This weekend A Dog's Life reached a major milestone, when my good friend Donna posted the 1000th comment in the comment section. Donna and I "met" when we both worked for a " training chain" back in the 90's. She in Ohio and Me in Mass. We started to write privately to each other after we realized that we had many shared opinions in regards to training dogs, and which members of our on line training family were total bozos!
Over the years, I cannot think of another person who has given me more support in both my personal and business endeavors than Donna.
Donna encouraged me to write for a local paper when I moved from Boston to Portland five and a half years ago. She pushed me to contact the Casco Bay Weekly (now defunct) and thus I began my new past time of writing about dogs. She has edited untold articles for me, yet we have never met.
I know her life story and she knows mine. We have often joked that we will meet one day on Oprah when Oprah does another story on "net" friends; people like us who have become fast friends due to the net.
I often refer to Donna as a best friend I just haven't met yet.
As a thank you, I have ordered Donna her very own FURminator, but truly it doesn't come close to covering the years of friendship, kvetching, and last minute edits.
(insert graffiti, dropping and popping balloons and a loud polka band)
I've been described as articulate, verbose, cynical, funny, outgoing but shy, along with a host of (sometimes not-so-flattering) words. However, I don't think I've EVER been so touched as I am by Nancy's heartfelt and thoughtful description of our (hopefully lifelong) friendship. As she puts it, "We're sistah's with different mothers!" I love Nancy's slant on life and her unswerving devotion and commitment to ALL of her family - the furry four-footed ones and her three beautiful children. Nancy is, at her core, an artist, an ambassador, a comedienne, a life observer/participant, and I'm flattered and grateful to be considered her friend. Watch out, MaineToday - this lady's going places in the world. 'Erma DogBeck' is someone to be watched!Posted by Donna