Thankful Thursday:Bark Day Follow-Up!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on Dakota’s Barkday and left him such fabulous greetings! Both Dakota and I are deeply appreciative!

A few people asked me on Facebook how old Dakota is now. He just turned nine. Yes, I didn’t post that, I know it’s crazy, but it upsets me to think of how fast the time has gone. I just want to enjoy the here and now and not think about his age.

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband gave me this wall hanging that I love, it was featured in Dakota’s Bark Day collage but didn’t show up well, and I wanted you to enjoy it. For me, it sums up so much of the hundreds of things we love about our boy.

dakota 9th birthday sign from Lenny

 

Turning nine had some benefits in other ways too!! Dakota normally isn’t one who you can use props with in photos but I have been working with him more (thanks to Will for the tips I am learning that he has sprinkled on his blog), and we had such a breakthrough!!! If you look at the photos on Dakota’s bark day collage he is “smiling” in most of them, but then, enough was enough!

dakota 9th birthday collage not thrilled

Once that hat came off our buddy Easy would have been proud at the way that Dakota tried to destroy it!!! (We didn’t let him because we are hoping to turn the hat around and use it for Cody in April hehehe)

Dakota 9th birthday eating hat

In the end, it all turned out worthwhile, here is a photo of all of the items that Dakota received for his Bark Day! All of them (including the bag) were from Petco!

Dakota 9th birthday contents of bag

Yes, the bone above was marked down from Valentine’s Day (Shhh….don’t tell Dakota!) It seemed as if it would be super fattening so we only gave him one bite and threw the rest away…(he doesn’t know that either!)

We didn’t want his appetite to be spoiled for what was coming next! I had found a recipe on Pinterest for a “Pet-Friendly Woof Loaf” (I added mashed potatoes on top that were not listed in the recipe. I omitted milk from the potatoes which some dogs can’t tolerate, and only used a little bit of real butter. When serving to Dakota, I sliced it in thin slices so he wasn’t getting much potato at one time because potatoes also aren’t the best for dogs but won’t hurt them eaten in moderation.)  and I made one for him and a human version for Dakota’s Dad and I.  Dakota LOVED IT and is still eating it! (He gets one slice as his dinner).dakota 9th birthday meatloaf collage

Last but FAR from least, we would like to thank our friends that made cards, (or sent photos), to Dakota! I am often forgetful about doing that myself and I MUST get better at it! Here is a collage of the cards/photos that Dakota received. Thank you for helping to make his Bark Day extra special!!!

cards for dakota his thank you collage

GREAT LAKES ANIMAL WELFARE CONFERENCE COMING TO BATTLE CREEK OCTOBER 19-20

Registration is now open for the region’s largest animal welfare conference

 

The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference (GLAWC) will be the region’s premier educational and networking event for animal sheltering and veterinary professionals, animal control agencies, rescue groups, and individuals interested in saving more animal lives. The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) has joined with the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) to offer this two-day event. The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference will be held October 19-20 at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino in Battle Creek. The conference is presented by the Petco Foundation, Merck Animal Health, the ASPCA, and Nestle Purina and Petfinder with generous support from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

 

“This conference is the perfect opportunity for those working in, or interested in, animal welfare to gain and share knowledge on how to better care for, serve and save animal lives,” said Ann Griffin, MHS Special Projects Manager. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss new trends and best practices in a relaxing and fun setting.”

 

This year’s conference features more than 40 sessions and a certificate course. A wide variety of sessions will include information on animal behavior, animal handling, fundraising and much more.

 

“It’s great to be able to bring this specialized training to animal control officers statewide,” said Andy Seltz, Vice President of MAACO. “It’s a perfect opportunity to come together and share ideas that will ultimately raise our collective abilities to better serve the animals and people in our communities.”

 

For the list of sessions, registration fees and hotel information for the 2015 MPAW-MAACO GLAWC Conference, and to register online, visit www.mpaw.org or call (248) 283-5635.

 

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located at 11177 E Michigan Ave in Battle Creek.

 

 

The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW), founded by the Michigan Humane Society in 2004, is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations from around the state with a goal of working together for the good of the animals in Michigan.

 

MAACO is a not for-profit organization registered with the State of Michigan dedicated to the enhancement of the profession of Animal Control Officers in the State of Michigan by establishing professional standards, training and practices, for the control and care of animals and the protection of the public health.

michigan-humane-logo

 

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

 

#Petco Holiday Dog Toy WINNERS!

Oh my dog my furiends, I am beside myself with embarrassment! Mom was supposed to help me pick the winners of my give-away   and post them YESTERDAY but Mom was tired from hobnobbing in New York (more on THAT in December), so I apologize for being a day late!

