Bassa’s Blog Wins Bronze in Top 5 Funniest Travel Blogs Awards

Top U.K. travel company, MyTravelMoney.co.uk, names Bassa’s Blog as a Bronze Award Winner in its 2012 Top 5 Funniest Travel Blogs Awards.

Acknowledged as the “Oscars of the Travel Blogging world” the awards are a celebration of travel blogging excellence.

“As avid followers of a variety of travel blogs, we wanted to acknowledge and reward the sheer breadth of entertaining, educating and inspiring travel content.” Daniel Abrahams, Managing Director, MyTravelMoney.co.uk

In announcing the winners, chief editor Lynda Hamilton said, “Welcome to the daily diary of Bassa – a large, Caucasian Shepherd dog living in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. This multi award winning blog documents the world of Tbilisi through Bassa’s eyes and is followed by 5,000 people worldwide.

Written by Mike Day, who also authors the successful Georgia About blog, which featured in one of our previous awards categories, it’s not only funny but gives a great insight into what real life is like in every day Georgia. Bassa is pretty cute, too. Just take a look at her profile pic to see what we mean. Congratulations, Bassa, you’ve landed our Bronze badge.”

Bassa’s Blog is delighted and honoured to be chosen as a Bronze Award Winner in these prestigious awards.

Thank you MyTravelMoney.co.uk

I need a bigger blog!

Tall person has been very busy undertaking reporting missions for his Georgia About blog but after this morning’s walk around the neighborhood we sat down to do some catch up on Bassa’s Blog.

It’s always great to hear that our blogging friends have received blogging awards and June was a bumper month for nominations. Fantastic!

Illuminating Blogger Award

My very good friends, Bella and DiDi at Paws to talk received a paw full of awards last month, including the Illuminating Blogger Award – all of the awards are richly deserved.

Congratulations Bella and DiDi and thank you for thinking of Bassa’s Blog when passing on this fabulous award!

Bella and DiDi are two black Standard Poodles and together they are the ‘agony aunts’ of the canine world.

Their sound advice has made them THE place to go if you have a problem. Standard Poodles aren’t called one of the smartest breeds in the world for nothing!

This is the link to Bella and DiDi’s award post. Please drop by and say hi: http://pawstotalk.net/2012/06/20/bella-and-didi-the-standard-poodles-who-knew-june-was-award-season/

Readers Appreciation Award

Congratulations to Misaki at misadventuresofmisaki blog on receiving the Readers Appreciation Award and thank you very much for passing it to Bassa’s Blog.

We always appreciate reading your blog!

Misaki is an Alaskan Malamute puppy who enjoys eating bonios. I understand from reading her posts that the bonios are strictly rationed and have been hidden.

I’ll let you into a secret Misaki, the bonios are top of the freezer!

You can see from the picture that Misaki even has a bonio collar decoration – don’t try to eat that Misaki!

This is the link to Misaki’s award post.

Please drop by and say hi:

http://themisadventuresofmisaki.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/awards-2/

My favorite pot bellied pig (called Bacon) at Pig Love blog was also recently awarded the Readers Appreciation Award and kindly passed it on to Bassa’s Blog. Thank you Bacon!

I love Bacon but who doesn’t?

The tall person told me that pigs are highly social and intelligent animals and Bacon is no exception. He writes a weekly Dear Bacon column giving sound advice to other animals – it’s kind of like the reverse of casting pearls of wisdom before swine.

This is the link to Bacon’s award post.

Please drop by and say hi: http://piglove.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/reader-appreciation-award/

The Sunshine Award

Angel and Chaos at the House Full of Dogs blog were awarded the very colorful Sunshine Award and in their post acknowledging the award they included Bassa’s Blog in the list of blogs they were passing the award on to!

Thank you Angel and Chaos!

I think Angel and Chaos are two of the cutest dogs you will ever come across.

If you have not yet met them it is my very great pleasure to introduce you………………………

Angel is a 3 year old Pomeranian, born in the Philippines but now lives in Canada with Chaos, a 3 year old Chihuahua.

This is the link to their award post.

Do drop by and say hi to these two cuties:

http://angelandchaos.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/you-are-my-sunshine/

Susan at Long Life Cats and Dogs blog was also awarded the Sunshine Award and kindly passed it on to Bassa’s blog.

Congratulations and thank you! Long Life Cats and Dogs was set up in order to introduce people to the lives of animals in shelters.  It is a regular news feed and, hopefully, a future means of assisting with the generation of funding and food for the Pro-Life, No-Kill Animal Welfare Shelters in and around Gauteng (South Africa). This is the link to the award post:

http://longlifecatsanddogs.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/tickled-rainbow/

Phoenix from Thriving Pessimist blog also received the Sunshine Award and included Bassa’s Blog in her nominations.

Congratulations and thank you Phoenix!

Phoenix has a quotation on her blog which I suppose sums up her approach to life, “The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised”.  ~George F. Will, The Leveling Wind. 

I am sure you will have been very pleasantly surprised to receive the very lovely Sunshine Award!

This is the link to the award post: http://yashikibuta.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/sunshine-award-and-some/

One Lovely Blog Award

Dianda from the brilliant Cats & Co blog was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award and very kindly passed it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Congratulations Dianda and thank you!

This blog is the place to go to find out anything and everything about cats!

I have learned so many cat facts from Dianda’s posts.

I fact, my cat Barnaby now reads the posts! Well, I think he does – he is always sitting by the computer screen!

This is the link to the award post. Please drop by and say hi!

http://catsnco.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/awards/

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Wayward Dogs blog was recently awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and very kindly passed it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Congratulations and thank you!

Wayward Dogs is an attempt to keep track of — and if possible help – the lost and wandering dogs that this inspirational blogger encounters.

If you have not yet come across this heartwarming blog please drop by and say hi.

This is the link to the award post: http://waywarddogs.com/2012/06/21/giving-thanks/

Phoenix from Thriving Pessimist blog also received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and included Bassa’s Blog in her nominations.

Congratulations and thank you Phoenix! You can find the link to the award post under the Sunshine Award entry above.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thriving Pessimist blog was also recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award and kindly passed it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Congratulations and thank you very much Phoenix!

This is the link to the award post. Please drop by – I am sure that Phoenix will be pleasantly surprised (see her quotation above).

http://yashikibuta.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/sunshine-award-and-some/

One Lovely Blog Award

And finally, a further award from the lovely Phoenix at Thriving Pessimist blog. Phoenix received the One Lovely Blog Award and included Bassa’s Blog in her list of nominations.

Thank you Phoenix!!! Wow, you had a great award month!!!

This is a link to the award post. Please do stop by and pleasantly surprise Phoenix!

http://yashikibuta.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/sunshine-award-and-some/

My Nominations

I would like to acknowledge several of the newer blogs that I am following. Some are lovely, some are inspirational and all are a great read!

The Sunshine Award

The Adventures of Little Miss Maple Leaf (Happy Bark Days) – This blog documents the life of a red Toy Poodle named Little Miss Red Maple Leaf who lives in Singapore. It has lovely photos and great stories and brings a dash of tropical sunshine whenever I visit.

http://happybarkdays.com/

Themisadventuresofmisaki – As mentioned earlier in this post, Misaki is an Alaskan Malamute puppy. Great pictures and a hilarious obsession with bonios!

http://themisadventuresofmisaki.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award

Office Dog Blog – This blogger is versatile! Buddy is the Office Dog at Roots Human Resources CIC, the UK’s first and only HR consultancy trading as a social enterprise. He says that the CEO looks uncannily like his mom – I think he means his human mom. Anyway, I like the idea of a dog with an office job and Buddy’s posts always make me smile.

Do drop by and say hi: http://officedogblog.wordpress.com/

Tammyehoney – This blogger cooks on a 1 Star budget for 4 Star Results! Easy to follow recipes with step by step photos. Visit Tammyehoney and dine in tonite! http://tammyehoney.wordpress.com/

Readers Appreciation Award

Sorrygnat, World Citizen – Esther Bradley-DeTally is a writing teacher, creative process coach, author, community activist. She has written two books, Without A Net: A Sojourn in Russia, and You Carry the Heavy Stuff.

