What is it about Corgis that just make you want to smile? I love their cute, quirky, high-octane personalities and their cute little butts. I can’t deny it, I am fascinated by them.
So today I thought I would share two videos of Corgis that I hope will not only make you laugh, but appreciate this smart and endearing breed.
Full credit to our friends at SlimDoggy for finding the 2nd one. It’s awesome. The first? Wll, let’s just say it has been shared a few times. It makes me laugh every time I watch it.
Happy Friday everyone!
And now for #2!
My dogs and I haven’t had much of a chance to go for a walk at the dog park this week. The frigid sub-zero temperatures have made it virtually impossible. So we’ve been playing a lot of indoor games and practicing our commands and tricks.
Last night I had the dogs wait behind a baby gate while I hid treats around the living room. Then I let them out so they could search for them. By the 4th round, the dogs were so excited they rushed past me and the gate and made a beeline for the ones they were certain they could find easily. They were so proud of themselves when they found one it made me smile. (Of course, it may have had something to do with me cheering for them when they did.) Seeing them having fun made staying indoors just a little bit easier – on all of us.
I love being able to “do” something with them on these cold nights, but I really wish that we could be walking at the park instead. To be honest, we could all use the exercise. It’s also nice stress reliever after a long day at work. (Can someone please talk to Mother Nature about this cold spell?)
But after hearing the weather report for next week, I am starting to lose hope that we will ever leave the house again. I am desperate enough to start doing 101 Things To Do with a Box. Not a bad thing to attempt mind you, but I really would prefer a little fun in the snow too.
Things may get bad enough that I may have to resort to dressing the dogs up in costumes just to entertain them! (Okay, that last one would be purely for my enjoyment. I doubt the dogs would find it funny or entertaining.)
Are you dealing with freezing temperatures? How are you keeping your dogs busy?
When I first started in blogging in October of 2008, it was to document Daisy’s progress as a former puppy mill breeding dog. That was it. I knew practically nothing about blogging, so documenting Daisy’s progress seemed like an easy task when it came to blogging. No muss. No fuss.
But as I started moving forward with my pet sitting business, I realized I needed someplace to share pet-related information and pet products with my clients. Daisy the Wonder Dog just wasn’t the place to share that information. I needed some other vehicle to do that. And just like that, No Dog About It was created.
I never could have guessed that it would turn into my main blog or that I would still be blogging 5 years later. It may have started out as a place to share information with my clients, but it has become so much more than that. It has become my soapbox, a place to share my feelings and experiences, and a community of some pretty amazing people who share and support and give back in ways I never imagined. I never expected that. I never expected it to hit more than a few people at the most.
As a blogger, it’s easy for me to pretend that no one is reading what I write. Oh I could look at my numbers and disprove that very easily, but I like pretending that I am this anonymous writer who can share her thoughts, feelings and experienced without the exposure and scrutiny of a normal writer. I like that I can, in some sense, be anonymous. I don’t have to share pictures of myself or anything else I felt was too private to share. I thought remaining private in a social-media driven world where privacy is almost impossible was a good thing.
Then a friend of mine shared a recent conversation she had had with someone who wasn’t a blogger. What he said struck a chord with me and several of my blogging friends, he said “People want to imagine themselves and their pets out doing the things you’re doing with your dogs. If you put yourself in the pictures, they can see themselves in your place.”
Interesting. I hadn’t thought of that before. I guess I just assumed seeing my dogs and reading my words were enough. Maybe I was being too protective of my privacy. Maybe my own issues with my body image didn’t matter as much to my readers as it did to me. In speaking with my fellow bloggers, I discovered that I wasn’t alone. We were all grappling with this. How much to share? How much to keep private? Why were we afraid to share pictures of ourselves and our pets?
What if we changed that? What if we decided to challenge ourselves and share more?
As my friend Kristine said, “the more we can put ourselves out there and authentically be ourselves, the more we give others the permission to do the same.”
So in honor of being more authentic with you and with ourselves, the “Meet the Bloggers” blog hop was created. On December 18th, bloggers will have the chance to challenge themselves by sharing more about themselves. There are a few specific requirements (see below), but in the end you will be able to learn more about these bloggers and hopefully, feel a little more connected to the people behind the words, including myself.
So what are the rules for bloggers?
1. Join us for the hop on December 18. (A Linky list will go live that day, so make sure to add your post. If you want to add the Linky code to your post, you can find it here.)
2. Grab the badge that best describes you (options and code can be grabbed here).
3. Your post must include a current photo of you (with or without a furry friend).(Need a little help on taking a good self-portrait? My friend Kristine Tonks shared this great little post on how to take a good one.)
