WOW!!! We just can't believe what a popular little guy Flat Brutus is! Thank you so much for all the requests to host him - currently I have almost 40 DWB furiends for him to visit!! This IS going to be quite the tour!! Before he left, we all sat down to plan out his route - it's going to be a coast-to-coast adventure!!
Let's see... Dory and the Pittie pack are down here in Texas....
I think I have replied to everyone who has expressed interest so far. A few of you posted that you'd like a visit, but I did not receive an email with your address. Please let me know if you offered to host Flat Brutus and I did not email you in return!!
I will continue to accept requests for the foreseeable future, as the project will take months to complete. If something changes and you need to withdraw or change your hosting time, just let me know. I think that you can understand that with as many people & doggies who are participating, please try to send Flat Brutus on to his next destination as soon as you can. He'll be out there for many months as it is, and I don't want him to get too homesick or road weary!!
As soon as I figure out how, I'll put up a button in my sidebar so that the Flat Brutus World Tour information will continue to be accessible for anyone who happens onto our blog in the future. Maybe I'll even figure out how to use the new "tabs" that Blogger has introduced, so that Flat Brutus can have his own permanent page within the blog. So if you still want to participate, just drop me a line - the more, the merrier!!
Gosh, when are we gonna see him again???
Since the project as has become so large, I'm making a few adjustments to make it as successful as possible. Instead of sending Flat Brutus out in the order the requests were received, I hope you can appreciate that his travels will be much more efficient if I plan his itinerary by geographic convenience. There are quite a few of you out west, some in the central states, a bunch in the midwest, and a few up in New England, and some down on the Gulf coast. If keep the distances between stops as short as possible, it will cut down on his wear & tear in the hands of the USPS, as well as get him around to everyone faster.
This project has literally become a World Tour!! I've had several requests from outside the US (Singapore, Malaysia, Germany), so I hope you all don't mind if I use a 2nd Flat Brutus to do those visits. I suspect that the "International Flat Brutus" will inevitably get stuck in postal limbo while traveling far & wide, and I want the hosts in other countries to enjoy him without worrying that they are holding up his tour! That being said, any of our overseas furiends who hesitated to participate are welcome to join, you just might have a little higher postage to pay. But if you are interested, Flat Brutus has his passport all ready!!
A few words about French Bulldog Rescue Network and the fundraiser that Flat Brutus seems to have become. In my last post, I pledged to donate $5 for each time Flat Brutus was hosted. Some of you have been kind enough to offer to match my donation, and wondered how to do it. I have contacted FBRN to ask how they'd suggest I handle additional donations, so that it is as easy as possible for those who want to help, while still allowing me to keep track of how much Flat Brutus is able to raise to help his fellow Frenchies.
I know times are tight, and it is by no means a requirement for hosting flat Brutus, but I would be more than happy to have help in meeting my goal. FBRN has hundreds - if not thousands - invested in helping each Frenchie they see through fostering, and if we bloggers could help finance just one well-deserving bulldog, I would consider the Flat Brutus project a resounding success!!! I will keep you all posted on how to donate for those who are interested.
Gonna miss you little guy! It's a big world out there, so be careful!! Here's a little ear nibble for good luck & safe travels!
Now back to the present: the Flat Brutus World Tour has officially begun!! Benny & Lilly posted about him already today! He had a great time with them in California, and really enjoyed visiting some fellow Frenchies (check out the post at Doggy Days to see what great hosts they were). Now he'll be off to see his girl Stella and her gang (including Betty the Frenchie). Something tells me that visit might take a while, I don't think Stella is goning to want to share Flat Brutus with anyone else!!
The real Brutus and I are busy finishing up the final details for the rest of the World Tour, and will be emailing you all soon. Have fun with Flat Brutus, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Since his journey is going to be so extensive, I expect that FB may need a little TLC along the way, so feel free to send him home if it looks like he needs some time off or any surgery!!
Look out world - Flat Brutus is on the loose!!