Amy Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com has challenged me to name my best posts by passing on the 7 Links Challenge started by Tripbase Blog. I’m honored to be chosen by such a terrific blogger. Amy has an interesting life, a useful business, and writes better than any former accountant I’ve ever met. So thank you, Amy.
Never one to shy away from navel-gazing (hmmm, how did all that lint get in there?), I share my 7 Links:
1. Most Beautiful Post: What An Artist Can Teach Us About Saying Goodbye to a Loved Pet.
I don’t think my writing made this post beautiful. In fact, I find it a little stilted.
But the beauty of Andy Goldsworthy’s work moves me deeply. It elevates everything associated with it.
2. Most Popular Post: What Does Your Dog Call You?
Here’s where we tackled the whole, “Do you call yourself a dog mommy or daddy?” controversy. Obviously I’m not the only person who has thought about this.
The comments were the best part of the post and reminded me how much I seeing Georgia Little Pea around the Blogiverse.
3. Most Controversial Post: Some Dogs I Don’t Like That Much…
This was a tough choice.
I thought my post on eating meat, Why Do We Call Some Animals Pets and Some Animals Dinner? A Flexitarian Considers Meat would get some rabid responses. But I was thrilled by the thoughtful and tolerant views expressed in the comments.
And I certainly planned on stirring up some controversy when I wrote, Sometimes Cesar is Right.
But I was a little astounded to find that my most controversial post was one where I hinted that some breeds of dogs might be less worthy than others.
4. Most Helpful Post: 10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Owner’s Insurance (& Your “Dangerous Dog”)
I’ve written about home owner’s insurance companies refusing coverage to people whose dog’s breed is on a “dangerous dogs” list a few times. I even wrote about it on my other blog, Hands on Home Buyer.
All these posts get steady traffic. Which saddens me to think people are continually facing this problem. I hope my post can provide a few answers for people trying to keep their dog and their insurance.
5. Post Whose Success Surprised Me: What Does Your Dog Tell People About You?
Another post whose comments were even better than the post itself. Interesting chance for everyone to reflect on what messages we’re sending with the dogs we choose to love.
6. Post I Don’t Feel Got the Attention It Deserved: When Should Your Dog Go With You? When Should Your Dog Stay Home?
Do you ever get that feeling of deja vu? Like you’ve written a post before?
It happens to me all the time over at Hands on Home Buyer. But I teach and counsel a few hundred first time home buyers every year and talk about the same topics over and over again. So it’s no wonder that I keep thinking I’ve already written an article on a topic when I haven’t.
I don’t usually have the feeling here at Something Wagging This Way Comes. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that I have written the same post twice with the exact same title! The newer version is here.
The second publication got more attention. But I still see this as an important topic (apparently, important enough to write about twice). I wonder if we’d find fewer dogs in cars on hot days if more people asked themselves this question.
7. Post I’m Proudest Of: Dog as a Mirror of Self
In the more than 20 years I’ve been responsible for my own dogs, I’ve evolved in my understanding. I was raised with the idea that dogs live outdoors and a chain keeps them from getting in people’s way.
When I adopted my own dogs, I found out they could live with me but I’d have to train them. Over time, I came to understand that having a dog is not about training her to do your bidding but in developing a relationship that works both ways. A good relationship understands that dogs have their own needs and desires and that they are more than fuzzy friends to do our bidding.
I’m proudest of this post because of what it says about how I live with dogs now.
Enough omphaloskepsis; passing the challenge on:
Greyhounds Can Sit – Funny, endearing, and the first place I learned about greyhounds and muzzles.
Dog Spelled Forward – Opinionated and useful posts by one of the (unfortunately) rare men in the positive dog training camp.
24 Paws of Love – A blog by someone who I believe pours her very best into loving her dogs.
Love and a Six Foot Leash – Promoting the adoption of foster dogs, this blog is well-written and has great photos.
Challengees, you can find the rules for the challenge here. Can’t wait to see your choices.
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