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Pet Pop Quiz

Wow! September has flown by. This is the last Pet Pop Quiz for the month. Since I’ve been cleaning up the bird room today, I decided to make it another bird question.

 

Q: What parrot species is known as the most intelligent?

 

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.

 

 

 

Meet the Pet Blogger- Jodi from Heart Like A Dog

Last year before Christmas I challenged myself to write a post everyday from December 1st to Christmas. I made it but WOW it was a lot of work. Jodi from Heart Like A Dog has been blogging daily for over a year and a half! Her goal is to complete 2012 with 2 years of daily posts.  I think I need to get some of her secrets.

Meet Jodi from Heart Like A Dog

Share a little bit about yourself and your pets.

Shortly after my our three girls left home, my husband I got Sampson.  Sampson is a Golden Lab mix and as I like to say, my soul mate of the dog world, a.k.a my heart dog.  He’s a really sweet, good natured, easy dog, who has spoiled us completely.We added Delilah to our pack just before Sampson turned three.  She is a 6 1/2 year-old pure Chocolate Lab with a total Lab personality and has given us a real run for our money.

They bring so much joy and laughter into our lives, I just can imagine life without them.

I love doing activities where my dogs are included.  On most days you’ll find us walking the trails near our home or working the agility ring at our training center.  When we aren’t busy with the dogs we love spending time with our 4 1/2 year-old grandson and our 20 month-old granddaughter.

How did your love of animals start?

We’ve always had cats and dogs in our life, but it really wasn’t until Sampson came along that I caught the dog fever.

What made you decide to start a pet blog?

Jodi with Delilah and Sampson

Jodi with Delilah and Sampson

*laughs* it didn’t start out as a pet blog, it started out as a whatever I felt like writing about blog, but within the first couple of months I found myself writing almost exclusively about the dogs.  It evolved from there.

How long have you been blogging?

Seriously blogging?  It will be two years December 1st.

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

Geez Dawn, I took the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge and never got that elevator pitch down! LOL  Let me give it a shot.

Heart Like A Dog is a blog which showcases the bond between a sometimes flawed human and her dogs. It is one woman’s attempt to share with the world what she has learned from her dogs and to give of herself to others, the way her dogs have given to her.

Sampson and Delilah

Sampson and Delilah

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

I love this post, “Happy Birthday My Love” http://www.heartlikeadog.com/2012/07/30/happy-birthday-my-love/

What has been the best part and what has been the hardest part about blogging?The best part has been connecting with people.  I’ve learned so much from my readers and fellow bloggers, they are all so generous in sharing their time and talents.

The hardest part has been trying to get new readers and sponsors.  That has been extremely challenging for me.

What have you learned from blogging?

If you want to know something, just ask.  There are so many talented folks out there that are willing to help you with anything.  All you have to do is ask.

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

Don’t give up!  Keep writing, you will find your voice.  Visit other blogs and above all ASK.  People will help. Okay, so it’s not just one piece of advice. :-)

Heart Like A Dog

Heart Like A Dog

Where can readers find you online?

 www.heartlikeadog.com

Twitter: heartlikeadog or auntiejodi

Thank you for a great interview Jodi!

Pet Pop Quiz Answer

'Trini posando' photo (c) 2005, Arkangel - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
I love learning about animals. The armadillo I met at the pet expo on Sunday was the first one I ever saw up close. While I’ve seen chinchillas before and know some about them I always seem to learn something new.

 

Q: What do chinchillas do when they are frightened and that helps them get away from predators?

A: Chinchillas loose some of their fur to get away.  This is called fur slip.

(Source- Chinnitude)

 

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.

Pet Pop Quiz

It was an awesome weekend here in Northeast PA. Beautiful weather to spend watching monarch butterflies being released to make their way south on Saturday and walk around a pet expo on Sunday. I spent some time gawking at an armadillo brought by one group to educate people on different animals. They also had a chinchilla so I thought a chin question would be good for this week.

