Taking a Step Back

As a blogger, I do a lot of talking. Often too much. However, I think it is just as important to read what other people have to say. It’s easy to get caught up in voicing one’s own opinions and forget to check in with the other twenty sides of the story. Unfortunately, I don’t think it makes for a very well-rounded life, or blog. As vital as I believe it is to join the conversation, it may be even more important to sit back and listen every once in a while.

Being a naturally quiet person, I have always prided myself on being a good listener. Actually speaking up was much more of a challenge. It took me years before I even typed my first comment. With this website as an outlet, that has changed. These days I set aside time every morning to yammer. But I don’t often set aside time to read, really read, the thoughts of others. There is a difference between hearing someone else’s words and actually understanding them, taking them to heart. I think I’ve gotten pretty good at the talking. It’s time to start listening again.

Here are some of the interesting things I have heard this week:

“The regular attention you pay to your dog during grooming sessions is key to his health as well as to your relationship with each other. It can also be beneficial to your own health, though — full disclosure — it is unlikely to enhance your appearance. Quite the opposite when brushing or bathing your dog is involved.”  – Will My Dog Hate Me.

“There was a little agility course for child handlers and their Alpacas which looked like a lot of fun for both! They also had to go through a fly screen thingy, weave around the little posts with the balloons on, go over a few small jumps and go through the tunnel you can see in the background.  It was timed and the kids took it very seriously!” – Greyhounds CAN Sit.

“It’s something I struggle with on a very real basis. I tend to cut people out of my life if they do something to me intentionally or unintentionally without a second thought. Over the years, I’ve gotten quite good at it. I can’t say that I’ve ever been ashamed of it… until yesterday.” – Identity V + E

“Dogs protect us from evil forces. Cats may be in touch with evil forces that can suck our brains out through our ears.” – The Poodle (And Dog) Blog

“The universe is testing my willingness to be out of control. I only wish blog databases and work were as cute and fuzzy as puppies.” – Something Wagging This Way Comes

“The current leaders of Ontario already consider the pitbull ban to be “old news”. Imagine if there were no letters, no protests, no one fighting? BSL
wouldn’t be on the political radar, ever, and the ban would remain. Out of sight, out of mind.” – Swamp Dog Blog

“I strongly believe that the only way breed specific anything can change is through compromise, and that means listening and hearing the other side. It means being willing to work with people who don’t care, people who think our ideas are stupid, and people who will never change their minds because they know they’re right.” – Dogs and Tails

“Have you ever watched your dog’s ears? Like really, closely studied them? They tell you so much about what they’re thinking or how they’re feeling. I could write a whole book about my dogs’ ears. Though no one would read it. Except maybe John, and even he’d probably get bored by chapter 2.” – Oh My Dog!  

“Are pet owners really such simpletons that they can’t grasp the notion that dogs need exercise, in whatever form it takes for a particular dog, because they ‘enjoy’ exercise, and that is reason enough for providing them with the opportunity for it? Dog trainers, bite your tongues.” – Fearfuldogs’ Blog

What have you been reading lately? I am always looking for new blogs to check out. They don’t even have to be dog blogs. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

25 thoughts on “Taking a Step Back

  1. You already listed it, but I love fearful dogs blog. Every post has a quote that I copy and paste into a word document, so I can reread them often.

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    • I agree, her blog is excellent. I never read a post without learning something new or looking at my dog in a fresh way. Sometimes I wish I just just download everything from her website right into my head.

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  2. How cool!
    Now I’ve got to go read those posts!

    I’ve read a lot of great stuff lately, including Pamela’s post on control. I loved the quote you included from her post. I also LOVED Jan’s comment on cats in touch with evil forces who can suck out your brains. LOL!

    How about this one? “There must be evil dog-eating fish in our lake that only come out when I’m not looking.” 🙂

    BTW – Wanted you to know that when I first went to comment the Name, Email and Website boxes were already pre-filled with Jen’s info from her Newfies blog.

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    • I can never read enough! There just seems like there is never enough time to get to all the great articles out there. I could spend 24 hours doing nothing but reading blogs and I would still miss too many. How do people do it?

      Glad I could make you laugh!

      Thanks for letting me know. It sounds like I am having the same issues Karen had at Doggie Stylish. Maybe I’ll ask her what she did. I’ve disabled Comment Luv for now and I hope that helps. Ugh. Just when I got one thing figured out, something else goes awry. 😛

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  3. I really loved Amy’s recent post at Go Pet Friendly about what it’s like to live in an RV and how she and Rod negotiate life in close quarters. Since I’d someday like to do the same thing on a sailboat, I read those posts with interest.

    But her relationship tip was worth reading even if you live in a big house or apartment. If you missed it, the post is here: http://www.gopetfriendlyblog.com/2011/10/its-kind-of-like-being-a-turtle/.

    Besides dog blogs, my favorite blogs are all about finding new ways to live in the world instead of being stuck in the same routine.

