Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Award Love!

It's been an exciting few days here at Oscar the Pooch! I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by Pauline at Oscah Baby, and the Stylish Blogger Award and the Inspiration Award by Sawyer's mom. Thanks so much to both of you for thinking of me, little Oscar and our blog! While I enjoy blogging to keep a journal of sorts about our life with Oscar, and to play around with blog design, I obviously also blog to share my stories and learning experiences, so it means so much to know that other bloggers enjoy reading my blog - especially when they are bloggers that I admire as well!


Since I just recently blogged about the blogs that inspire me, I'll limit this post to the rules for accepting the Versatile Blogger Award. Those rules are to share seven facts about us, and to pass the award on to 15 new or newly discovered bloggers. Fun! I love that these awards get bloggers to share more about themselves so that we can learn more about each other. If I run out of interesting things to share about myself, I'll share a few tidbits about Oscar.
  1. I am nuts about hockey (watching, not playing). I am Canadian, after all. My favourite team is the Edmonton Oilers, because Edmonton is my hometown. It's been a dreary few years for my beloved Oilers, but hopefully with a couple of years of high draft picks, they may make a comeback!
  2. I'm a huge bookworm. I read mostly fiction, though I am eagerly awaiting a couple of dog training books from Amazon. I recently bought a Kobo digital reader. I wasn't sure how much I would like it, since I couldn't imagine not reading from a real book (no pages to flip...how would that work?), but I actually love it. It's light, convenient, and it holds a ton of books, which is so handy for when I travel. No more lugging two or three books in my purse on the plane! Not to mention e-books are much cheaper than real books.
  3. I am an amateur gardener, and I like it a lot, though I sometimes get lazy with it. We moved into our house just over a year ago. The homeowners before us had a pretty big garden, so I thought it would be nice to build on it. It was a bit tough though - as a newbie gardener, I couldn't really tell the weeds apart from the "good" plants. I've probably left a few weeds that I should have pulled, and pulled a few plants that I should have kept, but the garden is slowly filling up. We have started late on our vegetable garden this year - hopefully not too late! That's the plan for this weekend. It's so nice having fresh produce in your own backyard!
  4. I used to want to open a bookstore/coffee shop, but realized that there's no way I could ever compete with the Chapters/Starbucks superteam. My new dream is of opening a coffee/pet shop. I went to one in town and thought it was the cutest thing ever! I used to work as a barista, so remain confident that I could still make a good cup of coffee (or a latte or cappuccino). If I could do that in a place where I could also sell dog food, treats and toys, that would be so much fun! 
  5. Now for a few facts about Oscar. I think Oscar is a lefty. Our puppy class trainer said you could tell whether a dog was a lefty or a righty by seeing which paw they instinctively bring up first when you teach them to shake a paw. Oscar pretty much consistently uses his left paw.
  6. Oscar was the odd pup out in his litter - in a good way. We were pretty sure that we wanted a male puppy, because they are more playful. We also liked the look of a salt and pepper schnauzer. He was the only salt and pepper male in a litter of four. He has three sisters, and all three of them are all black. 
  7. We have finally found a toy that Oscar will play with which has nothing to do with food. Shocking, I know. The miracle invention is the Jolly Ball Teaser Ball, which is essentially a plastic ball with holes cut out of it, with a smaller ball inside that's just too big to actually fall out of the holes. Oscar tries (without success) to get the little ball out of the big ball. He chases it around almost every day and hasn't gotten sick of it yet. I love this thing!

Here are 15 blogs that are either new, or (relatively) new to me, that I really enjoy following. Please stop by and check them out!

4.  Kol's Notes  
14.  Betsy Boo

15 comments:

Sue said...

Thank you, Oscar. We are honored to accept this award and our Mom will post about it in the next few days.
We're very glad that you like our blog.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Maisie's Mom said...

thank you so much for the honor! :)

http://maisieme.blogspot.com/

Kolchak Puggle said...

Ohmigodness, Oscar thank you so very much! We are just so honoured that you would include us on this fabulous list of very cool blogs. We think your Mama did a great job picking the right puppy. Your salt & pepper-y cuteness is irresistable! Thank you So much!

Jen said...

Wow, thanks so much for thinking of me! Will definitely be blogging about this soon (and passing it on)...I just need to think of 7 things!

Magic said...

Thank you Oscar - we are very honoured to accept the award - will blog about it soon. Glad you are enjoying my blog - Magic xx

A Couple of Misfits said...

Thanks Oscar!! I'm so excited to get this award! Parker and Skye were excited at first, but then realized it wasn't edible... oh well. Thanks!

sagechronicles said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We love your site and are totally honored to receive this award!

Schnauzer Days said...

Congratulations on your well deserved awards Oscar, we are very interested in that ball, we usually only like toys which involve food but we think we might like that one, we'll set the human onto the case. See you at the picnic hopefully, have a lovely weekend Oscar, Dex & Lou x

Kim Clune said...

Congratulations on your award, to both you and Oscar! And thank you for passing it on to ThisOneWildLife.com. What a wonderful list of bloggers to explore!

I too used to be a barista and I am guilty of amateur gardening as well. I love that we have these things in common. I just don't know if my Newf is a lefty or righty. He's prone to not shaking paws AT ALL. Newfs can be aloof, for sure, but they can be downright stubborn. :)

Have a wonderful weekend! It's been great getting to know you better!

yuki the dog said...

hello! thanks for passing on this award and yuki is very happy you discovered her blog-she loves awards:)

Pauline @ Oscah Baby said...

You're very welcome! Oscar the Pooch was one of the first blogs that popped into mind while I was nominating blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award. :)

I love reading about the blogger behind the blog, especially when we have something in common—It's so nice to meet a fellow bookworm! I mostly lean toward fiction, too, and some fantasy and non-fiction. I was a little turned off, too, with e-readers, but I'm now considering a Kindle since my bookshelf is packed full! No pages, no new/old book smell... How could an e-reader ever compare to a real, honest to goodness book?

Debby and Kirby the Dorkie said...

Wow, thank you so much for liking us Oscar! Now we know a little more about you and your mom plus we have new blogs to check out! Wags and woofs!

Sawyer the Schnauzer said...

Thanks for the award, Oscarblogger! I appreciate it!

OscarBlogger said...

You're all very welcome! :)

amandamie said...

It's funny you say that Oscar is left handed, because I'm pretty sure my Remy is too. I have been teaching her the "Shake" command, and although I always show her with her right paw, she will always raise her left.. (which in Texas is a sign of disrespect.. you are supposed to shake with your right hand.. haha) I guess I can make the exception this time.. but just because she's so cute.

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