#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

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Spring officially began in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:29 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

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Happy Birthday Dakota!! Our “Perfect 10”

Oh, this is a rough one. A terribly rough one. Where have the years gone? It seems like yesterday that my precious Sheltie boy was 8 months old. Now, today, he turns 10. TEN…so hard to believe, even harder for me to process.

We would like to thank Pipo, Minko and Mr.Jack Freckles thoughtful Mama for this incredible card that she made for Dakota. Click on the photo to visit their blog

When thinking about what I was going to do to acknowledge Dakota’s momentous birthday on his blog,  I kept becoming more and more sad.

I don’t want to be sad and I don’t want to make any of YOU sad, so I am going to do my best to keep this post light-hearted!

10 Things I Love About Our Perfect 10

  • You are my favorite boy to eat popcorn with!
  • You greet me EVERY TIME I walk through the door as if I have been gone for a zillion years, even if I am only gone for one minute.
  • You are incredibly sensitive and intuitive.
  • You lick (kiss) my hand like there is no tomorrow…(just because)
  • You are silly, playful and love to “dance” with me.
  • You “guard” me when I work on the computer, I just have to look to my right or left and you are there.
  • You are the BEST laundry supervisor!
  • You have a smile that makes ME and all who encounter it, smile too.
  • Your eyes are the proverbial “windows” to your soul
  • You are mine, (OURS or Daddy will get upset), we could not have asked for a more loving, devoted, intelligent, clever, silly, hilarious and wonderful dog.

Dad, Cody and I love you to pieces. Thank you for all of the love and joy you have brought to our lives, I cherish you my special boy!!!! There is a nice, juicy home-made burger in your future!!

Love, “Mom”

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Art:Self Pawtrait Challenge

We were so excited when we saw the blog post from Louis Dog Armstrong, the Director of Arts and Entertainment for Blogville and the brilliant woofie behind the blog, Louisdog’s Life about the Self Pawtrait challenge!! Loving art the way Mom and I do, we KNEW we just had to pawticipate!  Here is our entry!

Mom and I created my self pawtrait by taking a photo, and then we popped over to Dreamscope (one of our favorite photo “painting” apps! After painting, we headed over to Ribbet to add some additional elements and a frame. We hope you like it! Mom and I are also posting this on Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop!!!

(No worries, woofies are allowed to enter too!!!)

A Valentine’s Day Give-Away! Win a Luxury Dog Scarf from “Oh Tiny Heart” !

Hi and Happy Valentine’s Day all!! A few weeks ago I was excited to be contacted by a wonderful company that “makes and sells handcrafted luxury accessories for pooches from rare and fine materials you can’t find  anywhere else.”

I thought with today being Valentine’s Day, it couldn’t be more perfect  than to feature this company that I now “heart” on this special day of love!!! Why not treat your special dog to a luxury dog scarf from:

“Oh Tiny Heart”

 

THE OH TINY HEART STORY:

Launched on September 23, 2016 from our small San Francisco apartment, our handcrafted accessories combine our love of chic design with the comfortable and stylish fabrics and materials we love to wear ourselves. If we wouldn’t wear it, why should our pets?

We hope you come to love Oh Tiny Heart as much as we love the little pooch who started it all.

The beautifully wrapped package that I received for Dakota

WHY THEY STARTED:

We started Oh Tiny Heart after adopting our little fur baby, Mylo. When we first brought Mylo home, we found ourselves unable to stop shopping for things we thought he’d like — treats, toys, accessories — you name it! When we couldn’t seem to find accessories for him that we absolutely loved (we’re picky!), we decided to make our own.

HOW THEY STARTED:

Determined to create accessories we weren’t embarrassed to let Mylo wear, we rolled up our sleeves, purchased a sewing machine, a few bundles of thread, and began chopping up our old clothing. Sewing with discarded stretchy knits and delicate cottons forced us to master difficult fabrics right off the bat, setting the tone for the types of materials we’d end up working with most.

When we finally created an accessory we were proud of, we posted a picture of Mylo modeling our creation on Instagram, and comments demanding we sell our pieces started pouring in from friends and followers. That’s when we knew we had to open our own shop.

While we are still very much a mom and pop pet shop handcrafting accessories from our much-too-tiny San Francisco apartment, we feel our family has grown so much larger thanks to the amazingly supportive customers we are lucky enough to have.

We’d love for you to take a look at what we have:

Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection. Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart Website. Click to visit!

The Robin Scarf is the scarf that I selected for Dakota to try.  It is from the Oh Tiny Heart Signature Collection. (There is also a Gateway Collection and Rare Collection). It is super soft, light as a feather, just beautiful, so beautiful, that I want to wear it, but Dakota insisted that I let HIM wear it! Dakota doesn’t always wear scarves or bandanas unless he has just returned from being groomed, so at first he wasn’t quite sure what to make of it:

The Robin scarf is a  royal blue beautiful sweater knit scarf. It’s super cozy to the touch, the fabric is super snuggly!!! This scarf is completely unlike any other scarf I ever put on Dakota. It’s so luxurious!! Once I let him know just how handsome he looked in this scarf he allowed me to take another photo:

DETAILS:

  • 80% Polyester/15% Rayon/5% Spandex
  • Light Weight
  • Yarn Dyed Slub Hatchi Sweater Knit
  • Ultra Soft Brushed Hand
  • Fluid Drape
  • Four Way Stretch
  • Royal Blue Cozy and Warm Sweater Knit with Soft Touch Black Trim
  • Traditional Square Bandana
  • Oh Tiny Heart Hand Dyed Real Leather Label
  • Handmade in USA

    Photo Courtesy of the Oh Tiny Heart website

SIZES AVAILABLE:

  • Petite (XS) fits necks up to 10” (12 x 12” square bandana, 14” on diagonal fold)
  • Popular (S/M) fits necks up to 14” (16 x 16” square, 22” on diagonal fold)
  • Prestige (L) fits necks up to 18” (20 x 20” square, 31” on diagonal fold)

CARE:

  • Hand Wash to Maintain Longevity
  • Air Dry Flat or Iron on Low Heat
  • Do Not Tumble Dry
  • Do Not Bleach

“What I put up with for a product review! Mom I am NOT a girl Sheltie, I am a BOY!!! But…this would look pretty on a female Sheltie as a cute hat, don’t you agree?”

 

I couldn’t be happier with Dakota’s scarf and am excited for you to check out all that Oh Tiny Heart has to offer! They also have Collars and Leashes!!!

Ok, I couldn’t resist and HAD to put the scarf on Cody too….he was a little less thrilled than I was:

Don’t let Cody’s expression deter you, remember, he IS a cat after all!!!!

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Give-Away is open to those who are

18 yrs of age and older. An approximate $38 value!

Entering is super easy,

just enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent the Robin Scarf from the Signature Collection in exchange for my always honest review.