‘Bassa’s World’

‘Bassa’s World’ eBook is now available on Amazon. Written from Bassa’s perspective, the book is a collection of anecdotes, photos and observations of Bassa’s life in the country of Georgia.

One reader said, “I LOVED this book! Seeing the world through Bassa’s eyes is odd, inspiring, adorable, and often hilarious! She gives us a wonderful look at her day to day life, with her human family, her cat, her neighborhood, and her town, with some invaluable tips for dogs thrown in. Bassa’s World is informative, and a ton of fun!”

Download it today – it might just make you look at your world (and your dog) in a completely different way! Find it here.

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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/

The copycat trees

You may recall me saying that the trees in my neighborhood have copied my style.

I have white ‘socks’……………

……….and the trees have white ‘socks’.

Now, I am currently doing this……….

……..yes, I am shedding my coat.

Well, on my walk through the neighborhood today I noticed that the trees have started to do this………….

……………resulting in this……………

Yes, the trees have noticed I am shedding so they have started to shed too.

I don’t mind the trees copying me – in fact I’m flattered. Their timely copycat behaviour was also useful when the tall person called me to a meeting to discuss the amount of hair I am leaving on the floors. I pointed out that he is fortunate that he has a shedding Caucasian Shepherd and not a shedding tree. He had to agree.

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/