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  1. I’m sorry that you had such a tough Maggie and I’m glad you made it through to 2017! The year started off good for us but took a nose dive in month 10!

    I’ve been following Oh Melvin since you mentioned them last year and I love that blog. I don;t ever comment but I’m a loyal reader now thanks to you!

    I love what you said about telling more stories. 2015 was a wake up call for me with that, I told less stories and it made me not want to blog as much. In 2016 I went back to more story-telling and had the best blogging year yet. That’s how I connect with people and that’s my goal!

    I think it would be great to do more stories on multi-specie household shenanigans because I bet that there’s a lot of funny stories in there!

  2. Thanks so much for participating in the Challenge again, Maggie! I know that 2016 sucked in a lot of ways, and being aware that it’s time to set some things down and take care of yourself shows your wisdom and bravery. You needed to heal after Lucas passed, and giving yourself the space to do that will allow you to come back stronger. Things are looking up for 2017, an I can’t wait to see what you have in the works! Also, I would absolutely love to see you write more about Newt. She’s a ninja kitten living in that house with two dogs – her stories must be hilarious! All the best to you!

  3. I’m always excited when I see a new post of yours pop up in my readers. I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one trying to catch up with all my reading, the amount that gets published everyday in the dog blog world alone is astounding. But it’s really refreshing to read them because I either end up learning something new, thinking about an issue in a different way or laughing my butt off. It’s a win win.

    Emmett doesn’t like to cuddle? I’m glad I’m not the only one with that issue. Laika will cuddle in the winter, but as soon as it starts to get warm out she has a tendency to refuse my cuddle requests…

  4. First, I’ll tell you something that I hope you already know, which is that I love you! I’m so glad that you have acknowledged that having life happen in such a way that impacted your blog, is okay because it is. I’m confident that this year will be absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see all that’s in store for you!!

  5. I’m only about 8 entries or so it, but it seems a lot of us (myself included) struggled this year. I think it’s wise to take the time when you need it, (although, sometimes when I try to force a story, THAT is when I get the most engagement. Go figure!) Self-care is incredibly important, as I know you know.

    I loved that Best Friend’s post SO much. It made me want to get on a plane right then and there and go! I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I once did, I think I have to get better at using my phone for those things. I never really thought to do that.

    I can’t wait to find out what 2017 brings you!

  6. I love multi-species so I say more Newt please!

    Can’t wait to see what your project is! 2016 just seemed like such a heavy year that I think a lot of people are ready for the promise that 2017 holds.

  7. I definitely think you should include Newt on the blog more. I’ve tried to bring Rosie (our cat) on my blog more and cat people and bloggers have been really supportive. I agree that the multi-species thing needs more play on the internet. We also have a rabbit, Lulu, but she has only appeared once or twice.

    So glad we connected this year! Sorry to hear Emmett does not like snuggling. I admit my first instinct is to snuggle dogs, but I usually hold myself back as I know many dogs don’t like it.

  8. Wow, your interview with Big Boi must have been exciting! I’m sorry it hasn’t been the best year for you but I love what you said about being kind to yourself and trusting yourself. We bloggers always feel like we’re behind the eight ball with a blogging todo list that seems a mile long. Sometimes it feels good to just take it easy on yourself and be comfortable doing that.

    I’m with you in hoping 2017 is a much better year and I look forward to seeing more of Newt soon!

  9. I can’t speak for others but I am very strictly dog-oriented. So for myself, I prefer not to get distracted by cat stuff, particularly since I barely have enough time to follow what’s happening with dogs. But that’s just me.

  10. Your blog is difficult for me to read because the font is so small. I really need to get new glasses. I pop in here and there to see what you’re up to and I’ve always loved the feel that you blog just for fun, not for anything else, and it’s refreshing. You’re candid and share a lot of great information.

    Thanks!

  11. I really enjoy your blog and have used a lot of your tips and information. I did not know that you had posted 59 times last year, but I follow your blog faithfully and am excited when there is a new post. Thank you for an informative and fun blog. I also like the give a ways. And yes some cat stuff would not be bad, loved newt’s fist pump!

  12. YOU POSTED 59 TIMES AND YOU FEEL GUILTY? What the shit, Maggie? Don’t come to Kol’s Notes and read how many times I posted because if you’re feeling bad for 59, I should probably curl into a ball of shame, lol. 59 is a TON. There is great joy in taking time to live outside these electronic walls. Don’t beat yourself up for it.

    ALSO? YOU TAKE THAT BACK. Emmett loves me and he wants to snuggle, I KNOW IT.

  13. I have to say I am jealous that you got to meet and interview Big Boi! I have been a huge Outkast fan since middle school!

    I think you have a good attitude about the past year and moving forward on your blog. I’m pretty sure we have all had some serious ebbs and flows in our blogging – sometimes you are just not feeling it and that’s OK. I think 59 posts is nothing to be ashamed of either! Your content is always touching and heartfelt. I will have to check out your post about Best Friends Animal Society! We visited after BlogPaws last year and it was definitely a highlight of our trip. What a beautiful and inspiring place!

    I think it would be fine to incorporate more of Newt into your blog. The multi-species interactions are always adorable and I think its a great way to change some peoples opinions on the classic cat-dog relationship.

  14. I would love to read more about a multi-species household for sure! You know, I always wanted to live with cats AND dogs. My husband is allergic which sucks. I think the mix of the species is actually really fascinating and I would love to read more about the dynamic. I love your stories – and I’m with you – I want to do more “story telling” and less of the other stuff…

  15. I’m a lot like you in that I also try to write useful posts told from the context of Chester and Gretel’s adventures. Your blogs post have way more character in them than mine do though and I admire that. It’s my technical writing background coming back to “haunt” (it’s useful sometimes) me. I hope your 2017 is a good one.

  16. I’d love to read more about Newt and how she relates with the dogs. The tunnel thing is so funny! I hope 2017 will be much better to you. ?
    I’ve started reading Oh Melvin as well, since last time you mentioned it I think, and I love it. What a beautiful and heartfelt writer she is.

  17. I have to say 2016 was a challenging year here, as well. So glad you made it through a difficult time. I like your comment about writing for the sake of writing. I am guilty of overthinking and often this leaves me staring at my computer screen when really it IS as simple as just letting it all flow. I enjoyed your answers and am glad I reconnected with your blog! Good luck to you in 2017!

  18. Maggie, I love your blog! I love you, John, Em, Cooper, and Newt! BTW, I love that name for a kitty! I haven’t blogged much this past year either. Mostly because my school work kept me so busy. And will continue to keep me busy for a while. I read my favorites as soon as I can, but don’t always have time to comment, either. Here’s to a better year!!

  19. I love reading your blog because it sounds just like you! You are so authentic when you write that I can almost hear your voice in my head.

    I hope you’ll incorporate Newt in some more too, she’s part of the family.

  20. I love reading your blog posts as it feels like we are chatting. We have our fingers and paws crossed here for a better 2017 for you all!

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