Petties Finalist: Honored, Humbled & Declining

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When I first learned that This One Wild Life was a finalist in the esteemed DogTime Media 2012 Pet Blog Awards, I was between my grandmother’s memorial in New York and off to Colorado for my father-in-law’s 90th birthday.

Preparing photo books, slideshows, travel preparations and pet care, we also had unexpected house guests – for a month –after we blew up Amy and Rod Burkert’s GoPetFriendly mobile home and office with a faulty electrical outlet.

In the midst of these things and many more, I hadn’t updated the blog since mid-March. I had to ask. How did This One Wild Life get nominated for best use of social media?


To those who extended this kindness to me, I am honored and humbled.  You make me miss and want to come back to this valuable space. Plans are in the works already and I have you to thank for my new motivation.


This One Wild Life typically integrates my interests in global change for all animals at  Be the Change for Animals and our new local dog rescue at Dog House Adoptions. These individual projects – not This One Wild Life – have been competing for my time as of late.

Had the nomination been for a  specific person using social media, not in relation to a particular blog, I might feel differently thanks to my combined efforts at BTC and DHA. That is not the case. (Nor is our rescue eligible for DogTime donations. While a registered New York State non-profit,  the IRS is backlogged by at least 6 months in approving 501(c)3 status nationwide.)  OUR 501(c)3 STATUS WAS JUST APPROVED!


Hard working folks like Stephanie from Catsparella have been working day in and out to share informative and entertaining content through every social media channel possible. My vote goes to her and others in every other category who share her work ethic.


Vote through July 31st, 2012 at Winners will be announced in an online ceremony broadcast on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 3pm PST. Each winning blogger will be awarded with a $1,000 donation to the non-profit animal shelter or rescue of their choice!


Starting July 23, 2012 DogTime’s Petties will open nominations for the DogTime Media Shelter Volunteer of the Year award. This award is to honor one of the many unsung heroes whose dedication to the animal community has helped save countless homeless dogs and cats. The winner will be chosen by DogTime Media and will be announced at the Petties Award Ceremony in September. The winner receives a Petties trophy and a $10,000 donation from DogTime Media to the non-profit 501c3 rescue/shelter of their choice. This one, too, is so worth your vote.


  1. Congratulations on your nomination, Kim! Despite your protestations, it is well deserved! Also, thank you so much for the shout-out. I admire and respect everything you do, and your endorsement means a lot to me!

    • Congratulations to you as well! After talking with you at BlogWorld about how hard you work and then seeing us pit against one another, well, I don’t hold a candle in this specific arena – not for This One Wild Life. For me it’s a hobby. For you, it’s the world. It’s such a compliment to be listed along-side you. I truly hope you win!

  2. You are a class act, Kim.

    And maybe there should be an award for an individual’s use of and influence through social media.

    Congratulations on your 501(c)3 status. 🙂

    • Class act? Thanks for saying so, Leslie. Just being honest.

      And we couldn’t be happier to be able to fund raise and grant write for DHA dogs now, or to finally be able to host them on Petfinder! Tomorrow’s board meeting should be a party – but I suspect it’s going to be chock full of next steps instead. It’s all good! 🙂

  3. I second Leslie’s comment. And I think your nomination is a way people tried to recognize all you do for animals.

    Glad to hear Dog House Adoptions got its nonprofit status approved. That’s a big step forward!

    • Pamela, sometimes I feel compartmentalized and stretched thin across so many platforms, I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thank you for saying so.

  4. Congratulations Kim! Despite how thin stretched you may feel, I always believe that your posts here and on social media are QUALITY, even when they aren’t quantity. Perhaps, you are your own toughest critic? I admire your desire to see the award go to a blog you admire though.

    • Thanks so much, Jodi. I appreciate your support, please know I do. I just hadn’t shared anything original in 4 months, making the nomination feel unfair to those who have been far more active with consistent, quality content in that span of time.

  5. Marlene says:

    Kim Clune – kind, bright, talented, competent, honest, sincere. Worthy? I would say so!

  6. As always, you’re a gem of a human being – so humble (and, if I can third Leslie’s comment – since Pamela already seconded it) a true class act. I love that you decided to honor a blog you admire. 🙂

    And yay for DHA’s non-profit status!

  7. I have to laugh because I was going back and forth voting for YOU and Stephanie! I like you both so I was torn! I swear one day I was voting for you, the next, her….you know I admire the hell out of you. Also…I think Brian Frum of Brian’s Home is one of a number of people I can think of who deserves to win an award for his dedication in helping animals!

    • There are plenty of awesome folks to vote for, Caren. I’m so happy that I made your top list! Next year, I hope to take that nomination and run with it!

  8. Congratulations again on gaining charitable status! That’s such a great step forward for an organization that I know is going to do great work and change many lives. I know you have endured a lot in the past year and you still have a lot going on but I hope you take the time to relax every once in a while. If anyone deserves to celebrate her accomplishments, it is you.

    Congratulations on the nomincation!

    • Kristine, thanks so much for the lovely note. I’m looking for my dictionary… relax… not sure I ever heard such a word. But now that I know what it means, I’m going to shoot for a bit of that – and soon!

  9. Can I add that Angie from is the funniest – ever? I love, love,love her. LOVE. Hope she wins the Funniest Blog or Blogger category!

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