What a year we had in 2016 …
I did not make any blog goals for 2016. Due to SUGAR’s splenectomy, my main focus at the beginning of the year was to care for her. I’m a bit superstitious, one reason I did not share SUGAR’s surgery on the blog (just updates on FB). It worked, and I’m very thankful her second major surgery as a senior dog was a success and once again cancer-free. SUGAR’s doctors were amazed on how quickly she recovered. During SUGAR’s recovery months, I continued to blog and stayed active on social media. Late-Spring 2016, SUGAR’s health was my focus once again. SUGAR needed IV fluid and had to stay overnight at the vet. Within four months, after going through a “diet journey,” SUGAR yet again, surprised her vet and got well. During these months, it was interesting to find out that our blog had the busiest views.
6 Golden Woofs 2016 Blog Highlights
SUGAR and I are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with great brands and PR’s. Lots of Golden Thanks for all the love and trust.
Major Blog Sponsors
Moving to SoCal, provided SUGAR lots of pet travel opportunities. Golden Thanks for Sleepypod‘s sponsorship and keeping her safe.
After months of food trials, a dehydrated raw food diet helped SUGAR’s digestion issues. Golden Thanks to Stella and Chewy’s for providing SUGAR’s food and for the brand ambassador sponsorship.
SUGAR loves her weekly baths. Golden Thanks for RELIQ Pet sponsorship.
Woofs! to all the brands and PRs who provided us sponsored blog posts and social media promos. Special Woofs to Hofsas House for an awesome dog-friendly weekend getaway in Camel-by-the-Sea.
2) BlogPaws Conference
Our post Be #PetPrepared Create A Disaster Preparedness Plan provided us a full sponsorship from Hill’s Pet to attend 2016 BlogPaws Phoenix conference.
Honored to be a Finalist Best Pet Microblog for 2016 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose.
3) 2016 Publication
Summer 2016 our Watermelon Popsicle was featured in USA Today Pet Guide.
Cooking For SUGAR
September 2016 Doglicious Homemade Dog Treats: Cooking For SUGAR was published. Golden Thanks to our publisher, Mango Media for the opportunity.
4) SUGAR was honored to be chosen by Hallmark Channel as an Instagram Influencer for their 2016 Kitten Bowl and help promote Happy The Dog.
5) BOL! Last August 26, 2016, SUGAR’s You Tube Video “Sugar the Golden Retriever Eats a Banana” was licensed to ViralHog.com.
We launched two recipe “how to” you tube videos: How To Make Watermelon Blueberry Popsicle and Pumpkin Puree Dog Treats
6) For the second year, we were chosen to be Fit Foodie Ambassador, San Diego. I’m so proud of SUGAR, she finished the 5K event.
6 Top 2016 Blog Posts
1. Refreshing Fresh Coconut Popsicles (dog treat recipe)
2. 15 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday (tips)
3. 3 Do’s Car Safety | Buckling Up Your Dog! #BeSleepypodSafe (pet travel, tips)
4. Can Your Dog Benefit From A Slow Feeder Ceramic Dog Bowl? (product review)
5. 5 Interesting Cat Products at 2016 Global Pet Expo (pet event, product feature)
6. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (black and white, quote)
6 Old Blog Posts Trended in 2016
1. Dried Chewy Banana Dog Treats (2015 dog treat recipe)
2. Apple Pumpkin Banana Bones (2013 dog treat recipe)
3. 5 Fruity Frozen Dog Treats (2015 dog treat recipe)
4. Say NO To Dental Disease, Brush Your Dog’s Teeth (2014 dog health)
5. Layered Strawberry Frosty Paws (2013 dog treat recipe)
6. 8 Reasons Your Dog Deserves A Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer (2015 product review)
July 2016 was our official first year living in SoCal. SUGAR is loving being a SoCal dog. The sunshine and beach days are keeping SUGAR active and healthy. SUGAR is so happy making new friends. She met many SoCal Golden Retrievers Instagram pals.
Last August 2016, our blog had a major ‘site crashed.’ I lost days of views and posts. I’m so glad for an old blog pal (now virtual Bren assistant) advised me to change hosting services to Site Ground. That was the best advice and I’m so happy after four months our site is finally back to normal.
Overall, I am very grateful for the success of our blog this year. It seems that “the best goals are sometimes no goals.” 🙂 Lots of Golden Thanks for your continued support.
Woofs to 2017!