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Monday, March 20, 2017

I'm A Dog, I'm Really A Dog - Maybe

Ruby contemplates being nominated for a BlogPaws Nose to Nose award for best dog blog
Best Dog Blog Finalist - Who Me?
We have always been a feline centric home. Although we are multi-species (dog, cat, and rabbit), the cats definitely rule the roost. Ruby sometimes acts like a cat and Lulu, our rabbit, like a dog. We are a confused bunch - except for the cats who are always proudly themselves.

And this is why I was so shocked (like fall-off-my-chair shocked) to be among the finalists for a BlogPaws Nose-Nose Award for Best Dog Blog. While the other three amazing dog blog finalists are off doing extraordinary things like hiking, trekking, and traveling to the far corners of the world, Ruby is just trying to figure out what it means to be a dog, and whether or not she might really be part cat.

We are kind of cat bloggers disguised as dog bloggers or some weird hybrid of the two. All last week I was waiting for someone to pop out and be like "oops, we made a mistake - no Best Dog Blog nomination for you"

Ruby doesn't like dog toys but she does being nominated for BlogPaws Best Dog Blog
Are the scary squeaky things still there?

Ruby's Confessions About Her Non-Dogness and Fondness For All Things Feline

1. Squeaky toys scare the heck out of Ruby, tug toys confuse her, and interactive games wreak havoc on her self-esteem. She has a basket full of toys, but only one that she actually enjoys (a purple bear from her former foster family).

2. Ruby has yet to discover her inner wolf. She has no interest in squirrels, birds, or any other little creatures. She also doesn't bark - ever! I guess this makes her more rabbit than cat. 


Ruby and Rosie are best friends, but do suffer from a bit of species confusion
The family that trains together, stays together. 
3. Ruby has trouble learning tricks. She knows the basics, but anything new not so much. Just recently, I tried to teach her to give a high five. She remained perplexed, but Rosie picked it up right away (species confusion in action).

4. Cats are Ruby's safe place. She has some separation anxiety and the cats serve as her therapist, occasionally talking her off the ledge (AKA couch). Pretty sure she sticks to Rosie like glue while we are at work and school.

5. Ruby has a fondness (more like an addiction) for cat food. We are forever constructing new barriers to keep her away.  While the other dog blog finalists are climbing mountains, visiting ancient temples and dining at European cafes, Ruby devotes her energy to finding new ways around the baby gate that separates her from that oh so yummy, salmon and chicken blend.

Ruby bravely oversees her backyard and contemplates her nomination for BlogPaws Nose to Nose Award for Best Dog Blog 2017
Backyards are weird especially when there are no cats around. 
6. Backyards are weird. We have a big backyard that any dog (except Ruby) would love. When we take her out, she seems confused and usually runs to the door to get back inside (like an indoor cat might do). She's actually never even done her business in our yard, not once. She likes long walks just not our yard.

7. Ruby is socially awkward around other dogs. She was removed (along with many other dogs) from her former home because of severe criminal neglect. I imagine there may have been some fights over limited resources like food and water, which might explain her jitters and occasional reactivity around other dogs. We always celebrate the small victories when she plays nicely and bravely with other canines.

8. Water is the ultimate enemy. Ruby and Rosie are united in their extreme dislike of water. A few summers ago, we drove from Chicago to Cape Cod. Our former dog, Pip, loved water and I assumed Ruby would as well. Only she didn't. I'm pretty sure she is still mad at me for torturing her dipping her paws in the Atlantic.

Ruby spends an afternoon on Cape Cod at Crowes Beach
Ruby feeling the Ocean love. Not so much.
All this is to say, I am so grateful (but not sure we are worthy) to be among the finalists for Best Dog Blog and Best Cause Blog. And while Ruby may never travel to Croatia, bike across South America, or climb the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, I am confident that she will eventually conquer her fear of the backyard, bark at a squirrel, or maybe even stick her paws in Lake Michigan without having a panic attack. We can dream, right?

