, especially a working animal. Hope teaches us the:

5 Finger Rule to Approaching Working Animals…

  1. Stop
  2. Look!
  3. Listen…
  4. Ask….
  5. Follow directions!!!

That is a rule that many adults need to be reminded of as well!  Including myself!

This beautiful hard-cover book is only 18 pages, but it is 18 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT pages. In the back you will find various organizations that will help individuals with disabilities, animals, Veterans and more.

I know many of you who read my blog have service animals of your own. What an incredible gesture it would be to purchase this book (it is available as a hardback 978-1-4808-3707-2,  which is what I received, paperback 978-1-4808-3705-8,  and as an E-Book 978-1-4808-3706-5, Publisher: www.archwaypublishing.com) for the facilities that you visit, as well as to give to some of your more special parents and children that you encounter during your visits. What a wonderful and cherished gift this would make!

 

While Dakota and I give The Service Dog Digger a resounding rating of  “4-PAWS UP!!”, my one and only complaint, (which is actually more of a suggestion),  is that I would have liked to have seen this book be longer. I am suggesting that Hope Saxton turn The Service Dog Digger into a SERIES, that will go into more depth about the myriad of SPECIFIC situations that I am sure Digger helped her with throughout his life.  How educational, interesting and fun that would be for all of us to read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hope Saxton is a U.S. Marine and Army veteran with a service dog for almost a decade. Hope has a BFA in Visual Communications from the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA. She is an avid photographer, motorcyclist and gardener. Hope volunteers her art and her time to veteran and other service organizations.

She is married and has 4 grown children, and 3 grandchildren, 3 dogs, a turkey and a dozen chickens. She and her husband, Franklin, reside on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Thank you to Hope Saxton for this wonderful book and to ALL OF YOU, Dakota and I wish you a

 Happy National Dog Day!!

Friday Funny: “Let Me Take A Sheltie”

Hi! Is anyone out there? My DEEPEST apologies that we have not posted in AGES!!! All is basically ok, but this past week Dakota was ill with “the runs.” He is FINE now thank goodness!

I am a member of a group on Facebook (Sheltie Owners) and was recently “friended” by a Sheltie Mom of a handsome Sheltie-boy named “Nico.” While perusing her photos, I ran across this:

Rather than the current “selfie” craze I would MUCH RATHER see a “Sheltie Craze” take place!! (I would credit the cartoon but I don’t know where it originated), all I know is, I LOVE IT!!

 

 

Lazy Day

Today is my kind of day! It is “Lazy Day!”

FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR:

“Here’s a special day you can celebrate without getting up from the sofa. Lazy Day is an ideal excuse to take a break and enjoy some precious “me” time, without feeling guilty about it.”

“Now’s your chance to stop tearing around doing chores and organising events. Sit down and relax, or go back to bed for a nap. You could even mark the occasion by pampering yourself with a massage treatment or visit to a spa – if getting there doesn’t seem too much like hard work, that is.”

 

“The founders of Lazy Day aren’t known, possibly because they were too busy chilling out to keep a record of their efforts! However, their idea has caught on, with many people enjoying the chance to get away from everyday stress. So lie back on the couch, give your TV remote control some exercise, and enjoy a well-earned rest”

Mom says that for a Sheltie I am one of the LAZIEST dogs that she knows! I have no idea what she is talking about! Just because I don’t love taking walks it doesn’t mean I am lazy! I work security around my den 24/7 and in my opinion that is FAR from being lazy!

Barks and licks and love

Dakota

 

Shetland Sheepdog -Wordless Wednesday

#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!!