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Thoughty Thursday: Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now!

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Show your dog-matic purr-sonality with Tobi Levi designer shoes.

 A colleague sent me a link to the shoes above  and now I lust after these designer dawg togs. Those who see me at public appearances know I love the unusual, the sparkly, the stand-out-from-the-crowd-icity and choose my attire accordingly. I get some kidding over it–and have also been accused of being gaudy and garish.

Get over it. I’d rather be garish and noticed, warts and all, than safely “appropriate” and fade into the background. I had enough of that as a kid. A colleague of mine, Kristen Lamb, I admire very much. She blogged yesterday that many of us “need more cowbell.”  Guess I’ve been a-bangin’ that bell for quite a while, and it’s paid off. I seem to be known for the sparkles and bling–and I pray that translates into the writing as well.

No, you don’t have to literally bang a gong (or cowbell), or wear designer shoes to get noticed. But by all that is hairy, your writing–your causes for animals, for kids, for your I MUST DO THIS (fill-in-the-blank)–had better have intrinsic “sparkle-icity” or it won’t matter what you do. You’ll be that wall-flower faded into the background, unnoticed and undervalued.

What’s your MUST DO THIS cause? And how do you shine a light on that effort? Do you wear sparkly socks? (guilty!) Known for hats? or for puns? (guilty again!) Or are you known as a listener, gentle critic, helpful mentor? What is your gift–and how do you express that gift?

The snow boots (above) keep my feet dry and warm when I trudge around keeping up with the Magical-dawg, and certainly could be muddy brown and do the job. But the colors make me smile, remind me about MY cause, and help me focus. No matter what I do–blogging, fictioning, singing, playing with the fur-kids–I must honor the effort with all-of-me so the passion and joy shine through. I LOVE what I do–can you tell?

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

11 responses »

  1. I need to figure out what my cowbell is. I’m really impressed that you manage to get me, someone who has little to no interest in pets, to read and enjoy your blog. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Grace,
      Thank you so much, you’ve made my day! And I think “passion” translates whether it’s about pets, or gardening, knitting, sharing time with grandkids, or whatever it may be. Everyone has a “cowbell” and it begins with that quiet spot inside that makes you tingle with delight at the thought.

  2. Ooh. I need those shoes. I just know that when wearing those I’ll be inspired to take chances in my writing. And I’ll look soooo good walking my greyhound in them. 🙂

  3. Ok, first, love the “woof” heels. Secondly, one of my weird wardrobe quirks is my habitual wearing of tube socks. I wear them with shorts, skirts, it just doesn’t matter. And I have a pair of rainboots similar to yours too. I wear them around the house for now fun. I like you!

  4. Oh, I like the sparkly shiny stuff too. My guilty pleasure is all things purple. Sometimes objects covered by glitter can not be passed by no matter how hard I try. But the real glitz in my life is my family and our animals.

  5. Thanks for the link, Amy!

    “Sparkle-icity?” Love it & YES, I can tell you LOVE what you do. Me too. Adding you right now to the ‘ole blog roll.

  6. I love your Thursday thoughts – and your fabulous wellies. Where do i get a pair like that? Mine are brown – but with wonderful whit and brown bubbles, so I can’t complain 🙂

    About cowbells: After a work trip to India this past summer, I’ve developed an inordinate attachment to colorful scarves of all sorts and have started to develop a reputation for them. I even wear them in the summer – great for rooms that are AC’d to Arctic degrees!

    GREAT BLOG. looking forward to more

    • Hi Danielle,
      Love my wellies! You can find them here: I need some cowboy boot styles, too. *s*
      I love scarves, too–have a bunch but rarely wear them. Most of mine are light weight silk with cats and/or dogs on them, or sequins…or all of the above. *s* They match my socks!

      Worked on some video for the blog today. Fun stuff. Thanks for the feedback.


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