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2.21.13 Thankful Thursday: Peace Love & Whiskers Shined On Us


We are Thankful today for Peace, Love, & Whiskers, an amazing blog about amazing animals.


Peace, Love, & Whiskers takes extra special care of some extra special pussy cats and doggies and provides us out here in the blogosphere with wonderful interviews.  You really need to go visit.  Thank you PL&W for the great work you do in highlighting kitties and doggies  that need special care and love.  Several of the DogDaz rescues, canine, feline, and guinea, have all needed a little extra love to get through their days, but they have brought us tremendous joy.  The Muffin Man, our orange and white Tom, had heart disease his whole life (2 pills a day), and was the king of our castle.  Miss Constance Kitty was born with a crooked spine, but did great with it in her early years – until the pain got to be too much.  Squash E. Bear was a two times a day insulin diabetic, who eventually went blind, but he and I would still walk a few miles every day.  Mr. Motto, the king of Guinea Pigs, had pneumonia almost immediately upon adoption.  It was very touch and go for over a month, but he lived another 7 years. Noel, the Christmas cat, has feline Herpes but she is doing great and just turned 6 last week.   So thank you Peace, Love, & Whiskers for taking up the cause of the animals that need a little extra love.

liebsterawardPL&W bestowed upon us 2 awards; the Versatile Blogger Award and the Liebster Award.  We are honored and thankful for that too.

Since we have been very lucky to receive these awards before, we hope you don’t mind but you can find our previous responses to the questions on our Awards page.  We love all awards and appreciate them, but Mom is running out of time to get her work done, take care of the zoo, and still write the blog, so she is trying to economize where she can,

We would like to bestow on Peace, Love, & Whiskers the coveted DogDaz Pick Of The Litter Award, for all the great things you do.


You get to pick any award you would like from our Awards page – because you are our pick of the litter!     


This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Cats, Dogs


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1.1.13 Carpe Diem: 2013 Pick of the Litter Awards



I tried to wake the animals up to review the year before we move on to 2013, but they said to leave them alone.  

My motto for 2013 is “Carpe Diem,”  “Sieze the day!”  I want to focus on each days wonders and dig deep into making every moment count.  If not now, when?  If not me, who?  

Here is a recap of DogDaz month by month for 2012 before we move on:

January – At that point the blog was only 60 days new.  The Muffin Man turned 18 or 19 (we never really knew his age).

February – Stella and Nine joined the family.  Everyone was really excited.  Nine was about 1 and Stella was 5 months old.

March – The dogs dug up the yard (for the first time) to free the mole   Spring was definitely in the air (and under ground).  Noel, the Christmas Cat, was 5.  Mom was 55.

April – The kittens are fitting in really well…. maybe to well.  Nine is taking over the world.

May – Louise is growing up and does a great job on the blog while Mom travels  The dogs learned to sit pretty for spring pictures.

June – We highlighted the street animals of Istanbul, Turkey from Mom’s trip.  Peanut graduated High School, so the dogs got to be in lots of prom pictures.

July – The dogs and cats took turns writing the blog while Mom was in Australia and had great fun when she returned.  Stella turned 1.  Peanut turned 18.

August – The true DogDaz of summer were upon us. Change was in the air.  Constance was 5.

September – Peanut (the little little human) went off to college and we were all trying to get used to an empty nest. 

October –  Noel took over as top cat., we get hit with SuperStormSandy and Louise (aka Lulu Belle), turned 3.

November – Sofie turned 2 and the blog turned 1.

December – The Muffin Man and Miss Constance Kitty passed over the rainbow bridge to the great meadow.  K8 (the middle little human) graduated from college and came home to stay (bye bye empty nest) – the animals (especially Stella) like having her to play with again.

Awards Review (27 awarded in total, WOW!  We are so blessed and so amazed!) –

Blog Of The Year 2012 Award –  Thank you for the wonderful stars this year from Misaki, The Daily Golden, Lead.Learn.Live, Worldly Winds, and Living and Lovin.Blog of the Year Award 5 star thumbnail

Blog on Fire Award from “I Adopted A Dog – Now What?”

