I've watched as the forum dwindled and knew that this day.. this decision would be coming.
Gut reaction .... my stomach dropped. Head reaction .... I understand. Heart reaction ... my heartaches.
Grab some coffee ... I've never been short on words so I'm not starting now LOL.
I've been with this forum for many years now. Like others not as active as I used to be but I still pop on often and still utilize the search feature when needed. As others have said losing access to the information gathered here would be an unfathomable loss. I still remember when the forum crashed... and how painful it was to lose my posts of my search for a puppy and Chessie's early puppyhood.
Losing the information ... unfathomable. But, to me, losing the human element is equally devastating. I knew them only by their dogs and their names but we were drawn together by the love of our pets. I will never meet most of the people who I've developed cyber "relationships" with over the years... but I've laughed and cried, shared joy and excitement as well as grief and fear with this forum. I've followed their journeys ... the ups and downs. I've prayed for them. I've left little pieces of my heart here. There are even more fingerprints and paw prints that are imprinted on my heart. This was a family. Yes, there were times of strife, there were times when I've thought... get a life
... and others I've thought ... What a LIFE! I've seen wonderful saga's played out in front of me by the words that were posted. I ask you to think very carefully about taking away the ability to post. That ability is what keeps life in the community. Being able to post questions and concerns... and to receive answers or just support is priceless.
And that sums up how I feel about this forum..... it's priceless. My sincere and heartfelt thanks for these years Jim. I know it's easy for me to say I'd like this forum to remain as it.. but it's work for you (and your son). I understand and appreciate your hard work and the effort it's taken through the years to keep it up and running. Whatever you decide I will always be grateful for this gift. Thank you!
I always wondered how you were doing in agility! Glad to hear that you are in masters now!