Do you know the beginning of August is part of the Dog Days of Summer? Running from the beginning of July to the middle of August, the Dog Days are named for the fact that Sirius, the Dog Star, rose at the the same time or just before the sun. It’s also known for being the hottest time of the year, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere.
We’ve been lucky. July was actually pretty mild as far as summers go. The weather’s been quite enjoyable! Is it bad that I’m hoping it continues?
Since it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s time to meet our featured blogger who joined in last month’s Pet Product Review Hop.
Featured Blog- Dakota’s Den
Tell us about yourself, your pets and why you started your blog-
.Dakota is my crazy, loving, sensitive and vocal, seven year old Shetland Sheepdog. Dakota’s blog was started in April 2011 at the prodding of Yvonne DiVita one of the founders of BlogPaws, as well as readers of my main blog, which is co-written by my also seven year old silver gray tabby, Cody.
Occasionally, I would feature Dakota on my “flag ship blog” (Cat Chat With Caren and Cody, which began in October of 2009) and many of my readers would say, “Dakota needs his own blog!!” To be candid, due to time constraints I was reluctant to have a second blog and I am particularly embarrassed to admit that in recent months Dakota’s blog has been SORELY neglected due to Cat Chat and life just getting in the way!
My mission was to make Dakota’s Den YOUR Den! Dakota and I bark about anything that we fancy (as long as it pertains to DOGS!)
Dakota and I feature book reviews, product reviews, (our forte), funny videos, TONS of rescue events and causes.
In a former life I was a newspaper advertising pro, I worked 21 and a half years at Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer. I met my husband online in 2000, resigned from my job and moved to Michigan in 2001. NINE JOBS LATER, (the last one lost due to company-wide downsizing in 2007), which led to reinventing myself, which led to the creation of Cat Chat With Caren and Cody in 2009. I am a freelance writer and pet blogger. Why? Because this is my passion!
I love ANIMALS plain and simple!
That being said, I am at a cross-roads with BOTH blogs right now as to whether or not I will continue blogging in 2015. Currently giving it much thought and hope to make my decision by the end of 2014.
What type of products do you review?
All types! Food, treats, toys, accessories (if the accessory is something that Dakota would actually use), books and more. I try to limit my product reviews to products that I ACTUALLY USE in our household or would strongly consider using.
I am a brand advocate for Rachael Ray Nutrish on BOTH of my blogs. I take being a brand advocate quite seriously. You won’t see me advocating for Nutrish and then promoting other brands of dog or cat food on my blogs (whether I were to be paid or not). Dakota has been eating Nutrish since its inception in 2008, long before his blog began in 2011.
Book reviews are a huge part of my blogs, my book reviews have become quite popular and it is rare that I have to solicit an author for a book to review. I am contacted by authors and publishers on a regular basis (I have a “to read/review” stack in my office that is HUGE), because of the time and personal touch that I put into my book reviews.
Where can people find you online? (websites, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
I can be found ALL OVER!!!
Dakota’s blog is www.dakotasden.net
Cody’s blog is www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com
Twitter @dakotasheltie and @catchatcaren
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dakotas-Den-Daily-Doings-of-a-Dog-Named-Dakota-Let-the-Barking-Begin/212764172068608?ref=ts&fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Chat-With-Caren-Cody/208923585790514?fref=ts
I can also be “friended” under Caren Osrin Gittleman
Google+ https://plus.google.com/111081403124062405638/posts (Caren Gittleman)
Dakota and I would like to THANK YOU for taking the time to feature us!! Hopefully this will make me update his blog more frequently than I have been lately!
THANK YOU to all who read both of my blogs! I love the interaction, feedback and love that is shared with my readers, it is what keeps me going!
Pet Product Review Blog Hop
Every month we feature a blogger who participated in the previous month’s Pet Product Review Hop. Would you like to be picked to be a featured blog? Just join in our blog hop by linking up a recent post where you reviewed a pet product to the Pet Product Review Blog Hop below. Details on joining are here.