My 7 Links


Last week Amy from Go Pet Friendly invited me and 5 other bloggers to participate in the My 7 Links challenge (you can read Amy’s post here). The challenge was started by Tripbase Blog, and then passed on to Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me? who then passed it on to Amy. The objective of the challenge is to choose your best posts in seven categories and then pass the invitation along to five more bloggers.

To be honest, I was a bit daunted a task. After all, who am I to judge what my best blog posts are? Yikes! Kind of scary to judge my own writing and then put it out there for others to judge! But, since I completely respect Amy (and Edie for that matter!), I didn’t want to turn down such an honor. So here goes!

1. My Most Beautiful Post

I’m not sure if this is cheating or not, but I really feel that my most beautiful (or maybe most poingnant – is that cheating too?) post was The Dog That Was Not There. I wrote it on Daisy’s blog a year ago, but I still receive comments about it. The wonderful news is that Daisy has come even further than where she was at last year, so perhaps this is just a reminder to me of how far we (she) has come.

2. My Most Popular Post

This was perhaps the easiest one to choose. By far my most popular post was A Letter From a Shelter Manager. I know that it made a big impact on me, but I never expected it to make as much of a splash as it did. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Alyssa Milano tweet it out to the universe either. At 2,755 hits in one day and 5247 in that one month, it is still one of the most shared of my posts. Thanks Alyssa!

3. My Most Controversial Post

Although I never expected it to be the case, Investigative Report Into A Doggy Daycare Shows Why You Need To Do Your Research, was perhaps my most controversial post. The news story created a LOT of controversy here in the Twin Cities too. My post was focused on getting people to really do their research before selecting a doggie daycare, pet sitter or dog trainer, but as the daycare’s supporters and staff worked to salvage their business and their reputation, my post became a quite the forum for people to share their opinions. Even though I posted it back in November of last year, I still get a few hits on this every week.

4. My Most Helpful Post

Although I can’t be sure, I believe “Why You Should Save Your Dog/Cat Food Bag” was my most helpful post. It’s such a simple suggestion, and one you wouldn’t think would be all that helpful, but it can be so important to do if your dog’s food were to make him sick or if there was ever a recall of your dog’s food.

5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

When I wrote Dogs: The Word I Hate Most, I wrote it mostly for me. It was my way of venting over a fellow dog park patron who constantly used the word I hated most. I never expected it to be as popular, or strike such a chord with people. but, it certainly left me feeling like I wasn’t alone.

6. A Post I Don’t Feel Got The Attention It Deserved

I’m not sure why this post never really took off. Perhaps because the subject matter was just too gruesome or the title was just too “in your face”(DOG + HOT CAR = DEAD… Get It?), but my purpose was to get people to visualize what happens to their dog when it is left in a hot car. I worked with a couple of great veterinarians to provide an accurate picture for folks. I still think it’s an important one.

7. The Post I’m Proudest Of

This one was a lot harder to select than all of the others. Maybe because it feels like bragging? I know that I was proud that I took a chance and went out and actually did something for Blog The Change. I was proud that I took a stand for Daisy too. The post was aptly named, Blog The Change – Why Bother Indeed!

And now for the list of the next challengers!

Kristine from Rescued Insanity

Carrie from Tales and Tails

Shauna from Fido and Wino

Leo from Kenzo the Hovawart

Miss Georgia Little Pea from Little Dogs on Long Leashes


It’s the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop! I encourage you to check out some of the other awesome bloggers out there. You won’t be disappointed! Much thanks to our most generous and interesting hosts, Life With Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume!

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  1. August 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Thank you, Mel, and I’m so glad you took the challenge! I know it was tough, but this is a great collection of posts. “Letter From a Shelter Manager” still tears me up and I hope people revisit DOG + HOT CAR … because it’s important to know the facts. It should be required reading before anyone is allowed to get a dog!

    • Mel
      August 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Thanks for nominating me Amy. To be honest, I had a hard time picking them. I feel like I should change them already. 🙂
      I also still choke up at the Shelter Manager one and thanks for your comments on the hot car one. It frustrates me to see so many dogs left in hot cars, especially this year when it has been SO hot.

  2. August 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    I just got this challenge (and was a bit confused…). Glad I read yours – nice post 🙂 Have a great weekend

    • Mel
      August 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      Congrats Michelle and Toby! I look forward to reading yours soon. It’s not as easy as it seems, but kind of fun. 🙂

  3. August 6, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Thanks so much for stopping by on the Blog Hop to meet me! I’m so glad you did — I enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your posts! I will definitely be back! 🙂

    Happy Saturday woofs & hugs <3,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  4. August 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    I don’t know if I read your post about Daisy before, but I agree that is was quite lovely. It’s incredible how far she has come since she first came to live with you. You have altered her whole world and opened up new horizons for her. She is who she is today because you understood what she needed. That is pretty beautiful.

    And thanks for the nomination! I will do my best to meet your challenge!

    • Mel
      August 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks Kristine. In some ways, I think Daisy has opened up my world. I never would have started blogging, educating people about puppy mills, or learned how to work with a fearful dog without her.

      I cannot wait to read your posts!

  5. August 8, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Finally got back here to check out your full list. And they were wonderful choices.

    I especially loved the post about Daisy after reading your recent post on how not everyone should adopt a dog rescued from a puppy mill. Some day you should republish those side by side.

    Just another reminder of why I keep coming back to read all your new stuff. 🙂

    • Mel
      August 8, 2011 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks Pamela. I hadn’t thought about the side-by-side aspect, but I kind of like it. Kind of an “adopter-know-thyself” message when it comes to adopting a puppy mill dog. Hmm…
      Thank you such a lovely comment. You made me smile all day.

  6. August 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Fantastic collection of posts… I remember many of them. The fact that I immediately recognized them from the title shows how much of an impact they had on me! I really thought your post on the effects of a hot car on a dog was fantastic. Though perhaps you’re right… people shy away from thinking about the bad stuff. I also loved the Letter from a Shelter Manager… I get a little teary just thinking about it now. Absolutely fantastic set of posts… you have a wonderful blog and I always look forward to swinging by. You rock!

    • Mel
      August 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM

      Wow! Thanks! I can’t believe you recognized most of them!
      I also get teary-eyed with Shelter Manager. It’s hard to read it again. So many lost lives and so easily preventable.

      I agree with you about the hot car one. Not pretty is it?

      Thank you so much for such nice comments AJ!

  7. August 13, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Hopping by and this is a great list! The one about dogs in hot cars is one of the best I’ve seen.

    • Mel
      August 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      Wow! Thanks Frenchie M!

  8. August 21, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    You sure can be proud of all those post. Happy to say I know them all. And we did start holding on to our empty bags after reading it here, it definitely was a helpful post. And so easy to follow up.
    Thanks for the nomination as well !

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