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6.7.12 Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award & Versatile Blogger

Thank you so much to Worldly Winds for giving us this most unusual Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.  Worldly Winds is a lovely site full of poetry by Alexandra.  Alex describes herself as a “Buddhist, Mother, Wife, Writer, Poet, Introvert, Eccentric,” and you will see that her poetry absolutely reflects all those parts of her.  Definitely check out her poetry.  The zoo and I enjoy the deep pauses.

With the award there are “Ten Commanded” questions that I must answer, so here I go:

  1. Describe yourself in seven words.

Mother, Partner, Sister, Animal Lover, Friend, Blogger

2. What keeps you up at night?

It’s not the ‘keeps me up” but the “wakes me up” that I suffer from.  Nothing and everything.  I have not slept more than 4 hours at a time since…..  who can remember? (Memory, of course, is the first thing to go when you are sleep deprived… rofl)

3. Whom would like you to be?

Well, I like who I am, but if I had to chose, maybe Angelina Jolie.  She does good work both humanitarian and on film, is absolutely gorgeous (even without makeup), has what looks like a great relationship with her partner in life, and a bunch of fun kids.

4. What are you wearing now?

Blue jeans and a pink and purple t-shirt.

5. What scares you?

People being mad at me.  The dogs running in front of a car.  Losing someone I love.

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

Best – pushing myself daily to find interesting and fun things to talk about focused only on my zoo and all the incredible other bloggers I have met in blogland all around the world.

Worst – not having more time to read blogs and write comments.

7. What was the last website you looked at?  (I leave to Istanbul in a week)

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To be more even tempered and not wear my emotions on my sleeve.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

Nooooo !!

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

I did in the opening remarks, so go check out Worldly Winds and read some of her gooooooood stuff.


And to top off an already great day, the adorable guinea piggies at Hutchagoodlife bestowed upon us a Versatile Blogger Award.  I love those little cuddly wuddly boys and girls, Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo, and Buddy. Since I have been honored with this award before, I will let you see my answers on my Awards page.

Thank you so much you four little cutie patuties. You are sweet.

So in all fairness, as most of you know, I pass awards forward to new sites that I have not yet honored before but I really think that some of my old friends need a smile, so I hereby give the following blogs a DogDaz PICK OF THE LITTER Award.  You get to pick one of the above awards for your very own, as well as proudly display that you are the DogDaz Pick of the Litter!

Thank you all for wonderful reading – here is the current DOGDAZ PICK OF THE LITTER:

Collies of the Meadow
Bongo Dog Blog
Cupcake Speaks:
2 Brown Dawgs

Thank you and a million times thank you to Worldly Winds and Hutchagoodlife for thier wonderful acknowledgement.

Just another dogdaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Dogs, Uncategorized


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6.1.12 Celebrating Another Rite of Passage

Today my human baby graduates from High School.  To some people graduation is not such a big deal (my step kids did not even chose to attend theirs).  I however, think it is a huge life changing event, and feel it is important to acknowledge and attend. The way I see things, there are certain life events that are really really important markers and allow us to move into ‘a change,’ of life status, location, position, age, etc,  I like to celebrate and acknowledge life’s events.  One of the things I think that we have lost a lot of in our modern busy lives are rites.Transitions that change your life in a major way (a birth, a death, marriage, passing a certain age (like coming into puberty), graduation from a school, surviving an illness or injury, retirement, divorce) are important to honor.  Transition is not easy, even when it is a positive one. During the early 20th century, the Belgian anthropologist, Arnold Van Gennep, observed that all cultures have prescribed ways for an individual and society to deal with these emotion charged situations.  They have ritual ceremonies intended to mark the transition from one phase of life to another.  Van Gennep called these ceremonies rites of passage.

Rites effect more than just the person going through them.  It is actually very important for the family and friends to make the transition too.  There have been several rites of passage in my daughter’s short life already, but to me this is a biggy.  I, as her parent, take pride in her accomplishments and note that there will now be a movement in my parenting from HS teenager into a more adult stage of her life (after she survives senior week at the beach).  This marks a time when she will physically separate from me, from the family and her home, and transition into a new role, growing, learning, and preparing to be an independent adult in the ‘real world.’  

Happy Graduation. Peanut.  Reach for the stars!

Check out 15 Rites of Passage from around the world
Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Why Are My Readers Disappearing?

I have noticed a trend that has started to worry me a little.  It appears that my readership has dropped off considerably.  Some days it is like everyone is gone.  Now I am not advocating that people spend all their time on the internet, but I used to get like 250 readers in a day and now I am getting 30.  Is it something I said?  Am I not tagging my stuff properly?  Or is the stuff I am talking about really only of interest to me and a small group of family and friends (who are probably just being nice because I told them I have a blog)?  I enjoy blogging, and mostly I do it because it is fun, but I would like to write about things that other people find interesting too.  So let me know if you have any ideas.  Or maybe it is just spring in the Northern Hemisphere. – DogDaz



Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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4.11.12 I’ve been LOL’ed

I have been honored with a ‘Just Kidding’ Award.  How fun is that!!!

Thank you to Colline’s Blog. She has given us this award in appreciation for making her smile.  Colline describes her blog as a potpourri of thoughts and experiences and it definitely is.  She is creative and follows the “WordPress Weekly Challenges” and mixes them with her religious thoughts and  muses on many different subjects.  Check her out because I think she will make you smile too.

