“Nobody rises to low expectations” ~ Les Brown
I never want to be the person that people say “her blog is ACTUALLY pretty good.”
My husband always says as soon as you put that word “ACTUALLY” in there it negates the compliment you are giving. You know, statements like…“that shirt ACTUALLY looks good on you” or “I’m ACTUALLY having a good time tonight.”
These are low expectations to the core. And they leave you feeling,… meh.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is hype. Think waaaay back to the “olden days” (my 9 year old’s word, not mine) when we experienced the launch of New Coke, the Segway, and Google +.
Expectations were clearly too high for these products, because all three failed to deliver the value they promised.
So, where does the NEW BigDogMom.com fit into this? In this case, think Apple.
There is no “ACTUALLY” when it comes to Apple’s products. Expectations are high and they deliver every time.
The standard I set for Big Dog Mom when I launched this business on May 8, 2017, was to consistently over deliver on value while exceeding high expectations. And I am hopeful this launch of the NEW BigDogMom.com far exceeds that standard and that you find our new home as amazing as I believe it is and promises to be for years to come.
To celebrate this launch, I wanted to share the top 10 posts from the blog since my first launch… waaaay back in the “olden days” of 2017.
This list is 100% based on social shares and Google analytics.
Virtual drum roll.…
Coming in at number 10 according to the Big Dog Mom audience is one of the first posts published on the blog. With over 20 years of experience working with dog breeders, I have seen the good and the bad. And it is based on this experience I felt compelled to share what I learned … the hard way in some cases.
Little did I know this one innocent post would set off a firestorm from dog rescue fanatics and breeder bashers.Little did I know this one innocent post would set off a firestorm from dog rescue fanatics and breeder bashers.
Those that know me, know how hard this post was for me to write.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Linus. I am forever changed as a human because of him. I do believe I have a form of PTSD. To this day, every walk outside with Junior or Sulley triggers mild anxiety, every car ride spurs flashbacks, and every trip to the vet provokes memories of fear, sadness, and a muzzle.
But this post is not about me. It is a letter to my boy, whom I failed.
Born out of my strange fetish with short dog nails, this was one of the early posts on the blog that has truly taken on a life of its own.
Trimming dog nails is a universal pain point for the Big Dog Mom audience and I am dedicating half of my business to change that. Stay tuned for more information on my upcoming training. And if you are someone for whom nails are an issue, I invite you to join my free interest list here.Trimming dog nails is a universal pain point for the Big Dog Mom audience and I am dedicating half of my business to change that. Stay tuned for more information on my upcoming training.
Had this not made into the top 10, I would have been worried. This post shares the humble beginnings of Big Dog Mom.
From my early years through the present, I take you on a brief journey of some pivotal moments in my life and how those shaped who I am as a dog owner and why I started this business.
It is my why.
This post was prompted by a series of attacks on me for attempting to help people with selecting a reputable breeder for their new puppy (see number 10 above).
After the fourth or fifth comment with the hashtag #adoptdontshop and some rude personal attack, I decided enough is enough. The hypocrisy and ignorance of these folks was more than I could take. Given the importance of this topic to me and the subsequent audience reaction to this post, I continued the conversation across three more posts.
I encourage you to read all four of these posts to garner an accurate picture of my stance on dog rescue, dog breeders, and buying a puppy.
Panosteitis is a condition quite common in large and giant breed puppies which results in pain for the puppy and heartbreak for the puppy owner. This post shares a natural panosteitis treatment including a home remedy that has been used in Mastiff puppies for decades with great success.
I recently updated this post to include a free downloadable recipe card with what and how to feed it, so I encourage you to grab that if you have a large or giant breed puppy.
Darwin’s Raw Dog Food generously provided me some of their raw food to try with Junior and Sulley. And, while the boys LOVED the food immensely, I attempted to feed it while traveling to dog shows with Junior. Little did I know traveling to dog shows filled with female dogs with an adolescent boy was a recipe for a week-long fast. Once both boys were home, and the prospect of a female but a faint memory, they scarfed down the Darwin’s.
This is my full and honest review of Darwin’s Raw Dog Food for big dogs.
Coming in the top three is my list of the 7 myths about Mastiffs that are frustratingly common. These myths persist to the detriment of the breed and naive new Mastiff owners.
Years ago, people would approach me and Linus, completely oblivious to his body language. The perception that all Mastiffs are “big softies” and “gentle giants,” is a dangerous myth that needed to be addressed. Not only for the safety of people meeting a Mastiff, but also for the new Mastiff owner who is surprised at how much training and socialization it takes to produce that “gentle giant.”
I consider this post a “keeping it real” effort to ensure only the right people get a Mastiff and everyone else is completely turned off.I consider this post a “keeping it real” effort to ensure only the right people get a Mastiff and everyone else is completely turned off.
Out of all 69 blog posts on BigDogMom.com, this one was hands down the most controversial. The majority of readers jumped up and down and cheered this declaration for dog show reform. However, there was a vocal minority who disagreed with me and on who called me a sore loser. (Yes, someone actually called me a sore loser. Classy, right?)
For the record, I am not a sore loser. I recognize that I am far from perfect, as is my dog. However, when I see a systemic issue involving dogs, I feel compelled to speak out. Period. I refuse to accept the status quo regarding things that are so blatantly corrupt. That is what drove me to write this. I would love to know what you think.
And the number one most popular post on BigDogMom.com was a post I wrote early on about my friend’s Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, Blue. A stunningly handsome, sweet boy with a larger than life personality.
I have been told by several Ridgeback owners that my account of the breed was both accurate and an anomaly of the breed. I’m sure the presence of my dogs exacerbated Blue’s behavior, however, there was an intensity in that puppy that I knew could only come from one place… genetics.
Here’s what I will say. Based on my anecdotal experience of one Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, I have fallen in love with the breed. With a balance of serene and serious, the Ridgeback is a big dog breed for the dedicated dog owner.
Get ready to laugh. The number one post on BigDogMom.com is a funny one.
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Well, there you have it. The top 10 blog posts as voted on by the Big Dog Mom audience. And, while I may be biased, these folks (you) have some great taste in content! Thank you!
With the NEW BigDogMom.com officially launched, I am eager to see what the next chapter will bring.
I am calling this top 10 list the Best of Big Dog Mom. But let’s be real.
We both know the best is yet to come.
I hope and pray you will be along for the ride!
And in case you would like a virtual walkthrough of the NEW and IMPROVED BigDogMom.com… I presented this LIVE on Facebook to the Big Dog Mom Community.I am calling this top 10 list the Best of Big Dog Mom. But let’s be real. We both know the best is yet to come. I hope and pray you will be along for the ride!