Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pooches: End of Our Story?

While we (mainly A) try really hard, and spend late nights writing thoughtful and unique posts, we've been noticing a lack of conversation and comments on the blog.
We created this blog as a community resource where many of the posts were inspired by questions people have asked us on the streets, through our blog, via email and other forms of contact.
A spends countless hours writing and taking photos for the blog, and she is starting to believe that the blog has lost its value and is not informative anymore. She even thinks that we have said everything we have to say and this might be the end of our story.
While we examine the impact of the time commitment of the blog on our lives, I think that it would be useful to see if there are topics we cover that people find interesting and would like to read more about as well as learn about the topics that we have covered to no end and we really need to stop writing about.
Also in the past two years, we added Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts and it has been difficult to keep up with all the questions that are asked through these accounts.
We thought that we would spend the next several days answering questions we may have missed that you might have about Miss M and Mr. B and even us: A and E.
Please send us your questions and comments either as a comment on the blog or as a personal message at info@twopittiesinthecity.com.

And our winners from the Mercury Canine Cruise randomly chosen by a random number generator:
1) Jenna Z who will make this the next checkmark on her mode of transportation bucket list
2) Mable: Who tried to go once but just missed seeing the boat sail away. Their family loves making up for her first 5 years of neglect through family fun time.
Please contact us via Facebook or at info@twopittiesinthecity.com 

72 comments:

Lar said...

Do you think that perhaps the multi-access points you've added are what has created the fall off in comments here on the blog? I would hate to see the blog go away, as I do have it marked as one of the pages that opens as soon as my browser opens. I also admit that while I read every post, I rarely comment or ask a question. Shame on me!
Thank you both for sharing so much about your lives with Miss M and Mr. B. I hope that you will continue to do so in some form, even if the blog has become too much work for too little return. I will continue to follow your Instagram and Facebook posts, and I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts and tips and pictures on those outlets.

Joan Reese-Finnen said...

I enjoy the blog and hope you will continue to write it. My husband and I adopted two pitbulls and volunteer at our local shelter, do you have negative reactions to your dogs? How do you get them to keep their hats on? I love the pictures.

peacelovefoster said...

After Johnnie got adopted, I felt like interest in my blog decreased, too. I'd done 5x a week for about a year and a half and thought maybe it was time to slow down, maybe I was starting to bore my readers. But every time I considered cutting back, someone would pop up saying how much they loved the blog and how informative it was for them. I finally made the decision to cut back because of my life changes, not because of lack of interest - but the change has been such an incredible relief. Now I feel like I can put more effort into my two posts per week, and it was a good compromise between still being there for my readers but also getting some of my free time (sleep!!) back. You guys will do what is right for you, just know that there are probably still soooo many people out there who read/enjoy/learn from you guys (me included).

aliog said...

I just found this blogs not too long ago and am surfing quietly through the back posts to learn about training and city life with pitties. I especially need more help with toy management (keeping my own Mr. B from disemboweling toys)....

cozmcgrl said...

I also enjoy your blog/facebook! We have 2 bully breeds from our local shelter and I love the ideas you give about products you use. Your dogs seem so calm and I would like more thoughts on how you got them to that point! We have a 3 yr old boxer mix that is calmer but a 2 yr old pit mix that is very excitable. We have went through some basic training programs but it is a work in progress!

Annie & Pauls Mom said...

979 posts in 5 years. I can understand if you need a hiatus for a while, but please don't leave. I'm agreeing with Lar in saying maybe adding in instagram, twitter, and Facebook is a bit much. (I know as a blogger, I have all 3 of those plus a tumbler all in A&PW name, but I only use FB.) It can get a bit overwhelming at times. Maybe cutting back to only 2 or 3 posts a week would be helpful as well. Do Monday's about the weekend group walk, Wednesday's B or M's pics from the walk (remember a walk in 10 pics that you used to do). And Friday's are anything else that comes to mind perhaps. Or maybe take a few Friday's to answer any questions that have come your way over the week.

fattykins said...

