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You can tell we have left summer behind and are moving into fall- mornings are much cooler, leaves are starting to change and fall, sports news is mostly about football.  The critters love it because we can do a lot more without worrying about them getting overheated. Hope you and your critters are enjoying the cooler weather.

 

Q: This little bird is one of the smallest parrot species and the most popular. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in talking ability as it’s known as one of the best talking parrot species. What is the name of parrot?

 

Share your answer in the comments for a chance to win an entry, then check back on Thursday to see how you did! Remember the week’s contest ends at 6am Eastern Time on Thursday.  For complete rules, visit the Pet Pop Quiz Information page.

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Carnivals, Memes and Blog Hops Pet Blogger Interview

Meet the Pet Blogger- Donna from Raising a Super Puppy

Many years ago I was giving serious thought to becoming a trainer for one of the guide dog organizations. I had read about an internship program they offered, but for a few reasons I never applied. Since then I always wanted to be a puppy raiser. It will have to wait a while since I have a quite a bit of a zoo here, but at least until then I can live vicariously through puppy raiser and blogger Donna.

 

Meet the Pet Blogger- Donna from Raising a Super Dog

 

Please share a little bit about yourself and your pets.

Yaxley- who recently began his advanced training.
Yaxley- who recently began his advanced training.

My husband and I are volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org).  CCI provides highly skilled assistance dogs to people with disabilities (other than blindness) at no cost to the recipient.  We’ve raised three puppies for this amazing organization and are now preparing our home to welcome in Puppy #4.

Meanwhile, we do have some other furries around to keep the vacuum cleaner gainfully employed. The mighty Micron is a golden/lab cross and was the second puppy we raised for CCI.  Micron was released from the program due to high distractibility (we call it the “Squirrel Factor”) and is now enjoying life as our beloved pet. Micron and I were  certified this spring as a pet therapy team.  We make regular visits to our local Hospice facility to share his golden personality with others.

Also, sleeping by my feet is Jager, our mixed breed rescue. He’s been here from the beginning with our pups in training and has been a pretty good sport about the whole thing.  All he really wants, he says, is a water bowl without the Labrador backwash.

Two adopted cats to keep things rounded out, Domino and Bodine.

As a by-the-way, every one of these critters has shown up already sporting their own name.  I haven’t named a pet in years.  Well, except the fish, Bob the Second.

How did your love of animals start?


It seems to be hard-wired, I think. I’ve always appreciated being in the company of dogs and the adventures that come with them.  Being a volunteer puppy raiser, it seems I always have a leash in my hand or a dog in the back seat of the car. I can’t imagine life any other way. And really, I wouldn’t want to.

 

What made you decide to start a pet blog?

Micron- who had a change of careers and is now a therapy dog.


When we brought Micron home as an eight week old cotton ball, we wanted to keep in touch with the other puppy raisers of his litter.  I opted for the blogging format to make it easier to publish stories of puppy misadventures.  Soon the blog was being shared outside our circle and I found that this could be a wonderful venue to help raise awareness of CCI and the incredible work they do.  And if we can get someone thinking about joining our ranks as a volunteer puppy raiser, then that’s pretty cool, too.

 

How long have you been blogging?


I’m surprised to be saying this, but it’s been three years now.  Wow, it surely doesn’t feel like it.

 

How would you describe your blog to a first time visitor?


Here’s my elevator speech .  .  . “As a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence I encounter extraordinary people and their canine partners. These are my stories about sharing life, family and home with incredible dogs. “ That’s my “About this blog” summary.

But there’s more. The cat has sociopathic tendencies and Jager is a one-of-a-kind terrier mutt with his own misadventures, so these guys get included as well.   And I love letting photos tell the story sometimes.  I did a vacation post once, but was told that I need to stay on task and not lose focus that this is a dog blog, after all.

So yeah, mostly it’s about dogs. And photos of dogs.

If a reader could only read 1 post on your blog which post would you recommend?


I’ve always liked the post on Rambam’s Ladder for sharing the philosophy of being a volunteer puppy raiser.

Bodine who rules the household

What has been the best part and what has been the hardest part about blogging?


I love (!) feedback. I would write the stuff anyway, even if just for the joy of doing it and laughing out loud at my own jokes. But that glorious feeling that comes when a reader drops a positive comment?  Bonus score!

However, I do not yet have a troll.  They say that’s how you know you made it big in the blogosphere.

What have you learned from blogging?


Blogging took a positive turn when I discovered that there’s a community of pet bloggers out there to offer support and guidance. We’re not out to compete with one another, instead we promote each other on our own sites. And in other social media opportunities, like Facebook and Twitter. If you reach out for help and advice, you’ll get a response. Guaranteed.

What is 1 piece of advice you would give to a new pet blogger?


Share your passion; write about what you love and know the best.  And use your own voice to keep things true. Yeah, two pieces of advice, but they go together so nicely.

 

Where can readers find you online?

Raising a Super Dog is at www.donnasword.com .  If you stop by, do drop me a comment.  It would absolutely make my day, I promise.

 

 

 

Thank you Donna for doing the interview and sharing your blog!

Who else has been a puppy raiser?


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Pet Pop Quiz Answer

Oola - a Noble Dane
Living in Pennsylvania and being an animal lover I knew what breed the state dog was. I didn’t know the story about when it was voted on. Check it out in the answer.

 

Q: Each state has a state flower and state bird, but did you know some states have state dogs? Pennsylvania calls a well known giant breed as its state dog. Name the breed.

