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General Category => Bright Ideas => Topic started by: Weniben on February 27, 2011, 19:29:17 PM

Title: Stories
Post by: Weniben on February 27, 2011, 19:29:17 PM
I have been reading the stories of happily home pets and even the blog of dogs with fosterers and was thinking how about making a book with these stories I know this would take a while to collect and sort into suitable short stories but there are great ones in there and could call it life after kennels or something.  What does everyone think? :-\
Maybe I thinking to far out of the box ??? wendy
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: love our poundies on February 27, 2011, 19:39:10 PM
hi Wendy ............ any ideas are always welcome

I wonder if we could do a leaflet of success stories or a poster of success stories if a book is not possible  :shrug:

they could be used at shows and events to promote the wonderful feeling of how much a rescue dog can enrich your life
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Jennah on February 27, 2011, 20:35:53 PM
I think its a lovely idea   :)
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: winterwren on February 27, 2011, 21:26:00 PM
I wanted to do this when I first came to fp, there was a book published by Dogs Trust just full of rehoming stories - I think it was called "Give a dog a home" or somthing. I suppose we have the material we would have to find someone to sponsor us and printing costs which would be huuuuge. It would be a very big project but not totally unachievable.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 27, 2011, 21:32:58 PM
i think someone mentioned this the other day but we could have some sort of on line blog. my dad's an ambulance driver and had heard about this guy who's a paramedic in london, he blogged a daily journal of his events in work and it took off so well he eventually had it published, it's called blood, sweat and tea i think. anyway the book is brilliant and it all started as an online diary.  :dunno:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: winterwren on February 27, 2011, 21:36:13 PM
oooh now that would be a good place to start I imagine  ;D Anyone interested?
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 27, 2011, 21:37:20 PM
maybe we could open it up to fosterers at first, they could each give a detailed story about fosters, then eventually maybe open it up to adopters??
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on February 27, 2011, 21:38:02 PM
George suggested it .. Considering that Jackson already has his own blog,  and some of us add tales of our animals as well .. it could be done  ;D
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: winterwren on February 27, 2011, 21:38:42 PM
good idea, so fosterers to submit a story and then we could then invite the adoptee to comment if they want. Sounds good to me
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: winterwren on February 27, 2011, 21:39:45 PM
It would have to be previewed before being submitted, I wouldnt think an 'open' blog would be appropriate.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 27, 2011, 21:41:53 PM
open blogs would just attract spammers
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 27, 2011, 21:48:06 PM
ok my idea of this would be to, and i dunno how u go about doing this but. have a new webblog separate to the forum, each foster work on a piece on they're own computer in they're own time about a foster or fosters, the piece should read as a short story, then when the piece is finished they could post it on the site. if then the adopter wants to say something about the dog in it's forever home they can write they're piece and forward it to the foster or trustee for them to submit it where it should be......??? ideas please???? lol
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: winterwren on February 27, 2011, 21:56:05 PM
Sounds good so far, I know nothing about blogs mind  :shrug:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 27, 2011, 21:57:10 PM
ooooooo but i've just found out kaz knows a little about it. will get her online to see what she knows :)
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Peppa on February 27, 2011, 22:29:49 PM
Ask George (Sym) re blogs as he has one  ;D
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: DextersMum on February 27, 2011, 22:31:32 PM
Ask George (Sym) re blogs as he has one  ;D

Good idea.

Would it be sensible that everything is channelled through one person to post, with everyone being free to make comments if they want to.  Otherwise it could become like an extension to the chat thread  :hide:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: emilyjw on February 28, 2011, 09:15:14 AM
I would think adoptees would have the most to right rather than foster carers  :shrug:  Also I guess not all foster carers would have time or be able to do this, so it would need a way of those dogs being able to be entered by their owners?

