Getting my Zen On: Wordless Wednesday

#TBT Sheltie Singing for Popcorn on National Popcorn Day

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was so happy when I saw that today was National Popcorn Day! We are HUGE popcorn fans in our home (we have it probably 3 times per week). This holiday is the perfect time to share portions of an older blog post, I am sure there are some who haven’t seen this. Hope you enjoy!

Dakota loves nothing more than sharing some popcorn with me (don’t worry, I pop mine myself, the old-fashioned way with the KERNELS, but yes I do it in the microwave and I don’t give him much!) I pop mine in the microwave in a bowl with a lid (with no oil, you can also do it in a brown paper bag). When it comes out, I drizzle it with olive oil and Parmesan cheese.

Being the brilliant Sheltie that Dakota is, he KNOWS when you are talking about POPCORN, even if you SPELL IT! He also knows what the container looks like that I keep it in and will begin losing his mind whenever he sees it!

Being the HORRIBLE doggy Mom that I am, I often like to egg Dakota on, (he’s just sooo easy to get worked up!), and that is just what I was doing the other night.

Enjoy this silly video and please excuse my “singing!!” Dakota had actually “sung” with me the day before, and I was trying to get him to do it again, but I wasn’t horribly successful!

Once Dakota had his fill of my annoying him….he “exits stage left!!!!!”

Now go and pop some for yourself and have a great day!!!

Sending Happy Chanukah and Warm Christmas Eve Wishes

May ALL of your holiday wishes come true!!!!! Ours did because we are blessed to know each and EVERY ONE of you!!!! We love you all !! Now…get to bed early for Santa!


Happy “Gotcha Day” Dakota!!

Oh my!!!!! With my being sick since last Thursday, I NEARLY FORGOT that today is Dakota’s NINTH GOTCHA DAY! I was sitting here doing work, I looked to my side and saw my boy who “guards” me while I work. Because I don’t have time to come up with something new, I went through some old posts and found this one that I have edited with some different photos, some of the text originally appeared in 2013.




Dakota was the answer to my childhood dream

of having my own Sheltie

When I was 5, I met a Sheltie

that lived across the street who was named “Dandy”

that was it, I was hooked.

I used to only play with the kids that lived in that house

because of their Sheltie!!

At the time, I was obsessed with Lassie

and in my 5-year old mind

 the Sheltie that  I had fallen in love with,

was a mini “Lassie”

I later learned that Shelties

aren’t related to Collies at all

but are their own marvelous breed!





dakota quote challenge




This video was not made by me

but it features one of my favorite Phil Collins songs

and celebrates one of the most wonderful,

sensitive, silly, loving and crazy breeds

Dog Days of Dakota #NutrishPets #Ad

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

Dakota Lifestyle Nutrish looking at camera

Hi my friends! It’s Dakota, and I am super happy that you could stop by today! If you look at the photo above, I am reporting to you from my spot right behind where Mom wastes time works on mine and Cody’s blogs. Since Mom wastes time works from home, this is where you while find me!

As any Sheltie lover knows, we are working/herding dogs, and we take our jobs seriously! Did you know that I work 24-7? Why Yes! I do!

My day starts quite early. My kitty brother, Cody, begins his annoying, whining quest for food, meowing for breakfast, often at around 4:30 am. Mom ignores him. Who gets up with us at the you-know-what crack of dawn to feed us? YOU GOT IT!! It is my DAD who gets up and gives both Cody and I our breakfast. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that the ONLY food that I eat is Nutrish!  Just like humans need a good breakfast to begin their day, I do too, and Nutrish is the ONLY food that I want or need!

Dakota Lifestyle Nutrish sniffing bag

A good breakfast gives me the energy I need to protect my Mom while she works, it also gives me energy to perform my MANY other important Sheltie tasks:

  • Barking at leaves blowing in the wind
  • Barking at the neighbors who I see 50 times a day
  • Barking when I hear FedEx or UPS
  • Barking when I hear ANYONE in the hallway outside of our door
  • Barking at my kitty brother to alert him that the mail carrier has arrived
  • Barking when it is time for dinner
  • Barking to hear myself bark
  • Barking so that every dog in the world knows that I exist

(Notice a pattern here? Below you will see just how seriously I take my work! Mom apologizes for how dark the video is, but it will give you an idea of what my day entails)

See what I mean? My work is NEVER done!!! Yeah, I might take a nap here and there, or go for a walk, or maybe run around with my plush football, or chase Cody, but the majority of the time I am protecting my pack. My “pack” being Mom, Dad and Cody. All of that hard work spurs my appetite and at 5pm it is time for, you got it, DINNER!!!

When it is time for dinner, it is  Dad once again who is my HERO!!!   DAD  is the person who brings me my delicious DINNER!!

Dakota Lifestyle Nutrish and Lenny

Before I eat, I make sure I say my prayers and stop and think of the woofies who need barks of support. Some might be  ill, or some woofies aren’t as lucky as I am. Many woofies don’t have a Mom or a Dad that feeds them their favorite food, they are in shelters hoping to find a forever home. I am a lucky woofie. I make it a point not to lose sight of that. I have parents who love me and make sure that I have my favorite food, my ONLY FOOD. THAT FOOD is Nutrish!!

Dakota Lifestyle Nutrish Looking at bowl

After saying my prayers, it is time to gobble up my “delish” Nutrish!!!

As lucky as I am to have my favorite food, and parents and kitty brother who love me, I have to admit, sometimes being an Ambassadog gets on my nerves!!!! Why? The puparazzi,  my Mom NEVER stops taking photos! Can’t a dog eat in peace??? I wish someone would let her know just how annoying it is to have a camera in their face while they are trying to enjoy their most FAVORITE time of the day, MEAL TIME!!!!! Excuse me while I grab my Dad for some help!!!!

Dakota lifestyle Nutrish Dad are we done yet


Whew!!! I think she heard me, and is FINALLY  letting me eat !!! Woofies! I hope that after you work hard taking care of YOUR pack, that  you get more consideration than I do! !! 

As usual, my Dad saved me!!! I will have to remember that for Father’s Day, (pssst…which happens to be THIS SUNDAY!!),  and give him some EXTRA SPECIAL LOVING!!! After all, Mom helps me be an Ambassadog, but it is DAD who FILLS MY BOWL!!! Now if you will excuse me……………I have some Nutrish to eat! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Dakota Lifestyle Nutrish eating


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Discovering My Inner Fox

Hi my friends! It’s Dakota!!! 

A few weeks ago, our dear friend from Crunchkins, Inc. posted this photo on my Mom’s Facebook page:

sheltie or fox

When I saw this, I flashed Mom one of my winning Sheltie smiles!! Why? Because Mom says that often when she looks at me she thinks I resemble a Fox, and I have heard other Sheltie parents say that their Sheltie resembles a Fox as well.

Then, the other day, Mom was excited to find out that she had won a prize over at one of our favorite blogs:



Mom just LOVES the drawings that are on THE FOUR-LEGGED FURBALLS blog, and she was excited to learn that she had won a  drawing of ME and my kitty brother, Cody………she couldn’t have been more thrilled!!!! Take a look at MY drawing!!!

Dakota drawing four legged furballs

Mom LOVES this drawing but she and I had a good laugh!!!! What do you think was the FIRST thing we both thought of when we saw this? You got it!!! Mom thought that I look exactly like a FOX in this drawing!!!  It is a darling drawing and we LOVE IT!


So, what do YOU think? Do you see a Sheltie or a Fox when you look at a Sheltie?

 Do you see a Sheltie or a Fox in the drawing?


Barks and licks and love, Dakota