Yo. Blogees. Elroy here. Happy Thursday. Hope you’re having a great week. I’m having a pretty typical one. Walks, wandering around the yard, listening, guarding against squirrels, wrestling with the shark, eating if I feel like it, ignoring when I’m called – that kind of stuff. Anyway, today I get the opportunity to talk about February 4. And the big anniversary. Apparently on this day in 2004, some dude by the name of Mark Zuckerberg started some on-line thing called Facebook. Better known in our house as Wastebook. Because ooooo-eeeee, Her Highness can sure surpass the 58.5 average minutes that most two leggeds spend on the social media platform each day. Yup. She can be swept into the vortex of on-line drama and occasional bits of fake news, if she doesn’t watch herself. She’s also known to post many of our dreaded photos on the site- and we all know how much I love photographs to begin with, let alone the shots when we are forced to wear Dollar Store attire.

But like it or hate it – it looks like social media is here to stay. Now if you can get past the fake news, the conspiracy theories, the political quagmires – which are not limited to two-leggeds because we canines have our own political battlegrounds with debates about breeding, feeding, rescuing, training and showing – and, instead you get back to the original intent – which was to link people together- then it CAN be a good thing. Yeah yeah – there’s all kinds of marketing and mind control that goes on too – but be like me – ignore it. That’s my mantra. Ignore. Actually, I think there are other Picards who share my philosophy. We should start a Facebook group….but I digress.

Here’s the deal. At least the way I see it. If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you are reading it through Facebook. That’s where it all began. And as a result of Facebook, Her Highness has met people all over the WORLD – who have dogs. And holy heck, she’s made some really good friends. Not to mention the fact that she has reconnected with friends from her youth back in Caesar’s time. Hey – some dude who took her to a dance when she was like in High School and then never danced with her all evening (we think his mother made him ask Her Highness) even recently asked to be her friend. Yup ya just never know who will turn up here. She also gets to stay connected with relatives and see what they are up to.

I mean where else can you go and pose a question like “What’s you favorite grooming tool?” And get 35 answers. Or you want a recipe to make treats for your Picky Picard – and you get so many responses you don’t know which one to try first. Got a hip X-ray that you’re wondering about? There’s a slew of experienced people out there who will give you an opinion before you get your official results. Hear about a new dog toy the someone else’s dog adores? The toy probably has a Facebook page. Not to mention the fact that every breed club probably has a Facebook page – so if you’re researching a breed – that can be a good starting point. Then there’s the Facebook pages for dog art. And dog food. And dog treats. And dog beer…

Speaking of food, what dog company has the most followers on Facebook? Purina. Like ‘em or hate ‘em- they’re big in social media.

And let’s not forget about pages like we have here – the Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network. One post to that site automatically gets hundreds of shares – and a dog that was actually lost not far from here was found because someone had seen the posting and recognized him.

We also know that in times of hardship, that social media can provide support in many ways. Knowing that people care when you experience a tragedy or loss, can sometimes provide the extra comfort that you need…

So social media CAN be a REALLY good thing. Honest. Enjoy the sharing part, the friendship part and follow pages that make you feel GOOD. As for the rest – repeat the Picard mantra: ignore, ignore, ignore…Especially ads for dog attire….

Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.

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