My Favorite Fall Pastimes With My Dog #sponsored

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.


Fall is my favorite time of year. It always has been. There is nothing better than the smell of  the  cool,  crisp autumn air first thing in the morning. Fall brings chrysanthemums (which happen to be my favorite flower),  football, Halloween, vibrant, colorful leaves, a renewed energy, and of course, my birthday in October! September will soon be ending and October will begin, October is by far my favorite month!

dakota nutrish park still no dogs

When the days are chilly,

you can throw a hat on your head

and greet the world feeling fine!!


dakota hayride

Of course you can always just let the autumn wind

blow through your hair as well! 

dakota nutrish park smiling


One of my favorite fall pastimes is taking a walk

with Dakota and my husband on a sunshiny day,

enjoying the splendor around us!

dakota nutrish park he and lenny

One of our favorite places to walk happens to be where we live, which you see above. We have a lake and an abundance of trees, it is quite scenic and beautiful! There is nothing like listening to the sound of the leaves crispy and crunchy beneath your feet!

dakota nutrish park gorgeous

Another favorite haunt is a park near our home that has a wonderful walking trail and a soccer field where we have often let Dakota run like the wind!

dakota nutrish park view

This year, I am hoping to take Dakota to a super fun place that is right near our home. It is called The Franklin Cider Mill and it is so much fun! There are pumpkins, donuts, ducks swimming in a stream and a cornucopia of locally grown products such as Pumpkin and Apple Butter, Pumpkin Pie, assorted cheeses, etc., that are perfect to enjoy on a cold and crisp Fall day! 
All of the walking works up an appetite! Since we are HUGE football fans, Dakota dines in style in his Detroit Lions food bowl!

pawtini lions bowl

Dakota also loves to play with his Detroit Lions tug toy!

pawtini lions tug toy 1


Chilly Fall days lead to rumbling tummies on windy, spooky, fall nights! Dakota and I have a special snack that we love sharing! Can you guess what it is? It is my special  P-O-P-C-O-R-N   (I have to spell it or Dakota will want some, WAIT! Dakota can spell, so he knows what that means anyway!),  that I make in the evening when we are watching our favorite shows! I pop the actual kernels in the microwave, (none of that microwave bag stuff for us thank you very much!). It is great popped with no oil, then, you lightly drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese! It is a favorite of Dakota’s by far!!!

dakota popcorn 1

dakota popcorn 3

When the sun sets and it’s time for bed, there are KISSES all around!!!
Kisses are great ALL year, but in the Fall they are even better!

Dakota and I march 2011

What are YOUR favorite things to do with YOUR dog in the Fall?
Leave a comment below and tell us!

“Who let the dogs out?” …Or NOT…Semi-Wordless Wednesday

dakota park with nutrish bag 1



Barking it up in “Hotlanta” at BarkWorld

Hi all! Long time no BARK!  It’s Dakota! Things have been rather chaotic around my den of late, hence my absence from the blog-o-sphere for the past few days. Never fear, I am back and barking!

Last month I was upset and yapping about how my Mom was going to BarkWorld and I was being left at home. I still say that was incredibly unfair since I am the HEAD BARKER in this pack, but I digress. To make up for that transgression Mom came home from BarkWorld with photos and a special treat that I am sure you will enjoy!

Mom left for BarkWorld on a gorgeous day!

BarkWorld 1 sky

She was thrilled that she had a smooth flight!

BarkWorld 2 landing in Atlanta


Mom arrives in “Hotlanta” ATLANTA!!! And oh yes my furiends we “DO give a D—N!!” BOL!

When Mom arrived at The Westin  Buckhead Atlanta, guess who was the first doggie that Mom saw?

BarkWorld 3 Carma Poodale


It was CARMA POODALE!!! Look at her and her pretty poodle-self! (If you click on her name you can visit her blog!) She even brought along her cute doggy sibling:

BarkWorld 4 Scooby


Of course Mom also got to chat and laugh with their beautiful and funny Mom:

BarkWorld 5 Bunny Carmas Mom


After chatting it up with them for a while, Mom checked into her room and unpacked. Here is the gorgeous view from her room:

BarkWorld 6 view from hotel room arriving

When Mom finished unpacking she headed off to one of her most favorite events from BarkWorld:Blogger Speed Dating! This was an event where bloggers got to pre-choose companies that they wanted to meet with from a list of attendees. Once they were at the event they were given 6 minutes to chat with a company before moving on to the next one.