But jokes aside, I have enormous respect and admiration for all my fellow nominees and I am honored to be among such an unbelievably talented group of bloggers. From the bottom of Ruby's sweet, but slightly confused heart, thank you for accepting and loving her as she is.

Congratulations to my fellow nominees!

Best Dog Blog

Montecristo Travels
You Did What With Your Weiner 
Long Haul Trekkers 

Best Cause Blog (more on my fellow cause bloggers next week)

Sarcastic Dog
Three Chatty Cats
Savannah's Paw Tracks
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45 comments

  1. Congrats to you!!!!! and congrats to all finalists...all paws are crossed that the fab trophy gets a place in your house Ruby :o)

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  2. I'm just saying - I'd luv to get my paws on some kitty food too. So I'm wif ya there.

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  3. Congratulations to you and all of your fellow nominees! My dogs have been accused of being rather catlike too...so I know what you mean!

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  4. Congratulations. At our house it is the opposite. Cat bro Bert thinks he is one of us dogs. Mom used to be a total cat person, but that has flipped and now she is a dog person with a sometimes cat side.

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  5. Hari OM
    Oh Ruby - this is an equal opportunity place, the blogosphere, so you just roll with it dogpal!!! Hip hip hooray... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  6. Congrrats on your nomination! Ruby, we totally understand species confusion here. My angel kitty brother Scribbles was totally a dog in a cat's body. He walked on a leash, came when called, and played fetch. He bossed us pups around, no matter how much bigger we were than him!

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  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh congrats to you and IN OUR PURRSONAL OPINION WELL DESERVED!!!
    Ruby your mom is such a dog advocate and speaks for all pups and furiends in general!
    No worries about having cat like traits...mom says I often remind her in attitude of the family's first pet. A mighty mini Dachshund. I have absolutely none of the traits the first family cat had..well except for the fact that I am a cat.
    MOLMOL
    Congrats to the other nominees too
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  8. Congratulations and the best of luck to you! Have to tell you, ever since I began following you eons ago, I never associated you with cats. Your blog was always dog-centric, so the fact that you are really cat-centric, totally surprises me. You always had Pip on your blog and not cats...........sooo, the dog blog nomination makes perfect sense in my mind! Best of luck! DakotasDen

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  9. Congratulations, Ruby! I've never had kitty foodables before. They're really that good, huh?

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  10. But of course Ruby deserves to be nominated for best dog blog. Even if she is a cat in disguise.
    We love her and have all fingers and paws crossed that she will win.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (and Gail).
    PS Now we are off to check out the competition!

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  11. Well deserved honors! I joke about Bear's identity confusion ... when he was homeless, I named him Lily because I was sure he was a girl. Then I named him (A CAT!) Bear. And he's dog-like in a lot of ways. He's snuggly, needs reassurance, comes when he's called, meets me at the front door, plays fetch ... it's funny because he instinctively does all of it - but quite often, he'll remember his cat-ness in progress and pretend he's not doing what he just did - with the apathy and indifference that's all cat :)

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  12. Congrats, Ruby.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  13. We Think Ruby is her own dog! Thinks outside the square. Go Ruby...and congrats on the nomination.

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  14. Congrats, congrats, congrats! You. are most worthy indeed!!!!!

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  15. Concatulations on your nomination ! Purrs

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  16. ruby...inn deed ewe ARE werthy oh yur nom; & we offer up a bazillion conga ratz two ewe....& just sayin.....we dunno oh any one frank lee....even peepulz ... who wood stik ther toez in de lake & knot get a funkee bout sum thin !!! ~~~~~~ all de best two ewe ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  17. Congratulations on your nomination. Ruby is the most adorable Dat to ever Cog! :)

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  18. Congratulations!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  19. Congrats, what an honor! And you have your paws in both worlds too!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS RUBY... we think you are a Dawg fur ALL Species. THAT is such a Wonderful thingy. VERY INCLUSIVE. Excellent if you ask US.

