I want to write a celebration of all of the blogs I read each week. I’ve not only learned a lot, I’ve become a part of a community of real people who influence each other to be better, happier, kinder, more open and more in love with life. Every blog has its own strengths: some are full of information and advice, some are full of compassion, or humor, or recipes. Some people add photography or artwork, cartoons or videos or animation.
I’m afraid to do a list of dog blogs and leave people out of it, but I want to tell you how much I appreciate this blogging community and how much I’ve gotten from reading what you write. Without your influence I would never have felt ready to adopt Butterfly, or felt capable of managing her diabetes. I’m grateful for all of the validation you’ve given me that writing about dogs is a worthwhile endeavor. I love that these are real dogs acting like dogs: destroying stuffed animals, trying to steal treats, breaking through fences, napping in the sun, and playing with their friends.
I would recommend that anyone who is low on dog vitamins and high on stress, type “dogs” or “pets” into the search bar of your reader and just spend half an hour soaking up the joy.
Dogs are my organizing factor; they are the scaffolding I can hang ideas on to make things make sense. Dogs allow me to listen with compassion to ideas that might otherwise seem too foreign. I’ve noticed that I will read all kinds of posts from someone that I know loves dogs, even if nine out of ten of their posts are about something else entirely. I read about Australian politics, and gardening tips, and running and travel and cooking, all because I found a picture of a dog on that blog one day, or a cat, or a horse, or a pig. I trust that someone who loves animals has something interesting to say about other parts of their lives.
I’m going to attempt a comprehensive list here, but there are so many good dog blogs and I know I will miss too many. Please add links in the comments section to dog blogs you like. I hope I’m doing the links right.
andrewjoyce.wordpress.com (Danny the dog)
araneaus1.wordpress.com (Understanding Your Dog)
c3900s.wordpress.com (Love your dog)
drradhavasan.wordpress.com (dogs and humans)
Markingourterritory.wordpress.com (Will and Eko)
mypositivedogtrainingblog.com (Linda Trunell)
Ourpawpad.wordpress.com (All Fur One and One Fur All)
pinkpixie786.wordpress.com (Vanilla bean)
Withinthekstreets.wordpress.com (Maxwell the dog)
Hi Rachel – Love your blog! And this list! I have already added a bunch to follow and to read regularly! Would love it if you would add The Science Dog to your list! http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/ Thanks!
I love your blog, and I also want to thank you for including me, as well as a ton of other dog blogs that I get to check out now! It really is a lot of fun to find a good blog that you connect to and enjoy reading.
It makes me feel like I have the houseful of dogs I really really want!
I love this post! The beginning was very interesting,and the list was very helpful. I just checked out a whole bunch of the blogs on the list,and I loved them and followed them! I would love it if you would add fifiandlulu.wordpress.com to the list. Thank you!
This is a great list Rachel and thank you so much for compiling it-it is so amazing to connect with so many other dog lovers out there-
I’m so glad I can help even a little bit!
You are so right about dogs, they are a big part of any dog owner’s life. I write a cruise blog, but my dog has made appearances in it more than once – one of them in a boat even. http://mycruisestories.com/2012/06/23/boating-with-dogs/ I’ve seen dogs on cruises a few times. Service dogs, but sometimes they let people pet them. On the last cruise I took all the people from the small cruise ship were on a beach and random people with a dog came in from another boat and lots of people wanted to visit with their dog since they all missed their own dogs.
It’s amazing how quickly the dog-missing sets in. A few hours away from my girls and I start jonesing for a puppy sighting.
Everything you write here is absolutely spot-on, Rachel. We love reading the blogs of those who love dogs: as you say, just the fact that there is a dog somewhere at the heart of these writers’ lives makes what they have to say on a myriad of topics worth listening to. We have a relatively small band of loyal readers but each one is special and they mean such a lot. Thank you for this lovely thoughtful piece. Pip and the Dickens Dogs
Thank you, and you are so welcome!
Testimony to the wonderful role that dogs play in our lives. 🙂 Such a list!
Just tweeted this 🙂
Wow! Thank you!
What a beautiful post, and what a list of fantastic dog blogs! I can’t wait to check out all these links. Dogs really do inspire the best in us, don’t they? This post just made my day. (P.S. Thanks so much for including Penny’s Purls in the list! I’m honored.)
You’re welcome, and thank you!
Hi Rachel – I don’t really know how this WP thing is supposed to work, but I’ve noticed that you’ve liked some of my posts on my non-but-sometimes dog blog and also (incredibly) that You Are Not Selling Things like a whole lot of the other WP ‘likes’ I get. I love what you’ve written here, and will be reading more, and will check out some of these blogs, too.
Cheers and thanks,
Thank you so much!
This is a great list. I didn’t know there were so many dog blogs out there. Now I’ll have to have a second cup of copy while I cruise through the list. Thanks for posting.
Oops. Meant coffee not copy.
I’m so glad you like it!
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Thanks for including me!
So unbelievably cute !
Thanks for adding the links! It gave me some more dogs to see, although a couple of them tore my heart out.
I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to break hearts, but sometimes the most beautiful things grow out of grief. Or live in communion with it. I wouldn’t want to leave out any of that beauty.
Great list of blogs. Thanks!
Just tweeted this post 🙂
Oh my goodness!
Another two to add to the list:
Gnawing the Bone
Kennedy Dog School
Have a good day! 🙂
Yeah. They’re both really good dogs… I mean blogs! 😀
Hi, Appreciate your liking my Shadow’s story, keep writing about dogs, so many are neglected and abused, we need to keep peoples attention on the them. My dog Spirit had spent 30 days in a kill shelter in Texas when I found him I got him 48 hours before he was to be put to death.
You are doing a good job!
Love the names spirit and shadow! The whole idea of kill shelters boggles my mind.
And again 🙂
My personal publicist! Thank you!
Great list of Dog Blogs!!!
I absolutely love this post I smiled…….a lot! I’ll be back, thank you
Thank you so much!
Hi Rachel 🙂 Lovely list you have here!
I would absolute love to be added, I’m a full time groomer and vet assistant, and I started a blog to help out owners. Let me know what you think! – http://www.playbarkrun.com
Great list of sites. What do you think of this site: https://pettime.net/
Great list! Very informative! What about this site: https://petreader.net/