Today I am coming clean and coming out. It’s Wordless Wednesday in the pet blogging sphere, but for some it might be Speechless Wednesday. For me, this is long overdue.
But wait, there’s a bonus: Fidose of Reality is undergoing a slight makeover with the content we share. We’ll always be blogging about dogs – that’s our heart and soul.
I’ve been blogging for close to 4 years now and this is my passion, my calling, my penchant, and indeed my heart beats dog. In those four years, my life has also changed dramatically—I set my sights on a dream, put an action plan to it, and here I am. Dreams can come true and I continue to achieve them and then add more to the list.
Let me tell you a little story: When I first walked into the BlogPaws pet blogging conference in 2010, my family went along with me. I am one of those people who travels everywhere with her family. It works for us: We live together, love together, travel together, and thrive because of it. Twenty years and proud of it.
I walked around the conference telling everyone whom I introduced to my family member, Darlene, that she was my sister. And I felt like such a fraud. Here I was, finally embracing my dreams, taking a major leap forward. Hell, I was the girl who went back to college full time as an adult, supported by my family member, taking strides and moving forward. Yet here I was introducing Darlene as my sister. So what’s the big deal?
Darlene is my wife of 20 years.
Some say partner, I prefer wife. What the law does not give us, we provide ourselves. We exchanged vows in 1993, I legally changed my last name close to a decade ago, and in every way, shape, and form we are a married couple. We have been there through the health crises, the family issues, the raising of dogs, the crossing of a dog to the rainbow bridge, and all the high highs and loving celebrations. She is my life. And I told people she was my sister. I didn’t want to rock a boat, incite someone to not like me or judge me, and quite possibly I was afraid of what others might say or do.
I’ve met so many amazing people in my journey as a pet blogger/writer and being immersed in a career in the pet industry. Without the love, support, and encouragement of my wife, I can honestly say I do not know where I’d be. And I know I am not alone in feeling this way. Others have the love and support of a spouse and so do I. I don’t like labels and they really do belong on soup cans. So we are just a married couple, truly more in love with each passing year than I ever could have imagined. She is my dream come true and kitschy as it sounds, she completes me.
This leads me to where I am going with the next phase of my dog blogging life.
Fidose of Reality is a canine-centric online magazine dog blog where dog lovers of the highest order unite.™ This will never change. We’re just upping the bar and become more inclusive and alternative in our focus.
Alternative in a really good, focused, special, and “my heart beats dog,” does yours kind of way.
I am tired of reading the same story told 15 different ways online. This is where Fidose of Reality’s roots are grounded: being real, being unique, and being a place for dog parents to find their home.
So here’s the plan:
Fidose of Reality will evolve into an alternative living magazine-style dog blog if your heart beats dog. We will continue to unite dog lovers of the highest order. Do any of the following apply to you?
- You take your dog on vacation and/or travel with your dog
- You would go without so your dog can have what he or she needs
- You are someone who identifies as L, G, B, or T and has a dog
- You like the idea that “dogs are the new kids”
- Pet fashion is fun for you as long as the dog is happy about wearing the clothes
- You like to read about off-the-beaten path dog news and information that is reality based and provides actionable, doable things for pet parents
- You think the idea of a dog wedding for a fundraiser is way cool
If you answered yes to one or more of these things, then welcome home. You are probably considered alternative by someone, somewhere, and we embrace that. Alternative living is the new norm. I’ve colored outside the lines for as long as I can remember. I certainly don’t plan to change.
We’re alternative but extraordinary. Fidose of Reality is all about extraordinary dog lovers.