I have a present for all of you …
Please let me introduce you to Kelley Caton. Kelley is a dog blogger at Kelley’s Dog Blog.
And if you haven’t met her yet, you’re in for a real treat.
I am honored to be paired with Kelley Caton in The Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange, hosted by Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes. Instead of swapping physical gifts, Pet Bloggers in The Gift Exchange have the opportunity “to share compliments, encouragement, and linky love with each other”. Isn’t that an awesome idea?!
I had not read Kelley’s Dog Blog before. Once I started reading it, I just had to read every single post, the first one from July 2012. I didn’t want to miss a single thing.
Those of you who don’t know her, please let me be the one to introduce you to …
Kelley and Her Dog Blog
Kelley lives in Jacksonville, FL and describes herself as:
“… an animal control officer, an avid reader, a wife, a mother, a dog lover and an active member of the community.”
She also has a young German shepherd show dog (Jedi), another German shepherd (pretty Roxy), bird (Hermione) and cat (Gucci) at home. Be sure to read the full Cast of Characters page.
What really endears me to Kelley and her Blog is her unique perspective that I have not seen anywhere else. She has a:
- no-nonsense approach as an Animal Control Officer
- insider’s view of Dog Show circuits
- soft-hearted generosity of a pet-lover
- vulnerability of puppy-trainer and mother
… all rolled into one.
There are more traits and fun themes you’ll be sure to discover as you unwrap her blog. Let me share just a few of my favorites.
1. Kelley calls it like she sees it.
There’s no pussy-footing around (although she does have a cat), sugar coating or wearing of rose color glasses for Kelley. Which makes it easy to trust her intentions.
“Some dog show people are friendly and kind … And some dog show people are self-absorbed, inconsiderate jerks.” (We Did It!)
Plus, she’s not afraid of Those Controversial Subjects.
“Having a foot in both camps gives me a unique perspective. If rescuers and breeders would stop bickering for a moment they would see their common ground: neither want puppy mills.” (Can’t We All Get Along?)
And, OMG, thank you Kelley for your dog book litmus test (Sensitivity Test) so I can judge for myself if “A Dog’s Purpose” is for me! I failed the test. I won’t be reading the book any time soon, much less “Marley & Me”.
2. Kelley does product taste tests on dog treats!
Oh, man, you gotta love that!
“So I ate one. (Yes, I ate a dog treat.) I thought they were a little bland, but then again I’m not the target audience.” (Roxy & Jedi’s Goodie Bag)
3. Kelley is considerate.
For people like me who live in a virtual bubble, Kelley’s Animal Control Officer stories are a real eye-opener.
But she does not share the bad stuff (thank you!) Nonetheless, she does entertains us (even if it’s not always entertaining to her) with stories from the job.
A woman complained that an eagle was stalking her 4-pound Yorkshire terrier. I called Fish & Wildlife for advice. They said “Eagles are protected, Yorkies are not.” The dog was not allowed outside for two weeks until the eagle got bored and went somewhere else. (It’s True!)
4. Kelley is so very quotable.
Here are a few:
“I have since discovered that many people don’t like dogs. Weirdos.” — Exactly!
“Please, if you’re truly an animal lover, SHOW me, don’t tell me.” — Amen.
“…The caller said that the dogs were emancipated. I assume she meant emaciated but I spent the rest of the day pondering the morality of capturing an animal that was freed from bondage by its master….” — That does take some pondering.
“The internet is a dangerous place for a tired woman with a credit card.” — Raise your hand if you can relate.
“Logan wasn’t always an old dog.” — This statement hints of many stories to share, which is heartwarming when you have your own old dog.
End of Introduction, For Now
One more tidbit: Kelley ‘signs’ all her blog posts with “—K”. It’s like she’s writing letters, just to me! Such a nice touch for a blogger, don’t you think?
At the beginning Kelley said
“Stay with me. It’ll be fun.”
She wasn’t lying.