Our dog will roll around in the grass, splash in puddles and (gross–trying to keep her from doing this) eat cat poo but will NOT go potty when it’s rainy. She puts on her pitiful puppy dog face and sad eyes and sits on the back deck refusing to go out into the rain. We’ve even gone out there, in the rain with her and she still won’t. The last time I tried it with an umbrella she immediately ran underneath a bush and cowered.
I eventually gave up and went inside and just let her stay out there until she finally went (the stubborn thing took like 30 minutes!). Sorry pup, we live in Oregon. Get used to the rain. IT NEVER STOPS. Speaking of Bella…
I was grocery shopping recently and was in the baby food isle picking up some sweet potato and the chicken puree. A little old lady in the isle asked me how old babies are when they start eating the jar food. I replied, “I wouldn’t know. I don’t have a baby, I have a dog.” She laughed SO hard. She asked me why I buy baby food for my dog. I explained that I buy the sweet potato or the chicken baby food and put it in Bella’s Kong toy. Then I freeze it and she gets it when she’s in the crate while we are at work. She thought that was ingenious.
She went on to tell me about how she had a scotty dog that passed away a few years ago and she sometimes wished she had another dog. We chatted for a few minutes and I shared some of the experiences I had volunteering at animal shelters. I suggested that she consider adopting a senior dog. The benefits are so great! It’s older, more relaxed (no crazy puppy energy), already trained and it’s also saving a life. The older dogs are often the ones that euthanized because people don’t adopt them. She seemed genuinely interested and I hope she does adopt a senior dog!
4 years ago I started this blog on a whim because the blogger Monica from Run, Eat Repeat asked me to write a guest post about my weight loss. I thought, well dang….maybe *I* can have a blog too! I sort of half-assed it and didn’t really know what I was doing and didn’t really know HOW to write a blog. My blog posts were very, very short, not really focused and I slowly shared my weight loss story as thought came to me. Then somehow I got readers. I was shocked! The more readers I got, the more comments I got, the more I paid attention to my writing.
It had been a long time since I’d written anything. After writing a few novels and failing to get them published, I felt discouraged and gave up. The blog was an outlet for me to dust off the ol’ writing skills and polish them up a bit.
Then I started getting more attention. My little blog that was kind of clunky and terribly formatted in Blogger, was getting so much attention that I was asked to do interviews. (You can check out some of those here.) I moved the blog over to WordPress, made it look a little bit nicer (with Michael’s help), took some photography classes, Michael built me a lightbox…then ta-da! I was on the cover of a magazine! WOW.
Well funny story, this little blog that was started on a whim to share a story I didn’t think anyone was interested in reading has recently surpassed the million page view mark! Perhaps it’s not as crazy a number as many popular blogs and I sure don’t make money off my blog like full-time bloggers, but dang! I’m pretty happy with that 1 million readers!
So many, many thanks to all my readers–new readers, old readers who have been reading since the beginning. Thank you! It makes me so happy that I’ve inspired people to get fit and healthy! I’ve also made some real life friends that I met through blogging and that’s even better. 🙂
Our pupper is like Bella with regards to the rain. If its raining, Mauser is under the bed. He hates it. And yes, it is hard to get him to go out and do his business when it’s raining. Thankfully, we have a pavilion with one end open, so we can use it for those days when otherwise he would never go out without brute force being applied. 😉
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What a great set up! I’ve been thinking we need to build something — like off the deck that’s covered so she won’t do this next winter!
New reader here. Congrats on hitting 7 figures in website hits! Consistency works for sure. All the best with the next million hits to 110 pounds.
Baby food for dogs! Who knew?
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Thanks for reading!
Yep! I get her baby food squash, chicken and rice, turkey, sweet potatoes…that’s usually what I stick to.
Glad to be one of the people who added to that page count – you deserve the accolades! Keep on writing, and you know that I’m one of the folks who is happy to patiently wait for some publisher to snap up your stuff…
Thank you Emma Claire! Much appreciated!
WOW!! Congrats on the 1,000,000+ hits – so awesome!!!
Interesting about the baby food for your dog – I know very little about dog tricks!!!
I hope the lad you met gets a dog – sounds like she could help a dog and the dog would help her.
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I really hope she adopts a senior dog, too.
Congrats on 1 million hits. That’s awesome. Good to know you were unsure of yourself when you started the blog. Nice to know I’m not alone in those thoughts!
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