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The Top 11 Pet Blog Posts of 2011

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s time for my second annual list of favorite blog posts. This year was full of wonderful posts. In fact, there were so many great ones that I had a very hard time whittling it down to just 10. So, I decided to compromise a bit and make it 11 AND to lump those written by the same blogger together (Yes, several bloggers had more than one good post!).

I want to make clear up front that the blog posts I chose were the ones that touched ME most. I know there are many more that people would nominate for their top 10 or 11, and I encourage you to do so in the comments section below or write your own Top 10 or 11 Blog Posts posts and share them. I always enjoy hearing what you found most inspirational, powerful or funny. This year’s list is quite a variety – some are funny, some are sad and some are thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy the ones I have chosen as much as I have.

So, without further ado, here are My Top 11 Blog Posts for 2011…

1. So You Think You Want a Human?- Prologue by Kevin Myers at Dog Lover’s Digest – Kevin is a great writer. He is smart, witty and has a great sense of humor. If you haven’t read his blog you may want to after reading this post and his accompanying piece, So You Think You Want a Human? – The Announcement. Both pieces are written from the dog’s point of view and while extremely funny, they also have a message to convey. They are definitely worth sharing with friends and family who have a dog.

2. Be Gentle: I know my dog is old by Susan Seligson – This post actually appeared on TheBark.com, but I felt it was powerful enough it was worth sharing. So many of my friends have lost their senior dogs this year so it struck home. It’s a good reminder to everyone, dog owners or not, to be gentle (and kind) when you encounter an owner and their senior dog.

3. Blog-a-versary! A celebration in photos by Aleksandra from Love and a Six-Foot Leash – i love Aleksandra’s blog for many reasons. She brings attention to what wonderful dogs pitbulls are, she fosters and finds home for pitbulls who otherwise would have perished in a shelter, she educates people about pitbulls and she takes the most amazing pictures of the pitbulls she fosters. This post is more pictures than words, but I think that’s why I love it so much. She captures so much of each dog’s personality in each picture, proving once again that pictures do matter when it comes to helping a dog to find its forever family. There is one other blog post that Aleksandra wrote that is worth mentioning, “Pit bull awareness: words do matter“. It’s educational and informative and leaves you thinking.

4. Drunken Master IV: Canine Fu by Kristine at Rescued Insanity – I love reading Kristine’s blog. She is exceedingly honest about her relationship with her dog, Shiva, and all that comes with that relationship – the good, the bad, the funny and the inspirational. This is one of her funnier posts. I read it back in August, but have remembered if often with a smile on my face. I hope you find it as funny as I did. I also recommend A Letter Long Overdue. It’s a letter to her dog, Shiva. If you’re a dog owner, I think you will be able to relate.

5. Old Ladies Wear Purple In Heaven by Carrie Noar from Tales and Tails – This was perhaps the hardest post for me to read because it was about Carrie’s grand dame Greyhound, Lilac, and about saying goodbye. I love reading Carrie’s posts about her Greyhounds and German Shepherds, especially when they write their own blog posts. Lilac was a beautiful senior girl who had an elegance and style all her own. It hit all of us fans pretty hard when Carrie shared with us that Lilac had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Carrie’s loving tribute to Lilac’s life is touching and beautiful. I encourage you to read it. I also recommend her follow up post, With Deepest Gratitude, as Carrie shares a little more about how Lilac came to be with her and her husband.

6. Putting the pieces together by Debbie Jacobs from Fearfuldogss Blog – As always, Debbie’s posts leave me thinking. They always offer some valuable piece of insight that leaves me examining my relationship with my own fearful dogs, Daisy and Lady. While Debbie specializes in working with fearful dogs and their owners, this post is particularly applicable to all dog owners, reminding us that our dogs’ issues often cannot be summed up in one root cause, but are only one piece of the puzzle.

7. The Cuteness Curse by Brandi Barker and Megan Ores-Ulrich at Barker Behavior – This post was particularly powerful for me because it covered a lot of the human behaviors I encounter as the owner of a fearful dog. So many well-meaning people have made these mistakes when approaching Daisy or Lady. Brandi and Megan’s advice is clear, concise and straightforward. I shared this one all over the place, so it made sense to include it in my top 10 list.

8. I am living with serial killers by Jan at The Poodle (and dog) Blog – This post is nothing short of hilarious. Jan has a unique way of writing. She is humorous, educational and informative. Her blog has a good mix of everything for everybody. This post takes Jan through an interrogation that will leave you laughing your butt off.

9. Everyday Heroes: Foster Families by StubbyDogs – This one actually came in under the wire, but I knew it would have to be on my list as soon as I read it. Having been a foster parent to several dogs it was nice to see such a loving tribute to foster parents everywhere. I was particularly struck by these two sentences: But when people tell them, “I couldn’t foster because it would be too hard to give the dog up.” They say, “How can it be harder than knowing a dog died because no foster home stepped up?” If you have fostered before or are considering doing it now, this is worth the read.

10. We’re Certified Humane by Lisa Spector of Through A Dog’s Ear (featured on Victoria Stilwell‘s blog Positively) – This was another post that I shared everywhere I could. Lisa’s pondering on the phrase “We’re Certified Humane”, found on a particular yogurt company’s product, and how it could be applied to dog trainers was particularly insightful and thought-provoking. I loved it.