4. Answer at least five (or more, if you’d like!) of the questions below:
- What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
- What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?
- What’s your favorite non-animal related food?
- Who’s your favorite actor?
- What’s one thing you have to do every day?
- What makes you feel fabulous?
- What do you wish you were more skilled at?
- What’s your favorite holiday?
- Favorite meal?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
- If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you? What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
- How is your pet most like you?
- What can your body do for you that makes you most proud?
- If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
- Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
- What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?
- What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart?
- If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?
Then you, the reader, can hop around from blog to blog learning as much as or as little as you want about your favorite bloggers.
The hosts for this blog hop are Go Pet Friendly, I Still Want More Puppies, Kol's Notes, No Dog ABout It, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies, CindyLu's Muse, Life With Desmond, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like a Dog, Rescued Insanity, Peggy Frezon and NepaPets.
I’ve been a little off all week. I’ve been waking up late, missing blog posts and I’ve been clumsy as heck. Truthfully, it’s a miracle that nothing has broken or been destroyed yet this week.
It was inevitable that it would continue on into Favorite Video Friday. Given my mess with breakfast (free breakfast for the dogs) and my rush to get a video posted, I thought I would stick with something short, sweet and simple.
Oh yeah, did I also mention cute?
Happy Friday everyone! (Wishing you a clumsy-free day!)
Some of you may have already seen this video when I posted it on my Facebook page earlier this week. If so, I apologize. It was just too funny not to share again on Favorite Video Friday.
For those of you have not seen this video yet, prepare to laugh. It is funny and clever and a lot of good fun.
All I can say is I wish I had thought of it first. If we ever get enough snow to try it here, I will definitely be looking at doing it myself.
Happy Friday everyone!
Do you remember how you felt as a kid when that first snowfall came along? You just couldn’t wait to put on your snowsuit and boots just so you could get outside and play in it. At our house, we would sled down the hill out front for hours and then come in for a cup of hot chocolate. Winter was so much fun.
Well, last night we got our first significant snowfall of the year. It wasn’t a lot, but enough to bring back some of those memories. That’s why I selected the video I am sharing with you today.
This video features an adorable Sheltie who is experiencing snow for the very first time. Sooner lives in Florida so he has never seen the white, fluffy stuff before. I think his joy will be catchy. He certainly made me smile. I hope it makes you smile too.
Happy Friday everyone!
Congratulations to the winner of the Zuke’s Treat Give Away – The Berkeley Animal Shelter of Berkeley Animal Shelter! We will be contacting their nominator to also send two bags of Zuke’s Mini Naturals dog treats.
Thank you to all who nominated a terrific rescue group or shelter. Here is a full list of the nominees. They deserve to be recognized for the work they do.
1. Peke and Chin Midwest Rescue, Mankato MN http://pncmidwest.org/
2. Southern Minnesota Animal Rescue Team (SMART), Minnesota http://smartrescue.org/
3. Pet Welfare on Eglin AFB in Florida http://www.petwelfare.net/
4. SPCA in Tompkins County, Ithaca NY http://www.spcaonline.com/
5. Colorado Animal Welfare League http://coloradoanimalwelfare.org/
6. Ohio Catahoula Rescue https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catahoula-Rescue-Southeast/188177781198177
7. 4PetSake Pet Food Pantry, Mohawk NY https://www.facebook.com/pages/4petsake-Food-Pantry-Inc/530302980326436
8. The Berkley Animal Shelter, California http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/animalservices/
9. The Lukas Project through Pet Project Rescue http://www.petprojectrescue.com/programs
10. Delaware SPCA – Sussex Chapter22918 Dupont Blvd, Georgetown, DE 19947(302) 856-6361 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgetown-Shelter-Delaware-SPCA
11. Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg, FLhttp://www.petpalanimalshelter.com/
12. Sheltie rescue in knightdale NC. http://www.triangleshelties.com/
13. Husky House; Matawan NJ. http://www.huskyhouse.org/
14. Heartland Small Animal Rescue South Bend, IN. https://www.facebook.com/heartlandsmallanimalrescue
15. SICSA (Society for the Improvement of Conditions of Stray Animals). 2600 Wilmington Pike Kettering, OH 45419 http://www.sicsa.org/
16. Peace & Paws Dog Rescue in Hillsborough, NH. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peace-and-Paws-Dog-Rescue/102601282167
If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that Zukes dog treats are some of my dog’s favorite treats. I’ve been using them with my dogs since I first started blogging in 2008.
