Happy 2010 !
I thought it might be fun for us to review some of what the anipals accomplished in 2009. I wish I had thought to save more from all of our pawpawties this year. We all had so much fun, and they grew in such a way that none of us could have foreseen.We have made wonderful friends and created a way for all of us to help animals. The Anipal Twitterverse has a lot to be proud of for 2009!
Many of the UK anipals were celebrating Rednose Day, and many of the US and Aussie anipals found a way to sport a rednose in support of their friends, so that the twitterverse saw tons of red noses.
It gave us all a common cause, and @romeothecat and @frugaldougal decided we could try to have our first organized pawpawty in March.
The St Pawtys Day Pawpawty
Oh,did we have a wonderful twenty four hours.Of course there were pwises,and anipals took turns DJing, @BunnyJeanCook and @CosmoHavenese, and several others kept the tunes spinning! It wasn't organized like we know the pawpawties now. But we had green drinks and noms, and all the cats made sure there was plenty of nip! @SylvieDog made cookies and was one of our 1st barktenders. Some of the anipals were able to use tweetgrid, but most worked off their webpage, or tweetdeck.We were invaded by a lot of spammers and SylvieDog's dad set up a "RealPawpawty" site to keep them out. It was the first"collecter" site for our pawpawty hashtags, and was so cool, because it was a moving waterfall of our tweets and avatars! Later the Sekurity Patrol was created to help keep out the spammers and to help folks to find the Tweetgrid search page.Our charity was Animals in Distress.
There's even more to read about the St Pawty's Day pawpawty at frugaldougal's blog
There's even more to read about the St Pawty's Day pawpawty at frugaldougal's blog
The April Pawpawty ~
It was Easter time,and one of our favorite cats' birthday! @BrewskieButt turned 5 and was the host for the festivities! Our charity was @Kittenrescue in Los Angeles. It was held on April 5th.
The Brew's staff,@BZTAT did this wonderful picture of him for the pawpawty
For well over a week before, the anipals started sporting their pawpawty finery
Once again we had a wonderful twenty four hours, and for the first, but not the last time, we made our target to raise funds for our charity. We all brought Easter ham, and noms to share. We drank barkaritas and catinis.We had quizzes and pwises! Once again, we had twitter search problems, and spammers to deal with. But we were the #1 twitter trending topic! The DJing was getting more organized with @FergustheDog and @CosmoHavanese getting the DJ's organized to cover the entire twenty four hours.
@EmmytheCat once again did the wonderful pawpawty pawwall
And then we went to PussyCatIsland on the 18th. @BrewskieButt drove the boat to the Island. @MonkeyCat and @BabyPatches were some of the cats that were there! @Copious_Tuna swam along side the boats and surfers. Dogs, bunnies and guinea pigs joined in.Perry was ready WELL in advance!
One of the cats at #PussyCatIsland!...snicker..
And @BorisKitty provided the first Sekurity patrol !
@CatnamedSinbad made us all our own surfboards to use on the PussyCat Island beach!
The May Pawpawties ~
We were having such a wonderful time with our pawpawties, we just had to have two in May also!!
First we had the super fun Cinco de Mayo pawpawty! Our charity this time was the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre in the UK. For over a week beforehand @henryandfriends showed us all wonderful pictures of this great facility. We were all so happy to be supporting this wonderful shelter!
We found Jib-Jab, and had some fun videos of anipals doing the Mexican Hat Dance! We had what was left of the tequila that @perrythebirman and @FergustheDog didn't drink the night before from @SylvieDog's bar. As usual they blamed it on @MugsyDog...
Once again we had a super time, with lots of wonderful noms, DJs,and quizzes. There were puppy pinatas, and castanets! Oh, and giant Barkaritas! And once again we met our target for the shelter.
The Cinco de Mayo PawWall,
as you can see it is growing in numbers
The second pawpawty was the Weekendroadtrip! This one took place over the weekend of May 23 and 24th. This was a national banking holiday in the UK and Memorial Day here in the US. @GD_Kenworth and I thought it would be a really fun time to take a virtual weekendroadtrip around the globe. And it was! So many anipals helped to do this by being the Tour Guides in different parts of the world! @frugaldougal took us to London, @EmmytheCat to Cornwall, @rumblepurr took us to NewZealand, @PeanieWeanie took us to see Santa Barbara, Calif, @BrewskieButt took us to the Art District in Canton, Ohio. We visited so many wonderful places! And ate so many wonderful and exotic noms all over the world!
Then while we were visiting Rome,Twitter search went down! Many of the anipals couldn't continue on our world tour! But for those of us stuck in Rome, we went on a wonderful moonlit drive in the Italian countryside and drank Chianti all nite long! @perrrythebirman filled his wonderful bucket with the stuff!We tooled around Italy for over six hours. @GD_Kenworth joined in about 2 in the morning for us West Coast anipals, and @frugaldougal joined us soon after. Search came back up about 3am, shortly after I'd taken a break to sleep. The anipals then continued on with the Weekendroadtrip, going to the Great Barrier Reef, and many other wonderful stops. I joined them again in Cornwall, and then we continued on the tour across the US, ending up on the beach in Malibu!
This was the first and hopefully only pawpawty that lasted twenty eight hours! But a wonderful time once again was had by all our travelers! The noms, and tunes, and quizzes had only gotten even better, despite the overnighter in Rome! Our charity this time was very appropriate for Memorial Day ~ VetDogs, The Foundation for the Blind's service dogs for veterans.
@perrythebirman traveling on our #weekendroadtrip!
The June Pawpawty ~
We started the summer by going Back to the Eighties! By now the DJs were well organized and @Frugaldougal had the quizzes and quizmasters well in paw! We had many wonderful noms and drinks and things for the young anipals as well! Many of us had gotten quite sophisticated with our pawty outfits by now and I just could not pass up using a Dolly Parton shot.
Our shelter charity was Angels for Animals, and we exceeded our target goal! The Sekurity Patrol with Capt. @SnicktheDog and @ShawneeShep was a great addition to the pawpawties.
Java came up with a complete menu of noms and drinks, and scheduled the barktenders to match, and now the pawpawty goers have her and the others to thank for the wonderful pawty specific menus. The target for the shelter charity was exceeded and raised and met still again!
While not actually a pawpawty, an amazing thing happened with the animals in September. On what was an early Friday morning for the US anipals, word came that @PepiSmartDog had suddenly left us for the Rainbow Bridge. Now, we have lost other anipals in the past, such as @Quadpawd's older brother @CatNamedOscar last May; every pawpawty starts with a tribute to the pals we have lost. But we had watched as Pepi had struggled for about a month with kidney problems. He was released from the vet's ICU as being on the road to recovery. I think he came home to say Good Bye to his mom, as he had a stroke within five minutes.
What was so amazing though was the anipals reaction. There were plenty of tears, but @henryandfriends and many others helped organize a send off. Within hours all the anipals that could make it, were in a meadow at the edge of the Rainbow Bridge, celebrating Pepi's life. Those of us who could not join them were there in spirit! It was a wonderful way to say good bye to our friend.
See ya on the other side,super star!
(and yeah, see we are STILL learning! I don't know why there are two!)
If it should be I grow frail and weak
And pain prevents my peaceful sleep.
Then you must do what must be done
When this last battle can’t be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
Selfishness might stay your hand.
But on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship take the test.
We’ve had so many happy years
That what’s to come can hold no fears.
You’d not want me to suffer. So,
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they’ll tend.
Only — stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me.
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know, in time, you, too, will see
It is a kindness that you do for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.
Do not grieve it should be you.
Who must decide this thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two, these years……
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
A very special thanks to the anipals that lent me pics and links. I wish I could name all of you here, as so many have done so much for so many animals this past year. But I'm afraid this post may blow up Blogger! @MizzBassie helped me with proofreading, but any mistakes or mis-spellings are all my own. Please forgive me if I have mis-spelled anyone's name.