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Pet Blogger Challenge 2013

Welcome… If this is the first you’ve heard of the Pet Blogger Challenge and you’d like to participate, you can find the questions in this post.

Questions for Repeat Offenders

1. How long have you been blogging and provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.

I have been blogging about five years, how is that possible??? wow, and here is last year’s post…

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

having fun writing, every day, ok, well, been slacking on the writing every day blog posts but I did start a couple of other blogs this past year, too, so there… pfffttt to my inner critic…

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

I think that writing good quality blog posts is important for my blogs and I’ve expanded the content/focus of what I’ve wanted to write about this year… eclectic… particularly important to me were political issues that popped up and felt important to me… so I added my voice to women’s issues that people were talking about and of course, the presidential election that went on forever. All in all, I think as a writer being flexible and willing to change, also as a human being at this time of momentous change on the planet, is important… so going with the flow of my passions and what needs expressing should be in there in my goals.

I now have between 300-500+ visitors a day, sometimes 1,000, my biggest day was 8,878 or something CRAZY (up from 200-300 a day) and I’ve definitely expanded the groups, people, I communicate with on a regular basis. And I’ve had a number of folks guest blog for me which is always FUN.

4. How often do you post?

As I said above, the goal has been to blog every day, but I have cut down to maybe 3-4 times a week, except when unusually inspired. Branching out to other subject matter leaves less time, too.

5. Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you changed?

Don’t think it has changed much. As a writer, it is good discipline to write every day about SOMETHING.

If you don’t publish on a schedule, why? How do you think your decision affects your audience? How do you know when a topic is “post-worthy?”

6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your tips for staying on top of it all.

It ebbs and flows… average, I’d say it takes 10-20 hours a week writing and maybe 3-5 hours visiting other blogs.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)? Do you look strictly at the numbers, or do you have a way of assessing the quality of those interactions?

Hmmm, good question. I look at numbers and comments AND I think how often do people interact with me (on a regular basis, every blue moon) counts too. Sometimes I am passionate about the topic or think something is hysterically funny or interesting and no one else does, ok, I can live with that. And there are always controversies that brew up and create lots of traffic out of nowhere. Sometimes that is a real pain frankly. And sometimes it is affirming. So quality depends upon who I am interacting with and how I value them.  Are they credible or some troll ?  Is it another writer/blogger or a fly by night visitor?  I LOVE that I have almost 200 subscribers and would like that number to increase, of course to 2,000, then I will know that I have ARRIVED… LOL…

I watched a movie about the author Jackie Suzanne last night. She wrote Valley of the Dolls in the 70’s and a few other books. What was inspiring to me as a writer was how she sold her books everywhere and made her book #1. She created her own opportunities and went for what she wanted in a BIG way. She had chutzpah and created a public persona. Ok, writing diva here I come, LOL…

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

Another great question. I’d love people’s input on topics they find that generate the most comments/traffic at their blog. I prefer to focus on POSITIVE topics and not so much on cuteness of my dog… AND there is a time and a place for funny photos. where do YOU get your funny photos and pet news (besides from living with your furry friends)??? How can my blog be more relevant, I guess. Since Cici and I are not traveling much anymore, does it matter that I do not write that much about traveling anymore, do you care?  thanks.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?

My blog is helping to expand my writing opportunities (income and creative-wise). It is becoming more innovative and FUN to read. More pertinent and relevant. And I’d love to have my blog have more impact, positive impact, upon how animals/pit bulls are treated and seen by the public at large. It is important for me that Cici is seen as a great ambassadog, even when she is being naughty. And to make more friends with people who blog and writers who blog about writing/romance fiction.



Whew, we survived another Pet Blogger Challenge… now join the fun, thanks to Amy at Go Pet Friendly for this year’s …


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Happy days are here again

this morning, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and tails are wagging!!!!!    first dog Bo stays in the White House… Big Bird is happy… NO MORE ADS… Landslide. #Obama2012

Last night Ohio and many other states showed the country that our democracy is not for sale.