 

A: Pennsylvania’s state dog is the Great Dane. Most state dog breeds get their designation because the breed originated there, the Great Dane’s connection to PA is through founder William Penn who was thought to have owned one.

When the PA legislature voted for the Great Dane to be the state dog, the members voted with yips, growls and barks and the speaker confirmed the vote by saying “the arfs have it”. How’s that for government!?

(Source- Visit PA)

 

If you left a correct guess in the comments you’ll get you an entry into the September Pet Pop Quiz and Contest. Stop by next week for another chance to get an entry.

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Pet Pop Quiz

After a little break, the Pet Pop Quiz is back! Time to get your brain cells working after the holiday weekend.

Q: Each state has a state flower and state bird, but did you know some states have state dogs? Pennsylvania calls a well known giant breed as its state dog. Name the breed.

 

Share your answer in the comments for a chance to win an entry, then check back on Thursday to see how you did! Remember the week’s contest ends at 6am Eastern Time on Thursday.  For complete rules, visit the Pet Pop Quiz Information page.

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Carnivals, Memes and Blog Hops Pet Blogger Interview

Meet the Pet Blogger- Debbie from GLOGIRLY-Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl

I don’t think you could have been in the pet blogosphere this year and missed Debbie. From her and Katie’s blog GLOGIRLY- Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl to the BlogPaws 2012 T-shirt with the winning logo she designed to Real Housecats Of The Blogosphere. This blogger has been everywhere. And now Katie is in the running for Cat Ruler of the World! (I was under the impression that cats ruled the world in a joint effort,  maybe because that’s how my cats rule my world!) Not only does the winner get the illustrious title of Cat Ruler of the World, but the rescue of their choice wins too. Voting starts on 9/11 and ends on 9/14 so be sure to make sure your vote counts!

 Meet Debbie (and Katie) from GLOGIRLY- Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl

 

Debbie and Katie
Debbie and Katie

Please share a little bit about yourself and your pets(present and past if you like).

It’s just the three of us in our Minneapolis townhouse: Katie, the cat in charge of it all. Glogirly, that’s me. And Gloman, my husband and Katie’s resident boy-toy.

How did your love of animals start?

I grew up with cats AND dogs. (Shhhhhh…don’t tell Katie about the dogs, she has no idea.) Animals were always part of our family. My true love of cats really began when I moved out on my own and needed to hear the pitter patter of paws in my lonely studio apartment.

What made you decide to start a pet blog?

I found myself in the midst of a career transition when the company I worked for dissolved my position of 20 years. Inspired by a foodie friend that blogged about restaurants, cooking and her cat, I decided it might BE smart to GET smart on blogging. Faced with writer’s block, it was my husband that suggested I have my cat, Katie, introduce me. Well it stuck. I fell in love and haven’t written in my own voice since. If you’d have told me I’d be a “Cat Blogger” back then, I’d have laughed and rolled my eyes. Who knew… to date Katie and I have won a number of national blogging awards and we’re even finalists in the 2012 Petties.

How long have you been blogging?

Since June of 2009.

How would you describe your blog to a first time visitor?

Voiced by Katie, the sharp-tongued kitty with style and wit, the GLOGIRLY blog promises laughs and meows with every visit. Clever accounts of life from a sarcastic cat’s point of view, whimsical imagery and dance-along videos make GLOGIRLY, well…GLOGIRLY.

If a reader could only read 1 post on your blog which post would you recommend?

FRAMED:  It’s the funniest post I’ve ever written and features the funniest photo I’ve ever created in Photoshop. The photo went viral and has been shared and viewed by over 1/4 million people. (and cats)

What has been the best part and what has been the hardest part about blogging?

Katie and GLOGIRLY
Katie and GLOGIRLY

There are SO many bests:

1. I’ve met amazing people all over the world…friendships I would have never discovered had it not been for blogging.

2. Writing as my cat has strengthened my connection to her. Call me crazy, but it’s actually personified her to me. I talk about the blog as if it’s hers, the Facebook Page as if it’s hers…even “our” new graphic design business which “we’re” marketing to pet bloggers is hers. See? I said, “call me crazy.”

3. I’ve developed some Mad-Photoshop skills!  …in fact, Katie and I recently launched GLOGIRLY DESIGN. Our specialties include blog headers & logos, celebration graphics, Facebook covers and avatars.

The hardest parts:

1. Finding enough time to create content I love while trying to visit other blogging friends to offer support and comments.

2. Understanding SEO. I can make anything LOOK great, but getting it to function and be seen by more than a handful of people is a challenge.

3. Giving enough attention to other social network outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

What have you learned from blogging?

When I wrote my first blog post, I had no idea there were others. Other cats that is!  I’ve learned how small and connected the world really is. From my tiny laptop in Minneapolis, I can reach my hands (and Katie’s paws) all the way around the world.

What is 1 piece of advice you would give to a new pet blogger?

Decide what the voice and focus of your blog is, make sure it’s rooted in what you love, and stay true to it.

GLOGIRLY- Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl
GLOGIRLY- Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl

Where can readers find you online?

Visit us at GLOGIRLY-Tails Of A Cat & Her Girl

Hire us at GLOGIRLY DESIGN

Find us on Facebook

Tweet us @glogirly

Watch us on YouTube

 

Thank you Debbie and Katie for taking time out of their busy campaign schedule to do the interview!  Be sure to vote for Katie and Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary beginning on September 11th.

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This post is part of the Saturday Pet Bloggers Hop. Be sure to check out some of the great pet blogs that are joining in.