The Puppiness Project – Your Friends Bring Out the Best In You Redux

Well it appears that everyone saw exactly what I saw when I looked at Mike’s snapshots: I’m definitely happier and more comfortable having my picture taken with Honey close at hand. The picture below is the uncropped version of picture three from yesterday’s post.

Woman with Golden Retriever sitting on the ground

Shouldn't I be the subject of this photo? Sniffffff.

I think friends do bring out the best in us. Sometimes by making us feel less self-conscious, like Honey did when we were posing for pictures.

Any sometimes, friends encourage us or push us to hold up high standards.

I’m struggling right now to meet all the responsibilities I’ve set for myself. I feel guilty about not participating more in the dog blog community–not reading more posts, or commenting, or sharing links. I even missed a Saturday Pet Blog Hop. And I wonder if I should be keeping this blog at all if I can’t write better posts on a regular basis.

But I can’t seem to let it go. I’ve made friends here. And I love learning from other people’s experiences. I enjoy finding snippets of great writing unmediated by editors and publishers. I feel privileged to share the joys and sorrows of creating relationships with animals.

Let’s face it, I just love looking at pictures of puppies every day.

So I guess I’ll keep hanging around–as long as I’m welcome in the club. And I’ll try to bring out the best in my friends as they bring out the best in me.


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  1. Mike Webster says:

    The photographer responds.

    I, of course, was the one who insisted that Pam “not be distracted by the dog” in the earlier shots we took. When she tried to hold Honey the first time, I threw the script down and stormed off the set shouting, “I cannot work under these conditions!”

    No, wait, that didn’t really happen. . . but, still, a lesson to amateur shutterbugs everywhere: Listen to your subject.

    Meanwhile, I’m with you guys. I think she’s beautiful and I’d take her picture every day if she’d let me.

  2. Yes! I knew I got it right!

    You’d better keep hanging around, I know I would really miss you if you left. The great thing about the dog blogging community is that everyone is always welcome. As long as you love animals, you are pretty much in. It doesn’t matter if you only post once a week or once a month. Once you’re in, you’re in. At least, that’s what I say.

    I know what you mean about guilt, though. I haven’t been nearly as active as I used to be due to new obligations. It sucks but there is nothing I can do about it.

    • Isn’t the hardest part about dog blogging that doing it well takes you away from the creature that caused you to get into it to begin with? :(

      I wish I could meet some of my dog blogging friends for walks. Then I’d have the best of both worlds. :)

      • That would be awesome! I only know of one dog blogger in my city and she is way too high up in the animal world to hang out with me. *sigh*

  3. With so many assaults on our dogs and our right to own dogs from tiny lunatic fringes of society, it’s important for dog owners to recognize our power in numbers.
    We outnumber them by numbers and by passion. It isn’t important how much time we spend being “active.”

    • I don’t want to forget how far we’ve come, though. Things are much better for animals (and people) now than they were a hundred years ago.

      But it never hurts to be reminded to wield our “power.”

  4. Well, I vote that you stay, too.

    I’ve noticed fewer posting and commenting across the field; wonder if it’s the season? I’ve been struggling with blogger bleh myself, but I’d miss my friends loads if I just closed up shop. What does one do when a good blog friend just goes away? I haven’t dealt with that yet, but the thought kind of scares me.

    P.S. You have a good husband.

    • Thanks, Elizabeth.

      Could it be that it’s harder to stay inside with your computer when spring is lurking in the Northern Hemisphere? If so, we might see more activity from our friends in Australia, Africa, and South America who are seeking an escape from winter.

      P.S. I agree.

  5. I knew it had to be that picture!

    I think we all suffer from creative dry spells at times, or times when we don’t have the time to dedicate as much as we’d like to for certain things. Don’t worry about it! Just see if inspiration strikes!

    • If inspiration strikes, I hope I have my helmet on at the time. The last thing I need is a concussion. :)

      I actually have all kinds of things I want to write about and am running out of time. I started a post on Saturday, erased most of it, and then had to stop so I could meet my other obligations. Oh well. I guess it’s all about doing the best we can, huh?

  6. Please don’t leave us Pamela, we love you!! We value your blogging friendship and understand when things get tight or your just too tired. We’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch ourselves, so we understand. I agree with Houndstooth, just do it when you feel it.

    Love that picture of you! It is a great one.

    • Thanks, P. Just wanted you to know I am reading if I’m not commenting as much. You bring so much emotion to your writing that I know I can’t comment in any way that respects your ideas in a few minutes before work.

  7. Well we (Luna, Penny and Me) enjoy reading your blog! It would be sad if you were to go. I’m sure all of us in the blogging community have felt this way in some form or another. I know I have. :)

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. Watching your Luna and Penny videos gives me a real lift to my day. I’m so glad they’re out there.

  8. “Let’s face it, I just love looking at pictures of puppies every day.”

    And this is one of the many reasons I love you and your blog! :) I do think that you are so right – being around people that makes us happy just makes us better people too.