No questions here. As a long time lurker, I feel the need to let you both know that I read your blog each morning as I have my coffee. I LOVE seeing pictures of Miss M & Mr. B.
Ive taken many tips away from their adventures. For example, our Dalmatian now wears his GoPro on bike rides Mr. B style. Also, our Pittie Maya is super happy that her mom and dad discovered Ruff Wear jackets to keep her warm during winter hikes.
Please keep the posts coming!
<3, an Alabama Dalmatian, Pittie & their human companion.

Nanner W. said...

DONT STOP! I may not comment on every blog you post but I love reading them and have been going through some of your older ones as time allows. I've learned new things about the breed, adopting animals and a city that I grew up 6 hours away from and only went on a weekend trip to once. I never knew how many things Chicago had to offer besides Michigan Ave, shopping, Lake Michigan and rude people. You've proven that not everybody in Chicago are rude.

mockheroic said...

I completely understand the time commitment it takes to write and post such an amazing blog. We have 2 brother Staffordshire/pitbulls that we found (yes, found!) across our street - they had been abandoned by a neighbor who said "Oh, we didn't want them anymore so we just let them go". They weren't more than 2 months old. Needless to say, we do not live in that neighborhood anymore. What my now husband and I both discovered is that we had pre-conceived notions of what a "pitbull" was as a dog, around other dogs, and with people. Most all of those have turned out to be incorrect and I use your blog in reference multiple times a week to strike down any prejudices that arise with people we meet who find out that we have 2 85 lbs “pitbulls”. Miss M and Mr. B have become household names to us and serve as a guide to our pups on how to be better family members. We have even begun to teach both pups how to be nice to their stuffed animals through the “owwwww” method you have talked about. It works!! I don’t have any specific questions other than to tell you that I look forward to every new blog post and to let you know that your amazing family and blog has daily readers all the way in Dallas, Texas in the form of 2 humans, 2 pitties, 1 aussie, and 3 annoyed cats. Thank you for all that you do and if you decide to stop the blog, I wish your family happiness and health and success in everything you do.

Rebelwerewolf said...

I wrote a long comment, but my phone ate it. Your blog was the first one I found when I first adopted Badger and people were starting to tell me that he "looked like a pit bull". I found a great community through this blog, and everyone has been so helpful through my journey from Badger to Badger + Mushroom. I found that I stopped posting on my blog around the time when Badger and Mushroom started getting along reliably. Part of me felt like we got what we wanted - two dogs that approximated the Two Pitties in the City dogs. =) Another part of it for me was perfectionism; I was too lazy to use the DSLR and get a "perfect" picture, and I didn't want to disappoint by posting blurry cell phone pictures. That said, I love seeing pictures of Miss M and Mr B, so if you do cut back, I hope you'll post a few pictures of them from time to time.

Liz @ The Shrinking Owl said...

I love your blog and recommend it to a lot of people, especially for the wonderful photography.

If you need a break, it would be totally understandable, or perhaps cut down on posting frequency so that you can still produce quality content without feeling burned out from it?

I moderate a pit bull group on Livejournal, and the issues we seem to find people asking about the most are:

- common pit bull myths
- dealing with dog-dog aggression
- dealing with dog-cat aggression
- what to do if your dog has had a bad past/separation anxiety/fear of *something*
- common pit bull health problems (skin issues, cancer)

Jbtuxedo said...

Like Aliog, I just found your blog. I have a 14 month pit mix and live in the SF Bay Area in a condo so no yard. I am still going through the articles which are awesome and so helpful. Please don't go away. Maybe cut down on the frequency if the amount of time impacts your life? I guess you are very throughout in the articles that I haven't had the need to ask any question. Keep up the good work and thank you very much.

Mayzie said...

Gah! My head almost exploded at the thought of this blog going away.

A & E (and Mr. B and Miss M), you've made SUCH a difference in SO many ways. I think I may have told you that I found your blog not long after we adopted Mayzie. At that time, I was still pretty nervous about the whole "pit bull" thing. Your blog helped me realize that pit bulls are "just dogs." They live peacefully and lovingly with wonderful families in all walks of life. I honestly don't know if I would've become comfortable with the idea that Mayzie might be part-pit as quickly without your blog. It was honestly a godsend.