To the President…”When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.” — the Dalai Lama.”

WOMEN, WE DID IT!!!   18 women were elected to the Senate. That has never been done before.,30283/

Democrats don’t have to cheat to win


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the pussy police on patrol

probe yourselves…

Symptoms of Excess GOP in your lady parts:

Excessive redness

Extreme discharge of probing laws

Intermittent feelings of outrage, shame, fear, and RAGE

Itchiness to DO SOMETHING

Discharges of the Smelliness Kind


Call your local GOP immediately, knit them a lady part, send, write them emails and post on their Facebook pages, tweet and see below…

pussy cat tells the  real story, about the GOP’s probes …   a dr speaks out

book your gyn appt, call the RNC


If you are a women and are offended by this post, GOOD, SPEAK OUT and Tell  Your Reps,  who is FORCing YOU with bills/laws taking away YOUR RIGHTS to health care and forcing YOU to submit to UNNECESSARY and INVASIVE exams.  No matter if you consider yourself Republican or Democrat, right or wrong, as an AMERICAN you deserve to NOT have the government INTERFERING with your PRIVATE business.


For all you Snobs… LOL

Join the ‎”evangenitals”

you could bake a dozen cupcakes and send them, too, be creative…

Good news… some of the bills are stalled, being rewritten or dead…thanks to women speaking UP and knitting

could not make this up if we tried…

run for the hills

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wild girl, you make my heart sing

Cici loves chow time, yum yum. A Taste of the Wild dog food says that our dogs crave a taste of meats that they ate on the high plains and so we should give them meats like bison and venison. Before they were domesticated, they ate what they could find. From predators to pets. And they still have the same DNA and genes of the wolf. Coveniently, the company offers various formulas to satisfy this canine craving. These formulas are grain-free which I prefer for Cici.

High Prairie Canine® Formula

A grain-free formula for all life stages with sweet potatoes and peas provides highly digestible energy for your active dog. Made with real roasted meats, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with fruits and vegetables, this hearty formula delivers natural antioxidants to protect your friend’s body from the damage of everyday living, supporting a healthy immune system and overall good health.

Pacific Stream Canine® Formula

A fish protein, grain-free formula for all life stages with sweet potatoes provides highly digestible energy for your sensitive dog. Made with real smoked salmon, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with fruits and vegetables, this fish and potato formula delivers natural antioxidants to protect your friend’s body from the damage of everyday living, supporting a healthy immune system and overall good health.

Cici enjoyed the food. I cannot say that I noticed any difference between her eating this food and other dry kibbles. Nor did I notice her howling in the yard but I do like grain free kibbles and the ingredients seem nutritious unlike supermarket brands.

Now, for the first time in her life, Cici actually ate sweet potato out of my hand. I remember when she would not even eat sweet potato treats. But she was clamoring for more sweet potato. Amazing. I think she got the taste from some treats and that has opened up her canine palate to eat veggies. My dog now eats her veggies, start spreading the news. Yay.

Sweet Potatoes – A power packed vegetable! Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and beta carotene, this is one ideal complex carbohydrate source that provides all day energy.

Nutritional needs and issues for various breeds can be found here, from specific large dogs to individual small breeds such as Schnauzers.

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Give the Gift of Travel this Holiday season…

with a Green Goddesses  Gift Certificate!


What better way to celebrate the Girlfriends in your life than with the Gift of Travel?


Your 2007 Holiday Trip of a Lifetime / Girlfriends Getaway… and 2008 Freedom Escapades include: 


Northern California and southern Oregon Chocolates, Whales, Farms and Redwood Forests… Taste the Sun and the Chocolates! 


Luxury Tour of Hawaii 


Cruise to New Zealand and Australia


Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon 


Travel in Comfort and Style with your Favorite GirlFriends!