The Award is to thank those who bring a smile and chuckle in our lives; or appreciate our humour and brighten our day with their posts. To receive this award you need to have a good sense of humour, and appreciate others who like to have a chuckle or laugh with you. There are no rules: it’s just fun, fun, fun! As many blogging friends can be chosen as you want – or none at all.

I present this Award to the following people who often bring a smile to my face (I am going to break my usual, only blogs I have not awarded to before rule, since this is such a different type of honor).  Check these blogs out and smile, laugh, and have fun with them, like I do:

Collies of the Meadow

Bumpy Road to Bubba

Dante’s Diary

Bassa’s Blog

These blogs make me smile, a lot!!!.  Thanks again to Colline for honor us with this award.  Pass it on!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


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3.26.12 Thank You for ‘The Versatile Blogger’

Thank you to Debbie at Kindness Kronicles for presenting me with a VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. I am grateful for the acknowledgement that others are reading my little rantings and always surprised and happy when someone shows such appreciation to bestow on me an award.  Debbie of Kindness Kronicles is an ex-New Yorker just like me!  She has found one of the secrets to happiness, which lies in the simple lessons you learned when you were very young.  The golden rules such as be nice, play nice, and wash your hands often.  I enjoy her new explorations into the world of being kind, so please do check her out.

The rules of the award are as follows:

1. Thank and link to the person who awarded you.

2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

3. Pass the award on to as many as 15 more blogging friends.

4. Contact those friends and congratulate them!

Wow – 7 things about us that I have not shared before (this is really hard) – please refer to my Awards page for previous secrets (LOL):

1.  I am a workaholic, so I have to write the dogs into my calendar everyday to make sure they (and me) get our 1 mile work (rain or shine).

2.  I am a native New Yorker, but have not lived in the state in 34 years (once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker)

3.  I miss Squash E Bear everyday.  He is gone 13 months now.

4. I like at the end of the day, when all the animals are in their beds (kennels and kitten room door closed), and no one is sitting on my keyboard or lying so close to the wheels of my chair that I can not move it.

5.  I like waking everyone up in the morning and how happy they are to see me, stretch, run, and have breakfast.

6.  Sometime dogs and people at the dog park scare me.  Some people do not think their dogs are aggressive, when they are, or they ignore bad behavior.  (That of course is when I leave.)  I like it best when there are only a few nice dogs there.

7.  I really enjoy blogging and look forward to seeing comments and likes everyday now.  I admit I have been getting a little blue on those days that the stats say I only had a few visitors.

There are so many wonderful blogs that I find every day and I would like to acknowledge a few new ones (you know my rules, I pay-it-forward to newbies for them to pay-it-forward):

Thank you very much Kindness Kronicles…. you are tooo kind (pun intended) – DogDaz


Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Dogs, Uncategorized


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Friday’s Sky

(via oceansdream)


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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A Society Grows Great When …

(Source: listbutnotleast, via couldeverdreamof)

Thank you to my daughter C (couldeverdreamof) for some of her wonderful philosophical finds.

After  my big walk in the woods last weekend with the dogs, this seemed very apropos. – DogDaz

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Continue to pray for Japan one year later

Ok, I know it is not a dog, but it looked so good I could not help but reblog!!!  I love Japanese food.

I post this to honor the people and animals of Japan, one year after the terrible disaster.  Their culture is so rich.  Continue to light a candle. – DogDaz


Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


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They used to burn books…

Source: 9GAG

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The Hug Award: How Special !!!

Thank you Misty Shores Chesapeakes for honoring us with a very special Hug Award, you are tooooo kind.  We were really in need of a hug today so it came at a wonderful time.  This is a really interesting award and I was really glad to receive it. Receiving this award sent me to the site it comes from to see what it was all about ( and I learned about A Hope For Today.

So, as the rules of many of the awards go, I will tell you more about me: Though I earn my pay in the corporate world, I try to live my life in service for the world good both locally and globally.  To me that means providing hope of a better today for humans, animals, and the environment. I believe you need to be the change you want to see in the world. So, I drive a hybrid (with the license plate ‘GIVEBAK,’ so honk if you see me), I recycle everything possible, I rescue animals (you all know that part), I work with the River Keepers to try and restore and keep my river and the Bay healthy,  I support wildlife (I am a Certified Wildlife Habitiat), I support certain human causes such as Lupus (which I have), Crohns & Colitis (which plagues my family), and all kinds of Cancers (which has robbed me of many family & friends), and currently I am a Commissioner on the County Commission for Women, to improve the lives of women and children.  Yes, I must say that sometimes I do all this for the hugs, but mostly, I do it for the selfish reason that I believe in the law of cause and effect – what you put out there will come back to you 10 fold: to give is the greatest gift I get, and at the end of the day, the only one I want.  I have hope today and everyday, so thank you Misty for reminding me of the greater value in that.

I will pass this along to 5 blogs I have not acknowledged before, who are teaching me something with every blog:

Cats & Co.

2 Brown Dawgs Blog

The Jogging Dog

Walden Marsh


Hugs and Hope from the zoo at DogDaz ❤


Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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