On the way to Speed Dating, who did Mom run into but the GORGEOUS

BarkWorld 7 Sugar


Click on her name above to visit her blog!

caren and sugar the golden retriever taken by her mom

The above photo was taken by Sugar’s Mom

Mom was ecstatic because she had wanted to meet Sugar for quite some time and she FINALLY was able to do so! If it is possible, Sugar is even more “golden” in pawson! She was always happy and smiling and is one of the sweetest doggies in the world! I just wish that I could have met her!

The following morning was a special breakfast for cat people.

BarkWorld 10 Cat Breakfast Michael Christina Brian

In this photo is Michael and his wife Christina of the blog Peace, Love and Whiskers and Terry (the human father of Brian from Brian’s Home!!)   Mom had a meowvelous time chatting with them and even the Flat Pets got in on the act!

BarkWorld 13 Flat Cody and Brian

Here we have my Flat brother, Cody and Brian, from Brian’s Home

Mom attended this breakfast, because of course my brother Cody, had to weasel his way into the event. Since we both have blogs,Mom thought the least she could do was represent HIM as well!

Of course I had to get in on the act!

BarkWorld 12 Flat Cody and Dakota

This photo was taken during the presentation by Alyson Joyce who represented Mom’s sponsor for BarkWorld (Nutrish by Rachael Ray). Alyson’s program was Social Media 101 to 201: Getting Started & Maintaining. Cody and I sure learned A LOT in that session!


I know you want to see more doggies, so here you go! Feast your eyes on these cuties!

BarkWorld 8 Lucy

This is the lovely Lucy who is the baby of Mom’s furiend Jan T.

BarkWorld 9 Sophia Loren

SOPHIA LOREN (no silly, not the REAL ONE!

This is the DOGGY ONE! In her BarkWorld finery)

She also has a blog which you can visit

by clicking here

BarkWorld 17 WindiOne of Mom’s favorite doggies at the conference was this adorable teeny-tiny Sheltie named “Windi”. Windi is a miracle dog, Shelties are not born this small, her owner said that she wasn’t expected to live, but did and thankfully is thriving! Mom was just beaming every time she saw her! Isn’t she just the cutest?

Another highlight of the conference was keynote speaker Victoria Stilwell, speaking about her newest project:Positively Powerful. Mom has been a fan of Victoria’s from her days on the Animal Planet , Mom was just thrilled to be able to attend her session! Mom even got a photo taken with Victoria, who also signed her latest book that Mom bought!

BarkWorld 15 Victorial Stilwell and me

Please excuse how Mom looks, she certainly has seen better days!

But Victoria sure is pretty!

After Victoria’s presentation, Mom went to her room to relax for a bit before the highlight of the evening,  Block Parties that were sponsored by various brands!

Mom’s sponsor:


Had the COOLEST pawty of them all!!! The first 50 people who came to the pawty got to paint their own ceramic dog bowls!!!

BarkWorld 15 Sugars Mom painting bowl

Here is Sugar the Golden Retriever’s Mom painting a special bowl for Sugar!

BarkWorld 16 bowls ready for kiln

Once the bowls were painted

they were ready for the kiln!

When Mom receives hers 

she will photograph it 

BarkWorld 14 Nutrish food block pawty

Nutrish provided delish goodies for the pawty attendees

to share with their pooches!

Speaking of GOODIES!

Remember I promised you a coupon in my last post?




Mom even walked around and made a new furiend at another Block Pawty, unfortunately she doesn’t remember his name but he was as smitten with Mom as Mom was with him!

BarkWorld 18 St.Bernard pal

Now, when you go to Atlanta what is something that you MUST HAVE? You got it!

BarkWorld 20 peach cobbler



It was simply AMAZING

(or so my Mom said!)


Now how fitting is it that on Mom’s plane ride back to Detroit, look at

 WHO was sitting in front of her…

BarkWorld 19 Ace on plane

The most adorable dog named “Ace” was sitting in front of Mom on the plane ride back to Detroit!  The funny part was he had NOTHING to do with the conference. He and his “Mom” were flying to Detroit to visit family and he just happened to be on the plane. Mom thought that was one fitting way to end a weekend that was as HOT as “Hotlanta!!!”

