What’s Wagging Next – July 5, 2012 Edition

Lots of Wagging going on around here (Golden Retriever tails make an effective, if primitive fan). So let’s see what’s coming up next.

Something Swagging This Way Comes Update

Nearly everyone who has entered so far knew exactly who this Mystery Kid is, Does that mean she has a youthful face?
Do you know who she is? Shhhh, don’t ruin the surprise.

Ten friends of Something Wagging have sent me adorable pictures of themselves as young’ns along with cute puppy pictures. It’s your job to use the links I’ve provided to match the Mystery Kid’s picture to her adult identity. And then, to identify her dog.

You have three days left to enter your guesses in the Something Swagging This Way Comes Match Game. And I’ve begun leaving hints on Facebook.

Enter your answers in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a big bag o’ BlogPaws swag (which includes treats, a PetSmart gift card, a flash drive, toys, and more).

So far, everyone is doing pretty well. Each Mystery Kid was correctly identified by anywhere from 25% to 80% (!) of the players.

Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly and Mel Freer of No Dog About It are strong competitors. So if you kiss up to them pretty good, maybe they’ll give you a few tips.

Update: I forgot to mention that I mistakenly put an entry for Mystery Kid “I” in the Rafflecopter. This means everyone gets a free space. Enter anything you want in the questions about Mystery Kid I. If it’s particularly amusing, perhaps it will give you an edge. :)

On the Road Again – Pet Travel Thursday

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to review another book that inspires traveling with a pet at A Traveler’s Library.

Thursday, July 12, I’ll review the Peter Gether’s trilogy, The Cat Who Went to Paris, A Cat Abroad: The Further Adventures of Norton, the Cat Who Went to Paris, and His Human, and The Cat Who’ll Live Forever: The Final Adventures of Norton, the Perfect Cat, and His Imperfect Human.

And no, I’m not saying it takes three books about traveling with a cat to equal one book about traveling with a dog.

Who is this secret pup who belongs to one of the Match Game Mystery Kids?

But once you meet Norton the traveling cat, you won’t want to stop until you’ve read all his adventures. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading these books. So stop by Thursday to meet the charming Norton and his traveling companion, Peter.

For those following along at home, I’ll be reviewing Robyn Davidson’s tale of trekking across the Australian Outback with her dog and three camels, Tracks, in August. And in September, I’ll review Kristin Henderson’s Driving by Moonlight: A Journey Through Love, War, and Infertility about her cross-country trip in a classic car with her German Shepherd following seeing her husband off to Afghanistan after 9/11.

Help for Bloggers (and anyone without enough hours in the day)

All over Blogville, you’ll find folks inspired by BlogPaws (whether they attended or not) trying to improve their blogs.

I’ve started a list of things I want to consider:

  • Posting videos.
  • Improving my photograph quality.
  • Guest posting.
  • Redesign.
  • Creating a network of bloggers whose values inform their review and products.

I never have a shortage of ideas. I always have a shortage of time.

I don’t think I’m alone. In truth, I know at least 19 other people who feel the same way and have joined the Making Time to Blog group at the BlogPaws community.

There you’ll find a link to my BlogPaws presentation, Making Time to Blog. About once a week or so, I’ll add a little tip to one of the presentation points to help you use your blogging time more effectively. Nothing that takes too long. And you can follow the discussion via email.

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do list, join the group.

Be the Change for Animals

Just when you think I can’t possibly do any more self-promotion—I stop.

I hopped by the site for Be the Change for Animals (don’t forget Blog the Change is coming up July 15) and saw that Kristine of Rescued Insanity had become their latest staff writer.

Congratulations, Kristine. You’re a terrific writer and a passionate advocate for animals.

Golden Retriever sits in Doggy Ride Bicycle Cart

Hey, whose blog is this? You said if I sat pretty in the cart I could be a star.

So that’s all she wrote—literally. Tune in tomorrow, same Wag-time, same Wag-channel.

[Disclosure: all book titles above are Affiliate links. If you buy a book through one of these links, I’ll earn a few cents to send to BlueHost. Thank you.]


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  1. I don’t know kid F is!!

  2. Who. That should say Who. And no, my feet don’t fit a limb.

  3. Well, I’ve started on the Swagging list, but I don’t know if I’ll figure them all out! I’ll try though!

    I am so glad you started the time management group. There are so many things that I know, but it’s hard to keep them in check sometimes. I’ve been fretting all day about my blog reader list, and I know I just can’t read them all. But I keep trying! lol

    Driving By Moonlight sounds very intriguing!

  4. I just had to congratulate you on your success in getting Honey to sit in the cart! (unless she’s Photoshopped?) Congratulations, Honey, on all of your hard work!

  5. I have joined the group but haven’t got time to visit, lol!

    I’m sure I got this mystery kid wrong, actually I’m quite sure I got them all wrong. But I think I got most of the dogs correct:) Wait, I got mystery kid “I” right seeing as it was a blatant trick to make sure we were paying attention and I didn’t fall for it:)

  6. This sentence made me laugh, “So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to do list, join the group.” Catch 22, I’d say. :-) Great ideas for blog improvement above, although I haven’t had complaint with any of your photos! I think videos are always a big hit, but finding time to make them, edit them, etc. is sometimes tough…(especially for a non-techie like me who is always relying on her hubby to them.) :-)

  7. The match game is so much fun! I like your blogging goals. I want to find the time to connect with more bloggers more often, leave more meaningful comments, while at the same time writing interesting posts while at the same time tweeting, retweeting, joining twitter chats, remembering #woofwednesday, making interesting posts to my personal FB page and author FB pages, triberrring, writing for Be the Change for Animals, visiting those who comment on Be the Change, pinning and repinning, and….oh yeah, writing articles and working on books and things that bring in an income….! I think maybe I need to find 12 more hours in a day.
    p.s. and can I please play a game of online Jeopardy once in a while??

  8. That is always my problem too…..too many ideas and not enough time :)

  9. Thanks for the heads up on the books! (we’ll skip the cat’s, but I ordered Tracks and Driving by moonlight) Looking forward to reading them and join in on the reviews.

    Funny you should mention the video’s, I started Hovawart TV yesterday. Great minds …