2019 Summer Blogging Challenge

Today’s blog post is a little different. It’s mostly about me and about blogging. Next week I’ll be back to posting my regular pet articles.

Today I am participating in the Summer Blogging Challenge hosted by my mom Nancy at Nancy’s Point. This is a way for bloggers to support one another.

If you have a blog and would like to participate in this challenge, all you have to do is write a post on your own site answering the following 14 questions.

Then, visit Nancy’s Point’s article HERE and scroll down to the end of the post to get the blog hop link and code. That way, you can add your own site to the blog hop for others to find you.

2019 Blog Hop Challenge Questions

1. Who are you? Share something about yourself, the name of your blog and its “mission,” or whatever you want.

I’m Lindsay, the founder of the dog training blog That Mutt. My blog’s “mission” is to help people and dogs with training issues so more dogs get to stay in their original homes and out of shelters.

My mom Nancy started this blog hop on her blog Nancy’s Point. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and now writes about breast cancer and other topics on her blog.

2. Have you ever participated in a blog hop before?

Yes, in the pet blogging space. You can read it here.

3. What’s your favorite sort of blog post to write and/or read?

Informational articles with sources and research to back it up but also personal experience.

I read mostly personal development, business and running blogs. And in the pet space – Patricia McConnell’s blog and Jon Katz’s blog.

4. Describe yourself in three words. Yes, just three!

Thoughtful, strong, focused

5. Name three of your favorite books from your youth that had an impact on you.

Go Dogs Go! (obviously!), The Long Winter or most of the Little House books, The Giver

6. What are you reading right now?

Always personal development or business books. Right now I’m re-reading “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. It’s about making sure to take time away from work to re-charge and focus on big picture goals.

7. What’s your favorite dessert of all time?

Probably chocolate pudding pie with cool whip.

8. Tell us about a special pet you have, had, or would like to have.

My mutt Ace was a black Lab mix and the best dog in the world! Easy going, gentle and lived to make his people happy!

Right now I have a very different dog – a friendly but challenging young weimaraner!

I can’t decide what kind of dog to add to our family next … another easygoing Lab-type or another high-energy maniac like a border collie!

9. What’s something people don’t know about you and might be surprised to learn?

I ran over 10,000 miles in a few years with clients’ dogs at my side when I owned a dog running business.

I stopped keeping track of the miles at that point but continued on for several more years.

10. Do you believe healthcare is a privilege or a right?

It’s a privilege. I wish everyone in the world had access to any healthcare but some people don’t even have the privilege of clean water or healthy food, let alone medicine. I take these things for granted.

11. What’s your favorite thing about blogging or reading blogs?

Writing seems to be my purpose in life, so without it I’m pretty lost. Writing is one of my favorite things in my life.

When reading blogs, I try to set everything else aside and focus on the post I’m reading, so it’s relaxing.

12. What’s something you really suck at?

I was on the swim team in high school and physically cannot do the breaststroke kick. I got disqualified for it in a meet, even. My legs just cannot do that frog kick!

13. What’s something you’re pretty good at?

I’m good at fostering dogs from shelters/pounds.

I know how to balance time for them to decompress from shelter life and give them their space from my own animals. I know how to help them through training and a ton of exercise and how to help them show off their best side when meeting potential adopters.

One of my foster dogs, Cosmo

14. How do you escape from the worries of life in general?

I escape life with a long run (like several hours) with my dog in nature. Or reading a book with coffee and my cat in my lap and my phone put away.

Remy and me in the snow winter running

But that’s enough from me …

In the comments, let me know, what do you like about reading That Mutt or other blogs?

What’s another dog blog that you follow?

Or, answer any of the above questions!

If you have a blog and want to join this blog hop, click way down at the end of this post where it says “click here to enter” in blue. Next, click where it says “Get the code here” to get the code to paste into your post on YOUR blog.

11 thoughts on “2019 Summer Blogging Challenge”

  1. I am 76, publish 3 blogs – 2 of them about pets. I enjoy reading That Mutt and a few other blogs because I learn from them. Staying young for me is about continually learning new things; new information. I follow That Mutt, Truth about Pet Food (Susan Thixton) and a couple others on a regular basis.

    1. I saw a item on here about ways to make dogs stop barking. My Papillon 9 yr old starts barking like crazy as soon as I start to get her food ready. (To the point of being obnoxious.) Can anyone help? I’ve tried putting back away, a bark collar, the light barking stop apparatus and have run out of ideas. Please help??

      1. My dog has started doing this and it drives me crazy. I have decided if he whines or barks while I’m getting the food ready, I will just stop getting it ready or I’ll get the cat’s food ready instead. When he’s quiet for even 1 second, I’ll say “Gooooood, quieeeet,” in a calm, slow voice and continue getting his food. As long as he’s quiet, I’ll keep getting the food ready. This worked pretty well today. I also have him wait in his kennel (or on a dog bed could also work) in a down/stay, which he knows well.

        Just brainstorming, but that’s what I’m trying and seemed to go pretty well this morning. I feed my dog raw so it takes me a good 2 minutes to get his food ready.

  2. I loved reading your blog for two primary reasons: I love dogs and I think your mother is pretty terrific so it’s nice to know something about her daughter. Plus, of course, your writing is great. Also, I too struggled with the breast stroke kick, once getting DQ’d from an IM because of it.

  3. Hi Lindsay,

    Thank you for participating in my blog hop. It’s been fun so far. I think you chose three really good words to describe yourself. You’re definitely thoughtful. And strong. And focused. Interesting that you also put “The Long Winter” on your favorite book from youth answer. And your healthcare answer made me pause because I was focused on the issue in the US, which is definitely not thinking outside the box because as you mentioned, many in the world don’t even have clean water. Come to think of it, that’s the case even in the US. Sadly. We do take much for granted.

    Your love for animals and writing comes through in just about everything you do. I know both will continue to be two of your great passions.

    Thanks again for joining in!

  4. Hi Lindsay – So nice to learn about you! I’ve followed your mother’s blog for years now and it’s nice to see you’re also a writer. I love dogs as well – we have a corgi who is adorable, loyal and smart as a whip. Your comment about healthcare really made me think. You’re right, there are many places around the world where healthcare if a luxury and I wasn’t even thinking about that as I was focusing on the issue in our country right now, but your point is well taken. Your mom must be very proud of you. Best, Claudia

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