#Ad “Dishing” about Summer! #NutrishPets

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

Ahhh summer! Sunshine, long days, balmy nights, warm HOT temps! (Ok, we can forget the heat, not a fan here), but what I AM  a fan of is all of the fresh veggies that are just “ripe for the pickin'” in the summer! Veggies are a staple at dinnertime in our home, and the “dish” about summer is that you can get FRESH and DELICIOUS veggies  from a farmer’s market, (often at a lower price than at the supermarket!) Visiting farmer’s markets  is something I look forward to every year.

A few weeks ago a girlfriend and I went to our local  farmer’s market to survey the goods.

See those veggies in the middle? Do you know what they are? I sure didn’t! They are SQUASH and they were the cutest things I have ever seen! The other cute things I saw were dogs, lots and lots of dogs, two of them are featured above. (Dakota didn’t join us on this trek because I am paranoid about bringing him to outdoor markets/fairs because I don’t want to have to worry about what he might eat off of the ground while my back is turned.) It is important to me that Dakota is eating what is GOOD for him! That is why Dakota has been a Nutrish dog since 2008! One of our favorites is:

DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs from Rachael Ray Nutrish

It is available in two recipes, the recipe Dakota eats most often is the  Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit, Dish  is also available in Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken.

 Dish Has Real U.S. farm-raised chicken or beef (in this case it was chicken because that is the kind Dakota is eating right now), and it is ALWAYS the #1 ingredient.

There’s NEVER any corn, wheat, soy or gluten.

Each recipe is made with WHOLE INGREDIENTS YOU CAN SEE, like slow-roasted chicken, carrots, peas and apples for a whole taste your dog will love as much as Dakota does!!

 NOTE: Dakota has been eating other recipes of Nutrish since 2008, so I did not transition him to this food the way you should WHENEVER you switch your dog to another food. Because the only dog food that Dakota eats IS one of the Nutrish brand recipes, it was not a concern for me.

After I returned from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, I had an idea. I decided to take some of the ingredients from Dakota’s favorite Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit (as shown above), and make a HUMAN recipe for my husband and I to eat while Dakota was enjoying his Nutrish.

“C’MON MOM! STOP MESSING WITH COOKING AND GIVE ME MY “DISH!!”  I LOVE THE REAL CHICKEN, VEGETABLES AND FRUIT and more!!!!

Crisp Carrots offer a tasty crunch, (kinda like a natural bone!).

Garden & Field Peas and Farm-Grown Potatoes are yummy!

Tree-Ripened Apples . Dakota often share apples with his Dad, they are one of his favorites! (TIP:NEVER EAT THE SEEDS OR CORE!)

BELOW IS THE HUMAN’S MEAL BEFORE IT WAS COMPLETE

 WE USED THE SAME INGREDIENTS

THAT DISH HAS!

 

While Dakota was enjoying his healthy and delicious DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs, his Dad and I enjoyed the same ingredients in our meal! It was a “win-win” for everyone!!

Remember friends! Dish is available in two flavors:  Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken,  and Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit

Dish is available right where you shop for your family’s groceries!

 

As you often hear Dakota bark about, and what we are SUPER PROUD OF, is a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.  Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve.  Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

So, what are you waiting for? “MAKE THE SWITCH!!” for your dog! Hurry on out and get some DISH Super Premium Food For Dogs from Rachael Ray Nutrish today, and while you are at it, go and check out your local farmer’s market for some fabulous seasonal veggies for YOU!!! Enjoy!!

#Ad It’s a Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Dog Treat Party and Give-Away! #NutrishPets

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

Hi my furiends!! It’s Dakota! Today I can BARELY contain myself!!!! Shelties spin when they are excited, and let me tell ya, I am sooooo excited that I am spinning like a top!!!!

The other day I was moping around because I didn’t feel that Mom and Dad made a big enough fuss about my TENTH birthday. I am a sensitive sort, and I felt there should have been much more fanfare. Suddenly, I heard a THUD outside of our door!! Sure enough, as if they could read my mind, my treasured friends at Nutrish came through YET AGAIN!!!  There was a GIANT BOX OUTSIDE MY DOOR AND IT WAS FOR ME!!!

