My Dad is a CHEATER!!!! Camera Day

According to Days of the Year today is Camera Day. I thought it was a great chance to show you how my Dad cheated on Cody and I this past Saturday. You see, Mom and Dad went to Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, June 24th (their wedding anniversary!), to attend the wedding of their cousin. They rode with my Uncle Bill and my Aunt Judy. Well, as evidenced by the photo below, it appears that SOME WOOFIE who just happens to be our cousin Punky, began celebrating early.

Hey Punky!! Why don’t you just make yourself a little more comfortable and steal my Dad while you are at it? He isn’t supposed to be petting other woofies!!!!

Barks and licks and jealous love, Dakota

(From the Mom: Punky is actually a sweetheart. She stayed on my husband’s lap during the entire  2 hour trip! She slept most of the way there, and was as content as could be!! We love her to pieces!!)

HOW TO CELEBRATE CAMERA DAY FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR: There is no better day than Camera Day to snap some photos during your lunch hour, on your commute to work, or whenever a moment of inspiration strikes. Cameras and photography have developed substantially over the years, from its early roots with the French inventor Joseph Niépce right up to modern-day digital photography.

Joseph Niépce was a French inventor; he is most noted as one of the inventors of photography and was a pioneer in the field. He developed the heliograph; a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825, the view from the window at Le Gras the family’s estate. To learn more about Camera Day click here.

We are HONORED to be included on the “THE TOP 20 PET BLOGGERS OF 2016” List

Ok, now that I have picked myself up from the floor, I can say that while I am STUNNED, I am DEEPLY, DEEPLY HONORED to have been selected by:



(and Dakota is too),  to be in the company of the blogs that are on this list. They are a sampling of a large number of blogs that I hold in high esteem, ( there are MANY, MANY OTHERS that are not on this list but SHOULD BE).

Here is a sampling of the blogs that have made this list, (I am listing those that I know and already follow. I linked to their Facebook pages, but if you click here, you can visit the original blog post announcing the selections and click on each blog from there.)

Fidose of Reality

The Conscious Cat


Golden Woofs

Tenacious Little Terrier

Carma Poodale

It’s Dog or Nothing

Rubicon Days


My Dog Likes

Wag ‘N Woof Pets



Dakotas Den


Here is what they wrote about us and we couldn’t be more HONORED AND PROUD!!!!!

“This enjoyable blog covers just about anything dog-related. From reviews of products and books to pet awareness days, Dakota and Caren will blog about it. There are giveaways and competitions too, so keep checking back for updates! Plus, you’ll find adorable videos of Dakota’s antics. Why not sit back, relax and visit Dakota’s Den with your dog?”


Dakota and I are full of gratitude to whomever selected us to be a part of this list. THANK YOU!!!!!!

Thankful for Poodle Friends!!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and today I am feeling super thankful!!

You see, back on Friday, May 13th (that would be LUCKY Friday for me!!) Mom and I were pawing around the blogs and we were happy to read that it was the FIRST blogoversary of our new furiends over at the cute Forest Poodles blog!!!

They were having a give-away, you can see the items that were given away in the photo below that Mom stole borrowed from their blog!!

Click on the photo to visit The Forest Poodles blog! Photo Courtesy of The Forest Poodles

Click on the photo to visit The Forest Poodles blog! Photo Courtesy of The Forest Poodles

If you don’t know The Forest Poodles, Teddy is the brown Poodle and D’Art is the black Poodle! Mom and I are so happy to meet them! We love their blog!

Anyway, guess who won the prizes!!! A certain Sheltie did! That Sheltie would be ME!!!!!

prize 1 dakota

I won Yorkshire tea for Mom (according to the Poodle’s Mom this tea is the best of the best!! Mom is excited to try it!), Yummy Chummies treats for me and a cool ball from Planet Dog!!!    I have been wanting one of their balls so badly and now I finally have one! Rumor has it that this ball glows in the dark! So cool!

prize dakota ball

Mom and I are so happy that we won, but we are even happier that we made such nice, new friends!! Thank you so much for our great prizes Teddy, D’Art and your Mom!!!!

prize dakota 2

Oh and Mom and I apologize for our blurry photos and my “schmutz” by my eye….Mom took these photos kinda fast and didn’t clean me up first! BOL!!!!

