I am not the prolific blogger I was when I first started blogging T2 – My life with pit bulls a few years ago. In fact, just a few months ago I thought it might be time to retire my blog for a while rather than allow it to languish out there on the internet—a public monument to my inability to keep up. (Never mind that I had very good reasons.)
But somehow, people kept finding it (and me), and they kept liking it or signing up to follow it. These weren’t people who were just being nice—they (you?) actually liked what I have to say without knowing anything about me except the words I write here about the things we do or don’t do because of our rescued pit bulls. It’s inspiring…and it’s kept me writing. Apparently while I was busy being inspired to keep posting whenever I could steal a little time away from something else, I was also inspiring others. I only know this because I’ve been nominated as a Very Inspiring Blogger Award recipient. Wow.
So, to honor the rules of the process, I would first like to thank the academy and all of the pups who helped make this day possible, and then complete the process of accepting this award by:
- Linking to and thanking my nominator: Grimm’s Furry Tail. Click over and have a read—you will definitely enjoy yourself. Well written and thoughtful, Grimm and family will both make you laugh and give you pause for thought.
- Posting the award to my page (nice, right?):
- Sharing seven facts about myself:
- My first dogs as an adult were Golden Retrievers, Baily and Pagan. I had to leave them with my ex-husband when I moved to Chicago in 1998. My ex didn’t do a great job of taking care of me but he loved those dogs and I know they were happy and spoiled to the end—even if it had to be without me.
- I found out two summers ago that one of the things I am most allergic to is dogs. Go figure. Not that it will change anything about our family structure now or in the future. We’re dog people through and through. It just means a few more baths for them and a lot more Zyrtec for me.
- Although I swore growing up that I would never cook (as a teenager, I thought it was society’s way of keeping women barefoot, pregnant and chained to the stove), cooking is one of my favorite things in the world to do. It relaxes me. It gives my brain a break from all of the hectic of my day. It is how I show the people I love that I love them. I even cook for the dogs—though not as elaborately.
- I am terrible with numbers. Seriously, I count on my fingers and double check simple math on my laptop calculator just in case I got it wrong (which I usually did). What can I say? I’m a word girl.
- I could really live without breakfast food. I don’t know why. It just doesn’t excite me. Omelettes, pancakes, waffles—I don’t get it. Bacon I get, but the rest leaves me wishing for a burger.
- Autumn is my favorite season; winter is a close second. I run hot—I can wear tank tops in the middle of a snowstorm and feel completely comfortable. Spring and summer just make me want to lay down and wait to sweat to death.
- I wear a women’s size five shoe…and a children’s size three. I know, totally irrelevant. Interesting personal facts are hard to come up with.
And of course, you can’t receive such a lovely compliment as the Very Inspiring Blogger Award without sharing the love:
- Arwen’s Pack: I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while and I often find myself nodding and thinking, “Exactly. You get it. You get me.”
- In Black & White: I love her writing. I love what she’s doing for her own dogs and for homeless Chicago dogs while they search for their forever families.
- Love and a Six-foot Leash: This blog gets recognized all of the time—with good reason. Aleks is a thoughtful, engaging, insightful writer, her photography is gorgeous and her commitment to all dogs—but especially pit bulls—is awe-inspiring. This blog is the epitome of inspiration.
- Tales and Tails: Fantastic writing and beautiful photos. I admire all they do for their dogs and their community.
- Two Pitties in the City: Confession: I know A and E in real life, as well as Miss M and Mr. B. They are so on top of what it means to be pit bull owners in this day and age: careful, conscientious and proactive; ensuring that their dogs are ambassadors for the breed at all times. And seriously, I don’t know how they manage to post so frequently on all things dog, Chicago and beyond. It’s impressive!
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist