Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Good times and good friends through blogging

How very kind of Chancy the Gardener to honour my blog with the Noteworthy Archive Blog Award. Thank you SO much!!!

This means a lot to me, and the Lady Of The House, because when she helped me start this blog (it was MOSTLY me, of course) after I came to live here last year we thought that probably only our close friends and family would look at it (if that!).

And in the early weeks (quite a lot of weeks, actually), that was how it was.

But I really wanted to tell people all about what great pets greyhounds make...and correct some of the myths that stop people considering us as pets, so I kept going in the hope that a few more people might find me. Just a few though. I never dreamed that just over a year later I'd have 160 people following my blog!!

The turning point came when my blog was found by some really kind and supportive bloggers who now feel like really close friends. One of the first was 'Houndstooth' from the wonderful Tales and Tails blog. She is still so generous with her time and her thoughtful comments and helpful advice. If there's anyone out there who doesn't read the great posts she writes .... please DO have a good browse through her archives. The LOTH has learned SO much from her and the wonderful Bunny, Lilac, Blueberry and Morgan. I am sure you will too. Their posts will make you laugh, cry and think.

If you have not yet received this award, Houndstooth, I'd be honoured to pass it along to you as the holder of one of the most noteworthy archives I know.

For any of you who are new to keep going if you have the time as there's such joy to be had in meeting good friends like I have done - Peggy, Mr Pip, Benny and Lily Grumpy Bobby and Sue and Song to name just a few.

Perhaps your own blog may help another pet find a forever home - or maybe you'll just make someone smile in their busy day.

I think it's good for us all to look back over our blog archives every now and then and reflect on the good times, the not-so-good times and the good friends we have made - and be grateful for every day we are lucky enough to spend with our families (regardless of HOW many feet they have).


jet said...

congrats! houndstooth is amazing the way she manages to visit everyone and comment! I don't know how she does it!

Declan said...

Too right Jet & Barbie, Houndstooth is an inspiration to us all. Of course I'm just a little bit in love with Bunny, but don't tell anyone ;-) I've not been blogging long and Winnie was one of the first dogs to follow me, so she is one reason why I try and keep up with things; it is amazing the people and dogs you meet. Deccy x

Peggy Frezon said...

What a great post! Congrats on your award, you deserve it. I love learning about greyhounds, esp. Winnie of course. And thanks for the very sweet mention. I feel the same way about bloggy friends.

Benny and Lily said...

Congratulations on your award. And you mentioned us, whooooa!
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...

I feel so special and honored! Winnie, your blog had grown in to something really wonderful and you and the LOTH, and your fantastic photographer, the BOTH should be really proud. I'm definitely proud to call you my friend! My Greyhound friends hold a very special place in my heart, and because I want everyone to know what great pets we make, too, I also want my friends with the same message to be able to share it. You never know when your words or actions could result in another hound finding a home! Thank you so much for the award!


Sue said...

Well done houndstooth. Well deserved.

Well done Winnie on the blog award, definitely well deserved.

Song and I are so pleased you count us as friends. Hugs Sue & Song

Tessa the Maltese said...

A great BIG Congrats Winnie!

You are very deservin of that pawsome Award!

woos, Tessa

Corbin said...

Congrats on the award! Mom and I love reading your blog and we think you're beautiful!

Brenda said...

Well isn't that the truth! I never dreamed when I started blogging that I would be so attached to so many different blogs and vice versa! I just started for myself. It's funny how that works. Now I can't imagine my week without Winnie, or Tucker, or Benny and Lily, or Boscoe, or Murdoch! :) Congrats on your award!

Frankie Furter said...

CONGRATULATIONS WINNIE... I am so glad that you love Blogville and all of our Blog Furends. I think it is the mostest SPECIAL place in the world.
When I furst started MY blog I did NOT expect ANYBUDDY to read it. I just used it as one of my Writer Group's Assignments... and them POOF... I fell in LOVE with Blogging and my wonderful fur furends. The rest is History.. hehehe

Amber DaWeenie said...

Congratulations....yes, it is fun to go back in time and look at the older posts.


Dory and the Mama said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award!!

Dory, Jakey and Bilbo

Tanner and Beth said...

Congrats! Greyhounds are great doggies! and you have a great blog!

puppy kisses,

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Congratulations Winnie. Your blog is wonderful and we Greyhound owners love to talk about our extra special dogs. And great choice to pass your award on to Tales and Tails. I don't know how Houndstooth keeps up either because I sure can't!