Her blog is an eclectic mix of subjects and themes and I always find something interesting to read there. You can find Esther at:  http://sorrygnat.wordpress.com/

Campfireshadows – For anyone interested in Old West short stories, this is the blog to visit. Go here for well written, exciting and authentic tales of the Old West. I highly recommend this blog! http://campfireshadows.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award

Onecoolgriff – Rambo is a griff who describes himself as one crazy happy dog!

His blog is packed full of funny stories and pictures of his crazy life with two other griffs (both girl griffs, lucky Rambo), a really old whatever kind of dog (his words!), a great Rottweiler named Atticus, cats (not real cats, like house cats, these are what the people call barn cats), and horses. http://onecoolgriff.wordpress.com/

And finally, I am not sure if it is entirely ethical because sometimes I think the tall person and me are one person but I want to make an award to my blogging mentor – the tall person – for his new blog, Georgia About.

I would like to pass on the Illuminating Blogger Award to thank him for lighting the way for me at Bassa’s Blog and for illuminating our beautiful country – Georgia – in his new blog.

Thank you tall person!

http://georgiaabout.wordpress.com/

You make me shine!

Bassa’s Blog is one year old today!

One year ago I placed a tentative paw on the keyboard to begin recording my daily adventures with tall person as we explore our neighborhood in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

We have seen and shared so many amazing things that we have discovered on our walks. Tall person has shown me that everything is interesting if you pause to look.

I hope that everyone who has visited Bassa’s Blog has enjoyed the pictures and little stories.

Along the way, we have have made so many friends and have shared in their daily lives through their amazing blogs. We are honored to be blogging alongside so many talented blogging friends.

To commemorate 52 weeks of blogging we have designed a blogging award to acknowledge 52 blogs that we think are stars of the blogging world.

Bassa’s Blog ‘You Make Me Shine’ Award

We would like to give this award to 52 blogging friends who we think are shining stars:

