When I See Sugar Smile

One of the first dogs that I  met in the Blogosphere, (back when it was just Cody blogging, before Dakota ever had a blog), was Sugar, from the super pawtastic blog  Sugar The Golden Retriever. Not only was Sugar one of the first dogs I ever met online, she was one of the first dogs that I was blessed to meet in person!

This photo was taken of Sugar and I by her Mom, I think it was the first time I met Sugar in "pawson" and I can't remember if this was at Barkworld or BlogPaws. I am blessed to have had kisses from this gorgeous girl!

This photo was taken of Sugar and I by her Mom, I think it was the first time I met Sugar in “pawson” and I can’t remember if this was at Barkworld or BlogPaws. I am blessed to have had kisses from this gorgeous girl!

As sweet as you know Sugar is online, she is EQUALLY if not even MORE sweet when you are having a heartfelt discussion with her as I was having above.

I have had the pleasure, (as many of you have too), of following Sugar and her Mom for many years. Some of our favorite blog posts that Sugar and her Mom did were when they spent a year in Hawaii. The photographs of Sugar on the beach, and just enjoying Hawaii made me smile on a daily basis.

A blessing and a curse when you are a blogger,  you often  end up knowing the furbabies better than the people who write the blogs. We laugh at, and with these special babies, love them and hurt for them when they are hurt.

Sugar is known throughout the Blogosphere for sharing her infectious smile and positive nature and inspiring us daily, now it is OUR turn to send that love back a million times over to Sugar and her family! Friday, January 15th Sugar will be having surgery to remove a mass on her spleen.  If anyone can come through this with a SMILE on her face, it will be SUGAR!!!

We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Sugar’s best buddy, Oz the Terrier for organizing this most thoughtful Blog Hop. Please join all of us as we send love and prayers to Sugar and her most pawesome Mom and Dad!! We LOVE YOU!!

sugar blog hop

 

 

CanvasPop Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our CanvasPop Give-Away!!

Remember, even if you are NOT the lucky winner, CanvasPop  created a 35% discount for  my readers!!! Just enter the code DAKOTASDEN35 WHICH WILL EXPIRE ON  Sept 30, 2015 and is applicable to the entire order of www.canvaspop.com !!!

Now, the moment you have been waiting for!

Huge congratulations to:

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Layla has a most beautiful blog too

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We love kitties (obviously since we have one!) and we know Layla is going to LOVE her CanvasPop!!

 

National Love Your Pet Day

In our house it isn’t just ONE day

national love your pet day

IT’S EVERY DAY!!!

BlogPaws 2014:Speakers Galore! Meet the Rescues and more!

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Hi All! Do you believe that it is just a matter of WEEKS until the BlogPaws Conference? I can’t believe it either! The time is flying by!

 

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of being the main moderator of the BlogPaws Conference Newbies Group (your go-to source for answers to your pressing Conference questions!)

Click HERE to join the group!

 

 

There are a number of active discussions taking place now, and I would like to share those links with you:

 

ANNUAL “NEWBIES” BREAKFAST AT CONFERENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps!! When you visit the Newbies Group, take a look at the discussions, don’t see the discussion you are looking for? Click on “View All” on the bottom right corner!

 

Hopefully this will clear up some confusion and feel free to ask questions in the group or email me your questions at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

 

You can also send me a message on Facebook!

 

HAVE YOU REGISTERED???

You can get a 10% DISCOUNT by mentioning the code

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Share the Love Valentine’s Day Fundraiser from Pawsitively Pets and the Winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!

Wouldn’t you like a special photo of your pet(s) like this, created just for you?

Cody and Dakota best friends from Ann

I knew you would say yes!

Well check out

this super adorable and fun

fundraiser being sponsored by

Pawsitively Pets

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!

 

Now…on to the winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!! This lucky winner is going to get a TWO MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the Puppy Parcel!! Thanks to all who entered! Hint: there is ANOTHER give-away coming up on Friday…be sure to visit us!

The lucky winner(s) as chosen by www.random.org are:

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Click on their blog name to visit their blog!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Donna: please email my Mom your complete mailing address to: cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Enjoy your Puppy Parcels!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Thankful Thursday: Pet Blogger Gift Exchange! Our New Friend “Kirby”

There are many traditions that take place during the holiday season. Some involve music, some involve decorating or the preparing of special heirloom recipes, still others involve the tradition of gifts.

When we think of  gifts, we think of presents that  are in boxes or bags and decorated with silvery, satiny bows.

There is what I hope will be a NEW holiday tradition taking place in Blog Land called the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. Upon first glance one would think that it also involves exchanging gifts with fellow pet bloggers that involve boxes and bows. Not so.

Our friends over at Something Wagging This Way Comes have created, in my estimation, one of the best group blogger events…EVER! It is:

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Click the badge to visit Something Wagging This Way Comes

 

What it involves: Positive Affirmations. From Something Wagging This Way ComesAnytime during the month of December, shower your fellow online animal lover with encouragement and compliments. You can write it into a blog post, tweet about them, set up a Pinterest board, or post to your Facebook wall. It’s an easy way to share a gift while feeling good yourself for encouraging someone who works so hard at advocating, educating, or just plain entertaining the animal loving community.

Let me tell you just how much I LOVED this idea! I couldn’t wait to take part! Now, allow me to introduce you to the blogger that I was paired with over at:

KIRBY’S DAWG BLOG

Click the photo to visit Kirby's blog!

Click the photo to visit Kirby’s blog!

 

How cute is this little guy?

From Kirby’s Dawg Blog September 2012– This blog is going to focus all around the trials and joys of owning my 5 and a 1/2 month old puppy…soon to be dog Kirby! He is quite possibly the happiest adventurous little dog I’ve owned. I hope this blog turns into a fun community for dog lover’s alike to discuss and relate to one another. I guarantee there will not be one dull moment with Kirby around- being cute also helps:) I have education in the dog/animal world and am hopeful to put it to some use!

I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know much…(yet) about the person behind the blog because I just started following her about a week ago. What I DO know is that the person behind the blog by all accounts is a complete sweetheart. We are now following each others’ blogs (I was honored to find out that before we were paired up for this exercise that she was already following me!)

What is pitiful is I forgot to find out her name! I am beyond embarrassed! I can tell you the name of every dog and cat in the blogging community (no, not really but I do know A LOT of them) but I forgot to ask Kirby’s Mom her REAL NAME!

What I see when I visit Kirby’s Dawg Blog is a completely adorable dog who shares his life with a human whose love is evident with each blog post.

Kirby’s human shares every day events in her dog’s life such as playing, bath time, one of my new favorites, “The Dreaded Christmas Sweater”  in a warm, friendly, humorous and welcoming way. You cannot leave her blog without feelin’ the love and to me that’s what pet blogging is all about.

Click the photo to read about the "Dreaded Christmas Sweater"

Click the photo to read about the “Dreaded Christmas Sweater”

What I am most happy about after having been paired with Kirby’s Mom is that our journey is just beginning, it won’t end after this blog post. I will learn more about this fun-loving, warm and compassionate blogger and guess what? I WILL FINALLY FIND OUT HER NAME!! Hey Kirby’s Human! I am now your #1 Fan and if there is ANYTHING that you need, I am here for you!! ! I’m HONORED to meet you and I am so happy to have you as my new friend!  Keep on creating blog posts that are as adorable as the ones you have created, your posts brought a huge smile to my face and warmed my heart. I look forward to reading more! I wish you the warmest of holidays, and give that little guy a HUGE KISS FROM ME!