Thankful Thursday: Sharing the World with Friends


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We, as were many, many others, deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Eric from Eric and Flynn’s Adventures.  There have been so many leaving this world lately and our hearts truly ache for their families.  But that got me thinking.  We are a unique breed, us pet bloggers.  We share our lives with our friends, the good, the bad and the ugly.   Often the sad things are the hardest to deal with.  It’s difficult because our virtual friends just seem like such a part of our family to us.

But we are thankful today, thankful for the humans that bring us into their world and the world of their loved ones.  You bring those precious personalities alive, right before our eyes.  We feel as if we know each of you, your likes, your dislikes, your fears and your passions.  My Dad has met quite a few pet bloggers, and he tells me that when you meet a pet blogger for the first time in person, it seems like you have known them all of your life.  The conversation just picks up like you were talking to a life-long friend.  That’s our blogging world, we are who we are, on the computer, tablet screen, or in real life.

We are so glad to be on this journey with you.  Thanks for taking us along.


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47 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: Sharing the World with Friends

  1. Feeling Beachie - Hilary

    Brian, such a true post, but we are able to bring you guys to life on our screens because you all are so sweet, special and have such great personalities… We are lucky to have each other, and our fur babies… I know that when we lost Alex I don’t think I could have coped as well as I did without the love and support from my pet blogger friends (and family)

  2. Father Tom

    Oh, shoot, Brian..we just went to pieces. We couldn’t agree more with you about all of the wonderful people and furriends we’ve met. Their loss is our loss, too and we do our best to ease the pain if we can.

    We hope to meet up with you all sometime soon and I’m sure you’re right–we’ll feel like we’ve known each other forever!

    Tom, Mom Julie, Tinker & Anastasia


  3. Marg

    Oh Brian, you have never spoken truer words. The support of the blogging world is so awesome. We are very attached to all our blogger kitties and humans too. Our Mom always sheds buckets of tears for the ones that have gone to the bridge or that are sick. And we have felt that love in the past couple of days. We are so thankful that we have Splitters home with us. We still have long road but hopefully we are on the upgrade. Thanks for this wonderful post. It brought a little tear to the Person eyes. You are the very best.

  4. Cat's Cats

    Brian I agree wholeheartedly!!!! A kitty who has crossed the bridge is a kitty gone for all of us. It is very difficult to lose one of our beloved fur babies, but to know the grief is shared makes it a little easier.

  5. Katie Isabella

    You are right Brian. The bloggers and the babies that they help with their blogs are equally precious as you said. Talking to one of the bloggers when you get to meet them (I hope to one day) or when you speak to them on the phone is like family. We really do get to know personalities of the mom and dad and the blogging pet. The love and the grief we share when a baby flies to the Rainbow Bridge is from the heart.

  6. Fuzzy Tales

    Wonderful post, Brian. It’s here out in cyber space that we get to connect with other Beings who truly understand what it means to have other-species companions of the heart, where often so many humans have family members or friends or co-workers who just don’t “get it.”

  7. Hannah and Lucy

    We are glad it’s Thankful Thursday today Brian as we are thankful for having made friends with you all – you are a very compassionate and caring family.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  8. mariodacat

    Very handsome picture of you pal. Your dad is so right – M has met a few blogger/Twitter pals, and she says the same thing. Seems like you have known them forever. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful community.

  9. Riverfront Cats

    Our lives have all changed for the better in making new friends online through pet blogging. Tis true that we share so much on this journey and love the support through good and bad times.

    I don’t know if I can make it to Blog Paws as that is a very busy weekend with my regular job, but I hope we can meet soon!
    Christine Michaels, Founder

  10. Tamago

    You are so very right, Brian! I’m thankful that I can share the world with other bloggers, especially that we share the love for animals!

  11. Sparkle

    My human says the same thing yours does about meeting cat bloggers for the first time – it’s not like meeting a stranger, it’s like seeing a friend… again! When she hung out with the Katnip Lounge and Quill’s humans, it was like picking up in the middle of a conversation.

  12. Madi and Mom

    Brian Mom says your dad took the words right out of her mouth!!! I don’t have a clue what she means….purrfectly said!!

    A few years ago Mom and Dad met a Golden Retriever and his blogger peeps. Mom said she had to keep reminding herself not to go running up to grab the Golden ’cause he REALLY did not know her. MOL
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  13. Gin and Bailey

    My mom & me are very grateful to know such great people who first & foremost have great love & compassion for the little furry ones like me & some have become friends of ours. We thank you & your family Brian for being special to us…..woof woof….

  14. emma

    It is amazing how many tears have been shed by me and mom when friends we never even met in person have passed, but it is so terribly sad and we feel like we have really known them!
    On another note, since Triberr went down the other day, I am not seeing your posts in my stream, is your info working correctly? Maybe it is my stream but I am slowly getting most of the post I got before the crash. Just wanted to mention it since I enjoy sharing for friends 🙂

  15. Random Felines

    that is so very true….mom said the first time she met Miss Chrystal to pick up kitties for a transport it was just like that. we are so very glad to have friends like you 🙂

  16. Sue Brandes

    What a wonderful post. I am not a blogger but; I have so met so many wonderful bloggers and pet lovers through blogs, FB, and Twitter.

  17. Abby

    we feel the same way.
    Eric’s crossing hit us so hard because we’ve known Eric (and Flynn and his pawrents) nearly since we started blogging. He belongs to Mom just like we do.

    But, you’re right on with your post. We all get to know each other so well and even though it’s virtual we are all closely bonded.

  18. Caren Gittleman

    Ohhhh you made me cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thank YOU for taking US along! I am grateful for having met you in person and online…can’t wait to see you again!

  19. Tillie and Georgia

    Brian, you have expressed what we all feel so wonderfully 🙂
    The pet blogging community is indeed a comfortable place and we feel as if we know everyone so well 🙂 It is a great support system too.
    That certainly is something to be thankful for !
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  20. Derby and Ducky

    While when our kittie furiends run off to The Bridge, their beans can share the news. We share the grief, and in the long run, it isn’t all on a few people.

  21. the Cat Street Boyz

    Well said Brian, we feel the same, it is so sad when you won’t see their faces, cute antics and adventures anymore. We have visited those two for a very long time. Eric will be missed by many and by now his Mum, Dad and brother Flynn have felt the warm huggs sent from all over the world. ….

  22. Adan & Lego

    Thank you for always sharing your comment and your life to us everyday.
    We are also grateful to that. 🙂
    Sharing daily feeling to each other around the world and we care each other,
    that really feels good, even that is a sad thing.

  23. Oui Oui

    So true! Although we haven’t met any bloggers eye to eye yet, we hope to change that at BlogPaws in May. When we first started blogging it was so hard to keep all the kitties straight, but now it seems like we’ve known them forever. And its so upsetting to lose them when they cross the Bridge.

  24. siku marie

    You said so well what we all feel…the connection of our blog family is so warm and giving and supportive. We are proud and honored to be a part of the most wonderful group of two- and four-legged in the Universe. thanks for such a fine tribute to sharing the journey.

  25. Fur Everywhere

    We agree! It is like a hug family here, and when someone or a kitty leaves, it is very, very sad.

    We are so glad you is our friend, Brian!

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  26. speedyrabbit

    We are thankful to share in your experiences too and to have you as friends,sad times just bring home how important you all are,xx Speedy and mum

  27. Molly The Wally

    Bravo, well put Brian. We agree totally. Sorry to read about Eric. There has been quite a few sad events and worries recently. We wish everyone well.
    Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  28. Jacqueline

    Our Mommy feels the same way and she has cried a lot for our friends the last few weeks; funny how we all feel so close to one another without ever really meeting…Our Mommy thinks that because the humans blogging share an unconditional love for animals as family, they also share a part of their hearts…We are so grateful for friends like you guys=you all really do feel like family to us…xoxo…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  29. Cathy Keisha

    So true! Last night TW was talking to a Twitter friend on the phone and it was like they knew each other forever even though they only met for a few minutes at Blogpaws. I feel blessed that I found your little blog/world.

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