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!

Release the hounds! Click for source.

Dog-related links from around the web this week:

Snow Day in March! We had an unusual dumping of snow in my town yesterday. The city’s best-loved photographer takes some photos of her dogs in the snow; their joy is infectious! (Cramer Photo)

10 Simple Ways to Show Kindness in the Dog World. I thought this was a beautiful and inspiring post, reminding us of the simple things we can do to show gentleness and respect to other dogs and dog people. (Rescued Insanity)

How to Get Your Dog to Answer Your Call. Helpful reminders about training and receiving reliable recall. (The Inquisitive Canine)

How to Choose the Right Dog. Lindsey shares her wisdom about choosing a dog from a shelter. Decide your non-negotiables up front! This is helpful to me right now, because I’m in such a state of concentrated dog-longing that I could very well make poor, haphazard decisions based on any puppy face. (That Mutt)

6 Best Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains. Brief but useful reviews of the pet-friendliest hotel chains across the U.S. (Pawnation)

The Morran Book Project. I love this. A collection of illustrations from all over the world of artist Camilla Engman’s beloved terrier, Morran, made into a beautiful little book! (Miles to Style)

Hank, Cat for Senate, Responds to Attack Ad. Hank the cat is running for Virginia Senate, but he’s been smeared by an ad campaign from the super-PAC Canines for a Feline-Free Tomorrow. Which is hilarious. (Animal Tracks)

Pup links!

Dog walker in Central Park. Source: LIFE Magazine Archives.

Happy almost-Thanksgiving to U.S. readers and pups! Some canine-centric links from around the Web this week…

The Smallest Acts of Kindness. In this season of gratitude, it’s nice to remember that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a big impact. (Modern Dog Magazine)

Meet My Evil Bathtub. These photos are endearing and funny, mainly because Chix’s displeasure is written all over his face. I’ve never met a dog who loved getting a bath. (Love and a Leash)

Orvis: Pre-Race. A cute, short video of our wedding photographer’s lab, Orvis, on race day. (Meredith Perdue)

How to Measure Your Dog for a Martingale Collar. I’m a big fan of martingale collars–we use them a lot at the SPCA, owing to our large number of hounds–and they have saved my sanity on many occasions. This is a great video tutorial from the makers of beautiful martingale collars, Classic Hound. (Classic Hound)

How to Prevent Dog Leashes from Becoming a Pain in the Neck. Some tips on mitigating the problems that often occur on leashed walks. (Inquisitive Canine)

Cancer Part 4: Hemangiosarcoma. This series of sobering posts about canine cancer has been eye-opening. My attention was caught by this one in particular, because my research of the GSD has indicated that hemangiosarcoma is an unfortunately common cancer among the breed. It sounds dreadful. But it’s good to know the facts. (Borderblog)

Recognizing the Signs of Bloat (Video). Another serious topic, but one that people with big, deep-chested dogs are always aware of. I’ve also read about this being a quick and terrible killer of GSDs, and so this video and the corresponding facts were very helpful. (The Bark)

Healthy, Homemade Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs. An easy recipe for roasting yams for your dog. (Raise a Green Dog)