Now that all the crazy stress of the holidays is over it is time for the crazy stress of January. Doesn’t seem right, does it? This time* it’s self-inflicted. Many fellow bloggers have issued challenges for the first month of the year and I am just nuts enough to accept them. Is insanity contagious? I’d blame Shiva yet I have a suspicion I was already a little wacked before she came along. Why else would I have agreed to adopt an obviously over-energized dog one week before a big family visit?
First up is the Third Annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Go Pet Friendly on January 10th. Putting together answers to all nine questions is a pretty interesting thought experiment. I’ve learned a lot about myself during the last two challenges and I hope to repeat the same this round. What’s more, I’ve always found the experiences of other bloggers to be even more fascinating. I think I am looking forward to reading what everyone else has to say even more than I am looking forward to writing my own post. I really hope you’ll think about joining if you haven’t already.
The next challenge to highlight is more of an all-month kind of deal. The author You Did What With Your Weiner has resolved to spend at least thirty minutes walking her dogs every day for thirty days. Because no blogger needs to tread alone, she asked others to support her mission by participating with their own dogs in the 30/30 Challenge. Given the bitterness of the weather this season, it is definitely not always an easy thing to do. Unless you live with a Shiva. Then not walking is actually worse than anything the outdoors could throw at you.
Since I already walk over thirty minutes a day but I wanted to show my solidarity, I resolved to pump it up a bit and add in 30 minutes of running. I am supposed to be tackling the 10K in this year’s Bluenose Marathon and have very little time to get ready. The 30/30 Challenge should be just the thing! Only… It’s already January 3rd and I haven’t run at all. Not once. Er…
Can I blame the icy sidewalks? The negative-too-many-digits windchill? January is not a good time to start back up with a running regime. I’m going to have to figure out something else fast if I am going to save face!
Lastly, Something Wagging This Way Comes is once again running a challenge for Train Your Dog Month. With the silly good times we had last year, how could I pass it up?
I am not completely positive what I am going to work on this year but I have some solid ideas. I have been working on getting Shiva to hold an object in her mouth for a long time and we still have no concrete success. It’s a tedious thing to train and Shiva picks up on my lackluster attitude. I just think the photo opportunities would be endless if she could master this one thing! I know if I pull out the clicker and dedicate several minutes every single day to working on the behaviour we have a pretty big chance of achieving my goal. This challenge might be the motivation I need. If it isn’t, maybe nothing is.
So I think I have enough to keep me out of too much trouble over the next few weeks. Have you decided to participate in anything this year? Do you know of any other blog-related challenges I should check out?
*Okay, it was probably self-inflicted all the other times too. What can I say? Life isn’t the same unless I have a million deadlines looming.