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The Top 13 Dog Blog Posts of 2013

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

IMG_1443It’s become an annual tradition for me to end the year by sharing those blog posts I thought were most touching, interesting, or emotionally powerful throughout the past year. There was no shortage of amazing writing in 2013.

You may not have the same posts on your list that I have on mine, but I hope you will find them worth reading and sharing.

Have one of your own you want to share? Please do in the comment section below.

Happy New Year everyone!

1. Why Supervising Dogs and Kids Doesn’t Work  and My Dog Got Kicked Out Of Daycare Today by Robin Bennett Yes. Robin had two great posts that made my list this year.  The first one covers an issue near and dear to my heart – dogs and kids. The second one covers another topic I wish all dog owners would heed – not all dogs are made for dog parks or doggy daycare. Both are worth reading.

2. A Cautionary Letter by Nancy Tanner – I remember the first time my friend Nancy directed me to this post. I had such strong feelings after reading it – anger, sadness, despair. If ever there were an argument for people to better understand training methods and their impact on fearful dogs then this is it. Trust me, this will leave an imprint on your mind.

3. What My Dying Dog Taught Me About Life by Alisa Bowman of Project Happily Ever After – Even though I read this post in January, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days afterwards. It is a loving, and at times funny, tribute to a dog who loved well and was well-loved. I cannot help but think that Rhodes left an imprint on many a reader (like me).

4. What Does It Mean to Give Your Pet a Good End? Maybe Not What You Think by Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me? – Too often in this world we judge one another based on what “we” would do vs what is right for the person in question. Edie takes on an issue that is often considered taboo in pet lover’s circles – should you be with your dog when their life ends. She handles the issue with her usual class and grace, but makes a great point that I think we could all stand to hear.

5. What’s in a Name? A whole lot of bullshitittypoo by The DogSnobs writers – Okay. I admit it. I really do love The DogSnobs. I love that they have a  no-holds-barred kind of writing style and an I-don’t-give-a-sh*t-what-you-think attitude. This particular post makes fun about all the silly names breeders have given designer dogs. Want to read more? Here are a few that made the Honorable Mention list:  Owner Profile: The Distracted DingbatYour dog isn’t being friendly. He’s an asshole. And so are you., and Put it back, you don’t need that! a.k.a. Picking the correct breed is important. Don’t fuck it up.

6. This test that you keep using…… and Beware the Straw Man by Linda Case of The Science Dog – Although these are two posts in one, they are really linked. Both deal with the issue of canine assessment tests used by many shelters and animal control centers to determine if a dog is adoptable or destined for euthanization. I admit I have a bias on this issue since Daisy and Jasper likely would have fallen into the latter category if they had not ended up at my shelter. Thank goodness they didn’t.

7. What it’s like to meet an angel… by Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography – I first read this story on Kaylee’s Facebook page and was moved to tears. Her big heart and giving nature made one woman’s painful day a little brighter. She later posted it on her blog and I read it all over again. If you haven’t seen any of Kaylee’s photography, it is magical, whimsical and beautiful. You can see some of her work on her blog and on her Facebook page.

8. The Four Phases of a Positive Reinforcement Trainer by Katie Hood of When Hounds Fly – Even though I am not a dog trainer, I could completely relate to this post. In any ways it was the post that created a light-bulb moment for me and changed my overall response to animal welfare issues in general. If you have ever worked in the animal welfare arena, it is worth a read. You will find yourself nodding your head in agreement or holding up that figurative mirror of self-reflection.

9. Chasing Sunsets by Leo of Kenzo the Hovawart (and Viva) – This post may have touched me more than most because it was by a fellow dog blogger and friend, but I thought it would resonate with many of you who have recently lost a beloved four-pawed friend. Recently, Leo and his family went on a journey to retrace the steps he had taken with his late dog, Viva. I thought it was a beautiful follow up to her story.

10. They Never Told Me I Would Love the Snow by Kristine Tonks of Rescued Insanity – Anyone who has read Kristine’s blog knows she has a talent with words. This one in particular is a special one. It’s like poetry. Beautiful and visual.

11. Do Some Dogs Need a Heavier Hand? by Nicole Wilde – Nicole is well-known in the dog training world, but what I love is her unique way of getting a pout across by allowing you to examine the issue from all angles. Here is one particular post that resonated with me this year.

12. Chix-A-Lot Friday: Fostering as a New Years Resolution by Aleksandra of Love and a Six-Foot Leash – I love this post simply because it is so thoroughly covers all the things one should think about and plan for when fostering a dog. If you are considering fostering a dog, read this post first. It can help set your expectations and help you prepare ahead of time.

