Wednesday, December 18, 2013

At the "Meet the Bloggers" Hop


  I am really having fun with my new blog format.  Barking from the Bayou has proven to be the perfect outlet for me to gush over dogs.  Several of you have written with story ideas and I’ll be including them in the near future.  I appreciate your support and welcome your input. 

  One of the great things about having a dog-focused blog is the new readers and followers.  I have also discovered “Blog Hops” and they are such fun.  Today’s hop is “Meet the Blogger” and you can follow the links at the bottom of this section to discover some other awesome pet bloggers and their sites.  I appreciate Kolchak Puggle for the invitation to join in the excitement.  She posed some questions to answer in an attempt to learn something different about all of the participants.  Let’s hop to it now!

What have I done that has made me proud?

  Assuming this does not mean my marriage or raising my children, which are my biggest sources of pride, I’d have to say writing and publishing my books and this blog.  I’m very proud that I set this page up on my own.  When I first decided to write a blog, I was absolutely terrified it would kill my computer if I touched the wrong button.  Now, I click fearlessly and have even dared to mess around with the intimidating HTML codes!  My first love in writing has to be my book series, The Returns.  Earlier this month, I held both books in paperback for the first time.  It was surreal.

My List of favorite things~

  I love to read, so when I saw the favorite book question I thought “no problem.”  Then, I saw the additional comment non-animal related.  Ugh…that makes it a bit harder.  It truly is like picking a favorite body part.  I loved the Hunger Games trilogy, “Honest Illusions” by Nora Roberts, and “Promise Cove” by Vickie McKeehan.  My favorite non-animal movie would probably have to be “Sweet Home Alabama” but still there is lovable dog in it and Disney’s “Up” has the talking dog.  Hmmm…okay, how about The Wizard of Oz?  Still a dog...darn!  As far as my favorite actor, I love Bradley Cooper.  My favorite restaurant food is Mexican but anything my husband grills is my favorite home cooking!  Yummy!  The dogs agree with the grilling as a favorite!  My weakness is any kind of nuts or bread.  I can eat my way through a can of mixed nuts or a bag of almonds at a ridiculous rate.  Don’t even let me near fresh baked rolls or bread.  It can get ugly!

How would I describe myself and how would others describe me?

  I’m a creature of habit and way too organized.  I even alphabetize my spices.  It is impossible for me to leave my house without making the bed.  I don’t do messy very well.  It can be a bit annoying because I put things away before people are finished using them.  I can usually find things when anyone needs it though.  My kids like the saying, “It’s not really lost until mom can’t find it.”  I hope people would describe me as nice and funny. 

How would my dogs describe me?  What drives me crazy about them and what would I change?  If I didn’t have them, what animal would I have?

  If you asked my dogs, they would say I’m a pushover and like to hug on them too much.  I am most like my Basset Hound Bentley because neither of us enjoy being woke up before we are ready.  We both need to exercise on a regular basis!  I strive to be as happy as my "granddog", Pierre. 
  It drives me nuts that they can’t really talk to me but they melt my heart when they come lay their heads on my shoulder to love.  If I could change anything about them, it’d be their lifespan.  If I didn’t have Bentley, well, I can’t think about that.  If I had a choice of another animal, I’d still have another dog.  I could very easily become one of those “crazy dog ladies” if I had the room and the money.  I am very prone to acute puppy envy.

What would I change about my life?

I’m very happy with my life so I don’t think I’d change anything.  I wouldn’t complain if I had a metabolism that allowed me to eat anything and not gain weight.  It would be very satisfying to be able to make a real difference in the lives of abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs.  That would fill my heart with such joy.  Of course, I’d love to become a bestselling author! 

That’s my story for now and I’m sticking to it.

 

**PetSavers Adoptable Dog of the Day**

Hello, my name is Hoover.  I’m a large Chow/Lab mix and I’ve been here since I was a
http://www.petsaversshreveport.org/index.php
puppy.  Someone found me along with my littermates abandoned out in the country.  We were a mess, starving, covered with fleas, and mangy.  As you can see, I am quite the handsome dude now.  People come in and give me the eye as if they want to take me home but for reasons that escape me, they leave and I’m still here.  Right now, I am sharing my area with an older female.  We get along fine but I’m a fun active guy and she tends to get irritated at my exuberance.  It would be so amazing to have a family that would throw a Frisbee and take me for walks.  Just imagine how cool I’d look with a bandana around my neck sitting next to you.  I’ve had all of my shots and regular heartworm preventative so there is no need to worry about my health.  I’m only four years old so we can have each other for a long time.  Won’t you consider bringing me home to be your forever friend? 



 


 

14 comments :

  1. It is GREAT to learn about you!!! I am probably the opposite, I am not nearly as organized as I should be. On some things yes, others, not so much

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    1. Hi Caren, I appreciate you coming for a visit! : )

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  2. I loved the Hunger Games too! I wasn't too happy with book 3 but it was a fun trilogy nonetheless :) Also I think setting up this blog on your own is a great accomplishment!

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    1. Thanks for coming to visit! I agree, the 3rd book was my least favorite but Catching Fire turned out to be a really good movie too!

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  3. Wonderful to "meet" you! Your comment about organizing your spices made me chuckle as my 9 year old daughter did that for me recently out of no where. Which is weird because she is quite messy!

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    1. Whenever a nine year organizes it is always suspicious! LOL! Maybe since it's close to Christmas... I think my organization made my kids worse while they were growing up. They knew I'd clean whatever they left out!

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  4. I really like your blog layout too! Great to meet you and your blog thru this hop! Looking forward to more!
    Maggie

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  5. Nice to meet you and learn more about you. Your blog is set up great and I love your header and your heart paw prints.

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  6. Hi! Nice to "meet" you! Thanks for stopping by Pooch Smooches the other day. It's been so fun to read these Meet the Blogger posts, but it's taking me a while to get to them all! (I alphabetize my spices too... but I'm okay with messy.) :)

    I'll check out your books - and here's hoping we both are bestsellers some day! :)

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  7. Nice to read about you! The dog blogger community is a wonderful place where you will meet so many great bloggers, get ideas and be able to get help from others. So glad you are here! PS: My mom is a neat freak too and has to make the bed as soon as she gets up!

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  8. So happy to meet you! An aspiring author myself, I feel hopeful that I will be published one day, too.
    --Susan from www.LifeWithDogsAndCats.com

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  9. So glad you joined us for the hop - I enjoyed reading your post! (And I alphabetize my spices too, so you're not alone… :) )

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  10. Hi thanks for joining the blog hop, it's so nice to meet another dog lover. I too could very easily become that crazy dog lady and I would love if they had longer life spans. :-)

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