Collies of the Meadow: http://colliesofthemeadow.wordpress.com/

Just Ramblin’: http://justramblinpier.wordpress.com/

Bumpyroadtobubba: http://bumpyroadtobubba.com/

The Dante Diaries: http://thedantediaries.wordpress.com/

Thriving Pessimist: http://yashikibuta.wordpress.com/

Milka (The Great[est] Dane): http://milkathedane.wordpress.com/

BonesDiary: http://bonesdiary.wordpress.com/

Oregonmike’s98 Blog: http://oregonmike98.wordpress.com/

Lola Pug: http://lolapug.com/

Bongo: http://bongodogblog.com/

Iowa Dog Blog: http://iowadogblog.com/

TBN Ranch: http://tbnranch.com/

Dr Rayya: http://rayyathevet.com/

Puzzle: http://2puzzle4.com/

Tales From the Mom-Sidehttp://workingmomadventures.com/

What I Meant 2 Say: http://whatimeant2say.wordpress.com/

Usyaka: http://usyaka.wordpress.com/

Cupcake Speaks: http://cupcakepetrillo.wordpress.com/

Directionally Impaired: http://directionallyimpaired.wordpress.com/

Doggone Artsy Photography: http://doggoneartsy.com/

Shary Hover: http://sharyhover.com/

Moxie Dogs: http://moxiedogs.com/

Vanilla Bean: http://pinkpixie786.wordpress.com/

Cats & Co: http://catsnco.wordpress.com/

I’ve Been Thinking About: http://misswhiplash.wordpress.com/

Jimmie Chew: http://jimmiechew.wordpress.com/

Jodi Stone: http://jodistone.wordpress.com/

Monica’s Tangled Web: http://monicastangledweb.com/

For the Love of My Dogs: http://loveofmydogs.com/

Misty Shores Chesapeakes: http://mistyshoreschesapeakes.wordpress.com/

Chancy the Gardner: http://chancythegardner.wordpress.com/

Dogdaz: http://dogdaz.com/

Fabulous Flo: http://fabulousflo.wordpress.com/

One Cool Griff: http://onecoolgriff.wordpress.com/

Tylersat99’s Blog: http://tylersat99.com/

Lexi and Jasper – the Great Danes: http://doggyadventures.wordpress.com/

Campfireshadows: http://campfireshadows.wordpress.com/

Greatdaneinfo: http://greatdaneinfo.wordpress.com/

Kofegeek: http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/

Paws to Talk: http://pawstotalk.net/

Lounge Lassie’s World: http://loungelassie.wordpress.com/

Apprehensive Oreo: http://apprehensiveoreo.wordpress.com/

Popcorn: http://fluffypopcorn.com/

Rumpydog: http://rumpydog.com/

Dainty Paws: http://daintypaws.wordpress.com/

Remain Insane: http://therantommenace.wordpress.com/

2 Brown Dawgs: http://2browndawgs.com/

The Misadventures of Misaki: http://themisadventuresofmisaki.wordpress.com/

The (mis)Adventures of Sage: http://sagechronicles.wordpress.com/

Happy Bark Days: http://happybarkdays.com/

Wayward Dogs: http://waywarddogs.com/

Mark It Research: http://markitresearch.wordpress.com/

You are all stars! We would be honored if you would accept this award. There are no rules!

P.S. I take this opportunity to thank the tall person for walking with me and showing me how to see things differently. Good luck with your new blog, Georgia About, tall person:  http://georgiaabout.wordpress.com/

The week that was………fantastic!

On Wednesday next week Bassa’s Blog will be one year old – that is nearly as old as me!

I took my first tentative step into the wonderful world of blogging on 13 June 2011. Since then I have shared over 750 little stories and lots of photos about my daily life with the tall person, De, the little person, Lovely Mari, Mr. ‘Crazy’ Parrot (R.I.P.) and my kitten Barnaby here on our mountain overlooking the city of Tbilisi in the beautiful Republic of Georgia.

I have met so many wonderful people and dogs and cats (and one pot bellied pig) and now share in their daily lives through their stories and pictures they post on their blogs. It is an honor to be blogging alongside so many wonderful and talented friends.

I was going to do an anniversary post next week (and probably will still do) but this last week has been so amazing I decided to write this pre-anniversary post.

Most weeks are amazing but last week was especially amazing. It began and ended with a number of wonderful blogging awards from friends and in the middle something happened that took both me and the tall person completely by surprise.

The Facebook Surprise

On Thursday, one of my Facebook friends sent me a message to say that he saw a photo of me and the tall person on the popular Life With Dogs Facebook page. He sent me a link and there was my favorite photo of me and the tall person. I don’t know how it got there or who submitted it but I was very pleased.

Tall person stayed up very late reading the wonderful comments that people had made.

He told me that the photo received over 3,000 likes and my Facebook account had lots of new friend requests. Wow!

Georgia About Blog

‘Inspired’ by my blogging, the tall person recently set up a new blog to share his experiences of life in Georgia.

Called Georgia About it received its first blogging award last week.

Thank you Anne Alias of Mark It Research blog!

Tall person was very excited! He has been working very hard to show the best of the best of Georgia in the new blog.

Last week, he spent several very hot days in our local bakery finding out how traditional Georgian bread is made. He got very hot and to cool off he visited the Abanotubani Sulphur Baths in the city, which was great because he made a post about that too!

Please drop by and say hi:  http://georgiaabout.wordpress.com/

A Week of Awards

Since the tall person’s return from his recent trip to London we have been busy catching up with blogging friends and were delighted to see that many had received new blogging awards. Congratulations!

I was thrilled to discover that Bassa’s Blog was among the awardees, including one award that means the world to us – the Champion of the Heart Award.

Champion of the Heart Award

We were truly honored to receive an amazing award from Chuck and the Collies at Collies of the Meadow blog.

Chuck and the Collies told us that the new award is for those who they feel are not only the best of the best, but who truly give their best in their blog and live life loving others and giving all they have of themselves because they are Champions of the Heart.

