The Guilt-Free Blog Award Edition

Earlier in the year, I mea culpaed all over the screen. Or rather, all over three screens in Pamela is a Bad, Bad Blogger, Making Amends Editions 1, 2&3, and 4.

Well no more. No apologies. No self-deprecation. No calling myself a bad blogger.

I’m proud of being an ingrate who failed to respond to kind blogging awards in a timely manner.

Furthermore, I am saving blogville by my procrastination and irresponsibility:

  • Waiting to respond slows down the traffic jams as blog awards get passed around. I just know I’ve kept at least one harried blogger from having a stress-related heart attack trying to respond to blog awards.
  • The delay gave me time to meet lots of new bloggers deserving awards.
  • And I’m sure I’ve slowed the melting of the polar ice cap at least a smidgen. No? Well, it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So let the Awarding begin.

Versatile Blogger AwardThe Versatile Blogger

Leslie of Bringing up Bella and Donna from Donna and the Dogs each awarded me The Versatile Blogger Award in March. Thank you both so much.

Versatile means I blog while picking my nose and singing along with Dr. Horrible, right? I wouldn’t want to accept an award I didn’t deserve.

The rules state that I must thank and link to the bloggers who gave me the award. Check.

I must also share 7 things about myself. What, oh what, have I not yet shared in the verbal diarrhea that colors this blog?

  1. I have never heard that Jepsen person’s song Call Me Maybe, only spoofs. If I’m lucky, I’ll still be able to say that on my deathbed.
  2. I always sit where I can see all the entrances to a room. I can’t get comfortable with my back to a door. Think I was a hit man in a former life?
  3. I love opera.
  4. Although I adore all dogs, I can’t imagine living with one who didn’t have a thick, luxurious coat—even if it dooms me to a life of vacuuming (or asphyxiation by dog hair).
  5. My entire house is painted in colors found in Van Gogh paintings.
  6. I’ve always wanted to try stilt walking.
  7. I continually marvel at the wit, intelligence, and thoughtfulness of people who read Something Wagging. Really, I do.
Now comes the hard part. I must pass the award along to up to 15 other bloggers. I went looking for blogs that are new or new to me with only a few old favorites. Please check them out:
  • Adventures of a Dog Mom – A foodie. A dog-lover. What’s not to love? Check out her Bucket List. For everything she doesn’t accomplish by the time she turns 40 (hopefully she’s not planning to kick the bucket at 40), she’ll donate $10 to Best Friends Animal Society.
  • Canine Crazy Blog – Only in her third month, this blogger made me laugh reading about her dog Lily’s “luxating paella.” I want to encourage her to keep going. I think this blog will be lots of fun.
  • The Darby Creek Diaries – Not only about dogs. But a very funny blog by a published (offline) humorist.
  • My Tiger Tails – Elizabeth is a vet tech by day. Besides the musings of the typical cat, dog, and horse person, she writes informative posts about science. For instance, until I check out her blog, I had no idea that there was such thing as non-surgical neutering.
  • Studio Dogs – Carol Pivarnik paints beautiful watercolor portraits of dogs. And writes about her own terrier inspirations. Her book, Doggitude, is coming out this fall. Check out its Facebook page for great images of her portraits in progress.
  • Tinkerwolf– I love meeting first time dog people (she adopted her chihuahua Ted last year) who take their responsibilities seriously. Tinkerwolf is a big believer in feeding raw. Her other blog emphasis is that dogs are dogs, and not fashion accessories. Sounds like Ted has it pretty good, huh?

    Gratuitous corgi porn.

