Snow Dogs and Resolutions

Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution to blog faithfully four times a week or something like that. Because, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been a blogging slacker for the past week or so. But I’m trying to get back on track with a twice-per-week blogging schedule.

Also, I did finally settle on some dog-related resolutions, as I discussed in my first post of the year. So here they are:

1. I resolve to walk better. I want to find more places where I can walk the dogs off leash (and maybe I’m cheating a bit because I’m making this resolution after I’ve made strides on this first part–see below). I will register Gertie and Duke for the local dog park. And I will find other new places for us to walk.

Snow tag

Above: I loved watching Gertie and Duke run free in the snow this afternoon. I’m not going to divulge where I found this off-leash spot because I’m not really supposed to be walking my dogs there–off-leash or otherwise. It’s our little secret.

2. I resolve to volunteer more. I plan to contact Cedar Rapids AniMeals, the organization that provides dog food for owners who need assistance. And I am mulling over ways I can use my new-found love for photography to help dogs needing homes (a subject I’ll be posting about soon). And, as I mentioned in my resolutions post, I will help Mid-Iowa Boxer Rescue if they can use me.

Feel free to bug me about whether I’m keeping up with these resolutions, especially since I’ve been so resolution-shy in the past. I can use all the help I can get to stick with these goals!

And now, since I have been a slacker, I have a few other items to discuss. First, winter has finally come to Iowa. I just thought you should know. Duke is loving the snow. He runs and hops and spins, periodically dipping his head to chomp a mouthful of the white stuff. Gertie’s a little less enthusiastic about the snow, especially when it’s deep or crunchy, but she does enjoy romping with her brother and sometimes digging in snowdrifts for a toy.

Little Snowbeard

Catching snowflakes

And last, but certainly not least, I have been honored with a couple of awards from fellow bloggers.

First, the Iowa Dog Trust, a blog dedicated to the well-being of dogs in Iowa, awarded me a “Pawlitzer Prize” for Dog Blog Journalism. You can read more about the award. They recently created this award and say, “By doing this we hope to encourage more bloggers to help dog owners around the corner and around the world by offering them quality instruction, information and guidance.” You can read more about the award and see the other nominees here.

I also feel lucky to have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by For the Love of My Dogs. I just realized, however, that I have some thinking to do about the seven items I will share, as well as the other blogs I plan on nominating. So I will officially accept this award in my next post.

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Do your dogs enjoy the snow?