Chuck explained that these are the characteristics of his beloved Collie, Trevor, who as many of you know is now in his final trip to the sunset of life.  Trevor has been a Champion Of The Heart to Chuck and Chuck and the Collies wanted to honor others who they feel portray the qualities that Trevor has displayed all his life.

Tall person and me are deeply touched and honored by the very special Champions Of The Heart Award. Knowing the meaning behind the award and the special place that Trevor holds in Chuck’s heart makes this the best award we have ever received. We will treasure it.

This is the link to Chuck’s award post. Please drop by and share in the antics of these wonderful Collies: http://colliesofthemeadow.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/collies-win-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-gives-some-too/

The Hot Potato Award

Bella and DiDi at Paws to Talk blog were awarded The Hot Potato Award and kindly passed it on to Bassa’s Blog. Thank you Bella and DiDi!

Bella and DiDi are two black Standard Poodle and together they are the ‘agony aunts’ of the canine world.

Their sound advice has made them THE place to go if you have a problem. Standard Poodles aren’t called one of the smartest breeds in the world for nothing!

This is the link to Bella and DiDi’s award post. Please drop by and say hi:

http://pawstotalk.net/2012/06/06/bella-and-didi-the-standard-poodles-how-can-we-express-gratitude/

The One Lovely Blog Award

My friend Sarah at Sezpets blog was recently awarded the One Lovely Blog Award and in her post acknowledging the award she included Bassa’s blog in the list of blogs she was passing the award on to!

Congratulations Sarah and thank you!

Sarah has been blogging for about 9 months and said that Bassa’s blog was the very first blog she ever followed. Wow!

This the link to Sarah’s award post. Please drop by and say hi:

http://sezpets.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/one-lovely-blog-award/

Gemma at Remain Insane blog was also awarded the One Lovely Blog Award and nominated Bassa’s blog for the award.

Congratulations Gemma and thank you for thinking of Bassa’s blog!

Gemma has been blogging for about 2 1/2 months and is studying Animal Behaviour at Flinders University in Adelaide, and volunteering at Adelaide Zoo.

She says that Orangutans are the love of her life!

This is the link to Gemma’s award post. Please drop by and say hi:

http://therantommenace.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/a-lovely-suprise/

The Sunshine Award

Popcorn of fluffypopcorn.com was recently awarded the Sunshine Award.

Congratulations Poppy and thank you!

Poppy is a red toy poodle and very, very cute!!

Poppy has written a very lovely and entertaining award post.

Please drop by and say hi:

http://fluffypopcorn.com/2012/06/05/%E2%98%BAthankful-tuesday/

Well, that was the week that was…………..FANTASTIC!

Thank you to everyone who made my week so special.

The meaning of joy!

The tall person returned from his trip to England last week and we are catching up on all of the news and stories from our blogging friends. I was delighted to hear that several had recently received new awards for their blogs and had passed on the awards to Bassa’s Blog.

I love writing blog award posts because it is an opportunity to highlight the amazing work of my blogging friends and thank them for making me smile and laugh and wonder and enjoy amazing stories and photos.

When preparing this post I looked up the definition of ‘Thank you’ and found out that is a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer.

I mentioned this to the tall person and we both agreed that we needed something much more than a ‘polite expression’ to convey our gratitude.

After much ‘googling’ we decided that ‘joy’ more closely describes how we feel.

‘Joy’ is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Look at our faces!

It is with great joy that we congratulate our friends on receiving the following awards and thank them for passing them on to Bassa’s Blog: 

Sunshine Award

Collies of the Meadow blog, Monica’s Tangled Web blog and Wayward Dogs blog were awarded the Sunshine Award and were very king enough to pass it on to Bassa’s Blog.

I found out that the Sunshine Award is given to ”bloggers who are inspirational, and who have impacted your blogging or your life”.

Wow, thank you so much Chuck and the Collies, Monica and Wayward Dogs. Your gift gave us great joy!