  • My Good, Bad, Diva Dogs – Just a look at life with dogs that are sometimes good, sometimes bad, and sometimes divas. Y’know, just a regular day. Except they are Great Danes. Very thoughtful posts about working with reactive dog Abby that many dog people will understand completely.
  • My Furry Place – This blogger is from the Philippines and lives in Cambodia with her 8 9 dogs and 7 cats! Beautiful pictures of Cambodian sites with dogs. Do I need to say more?
  • Of Pit Bulls and Patience – Jenny is a dog trainer who writes about her work with her dogs, Parker and Skye, as well as her clients. I always learn something new about training here.
  • Royal Coonhounds – The Lady is smitten with her coonhounds, Bella and Daisy Mae. Her love is contagious. And her girls are beautiful.
  • Saved by Dogs – The word that comes to mind when I read Saved by Dogs? Gentle. It just has a mellow, easy going vibe. This is the house I’d hope would adopt me if I were a rescue dog.
  • Poochie Project – How do you go from never having dogs, not being interested in dogs, to being a serial foster parent? Follow this blog and find out.

Please visit these fabulous bloggers. They’re all Versatile (and I don’t mean they pick their noses).

The Very Inspiring Blog Award

In June, I was thrilled to receive the Very Inspired Blog Award from Hey, It’s Jet Here. Thank you very much, Jet. I’m very honored.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Jet is a clone. No, seriously.

He’d have to be. I see him leaving nice comments at blogs all over the Interwebs and joining in every blog hop. No dog can be that energetic, even if he is a cross between a Border Collie and a Flat Coated Retriever. There must be ten of him.

Besides thanking our handsome Awarder, the Inspiring Blogger Award also requires a recipient to share seven things about herself and nominate 15 bloggers to receive the award.

Since I’ve already shared seven things (plus the fact that I can’t stop writing about myself here) and have spent five hours already making my blog list and saving links, I’m going to also award the Inspiring Blogger Award to my twelve bloggers listed above. We’ll just say I’m inspired by their versatility.

And no, I swear, they don’t pick their noses. At least not in public.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

My friend Jodi Stone of Life With Sampson and Delilah recently awarded me the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

Yes, really, it was recently. Less than 10 days ago. See, I’m not always a slacker saving blogville.

The rules for this award also call for me to share seven things (what’s with all the sevens; are bloggers numerologists?) and pass the award onto seven other bloggers.
Once again, I’ll beg off from this duty. After all, I need to be finished by tomorrow morning for our appointment with our trainer.
But I promise I’ll do my part to support bloggers in other, less time-intensive, ways.

And finally…

A Big Hug (Hope Unites Globally)

Jodi Stone, yes, the same one, also awarded me a HUG back in February.

Jodi is pretty amazing. She blogs every day.

I’ll let that sink in a while…

Every day.

And she still found time to share a warm HUG. Thank you, Jodi. I’m touched (no, not in the head; in the heart).

I’m even more touched when I read the purpose of the HUG: “The HUG Award©is for people who have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on the world.”

Whew. I wonder if Jodi was getting me confused with another Pamela Douglas Webster?

I will pass this award on. One name came to mind immediately: Mel Freer of No Dog About It.

Mel is passionate and tireless about advocating for dogs. But what makes her really amazing is that she’s as gentle and compassionate with people as she is with dogs.

Somehow she manages to be uncompromising in her ethics, tenacious about exposing the purposely greedy and cruel, and kind and thoughtful toward everyone else.

The HUG award asks that you pass it to one person and link to the HUG Award website.

Congratulations, Mel.

What Did We Learn Today?

    • Pamela is not a bad blogger. She’s just trying to save the world, neglecting one blog award at a time.
    • Don’t give Pamela any awards if you’re hoping for quick link love.
    • Pamela is really Batgirl. Oops, I didn’t mean to tell.



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  1. Nicely done and very enjoyable Pamela (and so honored to be called your friend.) :-) What I love most about these blog awards is finding out what blogs my fellow bloggers are reading and checking them out. You’ve given me a few new ones I can’t wait to read!

    Somewhere deep inside I already knew you were Batgirl. :-)

  2. Congratulations on all your awards! And congratulations on losing the guilt over getting around to them – I have yet to do the same but this post might help with that. I will think of it as doing my part to save the world.