Inspiring Blog Award from Lead,Learn.Live  and also from  I Adopted A Dog – Now What?

The Addictive Blog Award from  Misaki at “The Misadventures of Misaki.”

The Versatile Blogger Award from Dear Kitty. Some Blog. and Hutchagoodlife and Kindness Kronicles and our very first award, from Bassa’s Blog.

“You Make Me Shine” award from Bassa’s Blog.

Worldly Winds gave us this most unusual Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.

The Sunshine Award from themisadaventuresofmisaki.

The Liebster Blog from themisadaventuresofmisaki.

One Lovely Blog Award from  Paws to Talk and  Sweat Like Mambo and Cats & Co and Misty Shores Chesapeakes

The ‘Just Kidding’ Award from Colline’s Blog.

Candle Lighter Award from  Sweat Like Mambo.

Awesome Blogger Award from Fluffy Tufts Gang

Hug Award from Milka [the Great{est} Dane] and  Misty Shores Chesapeakes (Updated posting at 8:30 AM:  I missed Bumpy Road to Bubba – not sure how I did that because she has such a wonderful blog and I apologize because I love to hug that blog everyday!)

Collie’s Choice Award For Best Blog from Collies of the Meadow.


Seize The New Year With A “DOGDAZ Pick Of The Litter Award”

All those named above will receive their first award of 2013 from us:  The DOGDAZ PICK OF THE LITTER AWARD.  You are all something special and deserve the very best, now and always. You get to pick one of the above awards for your very own, as well as proudly display that you are part of the DogDaz Pick of the Litter!


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Dogs


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12.9.12 Another Star For Our Badge

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Thank you to The Daily Golden for adding another star to our BLOG OF THE YEAR award.  It is so kind of the Golden Tucker and his human, Shannon, to think of us here at the zoo.  When you visit the very fun ‘The Daily Golden’ you will learn a lot about the beautiful breed. 

Our Sofie is golden and we haven’t the heart to tell her that she will not be a Retriever when she grows up. Shhhhh!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Dogs


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11.20.12 Thanks Misaki for the “Blog of the Year Award”

Oh Misaki, you are too kind, to grace us with the “Blog of the Year 2012”  Award.  It is a really different type of award and we really appreciate you thinking of us.  If you have not met Misaki yet, please check her blog out at The Misadventures of Misaki.

Misaki, The Great

The “Blog of the Year” award is a little different than some other awards that we have received in the past, because you accumulate stars. We think that is a neat idea.  Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.


Oh my DOG!  I want to give this award to so many blog friends that I don’t know where to start.  But, since this is an award that focuses on the year 2012, I am awarding it to all of you who have acknowledged DogDaz with an award this year. (I do hope I did not miss any of you.)  This is the least I can do to say Thank You again. Please keep passing it on and keep the star shine going for many blog years to come.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Dogs


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10.16.12 Cupcakes for DogDaz


What a SWEET week.

It is with great pride that DogDaz accepts the Cupcake of our dreams from Misaki, the wonderdog of The Misadventures of Misaki.  Misaki is an Alaskan Malamute who lives in the UK with her Mommy and Daddy. We are not sure how she got all the way from Alaska (USA) to England, but with all her adventures, maybe one day we will find out.  Do go to her blog and thank her for us.

This Super Sweet Blogging Award makes our mouth water and we are sure that these Gluten-free/Dairy-free confections are just perfect for Mommy (virtual treats are always allergy free and wonderful to imagine). 


Then a few  days later our friend Clowie, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog (frequently mistaken for a Polar Bear) honored us with another confection: the One Sweet Blog Award.  Clowie is the absolutely amazing white giant who has the greatest adventures with her Bipeds (humans).  She was born in England but moved to Spain and spends lots of time in the mountains that her breed is named after.

