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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Small Talk: Tips For Socially Awkward Pups and Peeps

I am an introvert by nature and so is Ruby. And although not all introverts are socially awkward, we are card-carrying members of the socially awkward ‘I don’t do small talk and would rather be at home’ club.

Ruby and I are usually on the same page with our social anxiety, but not always. Sometimes when Ruby is feeling like she can greet other dogs with a wag, I am in a ‘cross the street because I can’t handle small talk' mood. Likewise, when I am feeling normal and maybe even chatty (once or twice a year), Ruby gets all jumpy and reactive. When one is up, the other is down. We are like a confidence seesaw gone wrong.

But based on the response to our first post about the challenges of dog walking when you are socially awkward, we suspect we may not be alone. So, after years of trying (unsuccessfully) to be normal, we have decided to embrace the awkward silence and stop explaining ourselves. It's a new year and the same old awkward us.

Dog walking and small talk are complicated for socially awkward dogs and their equally socially awkward owners
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Post-Holiday Doggie Blues

Ruby realizes the holidays are over and it is time to go back to real life

The moment you realize the holidays are over and it is time to go back to real life

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pet Blogger Challenge 2018


Happy 2018! Once again, I am participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by GoPetFriendly.com. As always, the challenge is a great way to learn from and support fellow pet bloggers.
The 8th Annual Pet Blogger Challenge by GoPetFriendly
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sparkle Bunny Rings In The New Year

See how sparkle bunny rings in the new year with a red cape, roses, and sparkles

Because nothing says Happy New Year like a bunny in a red cape and sparkles! Happy 2018!

You can read our reflections and hopes for 2018 here. 
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Monday, January 1, 2018

On Being More Tree-Like In 2018

I have never been very good at endings and 2017 was all about endings. Some were good, some not so good, and most were bittersweet. Of course, endings are also beginnings, but sometimes it is tough to see the beginning when you are in the middle of the ending.

My goal for the New Year is to be more like a tree. Instead of riding the highs and lows of beginnings and endings, I want to be more balanced, steady, and resilient – more tree-like.


I want to be more tree like in 2018 and other New Year's resolutions
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