We have a lot of new visitors to the blog, so I wanted to welcome everyone as well as wish all readers a happy new year.

Much of the content on That Mutt will be centered around the photos you submit. You are always welcome to email your dog photos to me at Lindsay@ThatMutt.com. We’ll have some reoccurring themes such as “Dogs Cuddling With Cats,” “Pawsitive Pitulls” and “Obedience School Dropouts.” If you have some topic ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know. This blog is a community where everyone is welcome to participate.

It’s very important to me to use my writing background to tackle more in-depth topics related to dog training, rescue or anything in the dog world so you will continue to see a column or two from me every week – probably on Wednesdays. Next week I will be posting about how “no kill” means something completely different here in California vs. in the Midwest where I’m from.

ThatMutt.com will always be a place in support of adoption, and something new I’m trying is to raise money each month to sponsor the adoption fee of a shelter dog. A dog has a much greater chance at being considered for adoption if her adoption fee is close to nothing. This is one way each of you can help by spreading the word about our first sponsored dog – Gemini.

I’m excited about what 2014 will bring to this blog and its community, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about each of you and your dogs.

My own dog Ace will turn 8 in March, and he seems to be doing great. He loves his walks, fetch sessions and trips to the dog beach. He’s such an awesome dog , and we’re so lucky to have each other.

I hope you will each introduce yourselves and your dogs in the comments section. I’m happy to have you here.

-Lindsay (and Ace!)

This photo was taken over Thanksgiving when we went hiking near Mount Shasta, Calif.

My black Lab mix and I hiking