A-Z CHALLENGE, The Letter Z ~ Of course, it's for Zoolatry!

April 30
The Letter Z

Just the right way to end the month and the A-Z Challenge ... with Z for ZOOLATRY.  I don't know if you've ever wondered how we came to be Zoolatry, or how we came to have a stripey-sox logo, or for that matter if it is even of interest!  If yes, read on ...

ZOOLATRY. It all began in late June 2007, and so in just a few more weeks we'll celebrate ten years of blogging!  Hard to believe ...  So many years ago, these blogs were not as user-friendly as they are now, and it was a struggle to publish a post and have it look reasonably decent, especially if you have some OCD about design.  Often I thought I'd give up ~ but what kept me going, were friends.  I kept meeting more and more pet bloggers over time, and quite a number became really good friends over these years, people I treasure and am blessed to know.  They are what keep me here today.  But I have digressed ... Zoolatry ... what it means is below ... I just sat down one day, probably watching CNN to which I am sadly addicted (being a news junkie).  A dictionary on my lap.  Hours of randomly scrolling through, giving up, then going back.  An upside: learning some new words.  Downside: getting bored.  Started with the letter "A".  Scanned each page, each letter of the alphabet, just looking for that word that caught my attention, reading what it meant.  And then to the letter "Z", and thinking, "well, this didn't work ... what will I name my blog?".  But then, nearly through all the Z's, suddenly up popped this one word ~ and that was that!  Eureka!

ZOOLATRY, PART II.  Unlike some blogs, we don't do giveaways or contests, or promote products nor have we ever paid attention to statistics (which we don't think are all that believable).  Our blog is for fun, for us, for you.  For us, a place to look back through from time to time like an album of memories and times over the years.  But doing this post, I thought for this one time I'd go ahead and take a look at the google-stats, just out of curiosity.   They are telling me that as of today we have done 3,559 posts ... we've had over 382,000 pages views (surely some of those are my own!) ... and just under 55,000 comments, not including any who may be inclined to comment today! A bit more than some blogs perhaps, far far less than many other bloggers I'm sure!   On the sidebar it says I have 383 followers, but I think many of those don't even blog anymore, they're from days-of-old, but some small part of me, really wants 17 more followers (YOU?) just to reach that nice rounded-off number of 400!  (though today you can now follow by email) But as I said, stats don't mean much now, do they ...

STRIPEY-SOX. My favorite color is red and I love red-and-white stripes the most and a peek in my closet will prove that (too much red, way too many stripes) ... often wearing stripey-sox around the house, even some sleep sox that are striped.  One day my husband casually said, "those should be your blog logo!", to which I laughed, and only replied, "ha!".  But he persisted to the point of another day, insisting I get on a step stool and pose (my feet in those sox) so he could take a bunch of photos!  It was only to appease him at the time that I did so.  But later, looking through the photos, I was a bit amused by them, and in some small way, they did say "me".  Over time I played around in photoshop with those images, reworking them time and again, until one day I was satisfied enough with an art-rendering that emerged to become my logo ... it, too, has gone through a few evolutions ... from palm trees and beach, when the sox lived in Florida, to a simple circle after moving north.  But stripey-sox it is, and so it shall be.

Thank you for bearing with me to read of the life of Zoolatry. 



Upper left: a montage of the many "feet" photos my husband took!  Upper right: the pose I liked the most, though flipped upside down!  Middle two images: the initial art renderings of my fave pose.  Bottom left: the logo as it emerged finally.  And bottom right: as it is today, with text.  Not shown: the original "Florida" version, with palm trees, beach and sometimes ~ cat's paws ~ which sometimes still shows up on a blog here or there!


A-Z CHALLENGE, The Letter Y, Young

April 29
The Letter Y

Young ~ and yes, once upon a time, when I was young ~ I could carry my two babies at the same time!

Tomorrow, the A-Z Challenge comes to an end.  Z for Zoolatry is a natural for us,
and if you've ever been a little bit curious about how Zoolatry came to be ...
it's also a natural for our Sunday Selfie, so please stop by ...



April 28
The Letter X

We tend to mark cards with a fond closing of "X and O", adding a "kiss and a hug" ~ but when and how did the Letter X come to represent a kiss?  There are various theories and stories.  I enjoyed reading this article from The Washington Post
and if you'd like to know more of how the X-and-O came to be ~ just click here ~

A Few X's and O's from My Family Album 


A-Z CHALLENGE, The Letter W, Wedding

April 27
The Letter W

This stands beside the gate in front of the church where we were married 43-years ago.
Although we were only blessed with thirty-eight of those years together, I am thankful for those years, 
and remind all to be thankful of their time with loved ones.

We are also taking part today in Brian's Thankful Thursday.


A-Z CHALLENGE, The Letter V, Victor

 April 26
The Letter V

Victor ~ my husband, who crossed his bridge September 18, 2012

The poem below was written less than five months before he passed away.  Surprisingly, it was written during a few weeks time when he felt and looked better than he had in a very long time, and we both thought and believed he was on the road to remission.  This was not to be.
The photograph is from when we first met. 
Although he had dabbled with poetry, and prose throughout his life, it was random and infrequent
 and he had never before written to me, or written about his cancer.




The Zoolatry Human's granddaughter is a certified scuba diver so it was natural for her to give me some lessons.  Though being a Labrador, my swimming and diving skills are already at a high level as you might imagine!  And I love the water!  Though I might not be able to get way down deep for my fave tennis balls today since I forgot my flippers!  Go over to visit with MURPHY and STANLEY to see more scuba divers and snorkelers, maybe they'll do better than me.

Dougie Dogster, the cool surfer dude, here on my custom made board.  Awesome, mmm.  Showing off some of my own special moves.  I call this one the curl!  Wonder if the other surfers today over at OREO'S COOKIE JAR are showing off their special moves.  Go check it out!

Of course, Zoey is here for all the Spring Break fun.  But as you can see, she chooses some of the calmer (more ladylike) activities.  So I've joined her on one of the paddle boats in the lake at Pullen Park.  The park is one of our friend Madi's favorite places because there are so many things to do here, and if you visit with MADI and MOM, Down Home in NC, I'm sure you'll be able to see lots of the park's activities.

Well, sometimes the best intentions go astray.  Our friend CHRISTMAS, at PAW PROVINCE is having a treasure hunt down on the beach.  I did promise my sweet friend LADY SHASTA that I'd share the fun with her ~ and yet, after all these fun-in-the-sun activities, I am sorely in need of a bit of a nap and as you can see, the "lady" is not at all pleased.  Sigh ... 

Soon the sun will set in our trawpical paradise and we are ending this wonderful day with a Beach Blanket Bingo party and dance, sponsored by our friends Mabel, Hazel and Bailey of IDAHO PUG RANCH.

Admittedly, I am not much of a dancer (and a bit shy around the ladies) ... plus no way would I be seen in a grass skirt!  So I told the Zoolatry Human I preferred to watch the dance from a distance, though I did agree to wear a lei!  It smells good! 

But soon I shall take advantage of some wonderful food and beverages and go thank all our amazing hostesses and hosts for this glorious day!  And I shall top by DORY'S BACKYARD to say hello, they are here on their spring break ~ and I hope Angel Dory and her brofurs Arty, Jakey and Bilbo have enjoyed this day too!