And the winner is…
If you spend any time in the blogosphere, you’ve probably noticed “Awards” making the rounds.
Awards are how bloggers support and encourage each other. And the link currency doesn’t hurt either.
I’ve been lucky enough to receive recognition for my work from some wonderful and kind bloggers. I try to return the favor.
But here’s my deep, dark, guiltily held secret: I am a bad blogger.
Ok, it’s not a secret. Everyone knows I’m a bad blogger. Especially those of you who have given me awards that I have not passed on or acknowledged.
Today is my day to make good.
You Are An Inspiration Award
I start with my deepest shame.
In going back to find the awards I knew I did not acknowledge or pass on I found one I didn’t even know about. And the crazy thing is it’s from a blogger I follow quite closely, Elizabeth of Chronicles of Cardigan.
In a faraway land, way back in time Last June, Elizabeth awarded me the You Are an Inspiration Award and I missed it entirely. I’m happy my bad behavior has not inspired her to give up blogging or go on a poop-throwing rampage at the local dog park.
Although late, I have also been inspired by many bloggers. According to the instructions for this award, I should pass it on to ten of them (Only ten? How will I ever decide?).
In no particular order:
Roberta runs a hound rescue/sanctuary. Dogs are available for adoption. But if they don’t get adopted, dogs can live out their lives at Silverwalk in safety and comfort.
In between caring for her dogs, Roberta blogs about her experiences with them. And she’s joined the Something Wagging Train Your Dog Challenge, spending her month practicing leashed walks with some of her dogs. If you’ve ever walked a nose attached to a hound, you know what a challenge that is.
After you’ve checked out the blog, you can find Silverwalk hounds available for adoption in Cape Girardeau, MO on PetFinder.
Yes, this blog is worth checking out for the name alone. I smile every time I see it in my blog reader.
But it promotes a very worthy idea: having adventurous fun with your small dog. Dachshunds Gretel and Chester hike and climb mountains and your little dog can too.
I love the positive, upbeat, and inspiring stories of small dogs with big dog adventures. You Did What With Your Weiner could start a revolution.
I have a soft spot for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers because I grew up in Maryland. But the Chessies alone are not the best reason to check out 2 Brown Dawgs (now 3 with the addition of a puppy).
At 2 Brown Dawgs you’ll find a family that takes training seriously. They regularly practice Hunt Test Training with their dogs and continue to improve as handlers.
Yes, I believe that dogs are happiest when they have a job. Which means that Storm, Thunder, and now little Freighter will be happy indeed.
Abby is a dog blogger who doesn’t have a dog. But in May 2012, when she moves to a home where dogs are allowed, she will.
Abby is spending the year volunteering at the SPCA, reading about dog training, and posting interesting thoughts and questions on her blog.
Don’t you wish every person took getting a dog so seriously? I’m inspired.
I feel calm every time I visit Peaceful Dog. Yes, fostering and working with dogs isn’t always easy. But adopting a meditative attitude toward life can make it more so.
Although she’s younger than I am, I want to be the Peaceful Dog blogger when I grow up.
When Erin is not going to school, working, involved with her church, caring for her own dogs, updating her three blogs, and raising guide dog puppies, she’s changing the name of her Guide Dog Raising blog. I came to it when it was called Pompei’s Progress but Pompei was a previous guide dog she raised.
Am I the only person who needs a nap after just contemplating all the things she does? I bet not. Check it out and be inspired by her time management skills.
Colby has raised five puppies for Guide Dogs of America. He takes a lot of care with his young charges. And Colby is a great spokesperson for guide dog puppy raising. I can’t think of a better blog for demonstrating what it’s like to raise a service dog.
But Colby also inspires me for the professionalism he brings to his blog. He’s constantly learning and trying to improve his website. He shoots excellent videos. I’d say he’s well on his way to being the Leo Babauta of Guide Dog Puppy Raising.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking Rumpy Dog is just another cute dog blog with talking canines. You never know what you’ll find there. Like poetry.
Or how about one of June Buggie’s famous rants? June Buggy takes on challenging controversies in the animal welfare world, calls it as she sees it, and encourages smart debate. Now that’s a pretty amazing cat!
If you want to see a unique way of getting people to think by luring them in with cute animal pictures, visit Rumpy Dog.
Long before I discovered Boogie’s blog (Boogie is a Boston Terrier, by the way), I saw an amazing poster by Lili Chin called How Not To Greet A Dog. It was amazing and I shared it on Facebook.
Lili teaches people about dogs and training through her simple, expressive, and amusing drawings. And her blog is smart and funny too.
I’m inspired by her all-around communication skills.
Simple. Elegant. Concise. Thoughtful. Generous. That’s what you’ll find when you stop by to read the blog of Just Ramblin’Pier.
We share a philosophical bent. But JRP is much less wordy. And takes lovely photos.
Thanks for the Inspiration
Thank you to the bloggers I mentioned for inspiring me. Thank you to the bloggers I didn’t mention who inspire me. Thank you to Elizabeth for passing on the award to me to begin with.
I’m heading out now to contact the bloggers I’ve recognized.
I’ll be back soon to post the Pamela is a Bad, Bag Blogger (Making Amends Edition #2-4) shortly.