However, I DO get how time-consuming writing a blog is. I started out writing Mayzie's almost every day of the week and frankly, I couldn't keep up. I don't know how you all do it...especially with the other social media channels. Maybe you choose just one or two to concentrate on. Or maybe you cut back on the blog to M, W and F? Or maybe there are certain days that you just post pictures of those adorable mugs. (Who needs words when you've got Mr. B in a frog costume?)

I also find that my blog readership/interaction drops off in the summer. I think people are just out and about doing things and don't spend as much time on the computer.

I hope you choose to continue with the blog, even if it's in a limited way. But at the end of the day, it should be fun and fulfilling. It takes too much time, effort and emotional energy for it to be anything but.

Hugs and thanks,
Amber

Elisa Witkowski said...

I have to agree with so many of the other comments...I read yours every day, but don't always comment or ask questions. Let me tell you that I often get lost in your blog as I click on past posts and suddenly realize that a half hour has gone by and I really should be working! I have two rescue dogs and they can really be a handful at times and I love reading about the things you have gone through and the tips you give to find solutions to the situations. It's nice to know I am not the only one struggling to make it all work! Please don't go!!

SherBear said...

Don't stop!!! Every day I look forward to seeing pictures and reading about the adventures of Miss M and Mr B :-) I would see nothing wrong with doing just picture blogs once a week (either from the daily walks or the pups doing silly things are the house).

Regina Hart said...

While I don't often comment, I am a faithful reader. I look forward to your delightful, well-written posts and adorable photographs every day. Your blog is the bright spot in my morning, and it is the first post I read every day. I really do appreciate the considerable effort that it takes to craft quality posts, and I have learned a great deal from you.

Even if a discussion isn't occurring, you are performing a very important function - you serve as stellar role models for the bully community (and all breeds, for that matter). It is critical for the public to see that pit bull owners (and their dogs!) can be responsible, loving, smart, and funny people.

Don't underestimate the importance of setting a good example. A recent NPR article discussed a sociological study of negative bias and stereotyping. Exposure to counterstereotypical messages is one of the most effective means to change hearts & minds for the better. You provide those positive messages with every post.

I sure do hope you can continue to find the time and energy to write, photo, and video. Even if you feel that you are treading the same territory, there will always be new readers who haven't heard your message. It doesn't hurt old readers to revisit a topic either. Your blog is an excellent, curated, searchable resource. Even if you aren't able to update it daily, it would be a great loss for it to be shuttered or abandoned.

Finally, since you requested questions from your readers, I'll submit one. What have you found to be the most effective first steps to take when training a leash-reactive dog?

Sid said...

I'm a new reader, having just found your blog. So far, everything I've read has been great! But, if you're feeling burned out, maybe posts that require less thought/investment on your part? Like, say, reviews of toys you particularly liked, leashes, things like that... stuff that doesn't require a whole lot of in-depth thought?

Laura and Hans said...

I found you guys long before we got Wilbur and I still read your posts. I now follow you on FaceBook too. I know you put a lot of work into this blog and understand how time consuming it can be! But please don't go away, I need my Mr B and Miss M fix. I get very few comments on my blog but I like to write and it's fun for me to go back and review our adventures. I only post when I feel like it and I know if you do that you'll still have a faithful following!

maddeelou said...

I am not a commenter but another loyal reader. I love to see all the fabulous things you do with Mr. B and Miss M. I live a couple of hours south of Chicago and your blog is the only thing that makes me think it might be fun to move north. =) I wish there was a way to subscribe to email updates and to simply "like" the posts even when I have nothing to say. Those are nice features of wordpress that provide instant feedback for all of your hard work. Thanks for sharing and please don't stop.

Regina Hart said...

Hey, I have a quick follow-up question. Where can readers find you on Twitter and Instagram? I have to confess ignorance when it comes to locating someone on either service if you don't know their username.

Rebecca said...

I am a long time reader, but have never commented. As a parent of pits (of whom two are deaf), I very much enjoy reading your blog. Not only do I enjoy hearing about the dogs, but I also enjoy learning about the different parts of Chicago. Perhaps as others have suggested you could limit the number of days per week that you post. Whatever you decide, thanks for all the past blogs.

