In the grand scheme of things, it therefore only seems fitting that this would be an appropriate time to bring my blogging career to an end. Yes, that's what the letters, EOB, stand for that you've been seeing at the beginning of the last ten issues...End Of Blog.
Just to satisfy your curiosity, the top ten countries represented in the demographic list of readers are: USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, India, Russia, France, and the Philippines. Our most popular issue was "visited" 11,800 times.
I've met you right here on these pages every week for the last five years, bringing you 261 issues of Questions On Dogs and Cats. Every Monday morning, when you picked up your first cup of coffee, we've shared a lot of thoughts about dogs and cats and had fun doing it. So, next Monday morning, think of Helpful Buckeye and the wonderful five years we had together. Thanks for being there....
Many of you will remember that I ran this cartoon about looking for "blogging" shoes right after our initial issue. I really had no idea how long this would go on or how involved I would become in the pet affairs of so many people. It has been truly gratifying to think of all the pet owners I've had contact with. I believe I've worn out 5 pairs of blogging shoes and am putting this issue together wearing an old pair of Jimmy Buffett "Margaritaville" sandals...somewhere, there's a palm tree and chaise lounge with my name on it.
I've titled this issue The Final Potpourri for a reason. Whether you prefer the words hodgepodge, mishmash, melange, salmagundi, or potpourri, this blog has been just that for our duration. I believed that I would be of most help to pet owners by covering as many pet topics as possible. And, judging from your e-mails, most of you have been very comfortable with that. Among the most rewarding e-mail messages I received were those in which someone said they would have liked to visit me when I was still practicing or that they would have liked to spend a day with me at my veterinary hospital. Thank you for all of your e-mails and comments...they have been much appreciated!
In the words of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
And now, for one last swing through the wonderful world of dogs and cats, let's look at some interesting stuff:
There is no doubt that the Internet has provided a lot of good and interesting information for those seeking it. But, going beyond that, we've all been told that you can't believe everything you read online...and for good reason. Anybody can post whatever they wish online...it is the reader's duty to sift out what is good from what isn't.
understanding some of your dog's actions!!!
On a more serious note, this final topic is something you should consider as you strive for taking better care of your dogs and cats.
~~The goal of this blog is to provide general information and advice to help you be a better pet owner and to have a more rewarding relationship with your pet. This blog does not intend to replace the professional one-on-one care your pet receives from a practicing veterinarian. When in doubt about your pet's health, always visit a veterinarian.~~