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Top 10 2010 Favorite Dog Blog Posts


I’m a little late to this party seeing that Dancing Dog Blog and Dr. V introduced this little idea at the end of December, but I figured it was worth sharing my favs when it comes to blog posts. A few are repeats from an earlier blog post I did back in September, but since that one wasn’t exclusive to dogs, I added in some other ones.

So here you go. Here are my favorites from 2010.

1. Passage: Dr. Jessica V is a vet who writes from the heart. This blog post left me thinking – how often do we make judgements about others without knowing the whole story. Read and find out.

2. Let’s be fair: Mary Doane is a dog owner, turtle expert, and nature educator. She also created and runs Project Nature. Mary took in her first foster dog, a fearful dog named Aaron, this year. Her commentary on shelter dogs and purebred dogs is powerful and yet reads like poetry at times.

3. Last Night I Dreamt of Snow Anyone who is a pet owner knows how hard it can be when they get sick or it is time to say goodbye. Jasper Roo and his Dad blogged about his journey through cancer and dealing with the inevitable moment when it came time to say goodbye. It is powerful and raw and worth reading. Make sure you also check out Jasper’s professional photos as taken by SaraBeth Photography. Stunning stuff.

4. Just a Dog: This is really a video, but it was posted on Life With Dogs and moved me so much it brought me to tears. Powerful enough for me to include it as a blog post. Enjoy.

5. Your Dog Won’t Hate You. This I know.: This post comes from Edie Jarolim at Will My Dog Hate Me. It struck a chord with me not only because how sad the woman was in the e-mail Edie shared, but by the comments left by the people who read this post. There is compassion in this world. I read it here.

6. Breeding Dogs vs. The Horrors of Inbreeding: This post opened my eyes to the world of dog breeding and dog shows in a way it had not been before. I was so amazed at the information Kim Clune shared in this post that I had to go out and watch the whole BBC series: Pedigree Dogs Exposed. I think every dog owner should read this post and watch the videos before getting their next dog.

7. Life is One Continuous Mistake Patricia McConnell is a wise animal behaviorist and dog trainer. Her willingness to share her own knowledge and experiences with her dogs is amazing. This post is powerful because it had a message for me. I hope you will find your own message as you read it.

8. Writing A Will That Includes Your Pets is from Go Pet Friendly’s Blog – Take Paws This post is great reminder to all of us that caring for our pets when we are gone is just as important as caring for them when we are alive. Amy and Rod share their thoughts on creating a will that includes your pets. (P.S. I also loved “Achieving Balance with Pets in Yellowstone” and “The Importance of Stopping” for personal reasons.)

9. Corporate Charity: When Bloggers Unite, Who Really Benefits? by Dancing Dog Blog was perhaps one of the most eye-opening and food-for-thought blog posts. As dog bloggers, we all face the question of what we will and won’t endorse when it comes to pets. Mary’s post generated a great discussion and left many of us thinking. If you read it make sure you read the comments too! I have also been avidly following Mary’s reports on Chicago’s Animal Care and Control issues since she first started reporting on them. It is always concerning to hear about a government facility being run so poorly, especially when animals lives are at stake. I recommend reading Mary’s posts here, here, here, and here.

10. Origami & the art of folding behavior is one of those blog posts that leaves you thinking for days and weeks afterwards. Debbie Jacobs of Fearful Dogs Blog not only wrote a beautiful blog post (it reads like a poetry), but it was powerful. It is a great reminder for pet and kid parents alike that every interaction leaves an imprint. In this case, Debbie was talking about dogs, but I can just as easily imagine the message resonating with parents too.

Okay. Okay. I cheated again and added just one more post.

11. A Fearful Dog Speaks was written by Kevin Myers of Dog Lover’s Digest.com. This post was so powerful for me because it rang so true for my experience with Daisy (my Lab and former puppy mill dog). If you ever consider taking in or adopting a puppy mill dog or a fearful dog, read Kevin’s post first. It will help you in deciding whether you are the right person for the job. And, even if you aren’t planning to adopt or take in a fearful dog, read it anyways. It’s really good!

  1. January 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    What a terrific list. I see I have some reading to do! Thank you so much for including my post here. I feel honored to be inn such great company!

    • Mel
      January 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Thanks Kim! I always value those books, articles or blog posts that either bring out some memory or emotion in me or teach me something new or make me look at something in a new way. Your blog post (and many of the ones on my list) did all of that for me. I’m so glad you wrote it!

  2. January 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Thank you so much for including our post in this fantastic list. 2010 was a great year – we’ve been blessed with such great friends and it’s wonderful to know that what we’re writing is appreciated. Because of our blog we even got to meet you in person! We’re looking forward to 2011 and the opportunity to celebrate our successes together!

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 4:24 AM

      Thanks Amy! I consider meeting you, Rod, Buster and Ty as a highlight of my year last year. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be writing about (and where you’ll be traveling) next!

  3. Kristine
    January 3, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Wow, what a list. It’s going to take me some time to get through them all. But I have a feeling I will be better for it in the end. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 4:23 AM

      Thanks Kristine! I hope you like them. Some are sad, but all have great messages and the comments are just as powerful.

  4. January 3, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Loved how you passionatly argue for your fav posts. To me another 2010 highlight !

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 4:22 AM

      Thanks Kenzo! I am planning to get to your list too. I want to read Kristine’s post that you mentioned!

  5. January 4, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Many thanks for including my posts in this wonderful list, Mel. I’m so grateful that I’ve had a chance to get to “know” you! I’m excited to find P. McConnell’s “Life Is One Continuous Mistake” which title makes me want to go read it right now! There were so many of Deb Jacobs’ posts that made a lasting impression, like the Origami one you named, and I now feel a little embarrassed that I did not comment on each post – honestly, since I came up with the idea off the cuff after writing a year end post and seeing Dr V’s suggestion on listing ten of our own posts, I struggled to get the selections and post done before I was out of time! (now you can see why I need to go read Life Is One Continuous Mistake!!!) So I’m leaving your post up in my reading browser and will be happily clicking away at these great links! Cheers – here’s to a great 2011!

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 4:22 AM

      Your welcome Mary! I should mention that I kind of cheated. I had some of these already written up from my September post, so most of the descriptions were already done. Made it really easy! I highly recommend anything by Patricia McConnell, but this one was a good one in my opinion. I hope you like it. Deb Jaons posts are always thought-provoking as well, but the Oragami one resonated with me. P.S. I would have added the linky tool to my post, but apparently WordPress doesn’t like Javascript so it won’t allow me to add it. 😦

  6. January 4, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    What a great idea and there are a few here I’ve not seen before so thanks. It’s back to work tomorrow so I’ll be book-marking this for some lunch-time relief from the grind. 🙂

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 4:19 AM

      Thanks Emma! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  7. January 4, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    These are all wonderful choices–I read them all! I always enjoy reading your insights.

    • Mel
      January 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      Wow! Thanks Hilary! Glad you enjoyed them too!

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