We are here today to celebrate 15 years of of blogging as Zoolatry ~ 15 years of many pets, many friendships ~ years of fun and joy and laughter and occasional missteps. Times of sadness and sorrow and coming together in an amazing and caring community. Moments when you have been there in support of us for which we have been so grateful. We have seen too many beloved pets cross their Rainbow Bridge. We have bowed our head as too many friends have passed on. All missed, yet all remembered. We are thankful to all who have visited this little blog over the years, it is a compliment to us every day.
It is a privilege to be part of this community and I thank each and every one of you for welcoming us.
June here ~ as your spokes-kitty today! Although you are used to seeing me in blue and white polka dots, I've not been here for 15 years, so out of respect for mine Mommy, and all those who came before ~ I'm wearing the red-and-white stripes that say Zoolatry!
With over 5000 posts to our blog, we couldn't choose what to share. So instead we have selected some of our headers. They change almost every month, and they reflect the wonderful pets who have been part of our lives, and some times of transition.
So if you have a few moments, let me tell you the stories of Zoolatry, as it was "once upon a time ..."
Maggy and Zoey, two Himmies, beautiful and silly Florida girls owned this blog from 2007 to 2012. Maggy was mine Mommy's "heart cat" and Zoey was definitely Poppy Vic's first love. They were all lost and sad and heart broken when Poppy moved to heaven in the fall of 2012 and soon thereafter life brought big changes for all of them.
As mine Mommy has shared the story with me, life and circumstances change, not always as we want them to and in the spring and early summer of 2013, the lovely home was sold and she said farewell to the sunshine and beaches of Florida. The move North did not allow for Maggy and Zoey to join her, and her heart was sad again. But Maggy remained a Florida girl finding a new home on the Gulf Coast with Ms Peggy of Peggy's Place and living a beautiful life there for many years to come. Zoey too found the purrfect place, with mine Mommy's bestest friend, Auntie Dee! She became a traveler (!) spending her winters back in Florida and her summers in Maryland and all her days to follow with her new brofur Pip, a good good and long life. Mommy got to see Maggy from time to time and she got to visit with Zoey a lot as she visited back in Florida, and she had moved to Maryland! So all was well and good and happy!
In her new Maryland home, mine Mommy fell in love with wonderful Dougie Dog.
He became the new feature for Zoolatry (oh my dog, who'd thought a dog would take over!!!)
But Maggy and Zoey continued to visit-and-appear virtually,
through photos shared often from their new homes! And Dougie Dog, mine
Mommy was living with her young family and they were off to work and school
every day, so she and DD were best pals and she loved him so! This young
chocolate Lab was the best boy, friendly, smart and oh so loving.
And ever so handsome!
(though in my opinion, sorry, dogs cannot be as handsome as cats!,
remember, I, June, am writing this ...)
Then, the time came when life interfered again ~
Maggy took off to heaven, and a year later, Zoey followed her.
Mine Mommy was so sad,
even though she knew both her beautiful girls had lived good and long lives.
Now, they would be angels, forever young when shown on Zoolatry.
A header later on showed the "family" of pets as by then she would
often featuring her grand pups on the blog.
It's summer into fall 2020!
I have learned that mine Mommy was a "crazy lady",
there's a world wide pandemic going on and yet
she up and decides it is time to move! To live on her own again! And the
next thing that happens is she's living in a studio apartment in a high rise
building in a new city she's never lived in before and doesn't know her way
around and doesn't know any peoples there and a couple weeks later she
adopts me after years of not having a kitty-cat and MEOW ... is she "crazy"?
Yes. But guess what? It's worked out just fine!
And now Zoolatry is mine.
Now it's June 2022.
June in June!
The polka dot kitty has taken over Zoolatry. I'm happy, she is happy. As it should be.
Most of the time I dominate (as it should be) this blog.
Sometimes we share it with our friends. Sometimes we have special headers.
Sometimes we show our family.
As it should be.
We love being here ~ and we love all of you.
Though today we're celebrating 15 years of Zoolatry,
it is also a special day to remember our Dads ...
mine Mommy had a really great Daddy and Poppy Vic was a special Dad!
She loved them both, she misses them both.
And she remembers many "other Dads" who filled her life as well.