Be sure to go over and visit The Forest Poodles blog!!    Guess what else? June 1st was the Forest Poodles birthdays!  D’Art turned 12 and Teddy turned 8!!! We wish them the happiest of birthdays!!! 

birthday dakota to send out

EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog Treats Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog Treats Give-away!

Huge Congratulations to the


listed below!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy BARK DAY Dakota!!!!

dakota 9th birthday collage edited

One Lovely Blog Award

Hi All!!!  It’s Dakota and while  I was helping Mom paw through some email yesterday, we came upon a pawesome surprise! It seems our friends over at Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties nominated ME (not Mom!), for the

one lovely blog award

and I, am extremely flattered! Thank you!!!!

Now, those of you who have been following me since my blog started in 2011 (that would make maybe 5 of you? BOL, BOL, BOL!!!) know that normally Mom is a sour puss and doesn’t allow me to participate in blog awards because often she is too busy catering to Cody, to help ME with my posts!

I BARKED at Mom BIG TIME telling her she MUST let me participate? Why? Well, for one, it was super nice to be thought of, ESPECIALLY because since 2016 has begun Mom has been AWFUL about helping me with my blog and I am frankly SHOCKED that ANYONE is reading it!dakota january 2012 4 mouth wide open

So, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

If you don’t know the blog Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties, you MUST go over and visit them! You can also learn about their family by clicking their About Page !

Thank you so much for even knowing who the heck I am to even think of giving me this award guys!

Now,  according to the rules of this award we need to tell 7 things you might not know about ourselves. So here you go:

  1. I have a doggy brother (he doesn’t live with me but was in my litter), named Elwood who chewed an electrical cord not once, but TWICE and lived to bark about the tale!
  2. Mom used to be a lifeguard and taught swimming. She was also on a Swim Team!
  3. I don’t mind going to the Vet or being groomed. Dad says I sit like a perfect gentleman with a smile on my face waiting for my turn.Dakota May 2015 reading groomer report
  4. Mom was going to major in Art in college. She is somewhat talented but rarely draws anymore. Mom’s Dad was a famous Editorial Cartoonist and she didn’t think she was as talented as he was and switched her major to Rhetoric and Communication because she was afraid if she majored in Art she would be selling pencils. (IMPORTANT NOTE: She is practically selling pencils NOW so what the heck! She should have majored in Art, BOL!!)
    One of  Mom's Dad's most popular cartoons, that was created in 1970 that STILL, SADLY can apply to the World today. (Mom took this photo from online and if they want to sue her, good luck since she is his daughter. BOL, BOL, BOL!!!!

    One of Mom’s Dad’s most popular cartoons, that was created in 1970 that STILL, SADLY can apply to the World today. (Mom took this photo from online and if they want to sue her, good luck since she is his daughter. BOL, BOL, BOL!!!!


  5. I am Mom’s FIRST dog as an adult. Yep! That’s true! Mom had a Boxer named Brandy when she was a little girl but never had a dog again until almost nine years ago!
  6. I LOVE vegetables! I love broccoli, green beans, red peppers (not the hot ones), carrots. Whatever is safe for dogs, I love!!
  7. That Mom and I love you ALL soooo much and we appreciate it when you visit us!dakota march 2015 for walk

Now, here is where we are going to break the rules which is something that we ALWAYS do. We are supposed to nominate  up to 15 other bloggers for this award, but we nominate EVERYONE that has a blog that we read and comment on, and EVERYONE who takes the time to stop and see us!!!!! We don’t like to just choose a few blogs, because if we comment on your blog and visit you, that means we love you and we comment on way more than fifteen blogs! So, CONSIDER YOURSELVES NOMINATED!!!

If you choose to participate, here are the rules:

1-Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in the post.
2-Copy the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
3-Share 7 facts about yourself to your fellow bloggers.
4-Then nominate up to 15 people.


Once again we thank your friends at Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties for thinking of us!!!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota (and Mom too!)