Rachel said...

I cannot imagine the amount of time it takes to create your posts and manage everything but I know I look forward to seeing photos of Ms A and Mr B every day! Yours is the first blog I open and my day instantly gets better when I see the awesome pics you post and get to see your pups smiling (or in Ms. M's case not always haha).
I definitely talk about your blog and Ms M and Mr B all the time - at home, I'll say to my husband, Ms M did something so funny today or look how our Luke looks like Mr B. You all are awesome and I would be so sad to see this blog go away. But I do understand that it's probably nearly impossible to fit all that you do in. Maybe you could reduce the blog posts or cut down on other social media? Anything so we can still get our Ms M and Mr B fix :-)

teachingrules said...

I don't live in chicago but find your blog interesting! love reading it!

Nicole Boyd said...

I have been lurking on your blog for several months now and it was been so helpful for me. We adopted our dog
in February and I have used your blog for so many training ideas/ dog owning lifestyle ideas. My fiance
and I are both in love with Miss M and Mr. B. One question I have is : Have you put any thought into how you plan to incorporate children into your life with dogs (if you plan to have children)?

Heatherkay said...

I love all your photos -- you have a good eye and an excellent sense of story. I think my favorite posts are the ones in which you just relate a day-in-the-life, rather than the more overtly "instructional" posts. I have started following you on Instagram, just so I can keep seeing the pictures.

Melanie said...

Your blog is one of the highlights of my day! Even though I haven't left many comments, I think I've ready every post on your blog. I love the pictures of the pups and hearing about their adventures. I feel like I've really gotten to know Miss M and Mr. B through your blog/facebook and even though I've never met them, I love them, and I would be sad to not see regular updates on their lives. I think what y'all do is SO beneficial in combating the pit bull stigma. It inspires me to be more vocal about the cause as well. As someone who does not get to live with a dog, your blog has allowed me to vicariously have pets through y'all. :) I think you should do whatever is best for your family, but I really hope you continue posting pictures and stories about the hilarious Miss M and handsome Mr. B!

SHemp4Eva said...

Agree completely with Liz from the Shrinking Owl.

I have friends who often ask me about dog/behavior/health questions even though I'm a cat owner, cat-shelter volunteer/TNR-er. And I almost always can help them with information I've learned from your blog.

What I'm asked about is:
- dog-dog aggression; dog-dog introductions
- dog-cat aggression; dog-cat intoductions
- separation anxiety
- health insurance
- food/nutrition/holistic medicine options
- dealing with illnesses

Were it not for your blog, I would have basically no dog knowledge.

You're such a huge asset to the [dog/Chicagoland] community and just amazing people in general.

couchesforbreakfast said...

If you end the blog, I think that at least regular facebook updates and pictures of Miss M and Mr B need to stay. Blogging can take a decent bit of time. I haven't committed to any schedule because of that, and I don't even do involved photo shoots or editing like you guys. My view is that it's a record for myself first and foremost, since I started blogging after we began to forget some of the details about our time with our first foster. If you needed to cut back, I think people would understand!

OG said...

Ooooh!!!!!!! Maybe Lar is right and there are too many access points! I know there are dashboards that let you update multiple access points, I'd be happy to investigate them for you. I LOVE THIS BLOG! It's my start page and I always refer people to it, but who knows if they remember it when they are home from walking their dogs. Mr. B and Ms. M loom very large in my life! You have done a great deal for the PB and dog community! If you stop now, know you will still have done the world many, many mitzvahs!

Andrea Joy said...

I was not able to read all of the comments so forgive me if this is repetitive, but for me the only reason I have stopped being as loyal of a reader is because google reader is gone! I used to read all of "my blogs" in the morning when I got to work through google reader but now that option is gone and I haven't found an adequate replacement.

I love your blog, I always had, and I would be sad if this was the end of your story. However, I recognize the tremendous amount of work this is for you on top of your jobs, sociabulls, and your lives. Thank you for letting me feel like I have been a part of it all!

Two Kitties One Pittie said...

