Woof! Woof! Tucson Tails has 500 blog posts. Compared to some of my fellow bloggers here in the hallowed halls of Tucson Citizen.com, I’m greatly lagging behind a few sports guys and Carolyn Classen. However, since I’m not the competitive type…I’m thrilled with my own enthusiasm, perseverance and accomplishments.
I began Tucson Tails on 2-2-11 (Ground Hog’s Day). Although I am an accomplished writer/breadwinner — here at the TC, I’m considered a citizen journalist which might sound like a cool title but it means I don’t get paid except pennies per page view which doesn’t even keep my two rescued greyhounds in premium dog food.
Never the less I started Tucson Tails blog for a few reasons: 1. I wanted to educate readers about the plight of racing greyhounds especially here in Tucson. 2. I wanted to be a voice for our community’s animals and the many groups who work so hard to save them by promoting adoption, fundraisers and activities. 3. In doing 2. I have since gotten to know more animal lovers as friends and acquaintances and learned a great deal about the problems plaguing rescue. 4. The feel-good stories feel really good. I hope Tucson Tails has made a difference.
The top 10 most popular blog posts are (drum roll, please)
1.Happy Ground Hog Day: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?- 2/2/11
–16,728 page views (first post/beginner’s luck)
2.Dog Food Recall: Milo’s Chicken Jerky, Purina Waggin’ Train – 1/16/13
–5,715 page views
3.Absolut Greyhound Vodka Promotes Animal Cruelty – 3/20/12
–5,559 page views
4.10 Worst Foods for Dogs - 11/23/11
–4,461 page views
5.Tucson: Can you save this dog’s life? – 4/1/12
–3,962 page views
6. Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing Injuries – 5/7/11
–3,556 page views
7. Preakness 2011, horse racing injuries, Barbaro – 5/21/11
–3,161 page views
8. Tucson: Cystic Fibrosis Boy Saves Dog from PACC Kill Line - 4/13/12
–2,093 page views
9. Update: chicken jerky made in China, sign petition to ban – 3/13/12
–1,923 page views
10. Phoenix: Protest Animal Cruelty at MCACC (Animal Control) – 11/29/12
–1,805 page views
This leads me to believe that Tucson and beyond cares about ground hogs, greyhounds, dog food safety, horse racing injuries, saving pets from the kill line.
I blog about the animals because it’s my passion. Do what you love and everything else falls into place or so I believe. Thanks for reading and commenting. It’s always a joy to meet people who read Tucson Tails. Stay tuned for the next 500 blog posts…
‘Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.’
~ Elie Wiesel