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Embracing Sadness: Our Irreplaceable Pets

MemoriesI’ve been feeling a bit gloomy for the last few days, experiencing a sense of dread about this upcoming 4th of July weekend that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. One more assignment to finish, and I’m ready to settle in to work on Getting Naked for Money without interruption.

Also: I found a terrific new vet for Madeleine earlier in the week. I’d been a bit worried. I didn’t much care for the vet I took Madeleine to for her free post-adoption exam and, though I adored Frankie’s former vet, I was afraid he was going to retire soon and I didn’t like the other two vets in the practice: One had called Frankie “weird,” and the other dubbed him “a bad patient.” This new vet, an engaging, thoughtful man, is not only closer to my home, but is younger (no retirement soon) and has x-ray dental equipment. After interviewing several veterinary dentists for an article, I realized that I would never have my own teeth extracted without having x-rays taken first, yet had been willing to do that for a beloved dog.

Cleaning house

So why the gloom?

In preparation for getting serious about writing my book, I decided to do a little house cleaning–emphasis on “little.” Overdoing it until I became too tired to write would defeat the purpose. As I was going through my kitchen drawers, sorting through hundreds of discount coupons for Bed Bath & Beyond, I discovered some of Frankie’s things that I couldn’t bear to throw away: My diary of his blood sugar readings; a bottle of diabetic test strips; a hypodermic needle.

A bottle with a little Vetsulin remained in the refrigerator.

Seeing those items,  I was hit by a sudden wave of sadness, remembering a routine that was at once difficult and precious. And then I suddenly realized the source of my low-key anxiety: The 4th of July was Frankie’s designated  birthday. I never knew the real day and he was my Frankie Doodle Dandy.

Happy Birthday and Happy Fourth of July, Frankie!

Another reason this was not Frankie’s favorite holiday

There’s a certain irony to that. Not only was he terrified of fireworks, as many dogs are. Frankie was pretty much terrified of people, too.

I remember taking him to a Fourth of July political event early on. Even though it took place nearly nine months after I adopted him, I guess I still didn’t get the extent to which he hated crowds. I don’t think I knew the term “socialize” at the time but I probably thought that the more he experienced new situations, the more comfortable with them he would get.

Now, Frankie was an adorable dog. Based on neoteny, or puppy-like features, he was cuter in some ways than Madeleine, who looks more conventionally “doggy.” No surprise, then, that the political candidate wanted to have her picture taken with him. Frankie tolerated it, because I was nearby. But he wasn’t at all happy.

He was a one woman dog, totally devoted to me.

I wrote about my ambivalence about his dependence on me, his fearful personality in a story titled Great Expectations: A Tale of Two Dogs.  It ends this way:

Chastened, I lifted my little dog into my lap…. At least I had one source of solace:  As long as I gave him a loving home, Frankie would never know I was an asshole.

Frankie & me at in In the Raw

Frankie & me at in an early bonding session

A Guilt-Free — But Not a Pain-Free — Zone

I realize now: You can find a new vet so you don’t have to face the pain of going to the old one without your departed dog.

You can go to that vet with the type of dog you used to fantasize your departed dog would become, one that every veterinarian would be likely to love.  No one would even be tempted to call Madeleine weird or a bad patient. She cuddles up to everyone, doesn’t object to shots or even thermometers in her rectum, but she’s also frisky and a bit mischievous, a small dog even macho guys could like.

But that won’t lessen the pain of your loss. In this case, it made it worse. I feel bad that I enjoyed Madeleine’s popularity so much.

Earlier, before I started analyzing why I was feeling gloomy, I’d thought about dressing Madeleine in 4th of July regalia. But not only is she not a dress-up type of dog (see neoteny/lack thereof, above); doing that would be trying to make her into Frankie, just as I’d tried to make Frankie into another type of dog before I knew better.