You guys were my inspiration to start my own blog, and I still read your posts almost every day. My favorite posts are the ones about things you do in Chicago, and of course, the SociaBulls recaps. I shut down my own blog today (it's still online for now at least), but I just can't do it anymore. It's too much work!

I can at least be happy to know that I'll get to see you guys IRL. I hope you keep up with the blog, but you should ultimately do what's best for you. <3

Christine said...

It's clear how much work, time, and care go into the blog. I think you guys should do what is best for you, and I support whatever that means, whether stopping completely, reducing frequency, etc. I think what you have built here has helped & inspired so many people and will continue to do so, even if new posts aren't added.

Irina said...

I'm a huge fan for your blog, although I rarely comment or ask questions. If only to express my huuuuge crush on Mr. B.
Nevertheless, I do find that I have learned a lot from the info you post, from training tips and thoughts of pups' behaviour to treating your dog walk as a date (i now make a conscious effort to put my phone away and talk to my pittie).
Not to mention, I love the photos from your blog, we even have an evening ritual called "Daily Dose of Mr. B", when I share your photos with my husband and read excerpts from your blog.
Now I do realize that blog is extremely time consuming and sometime the inspiration is just not there. So maybe limiting your posts, not forcing post a day, but waiting for the "muse" to visit you) may help with continuing with the blog without feeling burnt out.
I really appreciate the time you put into your blog but most importantly the idea you carry behind it - breaking the stereotypes of pit bulls. all four of you are an inspiration.

Bella Wolfe said...

Your topics are always well chosen and informative. From your blog I learn about new products (the doggles have been my fave!), training techniques (check-ins during walks), or simply see what Mr. B (big crush on him) & Miss M are up to. And as readers, we need to make a commitment to engage and interact more to show our appreciation of all the time and effort you two put into this. Your pictures and words inspire me everyday!

Barbara said...

I love your blog and learn from every post. I have stopped blogging lately for the same reasons (it's hard to keep momentum when you feel no one is listening), but I know you are wildly popular. On all the blogs I follow, I see few comments. I just wonder if people are too busy to really stop and comment. I'm sure if you checked your stats, you'd see you have lots of readers!! Don't go!

Kiira said...

Ahhh! What??!!! I love your blog and read it daily. It played a part in me taking a chance on a pitbull named Petey at CACC. It's inspired me to foster, to explore the city with the pups, to pick up a DSLR, to be a more responsible dog owner...
I sincerely hope that the blog sticks around. Even just one post a week is better than none. But whatever you guys decide to do, know that I think you are two of most selfless people I've met in the past few years, and this blog has certainly helped countless people and changed many minds since its inception.
And if you are taking requests, I would love to read more posts written in the voices of Miss M or Mr. B.
Here's a silly question for you that is somewhat timely for me: Do you brush Miss M's and Mr. B's teeth?
And another: have you ever spied on your dogs during the day with a webcam or something similar? If so, what did you use and how did you set it up?

sweetemaline said...

Well, obviously the bazillion comments today should show you how loved you are, but I wanted to add my two cents and say how much I would miss you if you left the blog-o-sphere! I still remember the day I stumbled across your blog and then spent the rest of the day binge reading every post. You welcomed me into the blogging community and I have been so lucky to even meet you in person! I truly value every post you write and hope you stick around. You are a pillar of the dog blog community and it would be a shame to see you go. I think maybe the lack of commenting is due to people's summer schedules? I know that I've noticed it too...

Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie
www.ourwaldobungie.com

brian and kim said...

I hope you continue to write your blog as well. I don't comment often, but I check it daily and enjoy the variety of posts and pictures. I think that perhaps commenting in general isn't very popular. I have noticed the lack of comments in other blogs, especially since people often comment on facebook instead.
Please keep it up! Although I wouldn't blame you if you went down to posting a little less often than daily, I'm sure that is a ton of work!

Mina Bey said...

I love your blog! Even if there aren't much commenting going on, there are a lot of lurkers (like myself) who actually don't have anything to add but enjoy the adventures you have.

That said, if you ever feel that this blog is taking too much of your time for other important things, I think your readers would be totally understanding if you cut back (but still hopefully continue the blog even with lesser posts).

