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WMDHM: Greatest Hits of the Dog Dressing Phase

Dog cops of Dusseldorf/ Reuters

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I started this blog, on April 12, 2009. Whenever I’m tempted to think that I’m not where I wanted to be at this point, which is fairly often, I remind myself of a few things:

  • I had no clear idea of where I wanted to be, so it’s kind of unrealistic to beat myself up for not being there. It’s a bit like saying, I’m only in California, not very far from Arizona, when I didn’t save up for a trip to Paris or book a flight.
  • I’ve done what a vast majority of beginning bloggers don’t manage to do: lasted a year.
  • I’ve been invited to speak at BlogPaws, the first pet blogger’s conference — coming up this weekend! — which suggests some pretty impressive people have been reading this blog.

So I’m thinking I’ve been doing something — or at least some things — right. And that’s a good basis for vowing to do better next year and, especially, to hone my focus. If any regular readers have some thoughts about what they’d like to see more of (or less of) here, I’d love to know.

In the meantime, I’m looking back. The first incarnation of my blog was based on an alternate title for my book, Am I Boring My Dog: Will My Dog Hate Me If I Dress Him? Here are my favorite posts from the dog fashion phase:

Germany’s Finest: Dogs In Blue (Shoes) celebrates the police dogs of Dusseldorf, tasked to patrol the streets of the city.

Japanese Dog Dressing, Part 1 features DIY costumes and cute dogs. I think I could have devoted my entire blog just to dog fashion in Japan.

Admit it: You’re smiling

Giving Dog Couture a Bad Name is pretty self explanatory. Even Leona Helmsley didn’t make her pup, Trouble, don a diamond tiara.

My dog sunglasses series was a lot of fun… so much so that I’m choosing two posts to represent it: Sunglasses: Fashion Accessory or Dog Necessity? Part 1 and CATs for Dogs.

from DogsWearingSunglasses.com

Finally, my rationale for being able to highlight dog dressing in the first place, the still very timely Well, If the ASPCA Says It’s Okay…. It heralds what turned out to be the first of an annual Go Orange Photo Contest to create awareness for April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Check it out, enter — and look at last year’s winners. They’re a hoot.

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11 Comments

  1. Kate K
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your blog’s one year anniversary!

    One request – more Frankie pics please 🙂

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Kate! As for your request — just as soon as I get a new camera and really learn how to use it, you’ll be inundated with Frankie photos!

  2. Posted April 5, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!!

  3. Posted April 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your one year blogiversary!

  4. Posted April 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your first year and well done with being chosen to speak at Blogpaws. Hope you have a great time!

  5. Edie Jarolim
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all your good wishes!

  6. Posted April 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    A year is a long time in this biz. You’re right, a lot of people fold their laptops and quit early on. Congratulations. And see you at BlogPaws.

  7. Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Happy Anniversary! It’s always good to look back to see which road ahead to choose! Love the sunglasses photo but the striped t-shirt really gives it an air reminiscent of the south of France:)

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 6, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Mary. I’d been thinking Beat poet myself for the dog with the striped T-shirt but I can see South of France too…

  8. Clare
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Edie, with your acumen, your unique turn of phrase and your admirably obsessive research, it’s no surprise to me that your blog has survived. But WHAT A LOT OF WORK!! Congratulations…and I don’t say these things because you’re my best friend (you know I’m not that nice).

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Clare. It’s true, you’re not that nice — one of the many things I like about you — but being supportive is part of your best friend job description…

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