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I was speechless in October when Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes nominated me for the Liebster. Pamela writes about her life with “Honey” her Golden Retriever. She and her husband (along with Honey) plan to embrace a lifelong dream – they shall live on a sailboat very soon and explore parts of the world by sea! 

I was honored to receive this award!


Collar me flattered in February when Elaine from Chasing Dog Tales nominated me for the Liebster. After a successful career in IT, Elaine is now following her passion – dogs. On her website you can find helpful training tips, product reviews and even a few dog tales.

Again, I was honored to receive this award.


In March, I sat at my desk with tears in my eyes when M.K. Clinton from Barking From The Bayou gave me a shout out AND a nomination for the Liebster. MK aka GRITS (Girl raised in the South) published writer extraordinaire, lives with her husband and Bentley – the coolest Basset Hound ever!  

Unbelievable! I was honored to receive this award…


Now that I’ve accepted these awards I am to answer 11 questions from each who’ve nominated me. I will then nominate 3-11 fellow bloggers. Here we go!


1. What three personal traits are you most proud of? My optimism – loyalty – independent thinking.

2. Why did you start blogging? – I enjoy writing. The Boys attract so much attention. Writing about them made sense.

3. Why do you continue to blog? – Their adventures sprinkled with dog related information addressing health, nutrition, toys and treats generate such enthusiasm – why not blog? 

4. What does your dream life look like? – Lee and I in Charleston, SC with Harley and Jax. Surrounded by family just living, loving and experiencing life together. #easy

5. What prevents you from living your dream life?  – Well … not much! Just have to put our plans into motion, sell the house and move. #prettyeasy

6. How do you feel when your blogging is going well?  – It’s a euphoric experience to know something I’ve written has left an impression in someone’s life.

7. Who makes you feel like your best self? – The people who mean the most – my family. They deserve the best of me, and in return they bring out the best of me. 

8. Which bloggers most inspire you? – Bloggers who are passionate about their subject matter.  When they love what they’re writing about, it draws me in. I “feel” words. They come alive to me. 

9. When did you do something that took real courage? – June 27, 2014 the morning after Leo died. I sat at my computer and told the world he was gone.

10. What three things give you the greatest joy? – (1) Watching God work – I wake up each morning with anticipation, waiting to see what He has in store for me. (2) My human children – I treasure our time together. I will always love them, but it’s an incredible feeling to “like” the adults they have become. (3). Growing old with the person who “gets” me the most – my BFF, my hubby.


1. What’s your primary motivation for blogging? To share Harley & Jax with the world! 

2.  How would you describe your dog’s personality? – Harley is that little ole man up in heaven who got in the wrong line when it was time to come back. He is too smart for his own good! Jax is fur at 100 MPH

3. What do you find most frustrating about blogging?- Concentrating on “the numbers.” Had to let them go. I was fixated on product reviews, getting paid and bounce rates. I’m a happier human now focusing on staying true to what I believe my readers want to know! Surprisingly the numbers look better than ever! #gofigure

4. What do you find most rewarding about blogging? I received a comment from a woman who told me how much she looks forward to my Monday morning posts. She said Groovy Goldendoodles starts her week off right! To this day I remember her comment. To this day, it still makes me smile.

5. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? – I will ride a motorcycle anywhere in the world, but if you try and make me get on a roller coaster of any type, I will cry like a baby. #terrified

6. What have you learned from your dog? Life is precious and meant to be lived to its fullest. Leo lived each and everyday as if it were his last. He played hard and loved me with all 98 lbs of his being for the four short years he was here. 

7. What was the hardest thing to teach your dog? I continue to fail miserably with any and all training techniques to discourage Harley from jumping on people.   

8. What type of articles do you enjoy working on the most? Lately more informative articles about the Goldendoodle. I wish to offer a better balance between personal stories for entertainment and educational information about this hybrid breed. 

9. If you could share only one piece of wisdom with novice dog owners, what would it be? Be serious about your commitment. When you bring a dog into your home, into your life, you are adding another member to your family. 

10. What do you have planned in the near future for your blog? Branding!

11. What makes you laugh? Some would say any and everything! I would have to agree. I love to laugh, I adore being happy. For me everything is Groovy – as in Goldendoodles 🙂


Instead of creating 11 new questions, MK Clinton invited me to choose my own from the array of questions listed on her two nominations. Since I’ve answered those questions by Pamela & Elaine myself, I thought I would let Harley handle these.

1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done with your human? Walking into the human bathroom on the interstate. Those other ladies weren’t happy to see me in there – pawhaps because I was peeking under the stall walls! #youthink?

2. What is your favorite game to play with your human? – Recliner races in the evening. The first one there gets the best part of the chair.

3. Do you sleep in the bed with your human? – Not often – I’ve got a tempurpedic mattress.

4. Do you free-food or do you have set meal times? – We have set meal times. I have about an hour or so before she covers it up. I’ve learned to eat in an hour. #callmespeedy

5. What are your all-time favorite treats? –  Everyday of my life – Greenies – 3:45- 4:00pm. My humans are trained!

6. What is your favorite game to play with your human? – Water bottles! She drinks them, and I take the tops off when she’s done. 

