Monday, June 20, 2011

Awards and Good Things

As usual I'm late in catching up with the awards being circulated in blogville lately.  We've been given 2 wonderful awards!  When I first started blogging about the girls and their positive impact on my life, I had no idea what kind of response I'd receive for both my stories about them and the way these stories are told.  As it turns out, we've been well-received and even have a few followers!
I love writing about my girls.  They challenge me to be kind, patient and other-centered.  Simply put, they bring out the best in me.

We received this award from the White Dog Diary Online and Bailey Be Good!

There are some blogs I seek out when I want the comfort of kind words, positive thoughts or even just a good giggle.  Among many others, these blogs stand out for inspiring general doggie goodness:

White Dog Diary Online - Positive to the core.  Uplifting and truly conscious of creating a better world through actions and the written word.  Proud to be your friend!

Bailey Be Good! - Another positive, thoughtful and bright person taking care of a lovely young pup.  Your words bring me hope!

Mango and Dexter's Great Adventures - You always put a smile on my face and bring me back to that rich New England humor that I miss so dearly.

The Chronicle of Woos - I look forward to your pics of those gorgeous Sibes of yours.  And now I find out you're "family"?!  Well - it all makes sense then!

Romping and Rolling in the Rockies - Breathtaking pics writing with a purity of soul.  A clear, honest voice.  Each time I read your blog I want to throw everything in my car and go live in the woods!

T2 - My Life With Pit Bulls - Logical, passionate and smartly written.  There's an honest edge to your voice that I admire.

Two Pitties in the City - Caring, hopeful, and honest.  I love these 2 wonderful Pitties and their humans and miss them when I can't get to reading my blogs.

Adventures of Anna the GSD - This is one of the funniest blogs out there.  Each time I read about Anna, she cracks me up.  She has the voice of a true Diva!

Kol's Notes - Another super funny blog.  I always know Kol's frank way of telling it like it is will have me chuckling and sharing the post with my DH.

Khyra's Khorner - Thoughtful, love in action - Khyra's mom does a rescue run each week, helping to directly save lives!

Eva the Sheltie - Eva is so pure of heart - And beautiful, too!

The Shenanigans of Shawnee the Shepherd - Shawnee's was one of the 1st dog blogs I ever read and I was immediately hooked.  Each week I look forward to another gorgeous installment of Vitamin "N" - Nature! 

If you haven't checked out these blogs, you're missing out.  They're awesome!

And this award we got from Kol's Notes!

Now this one comes with rules, so here goes - I need to tell you 7 things about us and pass this on to 15 uber-versatile bloggers.  Here goes:
1) Arwen loves massages.  I give her regular back massages and she just eats them up!  She has arthritis in her back, so I imagine these little rub-downs feel pretty good to her.

2) Nyxie has a sensitive tummy, like GSD's are prone to have.  Stress will give her the runs pretty quickly.  We try to keep things low-key ;)

3) I lived in New Orleans for a few months after college.  That was quite an adventure!

4) I've worked in a residential treatment center for teens at one of the oldest psychiatric hospitals in the nation (since closed) and afterwards, as a social worker for teen girls.

5) I'm an avid Red Sox fan, like my wonderful father before me.  We used to sit together and watch the games on TV and we even saw a couple together at Fenway!  I was lucky enough to be living in Portland when they won the World Series in 2004 and could celebrate with die-hard fans.  In my dad's lifetime, he never saw them win the World Series.

6) Matt does the majority of the cooking in our home.  I am a very lucky woman.  He likes to cook with simple, basic ingredients, bringing out their flavors to perfection.  Yum!

7)  I have a 13 year old stepdaughter - daughter, really - whom I met when she was 3 years old.  We were lucky enough to have her come back into our lives after a 3 year absence while living with her mother out of state.  I'm blessed she's back in our lives.