This is the link to Chuck’s award post. Please drop by and say hi to Chuck and the Collies. Their blog is AMAZING. I love the wonderful photos and I love the very funny, heart warming stories about their daily lives:

http://colliesofthemeadow.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/cupcake-give-us-an-award-we-give-an-award/

This is the link to Monica’s award post. Monica recently published her 200th post! That is “more than 180,000 words on topics that run the gamut, from silly to the ridiculous to plain borderline crazy” (Monica’s words). Do check out Monica’s keen observations and ironic musings:

http://monicastangledweb.com/2012/05/18/thoughtsy-tagged-me/

This is the link to Wayward Dogs award post. Do drop by this blog. I’m alway’s inspired by the writer’s attempt to keep track of — and if possible help – lost and wandering dogs:

http://waywarddogs.com/2012/05/31/this-blog-has-been-recognized/

Beautiful Blogger Award

Bella and DiDi at Paws to Talk blog and Monica’s Tangled Web blog were awarded the Beautiful Blogger Award and were very king enough to pass it on to Bassa’s Blog. 

This is the link to Bella and DiDi’s award post. Bella and DiDi are two black Standard Poodle and together they are the ‘agony aunts’ of the canine world.

Their sound advice has made them THE place to go if you have a problem. Standard Poodles aren’t called one of the smartest breeds in the world for nothing!

http://pawstotalk.net/2012/05/29/bella-and-didi-the-standard-poodles-thank-you/

This is the link to Monica’s award post. Do drop by and say hi: http://monicastangledweb.com/2012/05/18/thoughtsy-tagged-me/

The Versatile Blogger Award

My Little Green Thumbs, Monica’s Tangled Web blog and Lounge Lassie’s World were awarded the Versatile Blogger Award and passed it on to Bassa’s blog. Thank you for sharing the joy!

The author of My Little Green Thumbs blog is a mom of two, with a third child soon to join her family through adoption (from China). Chief Green Thumb does most of her blogging from her iPhone so she really does have little thumbs! Do drop by and say hi: http://mylittlegreenthumbs.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/the-versatile-blogger-award/

This is the link to Monica’s award post: http://monicastangledweb.com/2012/05/18/thoughtsy-tagged-me/

The author of Lounge Lassie’s World writes about life in the Bay Area and is a talented modeller, creating beautiful model buildings in HO scale. This is the link to Lounge Lassie’s award post: http://loungelassie.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/versatile-blogger-award/

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Kofeegeek blog was recently awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and was kind enough to pass it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Kofeegeek is a very talented artist with an interest in everything interesting! Drop by her blog for an eclectic mix of art and diverse stories which aims to “assist you in your coffee time” (Kofeegeek’s words).

Kofeegeek’s blog has been assisting the tall person in his coffee time for a while now and he is always entertained.

This is the link to Kofeegeek’s award post: 

http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/new-award-on-may-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

Versatile Blogger Award

Michael Melville, author of Oreganmike’s98 blog was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award and was kind enough to pass it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Congratulations Michael and thank you for including Bassa’s blog in your nominations.

Michael is a published author!

His first novel Running Northwest was published on 29 March this year and his blog candidly describes the challenges of writing and publishing a novel.  

The novel is set on the mighty and unforgiving Pacific Ocean amongst the rocky, foggy and forested northern coast of Oregon.

It’s a story about heartbreaking loss, rebuilding, love and the hands of fate winding a new road through the life of a single father, Thomas James and his 8-year-old son, Daniel.

Awesome achievement!

This is the link to Michael’s award post: http://oregonmike98.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/well-i-was-nominated/

One Lovely Blog Award

Monica’s Tangled Web blog was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award and was very king enough to pass it on to Bassa’s Blog.

Congratulations Monica. It is a very appropriate award as you have a very lovely blog!

Do check out Monica’s blog. She writes great articles for the Huffington Post. 

This is the link to Monica’s award post:

http://monicastangledweb.com/2012/05/18/thoughtsy-tagged-me/

My Nominations

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I follow a number of blogs that truly inspire me and the tall person.