THREE doggies are gonna be happy anyway! Mom and I put all of the entries into www.random.org and WE HAVE WINNERS!!!! The FIRST winner is:

JEN for LEROY from:

CLICK ON THE LOGO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!

CLICK ON THE LOGO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!

 

Jen requested the Kosher Bone for Leroy

and that is what he will get!! ENJOY!!!

Kosher bone toy

THE SECOND WINNER IS:

Click on his logo to visit his blog!!

Click on his logo to visit his blog!!

AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT

HE WOULD ALSO LIKE THE KOSHER BONE!!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST,

WE HAVE OUR FINAL WINNERS!!!

LILY BELLE & MUFFIN!! CLICK ON THEIR PHOTO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!

LILY BELLE & MUFFIN!!
CLICK ON THEIR PHOTO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!

LILY BELLE & MUFFIN

WOULD LIKE THE OWL!!!

owl dog toy

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED

AND CONGRATULATIONS

TO THE LUCKY WINNERS!!!!!

Please email my Mom

your COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS

BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND TO:

cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

ENJOY YOUR TOYS MY FURIENDS!!

BARKS AND LICKS AND LOVE, DAKOTA

How to make YOUR Dog Happy This Holiday Season! Enter our Petco Holiday Dog Toy Give-away!!!!

Hi every furry! It’s Dakota! The holidays are right around the corner and starting with my post today, be sure to visit my blog regularly because I have a number of GREAT GIVE-AWAYS lined up!!

I was excited when I was contacted asking if I wanted to feature a couple of toys that are in the Petco Holiday dog toy line for 2013! (If you do not see these toys online, check your local Petco).

Since I am a Sheltie who is of the Jewish persuasion, my Mom asked to review a special Chanukah Dog Toy! (IMPAWTANT NOTE: There isn’t a photo of me playing with it, because I am not permitted to have it until Chanukah begins, which is on THANKSGIVING this year so everyone is calling it THANKSGIVUKKAH)

Look at how cute this is (but I didn’t tell you that, BOL!)

Kosher bone toy

 

It is pawfect for carrying around and snuggling with! 

AND I heard Mom say it is SUPER SOFT!

I will find out soon!!

And for furiends

who celebrate Christmas

we have a:

owl dog toy

Click on the photo to order and to view the rest of the Petco holiday dog toys or visit your local Petco

 

Petco Holiday Spiffy Pals Owl Blanket Dog Toy

  • Festive holiday owl with a blanket
  • Includes a hidden squeaker
  • Perfect as a gift or stocking stuffer

12″ L X 12″ W X 4″ H
SKU: 2184510

$9.99
HOW MUCH FUN ARE THESE???
GUESS WHAT?
3 DOGGIES THAT LIVE IN THE U.S.
ARE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!!!
(our apologies to our International readers, but due to the cost of shipping the company sponsoring the give-away is unable to ship out of the U.S.)
THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW (must be 18 and over to enter and reside in the U.S.) and will end at 5pm EST ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH. WINNERS WILL BE  SELECTED BY www.random.org and WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15th.
HOW TO ENTER: Just leave a comment telling me which of the two toys featured above that you would like to win! That’s it! GOOD LUCK!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this dog toy feature. I was sent a Kosher Dog Bone for my own use.

Unleashed by #Petco helps support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is time to share some PINK!

We lost my mother-in-law to this dreadful disease and pray every day for a cure.

We were pleased when we received an email asking us to help spread the word about this cute little guy:

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During the month of October, Unleashed by Petco will donate 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Kyjen Breast Cancer Hedgehog Toy for Dogs  to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This cute, cuddly, pink and plush toy is a fetchable pal for your pup or an adorable keepsake for you! So hurry off to Petco and help make a difference!

 

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

Michigan Humane Society’s Valentine’s Telethon, Presented by Purina, Airs Thursday, February 14th, As a bitterly cold winter drives need!

MHS asks community to

Say “I Do” to Saving Animal Lives

 

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Love is in the air, and there’s nobody who loves you quite like a furry friend. Show them you care by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s 2013 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News Anchor Alicia Smith will host the event, airing Thursday, Feb. 14, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

“There are so many animals out there who need the Michigan Humane Society, and sadly, this need has never been greater,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “We rely on the support of pet lovers across Michigan to help us care for animals who are homeless, hungry, neglected and abused. On Thursday, Feb. 14, please say ‘I do’ to saving animal lives.”

 

The 17th annual MHS Valentine’s Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for animals in need.  As a private, nonprofit agency, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to help save animal lives.

 

MHS Valentine’s Telethon donations can be made online at www.michiganhumane.org on or before Thursday, Feb. 14, or by calling 855-MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.

 

In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Valentine’s Telethon include Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, US-Mattress.com, Center for Computer Resources, Meijer, Grid4 Communications, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Petco.

  michigan humane logo

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.