It was tough to pick only 15 blogs as "versatile", because I think we all have to be versatile to continue blogging.  You'll find some repeats from above on this list, but maybe their versatility is inspirational!  These are the blogs that I find most versatile:

1) White Dog Diary Online
2) Two Pitties In the City
3) Kol's Notes
4) Bailey Be Good!
5) Pet Blogs United
6) Five Sibes
7) Roo's Doins
8) A Scratch Behind the Ears (and Other Nice Things)
9) Adventures of Anna the GSD
10) Heartbeats
11) I Still Want More Puppies
12) 24 Paws of Love
13) CyberSibes
14) animal lover, quilt lover
15) The Dogs of Greenhill Farm

Please check these blogs out if you haven't already - they're definite winners!  I can't thank you all enough for reading my brain droppings.  I'm lucky to be able to share the magic of Arwen and Nyxie!

My next post will be the 2nd installment of our big move from Maine to Dallas.  If you haven't read the first, you can do so here.


  1. always interesting to see what new blogs the blogs I already follow suggest I check out! :)

  2. Many thanks for the acknowledgement. Sometimes I write just to get the thoughts out of my head, but it's good to know that I've made an impression on someone as well. I'm truly flattered (as are T2, of course)! As you know from my comments, we admire your blog as well.

  3. OMD, thank you so much! I is so honored you has chosened me as a recipient of the award! And I did not knows I woz one of your furst bloggies - how cool! (Pee Ess - I is sharing your moving bloggies with my boy coz he is getting reddy to move to CHINA with his werk next month. Mom says he has to clean out efurrything afore he leaves, just like you guys did! And beleef me, he has LOTS to clean out. I has nefur been in his room - way too skeery.)

  4. Just wanted to Congrats you on the awards. You do have a wonderful blog. I enjoyed it.

  5. Well done on the awards. Both very well-deserved.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  6. Wowee! Thanks for that wonderful award. I am so glad I can bring smiles to you.


  7. So nice gettin' to nose you better! :o)

  8. Congrats on your great awards. We are honored to be selected by you to share that award with so many awesome bloggers. Thanks. We are still trying to get back on track after being away for a few days. But we will post about it soon.

    Mom would love to share more about our family but we don't have your email address. When you have time, can you send us an email at theoppackATgmailDOTcom?

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  9. Many thanks for your award and kind words. We always love to read the stories of Arwen and Nyxie. YOu're a fantastic storyteller.

  10. Congratulations every buddy
    Benny & Lily

  11. Congrats!!!!!

    I loved hearing the new things about your pack. In my house, my husband does all the cooking so you and I are both very very lucky women! (If I were the cook, there'd be a lot of PB&J around here).

    I'm honored that you chose us!

  12. Thank you so much for your kind words and for the award. We always love coming here to read about you and your pack (not to mention Arwen and Nyxie are so darn cute!) we can't wait to check out the other nominees on your list. We love discovering fab new blogs!

  13. Congratulations on your award and thank you for thinking of us. We enjoy reading your stories and adventures. Thanks for sharing them.

  14. Thank you very much for the award, you're too kind. I like your brain droppings.

  15. Congrats on the awards... very deserved! And thanks so much for sharing it with me!

  16. Congrats on the awards! So neat to hear more about you all and your fantastic writings!

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  17. Thank you so very much for your award. I loved learning more about you. I love your blog and I love to hear about Arwen & Nyxie too.
    I also think you are a great story teller and I can't wait for the second half of your move story.
    Thanks so much, xx, Fern

  18. Thanks for the award! I have been away from the blogosphere this summer, as I pursue my hobbies in the great outdoors - but I wish I could double the number of hours in a day. I'm having a great summer, but do find that I miss my blogging buddies! Once the weather's not quite so nice, I'm going to be eager to return. :) Thanks for recognizing my blog, and I look forward to catching up with everyone soon!

  19. We honored by your very kind and gracious words about our blog! Thank you for these awards which mean so much within a community of so many well written thought-provoking and life affirming blogs (including this one).

  20. Thank you for the award! Wow, we are so honored you included us! We so appreciate it! And congratulations on your two, you so deserve them!

  21. Congratulations on your awards! What fun! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  22. such well-deserved honors. i love those blogs too!

  23. So many blogs to love, so little time!


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