Luckily, there are no requirements for the One Sweet Blog Award other than linking back to the person who gave it to you (THANK YOU CLOWIE), but here are the rules for the Super Sweet Award   

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you: Thank you so much Misaki, this was one of the sweetest awards we ever received.

2. Answer the ‘Super Sweet’ questions. See below

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake? It is definitely Cookies around her.  People cookies and Dog cookies every night before bed.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Though chocolate is a very nice flavor, and a great sauce over ice cream, we love vanilla.  Vanilla beans, vanilla syrup, we love vanilla!

3.  What is your favorite sweet treat?  Now this is hard.  I used to love M&M candies, plain or peanut.  Pretty much anything M&M.  But I am not allowed to eat them anymore.  So, I would say my favorite sweet treat now a days is a Tofutti’s Marry Me ice cream bar. “Find full-bodied vanilla made with organic sugar partnered with rich, deep organic chocolate coating.”

4.  When do you crave sweet things the most? I always want cookies when I am having my evening tea, but I crave sweets the most when I am stressed (who doesn’t?)

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  I call Lulu ‘Brownie,’ because she has this beautiful dark brown black coat.  Sofie is my ‘Gummy Bear,’ because she is so chubby cute you want to squeeze her. 


I am going to start with a food fight and throw the cupcake at

(1) Clowie and the Sweet award at (2) Misaki – because you both are sooooooooooo sweet.
(3) whatimeant2say
(4) 400daystil40
(5) bumpyroadtobubba
(6) Cupcake Speaks
(7) The (mis)Adventures of Sage
(8) Misty Shores Chesapeakes
(9) Long Life Cats & Dogs
(10) My Three Moogies
(11) RumpyDog
(12) Savannah’s Paw Tracks
(13) jmgoyder

FOOD FIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Choose your confection and start throwing.

Late Breaking News:  Our new friend Savannah’s Paw Tracks threw a One Sweet Blog Award at us today at the same time as we were posting.  I love a food fight!!!  Thanks

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Dogs


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9.28.12 Blog on Fire Award

What an incredible week to receive multiple awards! We received this really HOT award called the “Blog on Fire” Award for our sweet friend Taylor and her Mom, Jessica, at “I Adopted A Dog – Now What?”

Taylor is just the cutest 1 year-old Scottish terrier/dachshund mix with a personality all her own.  She was adopted at a Bay Area shelter this past June by her Mommy and Daddy. We enjoy following their antics and seeing what wonderful adventures they have.

I really appreciate that other bloggers find DogDaz enjoyable, and think it is so exciting when someone says we are HOT, especially on FIRE.  We like that a lot! Thank you sooooo much for thinking of us.

This award requires me to share 8 unusual tidbits about either myself or my pet. So, here I go: 

1.  Louise and I seem to bonk heads a lot.  She will be jumping up while I am leaning down.  We both look at each other and go ‘Not Again?’

2. Sofie whimpers in her sleep.  It is so sad, but she is still sleeping.

3.  Both dogs snore and sometimes it can get very noisy.

4.  I feel kind of lost if I am home and the dogs are not with me.

5. For years Louise did not know that I did not lock her kennel door at night.  But one night she figured it out and about 4 AM she started poking me to wake up and play.  Now whenever I forget to lock it at night, she will sneak out and poke me.

6. Sofie will do any silly antics she can to not go to bed, even though she is really tired.  She lies down right in front of her kennel and rolls on her back and says ‘I’m so cute!  Do I really have to go to bed?’  This is an every night thing.  She cracks me up!

7.  Noel, the Christmas cat, hates to be picked up.  I force her to submit to the pick up and she cries until I turn her over and hold her like a baby, and then she falls asleep in my arms.  Anyone else who tries this will loss an arm (just warning you) but it ‘our’ thing.

8.  I would much rather blog and play with the dogs all day than work – I guess I know what I will do when I retire (if ever that happens).

