Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dog Blogs

Who needs Wikipedia? Public libraries? The Bible (pauses for lightning strike before moving on)?

Dog blogs teach me everything I need to know.

Santa Is Real

It's Sherman Claus from My Brown Newfies.

It’s Sherman Claus from My Brown Newfies

And he drools.

Change food cautiously.

I feel so lucky Honey is a healthy girl. She tolerates all kinds of food and has a healthy appetite.

But things can change. Or we could get a bad batch of food.

Jessica at My Imperfect Dog is struggling to find healthy, nutritious meals for Silas. And her example has taught me to introduce only one new food at a time.

Because if something changes in Honey’s health, I want to know where to look first.

I’m the World’s Suckiest Photographer

But that’s okay. No, really it is. Because I can always enjoy the art at Tales and Tails, I Still Want More Puppies, and The Daily Dog Blog.

Each of these awesome bloggers sent us a beautiful holiday card showing off how much better they are then me sharing their seasonal cheer.

Click the links above to see the gorgeous images that graced their cards.

Bloggers are Always Growing

Follow a blogger long enough and you’ll see signs of growth—new designs, technical know-how, increasing doggy smarts, and new self-understanding. I could list growth points for every blog in my desperately-needs-to-be-updated blogroll.

But three stand out: 24 Paws of Love, Rescued Insanity, and Heart Like a Dog.

Specifics? I don’t know. I just get the feeling I’m accompanying these folks on a journey. And I’m glad they’re letting me tag along.

Honey the Golden Retriever poses at Ithaca Falls for Something Wagging This Way Comes.

Are you sure that wasn’t a manatee sneaking up behind me?

My Home Might Not Be the Only Beautiful Place in the World

I live in a pretty spectacular place.

I can hear the roar of a waterfall from my back porch. I could kayak from my neighborhood to the Atlantic Ocean by way of Cayuga Lake, the Erie Canal, and the St. Lawrence River.

Oh, and Ithaca is Gorges.

But Ithaca doesn’t have manatees. Gizmo of Terrier Torrent does. And luckily, his person takes great photos of their travels in Florida.

I’m jealous.

Pleasure and Pain Live in the Same House

Lost dogs, puppy mills, and uncaring vets aren’t happy topics. But they are important.

Luckily, Mel Freer of No Dog About It peppers her informative and advocacy posts with posts reflecting beauty and joy.

I guess it’s true that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Dog Bloggers are Good Neighbors

I’ve been very touched by the enthusiasm shown the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. People paired with bloggers new to them have been as generous and thoughtful as those sharing the love with an old favorite.

You are all great companions and I enjoy visiting with you in blogville.

So even if I didn’t learn important lessons from dog blogs about training, behavior, life, and that drooling big guy who delivers presents, I’d still hang out there.

Because that’s where my friends are.

You have tons of things to do every day. What keeps you visiting dog blogs?

Disclaimer: The image of the Newf Santa was swiped from My Brown Newfies without prior permission. If the picture is gone when you read this, it means Jen did not appreciate my homage and she forced me to remove her image before dragging my frozen body through the snow behind two strong, and very handsome, Newfoundlands. Pray for my soul.

Pet Blogger Hop BadgeIt’s the Saturday’s Pet Blog Hop, hosted by Life With DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume.  Just follow your three hosts, add your blog to the Linky and copy and paste the html code into your html editor.

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  1. First, thanks so much for the mention :) You can come visit our manatees anytime

    Why do I visit Dog Blogville every day? For the same reason you do…friendship. Since getting serious about my blog I have made new friends and received blog love and support from all over the world. How else could I learn about life in far-flung places without my dog blogger friends?

  2. Judith Gouveia says:

    As someone who is owned by her dog, I enjoy reading your blog and always find some insight, a laugh, a tear maybe, or even a “uh huh” as I nod my head in agreement.
    I do not have a blog, but am one of those dog people who make their own dog food, wakes at an ungodly hour to walk to my dog, plans around the dog’s schedule, and my closest friends are those who have dogs also.
    Why do I visit dog blogville? Mostly to read wonderful writers who are kind enough to share their adventures, successes, failures, and stories. After all I remember learning in school that “normal is the average of deviance”. Some people may think that I am a crazy dog person, but in dog blogville I just fit in nicely. Thanks to all.

  3. I visit because I love learning more, looking at people’s doggies and if someone is gonna take the time to write it, I’m gonna read it!

  4. I agree! I learn alot from fellow bloggers!

  5. What keeps us coming to pet blogs? Probably the same thing that keeps us adopting pets…a weak brain and a big heart! Happy Saturday.

  6. Some of my best online friends are dog bloggers (this coming from a cat person)!

  7. Gosh, I don’t know if it’s possible to outline all I have learned! I probably don’t even know how much can be attributed to something I found on a dog-related website. I know every day I feel newly motivated to try something different or to look at things a new way. Whenever I am frustrated or tired or bullied, if I hit up the pet blogs nothing seems nearly so bad and I always find a reason to smile.

  8. Heck yeah Santa’s real and he drools!

    I have learned so much from bloggers ever since I started blogging. Whether it be about pet care, pet health, pet ownership, blogging and friends-I have learned it all from fellow bloggers.
    Reading blogs make me smile. It takes a lot of time but in my mind it so worth it!

    Oh, and I can’t believe you outed my plan to drag you away through the freezing snow, now I have to come with another one! (you can borrow my pics anytime:)

    • If you need a new nefarious plan, can I suggest pinning me down between two Newfs (and maybe a beagle and guinea pig on the lap to make sure I don’t go anywhere) and force feeding me hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps? That would be terrible. :)

      Thanks for letting me swipe the picture. They were all adorable.

