Joined: 18 Feb 2004
Total posts: 8993
|Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:21 am
|I stumbled across the messageboard sometime in 2003. It was pretty wild and I decided not to join. At that point I had been fostering for about 6 months or so. I came back around in early 2004 and saw the change in format. I lurked for a while and then decided to post.
I remember one of the first threads I joined in on. A young lady was posting that she lived in the mountains of NC and had a ton of dogs that kept being dropped off at her place. She lived with her mom in a singlewide. They had about 8-10 dogs and she was trying to get some advice (can't remember what advice she was seeking). Man did she get jumped all over. She was told that the dogs would be better off dead than tied to dog houses (to keep them off the road) and that she was a horrible pet owner. I tried to explain that in NC, especially rural NC, she was actually quite a good pet owner. I think she was 14 years old and I still believe that she could have been the future of pet rescue with the right education.
Anyhow, I was feeding Iams when I came here. It was the food recommended by my vet. Once I learned how to read nutrition labels on pet food, I changed the dogs to several different foods until we found that CA Natural was the right food for them.
I always thought I was a cat person when I joined here, though I was fostering for a dog rescue and volunteering at a cat shelter. Then I realized how little I actually know about cats even though I have always had multiple cats all of my adult life! LOL. Now I realize that I am a dog person.
I have learned a lot about dog behavior, training and nutrition here and value all of the things that I have been taught by those who have so much more experience than I have.
I have also made a lot of online friends here and I feel very fortunate about that. I know that I am one of those "animal freaks" and it's here that I can hang out with other "animal freaks" who totally understand me!
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.