#Sponsored 5 Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter on National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week #NutrishPets

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

Hi my friends, it’s Dakota!

  Happy National Animal Shelter

Appreciation Week

which is 

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Now, while I was NOT rescued from a Shelter, my kitty brother,  Cody, was adopted from a foster home affiliated with a rescue. When I came to live with my family, my Mom and Dad did search Sheltie rescues but there were none in our area. Mom wasn’t blogging then and didn’t know about pet transport, so that is the reason an adopted Sheltie did not come to live with Mom, Dad and Cody.

That being said, our family has close ties to Animal Shelters though, and we DEEPLY appreciate them! My human “bonus-sister” is the Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League & Haven,  and Mom featured her on our blog last summer. 

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Mom also frequently features adoption events/fundraisers for Michigan Humane as well as  the shelter, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.  It is our way of at least doing SOMETHING to help. We think animal shelters should be appreciated EVERY day, not just one week out of the year. Thankfully Rachael Ray feels the same way that is why 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. 

Logo courtesy of Nutrish.

5 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

 SHARE ADOPTABLE PETS–Visit a Shelter’s website and if they have a widget for a daily featured adoptable animal, you can install it on your blog if you are a blogger. (We have had one on our sidebar for years). If you are not a blogger, you can share an adoptable animal on your Facebook page.

 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Visit their website,  “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stop in and visit in person.

 PURCHASE ITEMS FROM YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Many shelters have websites where you can purchase items such as  T-shirts, mugs,holiday cards, calendars,  all sorts of things that you can order and the proceeds go towards helping animals. (In many instances the shelters also offer the items that are for sale online at their physical locations too). For the past few years my Mom has bought holiday cards from Michigan Humane (some of you may have received one in past years). It’s a “win-win” for the animals, you and your card recipients.

 VOLUNTEER–Many shelters would appreciate a volunteer coming to walk or play with dogs, clean cages for dogs and cats, help with feeding and so much more….SPEAKING OF FOOD….

 DONATE MUCH NEEDED ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD! Shelters can always use blankets, toys in good condition (that can’t be swallowed, Mom always puts together a bag of toys that Cody and I no longer use when she visits Pet Expos. Usually there are shelters there who will gladly accept them.), newspaper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and MORE! You can give your local shelter a call to see what they need.

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(Always check with your Shelter or Rescue first though to find out if they are accepting food donations). If they are,  you might want to purchase a few bags of MY FAVORITE from Rachael Ray Nutrish!

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

 

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

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Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.”

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All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

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Mom and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

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#Sponsored: “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!! #NutrishPets

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

Hi my friends it’s Dakota! I just love Fall! Fall is a beautiful time of year, isn’t it? The colors of the leaves match my luxurious coat, there is a chill in the air….

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there is Halloween, football, baseball….”WAIT, WHAT??!! Baseball?” Yep my friends, BASEBALL! There was baseball in October! Imagine that!! My furry friends, my  home  was turned upside down this Fall,  since the first week of October, all because of BASEBALL!!! “The Boys of Summer” took over OUR FALL!!!

Why? Well, my Mom is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and her beloved Cleveland Indians were in the playoffs this year, and they made it all the way to the World Series!! For the one or two of you who live in the U.S. that don’t know, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, better known as the “underdogs” (whoever dreamed up THAT term is beyond me! Dogs aren’t beneath or “under” anything other than maybe resting under a table or something like that…but I digress….), were both battling with their hearts and souls because the Cubs hadn’t been to the World Series in over 100 years, and Mom’s Indians hadn’t WON a World Series since 1948. (Prior to 2016 the Cleveland Indians were in the World Series in ’95 and ’97 and lost both times). Mom was confident that the THIRD time would be “the charm”, or so she thought….

Let me tell you pals, it was HARD living in my house! My kitty brother didn’t feel the stress like I did because Mom kept saying that since we live in the Detroit area, and he is a feline,  (and kisses up to Daddy), that he is a Detroit Tigers fan. So,  Mom decided I was the logical choice to be HER  “baseball buddy!”

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What does that mean? It meant that I had to sit there and take part in some of my Mom’s “rituals” or should we say “superstitions?” Well, for those of you who love baseball like my Mom, you know that baseball players are some of the most superstitious in sports. They have their favorite “walk-on” songs, (songs that play when they come up to bat), they have their favorite bats, favorite necklaces, etc. They even eat food that they feel is LUCKY.  Food that will bring them good luck for a game!

Mom’s food of choice superstition, was that if she ate the same snack that she had eaten when the Indians won a game, if she ate it again, the winning streak would continue. During the World Series Mom’s food of choice was popcorn. Bowls (or I should say TROUGHS of it!!!) Mom makes popcorn with olive oil and parmesan cheese. I usually have a tiny bit with her, but then, I move on to   MY food of choice,  my Nutrish!!!

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My “food of choice” is no superstition, it is what I eat EVERY DAY and  is what I have eaten since 2008! Hey! “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!”

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My fave is:

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

 

It is tasty and I LOVE IT!!!!!!  So friends, back to my story. All was right in my world while the Indians were winning….Mom had her popcorn and I had my Nutrish. This “ritual” was great! Every time Mom had her snack, I got extra Nutrish! I hit the Mother Lode! I wasn’t just having my Nutrish at meal times like I usually do, I was having my favorite food for  snacks too! I kept thinking, “Go Indians!!”

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But then, things took a turn for the worse. The Indians started losing, Mom was getting crabby, and there were TONS of HBO words being thrown around my house! Words not fit for ANY Sheltie to hear.

Then, the unthinkable happened. THE INDIANS LOST BY A SCORE OF 8-7, in the SEVENTH GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES,  in the 10th inning!!!

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The smile quickly left my face. Mom was crying, I was sad for Mom, but even sadder for myself. My extra servings of Nutrish would stop….but……I quickly realized, “Hey! I eat Nutrish EVERY day! That won’t change! I can be happy and let Mom be sad by herself!! Seasons change, baseball teams lose championships and rip my Mom’s heart out, but all is right in MY world because even though my extra snacks will end,  I will continue to eat Nutrish at my meal times TWICE A DAY, EVERY DAY!!” I am proud that Nutrish has:

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.”

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

Logo courtesy of Nutrish. Click to visit their website!

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. 

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

Dakota and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

(Oh and while Mom is still grieving over the Indians loss, we would like to Congratulate the Cubs and their fans on their epic accomplishment……(we think!)

 

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