TWO important messages from TinkerToy

Spotlight STAR-dom arrives!
as Dog Appreciation & Awareness Days slide right by
Guest blogger: TinkerToy

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

#1 – My episode is finally up and going!

TinkerToy here again (and remember, only Mom calls me that to my face).

Remember too that I told you in my last guest-post that my good friend Bacon was going to make me a star? Well, I am sooooo excited. My SpotLight Thursday interview is finally online!

You can even read a sneak preview below, just as soon as I make you aware of something that might be even more important.

#2 – I’m worried that Mom might be losing her marbles!

Did anybody else notice that her monthly
Awareness Calendars
have been leaving off the most IMPORTANT days?

I really don’t care much if nobody remembers that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. I mean, I don’t think many of my bloggin’ buds want to get their teeth brushed more often anyway.

But I do think it’s pretty darned important to know that
February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, don’t you?

I think even Mom agrees, but is it on her calendar anywhere this month?  No it is not.

AND – ahem!National Love Your Pet Day was this past Monday, February 20 – an important day for ALL of us. I sure don’t remember getting a bunch of extra cuddles and treats at the beginning of this week, do you guys?

And TODAY is February 23,
and I’ll bet nobody knows what that means.

It’s National Dog Biscuit Day!
(no kidding – Google it)

How is everybody supposed to remember to stock up
if Mom can’t remember to list it in that calendar?

Even if it’s too late to go buy some, there are online videos showing two-legses everywhere how to cook the kind you make at home. But has Mom set FOOT ONE in that kitchen all day?  No she has not!

I don’t think she even knows what day it is.

Do what she says, not what she does

She constantly checks those Mental Health Awareness calendars to keep her on track (no worries there, she never had a sense of time, my Mom) – but how is she going to remember these really important days if she doesn’t even put them in her calendars?

She’s always telling clients and students, “If it’s not in your book, it’s not in your life.”  Harumph! (I checked, by the way – and there’s nothing really important to ME in even one of them.)

What could be better for mental health than a happy little dog by your side?  (OR cat or pig or rabbit and all – but it IS National Dog Biscuit Day, ya’ know).

I don’t know about you, but snacks make me a pretty happy little dog.  And as long as she’s forkin’ ’em over, I’m gonna’ be RIGHT by her side.

And guess what else she didn’t remember to list?

So add your voice to mine, and tell her she needs HELP!

And now for that sneak preview I promised you, thanks to dear Bacon.  (By the way, my friend, make sure everybody at the Hotel knows that March 1 is National Pig Day)

Don’t forget that you can always check out the sidebar
for a reminder of how links work on this site, they’re subtle ==>

And NOW about my turn in the Spotlight . . .

But before we move on to the sneak preview, I want to remind all the blogging dogs (and cats, pigs, parrots, bunnies, hamsters – or any other animals in the kingdom) to leave me a link to one of your posts down there in the comments section.

I need to always include some Related Content if I’m going to follow Mom’s format.  Again, you two-legses can leave a comment for her so she doesn’t feel like I’m trying to take over here.

And go see who came to MY PARTY if you wanna’ meet a whole bunch more fur-faced bloggersIn case you missed it, it’s still not to late to drop by and leave a calling card. (Mom insists we go by ADD rules here on our Evergreen blog, so comments never close).

If you are a blogging 4-legs like Bacon, looking for the rest of us, check ’em out! (or a parrot or other kind of bird – kingdom-diversity always welcome on THIS blog!) 

In my upcoming posts, I’ll keep perusing the guest list for links to fluff up my Related Content section, so run on over and make sure you’re on that list.

BY THE WAY:  Mom wants me to remind all the two-legses that she can’t announce the actual start date of the new session of Group Coaching until she has an actual GROUP-ful.  So if a few of you guys who said you wanted to do it are waiting for a special invitation, consider this IT!  Sign up HERE (so she can use the money to buy treats for a small dog who deserves them).

And . . . back to ME!

I had to answer the basic questions before we got to the good stuff: like my name, how old I am, where I live, and where I blog (which you know already, obviously).

The next five questions were a lot more fun to answer:

  1. What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?
  2. What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?
  3. What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home?
  4. Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why?
  5. What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you?

Aren’t you just dying of curiosity? You can even see a few pictures of what I actually look like (but Mom took most of them, so don’t expect too much – ADD Poster Girl and all).

Click HERE to jump over to the Spotlight to read my interview. And be SURE to take a minute to say hi when you get there, okay?  I’ll be checkin’ in all day (just as soon as Mom wakes up and lets me down off the bed. of course ::sigh::).

You might want to click around to see what else is there – after you’ve read all about ME, of course. It’s a GREAT blog for four-legses and all our anipals.  There’s a whole big family of of different kinds of us living together in a hotel!  It’s a really cool blog to follow, and there’s even an advice column, just for us: Dear Bacon.

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There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

Want to work directly with Mom? If you’d like some coaching help with anything that came up while you were reading (one-on-one couples or group), click HERE for Brain-based Coaching with mgh, with a contact form at its end (or click the E-me link on the menubar at the top of every page). Fill out the form, submit, and an email SOS is on its way to her; she’ll schedule a call to talk about what you need. She’ll get back to you ASAP (accent on the “P”ossible!)

You might also be interested in some of the following articles
available right now – on this site and elsewhere.