The next thing is to pass this award to 8 blogs (in no particular order), who each display humor, class, and positivity with every post:

1. Chancy The Gardener

2. Rumpydog

3 .Fluffy Tufts

4.  Craves Adventure

5. Gone for a Walk

6. Rescued Insanity

7. My Brown Newfies

8. Something Wagging This Way Comes

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Dogs


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9.7.12 We Won The Addictive Blog Award

What a nice surprise to receive an award from my friend Misaki at “The Misadventures of Misaki.”

Misaki is an Alaskan Malamute (I absolutely love love love Malamutes and always wanted to have one, but it just has not happened yet.).  She lives with her Mummy and Daddy in Essex, England and has a fascination with Bonios (a United Kingdom dog treat, I assume).

It is with great appreciation that we receive The Addictive Blog Award.

Thank you so much.

And as with most awards on the blogosphere, there are some rules that one must follow to accept:

1. Thank the giver who has bestowed on us this award – so, thank you again Miss Misaki the Beautiful.

2. Link back to Misaki’s blog

3. Talk about why I blog and why I started blogging (see below).

I started this blog in late November 2011, to chronicle the antics of my rescued managerie of animals: Louise (aka Lulu Belle) my very shy 58lb (26kg) maybe Plott Hound/Black Labrador Retriever mix (3 years old next month), Sofie Bear (who will be 2 in November), my 48lb (21kg) maybe Corgi/Sheltie mix (who was suppose to be big Collie/Shepard dog), and the house cats: The Muffin Man (aka, Muffy, 18), Noel, the Christmas Cat (5), Miss Constance Kitty (4 1/2). and the kittens, Nine (19 mo) and Stella (1 year).  We lost many of the zoo over the years and their spirits and stories visit the pages from time to time, especially my soul-dog-mate, Squash E Bear, who past over in February 2010.  I guess deep down, I started the blog so that I could explore a different kind of social connection to animal lovers everywhere, which I felt in turn would help me understand myself and my zoo better.

4. Post the Award (see above).

5. Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.

10 – I can only nominate 10 – I can’t do that!  Ok I have capped it at 16 that I truly am addicted to and miss when I do not read them regularly.  There are a lot more that I try and visit too, it is impossible at this point.

Bassa’s Blog
Bongo Dog Blog
Bumpy Road to Bubba
Collies of the Meadow
Cupcake Speaks:
Dante’s Diary
Doggys Style
2 Brown Dawgs
Heart Like A Dog
i adopted a dog now what
Misty Shores Chesapeakes
Monica’s Tangled Web
Passionate about Pets

You all have great blogs and I must admit, I am addicted to you (that is a good thing right?)

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Dogs


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6.20.12 Wow-Some New Awards For Us!

This beautiful “Very Inspring Blogger” Award was given to us by our new blogfriends at I Adopted A Dog – Now What? Taylor is a 1 year-old black Scottish terrier/dachshund mix with the cutest little black eyes and nose. She came to heal her new Mommy, Jessica, after the sudden death of their previous little dog, Hopper. It looks like Jessica is doing a great job from the pictures and stories she tells. Don’t worry Jessica, just listen to Taylor and she will tell you what to do.

And thank you to Dear Kitty. Some Blog. for sharing “The Versatile Blogger Award.”  Though this is a reprise of a previously won award, like chocolate, one can never have to much!  Thank you so much for thinking of us Dear Kitty.  Here are ten random facts about us:

  1. Mommy is typing this from Istanbul, Turkey
  2. Mommy should be sleeping because it is the middle of the night there and she has to teach in the morning
  3. Mommy has had to much Turkish coffee.
  4. Mommy travels a lot but does not get to spend much time enjoying the wonderful sites of the cities she goes to, but she always tries to take one day.
  5. Mommy says there are a lot of dogs and cats on the street of Istanbul.  They seem well feed even though they seem loose.
  6. Mommy loves meeting people from all over the world and working internationally, even when it means she has to leave us for many days.
  7. We do not like when Mommy is away but we get lots of treats and to go to Doggie Daycare a lot.
  8. Mommy is thankful and a little surprised with all the people that are reading DogDaz.  She said it is because we are so very cute and photogenic.
  9. We are not surprised because she tries to be the best zoo keeper blogger she can be.  We love our human and she loves us.  We know she misses us.  A lot.
  10. Mommy hates writing in third person, but sometimes it just works.  LOL

