The long-awaited blog hop is finally here! Thanks to my fellow hosts Kol’s Notes, Go Pet Friendly, I Still Want More Puppies, No Dog ABout It, The Daily Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies, Cindy Lu’s Muse, Life With Desmond, Bringing Up Bella, Heart Like a Dog, Peggy’s Pet Place and NEPA Pets for putting it all together. It is time for a full tell-all and show-all of all pet bloggers brave enough to bare-all. If you have ever wanted to know the true dirt lingering in the closets of your fellow pet lovers, your dreams have just come true. Don’t worry, I will stop mixing my metaphors and just get right to it.
Of course, the major purpose behind this awesome blog hop is to show our faces. I have never had an issue with that. It isn’t that I don’t suffer from massive self-esteem issues, because, well, if there is something I do well it is rip apart my appearance. I am a girl, after all, it is what we do. But! I realize how truly screwed up this is and I do my best to encourage other women to see themselves as they really are – not as society tells them they are – beautiful, talented, incredibly, worthy human beings. If I am going to have half a chance at being successful at this, I need to walk the walk, so to speak.
So what I have for you today is the most authentic set of pictures I could muster. Un-freshened make-up, un-trimmed hair, un-changed clothing, this is me, after I get home from work each day. It’s pretty much what I look like right now as I am typing this.
Yep, that’s me. No editing, no effort. Just the cold, hard facts. But, this is a pet blog after all, so I recruited my long-suffering PH into snapping a few shots of me and the Sheevs, equally unedited. If you look closely, you can see the Shivster’s scar…
Here is where I get down to the truth of the matter. I hope you are ready because this isn’t going to be pretty. I am wretched at naming my favourite anything. Mostly because making a decision is just dang hard. Choosing one thing out of the zillions of things I adore gives me a nasty rash. But I will do it for you. I hope you don’t hold my answers against me.
What’s your favourite non-animal related book?
Non-animal, eh? It depends on who is asking. My common, practiced answer to this question is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – a book I really do love. My knee-jerk answer? The book I could read a million times and then a million times more? Anne of Green Gables.
What’s your favourite non-animal related movie?
Again, this answer changes. My typical, job-interview – yes, I have been asked this question in job interviews – response is Life is Beautiful. I do love this movie. It makes me bawl my eyes out in a good way. But the movie I could watch ten times in a row and still not get tired of it? Anastasia. The singing! The Russia-ness of it all! The John Cusack! *sigh*
What’s your favourite non-animal related food?
This one is just obvious to anyone who has read anything I have ever written. You get three guesses and the first two don’t count.
Who’s your favourite actor?
Gosh, this might be the hardest question of all. My favourite actress is, without a doubt, Emma Thompson. But my favourite actor? The male performer who I will watch regardless of the quality of storyline? Hugh Grant? Kenneth Branagh? Are we sensing a pattern?
What’s one thing you have to do every day?
Walk the puppers. It’s the first thing I think of every single morning.
What makes you feel fabulous?
Completing a really difficult project. Finishing this blog post will make me feel pretty awesome, actually.
What do you wish you were more skilled at?
Writing. I really, really want to learn more.
What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas Eve. I know, it’s not really a holiday but it’s my favourite day of the year. I am an anticipation junkie, what can I say?
Bread. And cheese. And garlic. Mix those ingredients together and I am bound to eat it all in one gulp.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Read. Sometimes, I wish I could just read forever. I actually do worry I will die before I am able to finish every book on my list. It is a fear that keeps me up at night.
What one word would people who know you use to describe you?
Quiet. Everyone tells me this. Most people tell me that don’t know what to think of me. That’s fine by me.
If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?
Stingy. Or, if you ask The Cat? Annoying.
How is your pet most like you?
The dog and I are both kind of anxious. We both jump at loud noises and worry we are going to have to deal with strangers. In every other way we couldn’t be more different. Unless you count the fact we both like to sleep on the bed.
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?
I don’t know that there is anything I would change at the moment. I would love to have more money but that is going to take some time.
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?
My life with my PH, my amazing friends, and this incredible blogging community. I am just so freaking grateful for you all.
What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?
Well, you may or may not have noticed that I skipped several questions relating to positive things about myself. I need to discover things about me of which I am proud. It is just so hard. Right now, I come up empty. Maybe one day?
If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?
What an impossible question! If I didn’t have my current pets, I wouldn’t be here right now. Shiva is the reason for everything. If not for her, I wouldn’t have started this thing, I wouldn’t have worked in animal welfare, I wouldn’t be this person sitting here at night listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas special and rushing to finish writing before midnight. This scrawny speckled dog is the reason for all. If I didn’t have her, I might be living in Shanghai, for all I know.
I hope I have enlightened you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I may or may not answer, but I will appreciate your interest.
There are still a few hours left! I want to see YOUR ravishing mug in this linky list as soon as possible. Don’t leave me hanging here, vulnerable, all on my own!