Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Am I gonna' need a warning label?

I just received the Addictive Blog Award from the Key West Collies!  Thank you SO much, Essex and Sherman!  I'm really flattered to have been chosen by a couple of collies who have been blogging for over five years.  In dog years, that's like 35 years!

I suppose I should get mom to draft a warning label and perhaps a waiver for my readers to sign.  

I wonder if I should have an attorney on retainer . . . 

Anyway, the Addictive Blog Award rules say I should thank the blogger who gave me the award and link back to them, talk about why I blog and why I began my blog, post the award, and then nominate 10 other bloggers.  

It's pretty wild that I should receive this award from the Key West Collies, considering that my blog was inspired by a trip to Key West.  My first post ever was about our Florida Keys Adventure last fall, and my first four posts were about some aspect of our trip.  I started the blog as a way to share our adventures with our friends, and it all started with our Keys adventure.  

At that time I had been Facebooking for a while, posting unbearably cute photos and incredibly witty comments, but I wanted to do more than just post an album of our Keys trip photos on my Facebook page.  My Facebook friends were always telling my mom how much they enjoyed my posts, so I thought they might enjoy hearing more from me.  And they have!  But I had no idea how much mom, dad and I would enjoy it.  We have met so many wonderful people and creatures all over the world as a result of blogging, and made some great friends.  Blogging gives my mom a much-needed creative outlet, and it gives my whole family a way to laugh at ourselves and relive our adventures -- whether it's last week's hike or a two-week trip to the Keys.  My mom loves to write, and she is an introvert, so blogging has provided her with a connection to other people that she just wouldn't have otherwise.  We have found blogging itself to be addictive.

We made a friend when we were in Key West -- a fireeater -- who always says at the end of his show, "Do something kind for someone every day -- even if it's just making them smile."  

Making people smile is a little thing, but it can mean so much.  Blogging for me is another way to make people smile.

And now for the nomination part.  It's always difficult to nominate others because there are so many wonderful blogs out there.  I could probably think of a hundred to nominate.

Reuben of Floppy Tongue Joy

Casey of The Legacy Chronicles

Sheba of Sheba's Life Story

Echo and Link of Husky's Life (it's really called Vie de Husky but it's translated into English in case you don't speak French)

Norwood of Norwood Unleashed

The Teacher's Pets

Jacobi at The Dog that Doesn't Fetch

Ruby and Bart at Rottrover

Murphy at Murphy's Law

Nola at Dachshund Nola

My mom and I had way too much fun with the Warning Label Generator, which we discovered today.

We also had way too much fun taking photos for today's September photo challenge word - incognito.

This is my lobsterman look
(Friendship Trap Co. makes lobster traps in Friendship, ME)

This is my Blues Brothers look

This is my Tom Cruise Risky Business look

This is my "git-this-darn-thing-offa-me!" look


  1. We find you to be highly addictive, Garth! Concatulations on that award, you deserve it. Happy Wednesday!

  2. Congrats on your award! Those warning labels sure are fun!

  3. Congratulations on your cool award
    Benny & Lily

  4. I'm addicted to you! Thanks for giving it to me!

  5. YAY for you Garth! You sure do deserve it!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

  6. Well done Garth, blogging can be very addictive!!

  7. Congratulations on your award Garth. Well deserved. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Hi Garth, congrats on your award. You and your mom really deserve it, your blog IS addictive!! Love that warning label and it's accurate too. I really have the urge to hug yellow labs.....
    Give you mom a hug from us. I will soon be in your part of the world and maybe reply a lot less. Just so you know.

  9. Wow, thank you so much for the award! I'd like to thank the academy -- um, I mean Garth, and my momma, and my sissy and kitty siblings, and all my readers. I promised myself I wouldn't cry!

  10. There is so much awesomeness going on here, I no knows how to describe it all. First, thank you very much for the award (AND my box!) and congratulations on getting the award too! I has a great honor to be chosen by your magnificent self. Second, I liked hearing your mama's story about how she helped you start blogging. Is we friends on Face Books? I will has to double check, I think I no has seen your posts! Thirdly, I is on my way to the Warning Label Generator. Fourthly, you is a super-stealth incognito kind of dog.


  11. Congratulations on your award, and congrats to all the winners!

    I love your Blues Brothers look :)

    Uncontrollable desire to hug a yellow lab...BOL!!!
    My dear friend Yugi is a German Shepherd Yellow Lab mix and we all feel an uncontrollable desire to hug him when he visits us!

    Keep on wagging,