Dog people are the best people

A few months ago, a reader tipped me off to another blogger who hails from Nebraska and is now based in Kansas City.

The website name Our Waldo Bungie let me know instantly this blogger lives in my very neighborhood.

Reading on, I learned more:

  • She has a garden.
  • She is a first-time homeowner.
  • She still owns the first dog of her adulthood — a very tiny one.
  • She and her husband are engrossed by the TV series Breaking Bad.

Emily and I began lurking around each other’s sites.

The commonalities didn’t stop.

She casually mentioned that Gael Garcia Bernal — one of my favorite actors — is one of her favorite actors. She blogged about a trip to Portland not long before Zach and I took our first trip to Portland. She announced that her foster dog was adopted — and then the dog was returned. We got excited that Charlie Machete was adopted — and then he was returned.

I needed to meet this girl.

So, Emily and I agreed to take a walk together on the Trolley Track Trail. We trodded and talked non-stop for two hours, and a friendship was born.

Through the past few months, we have shared a lot of laughs, links and tips on blogging, life and dog management.  Emily offers words of encouragement (and sometimes very helpful supplies) on the days when dog fostering (or whatever) stresses me out. She celebrates the good days with me and, in spite of being a busy graduate student with a husband and her own host of responsibilities, almost always find time to leave a comment on my posts.

I feel so lucky that my reader, my dogs and my blog all helped me connect with this wonderful person.

Turns out, Emily’s and my birthdays are just two days apart. (Coincidence or fate?)

So, I had Magnet Lady Kathleen Henn make the two magnets on this page for Emily. That’s Ginger Rogers, her first foster dog, at the top, and her forever dog Turk below.

I gave them to Emily yesterday, after our walk through Unity Village with KC Pittie Pack and Friends, the dog socialization group we recently founded together.

You can order a custom magnet for yourself or a friend, too. Just e-mail

If you haven’t already, please check out Emily’s blog.

Also, check out WOOF! Tails from St. Simons. That’s the blog kept by Miranda, the reader (and high school friend), who told me about Emily.

Has your love of dogs ever led you to someone amazing?


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on February 13, 2012, in Art, Dogs, KC Pittie Pack and Friends, Neighbors and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. So glad Miranda sent you my way! It is ridiculous how much we have in common and I love hanging out with you and going on wayward walks together!

    I also love my magnets with a passion not commonly associated with magnets…they are so awesome and are displayed prominently on my fridge!

    Thank you so much for coming to my bday party and for my awesome gift – can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!

  2. Just had to post one more time….the Turk magnet is my absolute favorite. That totally is the look he’s giving me. It cracks me up!

  3. It makes me happy that you guys were able to form a friendship…and jealous that I’m not closer to crash those walks! 🙂 Thanks also for the shout out – the dogs have been a bit slack lately about blogging…this was just the motivation they needed 🙂

  4. I know sometimes it sounds unusual to people without blogs, but we have formed true friendships, and often real life face-to-face friendships with people we’ve met through blogs. What a great post to show all this…and love the magnets! I also got to meet Emily when she was in Chicago.
    PS. I also am from NE and I went to KU for college! I had internships in KC my senior year, but most of my KC knowledge is limited to shopping on The Plaza during my lunch break.

  5. That’s awesome that you are from Nebraska, too! I like your blog even more now! Haha. I lived in Chicago for one glorious summer, and I wish I’d had a dog to walk around the city back them.

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