It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t even know what twitter was. I thought “What is this all about?”, “What are people taking about?”, “Why would anyone follow someone to read about what they are doing?” Then this past summer (2012) I thought, “Let’s give it a try, I’ll probably just delete it in a few days anyway.” Then I thought, “What would I say?”, “What if no one follows me back?”
Well, trying it out for a few days turned into a week, which turned into months, which turned into (currently) 8 months and counting, and, get this, just shy of 1,200 followers as of today and that count changes daily.
But, and here’s the big BUT. The account is not my own, it belongs to my dog! Since I figured I didn’t have anything interesting to say I’d let my dog tweet. Was I crazy, tweeting for a dog? Would there be any others out there doing the same thing? Well believe it or not, I don’t know the numbers, but there has to be thousands, if not more out there with their own twitter account. It is mind boggling!
What does my dog Edie tweet about you may ask? Well, it could be anything from her adventures of going for a car ride and visiting the local Petsmart, or what special treat she got that day. It could be how she got in trouble for being naughty and had to have a time-out, or a picture of her having a bath! She loves to tweet about how excited she gets when her Nana comes for a visit, and of course there is always the tweet about the dreaded visit to the Vet to get needles! Of course just tweeting about it isn’t enough, pictures of these events are also posted.
What I, or should I say Edie likes about tweeting, is the community of dogs and their owners coming together, having a good time and sharing their stories. There are of course the sad tweets that are posted as “OTR”, Over the Rainbow, when a beloved pet has passed, but then everyone comes together and gives lots of love and support to the “human” they have left behind. There are funny tweets and pictures that make us “BOL”, Bark Out Loud, and then there are the tweets for those dogs in rescues that are still looking for their forever homes. Of course Friday’s are all about “ff”, Follow Friday, were you give all your pet friends a shout out so others will follow them too.
It posts tweets about dogs that are missing or stolen, along with their picture so they are not forgotten about, and it gives their humans hope that someone out there will see their dog’s picture and help bring them back home where they belong.
The “dog twitter” community is a strong one that brings dogs and their owners together from all over the world. If your having a good day, bad day, just want to “bark” with each other, looking for help or encouragement, all you have to do is sign into your account and there is always some dog there to answer your tweet, especially….@ediethepug!