Saturday, January 01, 2011
About fifteen years ago, I created a little web site called Rat Dog. This was before Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead created a band of the same name. The URL for my site was simply an extension of my Internet service provider account, and I do not think Google had been invented yet.
About 12 years ago, in order to avoid problems with Bob Weir, I folded up Rat Dog (losing some pages in the process) and made it a subsidiary of another web site that I started, called Terrierman.com
From the beginning this new web site was designed to provide something that simply did not exist in the world of terriers -- a place where people could learn a few basics about how to dig on the dogs without making the kind of mistakes that invariably rain misfortune down on the heads of the four legged. The site went up like all things -- one brick at a time over a lot of days, weeks, months and years.
About eight years ago, I created an online bulletin board as an outgrowth of the Terrierman web site, but I was unhappy with the format which offered no mechanism for pictures or video, and was almost impossible to search.
About seven years ago, I discovered Google Blogger which provides unlimited free Internet space and the tools to communicate with pictures, video and text to whoever might be interested. Perfect!
A little over five years ago, in anger and in frustration that once again a dog had needlessly died in the field due to human incompetency, I wrote a quick book called American Working Terriers to serve as a rough-and-ready instruction manual on the basics of terrier work in general, and American terrier work in particular. The need for such a book was apparent to me. To this day, there are only three practical books on terrier work, the first written in 1560, and the second written in 1931. American Working Terriers is the third.
Now, after seven years and over 4,000 posts on this blog, I am calling it quits, at least for now.
The simple story is that I have other things to do and I need time to do them. No, I do not know what they are yet, only that the arc of this blog is over, at least for the moment. I would rather throw balls with the dogs than feed the Blog Beast, and I have other things to write in any case.
So, for now, it is adios, and yes there is a chance I may be back a year from now after I get a few things off the deck.
We shall see.