Not so wordless Wednesday for you all today. :
As spring is just around the corner (though it feels more like summer here in Florida....), I'm decluttering and sprucing up the blog a little, along with my life. The blog edits will be happening on and off for a few days, and won't be anything too major. Just a little behind the scenes type things for the most part, and I really need to get around to rewriting my pages. Fun times. ;)
I've also decluttered my space some, including going through my extensive bookshelf. Next on the list: the closet!
In addition to that, I've also greatly pulled back from the dog community as a whole. On Facebook for the most part, though there've been a few blogs and other sites I've stopped following. The drama, negativity, bashing, and outright viciousness has gotten to be too much. It's toxic, and I've stepped away from it. It's been such a relief!
As someone who works hard to deal with anxiety, it's vitally important for me that I don't put myself into stupid drama and unneeded stress. This brings me to my next point.
Recently I've been contemplating where the blog is at now, and where I want it to go. It's been on my mind a lot lately, and for the most part, I think I have it worked out. I've dropped downed to posting 6 days a week rather than 7, and I've been really enjoying the Instagram aspect of the blog (#IMayBeABitAddicted).
I've also been really considering how much to share on here. While yes, I have had this blog for 5 years now and have shared most things, I'm not sure how keen I am on the moderately popular idea of bloggers owing their viewers every last detail of their existence. That makes me...a bit uncomfortable, to be honest. It sits wrong with me when people are that invested in a blog. Blogs are wonderful, but at the end of the day, it's a blog, at least in my eyes. I write for me, and me alone.
Whenever I write anything more than a few sentences (I hesitate to call them "articles", as they're nearly always just spur of the moment rambles), especially something that's more controversial, I tend to stress about it a bit. I do value your opinions, and I'm always curious to see what you have to say. However, I have had some shitty people acting like children filling up the comments section. I remove it, but it still sits weird with me. I don't like feeling like I need to cherry-pick my words in order not to provoke people.
This blog shows my life. I don't want to be a person that glosses over the bad or the difficult in order to make their life, their dogs -or their relationship and experiences with those dogs - perfect.
I am, by nature, private and work hard to deal with anxiety. I love sharing aspects of our lives with the blog world, but when comments become mean spirited it makes me want to shut it all down. I strive to share the real life struggles and joys of living with dogs. Sometimes it's amazing, gratifying, and fun, and sometimes it's heartbreak, failure, and upsetting. It's real, though.
Here are a few of the most resent FAQ. I won't be constantly answering the same thing, this is a one-time thing. :)
1. "What is Pike?"
Pike's an unusually small mini Aussie. His parents and siblings are all nearly double his height, but he's always been tiny.
2. "What happened to Boston, Auggie, Ellie and Phoenix?"
This one is for people who've been following from the very start, and the answer is nothing. They're my parents' dogs, and Nola used to play with them a good bit. They don't do that much anymore (Nola and Boston don't get along well anymore), and that's why I don't write about them.
I did feed Nola homemade from 15 months to 2.5 years due to food allergies. Initially it was to figure out what the problem was, and then it just became a habit. It was quite time consuming and I wasn't entirely pleased with it. I now feed a mix of high quality kibble, canned and freeze dried raw, with an occasional addition of dehydrated and prey model raw.
4. "Where's Rule?"
It did not work out with Rule. Once she started to settle in and become comfortable, several behavior problems started to surface. Some of which I was willing to manage (resource guarding and separation anxiety) and one I was not. Suffice it to say that the problem made Roxie's issues look like a walk in the park, and I am fully aware of what I'm able - and willing - to handle. That was not one of them. I don't need bashed for knowing my limits. If it's something that bothers you (and trust me, it can't bother you more than it bothers me), I sincerely hope you never have to be in that situation, and I remind you that no one is forcing you to read this.
The shelter she came from recently started doing a trial period of up to one month, and after speaking with them, they found her a better suited home. I fostered her and continued to work with her until a well suited home was found. She went to them crate and potty trained, leashed trained, with basic obedience and a few tricks, as well as the layout for repairing the resource guarding and anxiety and a recommendation for a positive reinforcement out of town trainer for her more serious problem. I'm still in contact with her new owners and get updates every couple of weeks, and she is doing well.
5. "How many dogs do you have?'
Three: Nola, Pike, and Olivia. Nola and Pike are always with me, while Olivia oscillates between me and my youngest, four year old sister. She adores Olivia, and Olivia she.
To wrap up a longer than intended post, these are the main points of the spring cleaning:
* The blog is called Dachshund Nola, and will always be focused on Nola 90% of the time.
* Tiny changes may be noticed, but nothing major. Note to self: rewrite the pages!
* Posting 6 days a week, and enabling comment moderation to watch for spam that Blogger isn't catching.
* I will be doing occasional "real life" posts that will tell things like they are, and will also sometimes post about non-dog related plans and updates.
Thank you, everyone!
- Dachshund Mommy