Pet Blogs Offer Inspiration, Comic Relief, Life Lessons

by Mary Haight on July 30, 2012

pet blogsI spent part of the weekend thinking about what value pet blogs, and the pet lovers behind them, offer the general reader. There are more than 72 million households with dogs and/or cats in residence (APPA), and some of those people seek to share common experiences and find out more about dogs. With many thousands of pet blogs available online, there must be something for everyone!

I’ve seen, heard, and read so many bloggers working to better understand the needs of their furry families, revealing their successes and failures, and have laughed and cried along with them during the ups and downs of life with dogs and lessons learned. Pet blogs are often rich journals of experiential and/or professional insight, shaped by a combination of the personality of the blogger, sometimes their dog or cat, and reader response.

I thought about recent stories, how inspiring and instructive the triumphs of lost dogs found from No Dog About It, the smart and sassy comic relief that was a hallmark of Will My Dog Hate Me, sadly closing shop any day now, and the intelligent and touching story of a newly situated shy foster dog at Something Wagging This Way Comes. All offer a real life, up close view of what it’s like to be in their shoes for the satisfaction that results from a behavioral breakthrough, the fear and trepidation over something gone very wrong, delight at laugh-out-loud animal antics and for the joy our companions bring to our lives each day.

Life lessons are not difficult to find in these blogs – the ability of dogs to forgive us for not knowing (fill in the blank) stretches it seems beyond most human capacity. We mistake their needs with our own and forget they are a species apart with their own way of deciphering the world. Yet there is the wagging tail and smiling face greeting us, regardless.( Cats, well –  let’s say cats are not always on board with the forgiveness theme.)

A shock comes with the lesson of a sudden medical emergency. I learned of a near death experience from vaccination at Champion of My Heart, instructive and a cautionary tale. A simpler, more common problem presented an obvious life lesson – Dieting with My Dog from blogger/author Peggy Frezon, gets people off the couch and outdoors to help themselves and their dogs slim down.

Pet blogs offer readers and bloggers alike the chance to learn from each other, to be better prepared to keep our companions safe from harm, be ready for emergencies, learn what methods are best to enrich pets’ lives and share some laughs along the way. Take a tour — an inspired and welcoming community awaits!

(Photo: Debbie Wakabayashi, Salmon Paws)

20 comments
barry knister
barry knister

Of course lots of dogs still perform important work--hunting, herding, serving as ears and eyes, etc. But in our time, the real work of dogs has to do with helping us to live more fully, more meaningfully. Anyone who has felt a sense of pity for friends who just don't "get" dogs will know what I mean. Those friends aren't ever going to know what they've missed, and there's nothing a dog person can do about it. I talk about such things and other matters on my blog

Jill Lane
Jill Lane

:Having been a pet-blogger for about 3 years now, www.travelinjacksdog-blog.blogspot.com I look back at what benefits it has brought Jack and me over this course of time. Here are a few to ponder...that actually have occurred through our blog: 1) satisfaction of journaling Jack's life and adventures 2) finding a way to promote traveling with your pet 3) finding a way to promote animal welfare (shelter adoption more specifically). 4) an opportunity to show off this very photogenic bulldog boy ...and here's where it gets fun! 5) the blog led to a TV spot 6) the TV spot led to magazine articles (both about and by Travelin' Jack) 7) the TV spot led to radio spots...and then a conference speaking gig 8) it led to a 1st ever award from the Governor for his work in pet-travel-tourism 9) it led to his first children's book (Travelin' Jack's Story From Shelter to Star) that has garnered the BEST Children's Activity book of the year at the New Mexico book awards and we have sold over 1000 books in 2 years (half of the moneys going to Animal Welfare) 10) it has led to numerous event gigs, both animal welfare events, travel events and book events 11) it led to another TV gig...a monthly spot on an Albuquerque morning talk show 12) it led him to a Canine Campaign for Dog-Governor that garnered that $6000 in moneys raised for 12 organizations as well as 798 write-in votes on his PET-ition for Dog-Governor...and ultimately was noted as the 1st ever dog-governor of New Mexico. 13) He is now gaining a reputation as a product reviewer/model f or several national pet product companies. .....and there's more too.....and more to come. So what does a blog do? I would say it does a lot! BUT I will add the caveat that it does not come automatically. It is worked from every angle AGGRESSIVELY! So, while the blog opened some doors...and allows his reputation to grow world-wide...the amazing thing about the internet......we do work Travelin' Jack every single day in some way...to open the next door. AND we have fun doing it...probably the most important reason of all! Thanks for letting me share our view on this great subject! Travelin' Jack and Jill

Susan Lyman
Susan Lyman

This is a fun, happy and wonderful post. Thank you. I have a pet blog and I am trying to increase readership. I would like to learn how to link to other blogs and vise versa. I appreciate any help to increase awareness of my blog and business. Thank you very, very much.

wantmorepuppies
wantmorepuppies

Wonderful post! This really is an amazing community of people. I have laughed with, cried with, and learned from so many of you.

kimberlygauthier
kimberlygauthier

This is so very true! I love the people I've connected with since I launched Keep the Tail Wagging. Not only am I gaining valuable contacts, but the inspiration and support they offer is outstanding! Kimberly

Carol Bryant
Carol Bryant

That is one of my new goals, ironically. To comment more on other blogs. I want the reciprocation, so I need to give. I think in this hurried society, too often I forget, and now that changes. With that, I believe pet bloggers are gaining the respect they deserve. Mommy bloggers went through this cycle and now they are mighty contenders in the world of info, advertising, and marketing. Pet bloggers are in the trenches, hands on with animals, talking to the brands, discussing what works and doesn't. We are respected sources of information. Oh, and we reach way more people than say, an ad in the page of a magazine. We are gaining the respect we deserve, I believe; just need to keep riding the wave and rejoice when the waters reach new levels. ;) Good post, Mary.

Champion of My Heart
Champion of My Heart

Thanks for the mention. Your timing is great since I'm really wondering why on earth I work so hard on the blog.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Peggy - I do the same, and I don't often comment, as with most of us these days, but it's nice to do that every so often, isn't it! It's a wave hello and reminder of the "good old days" when we all had time to actually have a conversation on someone's post. It is true, people are reading - you just have to check Google analytics;-D Yes - I've always been happy with the pet blogging community - great bunch, for humans, LOL! Thanks for sharing.

peggyspetplace
peggyspetplace

Thank you so much for this thoughtful post and for mentioning Peggy's Pet Place. I visit each of those blogs you mention, and yours as well, and find much value in my visits. And often a smile or a chuckle too. One thing to consider--pet blogs are reaching out to more people than we know. Lots of people don't comment, but they are reading and benefiting too. It's a great community for sure!

kolchakpuggle
kolchakpuggle

I started blogging because I thought I had something to say, but I stay because of this amazing community. Maybe it's that pet blogs do have a wide audience, but that we make it look so fun, easy and enriching to be a blogger that our readers join our ranks? I know of at least 5 regular Kol's Notes readers that started their own blogs. It's just so fulfilling to know this community is here and that you're all so supportive and encouraging. How could people help but want to join our ranks?!

Pamela
Pamela

I also ponder pet blogs and why they don't get a larger general audience. Sometimes it seems like everyone who reads pet blogs has a blog themselves. But I too find much entertainment, inspiration, and learning from the blogs I read. And I'm amazed at how much effort people put into creating something that will never make them rich. :) d Thanks for the shout out to Something Wagging, Mary. Dancing Dog Blog is one of my favorite classrooms.

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