So this 4th of July post is devoted to Frankie, in honor of his designated birthday, and on “his” blog, the one I created to detail his adventures, not on Edie Jarolim.com as I’d originally planned. Madeleine? She may or may not get half a hot dog. The new vet said she wasn’t really fat, but “comfortable,” and then amended that to say, “You know, like Marilyn Monroe.”

Madeleine, the curvy femme fatale of the canine world.

Frankie was more of a surfer dude.

Frankie says "Just get me to the beach, already!"

Laughing and crying at the same time, I know now too: Sometimes the pain of loss is going to blindside you.  Getting another dog, no matter how great, won’t stop that from happening, though time might. Or not. Frankie will always be my first dog. That’s not ever going to change

What do you do with that hurt, then? You acknowledge it, you experience it. You remember, you regret, you grab a box of Kleenex.

And if you’re a writer, you try to put it into words so others will know that it’s okay to love two dogs, one present, one departed, at the same time.

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Pet Blogger Challenge, Round 4: Giving Me a Break

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10Welcome — and thanks for taking part in the challenge again! It’s nice to be back.

As I wrote in the post announcing this challenge and my role as a co-host with Amy of GoPetfriendly, it’s a bit disconcerting to come to this event without a pet — and with less than 6 months of regular postings under my belt in this past year. But I thought it was a good opportunity for me to take a breath and take a look at where I’m going with Will My Dog Hate Me now that its muse, my sweet Frankie, has left the building.

And of course I want to know what all of you have been up to. I feel bad that I haven’t been as involved as I’d like to be with others in this oh-so-supportive community. I hope this is a step towards changing that.

And in case you’re thinking of reminding me of my tag line…the guilt-free zone only applies to dog care, not to being a bad member of the blogging community. And, hey, it’s my blog, my rules — including my exceptions to them.

1. How long have you been blogging?

Since April 2009. Except for the year I took off, August 1 2012-August 1 2013; I like symmetry.

I started this blog to publicize a book I’d written, a humorous reference/advice book that described what I learned when I adopted Frankie, my first dog: Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew.  The blog was eclectic, to say the least, touching on a huge variety of topics. And it kind of went off the rails, including a variety of features such as a pet travel book club, rants against Cesar Millan, even pet fashion… but at its centerpiece was always Frankie, who embodied the mystery that is dog. It feels empty without him.

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you the most proud.

Returning to blogging. Dealing with difficult subject matter. Having a fund-raising campaign. Wow, that’s three.

3. When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you?

I see that a theme is emerging here. The fact that I’m blogging here again is what has changed the most.

4. What lessons have you learned this year — from other blogs, or through your own experience — that could help us all with our own sites?

As I mentioned, I have been a terrible blogger, by almost all criteria of good blogging practices — commenting on other people’s blogs, participating in challenges (except for this one), keeping up with blogging communities, inviting people to guest blog… I’ve been writing for myself, primarily, while hoping that what I had to say would be of interest to others.

But it seems I had amassed a lot of credit in the good karma bank from my past blogging practice; see Expect the Worst! And Be Utterly Surprised and Thrilled When You Get the Best.

So my advice would be to be generous and kind — but not in a phony, smarmy way, especially if you tend to be a smartass like me; people won’t believe or trust you.  If you are genuine with your praise and helpful, you never know when your actions will come back and give you a warm group hug.

5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

I haven’t been concerned with traffic for the most part, though I sneak looks at Google Analytics occasionally. So I’m going to have to go with trying for great content and, to a lesser degree, trying to be involved with social media.

6. How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog — and do you think you should spend more or less time next year?

Well, it depends on how you look at Facebook, where I have been doing most of my blog publicizing in the past months, though I initially started out with Twitter. It’s a huge time sink… but it’s also a way to engage people. If they like what you post on related topics or just get a sense of who you are, they may be interested enough to come to your blog.

At least that’s the theory. Note to self: Try to stop posting about politics, at least politics relating to humans. Animal welfare politics is fine.

7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience? And how do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you’ve been writing about for a while?

