Let me start off by saying I am soooo sorry and it is all Mom’s fault. I have been MIA for just over a month and it feels like I haven’t been on here in a very, very, VERY long time.
You see, when I first started this blog Mom and I were home all the time. She was off work with an injury so of course I had to stay home with her to take care of her and since she had to stay off her leg we ended up spending a good amount of time on the computer.
Mom has always disliked Facebutt but is a huge sucker for animals and when she discovered that rescues and shelters post photos of adoptable animals and that liking and sharing their photos has helped many find homes in the past, she decided it was a way we could help out, so we created a page and began to share. But for some reason FB didn’t like that and we started to get kicked off on a regular basis for at least a day at a time. When we were suspended from Facebutt for sharing too many photos of dogs and cats looking for their forever homes for the third time we decided to start this blog because when Mom gets suspended so do I, which means no Facebutt for me either. This way, I could share my adventures with my friends regardless if Mom gets put in FB jail or not.
We would blog at least once a day and sometimes several times a day. Our main goal for this blog is to help raise awareness for all the wonderful shelter animals out there, which is why we started These Paws Were Rescued in April once we got the ball rolling, but prior to that and in-between the monthly TPWR issues I was blogging about my day or my latest beach trip, and so on. Sometimes the kitties even got in on the action, blogging about cat stuff like catnip or their favourite toy. It was fun and Mom and I enjoyed it.
Well, about two months ago things just fell apart. It started a little sooner than that, as when Mom went back to work full time in April I didn’t get as much time to come on here and paw the keyboard, but with Mom’s help we did our best to continue on a somewhat regular schedule.
Then, in June everything seemed to start crashing down around us all at once. So many things happened and it was very discouraging and depressing for Mom and she couldn’t get her mind to focus on all the things she’s supposed to be helping me with, so we just stopped. July was the worst of it, as not only was there lots of other stuff going on but to top it off, my humans car was broken in to and all their ID, money and credit cards were stolen, Ravage had to go for a vet visit with a ruptured anal gland and then the hard drive to Mom’s computer broke and she lost everything.
That was the end of it for Mom. Her computer stores all the photos of the kitties and I, along with tons of other stuff, so when that happened Mom just shut down and wanted nothing to do with anything that involved being social or posting pictures, and so on, so all my media social acitivites came to a grinding halt. For a while there we didn’t even post photos on Facebutt. It was almost like I fell off the edge of the Earth and disappeared in to black space. No Facebutt, no Twitter, no Pinterest, no Packdog, no Google+, no Gmail, and no blogging. Don’t misunderstand though, Mom still has LOTS of photos of the kitties and I, just not the ones from the past few months (which is a shame because there was some really, really good ones) as those were still on the computer (Mom has a special portable hard drive that she stores all the photos on for this exact reason, she just didn’t get a chance to update it with all the recent photos). But it was just that last little thing that pushed Mom off the edge and she couldn’t hold it together anymore, so we took a break.
I am truly sorry for disappearing like I did without an explanation but it’s just how things happened. We are slowly working on picking ourselves back up and getting caught up again in my media social world but WOWZER is there a lot to do now. We are soooo behind!
Thank you all for hanging in there with me and for still frequenting my Facebutt page, as that was the only thing Mom and I sort of kept up with during our absence (thanks to Dad’s fancy phone or else we would have been MIA there too). Again, we apologize and promise to do better in the future and to hold on instead of letting go when life swoops in and takes you for a crazy ride.
But on the bright side, all is well, my kitties are great, my humans are both doing well and keeping busy with their work, and we have been enjoying our summer the best we can, visiting the beaches and rivers whenever possible. I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and I promise to be better at keeping in touch.
~ Darko (and Mom)