I just want you let you guys know that I do appreciate you sharing your stories.

Laura said...

Dear A and E, Thanks so much for your fabulous blog, and all you do to help pit bulls and dog lovers! We appreciate the effort it takes to write such fun and informative posts, and of course your pictures are wonderful of the precious pooches! Even though I do not comment much, I am learning and benefiting from your facebook and blog. Two Pitties in the City is pure joy to read, and I love to click on link after link to see more of Mr. B and Miss M! :) It was absolutely thrilling to meet the 4 of you in Chicago! We really hope you continue the blog, in a way that fits your time and daily lives. You have blessed many people, and we love your pitties!

Brigid said...

I'm joining the chorus - as a long-time lurker, I'd hate to see you go away altogether - your blog is one of the first things I read each morning. I'm a cat person, and well involved in our local sanctuary, but I have so much admiration for the way you present the pups, and what a difference you have made to so many readers.

adventuresofadogmom said...

I for one would be very sad if the blog were to go away, I get such a smile from Miss M and Mr. B. Plus I've learned a lot from reading it and I thought I already knew quite a bit!

Sepaliti said...

Don't go! I read your blog every morning, but I will admit that I've only commented a couple of times. I've learned tons from this blog - we've been working on getting our dog George to not devour his stuffies and we've created many outfits for our dog Fannie based on your advice. I'm just a lurker, but you are a morning ritual for me!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We LOVE your blog, your writing and the antics of you two. Mom was thinking the other day that the comments may be less and less cause your blog is now more informational in a sense rather than specifically about Ms M and Mr B only.
Benny & Lily

Layne said...

Echoing everyone else - your blog is an incredibly valuable resource, and I'd hate to see it go away entirely, but I can see why you would want to cut back on the time commitment. Maybe something like one post a week with more frequent short updates on Facebook would be more doable?

I found your blog way back when Nate and I were still just curious about pit bulls, and reading about Miss M. and Mr. B. was a huge influence on our decision to adopt one. So without you guys, we might not even have Roxie! And even if we did, she'd certainly be less well-behaved, cause we learned about Curtis Scott, dog trainer extraordinaire, from the blog, too. :-)

t said...

I agree with Lar on all counts! I'm sure the aggregate public input is greater than the input on the blog alone, but is much harder to keep up with. Can you streamline the various social media to make it less work? I love the blog, and the blog as a destination. As person to 4+ rescue beasts (a deaf pit and his husky mix, 2 cats and sometimes a foster) in Brooklyn NY, I love the stories of your life and adventures. I read the blog daily, and hope, one day, to have our act together like you. One day...

Maggie said...

A long time ago (and I've long forgotten the source) I read that you can only expect about 1% of your readers to comment regularly. I use that as a benchmark for myself, and I would guess that you guys probably exceed that pretty often! Personally, I love your photography, and I look at every post, though I usually do skip over the ones about specific Chicago stuff, just because we're so far from there. However, I have your blog in my Feedly as a "can't miss" and would be sad to see it go! I understand the time and effort it takes, though, so whatever you decide to do will be the right decision for you!

Kelly Glew said...

I too recently found your blog and have been enjoying it so much! often I would spend hours reading through old posts but I git a new job about 5 months ago and I don't have as much time to read it as I once did. I have always enjoyed reading about your training techniques, cleaning tips, products you use for the pups and your house, and all of your efforts in educating people about pit bulls. I bet your readers would love to read a series about uncovering pit bull myths, tales of aging dogs (especially for those who have younger dogs so we know what to expect), and more pictures of the pups in outfits, haha! I also really enjoyed reading about your wedding! I know you don't want to put a ton of personal stuff out there to read about it occasionally!

Debra@Peaceabull said...

Like Emily, I binge read several years' worth of posts the night I found your blog, but I do understand what kind of time is invested in blogging.
I know you'll do what is right for yourselves as you should and I'm happy to read what you post, whether it be here or FB, etc. It's important for you to enjoy your lives more than it is for us to enjoy your lives.

Betsy Chase said...

I have never commented before but I follow your blog - get the RSS feed & look at it every day. I have fallen in love w/ Mr. B & Ms. M. I hope you continue it.

