Thankful for the dog blog community

Let me out now
Dude, let me out!

I’ve been thinking about how I am thankful to be a (relatively insignificant) member of the dog blogging community. Just wanted to say that I really like you people.

Dog bloggers are a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere! There is so much vitriol and contention on the Internet; everyone seems to be either composed of total idiocy or rage, or both. But not dog bloggers. Yes, there are debates, and we may not always agree with each others’ decisions or training tactics or feeding choices, but at the end of the day, the dog blogosphere is a peaceful place to be.

Thanks to each of you who have encouraged me during my foray into this wide world of dog bloggers. Your advice has always been so deeply appreciated, and I am particularly thankful for how gentle you have been with me as I’ve made mistakes (of which I have made plenty) during my first time adopting and raising a dog of my own, and now fostering.

In the real world, I get made fun of for having a dog blog, and I frankly don’t tell that many people about it (unless they secretly reveal themselves to be just as dog-crazy as I am), but this is a little place I am grateful for. I’m not trying to get famous or super social-media-powerful from it; it’s just an encouraging outlet for my primary life obsession: DOGS. So, again, just thanks to all of you, readers and bloggers — for being a breath of fresh air.

(SIDE NOTE: Rainer’s trial with his adopter seems to be going well! I recently heard from Cody, and he said that Rainer was quite shy at first, as we told him he’d be, but that he was really warming up to his new home. We’re very happy!)

Have a great weekend!

Pup links!

An Afghan hound and her lady in Paris. Source: The Paris Apartment

Fascinating dog-related links from around the Web this week…

Concerns about Unleashed Dogs. Karen London reflects on how we, as a community, should respond to this ever-growing social issue. Even though I’m always tempted myself to take a well-behaved dog off leash, I know I shouldn’t if it means that people with aggressive or untrained dogs can do the same. (The Bark blog)

The Evolution of Barking. Why did domestic dogs start barking? Here’s a summary of recent research on the topic, which I find quite interesting. Part of this research was briefly discussed in “Dogs Decoded.” (The Bark blog)

10 Things You Must Know about German Shepherd Dogs. A brief collection of the background and personality of this beautiful breed, which I am more and more leaning toward. (In Style Dog)

When Internet Memes Collide. Inter-species friends! That is one adorable and tolerant sheltie, to play so well with that squalling–but evidently delighted–infant. (Pawesome)

Polar Bear Befriends Dog. More inter-species friends! This blog should be proof enough that nothing delights me as much as YouTube videos of creatures from different species playing together. (The Premium Pet Blog)

To Barney’s New Family. A touching letter from a popular mommy blogger to her Scottish terrier’s new family. She made the wise decision to surrender the dog after determining that he did not fit well with their family and that she could no longer adequately care for him. It’s a heart-wrenching decision, but it happens so often, especially among young families with babies and poorly trained dogs. (Nat the Fat Rat)

Cousin. Famous blogger Heather Armstrong snaps a photo of a dog in Bangladesh, who accurately displays the prototype of the ancestral domestic dog. (Dooce)

Spay, Neuter Programs Are Paying Off. This year, fewer than 4 million dogs and cats will be euthanized, down from nearly 20 million in the 1970s. Let’s keep up that decline! (Ohmidog!)

Drunk People Are Buying Adorable Puppies They Won’t Want in Five Hours. Now this is a really terrible phenomenon, but at least the pet shops–unethical as they are to be selling puppy mill puppies–are creating an ordinance against it. (Daily Intel)

Teach a Dog to “Hold”: The Consequences. A totally precious–and obedient–Newfoundland proves how good he is at this command. (NewfandHound)

Can My Dog Make Me Healthier? All dog lovers can already answer this with a resounding, “YES!” Stanley Coren presents some evidence. (Psychology Today)