Graham likes to howl.  I found this out one day years ago by being silly and saying “dog, daawg, daaaaaaaaawg” and much to my surprise he started singing along with me!!  He will howl with other people but nothing else seems to set him off; not fire trucks, not police cars, not other dogs.

Since I discovered his talent we’ve been having sporadic singalongs.  It’s noisy, it’s ear splitting, and it’s NEVER. NOT. FUNNY.

My mom was over last night and took this picture of our duet.  She’s threatening to take video next time!

Update: 5/7/16

OK, by popular demand I’ve included a video of a previous singalong. I don’t think the vocal are a polished as other performances and there was some hijinx from the road crew. Enjoy!


Pet Blogger Challenge

Join the Pet Blogger Challenge Jan 9th, 10th and 11th

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog.

I have been blogging about my experiences with my dogs and cats for a grand total of seven days!

2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud?

I guess finally deciding to DO it after years of thinking about it,was the most important thing I did for this blog last year.

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.)

My favorite is a post called The Mighty Bell which details an idea I had to keep the dogs from pestering me for food.  Sharing this tip, and the few others I’ve stumbled upon, were part of my motivation for blogging in the first place.  That, and the fame and fortune of course!

4. A common theme from last year’s challenge was that many of us wanted to increase the size of our audiences. Whether or not we intend to monetize our blogs, it seems we’d all like to reach more people. It feels good to know that we’re connecting with others, sharing a laugh or supporting a cause, and it’s motivating to see those numbers grow! What is one thing you’ve done in the past year that has brought more traffic to your blog?

Well, I started it, which will get it infinitely more web traffic than if it was just a vague idea rattling around in my head.  My VERY limited experience so far shows me that it’s helpful to know other bloggers who will support you and let others know about what you’re doing.

5. Which of your blog posts got the most traffic this year? Why do you think it was so popular? (Please include a link.)

Again the answer is The Mighty Bell (I’ve written other posts, I swear!)  The reason it got the most traffic, the topic of the post being an astoundingly good idea aside, was the link another blogger who I’ve read for years gave me on her Facebook page.

6. What is one blog that you read religiously – other than your own – and what makes you such a devoted reader? (Please include a link.)

I read Oh My Dog! written by the lovely Maggie Marton on an astoundingly regular basis.  Maggie’s writing is very honest and engaging (even if the topic isn’t fun).  She’s been through a lot, she cares a lot, and that comes through in her posts and responses.

7. What resources do you rely on to enhance your technical, writing, photography, social media, or other skills that improve your blog?

Can I pass on this question?  I think I’m in the unknown unknowns stage of blogging at this point.

8. What is the best piece of advice you can offer other bloggers?

I was kind of hoping you could tell me!  Um, just keep at it, I guess.

9. What is your vision for your blog in 2016? Do you have specific goals?

I would like to have posts up three times a week, more would be great but dependent on the life sapping condition known as ‘working.’  I have a few ideas I’ve tried, and experiences I’ve had with my pets that I would like to share with others.

10. You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there one blogging challenge you’d like help with, or one aspect of your blog that you’d like input on?

I’m great at starting things, and also great at letting them just go by the wayside.  I’d love to hear any tips on staying motivated and sticking with it, even when it’s hard.

Pet Blogger Challenge

I am VASTLY outnumbered

From left to right (and in order of acquisition) Hershey, Graham, and Marsha.  (This picture brought to you by a handful of tortellini.)

There’s an old Danish proverb* “Dine vægge og dine kæledyr bør tælle det samme,”  “Your walls and your pets should number the same.”  If this is the ancient wisdom of my ancestors** then no matter how you count, I have brought shame to my Scandinavian heritage.

If you count only the outer walls of my house I have three too many animals, and should have stopped before the dogs made themselves at home.  If you count the inner walls as well then I need to get…..pardon me a moment…(1,2,3,4,5……) 19 more animals to truly make my house a home to make a viking proud, and make a health inspector call in air support.

First were the cats.  When I moved into my house 16 years ago I brought with me a cat family: mama Kali, and kittens Ivy, Morph, and Perch.  Six years ago came Flick, and about six months later, Hershey, my first dog.    Four years ago I lost Kali.  Three years, Graham came into the picture.  About 2 years ago I got Eris and later that year lost Ivy.  And about a year ago came Marsha.

When I say Hershey was my first dog, I don’t mean the first dog in this house, or the first dog of my adult life.  I mean my FIRST dog, as in ever.

I know that 181 (dog years, you do the math) is a bit late in life to start hanging out with a new species, but I have a perfectly reasonable explanation, I didn’t like dogs.

But then something happened.  I met someone, we started spending a lot of time together, and a lot of that time revolved around dogs.  We walked her dog, took her dog to the dog park, signed up to volunteer at the local bully breed rescue, and so on.

Ultimately what I’d hoped for from all this hanging out didn’t happen; she went on to marry a very nice guy.  However, I  did gain first an appreciation of, then a love for, and finally my very own dog.  I’ve never looked back, and never regretted it.

So welcome to my blog about dealing with these wonderful creatures, the cats they share their lives with, and whatever else crosses my mind.



*no, there isn’t.  

**it isn’t.


I am VASTLY outnumbered