Meet the Bloggers: Putting it Out There

petcrazy-300x300The long-awaited blog hop is finally here! Thanks to my fellow hosts Kol’s NotesGo Pet FriendlyI Still Want More PuppiesNo Dog ABout ItThe Daily Dog BlogMy Brown NewfiesCindy Lu’s MuseLife With DesmondBringing Up BellaHeart Like a DogPeggy’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?

Favourite meal?

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!

23 thoughts on “Meet the Bloggers: Putting it Out There

  1. I was looking forward to this blog hop ever since I first heard about it! I am noticeably and intentionally absent from the Soapbox – not necessarily out of self-consciousness. Appearance judgement is just as worrisome as writing judgement, if you ask me. But just out of desired anonymity. But I went balls-out for this and I am glad you and everyone else did too!

    So speaking of bread, cheese, and garlic, make sure the next time you’re in Banff, you hit up the Grizzly House for their cheese fondu. Cheesyboozeygarlicy deliciousness. I’m sure you’ve been. But if not, add it to the life list! (If you’ve never been there before, be prepared to need to shower and do laundry after. It’s worth it, but you’ll stink!)

    You’ve been asked your favourite movie in a job interview? Odd – I never have! I’m not sure there’d be a “right” answer for that, but I’m sure there are several wrong ones!


  2. I can think of things you can be proud of. You volunteered your time at an animal shelter. Or how about the fact that you have a University Degree? That’s an accomplishment. You have plenty of things to be proud of, Miss Kristine!


  3. Cheese, bread and garlic? My gosh, we could be related! I’d eat nearly anything with garlic added in! And reading is something I could do all day, sometimes without remembering to get out of bed and eat. I think you do a lot of things well, especially writing!


  4. Very cool!!!! Love this idea and plan to join the blog hop after I get everyone down for the night. We truly have a lot in common and it was a pleasure getting to know you better!!!! Have a pawesome day!!!! 🙂


  5. Great to get to know you a little better, Kristine! You’re right- you SHOULD find more positive things about yourself- you’re the reason I started my blog. You’re like my pet blogger inspiration 🙂 I love cheese too, but garlic is just the one for me. I don’t even care if I stink. Thanks for sharing x


  6. I know this goes against the whole ‘not being down on yourself thing’ but having seen the first picture of you my first thought was – I wish I looked that good after just coming in from a day at work!


  7. All my cats are named after the Brothers Karamazov… My first was Yosha, who lived a full life, but we have had two early deaths, so we are back around with Lexie as our youngest, love the multiple diminutives you can get from Russian names….. Hmmmm, gotta find Anastasia to watch!


  8. You are already a great writer! You have a wonderful talent for telling a story!

    Funny how just about every blogger has mentioned a love of reading! I could never pick my favorite book as it changes with my mood.

    Glad you joined the hop!


  9. Hmmm, you worry that you won’t read every book on your list. I worry that I won’t read every book in the library. I think I need to scale back a bit.

    If this hop comes up next year, I’m thinking all the questions should force the bloggers to say nice things about themselves. Coming up with favorite books and movies is easy by comparison. Talk about stretching our comfort zones. 🙂


  10. I think we’d be friends in real life! “Anna Karenina” is also one of my all-time favorite books, and I am also a huge fan of Emma Thompson. She can do no wrong. Great to hear more about your personal life! Shiva is a lucky pup!


  11. I think it’s great that you are so religious about walking with Shiva. I’ve finally started to get into a real nice routine with my crew too, but never first thing in the morning. I don’t do anything first thing in the morning, other than coffee. 🙂

    I’m still reading thru all of these great posts (and thanks for co-hosting by the way) and I think you’re the first one who said Christmas Eve. My family has always gathered on both days, staying up until after 2:00 and getting up at 7:00 to start the fun all over, and to me it is one big holiday rolled up into one.


  12. You are an amazing writer! Bread and cheese – YUM – garlic is not my friend 🙂 Probably more information than you needed!! Great to see you and Shiva!!


  13. If that’s what you look like after a long day of work, consider yourself blessed.

    I am right there with you about Christmas Eve. I love all the days leading up to Christmas – the anticipation is probably the most exhilarating and fun for me.


  14. Oh how I loved this! Haven’t left a comment in quite some time but am ALWAYS reading! It is just wonderful learning more about you, and as I always tell you, you WRITE beautifully! BELIEVE IT!


  15. Girl! I wish I could be 1/2 of a good of a writer as you are!!! I also wish I looked 1/2 as good as you when I come from work. Sometimes when I use to come home my husband would look at me and ask WTH happened to my face 😉

    Bread and cheese…yum. I love a good french loaf and some extra sharp cheddar!


  16. Loved your post (and can totally relate on how hard it is to name a “favorite” something).

    I agree with Pamela though – if we do this again, we’re going to have to make it so you can’t avoid saying nice things about your awesome self. 🙂


  17. You are ADORABLE!!! Heavens – you should be featured here more often! Thanks for putting it out there. 🙂 And John Cusack *sigh* He’s dreamy.


  18. I wish I was better at writing too. I like to think I am a smidge better than average (grammar and spelling-wise) but I could know a heck of a lot more about punctuation and could be more creative It makes me kind of sad that you can’t think of one thing about yourself that makes you proud. C’mon…go for the low hanging fruit. Are you a good employee? You are independent right? What about totally awesome dog Mom?


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