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 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- I love opera.
- 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).
- My entire house is painted in colors found in Van Gogh paintings.
- I’ve always wanted to try stilt walking.
- I continually marvel at the wit, intelligence, and thoughtfulness of people who read Something Wagging. Really, I do.
- 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?
- 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
89 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.
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.
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…
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.
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.