Posts Tagged ‘Riley and James’

Oh, Hai! :)

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

I have not been posting at Riley and James for quite some time.  And I have missed it.  The only things I love more than Riley and James are Riley…and James!

So here is a post to get started again.  I will try to post once or twice a week.  I do have cute pet pictures and good stories.  Life has just been busy (good busy!)

Here are my excuses exciting life events:

  • I am working much more than I had been and at a job I love.  Just for the straight-forward time management aspect, I have had less time to write rough drafts, which is the majority of the time it takes me to write stuff.  Also, having a job I love, I have found I do not need the stress-relief of writing as much as I did.  I do need YOU though.  And I do love writing, and all things pet and veterinary.  So I will try to start up again!
  • I have new projects going on!  OK, Life with Dogs is not new, but much of my writing energy is going into my weekly articles on that site.  It has been super fun, and made me focus on actual medical education, something I drift from here on occasion rarely talk about here!
  • I have been drawing and coloring.  Which sounds silly.  But it is helping.  And it is fun.
  • I just joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Veterinary Economics too!  Woo!  That has been fun.  So much of the time I DO have for rough draft writing has been spent elsewhere.
  • To be honest, for the first four months of the job transition, when I was not at work or somewhere I had to be, I was sleeping.  I struggle with depression.  I had to process.  I internalize things to process them.  Then I wake up and life is awesome again.  I mean, it has been the whole time.  But now, I am, you know, awake more :)

So I think things are back to a healthy balance.  I will return to at least weekly posts.  I will let you know if things are rough instead of withdrawing into myself.  If I don’t show up for a bit, assume I am busy reading YOUR blogs, or out walking the dogs or playing in the garden!

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Coming Soon on Riley and James if I Get My Act Together:

  • Book reviews – The Happiness Project, The Thank You Economy and Confessions of a Surgeon (Five stars!  They are all excellent!!)
  • A product review of Pet Naturals Dog and Cat treats (Five stars!) and some other stuff (Five stars!)
  • The story of Joy the Puppy’s most recent preschool visit
  • As many pictures as I can take of the visit of our Goldendoodle puppy cousin, Bailey, who is on her way to our house right now!  (We love you Joe and Nikki ♥♥♥)
  • More short stories
  • Good stuff from Nebraska Equine Association’s Horse Fair this coming weekend.  I will be speaking on pet and horse therapy.  And mostly just absorbing awesomeness from the Real Horse People there!  I will let you know what I learn.  And show you pictures of all of the beautiful horses!

Pet Bloggers' Challenge

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Edie Jarolim of “Will My Dog Hate Me?” and Amy Burkert of “Go Pet Friendly” challenged people who blog about pets to answer a set of questions about their site on this, the tenth day of January.

I try to keep up with pet blogs, but was challenged at a whole new level this past weekend, when I joined the Saturday Pet Blog Hop for the first time.  (Yes, I have visited every single one of the 134 140 sites!  Woo!  You guys have some cute pets!)  THAT is where I heard about The Pet Blogger Challenge.

Pet Blogger Challenge

I am always up for a great group project, especially when it involves pets or blogging or both, and don’t tell Edie and Amy, but I think they are awesome, and I will most likely do anything they tell me to do.

Here are their questions…

1. When did you begin your blog?

September 1, 2006

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

My original purpose was to get pet preventative care information to pet lovers in a broader way than just one-on-one in the exam room, veterinarian to client (which I still think is super important!)

My brother Dave suggested that I publish a newsletter for our family and mutual friends.  I loved the idea!  I tried to talk him into helping me print, staple and deliver newsletters to our friends, and he talked me into putting all of the newsletters onto a website that he offered to design for me.  (Dave, you were right, this is much more fun!)

He and his wife Sara had a gorgeous Great Dane at the time, so we named the site after her, The Official Riley Fan Club.  He even made buttons and fan club cards – so cute!  They still have Riley and later adopted James, the wonderful English Mastiff, and the website became Riley and James.  I went from publishing kind of long, formal entries every other month, to my current practice of publishing about twice a week.

 

Riley and James and…Riley and James!

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Yes!  The methods have changed over the years, but the purpose of Riley and James is the same, to provide pet preventative care information to pet lovers.  I also want it to be a fun site, and to be able to share some of my own pets’ stories.  I recently came up with a Purpose Statement, at the recommendation of , and buried it in a .  I will repost it here, and then at the Website Update, maybe somewhere more prominent!

The Purpose of the Riley and James Website:

To Promote Preventative Care of Pets in Order to Enrich the Lives of Pets and Their People

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the Spirit moves you?

At first, posts were every other month.  In 2010, I posted about twice a week.  Now I am trying to do that (way more fun, and I can post shorter, more random stuff) and I am trying to post on Mondays and Fridays, to give myself a schedule to follow.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

No, but I hope I am making pet lovers think about important things, and providing good medical information, and that I am playing a part in pets living longer, healthier lives.

I do work for Carefresh, and have written for Veterinary Economics and Firstline.  I do not think I would have met any of the wonderful people involved with those groups if I had not been writing online.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular?

I know those of you who do not know me in person do not believe me (because you have told me so!) but I am an extreme introvert.  Unless I am completely comfortable in a group, I will always choose listening over talking.

With the blog, I am able to formulate my thoughts and get them out there, without worrying I will not be heard because my voice is too soft or I am not articulate enough.  I think I have valid things to say, especially when it comes to veterinary medicine and related topics, but I will not necessarily say them outloud in Real Life.  It is great to have this outlet.

7. What do you like least?

I really, really love everything about doing the Riley and James website and all of the writing and online interaction opportunities that have come from it.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

I hope to become a better writer, take cuter pictures (That will be hard to do without Fuzzy and Wuzzy), make a dent in the puppy mill and cat overpopulation problems, connect in more ways with the pet community at large…I just think it is going to be a really great year, and I am excited to see it unfold.

Oh!  Also, Dave is updating the website this year! If you know Dave Nelson, or his company, Secret Penguin, you know he does incredible work!  Check back soon for the great updates!  I will keep you posted.

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Coming Soon to Riley and James:

My daughter Abby will review the kids’ book, Marvin, The Golf Caddy Dog, by Harold R. Mann, an Omaha author.  Our friends at Nebraska Humane Society know I like reviewing books and that Abby just read this one, and suggested I have her do a guest post – book review.  Her first blog post, woo!  Great idea, guys!  Thanks!

 

Bunny Trails: My latest article is up at Omaha.net…

Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

I wish it did NOT feature my own Max the Cat and Ebony Dog, but aren’t they gorgeous??