HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe we've said goodbye to 2015 already? It feels like I had barely said hello to 2015, but here I am ushering in 2016! This eventful year has really flown by.
As I reflect on the past year and scroll through the blog posts I published in 2015, I feel a sense of accomplishment. Most of my posts were joyful to write. Some were more difficult, I felt like I was taking a risk by baring my soul, exercising my "digital bravery". As I close out for the year, I'd like to share a few of my posts that are my personal favorites from 2015, in case you missed them during the course of the year. I hope you enjoy them!
> As many of you know, my Siberian Husky Isis (Icy) and I are a Therapy Dog team. One of my favorite Therapy Dog activities is the children's reading program where Kids reading to Therapy Dogs helps improve reading skills. It's such a fun program, I love to see the children's faces light up when they see the dogs at the library. It's so rewarding to see their reading skills improve week after week! Although it was brief, this was one of my favorite posts to write this year.
> We love to travel with our dogs, Isis (Icy) and Phoebe! One of our favorite places to visit with the dogs is Sedona, the stunning Red Rock region in Northern Arizona in 100 Places to See With Your Dog; Sedona in the Fall. I really enjoy sharing the great dog friendly places we've found with other pet parents. You can read about other places we've traveled with our dogs by clicking on the Pet Travel tab from the Home page.
> Fostering Saves Lives. It's that simple. I love to foster shelter dogs in my home, it's a lot of fun for me and my dogs to have a new little visitor come and stay with us for a few weeks. Even if you can't foster a dog for weeks you can be a Day Foster, fostering dogs for just one day. It may not sound like much, but this post talks about how even one day away from the shelter can have significant positive impacts for a shelter dog! This is an easy way to make a real difference for a shelter dog, it's something I'm very passionate about.
> This next post is one of those posts where I had to exercise some of that "digital bravery" I mentioned. The world of animal welfare is an ugly truth, it's not always cut and dry and it's rarely as simple as people think. I didn't know how people would react to the directness of my post or the analogy I used when discussing what I believe to be the only way to truly solve the problem of pet homelessness.
> One of the highlights of the year was attending BlogPaws2015 in Nashville in May. This post contains highlights from that fabulous conference! I'm so glad I went, it was the best experience and definitely the pet lovers event of the year! If you haven't been to a BlogPaws conference yet, you must go! The next one is in June in Phoenix Arizona, I hope to see you there!
I hope you enjoyed my 2015 Roundup. Thank you fellow pet lovers for visiting us on the blog and for being such great friends. I wish you all the best in the new year!
Love & Biscuits,
Cathy, Icy, & Phoebe