11. The Puppiness Project – You Can’t Change Everything (and You Shouldn’t Try) by Pamela Webster at Something Wagging This Way Comes – All year Pamela has been dedicating her Tuesday posts to The Puppiness Project, modeled after Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project. I have found myself looking forward to these posts each week because I always know Pamela will have some wonderful insight to share that makes me think our dogs are much wiser than we are as human beings. This one was particularly powerful for me, but I encourage you to check out her other posts on this topic. They are wonderful.

There were a few blog posts that were not pet related but still powerful in their humor (like this one from TheBloggess.com), personal experience (like this one from Jennifer Margulis about the death of her mom or this one from Kim Clune over at This One Wild Life about remembering 9/11) or messages of personal growth (like this one from Marc and Angel Hack Life)

Welcome to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop. I encourage you to check out some of the other awesome pet bloggers out there. 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. December 31, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Lilac’s post enough to remember it as one of the best of the year! Wow! That’s a high honor. Thank you!

    I’m now looking at some other posts that I’ve loved over the past year, too, and I wish I’d kept a list of my favorite posts for the year to share, but it would be a long list! The Drunken Master and The Puppiness Project posts would definitely be on my list, too!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

      It was a lovely post and I was moved by both it and the follow up one I mentioned. To be honest Carrie, I didn’t remember to save the best ones until halfway through the year. I had to go searching for the ones I remembered from earlier in the year. Some I found and some I did not. But, these are the ones that stick utmost in my mind. Wishing you luck on your list!

  2. Jen
    December 31, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    What a great list! Some of these I have read but others are new to me and I will be sure to check them out! I hope that you have a wonderful New Year and that there are as many great post in 2012!

  3. December 31, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    What a wonderful surprise and gift for the New Year to find myself on your list. Thank you so much!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      You are so welcome Deb. I had a hard time just choosing one of yours!

  4. Jan
    December 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for including me and my wimpy serial killers on your list. Have a great 2012.

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      LOL! You’re welcome Jan. I loved that post. Jasper loves to kill rabbits, so I could completely relate.

  5. December 31, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Thanks for sharing your top posts. I’ll have to check out the ones I missed. I suppose my New Years Resolution should be to leave more comments. You’re very good at this. Any tips on finding time?

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      Ha! I’m terrible for leaving comments! But, thank you for thinking I am good at this. I wish I had a secret, but I don’t. Some days are better than others and I get to comment. Some days I don’t at all. Hope you enjoy the list! 🙂

  6. Jen
    December 31, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    That’s a great list, and I really agree with you on a lot of your posts! The ones I”m not familiar with….well, I’m off reading now (the serial killer post, in fact ^^)

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      I hope you really liked them Jen. The serial killer one made me laugh. I have a Sheltie who likes to kill rabbits, so I could relate. 🙂

  7. December 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Fabulous compilation, Mel – leave it to you, to provide such a wide range of excellent reading!

  8. December 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Thank you so much for linking to my blog, Mel! I am so touched you have included us in your list, especially amongst such professionals! I don’t even know what to say. I definitely need to write a post of my own. Last year I was much more on the ball. But it’s never too late right? Right?

    Shockingly, I haven’t read many of these posts so I have some catching up to do! Not a bad thing at all, if you ask me!

    Thanks again and a Happy New Year to you, Daisy, Jasper, and Lady!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      You’re so welcome Kristine. Don’t feel obligated to write your own post. I just like recognizing those posts I loved so much, whether they made me laugh,cry or think more about a subject. I had a lot on my list for the year. I felt bad that not all of them could make the list.

  9. December 31, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Thanks so much, Mel, for including me with such a stellar group. Many of your favorites were very memorable to me as well. And not a few of my favorites would be found at No Dog About It!

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year! I’m off to a party but I think I’d rather cuddle up at home with Honey. Oh well!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      You are so welcome Pamela. I love your Puppiness Project series very much.
      I’m cuddling at home with my puppies and kitty (who has decided I am a great bed this evening). Hope you had fun at the party!

      • January 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Sounds like you had a lovely evening!

        We missed Honey at our party but at least had the company of Sundance the host’s kitty. 🙂

      • Mel
        January 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        How nice Pamela! I did have a lovely evening, but it sounds like you did too. 🙂

  10. January 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I love your list! Some of them made me cry, but my very favorite was the Blogess chicken post! I would so love to own that chicken! Happy New Year!

    • Mel
      January 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Thanks! I cried at a few of them too. (I also loved the one from The Blogess. I still laugh out loud when I read it.

  11. January 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Great list of posts… I remember so many of them (and you inspired me to write my own list, which includes some of these too).

    Also, that giant metal chicken post from The Blogess makes me giggle every time I think about it. I even bought a tiny replica of Beyonce from her Zazzle site. 🙂

  12. January 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Mel, I am so grateful you included us on your list. You have tons of great information on your site. Thanks a million for passing ours along and hope to see more of you in the new year =)

    • Mel
      January 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      So glad I was able to share your post Brandi. A friend passed it on to me on Facebook and I was immediately moved to share it. A really great post and one that I think is sorely needed. Have a wonderful new year!

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