I pass on the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to acknowledge the impact their blogs have had on our blogging.

I am truly honored to be blogging alonside these gifted friends:

Collies of the Meadow Blog – What can I say? There are few words that can adequately describe this wonderful blog.

Those who follow it know what I mean.

I LOVE THIS BLOG!

Thank you! http://colliesofthemeadow.wordpress.com/

Just Ramblin’ Blog – A week after I started blogging in June last year Just Ramblin’ Pier became the first person to follow Bassa’s Blog.

Several weeks after I started blogging Just Ramblin’ was the first blogger to give Bassa’s Blog an award.

I will never forget that inspirational moment.

Thank you! http://justramblinpier.wordpress.com/

Bumpyroadtobubba blog – This is a blog about love and motherhood.

It is the closest thing to a virtual hug that I know.

Written from the heart it tells about the daily ups (and downs) of Mumma and Poppy Grace (born January 2011) and their furry buddies Bella and Bear.

You always inspire me: http://bumpyroadtobubba.com/

Rumpydog – EVERYONE knows and loves Rumpy!

A tireless ambassador and champion for animals Rumpy is an inspiration to us all.

Thank you Rumpy!

http://rumpydog.com/

35 today!

No, I’m not 35 – I only recently celebrated reaching 18 months! The 35 I am referring to relates to the wonderful award given to Bassa’s Blog by dogdaz blog.

It is the 35th award given to Bassa’s Blog by blogging friends!

Thank you dogdaz!

The award is the ‘Just Kidding’ Award and my friends at dogdaz say that it is awarded to those who bring a smile and chuckle in our lives; or appreciate our humour and brighten our day with their posts.

They said that to receive this award you need to have a good sense of humor, and appreciate others who like to have a chuckle or laugh with you. There are no rules: it’s just fun, fun, fun!

What a wonderful award. Just looking at it makes me feel like dancing!

This is the link to the award post: http://dogdaz.com/2012/04/11/4-11-12-ive-been-loled/

Do drop by and say hi to the inhabitants of dogdaz blog – Louise (aka Lulu Belle) a very shy maybe Hound/Lab, a maybe Corgi/Sheltie called Sofie Bear and the house cats (currently The Muffin Man (aka, Muffy), Noel, and Constance Kitty.

Their antics will make you laugh!

I pass on the wonderful ‘Just Kidding’ Award to a number of blogs that really stand out with their great sense of humor and their ability to make the tall person laugh and splutter in his coffee!

Bones Diary

Bones is a a border terrier who considers himself the worlds coolest breed! He also believe’s that he is easily as bright and a lot better looking than most humans (or “skins” as he and his brothers called them).

He has a hilarious take on life and always brightens my day with his posts!

If you enjoy a good laugh visit Bones at http://bonesdiary.wordpress.com/

Chancy the Gardner

Chancy is a mischievous scamp whose antics mean that he is often on Mumsy’s “list”, which is not a good place to be!

Chancy lives with two other dogs (Angel and Baby Boy), three cats (Patches, Snookums and Pooh) and a little guinea pig called DK.

It’s a sometimes volatile and always hilarious mix!

You can find Chancy, Mumsy and Crew at: http://chancythegardner.wordpress.com/

Milka [The Greatest Dane]

I absolutely love Milka’s gentle brand of humor.

Milka’s blog is a Smörgåsbord of wonderful, funny stories, great pictures and amazing videos!

I know you will love this bouncy award as you love to chase bouncy things Milka!

Check out Milka’s blog at: http://milkathedane.wordpress.com/

Onecoolgriff

Rambo is a griff who describes himself as one crazy happy dog!

His blog is packed full of funny stories and pictures of his crazy life with two other griffs (both girl griffs, lucky Rambo), a really old whatever kind of dog (his words!), a great Rottweiler named Atticus, cats (not real cats, like house cats, these are what the people call barn cats), and horses.

Visit Rambo here: http://onecoolgriff.wordpress.com/

Life with Olive

Olive is a Weimaraner whose energy, antics and enthuisiasm for life always exhausts me when I read her posts!