For links in context: run your cursor over the article above and the dark grey links will turn dark red;
(subtle, so they don’t pull focus while you read, but you can find them to click when you’re ready for them)
— and check out the links to other Related Content in each of the articles themselves —

A FEW more links from my PARTY guests!
(still more to come! Go say hi, and be sure to tell them Tink sent you.)

BY THE WAY: Since is an Evergreen site, Mom revisits her content periodically to update links — when you link back, like, follow or comment, you STAY on the page. When you do not, she tells me you run a high risk of getting replaced by a site with a more generous come-from.

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

60 Responses to TWO important messages from TinkerToy

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  3. hello madelyn its dennis the vizsla dog hay wot??? it wuz nashunal dog biskit day and i missd it??? i am going to hav to go hav sum wurds with my mama and dada!!! ok bye

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  4. mistermuse says:

    My favorite pet when I was young was….well, you’ll have to read these last four stanzas of a poem I wrote years ago to find out:

    They’ll stay outdoors
    in weather fowl
    and not want in
    or bark or howl.

    Their needs are few
    as pet needs go —
    a bowl of food,
    some H2O,

    and most of all,
    a place to swim:
    no better treat
    for her or him.

    Oh — one more thing
    I’d like to say:
    “Like, have you hugged
    a duck today?”

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  5. tmezpoetry says:

    Love it! Our pets hold such a special quality to make the world brighter for everyone.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. 😀 Madelyn it was a delight to hear from Tinker Toy. Plus, I’m totally amused by a National Dog Biscuit day. All in all, just marvelous. Mega hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. noelleg44 says:

    Oooh, I can’t let Angel find out about Dog Biscuit Day!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. 15andmeowing says:

    I enjoyed your interview on Bacon’s blog.

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  9. Amazing…. “dog biscuit day”. Just when I thought we’ve heard it all, lol. Did you get Tinkertoy one? I’m feeling a bit guilty not getting one for Emma, lol. What a cute pooch. Blessed doggie you are Tink.

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  10. joliesattic says:

    I found my dog on my doorstep and was never able to find his real owners, even though I tried real hard. I couldn’t imagine anyone dumping such a cutie. When I found him his teeth were in horrible shape, some looked like they were about to fall out. I got his teeth cleaned, right away and little by little his gums and teeth began to look healthier. I do this annually with periodic in between brushings. Very important. Having been a dental assistant, I am big on good oral hygiene.

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    • Lucky dog to have found his way to *your* doorstep. I hope his original owners didn’t MEAN to dump him.

      Tink has the tiniest teeth I’ve ever seen on a dog. Hamster-sized, practically – but so far so good, according to his vet.

      Unlike Tink, I’ll bet, as an ex-dental assistant , you LOVED seeing that that February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Thanks for popping by and taking the time to ring in.

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  11. -Eugenia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my link. 💐


  12. robjodiefilogomo says:

    It’s so fun to hear from Tinkertoy!! Our pets are such a great addition to our lives. Our poor kitty has to go get 2 teeth pulled today at the vet (and let me tell you how embarrassing that is for a retired dentist—and yes, I do brush & scale both the kittie’s teeth)

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    • Thanks, Jodi. He’d take over the blog if I’d let him.

      Poor kitty! I didn’t even want Tink to SEE this one. I hope everything turns out okay and that s/he feels so much better once s/he heals.

      You SCALE? That’s tough for a dog, but a cat?!

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      • robjodiefilogomo says:

        Yes…but remember I am a retired dentist—it’s kinda in my blood..ha ha!!

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        • I cannot even imagine choosing that field – but I sure wish you’d been my best bud when I was going through years of dental agita (and lived next door).

          Are you aware of how many ADD/EFDers do not know HOW to brush and floss? And how much trouble that causes? Dentists are seldom the best communicators, except for the back end tut-tut-tuts, of course, which only compounds the problem. I think as many people are afraid of the make-wrong as they are the novocaine (well maybe not AS many, but more than you would believe).

          In all fairness, I must say that ALL of my dentists were male, while the support staff was young, female and usually said little. The receptionist was the only chatty person I ever ran across on a dental team. They all had pretty teeth, tho’.

          What motivated you to choose dental school. btw – I know it is more difficult to get into than med school, so congrats there, but ????? And then you retired so young.


          • robjodiefilogomo says:

            There really were so many factors that made me choose dentistry. One being that I’m a picker by nature (can you say gross?)….and I really love helping people. I did it for over 20 years and it was all good—-but the thing I didn’t love was being a boss.
            I’m a terrible boss because I wanted everyone to love it and be dedicated to it like I was—-how silly! And I wasn’t going to retire this young, but the right woman just happened to come along and wanted to buy my practice. It was really serendipitous!! So like they say…when opportunity knocks….

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  13. I saw your fab spotlight interview… well done!!! I have to bear that toothbrush torture now too… I don’t like it… but the mama showed me the price list at the vet and what they want for teeth cleaning…and she said I have to pay that with my pocket money in case I will not co-puperate with teeth cleaning….think she has that marbles problem too…

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    • Thanks. I saw your comment – and even left you one already.

      But the teeth thing – what’s with the 2-legses love affair with brushing things? Maybe they all need more marbles.

      I put up with the fur brushing because those mats pinch my skin if I don’t (you’re lucky you have short hair!). But come ON – brushing teeth too?! But Mom said that teeth cleaning at the vet is no fun and might even hurt, so if I don’t want that I have to let her do the other thing.

      I love the Greenies I get every nite – aren’t they supposed to clean my teeth?

      Woof! TINK

      PS. Did you get celebrated last Monday — National Love Your Pet Day?


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