What’s Happening? Plenty!

Golden Retriever funning with a ball

Lots of news to share. This looks like a job for the Puppy Express.

All kinds of cool stuff happening around Blogville. I keep telling myself I have to write a bunch of witty and wildly entertaining posts so I can append a notice to the bottom of each one.

Yeah, right. Just how cute do I think I can be? After all, I’m not a Golden Retriever.

The Cheering Section

Some of your favorite bloggers are participating and will be writing about their challenges. And the organizers of the whole thing, Peggy Frezon and Jodi Chick, have prizes to give away.

The challenges are fun and easy. No one will be climbing a mountain with a dog strapped to her back (they save that for Ultimate K9 Kamp and the dog is a Newfie). So what do you have to lose? Except maybe a few pounds? Join them today.

Shiva the dog of Rescued Insanity

Who could resist this face? What are you, a monster?

Kristine is more than halfway to making her fundraising goal but I’m sure she’d be happy if you could make even a small donation to this worthy cause. And I bet she wouldn’t turn down any encouragement that came her way if you want to leave a comment at her post, Running is Not for the Weak (Ankles).

Pet Travel Thursday

I’ll be reviewing Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog at A Traveler’s Library this Thursday. How does a dog survive falling overboard in rough waters off the Australian coast filled with sharks and other predators? How does she live alone for more than five months without human help? Stop by to find out more.

I’ll post a review looking at the human/canine aspects of the story here at Something Wagging This Way Comes, also on Thursday. And you’ll have a chance to win your own copy of Sophie’s true story.

And Now for a Brief Educational Message

Just this morning I saw that Mel of No Dog About It had written a great post— Lost Dog “Experts,” Lay Off Will Ya? —cautioning us against rushing to judgment when we hear someone has lost a dog. But even more importantly, Mel included some really helpful advice for what you should do if you ever lose a dog. Worth reading. Worth sharing far and wide.

Doggy (and Kitty) Decorating Dilemmas

I’ve had a lot of fun reading the more than 50 responses to my survey about who decorates their home with pets in mind. I’ll be writing about the results soon. But the survey is available until Thursday. So if you haven’t answered yet, you can follow the link to the original post. Or you can go directly to the Polldaddy Surveys button (it’s red and orange) on our Facebook page.

It’s only 5 questions so you can finish it before the dog starts barking at you or the cat sits on your keyboard. Honest!

Join us at BlogPaws

I’m heading to Salt Lake City next month to speak about the blogging subject near and dear to my heart: Making Time to Blog. It’s not too late to register to join us. Contact me to receive a discount code worth 20% off the registration fee.

But BlogPaws also has an option for all you introverts who would no sooner travel to a conference full of strangers (of course they’re only strangers until their dogs lick you) than walk barefoot in a poorly maintained dog park. Yes, you guessed it. You can live stream or download some of the sessions that will be recorded—including my presentation with Robbi Hess.

So now, you have absolutely no excuse for not joining the fun. Plus, you can attend the workshops while sitting in your underwear, eating bon bons, and stroking your cat. What’s not to love?

Until Next Time

So much fun stuff happening in Blogville. Are you joining K9 Kamp? Or supporting a local cause? Hibernating? Do share. And come back for all the great fun coming up.

Disclosures: I swiped borrowed the picture of Shiva from Kristine Tonks. I hope she doesn’t mind. If she does, you’ll find a blank website after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police bash down my door for internet piracy.

The link to Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog is an affiliate link to Amazon.com. That means that if you buy a copy through that link, I’ll earn a few pennies in commission and come half a step closer to paying for the site’s hosting fees. Thank you.


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  1. LOL! I was laughing at the thought of Canadian Mounties bashing down your door. I am sure Honey would defend you Pamela. She might wiggle her butt a bit and flirt, but she would win them over. :)

    Loved K9 Kamp last year and just haven’t had a chance to get over there to join in. Thank you for the reminder.

    I am also hoping that Kristine does well in the race (and I hope she does it pain free too). She is so much stronger than she thinks she is.

    Thank you for the shout out. I hope the tips help the next unlucky person as much as they helped me. BTW – I’m anxiously awaiting the decorating results! I have been dying to see what people responded.

    • Actually, the sight of Honey would send the Mounties running for the door. They know they’d never get all that hair off their uniforms. :)

  2. You seem to have your finger on the pulse of all that’s happening in Blogville! I need to get myself geared up for K9 Camp and really try it more this year. I’m really getting excited about Blog Paws, too!

  3. Wow, that’s an impressive round-up. I hope everyone achieves their goals!

  4. I really wish Blogpaws was in closer proximity to me this year. :-( But I’m sure many of the attendees will have blog posts about the event and what they learn. We shall live vicariously through you! And I’m quite sure you will blow them away.

  5. We won’t be able to attend Blogpaws, but look forward to your reports.

  6. Oh, Pamela… lots of good stuff today! I hope the Mounties leave you be!

    I wish I could attend BlogPaws and see you again this year – it was so nice last year! I’m sure your talk will be fantastic and I can’t wait to hear all about it and the rest of your trip. Try not to miss me too much. 😉 I kid, I kid…

  7. Mike Webster says:

    From the Husband:
    Would it be wrong if I were to arrive home from work tonight attired in a scarlet jacket and broad brimmed hat and carrying a pair of handcuffs?

  8. Erin, Trump, Bubbles & Texas says:

    Lots of fun stuff going down ’round here!

  9. Oh, wow! Thank you so much for all this amazing support. I am truly going to feel like I have Blogville cheering for me when I take off at the startline. We shall see how much running I am capable of as I am scared to push it too much. I am hoping adrenaline and Tylenol will be there to back me up, just in case. 😉 It is definitely too bad Shiva can’t join in as I am sure she would distract people from my wheezing up Citadel Hill.

    There is a whole lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks, that is for sure! I can’t wait to check out the survey results. I am anxious to see if my lazy decorating style can be excused due to my pets.

    Thanks again! Feel free to steal photos anytime. I promise to only send RCMP if they agree to wear their ceremonial uniforms, that way you could get some cool photos to share online.

    • Don’t rush it with the ankle. No one will think less of you if you call it off. We’ll still all be cheering!

      As I said to Mel, the Mounties would run at the sight of all Honey’s loose dog hair–especially if they were wearing those fancy ceremonial uniforms. :)

  10. *giggling at the idea of mounties in dress uniforms* I would pay to see that.

    Thanks so much for the K9 Kamp shout out! We’re getting all ready to have bunches of fun. Just so you know, I’m imagining you and Honey in bright red cheerleading uniforms.

    I’ve decided I’m headed to Blogpaws, even if I can’t really afford it. LOL, where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? I’d love a discount code!