I am not going to link to the ad. It's bad enough that Eric has such a sad, earnest face on him

I am not going to link to the ad. It’s bad enough that Eric has such a sad, earnest face on him

I judge by comments and Facebook likes and, to a lesser degree, by Twitter shares/retweets

I don’t really have features or themes these days, but if I wanted to work on driving traffic here again, I would probably reintroduce the Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make Me Want to Kill Myself  series. I loved that, and I need to fight fire with fire. The ASPCA is ramping up their tugging-at-the-heartstrings/making-me-ill game with their newest campaign, which features Eric McCormack. It’s not fair. I love Eric McCormack, and I particularly love Eric McCormack with a cute animal in his arms. You’re making me turn the channel or leave the room, ASPCA. It’s war!

8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?

Great content — which doesn’t always mean great writing (though that helps). It means coming up with an important and/or interesting topic that engages the reader. Questions at the end of the post may help too, if I think that the blogger is genuinely interested in my opinion, rather than just sticking a question there because someone said “You should put questions at the end of a blog post if you want to get comments.”

9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?

Not these days. Aside from anything else, I’d be hard pressed to find a product that I could promote without feeling deeply depressed that I don’t have a pet to endorse it. And the products I could theoretically endorse — urns and other memorial products — would deeply depress me in another way.

Wow, who could predict that a question about product endorsement would inspire me to use the phrase “deeply depressing,” twice?

10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?

Because I blog infrequently and on my own schedule, I find that I don’t get writer’s block. My problem is finding myself writing long posts and editing them endlessly, which takes away time from writing projects that pay the bills. With those, I get writer’s block….

11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?

As I noted in my answer to question #1, I took off a year to work on another blog, FreudsButcher.com. I’m amazed that, although I took a break from blogging, my blog didn’t break (although my heart did when I had to say good-bye to Frankie).

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?

I originally thought my break from pet blogging would be permanent. I even wrote a post called Auf Wiedersehen Will My Dog Hate Me. A year later I wrote a post called We’re Baaack! It pretty much says everything I felt at the time, although a part of me might have sensed on some subliminal level that it was time to let Frankie go. There was no way I could do that without publicly acknowledging his importance in my life and without letting people who had come to care about him say good-bye.

12.  What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?

I’m not going to make any major decisions but I feel comfortable committing to writing at least one post each week.

For one thing, I want to keep everyone who contributed to Frankie’s Fund in the loop about where the money they donated to Grey Muzzle is going, and I just got the word that I can announce it: the Old Dog Haven‘s “Final Refuge Dogs” program. I’m so excited to be helping this great cause and I’ll be posting much more about it soon.

For another, I want to keep Frankie in the limelight — whether I talk about finally finding the perfect place for his ashes to rest or about the mourning process.

And I haven’t lost interest in animal welfare issues. In fact, since I brought up the topic, I’m thinking that I might have to post a Pet Adoption Video That Won’t Make You — or Me (I’ve never decided) — Want to Kill Yourself/Myself featuring a hot guy every time that the Eric McCormack ASPCA ad comes on.

Here’s my favorite, right now, because I need to erase those sad images.

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Will My Blog Hate Me? Pet Blogger Challenge 2012


It’s what you’ve been waiting for — the Pet Blogger Challenge! If you’re here and you’ve already written a post answering the questions that Amy of GoPetFriendly.com and I posted on December 20, simply add the url to the Linky tool, below. If you haven’t written it yet but are inspired to do so, get cracking. You have until 11:59 PM Mountain Time tomorrow (1/11) to add your link.  Otherwise, don’t blame us when you have an entire year of coulda shoulda wouldas.

For those who participated last year:

1. Provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.

Here you go:  The State of the Blog 1/10/12:

2. What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s post?

It was pretty much my only goal: To make my blog a vehicle to promote past and future books.

3. Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed over the past year?