Q: What do chinchillas do when they are frightened and that helps them get away from predators?

 

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.

Meet the Pet Blogger- Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place

This week’s featured blogger doesn’t just blog, she’s a published author too! Along with 2 books, you can find Peggy’s work in places like Guideposts magazine (a favorite of my mom’s) and Chicken Soup for the Soul books (a favorite of mine) as well as a variety of other publications. 

Meet Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place

Share a little bit about yourself and your pets.

Peggy with Kelly and Brooks

Peggy with Kelly and Brooks

Hi Dawn, thanks for including me in Meet the Pet Blogger.

Most days I can be found at my desk, writing for Guideposts magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and books about dogs– Dieting with my Dog is my first book. Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw is my new book. I’m also staff writer at Be the Change for Animals. When someone’s able to drag me away from my desk (usually the dogs, wanting a walk!) I like to relax with my family, and watch the birds at the birdfeeder.

Right now we have two dogs. Kelly is our 10 year old cocker spaniel-long haired dachshund mix. She’s a very dainty type who likes to be waited on and adored. And she loves posing for the camera. We just adopted golden retriever Brooks, he’s 11 years old. He’s a big old goof who loves playing with tennis balls. Whenever I pat him he just melts into me, he’s so sweet.

How did your love of animals start?

My childhood dog Happy, a rescued beagle-lab, was my pal from kindergarten through high school. We had such a connection; you’d have thought he could read my mind. My mom loved animals too, so stray dogs and cats, a neighbor’s rabbit, my grade school class guinea pig, all ended up living at our house.

What made you decide to start a pet blog?

I was writing a twice monthly column called Pawsitively Pets, and I wanted to find more ways to connect with a community of pet lovers. I’ve met so many wonderful people this way, and that is really the reason why I keep on blogging, and loving it!

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for about 5 years. Originally I called my blog The Writer’s Dog but I couldn’t figure out my focus. Was I to write about writing? Or dogs? Or dogs writing? It took a while of tweaking before I got things right.

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

My banner reads: Tips and trends from a pet columnist…under the dogged supervision of her furry co-worker.  I try to write from the heart. I like stories about hero dogs, compassionate pet parents, and people who make a difference. Sometimes we talk about food and health. Every Wednesday I do a roundup of interesting pet news from newspapers, websites and blogs. I also like to let readers know about books—my own and others’—that touch your heart. Brooks now has his own feature on my blog– Brooks Books—where he does pet book reviews! I like my blog to be a place where pet lovers can get together and chat. I love it when readers comment and share their own experiences.

Peggy’s Pet Place

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

Tough question! Recently, I wrote about a question I’d been struggling with: Should your dog be an only dog? I wrote about my feelings, struggles, guilt, and resolution. While knowing that no one answer is right for everyone, I tried to offer helpful suggestions. I think a lot of people are struggling with the same issue.

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

I think you probably hear these same answers pretty often: The best part is connecting with a community of like-minded people. For example, when Brooks recently needed surgery for an intestinal obstruction, I shared it with readers and felt their concern and loving support.

And the worst part is not having enough time to devote to social media. It frustrates and overwhelms me trying to write engaging and compelling posts every day, to thoroughly read and make thoughtful comments on blogs while discovering new blogs, and to be active on Twitter, Pinterest, my Facebook pages, LinkedIn, Google+, Klout, triberr…and to wonder, what else am I should  be doing?!

What have you learned from blogging?

If I write from the heart, people will respond. If a post hasn’t connected, maybe it’s because I got lazy and phoned it in.

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

Allow your blog time to evolve. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing in the beginning. Just do it!

Where can readers find you online?

My Website

My blog: Peggy’s Pet Place

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeggyFrezonBooks

Twitter: @peggyfrezon

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peggy-Frezon/e/B005F75V34/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

Watch for more interviews from some great pet bloggers from around the web!