The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Houndstooth on

This week, the blog had a birthday.  The very first post I wrote was just an introduction.  The second one is the first one I consider to be a real post.  It was written on March 6, 2009.  It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing our tales of canine mischief and adventure for that long.

Lilac Enjoys the Fan -- Tales and TailsWhen I first started the blog, I really only thought a few of my close friends and Mr. Taleteller would ever read it.  To my surprise, we’re now read by people all over the world and our dogs have been recognized in some unusual places.  In the beginning, Bunny was the puppy of our group, and now she’s the matriarch.  Lilac was the old lady in our early days and she entertained a lot of people with her crotchety ways.  The truth is, those posts about Lilac helped me to cope with something that was actually very trying, as she went through stages of Canine Cognitive Disorder.  We said good bye to Hawk after a mystery illness suddenly left him really feeling his old age.  Blueberry was still a younger dog when the blog started, too, and she grew old rather gracefully as the blog progressed.

Pillar of Blueberry -- Tales and Tails

Pillar of Blueberry

We’ve seen the addition of Morgan.  Everyone’s hearts broke when Lilac passed away.  Then we learned about how Küster fell in love with me because I taste like chicken.  We had a lot of fun watching him grow up from being a young puppy to a grown up working dog.  We began struggling to find answers for Morgan, and we’re still looking for some of those for her.  Blueberry left us suddenly in our first encounter with the deadly thief known as osteosarcoma.  Following that devastating loss, Flattery joined our family and has become the resident court jester and princess in training.

Smile at the SunsetLife has been a wild ride these past five years.  My voice has grown and matured as time has passed.  This blog has taken me to places I never dreamed possible in the past five years.  I never imagined people would recognize my dogs on the street, especially when we were half the country away from home.  It never occurred to me that I’d win sponsored trips to conferences or awards for photography from the blog.  I certainly never thought I’d start meeting people in real life who tell me that they read the blog and enjoy it.  Ironically, my family doesn’t read it, so it’s not my mom who says that, but I think Mr. Taleteller’s sisters look forward to stories I tell about him from time to time.

Morgan Looks Down at Pere Marquette

Morgan Looks Down at Pere Marquette

Küster On the Trail -- Tales and Tails

Küster On the Trail

The truth is, though, that this is a chronicle of our lives.  There are other things thrown in, too, but our day to day life still remains a big focus of the blog.  We’ve also thrown in some reviews and information we thought was worth sharing from time to time, but I still feel that most people come here to read about our humorous stories and hopefully those are still things that a lot of our readers out there can relate to.  Five years ago, I would never have dreamed that we’d be at this point today and I can’t even begin to fathom where we’ll be five years from now, but I hope that I’m writing another post to celebrate the milestone.  It sure would have been a dull five years without dogs in our lives, and the truth is that it feels like it’s flown by.  I started out writing about our dogs and all the fun they bring into our lives, and I feel like we still do that, in spite of all the changes that we’ve been through.  Thank you to everybody who reads the blog, shares our stories and pictures and enjoys the ride along with us!

Pink is the New Black -- Tales and Tails

Pink is the New Black

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  • M. K. Clinton

    Congratulations on your blogversary! You do an amazing job and I look forward to visiting you each day! Please drop by my blog today for a little surprise for you and your lovely dogs! Bark more Growl less from Barking from the Bayou

  • Happy, Happy Bloggoversary!! We have sure enjoyed getting to know you all over the last couple of years. Here’s hoping for many more to come!

    Luvs,

    Jackie and Mom

  • Sue Dyer

    Happy Bloggoversary. WOW! 5 years is a long time. Not sure when I first found you, but I love reading about your hounds and the funny things that go on. Can’t imagine not reading your blog, so you will have to carry on for many, many years yet:)

  • Happy Anniversary!

  • Jen

    Happy Blogoversary! (or however you spell it…it’s a made up word anyway…)

    It’s funny where things like this can take us! I’m happy to read about your canine capers every day, and your pictures really are lovely 😉

  • greygirl25

    Happy birthday to your blog.