Mom of the Lolly said...

I have never commented before but I read every single day. I have found lots of hints on teaching my own pit bull how to play nicely with her squeaky toys (a la Mr. B), how to integrate training into every day walks and situations. Plus, I just absolutely love the glimpse into the lives of Miss M & Mr. B - they're just downright adorable - they're celebrities in my house!

Ally said...

I have been a continuous reader of your blog for the past year. I love the ample amounts of topics that you cover from keeping your house clean and stylish, the unspoken rules of having a dog in the city, to easy ways of making our dogs more approachable. Every time I have a question, I typically first turn to your blog knowing that you have written a post with an extremely thorough answer to it! I believe my dog is always a work in progress, which is why I enjoy the tips and topics that you bring to light.
I hope that this is not the end of your blogging story. For the past year, I look forward to each post, as it has given me more confidence as a proud owner of a pitbull. I continuously receive negative comments regarding my dog (who looks nearly identical to Mr. B...and may be just as goofy!), which can be tiresome. Reading your blog a few times a week helps validate my love for these amazing dogs.

Unknown said...

Please don't stop blogging all together. I love reading your blog posts but I've never left comments. In fact, your blog is the very first thing I read every morning when I wake up (as I eat my breakfast and drink my coffee).

My husband and I would like to eventually adopt a pitbull; your blog is one of the blogs that convinced me that not all pitbulls are horrible attacking monster dogs. I also like your posts on how to organize dog related items , how to be able to have an attractive place/keep everything neat, how to get pups to wear costumes. Bath time pictures are also super hilarious =)

Just want to let you know that your blog posts are very very informative, and we appreciate the time you take every day to write them.

AC said...

I love your blog! I'm sure it is a lot of work, but we really enjoy keeping up with Mr B and Miss M. As the owner of 3 dogs myself, I appreciate the tips you provide.

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Oh Please do not even think about discontinuing the blog. We love your blog, we read your blog. We enjoy the blog topics and all the great photos. We just don't always post a comment.

2 Punk Dogs said...

I started to tear up when I saw the title "End of Our Story", I thought something had happened to one of you or the dogs. It doesn't help that I'm sleep deprived and barely have time to put up a picture post for Wordless Wednesday, I don't know how you do it!
I only have the blog, I haven't had time to set up a facebook, instagram, twitter or anything else. Maybe you could cut back on media channels or post less frequently? Even picture posts on fb are great, just hope you're still around in one way or another!

TravelLady said...

Hi A and E. I read your blog every day. My husband and I love your photos of Chicago and the Pits. We have 2 Pits - Toni and Jack. I have never left a message, but know that your dogs and city are loved by me.
Your blogs are never boring and we love seeing the clothing and accessories! We live outside of Memphis and don't need coats for our Pits. I wish you all the best. You will be missed! TravelLady

meaghan said...

Oh, I hope you keep blogging. I just found your blog a few months ago, and I love reading it in the morning. I read through Feedly though, so I tend not to comment much at all. But, I often click through your related posts at the end of each post. Your dogs are adorable, and I very much enjoy what you're doing here. I'm not on facebook, so I hope you keep up the blog!

Kate said...

Your blog was the first blog that I started reading a few years ago. I've since started following all sorts of dog/pitbull blogs because of you guys. I would totally understand cutting back or stopping blogging for a bit, but please keep Facebook and Instagram. As long as I can see Mr. B and Miss M's faces pop up occasionally I will be happy! You guys are so awesome!

Jacquelin Cangro said...

I love, love your blog and just passed the link along to a friend at work who loves dogs too.
I think that I rarely comment but I read every post. I laugh at the funny things Miss M does and all of Mr. B's stuffies.
Thanks for keeping up the blog and spending so much time doing it. We're out here reading and enjoying!

Pauley James said...