I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it! As you can see by the photo above, it was LOADED with all sorts of things! There were even things in  the box for Mom and Dad! But the MAIN THING that I wanted….WAIT FOR IT WOOFIES….which has been a LONG time coming,  were the NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats!!!  Let me tell ya my furiends, these aren’t just any ‘ol run of the mill dog treats either. Nope! These treats are in flavors that doggies DREAM about!!! But, you will have to put your tongues back in your mouths for just one second, because before I tell you about the DELICIOUS NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats, I want to show you just some of the goodies that were in that Party box!

(This is just a sampling of what was in that amazing box! Mom was a piggie and ate the can of peanuts that was there, she also received some really cool lenses that are supposed to fit on her iPhone but Mom couldn’t get them to stay on).  Of course the MOST IMPAWTANT part, was that there were FIVE, COUNT ‘EM, FIVE BAGS OF NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats FOR ME!

There was a note in the box saying to invite some woofies over for a pawty, but anyone that knows me knows that I run a TIGHT security operation here and there is NO WAY other woofies are GOING TO SET ONE PAW into MY territory and eat MY BRAND NEW TREATS! NO WAY!!!! Thanks to my cherished friends at Nutrish, I  would FINALLY get to celebrate my tenth birthday the way it SHOULD have been celebrated!

 

My furiends did you catch the names of the new treats? No, well here ya go, they are:

Burger Bites

Pawsta

Deli Cuts

Meatloaf Morsels

Savory Roasters

Inspired by real recipes from Rachael’s kitchen, these delicious treats start with real meat combined with lots of other good stuff for a tail-waggin’ treat experience like no other.

“Real meat brings the YUM!”

The new Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats are made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Dogs everywhere crave the meaty deliciousness in these Nutrish treats. Dogs love smoky pepperoni, burgers, chicken and even meatloaf!! Look for them where you shop for your family’s groceries.

  • Real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken is always the #1 ingredient.
  • No artificial flavors or meat by-products.
  • No corn or wheat.
  • Dogs everywhere crave the meaty deliciousness in these Nutrish treats.
  • Safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients.
  • Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into small pieces for smaller dogs.

 

For those of you who are on Facebook, you got a little tease with THIS photo Saturday night. If you read the last bullet point above, Mom DID break a few of my treats into smaller pieces….but….

she was taking SO LONG to give them to me that I jumped up, hit that plate with my paw and the entire thing fell onto the carpet! Treats were EVERYWHERE! It was a treat free-for-all, well a treat FREE-FOR-ME!!!!! It was EPIC!!

 

Now, let me tell you how my pawty went!! Mom, Dad and I decided to have MY pawty Saturday night. My friends at Nutrish sent Mom some recipes, a super cute wooden recipe box to keep them in, and a MUCH NEEDED plastic cover so that Mom won’t spill all sorts of things on her recipes while she cooks.  The recipe below was one that Nutrish sent to Mom, but she changed it up a bit,

(Mom and Dad aren’t big fans of eggplant, so Mom left that out, and she used balsamic vinegar instead of wine, as well as  crushed tomatoes that she had on hand. Mom also added carrots, broccoli and cauliflower to hers to make up for the eggplant). Here is Mom’s (and it is served in one of Rachael Ray’s serving pieces that Mom bought last year)

 

Mom and Dad said it was AMAZING! Mom tripled the recipe because she is a pig,  so she could freeze some.

NOW CHECK THIS OUT!

MY PLATE IS ON THE LEFT

MOM AND DAD’S PLATE

IS ON THE RIGHT

It was fun because while Mom and Dad got to eat THEIR pasta with ground meat, and some dry salami, (Mom said it was sooo hot and spicy and SOO delicious!!)  I got to eat Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats! I got to try MY Burger treats, my Deli treats and my PAWSTA treats!!

