Two years of Pet Travel Blogging!
Has it really been two years and 86 posts? Two years of pet travel blogging… wow.
Anniversaries (or Birthdays) are usually a time for reflection and celebration. So before I return to the party, the friends, food, drinks, music and the general state of revelry… what? Oh! … no no no … not for the blog; it is also Dad’s birthday today… didn’t I mention that? Oh, sorry … yeah the blog and Dad share a birthday. Kinda funny that.
Back to the blog … considering that the average blog has a life expectancy of 33.8 months, the real milestone won’t be until next year. When we beat that average OH the PARTY!! Because, I promise you Dear Reader, we are not going anywhere anytime soon. We are not average and we will beat that statistic!
Still it is worth marking our twotear anniversary.
We have gained so much from this blogging experience; we hope you have as well. This blog may be about traveling with a small dog and we could be forgiven for thinking of it as being all about the destinations, the dogs, the food, the accessories, and the travel itself, but we have come to the conclusion that really the blog always is, and will remain, about the people.
So many people.
So much work goes into this blog. Most of it behind the scenes. For something done entirely on a volunteer basis, it sometimes boggles our mind when we look at what we manage to accomplish. Many of you may not know this, but the team has more than just the three of us. Yes, the bipeds and I do the grunt work, but there is also Nadine our web master and social media expert without whom this blog would have died more than once. And without her, our blog really wouldn’t look nearly as snazzy! There is Ingrid, our occasional editor, and Andrew, our illustrator (he designed the logo and so much more to come!), and then there is Dawn, our image and text editor extraordinaire.
Sister mom, friend and so much more. Dawn.
You may not realize this, but every Wednesday, I go over to visit Dawn and my Brother from another mother, Jack. After a good walk, Dawn and I review the upcoming posts together. We discuss changes; she edits. It is a lot of hard work that she does for us. Thanks to her vigilance, this blog has far fewer spelling and grammatical errors peppering our posts. More importantly, she will read something and – still maintaining my voice – she will make sure things flow and make sense. She’ll even add some humour. We would feel lost without her. We would recommend her in a heart beat. We love her dearly.
Then, there are those of you who have kindly invited us to stay in your homes so that the team could come over to see, smell, taste and experience a new event, town, city and country. We thank you all for your incredible generosity. How many posts have you inspired? How many times have we felt such tremendous gratitude for your trust in us? How many of you have started a cascading effect resulting in more people traveling with their dogs as a family member?
The process is magical.
The travel blog community. Not sure what we would do without you. So many of you are ahead of us, blazing the trail. Showing us it can be done. You inspire us with your stories, your short and long term travel adventures. You show the world it can be done. Don’t ever stop following your dreams and writing your own blogs. With or without canines.
We are so very grateful for you all. In particular, for YOU. Yes you, Dear Reader. You give this blog a ticking heart. Every like, share and comment is akin to a gentle hug or thumbs up. Every time someone subscribes to our news feed, the reason for the Montecristo Travels blog’s existence is validated. The best gift of all are emails sent from those who read our blog and were inspired enough to take a trip of their own with their dog, came home thrilled with the experience, and did it again. Those are “Big Win” moments. They create a sense of purpose and elation that lasts for days.
Nothing is more important than the people this blog has somehow brought into our lives. You. Our web of amazing, fun, brave, adventurous souls. We thank you. We love you. We cherish you.
To all who read, to all who are as crazy as we are and travel with their pet(s) as well…Here is a toast:
To many more adventures and to new people joining us in the fun. May we always feel this blessed! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything. Here is to two years of pet travel blogging and to at least two more!
Please raise a glass and toast: You.
– The Montecristo Travels Team