Discounts available for groups of four or more…  



Check out the website:





 More about the trip:


Northern California and southern Oregon Chocolates, Whales, Farms and Redwood Forests

  10 day Eco-Safari…   4-day weekend retreats are also available… 

Satisfy your Sweet Tooth and Taste the Sun…


Travel in Comfort and Style with your Favorite GirlFriends!



Day 1: Monterey... Individual flights and arrival in Monterey. We meet at 12:30 PM. Getting to Know You Lunch.  Then we spend a leisurely afternoon taking the famous 17 mile scenic drive to Carmel, where we will shop, spa, sample chocolates at the local Sweet Shoppe and enjoy the art galleries in this lovely location.  A delectable dining experience. Imagine stargazing by the ocean waves, and leisurely strolls along the  sand.


Day 2: Sea Otters and Whales and Sharks, oh my... Enjoy a morning visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Watch sea otters at play, learn about the Mysteries of the Deep, kelp and jellyfish. Afternoon, whale watching excursion to commune with oceanlife up close and personal. Can’t you just smell and feel the salty breezes? After wine tasting, we spend the evening in a beautiful inn in Pacific Grove.


Day 3: Santa Cruz…  Heading north, we explore the magnificent coastline and indulge in sampling Donnelly’s Chocolates. Yum yum. Cruising along, we end up at an Eco-Retreat and sleep in yurts, cabins, and/or tents under the stars. Informal dinner and s’mores around the campfire. Anyone got any ghost stories?


Day 4: Half Moon Bay…  We literally stop and smell the roses  and sample organic edible delights such as farm fresh goat cheese, pick your own berries, and other locally grown produce, plants and flowers (seasonal). Majestic peacocks strut their stuff, horses, cows, sheep and llamas greet us while  we learn organic farming techniques. Lunch at a local favorite Thai restaurant and dinner a delicious treat  (the best chocolate dessert on the planet). Overnight stay at a Farm Retreat. Are we having fun yet? 


Day 5: San Francisco Chocolate factories and shopping galore by the Bay. Cable cars, Ghiardelli Square, and much more.


Day 6: Marin County and Bodega Bay: Driving north up the coast, from Bolinas to Bodega. The movie The Birds was filmed at this sleepy beach community. Salt water taffy, kites and nearby The Armstrong Woods, an awesome redwood forest experience.


Day 7: Ukiah:  The Real Goods Solar Living Center, learn how Solar Energy works, practical, fun exhibits and a unique gift shop. 


Day 8: Avenue of Giants:  We drive and walk amongst the hushed silence of these ancient magnificent trees… An incredible 31-mile scenic drive… a Gingerbread Mansion… and so much more. 


Day 9: Mt. Shasta & Ashland: You Silly Rabbit, Harry & David, Dagoba’s, Cary’s and more… Shakespeare, anyone?


Day 10:  A Tasty Time was had by all … A hearty breakfast, followed by a charming walk through the downtown area. Time to bid each other adieu as we go to the Airport for our flights home.






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Women Just Wanna Travel the World with Their GirlFriends…

Avenue of the Giants

Did you know that according to AAA, Girlfriends Getaways account for about four percent of all USA Leisure travel and the leading reasons women want to getaway is to bond with friends or family and to
escape from their daily responsibilities. The most popular activities while on a Girlfriends Getaway are dining out, shopping, spa-ing and going to the beach or pool.

Sweet Safaris Eco-Tours have it all and Much Much More…

Explore the scenic wonders of the northern California coast and southern Oregon’s treasures
An intimate gathering of 8-12 women, mothers and daughters, gal pals, work associates, bachelorettes, and new best friends, laughing, singing, sampling chocolates at factories, savoring yummy desserts,
shopping, spa-ing, snapping picturesque photos of white sand beaches and Giant Redwood forests, sipping fine wines, snacking on Thai, Chinese, turkey burgers, fish and chips, whale watching, organic farming, Solar Living, Mt. Shasta, Carmel’s famous 17 mile scenic tour, and so much more… Sleep in a yurt, cabin, farmhouse, camp out underneath the stars (seasonal), sample unique B&B inns and indulge in
upscale, stylish hotels …

