I have to admit, it snuck up on me a little! Opened the Blogger "dashboard" to do something else, and realized I was on post #197. Holy cow!! How time has flown! Seems like just last week that we were doing post #100... This post is long enough, so I'm sorry to say that you'll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about the fun little project we're launching in celebration of reaching this milestone. But for today I hope you'll entertain a little retrospective on how far Brutus' blog has come in such a short time.
Our first post was May 30, 2009. I did it on a whim; my step-sister blogs about her daughter, and she jokingly told me I should do one about Brutus. Far be it from me to back down from a challenge!! I logged onto blogger and made an account, and before I knew it, the blog was up & running. It all began with a simple post about Brutus getting his CGC title. Only my family knew about it, and their verbal comments were really all I ever expected. Never planned on it being any more than a conversation topic at dinner.
A proud (and tired) Brutus after being awarded our very first AKC title.
But it was sorta fun, and some things happened over the next few days that seemed like it might be fun to share. Brutus managed to eat his way out of a soft-sided crate, which was pretty amusing. That post generated my first comments on Blogger, which were actually only a conversation between me & my blogging step-sister!
Did I do that???
I put up several more posts in the next week, but had no comments. However I was hooked, and figured the blog could be a scrapbook of Brutus' life if nothing else. Then lo & behold, after another few posts, we had our first "real" comment. It was our pal Bijou who was the first to officially welcome us to DWB.
Bijou - the first of MANY friends!!
I had never heard of such a thing - who blogs for their dog? Little did I know!! Soon to follow were Sedona (who sadly doesn't get to blog much these days), the Rocky Creek gang, and Martine - all of whom are still our good friends today! Actually I have to give Martine credit for helping to popularize our blog, by choosing us as winners in her "Sugar-ific" photo contest. Our winning entry is one of my all-time favorite shots of Brutus:
Can you find the Frenchie??
From there we met Mango and Khyra, and the flood gates let loose. By post #100 we sponsoring our own contest (That's Ridiculous), which had over 30 entires, and was won by the fashionable Lorenza & her mom. We've had many successes to share, both at home and in the show ring- and probably taught our followers more than they ever wanted to know about dog agility!
We've taken you along on adventures, thanks in part to Flat Brutus (more about him tomorrow) & also by taking the whole pack along for the ride in our house-on-wheels, Big Earl (a 38-ft motorcoach).
What are you waiting for mom? Let's roll!!
We've also shared some sad times, including the loss of one of our own pack (Duncan, our 17-yr old JR terrier who left us last fall).
To make what is turning into a long story as short as I can, let's say that we have more friends than I could have ever imagined!! We just passed the 100 mark on followers here on Blogger, and in January I started Brutus a Facebook page - which already has almost 150 fans! We've made friends from coast to coast, in fact all over the world (England, Norway, Canada, Spain & France - just to name a few). Some friends have come and gone (we miss you Sassy Sasha!!), and several have sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We are pals with a ton of puggies, one of who has become Brutus' gilrfriend (Love ya' Stella!). We've even moved beyond the confines of cyberspace, and exchanged cards and presents with several of our friends!!
To say blogging has become a hobby is probably an understatement - it's more like an addiction! If I don't get a post up at least 4 times a week, I feel like a slacker!! Brutus has even become sort of a minor celebrity, as I have actually met someone who (before they even asked my name) said "Is that THE Brutus with the blog??" Who'd have thunk it???
That all being said, it wouldn't be the same without the 20-30something of you who comment so often, and truly brighten our days. I hope the comments we leave brighten yours! I hope that someday we actually get to meet some of you in person! A huge THANK YOU to all of you for being a part of our lives, as well as sharing yours with us! I'm so thankful to share my life with Brutus, as well as with all of you - and it wouldn't be the same without each and every one of you (and there are way too many of you to name)!!
So tune in tomorrow to hear about the little project we are doing to celebrate our 200th post. I It's going to be fun, and anyone who wants to can play along. I'll give you a little hint to keep you coming back - it involves Flat Brutus!