7. How many dogs are in Doodleville and would you ever add another to the pack? – Two Doods seem to work best for us.Nice having someone else around who speaks my language. #doodleslang

8. Have you used a professional pet sitter? – No – rarely do we get left behind. 

9. How about a professional groomer? – Oh yeah baby. We play hard so we’re bathed regularly

10. What are your all-time favorite treats? – Fruits and veggies  and all natural goodies from companies she trusts.

11. Do you have medical pet insurance? Sure do! 


Tenacious Little Terrier

Sand Spring Chesapeakes

Oh My Shih Tzu

Pooch Smooches


  • Should you accept this award, acknowledge by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  • Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you (*Please choose 11 from any of the ones in this post).
  • Nominate and link to 3 to 11 other blogs you enjoy.
  • List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
  • Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

Thank you Pamela, Elaine and MK for my nominations.

Make this a GROOVY day!

Be kind to someone and as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!


  • Emma
    April 6, 2015

    Congratulations on your award!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thank you Emma – so much!

  • slimdoggy
    April 6, 2015

    Congrats on the award – well deserved. So many more tails coming with Jax now too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks Slim – You are spot on (about Jax) he breathes blog post ideas everyday!!

  • Frada
    April 6, 2015

    Congrats! You truly deserve it.
    Schnauzer hugs Riley and I

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks so much Riley and Frada! I feel so blessed to have such a supportive community of bloggers!

  • Jan K
    April 6, 2015

    Wow….three nominations….congratulations!! You deserve it, and I enjoyed all of your answers (yours and Harley’s) to the questions, and learning a little more about you. Goldendoodles have always been on the list of breeds I think I might like to have one day, so I’ll enjoy learning even more about them through you.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks JanK – I would love to be your Goldendoodle resource:) I shall continue to work towards that goal!

  • Amanda
    April 6, 2015

    This made me laugh and cry and just feel overall happy – as is so often the case with your blog! I now have a great visual image of you on a motorcycle with Harley and Jax in the side car, cruising through South Carolina as happy as larks! (I am sure Doodle Dad would be in a car right behind to capture pictures and make sure all were safe!)

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Awwwhhh, thanks Amanda. I look forward to each one of your comments! I promise to continue writing in the hopes that I will always make you laugh, cry and be happy! Take care!

  • Barbara Rivers
    April 6, 2015

    Congratulations on your Liebster Award!
    –> Loved your hashtags #youthink & #gofigure 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks Barbara!

  • Claudette Pope
    April 6, 2015

    Congratulations. Wow, 3 nominations, that’s wonderful. Your love of writing really shows in your blogs. Love your answers, but if you do get to follow your dream, to move to Charleston South Carolina, I sure will miss seeing you guys.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Claudette – you have been such a faithful reader! Trust me, if and when I leave VA – through the blog you will hardly know I’m gone – I promise 🙂

  • laverne bennett
    April 6, 2015

    Congratulations what a wonderful way to go. You really deserve it plus some.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      Thank you so much Laverne. I can’t wait for you to meet Jax!

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    April 6, 2015

    Thank you thank you for thinking of me for this great award. I will gladly share it on my awards page. Your answers were so inspiring and loved reading Harley’s.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      AbsoDOODLEtutely JoAnn! I adore your blog. You’ve opened up a world about dogs that I had no knowledge of. I learn so much from you. Can’t wait to read your answers! Congratulations 🙂 so deserving….

  • Elaine
    April 6, 2015

    Fantastic answers and a big high-five for Harley. I think he deserves his own Liebster Award now, lol! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 6, 2015

      HA! Thanks Elaine – I agree! Harley deserves one for sure 🙂

  • Jen
    April 6, 2015

    Congratulations on your awards Cathy. They are much deserved! I love the reason you gave for starting to blog. I think that’s mine too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 7, 2015

      Thanks Jen – your words mean so much to me. I’m a huge fan of your writing 🙂

  • Jackie Bouchard
    April 6, 2015

    Congrats on 3 nominations and awards! Well deserved! Great answers. Harley’s made me laugh. Thanks for nominating Pooch Smooches!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 7, 2015

      You’re welcome and also so deserving! Can’t wait to see YOUR answers my friend! 🙂

  • M. K. Clinton
    April 7, 2015

    I am not surprised to see all of the nominations. Your blog always makes me laugh. Well, with the exception of June 27th. I remember crying like a baby with you that day. I am so happy that you have Jax in your family now! What a cutie patootie and he is sure keeping Harley on his paws! Harley is more than welcome to jump on me in Nashville!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 7, 2015

      Thank you so very much MK – your words mean a great deal to me. I am humbled and happy to know people laugh and smile after a few minutes here in Doodleville. Can’t wait to meet you next month. BESOS

  • Faith Ellerbe, Live.Wag.BARK!
    April 8, 2015

    Congrats on your award! I love this post! I really feel like I got to know you and your family. I love Charleston as well 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 8, 2015

      Thanks Faith – Can’t wait to meet you!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    April 8, 2015

    Congrats on your triple nomination! And thanks for nominating us, we’re honored!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 8, 2015

      Thanks Mr. N. You are so deserving. I look forward to all of your posts. I smile every time you appear in my inbox. Can’t wait to hear your answers!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 13, 2015

    You’re always TOPS in my book 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 13, 2015

      The support and friendship you continue to give me Kimberly is beyond words 🙂 #feelthelove

  • Jenna Drady
    April 16, 2015

    LOL! I nominated you for this award as well a little while ago!!! I did leave a comment here on your blog to let you know, but maybe it didn’t go through?
    Congrats on so many nominations!!! Well deserved award for sure!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 16, 2015

      Thank you so much Jenna. I apologize for not seeing your nomination of me, I am honored just the same that you thought of me. It means so much to have fellow bloggers compliment what I adore doing. Take care and always know I’m a HUGE fan of your work as well.