Thursday, January 6, 2011

Style and Inspiration

This week we were given two awards, and I thought we'd pass them along before I forget who gave them to us or what the rules are.  Hopefully you'll find some new blogs to read in the process.  I know that they have given me a lot of smiles since I've begun reading all of them.

Our first award was from Cooper and Lola.  I was really honored by what she had to say about our blog.  A big thank you to them for the Inspiring Blogger Award. 

Now we are supposed to link back to the person who gave us this award and list three bloggers who inspire us.  We're also supposed to tell why they inspire us.  I'll also add to these bloggers to please not feel like they have to use this award on their blogs unless they want to.  I know that sometimes blog awards don't fit in with your plans, and that's okay.  Do let others know about the award if you are passing it along, though!  The truth is, it was really hard to pick three blogs for this, because almost all of the ones that we read inspire us in some way or another.

First is Romping and Rolling in the Rockies.  Not only does KB take some of the most amazing pictures that I've seen, she has an amazing spirit.  Every time I read her blog I'm inspired to go out and do something with my dogs.  The way she deals with overcoming chronic pain definitely makes me take stock and realize that I am very blessed in my life.  Not only that, her dog, K is overcoming a difficult bone infection.  K and R are two of the most gorgeous and well photographed Labrador Retrievers that you will ever see. 

Second is The Shenanigans of Shawnee the Shepherd.  Shawnee and her mom go on some of the most amazing hikes.  I find myself in total awe of the places they get to go.  When we added Morgan to our pack, we realized that our lifestyle was going to have to get more active.  Adding hiking to our weekends has been great for us and the dogs.  We're not sure we'll ever be the hikers that Shawnee and her mom are, but they definitely inspire us to get out there and see the world around us.

Third is Wilf the PON Discovers France.  They live in a small village in France and Wilf is enjoying the end of his life after his brother passed away last year and being recently diagnosed with cancer.  What inspires me about this blog is the wonderful descriptions of life in their small village.  I feel like I know the cast of characters they often meet on a day to day basis.  I'm also inspired by Wilf's gentle wisdom.  I'm not going to lie, I will cry like a baby the day I read that Wilf is with Angus and the Font no more, just like if he were my own dog.  I just love everything about their blog, the quiet comfort of life in their rural village, the love that's obvious for a sweet little sheepdog and the subtle humor. 

Second is the Stylish Blogger Award.  We were given this award by our friends at Dogs Rock!!  You're supposed to list some things about yourself and then choose five blogs to recieve the award.  Since I usually let the dogs tell about themselves when we do awards, I thought I'd break tradition this time and tell some about myself.

1.  I actually started this blog while I was dabbling in other short story and poetry writing because I wanted to try a new style of writing besides what I was doing.  I never, ever dreamed that other people besides a few of my friends would read it.  Then the blog took on a life of its own and now I rarely write things that aren't for the blog.

2.  Writing the blog lead me to a volunteer job I do as copy editor for Celebrating Greyhounds Magazine and a few articles that I've written for them in the past year.  That was also something I never expected!  I got a t-shirt from the magazine, a free subscription and bragging rights! 

3.  I am a voracious reader and I think the nook by Barnes and Noble is the greatest invention since sliced bread.  For those who are asking what a nook is, it's an electronic reader.  If I want a book I can purchase it and read it from anywhere in a matter of seconds.  Since I live out in the middle of the corn field, it's very handy to have.  I am always curious about what other people are reading!

4.  I once jumped off a twenty foot cliff in Colorado with my sister while we were on a canoing trip.  I am an incurable daredevil, it seems.  One day, I hope that if I'm sitting in a nursing home that I have enough interesting stories to keep people entertained for the rest of my stay here on this mortal coil.

5.  I love gadgets.  There, I said it!  Mr. Taleteller often gives me grief about this, but I am my father's daughter when it comes to electronic toys.  I don't know what it is about them, but they fascinate me. 

Alright, enough about me!  Now it's time to pick five stylish bloggers to share the award with.  That's a tall order, because there are lots of bloggers we know with style and panache, but we finally narrowed it down. 

Dennis' Diary of Destruction -- We know he's on hiatus right now, but when his dada gets done writing that book of his, we'll be happy to see the Sunday Awards and Memes Show start off with some awards.  He wears the most stylish hats ever, so he deserves an award for that!

Winnie's Dog Blog -- Winnie is a Greyhound and she looks similar to Bunny.  That alone makes her stylish in our book.  She's also a bit newer to the blogging world and would love to make more friends, so stop in and say hi!

Cult of the Greyhound -- The funniest Greyhound pictures around!  They do everything with their own sense of style and we salute them.

The Adventures of Anna the GSD -- Anna's a German Shepherd diva!  She always has stylish collars and backpacks.  We look to her for how a well-dressed Shepherd should live.

It's A Greyt Day -- I love this blog.  The pictures will make you want to go out and try to get some of your own dogs, but I don't think I'll ever be as good at catching a shot as she is.  Not only that, but she has the gift of giving you a great smile or laugh with just a few words. 

I hope you'll check out all the blogs that we have links to today.  They certainly make me smile or think every day!  