Her stories are very, very funny.

Visit Olive and laugh, laugh, laugh! http://mylifewitholive.wordpress.com/

Lola Pug

Lola is known in neighbourhoods across North America, thanks to her globetrotting ways.

Despite being of petite size (with 8″ legs) Lola is a seasoned traveller who has many hilarious adventures and mishaps.

Visit Lola’s blog and see the world from a Pug’s perspective! http://lolapug.com/

Mark It Research

This is a relatively new blog for me and I love the funny and very gentle observations of its author Anne Alias.

Anne works in a Call-Centre and posts about her experiences of calling people at home.

Check out Anne’s very funny blog:  http://markitresearch.wordpress.com/

Tales from the Mom-Side

Nancy lives in a small town in Alabama with a 9 year old daughter and three dogs.

Having followed Nancy’s blog for quite some time now I can confirm that there is a lot of laughter in Nancy’s house.

Visit Nancy and join in the laughter:  http://workingmomadventures.com/

Congratulations to all of the blogs mentioned here. You all brighten my life and make me laugh and smile!

And thanks again to dogdaz for awarding the ‘Just Kidding’ Award to Bassa’s blog.

It’s not my birthday but it feels like it!

Sunshine Award

I received a very lovely Easter gift from kofegeek blog – a Sunshine Award!

I discovered that the Sunshine Award is given to ”bloggers who are inspirational, and who have impacted your blogging or your life”.

Wow, thank you so much kofegeek!

There are a number of rules attached to this award and I will be publishing a follow up post, together with my own nominations.

Please do check out kofegeek’s blog – in kofegeek you will find “a lot of articles, ranging from heavy, mild to popular and other resources to assist you in your coffee time”. So now I know what the tall person does when he has a coffee break!

http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/easter-gift-sunshine-award/

ABC Award

Mysterycoach blog was recently awarded the ABC Award and passed the award to Bassa’s blog.

Congratulations Mysterycoach!

Thank you for thinking of me!

Mysterycoach writes about various things she sees people do, their behaviors, her miscellaneous thoughts about personal growth and anything else that stirs her interest. She warns that she talks about herself a lot and her experiences. I have followed Mysterycoach’s blog for a while now and can confirm that she does and it’s great!

This is a link to Mysterycoach’s award post:

http://mysterycoachdsi.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/abc-award/

ABC Award

My great blogging friend Laurie Bartolo at Laurie Bartolo Photography was also awarded an ABC Award and included Bassa’s Blog in her list of award nominations.

Although this award has the same name as the one mentioned above it does appear to be different.

Congratulations Laurie and thank you for thinking of Bassa’s Blog!

Laurie is renowned for her beautiful photographs of dogs as they go about their daily lives. Her photographs are candid and spontaneous and accurately capture real images of life for dogs in America.

This is a link to Laurie’s blog: http://lauriebartolo.com/

Versatile Blogger Award

My friends Bella and Didi at Paws to Talk blog were recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

Congratulations Bella and Didi!

Bella and Didi were kind enough to include Bassa’s Blog in their nominations.

Thank you so much!

Please do check out their great blog.

I love the daily problem pages they post. Great advice for dogs (and people) with problems!

This is a link to their award post:

http://pawstotalk.net/2012/04/02/bella-and-didi-the-standard-poodles-are-we-versatile/

Another recent recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award was Phoenix who writes a wonderful blog called Thriving Pessimist.

I have followed this blog for nearly a year and was thrilled to hear that this very talented writer had been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

Phoenix very kindly included Bassa’s Blog in her list of nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you Phoenix!

Phoenix is a wonderful poet and writer. Please do check out her blog.

http://yashikibuta.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/versatile-blogger-award/

I mentioned Mysterycoach under the ABC Award and I am pleased to announce that Mysterycoach was also awarded a Versatile Blogger Award. Mysterycoach was kind enough to nominate Bassa’s Blog for the award.

Thank you Mysterycoach!

This is the link to the award post:

http://mysterycoachdsi.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/versatile-blogger-award-2/