  9. When I started blogging almost 6 years ago, there wasn’t a community of dog or pet bloggers online. It’s been great to see it grow and to become a part of it.

  10. I know why I keep coming back to blogville! I love to share my love for dogs with people who share in the same passion! Everyone here is so nice, and they understand that dogs are family, too. Sometimes at work I get weird looks when I talk about dogs, but I am always accepted here! I am relatively new to blogville, and I am loving it!

  11. Great post! The dog blog community is so wonderful and supportive… it’s good to be reminded of just how great everyone is.

  12. I enjoy reading and learning from the blogs. Reading the stories and antics of our pups and seeing pictures always make me smile.
    I also want people to read my blog.

  13. I’m energized, inspired, and feel welcome in pet blogviille, which is one reason I’m planning to attend Blogpaws 2013. I enjoy the hops because I can visit blogs I may not know about; and now that I’m feeling better, I want to blog more. You’re an inspiration, Pam! oh, and you, too, Honey :). Happy New Year!

  14. We love reading the pet blogs too, there’s always something to learn or to make us smile!
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year!

  15. Let me count the ways…

    Honestly, the real reason I keep coming back is just that I love dogs. I love looking at their pictures, trying to figure out who they are and what they are thinking.

    And I love people who love dogs (or any animals). I love to see others learn from their animals – to discover who THEY are and what they are thinking.

    And who they are is the kind of people I want to be: generous, thoughtful, kind and caring.

    I have been a part of one online community or another since the dawn of the internet (circa 1994 – I was introduced to it in Grad School) and have been let down by the nastiness and cruel behavior found in every one. Until now. This community is so different and so special. People who open their hearts to animals apparently do so to humans equally well.

  16. I learn so much from reading dog blogs. I learn about blogging itself…and I learn things about pets also. Sometimes they inspire my own blog topics. But mostly I just enjoy reading them! Oh, and yes, the photos on some are just wonderful. Well, even if it’s a bad photo, I love seeing all the pets. Plus that inspires me to try to work on my own photography also. (huh, more than one dog posing prettily in a picture?? How do they do that? :)
    Oh, and BTW, I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like reading other blogs and don’t always get to comment when I want to. Need to work on my time management skills as well as photography!

  17. Really nice post, you mentioned many of my friend’s blogs that I follow. I have to agree that us dog bloggers are a great community for support, information and fun times :)

  18. Hello!

    I just wanted to tell you that we enjoyed seeing Honey’s picture in the calendar! And we like this post! :)

  19. I blog for the same reason a lot of people here, because I enjoy the sense of community and camaraderie. It’s also a creative outlet for me. I actually started the blog because I’d been doing a lot of creative, fiction writing and I wanted to try something else. Now, it’s all I do! I’ve also developed a love of photography through it. At first, it was just seeing pictures that I admired on other blogs, then it became a little experimenting to see if I could do it myself, and now it’s a hobby that I love. I’m so glad you liked our pictures for the card this year. And now my mission has been accomplished! I’ve shown that I’m better than you! 😛 If only I were as good at expressing my points as you…

  20. I can’t second you enough. Dog bloggers are the BEST. Wishing everyone blogging success in 2013!

  21. Love this post Pamela!!! Way to spread some link love around :)

  22. What a terrific blog post! I’m getting my priorities in order for 2013 and visiting other dog bloggers is high on that list! I look forward to seeing more of you online (and hopefully at BlogPaws, too?)! Happy New Year!

  23. I don’t think there are any people on the planet that I relate to more than my fellow dog bloggers 😉 They make me smile daily and help keep me sane. You are NOT the world’s suckiest photographer – did you see that pawsome picture of Honey in the calendar?? Don’t be so hard on yourself 😉 I love this post – so much fun and love in dog blogville :)

  24. What a great post Pamela! You highlighted some wonderful blogs and had some incredible comments that express so much of how I feel about this community.

    I do feel like I am on a journey, a journey to self-awareness and finding my true potential and calling. Before my blog I feel like I was floating aimlessly, not real sure what my journey was. Since starting this blog I’ve learned so much and really believe I’ve grown.

    I was also very lonely before this journey began, but now I feel like I finally belong somewhere. Thank you for the linking love and the friendship, it means a lot.

  25. I started blogging because I thought I had something to say, but I stay because I have much to learn. I’m so grateful for all my fellow bloggers have taught me. This really is an amazing community and I when I get too busy to be around (like all of December) I kind of feel like I’m missing the wind on my sails.

  26. Sorry for the day-late visit Pamela. Funny enough, I was out handing out flyers for a lost dog in a town across the city yesterday and by the time I got home I was too tired to do much more than take down the tree. (Hopefully, we find this missing dog soon. His 16 year old owner is from Ohio and has to go home soon, whether she finds him or not. So sad.)

    I have to agree with you on dog bloggers. I have learned so much from other bloggers. Kindness and generosity – from you
    Making homemade doggie treats – Jodi from Kol’s notes
    How to take better pictures – Carrie from Tales and Tails
    Dog training tricks – Kristine from Rescued Insanity
    What to do if traveling with my pet – Amy and Rod at Go Pet Friendly
    etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…
    That’s the beauty of our community of bloggers – everyone knows something about something and we all get the chance to learn from their expertise. It’s a great group to be a part of isn’t it?

    Thanks for the mention Pamela. Happy New Year. :)

  27. Oh, I’m glad someone else is learning from our troubles. Things are going great right this minute–two proteins! At the six week mark, I’m starting to feel like we may be able to keep both of them.

    Without blogs, I’m not sure how I would have managed with Silas. Between people recommending books and people just generally not thinking it’s crazy to have a dog like him, it’s a huge comfort and help to me. It’s nice not to be the only “crazy dog lady” out there.

  28. Considering how much I learn from you, I’m glad that I can give you anything back in return! :)