dog-dog-with-dbOK – I've finally lost the plot πŸ™‚ Conceded defeat! I am completely spread too thin. So instead of an erudite post about Internet Marketing here are some quotes about dogs πŸ™‚

I trust you will enjoy them as much as I have and you will see by the picture on the left just why dogs are on my mind at the moment.

Birthday Solace

After having my Dad to stay, plus family visits to “celebrate” his 93rd birthdayΒ  – the first without Mum – I crazily volunteered to look after my second Grand-dog for a couple of weeks. He's gorgeous but just too tempting to leave to his own devices. Besides which, leaving him alone is not advisable – when he gets bored he knows just how to get my attention….. Not that you can be cross with his little antics.

So, for want of anything to say about Internet Marketing I have picked my favorite topic of the moment – dogs πŸ™‚

The quote that seems most relevant to this little chap – named Dog-dog – is one by Josh Billings:Β  β€œA dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

When Dog-dog came to visit he probably recognized my Dad's grief, ran over to him and put his head on Dad's chest to give the unstinting love that only a dog can give. And now my Dad has gone home again, Dog-dog is soothing my stresses too.

What Should I Be Doing?

  • Offline clients who have been very patient while I have had time off after Mum's death are now starting to want their work done – still being very kind, but it's doing me no good either to let it mount up
  • My Dad's bank messed him about something rotten – it's a joint business bank account (yes at 93 he still runs a business!) but they saw fit to close it when Mum died, leaving him for WEEKS with no business bank account. I've done what I can to help, but officialdom rules (and a little stubbornness from my Dad too, it must be admitted).
  • I have an interesting online business I'm looking at that deserves my attention
  • Goodness knows when I last sent a mailing out to my “list”
  • My blog needs some words of wisdom adding – hence the dog quotes πŸ™‚
  • My blog layout (yes this one) is now frustrating me by appearing full width at random intervals, and with a side-bar on other occasions – I've looked at all the obvious settings. Not a clue!

Yet despite all the above crying out for my attention I have a total inability to focus completely on anything work-related. So I am having a few days when I just do whatever of my offline work I can cope with, but give some much needed TLC to Dog-dog and ME!

Choosing A Name

You could be forgiven for wondering how Dog-dog got his unusual name.

Russ and Laura couldn't agree on a name for him, so little Alana (3 yrs old) made up their minds and christened him Dog-dog. 1yr-old Lucy's first word was Dog, not Mum, not Dad. Dog πŸ™‚

Dog-dog loves his little “pack” and they love him. (Yes – all due cautions are being observed.) The first day they left him with me while they went on holiday he was sad and looking for them. But it didn't take him long to get me wrapped totally round his little finger (yes, I think dogs DO have little fingers to ensnare humans).

Cruel History

Dog-dog's history is sad – Russ and Laura found him in Spain in terrible shape. Possibly set on by other members of his hunting pack, then some *!&%Β£?* humans (I use the word “humans” loosely) found it entertaining to stub cigarettes out on him. I'm normally pretty placid, but if I could get my hands on them…..

First off Laura and Russ left food out for him and be-friended him, then as the summer weather turned into winter chill one morning Russ told Laura…. “I have to confess, I let Dog-dog sleep inside last night” and of course he's never looked back since.

Laura tended to his wounds and protected him from two legged and four legged predators. She took him to the vet, got him “fixed up”, vaccinated, passported him and all the other formalities to bring him back to the UK.

He's progressed from cheap dog-food with additives that made him hyper-active to good quality organic food, and he's settling down. I fear he's still got a long way to go before he'll be confident with other dogs, but he forgave humans pretty quickly – isn't that amazing?

Happy Ending

So Dog-dog has a happy ending, and is now soothing my troubled soul too. In fact it's time for “Walkies”!

Normal blog posting will be resumed shortly, no doubt – meantime I hope Google will forgive my temporary change of topic from Internet Marketing and Online Business!

I hope you enjoy the quotes about dogs and I leave you with these final words from Will Rogers:

β€œIf there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”