Reflections on my A-Z journey

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

2016 reflectionsI know it’s been over a week since the Blogging A to Z Challenge ended but it’s time for my Reflections post before I put this kitten to bed until next year!

My Reflections on A – Z  and what I learned about our presidents.

This challenge was a bit hard for me  because there was so much information to sort through. I started reading and researching the first week in January and continued even up through the final post. I wanted to get as much information as I could and as accurately as I could. Believe it or not, there was a whole bunch of stuff I left out! Organization and Pre-Planning were key!! I would not have been able to this on the spur of the moment. I had formulated several calendars, spreadsheets, lots of documents, references and photos. I’m pretty sure I checked out over 50 books from the library just on presidents alone looking for information.  I don’t know that next year will be as in-depth as this one was; but who knows? I’m already thinking of ideas for next year!! (I know, I’m a glutton for punishment!)

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Here’s what I learned about presidents during this journey:

1.       Presidents need to be rich because they are far too busy to deal with the day-to-day care of their pets and have to hire people to do that for them.

2.       Presidents use pets to endear themselves to the citizens of the United States and that is wrong. Animals ought not to be used for human self-promotion or for ego boosters. Animals are sentient beings who have a right to be loved and wanted just for themselves not for what they can do for their caretaker.

3. Presidents are, in some ways, like the rest of you average humans. Some adored their pets and some ignored them. Some sacrificed for them, others couldn’t tolerate them and sent them off at the slightest mistake. 

4. Presidents shouldn’t have pets unless they are willing to do spend time with them every day, at least let them sleep with them, or at least provide a lap to sleep on for a little while. Just because we can’t talk to you humans in a way that you completely understand, it doesn’t mean we don’t get lonely when you are too busy for us.


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I was going to have test questions but instead of taxing my brain or yours any longer, I just offer you some trivia:

Which President was talked about the most (in terms of the number of daily posts)?

     Theodore Roosevelt was #1 with 14 days.

Which President was second?

     Calvin Coolidge was #2 with 12 days.

Which President was mentioned the least?

     9 Presidents were mentioned on only one day

Which President was not mentioned at all?

      Chester A. Arthur

Which Presidential animal is the most popular?

     Dogs, by far, were mentioned on 23 days. Cats were only mentioned on 4 days.

 Who are my favorite Presidents based on these posts alone?

  Abraham Lincoln, a true cat lover (much to Mary Todd’s chagrin)

      John F. Kennedy, for setting aside his allergies so his kids could have pets.

George W. Bush for showcasing India as much as Barney and Miss Beazley.

  Who are your favorite Presidents – based on their pets alone?? (No politics allowed!)

I do want to thank everyone who read, liked and commented on my A to Z posts this year. I apologize if I didn’t get around to respond to each one of you individually – I appreciate all of your comments and likes so much. They meant a lot to me and made me love you all even more!!! Love, always, Toby.

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20 thoughts on “Reflections on my A-Z journey

  1. You did the most amazing job with the Challenge…I can’t even imagine how much time it took to give your readers so much incredible information!


  2. I loved your a-z posts, they were fantastic and I could tell you put hours upon hours of work into them. I think you should turn all that work into a children’s book about presidential pets. I knew Teddy Roosevelt was mentioned the most and I definitely like Lincoln the best. Might I suggest pets of actors for next year? I am too lazy to do all that work, but I am sure it would be interesting. XO

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    • Aha! You found me out – that’s exactly what I was considering!! I’ve got this great photo of Betty White in the 50’s with her dog. Love it!!! I’ll think about the book – thanks for the ideas and support!


    • Unorthodox pets? Oh my goodness!!! Yes – there were some crazy pets for those presidents!! Please read our posts (at your leisure, of course). And thanks for stopping by!!


  3. Congratulations on completing the challenge successfully! Your theme was a lot of work, especially the research. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to visit more often, but I was writing posts on the fly. Hope to be better organized next year. Of course, dogs are the most popular! 🙂

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  4. Awesome information. Thanks for all the hard work. What about pets of pop stars too? I definitely think you should put all your A – Z posts into a book. Many thanks for featuring the Jaffa Come Home poster (sadly he still hasn’t) but your Purrs and Prayers feature is so wonderful.

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    • We will keep praying for Jaffa as long as it takes – my mom had a cat once that was missing for over 6 months before he finally came home and one that never did – so you never really know, do you!


  5. I loved your theme, it was really unique! The amount of research must have been staggering but also kind of fun to learn some new things too 🙂


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