In some ways I have, although blogging didn’t keep AM I BORING MY DOG from semi-going out of print. On the other hand, I decided that I wanted to write a pet travel book. It seemed like a natural to mix my experience as a travel writer with my experience as a pet writer. To that end, I decided to “brand” myself (ugh — how did that term morph from its association with cattle?) as a pet travel expert by joining the Animal Cafe team as the pet travel correspondent; by starting a regular pet travel feature on Thursday; and most recently, by starting a pet travel book club here and on A Traveler’s Library, which also tied in my literary interests. A trifecta! I was planning to advertise the book club with a badge and a newsletter. I also bought a startlingly good domain name for the new pet travel blog I planned to start. Read More »

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Pet Blogger Challenge 2012: Ready, Set…

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10Last week Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly and I gave you a heads up that we are going to co-host the Pet Blogger’s Challenge again. We promised to post the questions on December 20 and we’re women of our word.

Just a couple of things:

  • It’s very easy. All you have to do is post the answers to the questions on your site on Jan. 10 and  —  assuming you want others to be able to read them– add your post’s url to the Linky tool, which will go up at midnight, January 9, EST. Never used a Linky tool? Here’s an example of what it’ll look like. You can even enter a practice link if you have a fun picture to share.
  • You don’t have to post the Pet Blogger Challenge badge on your site; it just serves as a public pledge that you’re committed to taking part — and that you’re very cool. If you want to, you can grab the code from the badge in my right margin. If you don’t know how to do that, ask Amy. (Just kidding. Kind of.)
  • There are two sets of questions, one for bloggers who participated last year, one for newbies. You know who you are.
  • Procrastinate at your peril. It takes a while to answer these questions thoroughly (signed: She Who Knows From Procrastination)

Okay, here goes:

Challenge Questions #1: For bloggers who haven’t participated before

1. When did you begin your blog?

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

3. Is your current purpose the same?

If not, what’s different?

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals?

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it?

If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)? Read More »

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It’s Baaack: The Pet Blogger Challenge!

Heads up!

Many of you will remember an event that Amy Burkert of GoPetFriendly.com and I co-hosted: The Pet Blogger Challenge. It’s hard to believe, but a year has passed, and we’re in the season for retrospectives again.

The Backstory

It all started when Amy posted a declaration of freedom from writing tyranny called Bullied by the Blog. I responded with my own not-so-originally-titled-but-heartfelt cry of sympathy and empathy, Also Bullied by My Blog.

We decided to put the little buggers in their place by examining our blogging practices and goals. We compiled a list of questions that we committed to answering and then invited the entire pet blogging community to participate.

We are gluttons for punishment It was a huge success so we decided to do it again.

A more leisurely pace

This year, we’re going to give you more time to think about your answers. Next Tuesday, December 20, we’ll be posting two sets of questions: One for bloggers who have never taken the challenge before and another for those who took it last year. All those who participate will take part in our  Blog Hop on January 10, 2012.

It’s a great opportunity to vent and to kvell —  look it up! — to gauge your progress, to vow to do better, to thank your readers, your mother….however you want to approach the questions. You’ll be comforted to see how many other bloggers are struggling with the same issues — and inspired by those who have resolved their obstacles in creative ways.

Will You Commit?

What do you say? Are you in? Grab the code on the sidebar here or on GoPetFriendly.com and post the badge if so; it’ll be incentive. If you decide not to participate at the last minute, Amy and I won’t send the blog police after you.

My guilt-free zone will be suspended for that period, however.

If you want to see what Amy has to say on the topic, check out her Pet Blogger Challenge, Round Two.

All should be perfectly reasonably clear, but please feel free to ask either of us questions along the way.

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Pet Travel Book Blogging: Niches within Niches

Yesterday I had a conversation with an old friend, a travel writer who was worried about the state of travel publishing. Apparently some guidebook companies are having a tough time keeping up with contemporary technology and are floundering.

I suggested that my friend — let’s call him Karl, since that’s his name — start blogging so that he doesn’t have to depend entirely on conventional publishing.