Because we are dogs and Mommy is away, she told us to thank you, but paying forward will have to wait until she is back in the USA.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Dogs


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6.17.12 Bassa’s “You Make Me Shine” Award

Thank you so much to our favorite Caucasian Shepard Dog friend, Bassa and her Tall Person from Tbilisi, Georgia.  We are honored to receive the “You Make Me Shine” award from Bassa’s Blog.

Mommy is still away in Turkey, but she told us that we should thank Bassa and make sure she knows we are very impressed that she has made it to 52 days of blogging.  Happy Blog-iversay or Blogday (not sure what to call it).  We really enjoy the antics of Bassa and her Tall Person as they show us around their neighborhood.  They have a very unique perspective on everyday things like trees (with turtles hidden in the bark) to telephone poles (that look like elephant trunks).  Tbilisi sure seems so much more interesting then where we live.  Maybe when Mommy comes home she can take us to visit you.

– Lulu Belle & Sofie Bear for Mommy

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Dogs


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6.7.12 Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award & Versatile Blogger

Thank you so much to Worldly Winds for giving us this most unusual Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.  Worldly Winds is a lovely site full of poetry by Alexandra.  Alex describes herself as a “Buddhist, Mother, Wife, Writer, Poet, Introvert, Eccentric,” and you will see that her poetry absolutely reflects all those parts of her.  Definitely check out her poetry.  The zoo and I enjoy the deep pauses.

With the award there are “Ten Commanded” questions that I must answer, so here I go:

  1. Describe yourself in seven words.

Mother, Partner, Sister, Animal Lover, Friend, Blogger

2. What keeps you up at night?

It’s not the ‘keeps me up” but the “wakes me up” that I suffer from.  Nothing and everything.  I have not slept more than 4 hours at a time since…..  who can remember? (Memory, of course, is the first thing to go when you are sleep deprived… rofl)

3. Whom would like you to be?

Well, I like who I am, but if I had to chose, maybe Angelina Jolie.  She does good work both humanitarian and on film, is absolutely gorgeous (even without makeup), has what looks like a great relationship with her partner in life, and a bunch of fun kids.

4. What are you wearing now?

Blue jeans and a pink and purple t-shirt.

5. What scares you?

People being mad at me.  The dogs running in front of a car.  Losing someone I love.

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

Best – pushing myself daily to find interesting and fun things to talk about focused only on my zoo and all the incredible other bloggers I have met in blogland all around the world.

Worst – not having more time to read blogs and write comments.

7. What was the last website you looked at?  (I leave to Istanbul in a week)

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To be more even tempered and not wear my emotions on my sleeve.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

Nooooo !!

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

I did in the opening remarks, so go check out Worldly Winds and read some of her gooooooood stuff.


And to top off an already great day, the adorable guinea piggies at Hutchagoodlife bestowed upon us a Versatile Blogger Award.  I love those little cuddly wuddly boys and girls, Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo, and Buddy. Since I have been honored with this award before, I will let you see my answers on my Awards page.

Thank you so much you four little cutie patuties. You are sweet.

So in all fairness, as most of you know, I pass awards forward to new sites that I have not yet honored before but I really think that some of my old friends need a smile, so I hereby give the following blogs a DogDaz PICK OF THE LITTER Award.  You get to pick one of the above awards for your very own, as well as proudly display that you are the DogDaz Pick of the Litter!

Thank you all for wonderful reading – here is the current DOGDAZ PICK OF THE LITTER:

Collies of the Meadow
Bongo Dog Blog
Cupcake Speaks:
2 Brown Dawgs

Thank you and a million times thank you to Worldly Winds and Hutchagoodlife for thier wonderful acknowledgement.

Just another dogdaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Dogs, Uncategorized


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