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  1. Thank you so very much for our award. I was working on a witty acceptance speech, but nothing is working right in my brain because somebody made me stay up late after taunting me in the comments of my blog. Totally worth it though.

    Thank you for the compliment and honor. From now on, we’ll try to warn you ahead of time if the photo may make you choke on your drink. Now I’m going to bed. :)

  2. Those are pretty awards and you deserve both of them! ;)

  3. Congrats on winning those wonderful awards and you truly deserve them.
    Thanks for those links and we are hopping over to meet them.

  4. Congratulations on your awards and many achievements!

    Love, Bella & Ollie.

  5. Now it's my turn to get all teary eyed. Thank you.

  6. Congrats on your two blog awards and congrats to those that you have passed them on to.

  7. Congratulations on your two awards - and me and the Lady Of The House also loved finding out a bit more about you, (Who knew you were such a dardevil cliff-jumper?)

    Thanks also for sharing the Stylish award with me and the other bloggers. I'm very excited....and proud. When you said you had a surprise for me last night I never guessed it was this!! And looking a bit like Bunny is a BIG compliment. She's beautiful.

  8. Congratulations on your awards!
    I look forward to visiting the blogs you mentioned:)

  9. Congratulations on two well-deserved awards.

    Can I confess something a little weird? I clicked a couple of links and said to myself, "Oh no, these really are great blogs! I can't even keep up with the ones I already know about."

    I guess an embarrassment of riches is never a bad thing. Thanks for sharing the awards and passing on some other great blogs!

  10. Yay fur your awards! Most deserving too. :) Mom and me feel da same way 'bouts Wilf, we luvs him so much!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  11. Congrats on the awards! At last your obsession with gizmos is revealed to the masses!

  12. Congratulations on not one but TWO awards!!!

    WOOF!! WOOF!!!!!

    We are happy for you and they are well deserved!

    also loved learning more about you!
    Caren and Cody

  13. Hey girrrrls your mom and I could be twins.. every morning... I jump off the Bed!!!
    This was a fantastic post.
    Congratulations on the awards. My mom reads... a LOT too!!

  14. hello houndstooth4 its dennis the vizsla dog hay thank yoo for this award!!! i wil put it in my baskit for wen dada finishes that silly buk of his and gits bak on the stik with my blog!!! ok bye

  15. Congrats on two beautiful and well-deserved awards. Of course you are all very stylish and we are always inspired by the wonderful posts you do. We also think you selected some awesome bloggers to share your awards.

    Dad got a Nook for Christmas but with all his eye problems, he is having trouble seeing the screen. It is too dark for him:(

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  16. What great awards! I enjoyed reading some things about your mom! And those are some of our favorite blogs too! We're going to go visit the ones we don't now!

  17. Congratulation on the 2 beautiful awards. You deserve them and you did a wonderful job of picking others and telling a bit about them and yourself!!!! We are looking forward to dropping by to visit them. It's always fun to meet new furiends.

  18. Congrats on your 2 awards! Very deserved...woof woof!


  19. Congratulations on your awardies! You deserve 'em both. I know some of those bloggies but not all of them so thank you for introducing me.

    Oh, and I luved learning more about you. You jumped off a cliff? Well, I guess your mom never used the whole "If your furends jumped off a cliff, would you?" line, did she? Cuz it sounds like you prolly would!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  20. Congratualshuns on your awards! OMD! How honored I is that you find my bloggie inspirashonal! We will all has to meet up and hike togedder if'n I efur make it out that way again.

  21. Wow, those are great blogs...thanks for sharing them with us! Congratulations on your awards!

  22. We are always awed by the amazing blogs out there -- and only wish we could keep up with them all --yours included!

    Good choices!!

    Joan and the Barkalots

  23. Congrats on these awards! I think it's such a fun way to get to know other people out there in bloggie land. I will be sure to check out some of these that I am not already reading.

  24. Congrats on your awards! We feel the same about Wilf and about KB. As Pamela said above, I'm a little frightened of finding even MORE outstanding blogs to follow, but since you all are both stylish and inspiring, here I gooooo!

  25. Khongrats!

    Thanks fur sharing the special tidbits too!


  26. Furry congrats on those awards, you deserve them!


  27. Ooohh so excited to read some more greyhound blogs!

  28. Congratulations on the two awards. You definitely deserve them! :)

  29. what a nice award...congratulations
    Benny & Lily

  30. Congratulations on the awards! I just wanted to tell you that I keep looking back at the pictures of your greyhound. They are just the cutest type of dog!

  31. Your are so deserving of both your awards. I am really excited you got them because the other blogs you listed sound amazing!! I intend to visit each one, thanks

  32. First, congratulations! I love your blog, and you deserve all the awards in the world!

    I must say that I never visualized you as a daredevil. That's great - a brand new vision of you is emerging for me!

    I liked what you said about Wilf - I feel just the same way.

    Last, thank you for the award!!!

  33. Congratulations!
    Those awards are pawesome and sure you deserve them!
    Kisses and hugs

  34. Woofhoooooo!!! Way to go! I do like your style, you daredevil, you! I'm not very daring when it comes to jumping off cliffs and such.


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