Greetings and welcome to my blog! My name is Sam and I have been blogging since my husband and I went to Europe in Spring, 2011. This blog was my way of recording and sharing our experiences with family and friends. It is now 2016 and Two Black Dogs is not just a blog about our holiday, it is about all the things I love including (but not limited to) our two black dogs – Maxi and Bundy. Two Black Dogs is about sharing my love of photography, travel, food, art and dogs.
When I was a little girl my chosen careers were: Vet, Flight Attendant and Hairdresser, although I have not taken on any of those professions I still have a great love for animal welfare and travel and indulge when I can. Since starting this blog I have become a weekend volunteer at our local animal shelter, helping staff care for the numerous dogs that come through the shelter. It breaks my heart to see so many dogs abandoned or surrendered, but the happiness they exhibit when you spend time with them makes it all worth it. Another love of mine is photography, it is a hobby that complements my dog obsession and love of travel. My first camera was used for taking photos of kittens, horses, friends and scenery. My mother was amazed and horrified at the number of photos I would take and still is to this very day. My Mum owns a digital camera yet often forgets to take it when travelling or somehow manages to delete half of her images before she transfer them to her computer. We are complete opposites in that respect, I have backups of backups. With the advent of the phone camera it has become much easier to record every moment, my iPhone is almost always with me however I still love using my digital SLR and enjoy the flexibility it gives me.
Maxi and Bundy are my babies although with one being a geriatric and the other now nine I can hardly call them babies. Maxi is a Dalmatian X who loves to dig and Bundy is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Staffy for short and he loves to chew and un-stuff things. These loyal creatures are the ones who can ease my stress, my pain and my sadness with a wet nose, goofy grin and warm welcome. They make me laugh, often.
Writing stories, letters, postcards and emails to friends and family always gave me joy and I hope that this blog will help me get back into the spirit of writing and maybe even make someone else smile.