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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Gratitude for elephant pores and skin – Oh My Canine!

Do you know: An elephant’s pores and skin measures an inch or inch and a half thick.

Regardless of its thickness, an elephant’s pores and skin is so delicate, it will probably really feel a fly land on its again.

A gray elephant with white tusks walks across dry grasslands. Two white birds perch on top of his head, and another stands near his feet. The sky is hung heavily with gray clouds, and a shadowy mountain range can be glimpsed way off in the background.

What does that should do with canines?

Effectively, nothing, actually.

Nevertheless it has an terrible lot to do with writing about canines.

And it’s all main to 2 large items of reports that I’ve been ready to share. Right here goes:

For those who spend a couple of minutes studying a submit on any weblog or social channel about canines, you’re going to search out some fairly wild stuff. If the submit is about pet food or canine coaching? Forgetaboutit. I assure the feedback embody insults, identify calling, and plain outdated meanness.


I suppose it comes from a great place. It has to, proper? Folks wouldn’t react so passionately in the event that they didn’t really, actually care about their canines. Why they should spew it on different folks and their canines is one other situation.

However let’s use that as our beginning line, we could? Let’s assume folks care passionately concerning the wellbeing of animals and suppose they’re attempting to be useful.

That’s why it helps to have thick pores and skin like an elephant.

I’ve spent a few years writing about canines and cats. I’ve shouldered my share of offended feedback from these with precise kernels of constructive suggestions to these with nothing however aggression.

(Apart for a humorous one: This man spent who is aware of how lengthy leaving remark replies on a few of my older weblog posts that stated “okay cool who cares” and “ugh shut up” and so forth, and he entered his e-mail tackle as yourmom at gmail. Who has the time to do this form of factor?!?!? Humorous sufficient, I appeared up his IP tackle, and he’s flagged as somebody who vandalizes Wikipedia, so. Yeah.)

You’re in all probability questioning: The place the heck is she going with all this?

This leads on to my first piece of reports: I bought The Zero-Waste Pet web site.

Whereas I believe offended feedback in all probability begin from a great place, for no matter cause, that web site drew within the much less constructive feedback by the handfuls every day. I don’t suppose I noticed there was an area extra reactionary than pet food or coaching, however it seems sustainable dwelling may need us beat.

The feedback have been generally useful, cuing me into a greater useful resource or technique. However, most frequently, they have been aggressive and imply. At the least as soon as every week somebody emailed me or left a remark criticizing the location for having sponsors and adverts as a result of I used to be doing nothing greater than pushing a shopper mindset. (OK, however, none of them have been prepared to ship me cash to pay internet hosting charges or, like, put meals in my canine’s bowl so…) I additionally received a ton ton ton of feedback that small actions aren’t sufficient, that doing a little bit isn’t a worthy effort, and folks really dedicated to sustainability wouldn’t have pets within the first place.

Each was a fly on my elephant pores and skin.

In the end, although, it got here right down to a easy reality of life: I ran out of time to average all these feedback and reply to all these emails. I ran out of minutes within the day to take care of all of it, and I actually couldn’t depart offended feedback hanging with no reply (or with out being deleted in the event that they violated neighborhood pointers). There wasn’t a single little bit of stretch in my day to responsibly deal with it any longer. Simply as I used to be about to close all of it down, an investor approached me with a proposal to purchase. We labored out some particulars, and I handed over the reins. So, any content material you see on that URL or Insta account not comes from me.

And, goodness, I felt lots of peace letting that go. I used to be relieved, tbh.

I did retain the rights to the e-book I wrote, although I agreed to alter the identify so there wouldn’t be any model confusion. If I can this summer season, I’m going to revamp that useful resource.

And all that results in my second piece of reports: I received a literary agent!

For those who’ve been round for some time, you would possibly know I began writing a ebook simply earlier than the beginning of the pandemic. Over the previous couple of years, I completed it, joined a critique group and edited it, then began to pitch it to brokers. I had completely no wiggle room in my schedule as a result of engaged on this ebook was my largest precedence. It nonetheless is. Letting ZWP go made much more room for it, and I believe making that house allowed me to get up to now the place I landed a literary agent.

So, what does that imply? Effectively, she has my proposal and manuscript, and she or he’s taking it out on submission to editors at publishing homes to search out it a house. It’s one other section the place an elephant’s pores and skin is required: thick sufficient to face up to extra rejection and delicate sufficient to be taught and develop alongside the best way.

Thank goodness all my years of writing about canines have cultivated this thick, delicate )and more and more extra wrinkled) pores and skin!

Whereas she’s on the market slinging my ebook, I’ll be chipping away at some long-overdue weblog updates and hanging out on Instagram. (BTW, are we IG linked but?!?! If not, let’s get in contact!)

I hope you’re doing properly. I hope your pets are thriving and also you’re having fun with these first early sparks of spring. Please do join on IG. I really like seeing pics of everybody’s beloved animals! And let me know within the feedback: Do you relate to this elephant pores and skin analogy? It’s actually resonated with me these days, however I’m guessing I’m not alone in that!

Elephant photograph by Nam Anh on Unsplash

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