Merry Christmas to ALL!

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

Sending Happy Chanukah and Warm Christmas Eve Wishes

May ALL of your holiday wishes come true!!!!! Ours did because we are blessed to know each and EVERY ONE of you!!!! We love you all !! Now…get to bed early for Santa!


#Ad “My Holiday Wish List” #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota! It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I swear as much as I sleep I sure must be missing a bone yard full of things!!

It is that time of year when I start to kick my superior Sheltie brain into high gear and begin to think about things that I am wishing for during the holidays.

This year is pretty special. I am a Jewish Sheltie, and it is rare that Christmas and Chanukah fall together, but this year they DO!! When this happens, some people like to refer to the holidays as “Chrismukkah”  Chanukah this year falls smack dab on Christmas Eve! That is the first night of Chanukah. Most Jewish people will light their first candle on the Menorah, but Mom and Dad will pull out their battery operated cheap Menorah because Mom doesn’t like to use real candles with Cody and I running around, but I digress.  I am here today to share my holiday wish list with you, not how strange my parents are,  so let’s get started! I am going to close my eyes and make my wishes, won’t you join me?

A #TBT photo


Peace throughout the World

Now more than ever it is important for people to be kinder to each other. We all “share the same sky”. There shouldn’t be name-calling and other mean-spirited things taking place. We can only hope.

Good Health for all People and their Pets

2016 was extremely sad for many of us in the blogging world. We lost some dear furiends and we pray that 2017 will be a much “kinder and gentler” year.

Since today is Thursday I added a #TBT photo of Mom and I that I love

More time spent with Mom

I keep Mom company every day because she “works” from home. I guard her while she is typing and I give her my famous Sheltie kisses to keep her going. My big holiday wish is that Mom would plan more adventures with me. Yes, I know I don’t love taking walks and I am not the most sociable Sheltie to other dogs, but I think I would like to explore a new park that Mom keeps telling me about but never takes me to! Get with the program Mom!

Fewer Trips To The Vet

A dog can dream can’t he? Since my Mom is a huge fan of Veterinary wellness visits, I don’t think this one will happen anytime soon.


The Detroit Lions Making it to the Playoffs

Once again, a dog can dream, right? But…that dream might just come true! The Lions are currently in first place in the NFC North!! If Matt Stafford’s finger can hold up, who knows what could happen?

“The Lions in the playoffs? Now THAT’S FUNNY!!”


Loving Homes for all Animals

That is a wish that I wish for with all of my Sheltie heart. I want all animals to experience a loving home and never to be cold or hungry.

My kitty brother  and I are some of the lucky ones. We have a roof over our head and a warm home. We have more than enough toys, tons of love from Mom and Dad, we eat the most delicious food. Not all animals are as lucky. One of many reasons why I love Rachael Ray and Nutrish is because Rachael Ray CARES and gives back to the animals, she helps those animals that aren’t as lucky as Cody and I!


A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.


“I will shout it to the rooftops!I love my Nutrish and I want it NOW PLEASE!!”

Delicious Food!

That is one wish that will ALWAYS come true as long as there is Nutrish in my store!! I have been eating Nutrish since 2008 and I have no intentions of giving that up anytime soon!!!!!  I also hope to be an Ambassadog again for Nutrish in 2017, if I am lucky enough to do so, I think that will be approximately 5 years that I have been barking about my love of Nutrish, Rachael Ray and the team behind the scenes!! Paws crossed!

Did You Know?

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So there you have it my dear furiends, my wishes for the holiday season. I also would like to wish ALL OF YOU A HAPPY, SAFE, BLESSED AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY  and I THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FURIENDS!!! (If you have not received your holiday card from us via email, feel free to grab this!)

Barks and licks and love,


Happy Christmas!!

christmas collage 2014 dakotas den edited

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


 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,