Monthly Archives: March 2008

comments from real people please… no more free ads disguised as comments…

I have noticed lately that I have received a few comments from people trying to promote their websites by commenting at my site. I don’t mind if you have a legitimate website or blog with REAL content, if you have a REAL DOG and write about your dog and if you are willing to tip my jar and support my work, or exchange links or provide some REAL value to me, an exchange of value… I provide value to you, you provide value to me… however, if you have a website that has NO REAL content just advertising, please pass on by the road… thanks but no thanks… I am NOT going to approve your comment from this day forward… and if I cannot reach you by email and I go to your site and it violates my standards now posted here, then you will be banned from commenting and I will also block your comments and emails… Sorry if that sounds harsh but gotta weed out the chaff from the meat… my dog needs my attention… and so does my work… No Spam Allowed…cici will bark and growl at you, too… consider yourself warned…  The reasons I have been receiving traffic is because I am media savvy PLUS I provide REAL content, useful information, and valuable tips… this is a service… and I provide it gladly… if you want traffic you might consider doing the same. Anyone can paste a bunch of ads up and say they have a blog…  BEEP… GONG… NO PASS HERE…  My readers want to read REAL comments and REAL content… this blog is for real people who want to read about how to take care of dogs, laugh about dog antics and enjoy traveling with dog tips including fun places to go and take your dog… as well as writing and promotion tips for pet businesses… ANIMAL LOVERS WELCOME… PET OWNERS WELCOME… PET BUSINESS OWNERS WELCOME… PET AUTHORS WELCOME…  Spammers say bye bye…  

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trying out a blog course…

I’m evaluating a

http://www.simpleology.com/training/blogging/index.php

multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology.  For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free and if you post about it on your blog. The best blogging techniques;How to get traffic to your blog; How to turn your blog into money; I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free…

http://www.simpleology.com/training/blogging/index.php

blog and the world blogs with you, don’t blog and you don’t blog alone…

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will the 10,000th visitor… please ring the bell… you’ll win a prize…

This blog is approaching 10,000 visitors, in less than six months time… I’m curious as to what the significance of 10,000 unique visits since October is. Let’s have a party, a celebration… When I started this blog I just wanted to write a blog for the sake of writing a blog because I’d heard that everybody had a blog these days. Being a writer, I figured that since writers write words down then a writer like myself should probably have a blog. Besides, I was cooped up with my dog for a few months so what the heck… pun intended. And we had traveled last summer to some fun places. A blog would give me an opportunity to write about traveling with my dog at a time when my dog and I were put on hold. In limbo. Unable to travel. She was tethered, I was her cabinmaster. 

It did not occur to me at the time that anyone would actually read my blog. That there would be people who would come and visit me and read my posts and make comments. Until the first or second week, when two newspaper friends put links to my blog in their respective papers, the Reno Gazette Journal’s columnist Mark who writes about Mostly Dogs, and Salem-News Editor Tim King.  Suddenly, there was a flurry of visitors and I was hooked into this blogging thing… Hey, I’d always wanted to write a column. 

Soon it just became fun to write about my dog and other dogs and travel and chocolate. I could wax poetic with no editor making me conform to deadlines or word counts or content.  Wow. Freedom.Now there is no going back.  And I have started writing blogs for other people and getting paid to do so. Ka-ching. That’s a nice feeling. And I’d like to do more of the same.  If you’d like to hire me to write your blog, website copy, newsletter, article, press release, donation letter or more, email me and I’ll give you a discount if you mention my blog.

Check out Bloggers for Hire…

I am listed on the bottom with a few (ahem) of my samples…  

http://bloggerjobs.biz/bloggers-for-hire/weekly-bloggers-for-hire-32/

There are more… click it out…

http://travelsgalore.googlepages.com/home

This one even has content about pets… foreclosure pets… ugh… 

 http://moneymergenews.blogspot.com/ 

I have learned a lot… So thank you dear readers…

I write the blogs that make the whole world sing… that make the whole world laugh… that make the whole world sit up and take notice… that make 10,000 visitors keep coming back for more ?   y’all come back now y’ hear…

and the 10,000th visitor will win a prize, so be sure to let me know… meanwhile, keep those cards and letters coming in…

One gal wrote:

I LOVE your website. It’s wonderful! So creative and interesting. I read every word–absorbed it from the moment I logged on to it until there were no words left to read—intrigued the entire time. Congratulations on such a beautiful and informative website.

Thank you for all you do.