BarkWorld 20 ace looking out window





Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

Dakota barks about #BarkWorld and Nutrish!

Winner of Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™!! Semi-Wordless Wednesday


Who is the lucky winner

who is going to be licking their chops like me?

It’s  my Buddy SNOOPY of

click on the photo to visit Snoopy’s blog!



Soon you are going to be enjoying

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™!

Here is what Snoopy won!! Click on the photo to visit the Nutrish website!

PS: Mom still owes you prizes from before BlogPaws when she got sick! She is going to send everything out together! Thank you for your patience!

Barks and licks and love,


This blog post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for BlogPaws.

I am one LUCKY Dog! I have Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ and guess what? YOU Can Too!

Hi my furry furiends!! It’s Dakota and welcome to “Foodie Friday!”

If you are a regular reader of my blog it will come as no surprise to you to read that not only are my Mom and I obsessed madly in love with all things Rachael Ray, but I, in particular have eaten her Nutrish dog food practically since the day my Mom brought me home 5 yrs ago!  I have featured it a few times on my blog (check my side bar!), why? because I GENUINELY love the Nutrish line and I BELIEVE in Rachael Ray. Mom does too!

Rachael Ray is a no-fuss, down-to-earth HOME COOK, not a fancy, uppity chef, but a REAL COOK who cooks REAL FOOD!   She is also a REAL COOK who loves dogs.

Rachael Ray likes her recipes to be “Simple” no-fuss. That’s why she worked with a team of pet nutritionists to create a line of food made with simple, natural and wholesome ingredients, you know, the kind that HER dog would eat!   Rachael Ray Nutrish® is a super premium food for dogs!

How excited were we when Rachael took her love of food, cooking and dogs and created a line of dog food that “foodies” and “dog foodies” would not only LOVE, but would feel comfortable feeding their pet?

Now I am thrilled to share with you, the NEW dog food on the block: in the Nutrish line:

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™

click on the photo to visit

the FIRST natural wet food for dogs inspired by recipes from Rachael’s kitchen!

I could barely control my excitement the day that it arrived:

You would run away with it too if you saw the four hearty and healthy  flavors that it  comes in! The first is a “signature flavor”: Chicken Muttballs with Pasta (the pasta in Chicken Muttballs contains semolina wheat flour). When Mom opened it to serve it to me it reminded her of one of her favorite soups, (Italian Wedding Bell!) it looked THAT GOOD! The broth looked like a broth that your Mom would make!

click on the photo to visit

The other flavors are:

Hearty Beef Stew

Savory Lamb Stew

Chicken Paw Pie—-(“Chicken Paw Pie” how CUTE is that??) Mom giggled when she saw that and when she opened it….Ohhhhh…well….see for yourself!

When Mom read the ingredients in the Chicken Paw Pie she couldn’t believe that not only did it contain chicken broth (like Mom makes!), but it has chicken, green beans, pineapple and SWEET POTATO!!! No wonder it’s so “delish!!”

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ product line is made with:

  • simple, natural ingredients
  • No corn, no wheat, no soy
  • No meat by-products or fillers
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

Doggies, that is info for MOMS….what we care about is TASTE and I’m tellin’ ya Rachael Ray is all about food that tastes good and dog oh dog does this ever TASTE GOOD!

Mom and I also love that proceeds from sales of Nutrish go to “Rachael’s Rescue”

From the website:

What is Rachael’s Rescue?

Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet. To date, proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. Many more shelters around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

What are you waiting for!  Click here to find out where you can purchase Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™


Just leave a comment telling us which flavor interests you the most (U.S. only please) and we will pick a winner by using  DON’T DELAY!!  ENTER TODAY!! This is a quick  GIVE-AWAY! The deadline to enter is: MONDAY, AUGUST 6, at 11pm EASTERN. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8TH!!!!

Ohhhh my doggy friends YOU could be saying Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™  is “what’s for dinner TONIGHT!!” (and tomorrow night, and the day after that and the day after that, ohhhh YOU get the POINT!!)

Barks, “Naturally Delish” licks and Rachael Ray love,


This blog post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for BlogPaws. But….ALL opinions are 100% MINE and my TUMMY’s!!!