    I had to go back and look to see when I started mine, it was just a few months earlier and for exactly the same the reasons, I wanted to keep track of the stories that made our life so wonderful.

    I’m ever so glad we were able to connect.

  • Cindy Gingrich

    I started reading your blog when we got our first greyhound Molly. It’s been so fun reading antics and attitudes in your dogs that are so similar to hers and our borzoi. Thank you!

  • Reilly & Denny Cowspotdogs

    We are new to following your blog but we love learning about your furbabies

  • I had not realized that Bunny was with you 5 years ago. Good going, Bunny! You’ve been a star for a long time! Don’t teach Flattery any troublemaking tricks…unless you’re sure that you won’t get caught! Morgan and Kuster, so glad that you’re in the family to keep the working dog side of things known!

  • Casey the Boxer

    Happy blogoversary! I love reading your blog every day, and I’m so happy you keep at it!

  • Brooke Lowry

    Congrats on your Blogaversary!

  • BarbaraZabadu

    Congratulations! We love all the stories, and we love you and the dogs!

  • jan

    Congratulations and wishes for many more anniversaries for your amazing photographs and wonderful dog stories. In five years I hope to be reviewing your book(s) that have been published.

  • All Things Collie

    I know I certainly enjoy reading your posts…and one day, maybe our travels to various collie specialty shows, will lead us to your area of the country. 🙂

  • Emma

    Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment! We like to go back over our older posts sometimes to see how things have changed. It is a constant learning experience. Love your blog and photos.

  • Jodi

    Congratulations!! Five years and look how much you’ve accomplished!! I can’t wait to see what you do in the next five. 🙂

  • Yay! So cool. Look forward to many more stories…

  • Congrats! you guys have came a long way together. We are looking forward to many more wonderful stories.

  • Lida Bard

    Five years, wow! Congrats! I love looking at your photos.

    Oliviashuman.blogspot.com

  • Congratulations! Five years and counting…We love reading about the dogs and your family.

  • genjiscorner

    Congrats on going strong five years later. I had to look back and see when I started. It was 2006. And my family doesn’t read my blog either 🙂

  • The OP Pack

    Happy Blogaversary – we love your blog and all your stories. We hope to see you celebrating another five years in 2019!!
    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  • misskodee

    I think I remember all your dogs except Hawk. I will have to go back and look now as the name really escapes me. Love reading all about your tribes adventures when I am able to stop by.

  • Wow, happy blogiversary.

    I’m celebrating my 4th soon and Tales and Tails has been an inspiration to me since I first started. And continues to be today.

    You have such a gentle humor and folksy way to sharing your stories. You’re like the Prairie Home Companion of dog blogs. And your photos… Oh. My. Dog.

    It’s good thing I’m happy being a terrible photographer. Because otherwise I’d just have to smack you for being so good.

    Thank you (and to the entire Taleteller clan) for giving us so many hours of entertainment.

  • Sara Blair

    Happy Anniversary!

    People keep reading your blog because the photos are charming, the stories are humorous, and your posts always end on a positive note.

    Here’s to another five years!

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    Congratulations on five years of blogging! It was very interesting for me to go back and read your first post, since I’ve only been reading your blog for about a year, I’ve only read about some of your past dogs a little bit and it is hard to believe how much your group has changed over 5 years. Keep up the great work….you are truly a success at this!

  • Dory and the Mama

    Time flies by so quickly, I have been following your journey since almost the very beginning and am enjoying every second of the ride. Thanks for sharing and keep up the wonderful work!!

  • Jessica Rhae

    Wow….5 years? Congrats. I didn’t realize you had been writing that much longer than me. Your’s has always been one of our favorite blogs. I feel like we have a lot on common with “the chronically of your life” or can at least relate. Of course, all your beautiful doggie pictures is a big draw too 🙂

  • Michelle Ridlon

    5 years! Congrats, that is a great accomplishment!!! We have enjoyed reading the stories/adventures over the years and look forward to many more! Hopefully, one day, I will have the pleasure of meeting you and your pack in person.

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    Happy 5 Year Anniversary! I certainly love following along.