Recalling my complaints about being bullied by my blog — discussed today at Rescued Insanity, by coincidence — Karl thought this suggestion was a bit ironic.

It’s nice to know your friends are actually listening to you, but don’t you hate it when they remember what you say and throw it back at you?

Why should writers blog?

Nevertheless, I said a few things that were convincing enough for Karl to ask me a few more questions:

  • If you are a writer, it’s a good thing to write on a regular basis, even if you don’t see any money for it.
  • Blogging is a good way to focus on– actually, to figure out — your particular interests without the constraints of  an assigned book or article format.
  • Blogging is a way to get your name out, assuming you get a bit of traffic
  • Blogging is a way to become involved in a community of like-minded people, once you decide what people you like.

Finding Your Niche

I mentioned that Karl was inspired to ask me a few questions. Some were about blogging platforms and domain names (imagine me, knowing more about tech stuff than someone else!). But another was about branding, self identifying — or finding a niche.

“So pets are a niche?” Karl wanted to know. I supposed so, though there are so many people who have pets that it doesn’t seem much of a niche — which suggests “little — to me. Stamps of Poland between 1942 and 1963, say. Now, that would be a niche. Pets? Not so much.

Pet Travel Blogging — Which Niche?

Then I started thinking about pet travel blogging — this being Pet Travel Thursday. Is travel a subcategory of pets? Or is pets a subcategory of travel?

Does it matter? In my case, it’s a way for me to integrate two important elements of my life, Frankie and travel writing.

Pet Travel Book Blogging — Oh, Forget It!

We’re now moving from chicken-and-the-egg territory to Russian doll territory — you know, the little dolls that nest in each other, getting smaller and smaller ad infinitum (well, ad teeny tiny dolls — as opposed to trying to calculate pi down to its last decimal).

Are pet travel books a subcategory of books or are books a subcategory of pet travel?

And, again, does it matter?

I’ve decided it kind of matters since I’m trying to get people to participate in my pet travel book club. A lot of people are interested in pets and in pet travel, but I’m gathering many are too busy to read at this time of year.

So I’m sweetening the pot.

When you read the next book on the list, Following Atticus, you are going to want to buy it as a gift for someone else. I practically guarantee it. So everyone who participates in the book club on December 8 will be eligible to win a signed copy of the book.

By participate, I mean

  • comment about the book in a way that suggests you read the first chapter (or a review on Amazon)
  • answer one of the questions that my guest blogger poses
  • contribute a question to ask the author, Tom Ryan.

That’s right, folks. There’s an advantage to reviewing books by people who are alive — as opposed to, say, John Steinbeck — and I’m excited to report that Tom Ryan has agreed to answer questions.

See, Karl, where else besides a blog could you write a philosophical, meandering post like this and even get a few people to read it?

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The BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Conference, Unplugged

Did you ever meet a couple of like-minded professionals and think, “We ought to put on an event together?” That’s not precisely how Caroline Golon, Tom Collins, and Yvonne DiVita started BlogPaws, a series of conferences and a community for pet bloggers, but it’s pretty darned close. Perhaps the lesson to be learned from the interview that the Animal Cafe Team — yes, Eric Goebelbecker, Mary Haight, Lori Huston and I all were in on it — did with Caroline Golon and Yvonne DiVita is: When you have a good idea and something clicks, go for it.

And don’t ever forget to have fun.

The Players

You know what can happen if you get three passionate people together in a room at a conference…

Ahem. But in the case of this particular conference, what happened was BlogPaws.

Yvonne had started blogging on Lip-Sticking, which focused on woman and marketing to them, and then went on to write a sponsored pet blog, Scratchings-and-Sniffings. Caroline was honing the art of fund raising for shelters through her blog Romeo The Cat. At a BlogHer conference — devoted, as its name suggests, to helping women bloggers —  Caroline approached Yvonne, whom she knew through Lip-Sticking, and asked why was there was nothing like this for pet bloggers. Tom, a self-described recovering lawyer and — as it happens — Yvonne’s husband, had long been interested in all things tech, and also studied design. And he had this fondness for animals. Read More »

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The Petties: Nominate Frankie the Funny

I'm a party animal!

