Starting a new blog, given the plethora of other such missives online, is a bit intimidating. What will I write about? Will anyone read it? Will anyone like it?? But with new positions come new challenges, and in my current role as DVGRR’s Education and Community Awareness Manager, “blogging” has found its way into my job description, so here goes!
The whole concept of a blog is really still quite new, and certainly still evolving. I must admit, when blogs first started appearing online my initial reaction was to scoff and ignore them. Just someone’s egotistical cataloging of their daily life, I thought…who cares and who has time to read about it?? But as time went on, I began taking a second look, then a third and a fourth. Gradually I began to see that blogs (at least those well written and on subjects of interest to me…generally dogs!) could be thought-provoking, highly informative, interesting, and often very entertaining. I have my definite favorites now and wish I could keep up with even more, given the wealth of knowledge and wisdom I’ve gleaned from those I follow.
So now it’s my turn to hopefully interest you. I’ve been given a pretty open-ended list of subjects to pull from, with the focus obviously being on Golden Retrievers, the world of rescue, and the myriad of topics related to responsible, effective, caring dog ownership. I hope our blog will provide valuable information and stimulating discussion (the “Education” part of my job) while simultaneously getting the word out about who we are and what we do (the “Community Awareness” part).
Coming up with a name was the first order of business to challenge my seriously deficient creative side. I used my travel time to and from work to toss around ideas. DVGRR has been a part of my life for eighteen years now (thirteen as a volunteer and five as a staff member), and I’ve often said that “rescue gets in your blood” – it becomes a part of who you are. So I debated about calling the blog “My Blood Runs Gold,” but honestly that sounded kind of creepy to me. Next idea, please!
Trying to pinpoint something unique about Goldens, I thought about the infamous nudging behavior that, while characteristic of many breeds, seems to be a true specialty of Golden Retrievers. You know…the sometimes gentle but more often rather pushy and determined act of sticking a cold canine nose under your elbow, into your lap, or under your chin, often at the most inopportune times! Every Golden I know seems to come with an innate ability to perform this action, some more flawlessly than others. I used to call my Morgan (01-063) a “champeen nose nudger” – this despite having an unusually short snout for a Golden!
Golden owners will no doubt agree this behavior can be annoying and frustrating at times, but there is something endearing and lovable about it as well. If nothing else, it gets your attention! Somehow, “Golden Nose Nudge” as a name for the blog felt right, because when it comes right down to it, that’s what I hope to do – get your attention and hopefully impart some knowledge and opinions in an endearing, not annoying, way!
Despite my well-earned reputation for being verbose, I will try to keep my posts on the short side, recognizing how time sensitive all of our lives are these days. Even if their subject matter is of great interest to me, blog posts that go on for pages and pages are likely to cause my own eyes to glaze over and my mouse to click elsewhere out of weariness – I’m sure that’s true for others as well.
The great thing about blogs is that they enhance our ability to remain lifelong students of whatever topic(s) we choose. For me, that is learning about the amazing, fascinating creatures we call dogs and how they relate to each other, to humans, and to the world around them.
A long ago college professor of mine once said that if you are passionate about a subject, reading non-fiction works on that subject becomes akin to reading novels. So very true. In my home, you’ll always find multiple stacks of books and articles on dog training, canine health care, and animal welfare topics – some only partly read, I admit. “Dog stuff” of every variety captivates me and I’m always trying to increase my skills and knowledge and keep up with this rapidly expanding world.
I hope you’ll join me on this portion of my journey and contribute your own thoughts and experiences to enhance my own. Welcome to the Golden Nose Nudge!