    One of the best is Tammy Strobel’s Rowdy Kittens – social change through simple living. http://rowdykittens.com/

    And lately I’ve been really inspired by the Drunken Master of Canine Fu–don’t laugh but that post really struck me in a positive way. I revisit the idea over and over.

    Thanks for the shout out, Kristine.

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    • Thanks for the suggestions! I hadn’t read Amy’s latest post yet so I will have to head over. Their posts are always filled with great ideas and gorgeous photos. They really lead a dream lifestyle. I’d like to think one day I might be able to try a similar tour myself.

      I have to laugh, I’m sorry. I’m very pleased you enjoyed it so much, though. Honestly, I was really stuck for an idea and just started rambling. I was kind of worried people would chastise for walking my dog while not completely sober. Clearly I misjudged once again!

      Thank you for writing it!

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  4. I will be checking out those blogs Kristine and I really love Pamela’s blog. Another blog I read religiously is Life at Golden Pines http://lifeatgoldenpines.blogspot.com/ Kim (the author) has such a big heart and brings in so many seniors as fosters she has inspired me to do the same…except with labs and also right now. Maybe it is her style of writing but I find myself checking in constantly just to see if she has updated.

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    • Thanks for the great suggestion! I’ll make sure to check it out. People who foster dogs and cats in need are always so inspiring. I feel like such a wimp for not being brave enough to do it myself. Perhaps I need to add it to the life list to make it a real goal. Perhaps once we get that fenced yard we’ve always dreamed of instead of getting a second dog…

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  5. I haven’t been listening enough either, Kristine, but I do appreciate your listening to me — and sharing.

    In the spirit of what others have done, I’ll share what’s inspired me this morning, while saddening me that the speaker is gone:

    Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs

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  6. I need to check out some of these, I don’t know about them. I personally know that at times im bad about just reading and commenting in depth on a few blogs and then rushing by others so that I can try to visit all of our friends. I think that its a big issue that alot of bloggers deal with in reagards to making time for all the blogs we follow.

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  7. Thanks for the links (and the link). Many of my favorite bloggers have dropped out of the blogosphere through the years for various reasons. The great thing about the internet is that it is easy for people with great ideas to jump in without having to have an agent or a publisher.

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  8. You always make such thoughtful points, I always enjoy taking the time to listen to you! I enjoyed the comments you listed too, I especially like the one about the ears. Although Kelly’s ears are so long and furry they basically only are “up” or “down.” lol Tails, also are fascinating. I love when Kelly’s tail goes around in a circle like a helicopter rotor. It’s usually when she’s on the trail of a chipmunk.

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  9. Hi.
    I would like to know exactly why it is that I have not been subscribing to your blog all along?
    And how often do you do posts like this?
    I love this post.
    Of course….when I initially got a pingback request (means wordpress decided to yell HEY, SOMEONE LINKED TO YOUR PAGE!) I thought I was in trouble. I have… a way of offending people regardless of wording or intention.
    I figured I was going to be yelled at…. lol.
    In any case, I love the little quotes – teasers if you will – to each article you linked. Some of those blogs I don’t know; most of them I don’t read. (But you can bet your butt I’ll be checking them out soon!)
    I’ve never seen/read a post quite like this, so I’m pretty darn impressed with it. =]
    You should do one per week =P that way I know what my weekly reading schedule will be. ;]

    In any case, TY for linking to my blog. =] And I’ll be keeping an eye out for more articles from yours.

    PS: What hosting site do you use? Your site kicks butt!

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  10. oo more blogs to follow! though I reckon I read about 10x more than I write at the moment, and that includes writing for both of my blogs!

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  11. This is wonderful and so true. Sometimes it is ok to just sit back and take it all in. Sometimes you might even learn a thing a too., and learn to look at certain things in a different way thanks to someone else’s view!
    I need to start doing this more.

    I read Mel’s comment about my info being in the comment box when she was commenting, this happened to me on Karen’s blog too a few weeks ago, I don’t know why it is always my name that is left there, I have to look into that….sorry.

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  12. I love all of the blogs you listed, I just wish I had more time to read them all! I’m so impressed by you and other bloggers that are able to post daily and really have something intriguing to say 🙂

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  13. I do not follow nearly as many blogs as other bloggers do. I feel moderately guilty about it, but I simply don’t have time. You’re showing me how much great stuff is out that, and now I feel even worse that I’m missing it all.

    Your dedication to your blog, to your readers, and to other people’s blogs is truly amazing. I really enjoy having Rescued Insanity as part of my life.

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  14. What a great reminder Kristine! I’ve been so darn ridiculously busy this month that I don’t get to go out and listen as much as I want to. I’m love when I get to sit down and really enjoy delving into my google reader. One blog I always head to when I need a break (even a break from dog stuff) is theBloggess. Ridiculous and totally inappropriate, she’s my kinda gal. Of course, you are on my go to blog list, as well!

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  15. I love this idea… and seeing the list set out like this really reminds me how many great writers are out there in pet blogland. They really have a way with words.

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