Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Zeke Then and Now

How quickly did puppy Zeke grow? Well check out these photos!

 1. Zeke at 8 weeks, sleeping under the glass-top coffee table.

























 2. Zeke at 6 months, sleeping under the glass-top coffee table.




















3. Zeke at 8 weeks















 4. Zeke at 6 months.





















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Monday, January 19, 2015

Therapy Dog Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge

Last week we said goodbye to Gabriel.



 
I first met Gabriel when my husband was in serious condition in the hospital.
Gabriel walked in and set to work. His calmness comforted me. I think Gabriel would have sat there all day, letting my husband and I pat him, if that's what we needed.





















Gabriel was born to be a therapy dog. He worked in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, libraries, and universities. He helped everyone feel better.



 Gabriel ministered to us many times over the years.












He and his mom Sally became close friends.
















Sadly, cancer took Gabriel.
RIP Gabriel. We love you. You will be terribly missed.


See more about saying goodbye to Gabriel on Guideposts website, Pawprints on my Heart.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bring Surgery or Treatments to a Shelter Pet- Voting Open

 Voting is open now for Change a Pet's Life contest, sponsored by PetMeds. The goal is to change the life of an adoptable dog by providing a needed surgery or medical treatment.




















Prizes:
*1st place: PetMeds will cover the pet’s surgery/treatments up to $2,000** and will also take a video of the rescue group and pet, to be featured on the PetMeds website and social media sites

*2nd place: PetMeds will cover the adoption costs of 5 pets for the second-place rescue group

*3rd place: PetMeds will donate $250 to go towards the pet’s surgery/treatments


Voting:
Anyone can vote for pet in need. Voting runs Friday Jan 16 -Thrusday Jan 22 (12 AM ET).  Anyone 18 or older can vote once a day by visiting the contest link. Voting is open to non-US residents

Jan 23: Winners are announced!


Contest link: http://bit.ly/1DRqkCT
Visit PetMeds Cares Facebook page


*Full Disclosure: PetMeds made a donation to the pet charity of my choice in response to my sharing this information.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

I'm taking the Pet blogger challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10 

Last year, 82 bloggers joined the Pet Blogger Challenge. This year it's back again!

Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

1. How long have you been blogging? About 9 years. Wow, that seems like a long time.
2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.
I feel most proud when I'm able to highlight a good cause or someone else's helpful blog post.
3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?
I got real busy with work, health and life and had to stop posting for a while. It sometimes is unavoidable. But keep posting as consistent as possible. When I dropped off due to life getting in the way, I felt like it was difficult to build up the engagement again.
4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Connecting with others. Networking. It's the best way, although very time consuming. There are so many great blogs I'd love to have the time to read regularly. Sometimes I'm reading but don't have time to leave a comment. I love to know that people out there are reading, and comments is one way to show that, and I'd love to do that for others more often. Sharing on FB and twitter etc is a great way to network.

5. What was your most popular posts?
My giveaways are popular, and Wordless Wednesday is popular. Otherwise, two of my most popular posts were Why I want to Foster Senior Dogs
and The Pros and Cons of Dog Play.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?
A little photo contest, Guess What Zeke Ate? was fun!
7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?
I'm more selective about what reviews I accept.
8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?
One thing I've learned writing for Guideposts magazine is to write for my "one reader"--to figure out who is the target audience for my story and write for her. Figure out who is your blog's target audience, and try to picture them when you write. What types of posts will they enjoy and find helpful?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?
This year I relaunched my blog, changing the title from Peggy's Pet Place to The Writer's Dog. I feel really happy about the change and direction I started in 2014 and hope to continue figuring out what I'm doing this year!

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
I'd love to hear what you'd like to see more of on The Writer's Dog!

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Change a Pet's Life Day- Nominate a Pet for Surgery or Treatments

You can help homeless pets get the life-changing medical attention they need on Change a Pet’s Life Day, January 24, 2015.




















Change a Pet's Life contest, sponsored by PetMeds, is open to US animal rescues and shelters to change the life of an adoptable dog by providing a needed surgery or medical treatment.

Prizes:
*1st place: PetMeds will cover the pet’s surgery/treatments up to $2,000** and will also take a video of the rescue group and pet, to be featured on the PetMeds website and social media sites

*2nd place: PetMeds will cover the adoption costs of 5 pets for the second-place rescue group

*3rd place: PetMeds will donate $250 to go towards the pet’s surgery/treatments

 To Enter:

*Shelter or rescue group representatives may submit a pet that needs surgery or treatment to be considered adoptable (for example, heartworm treatment, hip or knee surgery, eye enucleation) Limit of one entry per group.

* If you're not part of a shelter or rescue group, you can still participate by sharing the contest with your favorite animal rescue group, then voting for their pet to win!

Submissions open Friday, Jan 9- Thursday Jan 15.

Voting:
Following the submissions, you can vote for pet in need.  Voting runs Friday Jan 16 -Thrusday Jan 22 (12 AM ET).  Anyone 18 or older can vote once a day by visiting the contest link. Voting is open to non-US residents

Jan 23: Winners are announced!


Contest link: http://bit.ly/1DRqkCT
Visit PetMeds Cares Facebook page

*Full Disclosure: PetMeds made a donation to the pet charity of my choice in response to my sharing this information. 

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