Vicki

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oprah’s dog Sophie died…

Oprah’s Cocker Spaniel dog Sophie, 13 years old, recently died of kidney failure… sad…now Huffington Post wonders if Oprah’s best friend Gayle King bought her new penthouse ($7 million) with money from Sophie’s Penthouse LLC fund… whatever… not sure what they are implying…how much is that Gayle in the penthouse window,,, the one with the waggedy sky palace? I think that best friends forever can do whatever they want with their money… and if they want to spend $7 million on a house in the sky, why not. Oprah’s Big Give, right… And a place in NYC on 57th and Fifth, sounds good to me… can we visit and bring the dogs whenever we want to ? when Oprah comes to visit Gayle in NYC, does Gayle make room for Oprah’s pooches? enquiring minds wish to know…

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zen dog named Conan…

At a Zen Buddhist temple in southern Japan, even the dog prays. Mimicking his master, priest Joei Yoshikuni, a 1 1/2-year-old black- and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at Naha’s Shuri Kannondo temple, sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar.     

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jDQDHYJIy5-9Oyt5kzcpViL_3DqgD8VJP0LO0  

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slideshow…what a girl…

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money can buy happiness…

This article outlines studies and research that show when you give to other people, you are happier… give today…

Happy Easter !

http://health.yahoo.com/news/healthday/giveandbehappy.html

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Like my blog? Drop a few bucks into the Tip Jar to buy Cici the wonder dog a bone!

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a dog to match my lifestyle…

what dog are you best suited for… they said i should get a tiny terrier.. hah… next time around…

http://www.usanetwork.com/sports/westminsterdogshow/dogfun/profiler2/

top 25 dog movies

http://www.usanetwork.com/sports/westminsterdogshow/dogfun/top25dogmovies/index.html

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runaway dog, where are you…

Finding a lost dog at night…

http://publicityhound.net/index.php/explain-how-to-find-a-lost-dog-or-a-lost-fill-in-the-blank/#comment-217189

Publicity Hound Joan Stewart shares about how she recently lost her dog at night and asked for some tips from her readers. Below are some of the comments that I thought were helpful to dog owners.

Here are a few ideas to help you when you are walking your dog at night:

1. Get one of those blinking lights that you can attach to her collar. They are pretty inexpensive and a great way to see them when they wander away. Plus, the drivers can see the dog, too, so s/he won’t get hit by a car.

2. Make sure s/he has a tag on ($5 at the local pet store) that has the dog’s name, your name and your phone number. Consider adding the word “reward” to the tag.

3. Consider using a break-away collar so s/he can’t choke if s/he gets away and gets tangled up in a dumpster or something else.

4. Yell, “NO!” as loud as you can. If your dog is trained to stop whatever s/he’s doing when s/he hears that word, s/he may well stop right in his tracks.

5. Keep your dog away from garbage bags and cans. They can be dangerous. Keep the leash short when you are near such things.

6. Wear rollerblades so you can keep up with the running dog when s/he takes off! (kidding)

Lois Carter FayDog Owner and Lover(I don’t play favorites; I like cats too!)

Here are another reader’s tips:

1. Get your dog microchipped at the vet’s. NOTE: I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS… MICROCHIPS CAN CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING CANCER…

2. Buy your dog an engraved tag with their name, address and phone number on it, and attach it to their collar.

3. Train your dog to come back to you when thier name is called, no matter what. (My secret weapons for accomplishing this are cheese, peanut butter or some other treat that your pet finds irresistible.)

4. Wear running shoes when walking your pet. You never know when you might need to chase after them or run away from a big, mean dog. It’s also a good idea to carry pepper spray and a whistle to help fend off strays.

any other ideas? I generally don’t walk cici at night, she has her yard to go into… Although today, she finally (after six months of living here) out how to open the gate while I was gone. I should have locked it, she was barking and whining when I left. I left her yesterday, too. Yes, she is spoiled and used to having me around most of the time or taking her with me whenever I go… Yesterday, she invaded the trash and had herself a time with that. Today, the gate. Thankfully, she was still in the yard when I got back two hours later. She could have wandered off, gotten onto the street, etc. I immediately locked the gate and will keep it locked from now on…

your dog probably does not know how to call 911 in case of emergency, so don’t play chess or russian roulette with your doggie… keep ‘em safe.

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Dogs are people, too and stuff that white people like…

Have you been reading the blog Stuff White People Like…here’s what they had to say about dogs… 

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/53-dogs

It should be understood that in white culture, dogs are considered training for having children. That is to say that any white couple must get a dog before they have kids. This will prepare them for responsibility by having another creature to feed, supervise its bathroom activities, and to love. Because of this, white people generally assume that their dog is their favorite child unless otherwise stated.

 The blog is pretty funny… and true…and I think that they left out a lot about dogs and rich white people… because they are talking about rich white people… not poor white people… let’s be clear.  For instance, in the Stuff White People Like, they left out about designer dogs… you know all of those foo-foo dogs, Labradoodles and all kinds of poodle mixes that are the latest dog to have, dress and show off with your designer clothes and designer shoes and designer handbags. Paint their toenails, dye their hair the color of their favorite dress or braid their hair. There are even designer handbags that are made to fit your dog into or vice versa. Whatever would you do without your designer dog handbag?  Can’t leave the house without mine… hah…

It should also be said that some rich white people only like small designer dogs. Tiny dogs.  Yorkie-poo dogs. Chi-poo dogs.  The smaller, the tinier the better. You know, how you can never be too rich, or too thin. Your designer dog can never be too tiny. A dog the size of a pin. 

