Blogging itself is out of my comfort zone. But I am a firm believer (and living proof) that if something scares you (and it doesn't kill you,) it will likely be exhilarating fun. This pet blog has been that and more. Some of the things that made me the most uncomfortable, like black and white Sunday and our interview at Coffee with A Canine have brought me and apparently others the most pleasure. So when I read about the Meet The Pet Bloggers blog hop on many of my favorite dog blogs I laughed, I mostly agreed but I was also very uncomfortable. I swore I would not post pictures of myself on the blog. I am very paranoid about internet privacy. I don't even have my own Facebook page. I don't mind being photographed or being in photographs I just don't like the idea of my face in cyberspace.
I was absolutely not going to participate in the Meet the Pet Bloggers blog hop. However, it has been such a pleasure seeing a lot of my favorite bloggers photographs over the last day and a half, especially ones like Pup Fan, Emma's mom and Miss Harper Lee's mom's who's dog blogs I so frequently enjoy, but, like me, they never post pictures of themselves. I have also smiled, nodded, laughed and was occasionally shocked when I read some bloggers answers to the questions in their posts. I always knew Taryn, Rebeca, Jackie, Mary and I had a lot in common but wow! When I began blogging, I never expected to post pictures of myself but I also didn't expect to get to know fellow bloggers and some of my readers so well that I consider them friends. So, for my friends, here I am! Jason is pictured too because he is also a part of the blog as a photographer, editor and occasional contributor. He wasn't available to participate in the interview, though, so it's all (way to much about) me:
What’s your favorite non-animal related book?
What’s one thing you have to do every day?
- They're loud.
- Walk. I had a terrible fall several years ago and am not only lucky to be alive but to be able to walk. I always loved walking but I gained a whole new appreciation for it. After my fall, as I laid on the ground waiting for Jason to take me to the hospital, I repeated over and over to myself "all I want is to be able to walk my dogs again."
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
- Every time I see Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, I swoon. Literally every time. And anything the pets do, each day... a glance, a nap... it's wonderful! Except if it's too loud.
- I would love to have a reptile or two but I chose to have birds instead (it can be very difficult to keep reptiles and psittacines together due to germs they each carry) I also miss keeping rats and I'd love another guinea pig.
- I have only had a hair cut that was shorter than shoulder length once in my life.
- I picked out my first dog when I was six years old, Natasha Katarina the 2nd.
- I used to have a massive vintage dress collection. I started it when I was a teenager and sold almost all the pieces last spring to make room in my closet for brewing beer. (Time for a new hobby!)
- My dream house would be a one room log cabin.
- Two of my favorite sensory experiences in the whole world are listening to the silence on top of a mountain and the smell of a sunny forest.