Pamela is a Bad, Bad Blogger (Making Amends Edition #1)

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.

You are an Inspiration AwardIn 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:

Dog Blessed @Silverwalk

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.

You Did What With Your Weiner?

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.

2 Brown Dawgs Blog

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.

Peaceful Dog

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.

Chronicles of a Puppy Walker

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.

Puppy in Training

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.

Rumpy Dog

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.

Boogie’s Blog

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.

Just Ramblin’ 

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.


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  1. I love lists like this. The awards lists are fun and when you get one it makes you so happy, but I love it when bloggers share links to each others’ blogs. I can’t wait to visit each and every link on your list, Pamela.

  2. Now I am embarrassed because I’ve not responded to awards either. But I didn’t because I didn’t want it to be about the awards but about the message. Now I see I might need to look at it differently.

  3. Pamela, I am humbled, teary eyed and thrilled to be honored with this award and your very good opinion of Silverwalk. Thank you! and thank you for linking to our Petfinder page so more hounds can find homes.
    BTW, you aren’t the worst :) – I just sent out thank you cards I should have sent last June!!!

  4. That’s ok, you are not alone. I have a couple of awards waiting in the wings for me somewhere. Thanks for the Inspiration Award. It will probably take me a while to get this one posted too. It’s not that I am not grateful :)

  5. LOL, you are not a bad blogger! I can totally understand how in the ebb and flow of life, these get missed. Anytime I pass on an award, I try to make sure the blogs I nominate know that there is no expectation to pass it on. We need an award here in Blogville that you don’t pass on, you can just give it to any blog, any time they move you.

  6. Yay, congrats on your award!

    I love lists like this as well….gives me new people to read and follow!

  7. Aw, THANK YOU, Pamela!!!! I have to confess that I don’t read many dog blogs (um… mostly only the training related ones) so now, receiving this special award makes me feel like a anti-social blogger who doesn’t deserve to win anything. *shame, indeed* Thank YOU for your blog! YOU are an inspiration!

  8. That’s so nice–thank you, Pamela! I have also been terrible about acknowledging and passing on awards…so don’t take it personally if I don’t get to acknowledging this one for a few months! I do appreciate it and think it’s a great tradition.

  9. Pamela – if you’re a bad blogger, then I’m worse. I haven’t responded to any of the awards I’ve received either! Thanks for sharing your 10 favorites – I’ll make sure to check them out.

  10. I really like the awards – because we get to see blogs that we may not have ever seen 😉 You’re not a bad blogger – you’re one of my favorites! I’m off to go check out your favorites!

  11. Congrats on your award and thanks for the kind words. If you are a bad blogger, I am the worst because I am 2 (and now 3 teehee) awards behind. I am going to follow your lead though and try to get them up as soon as I can. :)

  12. I’m terrible about sharing awards, too! It’s not that I don’t intend to, I just get distracted by all the blog reading I do, and I always worry that when I do get around to doing an awards post that I’ll forget and leave someone out. I’m a bad blogger, too! *sigh* :(

  13. congrats on all your awards! don’t feel so bad–i am literally writing my kreativ blogger award post over a month late as we speak. le sigh…

  14. Erin, Trump, Bubbles & Texas says:

    Aww this is me blushing<– (cause I can't do it in real life heheh) However, you are not a bad blogger! I'm sure there are many awards I have forgotten to post about on my blog! :)) I can only hope I live up to what you believe of me in real life. :smiles:

  15. Well, if you’re a bad blogger, then I’m a worse than bad blogger. I just am.

    It’s okay that you found this award late because all these other blogs deserve to get it, too (and they might not have last June). :)


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