Do you check out blogrolls? For me, taking the time to explore blogger-recommended blogs is the Internet equivalent of wandering around a thriftshop—a time-destroying treasure hunt filled with loads of disappointments but enough surprises to make my trackpad-induced Carpel Tunnel Syndrome worth it. (Several hours at the Goodwill yesterday yielded a still-in-the-box Washington Mutual Teller Doll. I wonder what that’s worth on eBay?)
But I’m talking dog blogs here—and that's a pretty big bucket because many bloggers (the best, in my opinion) follow their dogs far afield. My favorites are mash-ups—dog-centric blogs that touch on behavior, nature, family, culture, politics and art. I like to learn something. I like being surprised and even shocked, and I love photos. Can someone at a behavior/science blog explain why I can spend so much time looking at photos of dogs?
As a result, I’ve added a few new entries to our list of blogs we love, including a couple by Bark regulars—Dogged  by Christie Keith (author of Pet Food Confidential , The Bark, July 2009) and Dog Bytes  by Mark Derr (author of Darwin’s Dogs , The Bark, February 2009).
Mark introduced us to a blog by Scottie Westfall called Retrieverman , which serves up a satisfying stew of politics, dogs and biology. Anyone who embeds a video of Sir David Attenborough and a sloth (pronounced soath by Sir David) earns an instant bookmark from me. For similar reasons, at least initially, I’ve bookmarked Smartdogs' Weblog  (recommended on Retrieverman’s blogroll). The musings of a self-described “middle-aged dog trainer and gentleman farmer wannabe,” this blog is all about keeping your pup’s brain busy. It currently features a classic cartoon clip of Peabody adopting Sherman because “every dog should have a boy [or girl].” Another site I find myself stopping by is Coffee With A Canine , which offers up interviews with interesting people (mostly writers) centered around two of my favorite things.
During my recent ramble around the blogosphere, a few recent posts also caught my eye. Terrierman provided 10 tips for selecting a dog for his or her longevity , entitled “So You Want A Dog?” This is something I have never considered—adopting a particular dog because it has a chance of living longer. But the info is sound and makes you think.
Well, now it's time to perambulate around the grass-and-hydrants universe. I’d love to hear about other sites to visit for by future cyber-wanderings.