So when I first learned that Zukes was offering bloggers a chance to blog about their treats via their #fuelthelove campaign, I jumped at the chance. Not only do I use their treats with my dogs, but I have also used them when training my dog walking client’s dogs. Dogs love them because they smell and taste good, but I love them because they are healthy and safe for them. I also love Zuke’s because it’s a company that stands by what it says and gives back to the community.
Never tried Zuke’s before? Then let me tell you a little bit about them.
Here are 5 ways Zuke’s and Zuke’s dog treats are awesome:
1. Zuke’s is green – They promote green living with their employees and they live by it as a company. They follow the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. All of this benefits dogs and us. Making high quality dog treats is important to them, but doing it in a green way is just as important.
2. Zuke’s gives back to the community – Zuke’s started the “Fuel the Love to Fuel the Cure” campaign to help raise money and awareness of The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer.
3. Zuke’s treats are all-natural and grain-free – Zuke’s dog and cat treats contain ingredients that are healthy and safe for your pet. Berries, apples, rosemary, turmeric are just some of the ingredients you will find in their dog treats.
4. Zuke’s is concerned about your pet’s health – Their Hip-Action treats (ones I have given my own dogs before) contain Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and natural eggshell membrane for joint support. Many of their treats also contain antioxidants and free of most of the ingredients that cause dog allergies, like corn.
My dogs receive 3 bags of Skinny Bakes treats to sample. I was happy because they were low calorie and free of most of the junk you find in other dog treats, but my dogs loved them for their crunchy taste. We received the Cherry n’ Berry Crunch, the Peanut Butter n’Banana Crunch and the Pumpkin n’ Sweet Potato Crunch. My dogs loved all of them, but the Pumpkin n’ Sweet Potato was definitely a big hit with them.
5. Zuke’s makes great dog training treats – Probably my favorite treat product in the Zuke’s line are the Mini Naturals. I use them with my dogs on walks (they work great to keep Jasper focused when a jogger goes by), for training (Daisy first learned sit with these treats, and for doggie game nights when Cupcake shows off her problem-solving skills. The Mini Naturals are also a low-calorie treat and they come in a wide variety of flavors.
We received 6 bags of Mini Naturals to try out – duck, roasted pork, peanut butter, chicken, salmon and wild rabbit. My dogs loved them all. I wasn’t surprised. They have always loved these treats. Training is easy when the treat you use is of a high-value to your dog.
We have loved being a part of the #fuelthelove blog hop so now we want to share a little of that Zuke’s love with you.
You see, Zuke’s is so full of love for dogs that they not only gave us a box full of them to sample and savor, but they also offered us the opportunity to give away the same package of treats (3 bags of Skinny Bakes and 6 bags of Zuke’s Mini Naturals).
In the spirit of giving, I would like to do something a little different and offer this box of treats to a dog charity you love. One who would benefit from the gift.
In addition, if your dog charity is randomly selected, I will send you a couple of our own bags of Zuke’s Mini Naturals that you can share with your own dog.
If you’d like to win Zuke’s for your charity, simply leave a comment in the comment section below and include the name, city and state of your preferred dog charity. This giveaway will close at midnight on Monday, November 25th. at which time the winning charity will be randomly chosen (only one charity will win). Don’t forget, if your charity wins,we will send you two Zuke’s Mini Naturals treats for your own dog!
Daisy, Jasper, Cupcake and I wish you good luck!
We were given six bags of Zuke’s Mini Naturals and three bags of Zuke’s Skinny Bakes for our honest opinion in writing this post. We weren’t compensated in any other way. No Dog About It does not endorse products that we don’t feel comfortable using ourselves. Zuke’s is providing the treats for this giveaway.
This past week Mr. Winter finally made an appearance. I know I didn’t leave out the welcome mat, but clearly someone did. Was it you???
Despite being less than pleased to see him arrive at my door, I think he’s starting to grow on me. The dogs certainly seem to love him. We shall have to see how this works out. If he overstays his welcome, like last year, we may have to give him the boot.
In the meantime, it seemed appropriate to feature a fun video featuring old man Winter and a gorgeous Border Collie named, Vicky. You have likely seen her before in other Favorite Friday videos. She’s kind of a favorite of mine.
Happy Friday everyone!
After catching “the crud” last Friday and fighting it most of the week, I am finally starting to feel like a human again. That’s not to say that I am ready to start running a marathon yet (I wasn’t before I got sick either), but at least I’m getting there.
This week’s video is serving as my inspiration to get better soon. I have three dogs who would love to run around the house like this Sheltie puppy soon. My goal is by Sunday we’re having as much fun as he is having in this video.
Meet the absolutely adorable Jasper.
He will make you laugh.
He will make you smile.
He will make you want a Sheltie of your own.
Whatever you do, don’t miss his big finish. It’s a hoot!