My treats look EVEN BETTER than the HUMAN food, don’t you agree? (Mom said that the entire time she was giving me my treats to taste, they looked SO GOOD, and SMELLED so good that SHE wanted to eat them!!! BOL!!) Mom said that Rachael Ray’s love of food and talent with food, as well as her knowledge about food, and her love of pets, are evident in each and every one of these treats. Mom thinks they are the MOST CLEVER TREATS EVER and quite easily the BEST she has ever seen! I could NOT AGREE MORE!! Mom said that these treats are so special that she wanted to present MY treats to me in a SPECIAL way so she served the human food and my treats on these wonderful plates that Nutrish sent.

The dishes are microwave and dishwasher safe and on the back of each plate is a drink recipe created by Rachael’s husband, John who is known for coming up with super cool drink recipes! Mom was going to show a recipe from the back of one of the plates, but figured, hey, if you want the recipe, go and buy the plates!! BOL! BOL! BOL!!!

This was the BEST pawty EVER! But even when you have a PAWTASTIC pawty like I had, you know, there HAS to be an after pawty, right? Well, of course! There were still TWO bags of treats that I hadn’t tried so Mom brought those out. It was time to PAWTY DOWN AGAIN!!!

The treats I had at my after pawty were the Meatloaf Morsels and the Savory Roasters. OH MY FURIENDS they are THE BEST EVER!! 

Now, my special friends at Nutrish know that I am one SMART Sheltie, so they also included a “brain game” for me to try to figure out. Mom broke up the treats that  were in her hand, (as you can see in the above photo),  and put them in my game.  Here is a video of me figuring the game out.

Mom said it took me longer to figure out the game than she thought it would. I say “Pfffft!!” to that!

I say all that matters is that I got to taste EVERY SINGLE BAG OF THOSE DELICIOUS TREATS!!!! GUESS WHAT MY FURIENDS!! YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO TASTE THEM TOO!!!! (If you are in the U.S. and 18 or over). My furiends at Nutrish are allowing me to give away A COUPON FOR THE NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats, ONE PER EACH LUCKY WINNER! THERE WILL BE FIVE WINNERS!!! (Only if you follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below!)

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Don’t forget my furiends that when you purchase items from Nutrish,  a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.

Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

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Thank you Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® for making these PAWTASTIC TREATS!!  They were the BEST part of my tenth birthday! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

#Sponsored A Dog’s 17 Wishes for a Happy New Year 2017 #NutrishPets

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

Well my furiends,  it’s Dakota and I am here hoping that you had a wonderful holiday! My Menorah still has a few more nights to go, but since I am a sensitive sort of Sheltie, I am already thinking about the New Year which is right around the corner. I decided to put my Sheltie brain to good use and share with you SEVENTEEN things that I am wishing for in the year 2017!

  • I wish I could finally chase the mail carrier away!
  • I wish I could also make the vacuum go away. I don’t appreciate how it taunts me!
  • I wish that Mom and Dad would play with me more. I know they are busy, but I am getting older now and they need to play with me much more than they do!
  • I wish I could have Nutrish more than just twice a day
  • I wish that all pet parents would take their animals to the Vet regularly, don’t wait til they get sick! 
  • I wish that Mom would brush my teeth more often. I do get a cleaning once a year, but I don’t mind having my teeth brushed one bit and I think that Mom should appreciate that and brush my teeth!
  • I wish my Sheltie girlfriend, Eva, would start blogging again. I miss her.
  • I wish that all animals would find a furever home.
  • I wish that Mom wouldn’t take blogging trips. I know she has two that she is going to be taking, I hope that there aren’t too many more!
  • I wish for Peace in the World
  • I wish that people would stop making me and my parents feel bad because I am not a rescue dog.
  • I wish that no more of my friends would go to the Rainbow Bridge.
  • I wish that I could do more to help the animals.
  • I wish that I could have more adventures in 2017. Many blogging dogs do exciting things! I guess maybe I should start to let Mom and Dad take me for more walks (I don’t love taking walks)
  • I wish that I stay healthy
  • I wish Mom and Dad would stay healthy
  • I wish that all of you would make the switch to Nutrish!!! By making the switch:

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.

