Friday, February 6, 2015

Liebster Award!

I'm am so excited to have been given the Leibster Award by our friend Shannon from Walks With Rama! This is our first time winning this award!

By accepting this award we agree to answer 11 questions given to us by the blogger who nominated us, as well as list 11 random facts about us/our blog.   We must then nominate 3-11 bloggers that have less than 3000 followers and provide 11 questions for them to answer.

1.  What is your ultimate vision for your blog and has it changed since you started?
My ultimate vision for my blog was to share stories about my dogs, to help people with training and to do product reviews. It hasn't really changed since I started.

2.  If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
I would really like to travel and see more of the world, actually. I'm not sure if I would do anything specific but I would really like to go on a photography safari.

3.  What is your blogging routine?  Do you write at the same time each day?  In the same place?
I don't really have a specific blogging routine. When I started blogging my goal was to blog once per day for an entire year and then adjust at the end of the year. So far I haven't missed a day! I don't have a specific time a day that I write but I do try to get it done either before my husband gets home from work or after he goes to bed. I do usually write in the same place, which is in our living room on the couch with my laptop.

4.  Does your dog have a favorite treat?  If so, what is it?
They love real meat like steak or chicken. 

5.  What is your favorite pet product?
I can only pick one? Such a tough question!! :D My favorite recent would be the jackets we got from Dox & Dane on Etsy, they are so cute but functional. I also really like nylabone products we have a few different bones and Phoenix absolutely loves them.

6.  What do you like the most about your blog?
I would say my favorite thing about my blog is my readers and the pet blogging community. I love all of the comments that I get and getting to know everyone!

7.   If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If money was not a concern, I would love to live on my own island somewhere near Hawaii.

8.  Are you a neat-freak or slightly cluttered?
A little of both! 

9.  Will you be attending the Blogpaws 2015 convention?
I wish I could but we spent a lot of money on moving back to Oregon so it's just not going to happen this year!

10.  What is one of your favorite things to do?
My favorite thing to do is hang out with my dogs and husband. I love taking them to the beach and watching them run. I also really enjoy quiet hikes in the forest, too.

11.  Do you have an unusual hobby?
I don't really have an usual hobby but my main one is photography. I love photographing my dogs and I usually choose to put them in unique places for them. Like in the picture below, Phoenix is up in a tree. They love doing parkour so it really works. I also love photographing exotic animals and we go to zoos and sanctuaries pretty frequently. I'm also really good at remembering different kinds of animals and being able to name them off without looking at the cards when we go.

Here's 11 random facts about us:

1. We have no idea what kind of dogs Zoe and Phoenix are but they both have a lot of sight hound tendencies. Zoe looks a lot like a Portuguese Podengo and Phoenix is more whippet/iggy looking than anything. Both girls like to hunt things but Zoe is definitely more obsessed with it than Phoenix.

2. Zoe and Phoenix were adopted separately, 14 months apart and both came from Klamath Falls, Oregon. I can tell them apart, even in complete darkness and they look nothing alike to me.

3. Phoenix is probably the closest I've ever come to having a "heart dog" but I love both of my dogs very much! If I had one word to describe Phoenix I would say that she is "spunky".

4. I originally started my blog because I was burnt out from the dog forum I moderate and wanted my own space for my dog photography, training tips and ideas.

5. Most days I have no idea what I'm going to blog about and then the ideas just come to me.

6. I've been a dog person my entire life! I'm finding out that I'm not really a cat person, though. My cats drive me insane.

7. I originally did not want to give Phoenix that name. One of my friends had a dog named Phoenix who had very recently passed away and I was worried it would be weird. My husband insisted that we name her that and the name does fit her perfectly.

8. Phoenix was rescued out of a burning house by firefighters. Her owners never came back for her. Their loss was my gain. She is the perfect companion in every way.

9. I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest but didn't grow up here. We came up here on our honeymoon and we never wanted to leave. Soon after, we ended up moving here. I love how beautiful and dreary the rain is. I love the rainforest and just everything about it. I was devastated when we moved back to California and I'm so happy to be back in the rainforest!

10. My husband and I have known each other for half of our lives. We met when were 15 when he and his family moved in across the street from me.

11. I grew up in California in the bay area and when I was in 6th grade my family moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains. I've lived in California, Nevada and Oregon.

Oh and a bonus one just because, I was adopted from birth and I have no idea who or where my birth parents are. 


There are so many blogs that I absolutely love! Anyone who would like to do this can just make sure you let me know you answered my questions! I would like to nominate the following:

Dachshund Nola
It's Dog Or Nothing
Rubicon Days
Kelley's Dog Blog
Love is Being Owned By a Husky
A Tail of Two Cardis
Life with Seppel

Here are my questions for the Nominees:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?
3. What is your favorite breed of dog and why do you like that breed?
4. Who is your favorite dog trainer(s)?
5. What is your favorite dog product?
6. Do you have any hobbies?
7. What is your favorite exotic animal?
8. How do you come up with ideas for your blog?
9. Do your dogs have any favorite foods or toys?
10. What is your most favorite activity to do with your dog?
11. If you could go anywhere (including time travel) and do anything where would you go and what would you do?

That's it!

Should you accept this award, you’ll need to know the rules, which are:

1. Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
2. Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
3. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
4. Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
5. List 11 random facts about yourself.
6. Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers.
7. List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
8. Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

I can't wait to see what everyone answers!


  1. Oh congratulations! It's always fun to read about fellow bloggers.

    Monty and Harlow

  2. We soooo loved learning more about you! Congrats on the award! I am in love with Hawaii too and would LOVE to visit the Pacific Northwest sometime. Have a great day

    1. Awe thanks!! If you make it out here let me know! :D

  3. Thanks for the nomination! I can't promise I will follow through as I am not too good with these. I had to chuckle at the less than 3000 followers requirement. That's pretty much all of us except for Pioneer Women or the Blogess! LOL!

    1. No worries! :D I laughed too about the follower requirement. :D

  4. Congratulations on your Liebster! Very well deserved and I love the new recipients!

  5. Crikey ..... what a good job you did there? I loved learning more about you and your two beautiful girls.

  6. Congrats on your award. We enjoyed reading your answers!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Thanks so much! I loved reading your answers!

  8. Congrats! I enjoyed learning more about you!

  9. I humbly accept! Thank you so so much for thinking of me and a huge congrats to you on the award!!! I loved reading some more about you!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thank you!! :D I'm excited to read your answers, too! :D

  10. Thank you for the nomination!!! It was cool getting to know you better. Not to pry too much but do you have any interest in finding your birth parents?? Also I agree - I'm a dog person too. I love my cat but im not sure I'd get another at this point, they can be trouble :p

    1. I have thought about finding them a bunch of times but it's so weird. LOL!

      I love my cats, too but I'm kind of thinking they will be my last ones.

  11. Thanks so much for the nomination. I am so honored. I'm going to put on my thinking cap and see what I can come up with. Your responses were so good that I feel a little inadequate right now. Thanks again for the nod.

  12. Congrats on your award. I enjoyed learning a bit more about you.


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