January 31st 2014 5:12 am
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This is incredibly hard. I have grown up on dogster...I have been here for almost 8 years....6 1/2 years as a PLUS member. My journey started when mom was looking for support for me. I had a couple of a couple of health issues and a couple of behavioral issues and mom was hoping she could get some help. I think that's how many of us end up here :-)
Mom began exploring and it was almost right away when she began to realize that there were other doggie lovers out there. The weirdest part was that the dogs were talking for themselves BOL! Mom decided I would be a sweet, loving food hound since that pretty much fit who I was. I didn't know about groups yet, only the forums and my first friendships were made in Crushes. I know many didn't like crushes but honestly...I made some of the furever friends there. I know I'll miss them all but to name a few: Biscuit and Dylan, Jovi, Buddy, Murphy, Levi, Super Tuck, Kasey, and Champ. And nooooo, I didn't forget, but one of the very first was Oz. My ozzy :-) I was pretty new and I didn't know what to think when he struck up a conversation with me BOL! We all hung out at Fly Away Beach and Moosehead Bar. Yesssss there was some drama but I never got into it. I would just leave.
Fast forward a bit and sometime in the fall of 2006, I found Snoop Dog Beagleys. This is going to be really hard because this is without a doubt my family on dogster. The friendships, the support, the love of beagles. It all started right there. It started with Eddie Essig. I can't begin to describe what this group has meant to me. They know...because they feel it too. My first real experience at loss came in Snoops. We lost our friend Austin, the beagleweiler. That's when I realized snoops really was a family. It hasn't been without family feuds, but I never felt so much support in one place before. Everyone who is a part of the group feels it too. I'll miss the RXN, the trips, the parties...all of it. Trust me, we really are a family.
During this time, I discovered Downtown Dogster which became a fun place to be and a fun place to hang out. I also discovered the Dogster mafia and the B and A groups. Without going into detail, both groups were sort of at odds with each other. Again, not going into detail here. I felt really lucky that I was able to be a part of both groups. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure either group knew that. I loved both groups though. Some really good pups there. As time went on, I didn't visit the mafia as much and in some ways I regret it. It just got more quiet there.
I continued on in the B and A group and again, I gotta tell you, this group became like my second family. I reallllllly love this group. It's hard to type without wanting to cry. How lucky was I....I had my snoops and I had my B and A. The friendships were lasting...again, a real family. Sassy invited me and I never looked back. I do want to mention a couple of names because though many have left, a few have remained: Dusty the Pupcat, River, Sara, Georgie/Jackson/Camille, Webster/Ringo, and Bailey. I have to mention Rudy Patudy because his mama passed away last year. I have no doubts that Rudy would still be with us if his mama was still alive. I still visit this group often. I really love these guys.
Along the way, I helped create PAWS angels WAG for kindness. The idea came from Dezi and I and we ran with it. The group was created to give love, kindness and support to those who needed it. It began to grow and soon after Dezi left. The group blossomed under myself, Jazzi, and Pie. My first two kitty friends. BOL! I met a lot of cat friends at that time!
Another forum group was the Mitey Buh-ens group that my friend Levi introduced me too. That was a special group for quite a while and I made some lasting friendships there. Honestly...some of the nicest, most supportive friends were made in that group.
As time went on, it became more and more quiet on dogster. I refused to let go. I know many of my friends left for facebook. Mom made new friends there too. Dogster was really a place for me to grow up. The love, the friendships, the support...I just can't explain what it all means. For those who were a part of it, you know...you get it. It makes me incredible sad that Say Media is taking it all away. They were obviously never a part of it. I love what Fa La Luce, Lori Malm, did for us. I know it wasn't easy for her and yet I was lucky enough to be her friend and I hope at times, a friend of support for her.
I always thought I would go to doggie heaven, to the bridge, and still be here on dogster. That's not going to happen now. For all my friends out there, you gotta know how much I adore you guys...how much I love you. Through the ups and downs, you were all there for me and my family. Dogster will always be in my heart...always. I love you!
Scooter, you have put it so well. I found Dogster by accident. I had just retired and was looking for a forum or message board to join to have some fun. I stumbled upon Dogster and, like you, didn't realize there were groups right away. Then when I found some groups I was amazed at how much fun we had and also how supportive everyone was. Who would imagine dogs talking to each other could be so special. I have also made some lifelong friends. March 3rd will be a very sad day!
Love you Hanna Belle...we wouldn't have been friends if it wasn't for Annie and Buh-ens...we are grateful for your friendship. Love and hugs! xoxoxo
I was doing ok reading that till the last paragraph.
For me.. its nearly 7 1/2 years.
Know that you and yours are loved... and that you know where to find me as I do you.
Its not time to cry.... yet...Lifeboats to man and memories to get on them with their folk and Furs.
Karma will out... it WILL>
Love and Hugssssssss
Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
Love ya Flicka, Lucas, Cleo and mama Pam. You guys have been there for a while. Beagle smooshy kisses!