Holy Bones! It’s been a whirlwind year, with a ton of news, important issues and campaigns, funny clips and stories…and so many wonderful new friends. I just can’t believe it’s the end of the year already – and you know what? I just started this little bloggy thingy at the end of the summer! I’ve only been in this realm for the last four months. Little did I know the whole new world I would be trotting into…
To all my friends, dear readers and fellow bloggers, I woof out a huge THANK YOU for all your support and encouragement these past few months. You’ve spurred me on, lifted me up, entertained me, widened my horizons and taught me so much. Thank You!! As I tip my hat to say farewell to the year 2010, I tip my hat even more in gratitude to YOU!
In the spirit of the approaching New Year celebration, and thanks to the host of today’s blog hop – Dr. V. and her pawcurious blog – we present to you the Top Ten posts of 2010, as judged by those confoozing thingies called stats (some human invention, I’m sure), and more importantly the feedback you gave me on them. I’ll let Mom give you the rundown. So, drumroll, please…..
Holiday Baskets for the Homeless
Reading about a special program run by veterinary students in California prompted me to think long and hard about the plight of both the homeless and the pets they may rely on for comfort. I made a few people get leaky eyes, but trust me – I was practically bawling my eyes out over the keyboard writing it.
My wish for 2011? That more is done to seriously tackle the issue of homelessness in this country. For people, Joel John Roberts wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post, Top Ten Advocates for the Homeless. The 100,000 Homes Campaign sounds intriguing, I’d love to volunteer. For pets, there is nothing or no one more dedicated and determined than Mike Arms, of the Helen Woodward Center, with ideas and programs to spur our nation toward an end to homeless pets. Just imagine if everyone and every pet were Home for the Holidays next year!
I’m Not Perfect Either
Tippy is a kitty I have had the privilege to know and love. Although his history included abuse and neglect, which left him not only with a funky-looking eye but also a hesitancy toward humans, he inspired me to present the very essence of the wonderful unconditional love pets offer their people. Although he is still waiting for his own forever home, he is well-cared for and loved in a foster home. He and many, many super cats and dogs are available through my favorite rescue organization, Almost Home Foundation.
The Story of Me
What can I say? CindyLu dictated, I typed. This little girl has become the most powerful personality in our household, and seriously – it wasn’t lacking any prior to her arrival! CindyLu’s only question is why this isn’t NUMBER ONE.
Oh My Gosh, Well Merry Christmas!
This was a story I read about, and it touched me deeply. Turns out, I wasn’t alone in loving to hear about a happy ending!
Pawprints on My Heart
A personal favorite of mine, both for the expression and the experience of it. If anyone has even the slightest ability to foster a pet in their home, I cannot recommend it enough. If you are unable to, there are a zillion other ways to help.
This video from YouTube had me breathless, I was laughing so uncontrollably. It starts out slow, hang in there! I guarantee you’ll love this one!
My daughter’s new dog (who CindyLu is still waiting to meet!) hit the charts big-time. He’s just too amazingly beautiful! And yes, Becky is Becky Sorrentino Studio, aka BecArt, aka the artist who created the custom pet portrait ornament for our giveaway during the Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop in November. Her husband, Mark, has contributed greatly in attending to his assigned duties as her assistant (let me put it this way – Becky and CindyLu have a lot in common!) Tell me, is Vedder an artist’s dog, or what?!
(and the original, Weebles Wobble But They Don’t Fall Down)
These two boys have completed nuked the hearts of every single person who spent any time with them! They are the most amazing kitties, despite having physical conditions that placed them in the “less-adoptable” category. While Sebastian still waits patiently for his forever home, we recently received the wonderful news that Weebles is now in his. He was Home for the Holidays! Big hugs and wet kisses to both you boys!!
J Lo’s Song
J Lo, yet “another black cat”, became a poster girl of sorts for the plight of homeless black cats. With her big personality and wonderful human mom, it’s just the most wonderful happy ending kind of story.
…and the most popular post, thanks to a guy who became THE #1 HooMan in 2010 –
Watch Out Joey’s Coming!
The title says it all; Joey is a man on a mission of #stopchasingtail, as he describes himself, in an all-out effort to promote spay/neuter of pets and prevent animals from “doing the deed”. Subscribe to his newsletter – you’ll get to see his videos before they’re publicly released. And please, help him in spreading the word, it will lessen the pet overpopulation and the resulting homeless animals.
Well, that’s the round-up, hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out the other blogs in hop, listed below — they’re doggone great and catabulous! Have a safe, happy New Year’s celebration – Happy New Year!
Love, CindyLu and Kim et al
Top Ten 2010 Blog Hop