The BEST New Holiday Tradition For 2014!

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Hi every kitty and woofie! It’s Dakota!!

I am so excited to see all of you!

Many of you know that I am a Sheltie that is of the Jewish persuasion, so instead of having a Christmas tree and all, I celebrate Chanukah. (The Festival of Lights).  We light our Menorah every night for eight nights, and if you are lucky you get presents all eight nights!

dakota holiday tradition post menorah on table

 

I know that  my kitty brother, Cody, and I don’t get presents all eight nights because Mom says we have too many toys, so I wasn’t quite as excited about Chanukah as I should have been.  Then, I sat myself down and said, “Chanukah and Christmas aren’t just about toys, they are holidays that are about giving to OTHERS too!” Well, as soon as I changed my thoughts, the most exciting thing happened! I am ECSTATIC to tell you about something that happened at my den the first night of Chanukah, that if I have anything to bark about it, it will be CERTAIN to happen EVERY year!

It all started when I was just sitting around being the perfect gentleman:

dakota holiday tradition post the perfect gentleman

you see, I KNOW when I think pawsitive and strike the gentleman pose, good things will happen! Sure enough, it worked!

My super Sheltie ears perked up at the sound of the UPS man leaving a package at our door! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As it turned out, the package was for Cody, NOT for me. His Secret Paws partner had sent him a package!!

There was a beautiful card too! We were thrilled to learn that Cody’s Secret Paws partners were  Melissa and Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows! 

dakota holiday tradition post card from melissa

Cody  had all sorts of gifts that were wrapped with his name on them! As Cody pawed through his presents, he told me that Melissa and Truffles had sent presents to ME TOO!! Woofies! I couldn’t believe my EYES!

dakota holiday tradition post wrapped packages from melissa

PRESENTS!! FOR ME!!!

Mom said that before I could open anything I had to put my yarmulke on and join Mom, Dad and Cody over by the Menorah and say the Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessing

dakota holiday tradition post dakota with menorah

Once that was done I could have my presents!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing package from melissa

Mom was impressed that I didn’t try to rip the festive gift wrap off my presents. I was so happy that I received something, that I wanted to savor the different scents. I had a feeling there was something super good inside!

The first present I opened contained a DUCK!

dakota holiday tradition post duck

Pretty cool isn’t it? 

Then the surprise of all surprises appeared!

See for yourself!

 I was so happy I could NOT stop SMILING!!

Melissa and Truffles must have known that there is NOTHING that makes me smile MORE than having my SOUP BONES, my reputation as a respected  Ambassadog for Nutrish is well-known around these parts, but I digress… Melissa knew that these bones would bring a HUGE SMILE to my face and sure enough, she was right!

dakota holiday tradition post smiling next to soup bone bag

I immediately struck my gentleman pose, Mom wasn’t giving me my Soup Bones fast enough, so I made sure I didn’t break my stare, “Come on Mom! Give me my Soup Bones! PLEAAASE!! “

dakota holiday tradition post next to soup bones on chair

Did she open them right away?

Noooo! She had the nerve to take a photo of them!

dakota holiday tradition post soup bones on table

I sat in shock, what was with this woman? Then, when I thought I couldn’t take the suspense any longer, they were mine, ALL MINE!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing soup bone bag

The delicious scent teased my ample Sheltie nose!

dakota holiday tradition post licking soup bone before taking out of bag

I just HAD to have a LICK!

I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

I HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

THE HECK WITH BEING A GENTLEMAN!

I MOVED IN FOR THE KILL!

dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

dakota holiday tradition post grabbing soup bone out of bag

Well, there you have it! I think that EVERY year moving forward, that I am gonna hang with Cody and his feline pals and make sure that he takes part in the Secret Paws event!

Gotta hand it to those kitties and their humans, they sure lived up to the hype of being rather intelligent! They knew just how to make this Sheltie’s holiday a special one!

Thanks to Melissa and Truffles for giving me the BEST CHANUKAH EVER!

If you celebrate Chanukah make your pawrents get you one Soup Bone for every night, if you celebrate Christmas ask them to put them in your stocking! I am certain that once you do, they will become a tradition at YOUR house too!!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some important business to take care of:

dakota holiday tradition post eating soup bone

 

THEY ARE MINE!! ALL MINE!!!!!!!!

“See ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and Soup Bone Love,

Dakota

Thankful Thursday: A Special Holiday Message from ChazzTheDog-A Guest Post

From Dakota’s Den: I read this post from my buddy Chazz  on his blog  ADOPTED MOM TO CHAZZ and it resonated with me. It made such an impression that I asked Chazz’s Mom if I may re-post this. She graciously gave me her permission.  This holiday season let’s celebrate and welcome our differences. Let’s learn from each others’ traditions. Let’s expand our frame of reference to include everyone. It should be a joyous time of year for us all.   I am proud to welcome ChazzTheDog to our blog today as our guest. Enjoy his post!

Barks and licks and love,  Dakota

  HOLIDAY GREETINGS

 from ChazzTheDog

Pawwaves to all my pals. I wanted to take this time, as the days get busier and go quickly to wish you all

Happy Holidays!

It is important at this time of the year to enjoy your family and furriends; to gather for food, music, and celebration – whatever your traditions. To remember with fond memories those who have left us in body; but always remain in our hearts in spirit. We never lose the love we have for them – never.

And let us remember that while we all belong to different families, we are all part of a bigger family. We  all share the important things. To have a furever home, to be loved and give love.

Let me tell you a short story: About two years ago when i first came to make this blog; I was asked to join a Dog & Kitteh Christmas Choir. I was very pawcited to be asked to join the group.  But I thought I had better tell them that i don’t celebrate Christmas, because I’m Jewish. Now that didn’t mean I didn’t know all the words to the Christmas Carols, because I do…and I wanted to be in da singing group.  They said that was okay, I could be in da group even though I celebrate Chanukah. We should respect everybody’s personal traditions cause that’s what they believe.

 Just because people (or dogs) were raised in different cultures doesn’t mean we can’t respect them when they are different then us…

So that’s my  message as we enter this Holiday Season. Shopping, cooking, baking,  wrapping presents, will keep us all very busy in these days leading up to the end of the year and through New Year’s 2013.  But it is also important to remember these things. Peace, Love, and Harmony. It’s mostly all we have to give to one another.

Happy Holidays,

ChazzTheDog