13. Letting Go Of Ruby: A Lesson In The Dying Light by Lisa from Going to the Dogs – Even though this is a more about her mother than her mother’s dog, their tales and lives are woven together. Poignant and heartfelt. Written beautifully.

  1. December 31, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Thank you so much for including my post among your 2013 favorites. I’m honored and humbled. This also gave me a chance to read and discover dog bloggers new to me, so I am doubly grateful. Happy new year. Lisa thomas

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      You are so welcome Lisa. I thought your post was so raw and sad and so much of what all of us face in life as our parents age. It was beautifully written. I am so sorry for your mother.

  2. December 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Wow, I have read one of those posts. They all sound interesting, I will have to check them out.

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Thanks Mary. I hope you like them.

  3. December 31, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Thanks for all this great posts, after reading the wonderful post of Alisa Bowman I had so much tears in my eyes, but it was written so great – many thanks to her too :o)

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      You are so welcome. I have to admit I got tears after reading Alisa’s again. It was beautiful and touching.

  4. December 31, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Thanks so much for including my posts in your list of top dog blogs of 2013! I am honored! I have already read several of these and look forward to reading the entire list and to following some new bloggers! Happy New Year to all (and your dogs!) Linda Case

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      You are so welcome Linda. I love that you have a blog dedicated to science and dogs. I am fasciated by the dog studies out there, but often need someone to break it down into layman’s terms. Your blogs is unique and your posts interesting. The two I picked out were not the only ones I read, just the ones that resonated with me right now. Happy reading!

  5. December 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I wanted to make a list like this but I just couldn’t narrow it down. Happy New Year!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Thank God I had 13 Emma. I save all the ones that touch me or make me think in a folder and this year I had quite a list. It was hard whittling it down, but allowing myself 13 really helped.

  6. kenzohw
    December 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Thank you so much Mel, for honoring Viva this way. Sending a special hug your way.

  7. December 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Awesome list, thanks for sharing these great posts!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Thanks Will! I’m glad you liked them. I tried to comment on your page, but had issues. Love the pics!

  8. December 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Happy New Year to you and yours Mel!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Thanks Bren! Wishing you the same!

  9. December 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Mel, thank you for including one of my posts. It’s so funny really. When I posted that letter for my clients I had no idea it would hit the ‘big arena’ at all, I thought, perhaps just the rest of my clients. I think in 3 days it topped 35,000 views or something like that, and I simply had to turn my computer off for awhile. The comments ranged from sympathetic, to accusatory, to down right ugly. I never would have imagined. So much of what I wrote about last year meant so much more to me, but this post hit a ‘cored’ with many people. So again thank you, I hope it helps someone in someway make better choices. Happy new year to you, Nancy

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I am sorry that there were so many negative comments Nancy. I think it’s too easy to become outraged and not recognize the lessons that can be learned from this letter and what you said in your follow up post. I think it rang a bell with so many people because many of us can relate to making bad decision with a dog. It was painful to read, but also necessary for people to hear. It’s the other half of the story. One many of us don’t get to see or hear. It shows the consequences of a bad choice and the high price paid when the choice is the wrong one. I am so happy you shared it and that it reach so many people. I hope it helps many, many people. Happy New Year Nancy.

  10. December 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I really appreciate being included on this great list and I especially appreciate the post you chose. As the response to #2 on your list suggested as well, too many pet lovers get very judgmental, which is sad. That’s not the lesson our pets bring us.

    Happy New Year!

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      I agree Edie. Your follow up post today is a reminder that your dogs do not teach us to be this way. I wish we would stop.

  11. December 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing these – love being introduced to new bloggers and quite a few of these are new to me. Happy New Year.

    • Mel
      December 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      You are so welcome SlimDoggy. There are some new ones in there for me too. I met them by accident this year while reading an incredible post.

  12. December 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!

  13. January 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Wow – Mel – thank you so much for featuring my blog post about Coco the senior German Short Haired Pointer here! I am so humbled and grateful. I cant tell you how much that means to me! I hope you have the most wonderful New Year!

  14. January 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I also really liked the Robin Bennett posts. And many others that you shared her. I’ll just stop looking for cool stuff to read and wait for you to make your list. 🙂

    • Mel
      January 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      LOL! Pamela I could have included many of yours in my list! I just ran out of numbers for my list. 🙂

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