New Year’s Eve and the Gifts are Still Pouring In

I know I was supposed to get all the thankfulness out of my system back in November. But as we come to the end of another calendar year, I’m overflowing with gratitude. I feel so privileged to hang out with such an amazing group of animal lovers.

You truly are S’Waggers. And you’ve won my heart.

What else am I grateful for?

Honey the golden retriever is a beauty.

The star of Something Wagging, for whom I am always thankful.

Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange

Two years ago I wanted to share my affection for other pet bloggers in a way that didn’t involve flour on my arms up to the pits, paying hundreds of dollars in postage, or setting foot in a mall. Instead, the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange is about sharing compliments, encouragement, and link love with fellow bloggers. 

Pet Blogger's Gift Exchange BadgeThis year, I am lucky to have the wonderful Pup Fan of I Still Want More Puppies (and really, who doesn’t?) as my co-host. She’s done an awesome job floating across blogville like a magical puppy fairy sprinkling everyone’s “gifts” to each other with compliments of her own. She’s also been randomly paired with a pet blogger herself, appropriately named The Puppy Tails.

Find all the gifts that have been exchanged so far here. The linky tool will remain open until January 4. So if you’ve been matched with a blogger and haven’t yet shared the love, please get busy.

I’m also pleased to announce that one random pet blogger in the gift exchange won our giveaway of an authentic Kuna Yala mola (this is a fabulous description of how molas are made). The design is a pair of dogs and we bought it from the artisan who paddled her dugout canoe to the boat we were staying on in Panama this September. The lucky new owner of this unique, handcrafted panel is Ms. Taleteller of Tales and Tails.

A mola made with two dogs.

A Kuna Yala mola.

Congratulations! Your mola will be coming in the mail soon. And I’m so thankful you joined the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange.

Train the Dog Month Challenge

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers celebrates January as Train Your Dog Month. And here at Something Wagging we do too.

This is our third year encouraging everyone to grow their relationships with their dogs (and cats and guinea pigs and birds) by working on a training goal over the month. The training goal can be as simple as playing with your dog’s feet every day to make him more comfortable with nail clipping to a complicated plan to make an eager dog and recalcitrant cat to do a trick together (now that’s just insanity).

Although I’m terribly late in getting things organized (but since this is supposed to be a low-stress event I’m going to forgive myself), I’m lucky to have two awesome co-hosts joining the fun: our human co-host, Kristine of Rescued Insanity and our canine co-host Alfie of Alfie’s Blog.

At the end of the month, I’ll set up a linky tool so you can write about your challenge and share it with everyone else.

Start thinking about what you want to do with your dog (or other pet) and join the fun. And yes, it will be fun. This is a no guilt challenge.

Honey the Golden Retriever rides in her bike trailer.

Our first year’s challenge was to teach Honey how to ride in her bike cart.

I’m grateful to know so many of you who will be taking advantage of this challenge to make your relationship with your dog even better.

The Year at Something Wagging

It’s been a good year. You S’Waggers are the best. I learn more by reading your comments and visiting the blogs of those of you of you who also write than I ever have reading a dog guide by a professional. Your love and curiosity and willingness to learn new things shines through in every encounter I have with you.

Thank you for humoring my silly meanderings. And for encouraging and supporting me through nearly 4 years of wagging.

Happy New Year! May it bring you every blessing.

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  1. Howling Happy New Year! I don’t know if I will learn anything new or not yet, but Bailie has some plans and hopes to share the results on your hop the end of the month 🙂

  2. And we’re all grateful to have you as a leader in our blogging world! I will think of a training challenge (goodness knows we have many!) and try to get on it!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

  4. We really enjoyed the Pet Blogger’s exchange – it was great to read the posts everyone did – great idea! Look forward to the training challenge – one of our Resolve to Move Your Mutt resolutions is to work on Jack’s recall…so that will be what I focus on. HOpe you have a Happy New Year!

  5. Congrats to the winner of the pet bloggers exchange gift. That was awesome and I so enjoyed that hop, thank you for having it. Happy New Year to you!

  6. 24 Paws of Love says:

    Here’s to 2014 Pamela! Thanks for being along on the journey. 🙂

  7. Thank you so much for letting me co-host the gift exchange – I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts (and I still have a few to get to, since the fun’s not over just yet!).

    Happy new year to you – as always, it’s been a joy having you and your blog in my life for yet another year!

  8. Happy 2014 and thanks for all the work you do in organizing.

  9. Happy New Year! The gift exchange was so much fun and I’m so glad I joined in this year. With a new puppy we are going to have lots of training to do, but I’m also going to pick out one thing for each of the other dogs too, and it will all tie in with the Move Your Mutt resolutions also. These kinds of challenges are really what keep me motivated!

  10. Woo hoo! I am so late with a great many things and am struggling to catch up. If only I had a few more days off in order to get all my crap together but alas, I am going to have to do the best I can with the time I have.

    Thank you for all of your hard work with the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange and I am definitely looking forward to helping with Train Your Dog Month. It is an honour to be included and to be linked! Just hope I can come up with something just as innovative this round!

    Happy New Year!

  11. *squeeeee* I can’t believe I won! Oh, this is so awesome!

  12. happy 2014 to you and all at your end!