Ten days leisurely driving along the northern California coast. Our last stop will be Ashland, Oregon, a chocolate mecca and home to year-round Shakespeare Festival. A dream come true. Share this holiday
with women you love to spend time with. Make it an annual tradition. Optional horseback rides along the beach at Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay. A refreshing vacation package for sun and fun lovers includes
gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, scenic rejuvenation and chocolates, who could ask for anything more?

Ask about upcoming Eco-tours to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and luxury tours to Hawaii, that include a spectacular cruise to New Zealand and Australia…

Women just wanna travel the world with their Girlfriends!

I am a published travel writer and co-author of five romantic travel guides, originally from NYC. I have lived in Monterey, Burlingame (SF airport area) and Bodega Bay and know many local favorite hot spots, secret surprises and can share insider’s tips about writing travel stories. This summer, as you know, I took this grand tour along the California coast to Ashland, Oregon with my wonder dog. I have traveled around the world and lived in Bangladesh, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Israel,
Singapore and Thailand (as well as NYC, Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada). I have also driven across the USA numerous times.

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Women traveling together… what a goldmine…

I did a search for women traveling for chocolate and came up with a goldmine of resources for women travelers, women traveling together, not much re: chocolate travel but below are resources for women travelers… wine, arctic adventures, books, travel writers, girlfriend getaways, business travelers, exclusive hawaiian vacation homes, new zealand, canada, adventurous, gutsy women and much more…

AAA came out with a recent study not too long ago which says that girlfriend getaways account for approximately four percent of all US leisure travel and the leading reasons women want to getaway is to
bond with friends or family and to escape from their daily responsibilities. The most popular activities while on a girlfriend getaway are dining out, shopping, spa and going to the beach or pool.

Here are some of my own resources as well as some that I found:, Anne Pawsatt Dressler’s spirit of Aloha makes her #1 in my book and she is a Conde Nast rental specialist extraordinaire, if you are looking to rent an excquisite vacation home (of the exclusive million dollar variety), give Anne a jingle and tell her I sent you.

What the wonderful, kind and generous Valerie McDermott told me about the AAA study and her findings/trends she has noticed…

We have seen a couple of trends in recent months most pointing in the beach and spa direction. Texas has become a popular destination for women. Texas offers exciting nightlife and great shopping in cities like San Antonio and beautiful luxury spa resorts like the Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Florida continues to be popular with destinations like Miami Beach and their unique boutique hotels or a more active and relaxing getaway like The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key, Floriday where you can lounge on the beach, take a mixology lesson or get your own cute tennis pro to teach you some new moves!

We are also seeing the baby boomers getting in on the action. These women want to experience life to the fullest and a very popular getaway for this demographic are the group tours. Gutsy Women Travel offers beautifully put-together getaways to such locations as Tuscany, British Columbia, Napa Valley and New York City. These tours are perfect for the woman who wants to see it all but may not have like-minded friends so they go for it solo! Most of these tour groups not only allow solo travel but encourage it and chances are you will meet friends for life.

On the other end of the spectrum — bachelorette parties are hitting the road. Women are marrying a little later in life and not settling for the male stripper and a local pub crawl. They want spa getaways, bikini bootcamps like Bella Vita in Ft. Lauderdale, FL to get into shape for their big day or weekends of shopping, spa-ing and nightlife in Chicago or San Francisco. Of course their is always Las Vegas., Bev Sanders has taught women how to surf in Las Olas, Mexico forever, it seems, she is a previous client of mine in Carmel, CA, she has now dedicated these new women adventures to her sister who recently passed from cancer…

the fabulous Jen Leo, travel writer, author/editor of hilarious travel books such as The Thong Also Rises… we never did catch that cuppa chocolate…

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