I’m pleased to announce that TheDogs received a nomination for DogTime’s Best Dog Blog of 2012. It’s an honor just to be nominated, of course. But we should also win! Please let your family and friends know so that they can vote to help us win by casting your vote here.
Winning will help spread the word about the site to a larger audience and will also mean a $1000 donation to a shelter of our choice on the site’s behalf.
I know that the Petties is something know one has heard of or even cares much about in the real world, but it is still nice to be recognized for what I think (and hope) has turned into a really great place to find useful information and interesting writing on dogs and the human/pet relationship.
I’m so proud of the roster of contributors to the site. In case you haven’t checked in a bit, I wanted to make sure that you knew some of the cool stuff that we’ve been doing. Toronto trainers Andre Yeu and Mirkka Koivusalo, fellow Karen Pryor Academy grads, have been sharking their formidable training knowledge, as has my School For The Dogs training partner, Kate Senisi. We’ve had some interesting historical pieces — Shir Genish on the dogs who perished on the Titanic, and Alex Pasternack on the special relationship between FDR and his dog, Fala. California professor Ann Elwood, author of a history of RinTinTin, has written several fascinating breed histories in recent months, while Amy Roa has made me giggle with some fun product roundups. Ayelet Blumburg is writing some thoughtful pieces on how to adopt, among other things. Maine dog walkerJessica Dolce, one of the most informed walkers on this side of leash, has shared some of her wisdom on topics from soft poop to dogs in tutus. The site is also a place for excellent art: Illustrators Lisa Adams, Beppe Giacobbe, Pete Ryan, Gaby D’Alessandro, and Joyce Patti have provided beautiful artwork to illustrate posts. Lili Chin has also graciously shared some of her training artwork on the site– I’m so excited to have her contributing. And me? Well, I’ve partnered with my dad, illustrator Robert Grossman, on a few pieces of reportage, and I have dipped my toe into political journalism, sort of: I’ve written a few dog-related op-eds on Mitt Romney, which were featured on The Huffington Post and The Boston Globe. (Of course, I’ve also covered Obama’s new line of branded campaign dog clothing).
And if you’re interested in becoming a contributor to the site, please email me directly at Annie@TheDo.gs.
Until then, thanks for your vote!