When dogs are born we are clear of our mission: To serve man (and no, it’s not a cookbook, well, for most most of us.) But, like the servants in The Help, we don’t just aid, we observe our humans, certainly the most complicated of creatures we have encountered.
is a dog’s philosophy: See something out of the ordinary, charge at
it, and deal with it, unless we are corrected by those we serve. But
humans, they see what is right in front of it, and analyze it to such an
extent they don’t even notice it.
am not sure where this Internet thing came from, who invented it, or
why, but I hear lots of debating if it is a good thing or not. Humans
debate too much. We know what things are when we see them whether they
be good or bad.
the most part I declare the Internet a good thing, even though it’s
like a Pit Bull, a wonderful beast that can be corrupted by those with
ill intentions. Because the Internet has rekindled the fire in humans
igniting two long list skills. The first is to use the written word to
communicate in short, well thought out (for the most part) sentences.
also it has recreated the idea of a community, or, better yet a
village, where everyone is your friend, watches your kids (meaning pups)
and no one locks the doors because everyone is trusted. What is great
about an online community is that you choose your neighbors which you
can’t do in an on foot community (the term on foot community is
trademarked by Foley Monster, don’t mess with me on this) or family. I
often hear complaints about our friends’ neighbors but seldom about
online friends. And let’s agree not to get started on family.
But over the Internet we have created our own village where we care, we trust, and everyone knows our names, both human and pup.
have never seen a better example of how a village can pull together,
how a family can provide support, then the way people and pups rallied
to sweet Mollie’s side. It began with a post on Tanner Brigade stating
the she had taken ill. The old cranky DS machine wasn’t cooperating
with her Mom so we copied the post for her. And we copied it on
Facebook, and the sub groups, Doggyspace Moms and Doggyspace Groups. On
Tanner Brigade we set up a vigil for her in our events section (an
event section would be a great addition to DS.) Although it’s a small
group the vigil, along with her blogs, quickly filled with comments,
some from members we barely hear from. And on DS a multi member candle
lighting for Mollie was held.
DS blogs filled up with even more comments, friends praying, asking
what they could do. And on Facebook those Moms who have guided their
pups through the same similar illness were there ready to help and to
provide advice and a strong shoulder. I shouldn’t say I’m surprised by
the response I saw because I know what a wonderful community we have.
But I was still awed by it, by the love, by the caring, things that
seem so hard to come by in our on foot community.
from this dog’s perspective this Internet is a really cool thing.
Because it has allowed us to create little villages filled with people
who realize that us dogs are your angels, who love you, and fill your
heart with joy, and we should be celebrated. And in this village we
have so many wonderful, caring, living people. They are truly the
may not be able to live with people who share our interests or are as
caring as we are, but we can build one in the cyber world, where no one
pops in during your favorite show or tracks mud on your carpets. The
compassion shown here is beautiful, while in the on foot world
compassion is considered a weakness.
reaching out to help here is seen a thousand time a day while in the on
foot world reaching out to help is frowned upon because those in need
should help themselves. I would much rather live with my wonderful
friends in my online world than with the rude, mean people with those
annoying signs on their yard in the shape of a dog squatting and a no
thru it (but I never see one with one dog humping another with a no on
it so they are discriminating against certain bodily functions.)
all love Mollie, our hearts ache for her and her Mom and all we want is
for her to get better. And it’s so wonderful that her Mom can find all
this support right at the end of her own fingertips.