Are you thinking of one blog site which is similar to our success stories section, but without the right to reply as such?
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on February 28, 2011, 10:24:02 AM
it would be something like a foster carers tale. it kinda works in the way of anyone who wants to submit a story would send it to the person who opened the blog and they would post it. it would be separate completely from the forum but obviously still a four paws thing. 
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: emilyjw on February 28, 2011, 12:52:59 PM
Here is a blog site. I guess we need one person to lead this, anyone  :wave:

http://www.blog.co.uk/

Also I do think a folder of A4 success stories would be good to have at shows events etc for people to flick through x
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Weniben on February 28, 2011, 19:53:57 PM
I think all ideas great every foster and adopter has at least 1 or more stories about 1 or another dog cat rabbit I wish I could help with organising it even if it was some leaflets with short stories to show people that rescue animals can become loving pets a small picture if only in black and white would help.  I have a printer and could print some off if that would help.  what if a few fosterers wrote a story and the adoptee and if someone could check it through and maybe some members could print a few copies each just to see if it will work and if it does lets make a book :woohoo: wendy
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 07:53:57 AM
If you are looking for a blog-mod, I'll do it!

(I must be  :crazy: )
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Peppa on March 01, 2011, 10:37:29 AM
Yeah  :woohoo: Thank you Goerge  :clap:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 11:22:38 AM
http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/ (http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/) will be up and running very shortly.

The blog name could be altered if there are any objections or better suggestions to the one I picked.

Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 01, 2011, 11:22:44 AM
 :clap: :clap:  :woohoo:  :rofl:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 11:32:37 AM
http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/ (http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/) will be up and running very shortly.

The blog name could be altered if there are any objections or better suggestions to the one I picked.



Ok.   So this particular blog is proving to be a slight problem with silly messages and ads.

So watch this space and disregard the above site.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: emilyjw on March 01, 2011, 11:37:02 AM
Thanks George, we can then work out how we can move it forward...

I still like the idea of a small folder with printed adoptee and foster carer stories...
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on March 01, 2011, 11:40:16 AM
maybe we, i mean u lol could send out a pm to foster carers asking them if they would like to write a story of they're own experiences at fostering, they then could either print it off and send it to someone to look over or email it to someone to look over it and print it off. they could put in it how they got started, why they started fostering, how they found fp, foster dogs good and bad???? just an idea. ???
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 14:41:55 PM
http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/ (http://fourpaws.blog.co.uk/) will be up and running very shortly.

The blog name could be altered if there are any objections or better suggestions to the one I picked.



Ok.   So this particular blog is proving to be a slight problem with silly messages and ads.

So watch this space and disregard the above site.

The first blog (above) was set up but won't stop showing me ads n stuff.  In addition,it won't let me log in any more (sigh!).

This blog http://fourpaws-sw.blogspot.com/ (http://fourpaws-sw.blogspot.com/) is in the making.

This blog also allows for other contributors to post articles, so if anyone is interested, let me know.

Emails can be sent to fourpawsmod@gmail.com and I will put them up as they come in. 

Em's idea of
... a small folder with printed adoptee and foster carer stories...
will be a little difficult as blogs are normally linear and do not support 'directory' structure.  'forum' user names and dog names will be entered as 'labels' in posts so they can be searched for with ease, allowing a dogs 'story' to be followed.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 01, 2011, 14:49:48 PM
I like it  :)

I'll have a chat with Peter, Jackson's owner and see if he'll allow us to hijack some of Jackson's thread .. is it possible to have a different blog for each dog within it? I'm thinking of some of Mac's stuff as well. Jackson's story is a good opener but other short humerous  ( :dunno:) stories from some of the other threads could be posted.

Thinking of the fact that Leane and Kaz are arranging for the garden to be split in 2 dogs one side kids the other .. seems their dog Liquie likes the trampoline  ;D is that sort of thing ok George alongside the other stuff ..
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: emilyjw on March 01, 2011, 14:54:35 PM
My idea isn't really blog related more promotional literature for the shows etc.. I will leave the blog to those who know blogging xx
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 15:06:26 PM
I like it  :)

I'll have a chat with Peter, Jackson's owner and see if he'll allow us to hijack some of Jackson's thread .. is it possible to have a different blog for each dog within it? I'm thinking of some of Mac's stuff as well. Jackson's story is a good opener but other short humerous  ( :dunno:) stories from some of the other threads could be posted.

