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

The GREENIES® Brand to Help Provide Vital Dental Care for Service Dogs #greeniesgives

greenies photo

A service dog’s mouth is one of its most important assets. In order to perform essential daily tasks for their owners a service dog’s mouth must be in its healthiest state. Unfortunately, dental health issues continue to be one of the leading health risks for pets, service dogs included. That’s why The GREENIES® Brand has partnered with the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) to provide grants that help fund the cost of vital dental care procedures for service dogs.

Through the Oral Care for Service Dogs program, board-certified veterinary dentists perform oral health procedures for registered service dogs that have displayed oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort, compromising the dogs’ health and preventing them from performing their essential duties effectively.

The GREENIES® Brand has pledged a $20,000 grant to support dental care for service dogs and will, through the remainder of October, activate pet owners and bloggers online to spread news about pet oral health as a means to realize the full donation amount:

  • Each new like on The GREENIES® Brand’s page on Facebook will activate a $1 donation to the Oral Care for Service Dogs program
  • Each tweet that uses #greeniesgives on Twitter will activate a $1 donation to the Oral Care for Service
    Dogs program
  • For every blog post written about the importance of pet oral health and how GREENIES® Dental Chews and Treats help to keep pets healthy and happy, The GREENIES® Brand will donate $100 to the Oral Care for Service Dogs program


The GREENIES® Brand team will also regularly share stories and pictures of the service dogs cared for through the program via the brand’s Facebook page,


In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing information that was sent to me by the company to share with my readers.


Thanks to everyone who entered! We wish we could give everyone a box of   GREENIES®

The winner (s) of:

Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Lexie and Mica of Tylers 99


of  Tylersat99’s Blog!!


Mom is going to be emailing you to get your address!! You are gonna love these!!!!


Barks and licks and love,



Hi every doggy! (and kitties that may be in attendance!) it’s Dakota!

I just love this time of year! Everybody is happy, people are exchanging love, caring, presents, even licks! One of my favorite things is when I receive an unexpected gift! That is EXACTLY what happened last week!

I was just sitting around, minding my business, listening for sounds and watching out the window for any doggy that might be going potty in MY territory, when what did my alert Sheltie ears hear? A knock at the door!

After alerting my Mom and Dad by doing my best Sheltie barks and continuing on for 20 minutes AFTER the fact, my Mom showed me what had arrived.

greenies in box


What in the world?? Mom and I looked at each other in surprise. We weren’t expecting anything. I was overcome with excitement, I was spinning 100 times faster than my normal cyclone-speed Sheltie spins! ….Hurry Mom! Open it! What’s inside?

greenies letter


There was a lovely message wrapped in a festive Christmas-green bow. SOMEBODY LOVES ME!  I was jumping on Mom begging her to read faster and to begin opening the package already!

greenies holiday box opened

When Mom and I opened the package we couldn’t believe it! The wonderful people at  GREENIES® had sent me a beautifully decorated holiday box of:



Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!



Mom and I were overcome with happiness and were surprised to have received this most WONDERFUL and UNEXPECTED gift! Mom loves GREENIES® CANINE DENTAL CHEWS because they are good for me

From the GREENIES® website:


GREENIES® Dental Chews are the #1 veterinarian-recommended dental chews* and clinically proven to provide a total oral health solution.

* In pet specialty, among veterinarians that recommended dental chews for at-home oral care.


GREENIES® Dental Chews are naturally made with added vitamins, minerals, taurine, and chlorophyll (sodium copper chlorophyllin) to provide a complete oral care, and offer a nutritionally complete and balanced blend of highly soluble and digestible proteins for adult dogs based on AAFCO recommendations.


GREENIES® Dental Chews are clinically proven to clean dogs’ teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums.

Be sure to click on the photo to visit the Greenie website!

Be sure to click on the photo to visit the Greenie website!

Mom immediately picked up the phone and thanked our furiends at GREENIES®  and then she decided, that as a THANK YOU to  GREENIES®, she would have me blog about these wonderful treats. That made me think. I don’t like featuring things on my blog that YOU can’t win, so I dictated an email to my furiends at GREENIES®  and told them I was going to blog about their special surprise and asked if I could please have a give-away for YOU! Guess what! They said YES!
dakota greenies photo
So, my pals, ONE OF YOU (U.S. only please), are going to win the SAME gift as me (one tub of  GREENIES® CANINE DENTAL CHEWS) OR….if you are a KITTY and you enter and are the lucky winner YOU can win THREE BAGS OF FELINE GREENIES® !!! 
click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

click on the photo to visit the Greenies website!

Just leave a comment telling me why YOU want to win!  (with a way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner) by MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 5pm EST…WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH (or later, if Mom can’t get her act together!)
Good luck my furiends!!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota