You're welcome. I do not agree with people who say you can't truly be friends with people on the internet. Sure, maybe if it is just someone you don't know that you added to Facebook or Twitter and never correspond with, but that is not how real Cheezfriends or other internet friends are. We DO correspond, we get to know each other. We 'talk', we laugh, we cry, we share, we support and encourage, smile, grieve, honor, learn each other's quirks and weirdness and humor and interests and pet peeves. In some ways we can know each other more than some people in our 'real life' because when we are here we are really paying attention to our friends. Finding out what is going on with them, focusing on them and doing it at our own pace & theirs. Many people tend to reveal more of their true selves on the internet because they feel they have a buffer, that it's safer. They aren't put on the spot or in awkward or socially difficult situations. They have time to think about what they want to say, how they really feel and want to interact with each person or group. Not to mention the fact that years ago people got to know each other and formed relationships through written correspondence all the time. Face to face visits were few and far between before modern transportation. Plus I am biased since I met my husband on the internet and we are happily working on our 2nd decade of marriage. :) I have been best friends with a lady from Canada, whom I've never met in person, for over 15 years. We know practically everything about each other, our families and lives, and I know things about her true self and deepest feelings that nobody else knows. Test it out some time with your internet friends. Do a little "how well do you know me quiz" of RL peeps and online peeps and see who truly 'gets' you. :)
I must say, your "Realm" sounds like a wonderful place to live :) Thanks for the links to the Sparky posts - quite the escape artist LOL But he was most obviously meant to be the protector of the realm cuz he kept finding his way back to you. And bles you all for giving him that second and third chance. Most people would have given up on him. And VioletD's comment under your Thank You LOL is so beautifully put.
I visited the links you sent me. That Sparky was quite a dog. I wish i could have met him in person. He sounds a lot like my rat "terror", GiGi. She is afraid of loud noises, too. At first she would quiver all over when it thundered. Now she is much better. i guess being in a stable home is the difference. That you for sharing Sparky's story. I won't soon forget that great friend of yours. Hugs, Linda (wally01)
You are very welcome. Thank you for the blog links. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Sparky and understand even more what a huge hole his leaving for the Rainbow Bridge has to have put into your and your wife's hearts. I have no doubt that all of you will meet again.
Thx, and WOW to what you said in that first LoL. Some of my Cheezburger friends far surpass many of the ones I know of in person; even knowing their names have not helped me or offered kind words in my time of need (but ONE out of all of those DID) and the REST of the help all came from Cheezfrends!