We hope you do not go away, but understand that blogging is very time consuming. We have not had time recently to blog or read, but hope things will slow down soon. You were the first blog that we ever read & we feel like you all are superstars!!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Oh, wow, I'd hate to see you give up on the blog ... it's such a great resource for so many! And in fact, although I've given up on my own blog, don't have pitties or live in the city, I have just moved from a single family home with a large fenced yard to a 3 story townhome with no yard, and so your posts about city life, walking dogs for even basic needs like potty breaks (as opposed to for exercise and fun like before), etc. have all of a sudden become a lot more relevant for me than ever before, and I've spent time going through old posts recently looking for tips. Plus, I just love Miss M and Mr B and would hate to think of not being able to see new pictures of them and hear about their exploits.

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

No, please don't go!! We've loved, loved reading your posts! We just started following you about 9 months ago and are so glad we stumbled across you guys. We've gotten so many good tips, tricks, and heck, we even started a dog walking group!

When i started the blog I intended to post every day, but it really just wasn't working out, so we've settled on 3 per week, which gives extra days to prep the posts.

We'd love to learn more about your daily lives, what you do day-to-day.

And yes -- is Mr B's head just that big or do you do something special to get the baseball caps to work?

We'll be thinking of a few more good things to help you out with ideas!

Kathy said...

NOOOOOOO, take a break if you must, post a little less often but please don't stop. What would life be if there were no more news or photos of Miss M and Mr. B? I absolutely love this blog and the useful information you have provided for so many. I don't comment often but I read your blog regularly and would miss it terribly if you decide to stop writing. I know others would as well!!!

orange sugar said...

I visit almost every day to see what Miss M and Mr. B are up to. I just don't necessarily have anything useful to contribute to the comments.

Limassol said...

I make Lar's words my own!
Perhaps it’s the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fault!!
I read your blog every day and I've just found it less than a year ago... I don’t have a Facebook account, neither Twitter nor Instagram – do you believe that??? So, if you end the blog I will not have any more news from you. And believe that, even if I don’t make any comments in the blog, you’ve helped me greatly in understanding both my dogs, mainly Tobias that it is a really difficult dog…
So please think carefully. I believe that I speak for all the readers: we understand how much work you must have and we are really grateful for that!

ohmelvin.com said...

Wow, i'm absent for a few days and this happens??? Let me see, i'm going to combine my selfish and selfless opinions... if you like blogging, blog. Don't measure your success in comments or traffic. The same as I do for the dogs, I set success metrics on enjoyment. There are times i LOVE writing a certain post, and readership is low or comments are light. I don't care, I loved that post and I'd write it if no one read. Then there are days don't feel it and don't post and those are days that I get tons of traffic and well, that's ok too. Do what you love. I would be sad if you stopped, so of course since you live to make me happy, maybe you can just slow down until you decide! But no matter what, I've loved what this blog has done for my happiness factor!!! Thank you!

Jazzy'sMom said...

Please continue your blog. My pups and I enjoy it. My Jasmine has a crush on Mr. B. I read to them and show them the pics you post. She thinks Mr. B looks particularly striking in a baseball cap. Our Godzilla enjoys de-squeakering stuffies and seemed quite interested in the one on Mr. B's head. Now I need to wash the doggie buggers off of my computer screen.

Kristen Mui said...

Oh no, this made me sad. I really love your blog and would hate to see this be "the end." I must admit that while I read every post, I do not typically comment. I will promise to post more in the future!

I frequently reference your posts to friends, family, coworkers. And I just LOVE seeing the photos of Miss M and Mr B-- they are just too silly.

I hope that you guys will continue posting, even if it is less frequently! I will try to think of any topics I don't think you guys have covered.

Lots of love from Reston, VA.

RachaelRei said...

I love reading your blog!! Ever since we adopted our little guy almost two years ago we've been following you.

I'd love more posts on how to help with separation anxiety and barking on walks. We're still working on so many things, it's great to hear from someone with experience. :-)

Luv My Rosie said...

You need to continue. I use Miss M and Mr B as prime examples when people think my dog is "almost human" I refer to your blog as it is very clear you have two small children on your hands instead of 2 canines. The pups are way too smart to be considered animals. They have to have been human in a past life. Please continue your blog so I can get my daily reminder that I am not alone!!!

Thank you

Courtney said...

Even though my big boy has passed away, I still enjoy reading about the products you've tried and liked.

I don't always comment, but I've read every post on here.

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