With a dog that weighs a ton, 54 pounds, I cannot compute or empathize although sometimes when my dog is hogging up the bed, I wish and pray for a small designer dog, a no muss, no fuss dog… a dog that isn’t a dog… a dog that is more like a cat… independent, small, a container dog.  Now you know that someone is going to invent, clone or create out of a test tube a dog that does not shed, that does not bark, that does not growl, that does not sniff butts, a dog that does not chew, a dog that does not slobber, a dog that does not pant, a frankendog that does not do any and all of the assorted dog activities that dogs now do. A non-dog, dog… 

Rich white people also like to spend a lot of money for their designer dogs and on their dogs… and brag about how much they spent. After all, their dogs are their most prized possessions…  show off dogs, show dogs… how many tricks can you teach a mutt, after all…  mutts are white trash dogs while designer dogs are upper echelons dogs. They’ve made it passed the canine ceiling and are living in the rich white person’s penthouse.  They are dogs with attitude, fashion sense, and refined tastes. They are dogs with portfolios, trust funds, their own cell phones, and their own laptops. They are not lapdogs anymore. No sireee… These dogs have arrived. They are status dogs. Cream of the crop dogs.

But wait a minute, dogs are people, too, right.  I hate to tell you, rich white people, but dogs are canines not human beings. They ain’t never going to be human, well, maybe in another life.  Sounds like a funny book or movie to me. Dog reincarnates into which movie star’s husband. Let’s see, how about Sarah Jessica Parker in the new Sex and the City movie.  Big used to be her dog but now he’s her hubby. Or a celebrity dog lover like Doris Day, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, their dog dies, oh no, yes, dogs do pass over, and in its next incarnation becomes their child.  

I once read a book, don’t remember the name, that was from the perspective of a cat in Tibet, I think. So this dog becomes human reincarnation book turned into a movie could be like that, don’t you think?

 Anyway, I thought that the dog weddings, dog techie gadgets and other doggie paraphernalia that I have posted about, even designer dog names, are hilarious.  Because rich, white people are treating their designer dogs like children. They even leave their inheritance to their dogs. Now what the heck is a dog or a cat going to do with all of those millions?  Seems a terrible waste and absurd especially when there are so many homeless pets and starving dogs in India.

Still, dogs are children who can’t talk back. Sometimes, you just wonder what the dog is thinking when you see these rich white people with their dogs. Bet the dog would be cast out into the street, disowned and rejected if their owner knew that Fidarino thinks that they’re nuts, too, just like the rest of the world.Dogs can bark and bite and growl at you whenever they don’t agree with you. Dogs are children who don’t spend money and talk on the phone, but you can spend a fortune on them and call your relatives to speak to the dog. Dogs are children who don’t spend hours rotting their brains out watching TV… oh yeah, now they have those doggie videos and dog TV shows…

Cici perks up every time she hears dogs barking on my computer, on a video and TV… she looks and sniffs and gets all excited, tail wagging…  Where are my comrades?  she looks at me as if to say… She’s not my kid. She’s my dog. And a very sensitive girl. There is a line that gets crossed. Yes, I think animals are smarter than people in some ways. They know things that we don’t. And we know things that they don’t. But some people ascribe almost supernatural powers and abilities to their pets. Some people. 

I think that the reason that rich white people put so much into their relationship with their dogs and cats is because they are lonely.  The people not the dogs. And maybe they are obnoxious, crazy and neurotic and think that no one loves them except their dog or cat. And maybe no one else does because they are so obnoxious, crazy and neurotic. Instead of changing into better human beings, just get a dog or cat to love you. Instant love. Instant friend. Problem solved. That way, you can pretend that you are all right and society will agree with you too. I admit that I have felt that way.  Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna eat some worms. Or go play with my dog. The dog (or cat) becomes a scapegoat for the rich white people’s emotional baggage.  Not fair to the dog or cat but shrinks the shrink/therapy bills. 

All you have to do then is give the next rich white person you see with a tiny designer dog, a belly rub or a doggie kiss and a cookie and everything will be all right…  All they need is love… the rich white people and their dogs need love, too. After all, they are living with rich white people and putting up with their stuff.

Now that I have riffed, ranted and raved about rich white people’s dogs… and you are warned, I will do so again, can you tell I’m in a mood today… Just woke up in a mood.  That’s another thing that rich white people like. Moodiness. Shows that you’re a better person, you have feelings. Rich white people have Feelings, oh oh oh feelings… 

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