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The Beastly Blogger

By Gary Bogue
Monday, October 3rd, 2005 at 1:47 pm in Animals, Pets, Wildlife.

Pets and Wildlife and everything in-between

Welcome aboard my new blog at the start of what I hope will be a long, winding trip to places we have never been before.

For those of you who have no idea what a blog is, try this on for size:

Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is an Internet journal that’s regularly updated and intended for everyone to see. In other words, it’s a diary of sorts.

I like that concept for one BIG reason. Space (the New Frontier). Lots of it.

When I write my daily (5 days a week, Tuesday-Friday and Sunday) newspaper column on page A2 of the Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, San Ramon Valley Times and West County Times, my daily life exists inside an 18.587 inch framework on the inside top corner of the page (right next to the People Section). After 35 years of writing five columns a week, I’ve become pretty creative at filling the insides of my little picture frame, especially with the help of your fascinating e-mails and letters … but it would REALLY be nice, once-in-a-while, to have the space to blather along without having to worry about running off the page. The space to run something really long when you get carried away in your excitement and send me something about what you saw prowling around your backyard last night that’s twice as long as my little column space.

Enter the blog. (Sounds like some sort of creepy monster, doesn’t it?)

Basically, I can write about anything I want, for as long as I want, and at any time I want, and in any way, shape, or form that I want. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck just thinking about it. Best of all, you can also help contribute to it. In fact, I can’t do it without you. You can react to something I write here in my blog, you can send your ideas for something you’d like me to chat about. I can even print color pictures and drawings here! Wanna see what Our two scrub jays, The Blue Brothers, look like when they’re pecking on the window and begging for peanuts? Want to see my stupid cats hiding from the Blue Brothers because they figure if they can’t see them, they aren’t there?

I’ll also gather and list links to other sites that I think you might find interesting.

Just remember, to interact with my blog, you need to log on here and write it here. That’s the only rule.

So, without further adieu, let’s blog.

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6 Responses to “The Beastly Blogger”

  1. judith probert Says:

    Your column is the first thing I go to every morning and always enjoy you. Now, my problem is that I don’t really understand blogging and one sure can’t find a definition in the dictionery. Anyway, followed your directions in today’s paper and here I am. Was just curious about the whole thing.

  2. Kathy from Danville Says:

    I sent you an email with photos of damage done to my Albizia tree by rats, is this something that should have been sent on the ‘blog’. I don’t understand how I add something to your ‘blog’. If I write it here, how do I add photos.

  3. Maryjean Ballner Says:

    In Animal Heaven
    ………………………by Maryjean Ballner

    When a pet dies, our hearts break.
    “It isn’t fair,” we cry, wanting time with our animal to continue forever.

    Our pain is great, and it may never completely go away. But Animal Heaven
    is a wonderful place, where injured animals are healed, and sick animals are
    healthy. Fins are fixed, wings fly and coats are luxurious.

    In Animal Heaven, those who suffered on earth will never again be scared,
    hurt or hungry. The once homeless will always enjoy warm beds, the pampered
    will still be pampered, and every animal will live together in friendship.

    They want us to stop hurting, and to love another animal like we loved them.
    Our animals watch us through the clouds; now they simply love us from a distance.

    “Don’t miss us too much,” they say.
    “The view is nice, and we’re doing just fine.”

  4. Kitty Rosania Says:

    Gary, I know this is an odd question,I would like to know what deer feces looks like so I can identify who has been in my yard, I have several small mounds of shiny black pellets in my yard, could that be from the deer that are eating my roses? Or is is another night visitor? Thank-you

  5. Keshab Khadka Says:

    please send me as much as possible name of pets.

  6. tylersluv Says:

    I to would be interested in finding out what kind of animals or critters have been invating my yard? It smells and it is small black or brown piles of nasty everywhere…I love yard work and gardening but I’m sick of these wild animal critter droppings. I need to learn what kind of animal critter it is and the only way, is to learn what animal critter droppings look like. where can I find such a web site or book that will show photos of such nasty piles?

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