When I saw that it was time for Dogtime’s second annual pet blogger awards, I was planning to pretend that I wasn’t the slightest bit interested. The competition is so daunting that I couldn’t imagine being  chosen “best” in any category.

But then I saw there was a new category this year, funniest blog or blogger. I immediately thought of Frankie. As his guardian and constant companion, I’m aware that he is a bit shy about putting himself forward — especially if there are other dogs around — so I will attest to the fact that he’s a very amusing pup.

There are many posts that highlight his sense of humor, which, he is the first to admit, can veer towards funny peculiar as opposed to funny ha ha. But I feel he is particularly well represented by his film career, where he is able to demonstrate imagination as well as wit:

If you agree that Frankie is deserving of a Pettie, here’s the site to visit to nominate him in the Funniest Blog or Blogger category. His email address is writestf at mac.com. It’s not clear when the nomination period ends but I do know that, in order to be in the final running, the more nominations he gets the better.

Frankie wants you to know that his chosen charity to benefit is the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

And I can assure you that, if he is nominated, I will not run a smear campaign on his behalf. In the pet world, that tends to involve poop.

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Meet & Greet Party Blog!


I usually need a few drinks and a bowl or so of nuts — it used to be cigarettes — to feel comfortable mingling with new people at a party. But a virtual party where you can bring your pets… no problem. My dog, Frankie, is so charming that he always serves as a social lubricant, and that’s especially true in virtual situations, where he is not shy as he is in real life.

As you may have guessed, I blog about dogs. It all started when I wrote a book called Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew which was inspired by getting Frankie, my first dog, ever.  Everyone told me I needed to blog, tweet, and Facebook (is that a verb?) in order to publicize my book, and could everyone be wrong?

Well, yes, they could, but in this case they weren’t. At least not as far as my virtual social life is concerned. I’ve been meeting lots of terrific people, especially through events like this one. It’s true that not all of them have bought my book, but it’s not too late. And I’m hoping that at least some of them will buy my next book, which is about pet travel. All I have to do is write it.

The subject of pet travel brings me to the hosts of this party, Paris Permenter and John Bigley, whom I met in person when we were all “just” travel writers and not pet book writers and bloggers too. They’re terrific. In fact, they’re the type of people I’m likely to corner at real parties because they always have something interesting to say and because they’re way too nice to tell me that I’ve been drinking too much and hogging all the nuts.

In honor of their new CatTipper site, I’m including a cat-oriented installment of my Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make You Want To Kill Yourself series.

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Tough Loved by My Blog

First — BIG thanks to all who participated in the Pet Blogger Challenge, which was successful beyond imagining. Kenzo (aka Leo) suggested we do it again next year. I suggested that he organize it.

I was bowled over by the diversity of pet bloggers out there, including a cadre of Spanish-speaking cat bloggers, a blogger from Japan who focuses on blind dogs, and one who has a little diabetic doggie like Frankie. I’m still trying to read through all the entries.

I’m not, however, going to try to do a wrap up: Pamela of Something Wagging this Way Comes and Leo at Kenzo the Hovawart have already done that, and done it well. If anyone else has, please share in the comments section. (I’m not putting up another Linky, sorry, though if I may say so I’m now a Linky expert.)

One of the things I learned: That our blogs are important to us, important enough to want to give them the thought and attention that participating in the challenge involved. And things that are important deserve to be treated with respect. So rather than looking at the schedule as a bully, I’m going to regard it as a necessary structure for a forum that I care about.

Tough love.

Speaking of forums, this Saturday is the Blog for Change for Animals event, and I’m planning to take part. I even managed to put up the badge, created by the multi-talented Kim Clune, who also created the Pet Blogger Challenge badge; that tech stuff eventually sinks in. Read all about it at the Be Change for Animals site.

Hope to see you there.

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