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  21. Congratulations, we were soooooo happy to see you on the nomination list!!! We aren't at all surprised you were nominated...This post is a prime example of why!

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  22. We think you more than deserve any and every recognition you get! A huge congratulations to you!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone, Ruby. Pup Astrid is more cat than dog, it seems. She loves kitties, and kitty food, and acts terrified and reactive around other dogs, not to mention that dog food is just not her thing.

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  23. how sweet i think our cat spot is really a canine, and congrats

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  24. This is so awesome! Congratulations on being a finalist!

    I think it is adorable that Ruby is more of mixed species. Your list cracked me up! Thank you so much for sharing it. I swear all of our dogs are more like cats than dogs. Makes life so much more interesting! ;)

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  25. Awww, Ruby you are awesome. We are a house of mutts and we like quirkiness, so you're a star in our book! Congrats on the nomination and good luck with the whole "learning to dog" thing :)

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  26. Congratulations on your nomination! We have a house with one dog and two cats and I believe they don't always understand the distinction. I say the dog thinks she's a cat and the cats think they are a dog! But what's important is they all get along and love one another - until there is food around - that's another story LOL!

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  27. Awwww! Congrats on your nomination!! We think Ruby is absolutely adorable and our quirks make us who we are! Keep being you, Ruby! :)

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  28. Hallo! We dropped by after reading about you on Savannah's bloggie!
    First of all - congratulations on the nomination.
    Secondly - We think you should relate to Ruby as belonging to her prefurred species. If she self-identifies as a cat (which is COMPLETELY understandable, We think), then you should respect her choices. We believe in Trans-species Rights (mol).

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  29. I love that you have a feline side. Dexter thinks he's a cat and leaps and bounds thinking he will land on his feet. Good luck!

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  30. You are far too modest! You don't need to trek across the globe to be knowledgeable about dogs and Pet causes! You are more than deserving of these nominations! You're probably right about Ruby being part cat though!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  31. You are far too modest! You don't need to trek across the globe to be knowledgeable about dogs and Pet causes! You are more than deserving of these nominations! You're probably right about Ruby being part cat though!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  32. I'm pretty sure that Ruby is Eddie in girl form. They are so similar! Perhaps long lost cousins. And I adore that picture of Ruby and Rosie. And nice to see you on the blog, too! A big, huge, humongous congratulations on your two nominations!!!

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  33. Congratulations! My dog Nelly has an inner feline and it breaks her heart that most cats won't give her any attention at all.

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  34. Major congratulations. My dog Magic loves his kitty siblings (even if Seren doesn't want to claim him, BOL!

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  35. Congratulations on your nomination, Ruby is unique in her own way and that is all that counts, that is what I say about Layla also

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  36. Well done you! and Well done Ruby!! * high paw *

    Us cats are really smart so we welcome any species happy to cross the divide and learn with us ;-)

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  37. All you need is one adorable Ruby, and you are a dog blog! Huge congratulations on your nominations, and I'll look forward to seeing you win at the conference!
    PS...our beagle is very cat-like as well, other than the barking thing. I am often saying "you are not a cat, Cricket!" :)

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  38. congrats!!! wow. and yeah ... it's always humbling right? and hey ... we got some part cat business going on!

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  39. Congratulations and best of luck! I'm kind of cat like in that my favorite part of the day is lying in a sunny spot! ~ Dear Mishu

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  40. Congratulations on being a finalist! I love how you describe your family of fur children.

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  41. Congrats and lovely photos!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  42. Kristin, what a beautiful, fun, funny yet made me tear up post. As usual I LOVE your writing. Your nominations are VERY much deserved!

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  43. Yes you do! Of course, you deserve the nominations, and as you know, I am a huge fan of your writing and your blog!

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