    Okay more importantly, thank you for sharing my favorite Dr. Horrible clip. :) But are you saying every blogger doesn’t blog while singing along to Dr. H?

    Like you I have never heard that “Maybe” song – only spoofs. Given what I’ve heard in the spoofs, I’m thinking I’ve been lucky. May we continue to remain so un-edified.

    I love your list of blogs – some, while relatively new to me, I already love, some I’m not familiar with. I can’t wait to go discover… (And I totally agree with you – Jet must be a clone. 😉

  3. Awesome post and congrats on the awards. Sometimes good things come to those who wait. The way I see it….you have a lot of good coming your way.

  4. Congrats on your awards and thanks for the shout out!

  5. I share an office wall with a top 40 radio fan. If I never hear that song again it will be too soon. I’ve been tempted to blast something equally annoying, say Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but then I’d only be further irritating myself. Maybe I will try opera. Any recommendations?

    Congratulations on all your awards! I am sure you will be receiving many more. Thanks as well for the terrific links! It’s always a joy to meet new people who love similar things.

    • I used to play Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss to keep the drug dealers from hanging out on my steps. :)

      • That piece was just lovely, I don’t see how it could annoy anyone. Though, it may get her turning off the Miley Cyrus so she can listen in.

        Also, I didn’t realize one could watch full operas on Youtube… That’s fantastic!

  6. Congratulations on your awards (are you keeping a file for your eulogy writer?)

    And thanks so much for passing on to us — I think that’s the nicest compliment I’ve had in forever, “This is the house I’d hope would adopt me if I were a rescue dog.”

    Thanks again Batgirl :-)

  7. Every time you do one of these posts, I realize how behind I am in posting about mine! I will probably, yet again, get off my butt after reading yours.

    I love that you are also a Dr. Horrible fan. :)

  8. I applaud your tremendous effort here Pamela LOL – but I will not be posting about mine because, I guess, I’m just irredeemably recalcitrant on this point…and I am not guilty about it either! I think this might be Edie’s fault ROFL (sure, blame Edie now that she’s busy with Freud and meat!)

    Don’t get me wrong – I think this is great if you’re into it and it’s wonderful at the beginning of anyone’s blogging efforts – it helps make connections with other bloggers which is great since you don’t really know anyone anyway! These are nice as introductions to bloggers who have never heard of you/you never heard of too, but you could also put a link to that blogger which would garner more attention and more immediate positive response from that blogger, if that’s the aim. Call me a curmudgeon…there’s got to be one in the crowd doesn’t there LOL??

  9. Just. loved. this. I am joining in your new guilt free-zone. I hope it stays award free too :)

  10. Congrats on all of the awards, they were all well deserved! I’ve actually not visited ANY of the blogs you passed them along to, so I’m looking forward to checking them out and hopefully finding some new blogs to follow. :-)

  11. Pamela is a great blogger! And now I have a lot of blogs to go and look at…..when I have the time 😉

    Congratulations on your awards! I’m so glad you saved us!

  12. OMG! Oh no, oh no, oh no…I started writing an awards post … oh two weeks? three weeks ago? And I started hopping around deciding who to link to and then I drifted off and I don’t think I ever posted about it. Whoops! Well, thanks for the reminder to do that and for the reminder not to beat ourselves up for it! I really don’t get around to this stuff as much as I should or would like to, but I really do try to make up for it with regular linky love all the time. Congrats Batgirl – you deserve it!

  13. Well deserved awards and as always a very entertaining post :) Where do you find the time to read all of these blogs? Now I have to “drift” off and check them all out! Congrats on all of the awards!!

  14. Congratulations on your awards and thank you for including my blog. What a nice surprise and compliment to know that somebody out there is actually taking the time to come visit and hopefully have a laugh or two!

