Category Archives: Pets

A Sad Farewell to Yahoo! Voices

It was announced this week that Yahoo! Voices will be shutting down at the end of July 2014.

This announcement affects hundreds of thousands of writers. The effects are different for those writers. For many it means a huge loss of income; for some it means the loss of a forum of expression. For me personally it means that the place which gave me my “start” as a Freelance Writer will be no more – this is quite sad for me.

My Start

Just over two years ago I saw an advertisement for writers for Yahoo Contributor Network (YCN). I was unsure, not confident in my writing, but wanted to give it a try. I talked to my daughter about it and she encouraged me to go for it. I told no one else in my life that I was doing it. I wanted to wait and see what happened. After I published my first article in May of 2012 on Yahoo! Voices I was overjoyed! This gave me the confidence to continue writing and tell people in my life what I was doing – with pride.

Sandy Stachowiak Contributor Profile

My Journey

As time went on and my confidence grew and writing skills continued to improve, I finally dubbed myself a Freelance Writer and the journey has continued. Over time I gained private clients and began writing for other sites. Today writing is very much an important part of my life. Aside from writing content for many sites, I also work on two different books that I am in no hurry to finish ;-).

With my added writing opportunities and some difficulties with YCN over the past several months, I had slowed down on submitting articles to Yahoo Contributor Network. There seemed to be constant technical issues and delays in getting articles published. Even though I had slowed my writing for YCN, I continued to keep up with activity and decided to publish at least once per month – until I received notice it was shutting down, that is.

So even though my writing for YCN slowed down near the end, I am still sad to see Yahoo! Voices go away. In my mind, that site was the reason I started writing content, gained confidence in my writing abilities, prompted my book ideas, helped others with my experiences, made connections, and it led me to believe in myself enough to pursue other writing opportunities with confidence.

How I Helped People

One article in particular that I published over two years ago has prompted such a huge response that I still receive feedback on it even now. It was an article about my neck surgery and recovery. I received over 72,000 views to date and have gotten numerous article comments, emails, Facebook messages, and even contact through different writing websites, AND this blog for the article. This has all been from people seeking help/advice or comparing my situation to theirs or a loved one’s. To me, this was my biggest success on Yahoo! Voices because the article, even after two years, was still prompting people to contact me about it. I am very, very glad that one experience I was able to share on Yahoo! Voices was helpful to so many others.YCN Find Your Audience

People and Connections

Another reason I am thankful for Yahoo Contributor Network is the connections and friends I have gained. I have met, connected with, and become friends with some wonderful people because of YCN. I have met some very talented and skilled writers, some who have become wonderful friends, and even some who have encouraged other writing opportunities. I always find it interesting how random events can bring you to know people that you would not have known otherwise. Thank you, YCN for all of the people I have met because of you!

A Final Thank You

I have to give a final ‘thank you’ to the Yahoo Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices for providing me with a big change in my life that I would not trade for anything. I will miss you YCN and will be forever grateful for what you have brought me. :-)

 

How Many Words Does Your Dog Know?

Have you ever sat down and thought about how many words and phrases or dog understands? I thought about this today and how interesting it would be to count them up. Read full article on Bubblews >>

Photo of Lucy with laptop

Photo of Lucy with laptop

What is Your Pet’s Personality Like?

I have had many dogs in my life and can honestly say that they each were/are very different in their personality traits. I find it fascinating, actually, that they can all be so very different. We know that some are smarter than others, some are quieter than others, and some are more loving than others. But, to think about their personalities is interesting because I think of that as a human thing, not an animal thing.  Read article on Bubblews >>

Lucy on Christmas

Lucy on Christmas

Does Your Stress Affect Your Pets?

I already know that my stress affects my daughter, but does it affect my dog too? I have to answer a big “yes” to this question.  Read article on Bubblews >>

Our Lucy

Our Lucy

Starting to Brush My Dog’s Teeth

I recently decided that I was going to buy a toothbrush with some dog-friendly toothpaste and start brushing our 4 ½-year old Lucy’s teeth.  Read article on Bubblews >>

Our funny close-up of Lucy

Our funny close-up of Lucy

Does Your Dog Wear a Seatbelt?

I have had several dogs in my life and none have ever worn a seatbelt, until now.  Read article on Bubblews >>

Lucy in the car, photo by: Sandy Stachowiak

Lucy in the car, photo by: Sandy Stachowiak

Our Dog’s Best Exercise – Our Fence

We have an energetic, Jack Russell / American Staffordshire mix named Lucy. We have had her for almost 5 years and what we know that Lucy likes best is her ball. Almost any ball we have bought her has become her favorite at least once. She loves to chase it, fetch it, roll on it, and catch it.

One thing that we have not had for 5 years that we have now is a fence!  Read what happened on Bubblews >>

 

Lucy and her ball, photo by Sandy Stachowiak

Lucy and her ball, photo by Sandy Stachowiak

Easy Frozen Dog Treats to Keep Your Pet Cool

Our dog Lucy loves ice cubes. It has always been a very easy, cheap treat! After thinking one day about how water / ice has no flavor, we came up with a great idea.  Find out what it is on Bubblews >>

 

Lucy with her blanket and toy

Lucy with her blanket and toy

A Dinner Ball Keeps Your Energetic Puppy Busy!

From the time we adopted our Lucy she was known as a “wild child”. She was rambunctious in Puppy Kindergarten and we knew this Jack Russell / American Staffordshire puppy would keep us on our toes forever!

With suggestions from our vet and some experimentation, we came up with the perfect solution for keeping our energetic puppy busy with dinner!  Check out our solution on Bubblews! >>

Lucy and her dinner ball, photo by Sandy Stachowiak

Lucy and her dinner ball, photo by Sandy Stachowiak

3 free pet owner Android apps

There are countless pet owners across the world, so the lack of free Android pet owner apps available is disappointing. Pet owners look for helpful apps on everything from pet supplies to training advice to diet information to local emergency services to record keeping.  Read article on Examiner.com >>

Lucy with her blanket and toy

Lucy with her blanket and toy