A Bark Out to YOU on National Compliment Day


Best Tips for Keeping Your Dog and Cat Happy and Healthy Around One Another

Having multiple pets is a great way to have a fun and fulfilling household. However, it can be challenging to have pets of different types especially if those pets are a dog and a cat. If you have a dog and a cat at home, fear not. While dogs and cats may not naturally be the easiest of friends, there are some steps you can take to make sure that your furry buddies get along okay, and that they stay safe, healthy and happy around one another. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your dog and cat in great shape under the same roof.

Introduce them Slowly and Safely

The first step to ensuring that your cat and dog live okay in the same space is the introduction. Introduce your cat and dog in a safe, slow and calm way. Make sure your dog is in a space that he cannot escape from, then allow your cat to see, smell and investigate your dog from a separate room. You can allow your cat to go into the dog’s space and investigate him, but you should allow your cat an easy escape if he or she feels threatened or overwhelmed by the dog. This can ensure that he or she doesn’t experience undue anxiety, and that if your dog gets too worked up, it’s easy to de-escalate the situation and calm him or her down.

Hang Out Together With Your Dog on the Leash

After the introduction goes okay, if you’re still uncertain how your dog will react to the cat, spend some time hanging out with the both of them in the same room — but with your dog on a leash. That way, you can control where he or she goes and what he or she can physically do, but he or she can enjoy being in the same space as the cat without a barrier.

Keep the Cat’s Food and Litter Box Somewhere Separate and Safe

Cats are territorial about their food and their litter box. Keep it somewhere where the dog can’t access to ensure your cat  feels like he or she has an escape and that he or she can be safe when eating and going to the bathroom. Consider making a space for your cat that is separated by a baby gate that a dog can’t get over. This isn’t only in your cat’s interest, but your dog’s too. You can stop your dog from eating your cat’s food, which isn’t good for him or her — or from getting into your cat’s litter box and consuming things that can hurt his or her stomach.

Having a dog and cat is a fun way to add love to your family. However, if your dog and cat don’t naturally get along, or you’re worried that there might be tension, fear not. There are some simple steps you can take to protect both animals, and make sure that they help keep your house a place that is thriving, calm, and loving. If you have a particularly challenging animal or you’re worried about how one of your animals might react to a new one being brought into the house, consult your vet during a regular visit — like when to get flea or tick treatment or for heart disease treatment with Vetmedin. If you’re looking for an additional resource that can assist you in heart disease treatment for your dog, look here for how Allivet pet pharmacy can provide more affordable pet medication. Your vet can give you tips about how to best introduce your animals plus you can get more info here for what is normal to expect when they meet a new furry friend.


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Flashback Friday: Sheltie Sings for Popcorn on National Popcorn Day

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was so happy when I saw that today is National Popcorn Day! We are HUGE popcorn fans in our home (we have it 2- 3 times per week). This holiday is the perfect time to share portions of an older blog post, I am sure there are some who haven’t seen this. Hope you enjoy!

Dakota loves nothing more than sharing some popcorn with me (don’t worry, I pop mine myself, the old-fashioned way with the KERNELS, but yes I do it in the microwave and I don’t give him much!) I pop mine in the microwave in a bowl with a lid (with no oil, you can also do it in a brown paper bag). When it comes out, I drizzle it with olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

Being the brilliant Sheltie that Dakota is, he KNOWS when you are talking about POPCORN, even if you SPELL IT! He also knows what the container looks like that I keep it in and will begin losing his mind whenever he sees it!


Being the HORRIBLE doggy Mom that I am, I often like to egg Dakota on, (he’s just sooo easy to get worked up!), and that is just what I was doing the other night.

Enjoy this silly video and please excuse my “singing!!” Dakota had actually “sung” with me the day before, and I was trying to get him to do it again, but I wasn’t horribly successful!

Once Dakota had his fill of my annoying him….he “exits stage left!!!!!”

Now go and pop some for yourself and have a great day!!!

2018 In ‘da House!

Thank you for my Holiday Cards!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota! I know those of you who are waiting for Santa to arrive are beside yourselves with excitement! Well, I am excited for you! I am living vicariously through all of you, wishing that fat jolly man in the red suit would visit MY house! Can’t wait to read your posts about Christmas! While I am waiting, Mom and I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the FURBULOUS e-cards and snail mail cards that I received! Mom and I are deeply touched THANK YOU!! Sit back and let me show them to you, Mom and I also listed the name of each blog listed (for the ecards) and we linked to you too, (just click on the name of the blog beneath each card to visit them) ! 
























See? these are pawtastic aren’t they? I told ya! Now we go on to the:


I am sorry these are hard to see!! And…so ok, Cody received a TON more cards than I did but it’s all good! Maybe if my Mom would help me blog more regularly (instead of every now and then like she has me do now),  people would realize that I am around BOL.  Oh well, what’s a Sheltie to do? I am grateful for all of my cards and I thank you so much!

Have a pawtastic Christmas Eve all!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota 

Holiday Card Update!

Dakota and I would like to thank everyone who has sent us cards via email and snail mail! Oh my we are loving them! I am working hard to get my cards mailed out to those who mailed cards to us (one batch went out Monday, just mailed another batch today! As long as they get there by the New Year it’s all good!)

We are going to be posting the cards we received via email and snail mail on the blog, hopefully somewhere around the 22nd, 23rd or 24th…not sure what date yet, but we WILL post them!

To our international friends, I dropped the ball big time and do not have international stamps, (and don’t want to brave the long lines at the Post Office, I am so sorry!)…so, for you and for anyone who would like them, I am posting a card that Ann Adamus from Zoolatry made for us in 2014 (many of you have received a different card from us via email already, but since Chanukah is over I wanted to post a card that was more “Christmasy.” if you would like to have it)

Thanks so much for the wonderful greetings we have received already, you ALL make us smile!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota and Caren