The BEST New Holiday Tradition For 2014!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

Hi every kitty and woofie! It’s Dakota!!

I am so excited to see all of you!

Many of you know that I am a Sheltie that is of the Jewish persuasion, so instead of having a Christmas tree and all, I celebrate Chanukah. (The Festival of Lights).  We light our Menorah every night for eight nights, and if you are lucky you get presents all eight nights!

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I know that  my kitty brother, Cody, and I don’t get presents all eight nights because Mom says we have too many toys, so I wasn’t quite as excited about Chanukah as I should have been.  Then, I sat myself down and said, “Chanukah and Christmas aren’t just about toys, they are holidays that are about giving to OTHERS too!” Well, as soon as I changed my thoughts, the most exciting thing happened! I am ECSTATIC to tell you about something that happened at my den the first night of Chanukah, that if I have anything to bark about it, it will be CERTAIN to happen EVERY year!

It all started when I was just sitting around being the perfect gentleman:

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you see, I KNOW when I think pawsitive and strike the gentleman pose, good things will happen! Sure enough, it worked!

My super Sheltie ears perked up at the sound of the UPS man leaving a package at our door! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As it turned out, the package was for Cody, NOT for me. His Secret Paws partner had sent him a package!!

There was a beautiful card too! We were thrilled to learn that Cody’s Secret Paws partners were  Melissa and Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows! 

dakota holiday tradition post card from melissa

Cody  had all sorts of gifts that were wrapped with his name on them! As Cody pawed through his presents, he told me that Melissa and Truffles had sent presents to ME TOO!! Woofies! I couldn’t believe my EYES!

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PRESENTS!! FOR ME!!!

Mom said that before I could open anything I had to put my yarmulke on and join Mom, Dad and Cody over by the Menorah and say the Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessing

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Once that was done I could have my presents!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing package from melissa

Mom was impressed that I didn’t try to rip the festive gift wrap off my presents. I was so happy that I received something, that I wanted to savor the different scents. I had a feeling there was something super good inside!

The first present I opened contained a DUCK!

dakota holiday tradition post duck

Pretty cool isn’t it? 

Then the surprise of all surprises appeared!

See for yourself!

 I was so happy I could NOT stop SMILING!!

Melissa and Truffles must have known that there is NOTHING that makes me smile MORE than having my SOUP BONES, my reputation as a respected  Ambassadog for Nutrish is well-known around these parts, but I digress… Melissa knew that these bones would bring a HUGE SMILE to my face and sure enough, she was right!

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I immediately struck my gentleman pose, Mom wasn’t giving me my Soup Bones fast enough, so I made sure I didn’t break my stare, “Come on Mom! Give me my Soup Bones! PLEAAASE!! “

dakota holiday tradition post next to soup bones on chair

Did she open them right away?

Noooo! She had the nerve to take a photo of them!

dakota holiday tradition post soup bones on table

I sat in shock, what was with this woman? Then, when I thought I couldn’t take the suspense any longer, they were mine, ALL MINE!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing soup bone bag

The delicious scent teased my ample Sheltie nose!

dakota holiday tradition post licking soup bone before taking out of bag

I just HAD to have a LICK!

I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

I HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

THE HECK WITH BEING A GENTLEMAN!

I MOVED IN FOR THE KILL!

dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

dakota holiday tradition post grabbing soup bone out of bag

Well, there you have it! I think that EVERY year moving forward, that I am gonna hang with Cody and his feline pals and make sure that he takes part in the Secret Paws event!

Gotta hand it to those kitties and their humans, they sure lived up to the hype of being rather intelligent! They knew just how to make this Sheltie’s holiday a special one!

Thanks to Melissa and Truffles for giving me the BEST CHANUKAH EVER!

If you celebrate Chanukah make your pawrents get you one Soup Bone for every night, if you celebrate Christmas ask them to put them in your stocking! I am certain that once you do, they will become a tradition at YOUR house too!!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some important business to take care of:

dakota holiday tradition post eating soup bone

 

THEY ARE MINE!! ALL MINE!!!!!!!!

“See ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and Soup Bone Love,

Dakota

If I’M a #Nutrish Advocate, then why is MOM headed to #BarkWorld 2013!?

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Hi  my woofie furiends!!!  You can see by the photo above that I am BARKING out the most wonderful news!

I AM A NUTRISH ADVOCATE!

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CLICK ON THE LOGO TO LEARN ABOUT NUTRISH!

Did you read that? I am hoping I made myself clear! Why? Because if I am the “Nutrish Advocate”  then why is my MOM the one who is going to BarkWorld?

Make that, MOM is going! I sure wish that I was! Click on the badge to learn more about BarkWorld!

Make that, MOM is going! I sure wish that I was! Click on the badge to learn more about BarkWorld!

 

That doesn’t make a bit of sense to me and being the intelligent Sheltie that I am, I say that THAT is NOT fair! 

Why?

I am the one who eats an array of products made by Nutrish

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My faves are (in no pawticular order):  just6 (treats and kibble), Naturally Delish,  Soup Bones,  Savory Bites,   and Regular Nutrish! Did ya notice I eat just about EVERYTHING that is featured in the photo above? You are pretty observant because I DO!

I haven’ tried Nutrish’s latest formula which is Zero Grain. Dad was talking to Mom about that tonight wondering if we should try it. Mom told him that it’s rated 4 stars by Dog Food Advisor (why they didn’t use a 4 PAW rating I’ll never know, but I digress), so there is a chance that might be in my future!

Why do I eat Nutrish?

Because it is SUPER PREMIUM DOG FOOD made with simple, natural ingredients!  I have been eating Nutrish since 2008! LONG BEFORE I ever started blogging!! It is the ONLY DOG FOOD THAT I EAT! I told ya I  am an intelligent Sheltie! You can  be as intelligent as I am  and learn more about Nutrish  by clicking here

Also, proceeds from the sale of Rachael’s Nutrish go to Rachael’s Rescue. I like that Rachael Ray is dedicated to helping doggies less fortunate than myself!

Want another reason why I should be going to BarkWorld and NOT Mom?

 I AM A CHAMPION BARKER!! 

Is the name of the event NOT

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I’m not standing by a microphone for nothing you know!

If I were going I could help Mom with the updates she will be posting throughout the weekend LIVE from BarkWorld!
I can convey messages MUCH LOUDER and much faster than she can! Be sure you are following Mom on Twitter @dakotasheltie and be sure to follow  @Nutrish too!

Also, why should MOM be attending a PAWTY that Nutrish will be throwing at BarkWorld and I CAN’T???  I hear that the FIRST 50 HUMANS TO ATTEND THE PAWTY GET TO PAINT A CERAMIC DOG BOWL FOR THEIR PUP. (SOME humans are actually FAIR to their pups! BOL!)

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!! There will be human food and delicious dog treats too!!! 

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There had BETTER be some treats for me, that’s all I have to say about it! 

SPEAKING OF TREATS!! STAY TUNED MY FURIENDS! I’ll be sharing a BarkWorld recap in SEPTEMBER and there will be a special Nutrish coupon offer following BarkWorld!! LOOK FOR MY RECAP ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th!

In the meantime, be sure to visit NUTRISH RIGHT HERE!!

MOM WILL SEE YOU AT BARKWORLD!!

“She’ll see ya, when she sees ya!!”

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.