    Warmest regards,

  15. My goodness! What a lot of awards. Anyone would think you were popular 😉 I see one I don’t have and will have to see how I can get one so I can squirrel it away and do nothing about it. Have I said congratulations yet? No, because I’m a rude tick who thinks only of me.

    CONGRATULATIONS Pamela! Thank you for being you!

    BTW, You read A LOT of blogs! I only know one of those on your list and for some strange reason, I thought she’d retired. Hmmm. May be time to get out of my hole and make some new friends :) Hooroo! X

  16. Congrats on the awards Pamela! You have surely earned it. And thank you for some new blogs to check out. We loved taking a look at them. Catgirl? I knew it!!

  17. Congrats on the awards Batgirl – keep saving the blogoverse!

  18. Congratulations on all the awards, Pamela, and doing such an awesome blog post to acknowledge and pass them on. Um, I remember you awarding me the Versatile Blogger way back early in the year and I’ve had a couple more awards since that I also haven’t acknowledged. I know how much work goes into these posts! I’ve heard of/visited a couple of blogs on your list and will hopefully find time to visit sooner rather than later.

    OK, I’m going to ‘fess up and say I have no idea where Batgirl comes into all of this! I think I only saw the first Batman movie and that was probably decades ago. But at least I’ve heard of Batgirl, Dr Horrible is a new one on me. So I will check your link out later:)

  19. I’m having a good giggle reading this! I’m so bad that I can’t even keep track of the awards I’ve been given, much less give them back out. It always seems like everybody’s had them before they get to me, anyway! lol I think you deserved all the awards and you’ve come up with some blogs that I haven’t seen before!

  20. That is best award acceptance speech that I have ever read! Congratulations on your awards, they are much deserved!
    Stilts? I hope one day you will be able to give this a try, and share the experience with the rest of us:) You are brave!

  21. Wow! I feel like a heel for just getting to your wonderful post just now at 12:10 AM! Thank you! You are way, way too kind in your praise. (You do realize I sometimes shout at people in my car don’t you?) I love a hug whenever I can get it. :)

    I have to tell you I laughed my butt off as I read your post. The picking the nose while singing along with Dr. Horrible comment was classic! Totally laughed out loud when I read that one! Jet is a clone? (You know I suspected. I knew he couldn’t be commenting on all those blogs all by himself!)

    Thank you for taking such a fun perspective on the blogger awards. I have one I still haven’t done yet. Somehow after reading your post I am feeling a little less guilty.

    Thank you. :)

  22. Congrats on all of your awards. I have to go in the bad blogger pile, because I have some awards to acknowledge that I have neglected.

  23. OMDog! congratulations and well-deserved; esp. the HUG award :). I, too, am behind on following up on awards and interviews but am heeding your cue – no guilt; will get there when I get there.
    I LOVE opera – thanks for the link in the reply; am listening now over the puppy howls and big dogs playing. My sister and I saw the Met on their last summer tour in Minneapolis; was hilarious at intermission to note we were both literally on the edge of our seats – Romeo and Juliet.
    Van Gogh is one of my favorite painters; I’m wanting to paint my rooms – what a wonderful inspiration: using a painter’s colors.
    Have no clue who Dr. Horrible is but thoroughly enjoy your blog – even though I am commenting so late – HA.
    Wonderful list of bloggers – The Royal Coonhounds a fav for a long time and am looking forward to checking out the others.

  24. Greetings from Cambodia Pamela!

    What a surprised at least some people actually read my blog hahaha !!
    Congratulations for all the awards you have received you deserved it.
    I am just very pleased that at least mine was counted even me and my furr are all so far away from this part of the world.
    I continue to work hard on this blog.
    I love your blog and the header the picture is so beautiful.
    Congratulations to other blogs who got awarded as well. I make sure I will at tweak and flip the pages from now on.

    Hugs and licks , woofs from my furryplace all the way from Cambodia!


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