One of the questions that I new they had for the chatting part of my presentation was how I got going in quilting/blogging/and generally being "out there" as a modern quilter. To answer, I brought a picture of my first dog, Buzz.
Buzz was adopted from a shelter in Wisconsin in 2006. His parents were working farm dogs and while he ended up being bigger than your average border collie, he showed every sign of being a pure-bred border collie in his behavior and herding ability (yes, I put him on sheep!) The picture above, which was taken within 10 minutes of my bringing Buzz home from the shelter, sums him up pretty well--he was so pretty and so attentive and just a lot of fun to be around.
Before Buzz was very old, I started a dog blog. I had to. Because Buzz was constantly being photogenic...
And he always looked deep into the camera lens...
And so Buzz is the reason that I knew about Flickr and Flickr groups. He was the reason I knew about blogger and had written a blog regularly prior to staring my quilting blog.
I do find that blogs tend to have a lifespan, so I had stopped dog blogging by the time Buzz was four, and around then started to have things I wanted to say about quilts, so I started this quilting blog. Just a funny little bit of my blogging history I thought I'd share.
ALSO, I want to point any dog lovers out there towards my cousin Emily's Kickstarter campaign. Because one of the many special things about Buzz was that he was allergic to dog food. As in, he was never not having diarrhea if he was fed any kind of commercial dog food. It was really tricky to get under control and in the end, my poor non-mammal-eating soul had to buy and serve raw meat to him. Like almost two pounds or raw flesh a day and then some organ meat and bones as well. It was truly an adventure.
Fedwell would have been another solution had it been around at the time. My cousin Emily founded Fedwell because her dog Fenway couldn't stomach the usual foods either. Emily adopted Fenway while she was in the Peace Corps (in Togo/West Africa). He almost died when she brought him to the USA and started feeding him commercial dog food. She fixed him with her own cooking and now she's in the dog food business! If you follow this link to her Kickstarter, you can watch the video to learn more about Emily and Fenway and how far this company has already come. Please consider backing her. I did; I know what a difference food can make for me and my dogs. Serving real food took Buzz from regular ear infections and a continually upset stomach to perfect health and happiness.
My current dogs (Hobbes and Vin) are thriving on the food we buy at the local store, but I know they'll love Fedwell kibble as treats! For those who aren't dog owners or currently ready to switch their dog's food, but would like to back the project, you can have food donated to a Boston area shelter on your behalf.
Please consider going to Kickstarter and helping Emily reach her goal of $20,000. She's almost there and there are just eight days to go!
Dogs and quilts...its a thing!