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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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From my family,
from my Nutrish “family”
to YOUR FAMILY
we wish you a happy, safe and blessed 
NEW YEAR!!!!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota

#Sponsored Giving Thanks for my Silly, Stubborn Dog #NutrishPets

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

 

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and here I sit with the smell of cranberries cooking on the stove for the upcoming Thursday feast. The TV is on with no one watching. To my left is Dakota’s favorite red, white and blue ball that is  just waiting for someone to trip over it. Dakota and Cody are asleep in the vicinity. Our condo feels warm and cozy. Perfect.

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It is hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be saying goodbye to 2016. I have to admit, this is one year I am happy to kick to the curb. It hasn’t been kind on many fronts, but through all the challenges that were faced head-on, my pets are always there to make me laugh and give me the greatest gift they ever could, their unconditional love.

Today’s post was supposed to be entirely different from what it turned out to be. I was going to put a Turkey hat on Dakota, and take some cute photos and make it all “Thanksgivingy”, but Dakota made it clear that he wanted NO PART OF IT!  No amount of cajoling, treat bartering, or cutesy voices  would have him obey, he made it clear that he had enough of me chasing him around wanting to take photos.

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My knee-jerk reaction was to be upset, my first thought was “what the heck am I going to write about now?”, but after looking at the photos and thinking, it dawned on me. How often do we forget that our pets have minds of their own? Some would disagree, but I believe our pets think and  have feelings, they are entitled to not want to always do what WE say they have to do, and if it is something that isn’t going to hurt them, then I say go with the flow.

 

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Dakota practicing “selective hearing”
in the photo above. No way was he going to listen!

Dakota didn’t sign up to be on a blog, I enlisted him without his consent!  If I don’t have the photos that I need, that’s my problem, not his.

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So, since “life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”, I re-grouped. There are  no silly turkey hats in this post. There is  just me, sharing photos of my sometimes stubborn dog, and often crazy cat, who make me laugh on a daily basis, multiple times per day, even when I don’t want to.

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When Dakota and Cody both entered my life in 2007  I had no blogs. I didn’t look at them thinking of photo ops, or for what they needed to “do” to make me happy for my blogs, I loved them for THEM. I wanted them in my life because I love animals. Pets enrich the lives of their owners on every level. I wanted to give them love. I wanted them to be safe. They spend every day of their lives asking for nothing from me but to LOVE and  protect them. Dakota’s resistance to wanting his photo taken reminded me that he doesn’t need to pose or cooperate for a photo for me to love him. I love him because he is a wonderfully sensitive, fun, brilliant and silly dog. I love him because he “IS.”

Dakota, Cody and I are some of the lucky ones. My pets have a roof over their heads, a warm home. They have more than enough toys, tons of love from their Dad and me, they eat the most delicious food. Not all animals are as lucky.

When I began feeding Dakota Nutrish back in 2008, it was a no-brainer. I already was a fan of Rachael’s from TV, but my decision to feed them Nutrish was partly based on the fact that she has mad cooking ability, but more importantly, I trust Rachael Ray implicitly because I know how much she  loves animals.  Rachael’s pet food was created with the same love that she brings to her human food.  She brings that same love to a cause dear to her heart, Rachael’s Rescue.

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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. 

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 Sometimes we all need a kick in the butt to see what is truly important. Whether or not Dakota cooperated for a photo shoot isn’t important at all. What IS important is that I love he (and Cody), for the amazing pets that they are, for the love and laughter they bring me EVERY DAY. 
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Today,  I give THANKS for Dakota and Cody, the 4-legged loves of my life!! I also give ENORMOUS thanks to ALL OF YOU, and ALL OF YOUR FUR BABIES who bring joy to ME every day. Last, but far from least, I give thanks to Rachael Ray, Rachael’s Rescue, and every one at the forefront and behind the scenes at Nutrish. THANK YOU for caring about all of our pets, EVERY WHERE!!! THANK YOU for all that you do!

#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 

NOVEMBER 6NOVEMBER 12

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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