Here it is...the 20,000 Post!
I know some of you have been watching for it, but I've intentionally been limiting my posts because I knew today also marked 8 years since I joined the forum. Figured it was fitting to make a "milestone" post on an anniversary date.
As I look back at the last 8 years, I have to be honest and say they have probably been the worst 8 years of my life. I lost 2 jobs, 2 cats and both parents. Other than the cats, I didn't talk about the jobs very much and the parents not all. That's because this place has been my place of refuge...the place to get away from the problems of real life. Where I could escape and talk about cute kitties and other silly things and maybe help out a cat with a problem.
I found this forum when Callie was sick with IBD, I knew nothing about cat nutrition back then. I learned so much from the people here and, even though I lost Callie just a few months later, I continued researching and learning. I found that I liked helping people solve their problems with their cats. If it wasn't for this forum, when I lost the second job, I never would have decided to open a pet food store. Never would have had the confidence that I could advise people on the best foods for their pets. So this forum has played a huge part in my life.
Things haven't been all bad...Holly and Jake both came into my life. Holly is my heart kitty. I never would believe I could love a cat as much as I do her. And I guess this forum is also indirectly responsible for me having Jake. I always wanted a dog, but held jobs that had long hours and felt it wouldn't be fair to leave a dog on his own that much. By opening the store it gave me a perfect opportunity to finally get my dog. Jake brought my father so much joy during his illness (he had a brain tumor), I think he lived for that dog the last few months. In fact his last words to me were "take my Jakey for a walk".
So, on this "momentous occasion" I just wanted to say that I really appreciate this forum and the people here. It's a comfortable and warm place to come, especially when I need to escape.
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Holly, Misty & their friend, Jake, the dog.
Onyx, Callie May, Maggie & Kobi forever in my heart.
Yes, I know I need a new signature pic...someday...