Thinking of the fact that Leane and Kaz are arranging for the garden to be split in 2 dogs one side kids the other .. seems their dog Liquie likes the trampoline  ;D is that sort of thing ok George alongside the other stuff ..

Unfortunately it won't work like that (blog per dog). It will be like my blog, but I will tag all posts with owner (forum) name and dogs name so that searches will pull out the relevant stories/pics.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: pebs on March 01, 2011, 15:13:02 PM
i like the idea of this blog but i was thinking more of a blog of foster carers. maybe called something like a foster carers story (crap but it gets my meaning over) every foster carer would be asked if they would like to write a story as i've said before about how they got into fostering, how they found fp, the fosters that have stood out the most etc etc and then send that to george who will look over it and post it.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 01, 2011, 15:22:52 PM
A couple of foster carer's stories would be ok i'd have thought though that after a while people wouldn't go back if it was all much of the same.

We've all enjoyed reading 'Jackson's' story, I know  - from the pm's I get when I haven't updated for a while  ::)  - that others like reading some of Mac and Macey's tales .. they're not much but it makes people smile .. no difference to the one I just mentioned of Liquie

I'd have thought you could run with a mixture .. one from someone helping at a 'Homes' or another event .. maybe FP seen by some of the FP children .. plus the fosterer's tale
 ;D
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Peppa on March 01, 2011, 16:11:40 PM
For the blog to work we do need to open it up to more than the foster part of Four Paws. Many a funny story comes from a walk, a day out, a new encounter - these will be experienced by both fosterers and adoptees alike - one big happy family together  :grouphug:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 16:24:33 PM
Each article should be 'unique' and relate to either the dog or faster carer/owner.

Comments can be made by readers but you will have to include your (forum) name in the text as identification.  Comments will be moderated before publication and inappropriate comments will be deleted.

You can say what you like about the post, just keep it clean and avoid unpleasantness.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: love our poundies on March 01, 2011, 16:27:51 PM
never blogged in my life  :hide:

nor twittered or face booked  :redface: :dunno:

how do they work then ?
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 16:34:27 PM
never blogged in my life  :hide:

nor twittered or face booked  :redface: :dunno:

how do they work then ?

A blog is like a diary.

It has a 'core' in which you can write your daily 'doings' and you can add extra 'pages' for information, rules, lists or whatever you want.  But those extra pages will be just that ... a page.  The 'core' will be a series of pages the titles of posts will be displayed in your archive list so you can re-visit past articles.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 01, 2011, 16:46:35 PM
you left Julie's comment in the link you;ve just done on facebook George  :)
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: emilyjw on March 01, 2011, 16:55:27 PM
I would think a general four paws blog would be a good start. Dogs in and out, events coming up, stories etc.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 17:20:54 PM
you left Julie's comment in the link you;ve just done on facebook George  :)

 :doh:  :redface:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: FrankieBeee on March 01, 2011, 17:37:23 PM
Sounds good so far, I know nothing about blogs mind  :shrug:

easy peasy but would be better for one or 2 to add stuff to it rather than everyone

google do some nice ones

http://www.blogger.com (http://www.blogger.com)
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 17:50:14 PM
Sounds good so far, I know nothing about blogs mind  :shrug:

easy peasy but would be better for one or 2 to add stuff to it rather than everyone

google do some nice ones

http://www.blogger.com (http://www.blogger.com)

Just call me Cerberus (look it up)!
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Peppa on March 01, 2011, 20:51:18 PM
Just call me Cerberus (look it up)!

Blimey  :o
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 01, 2011, 21:58:38 PM
3 headed monster sounds about right  :narnar: :rofl:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 01, 2011, 22:30:12 PM
3 headed monster sounds about right  :narnar: :rofl:

Grrrrrrrrrrr!
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Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Peppa on March 01, 2011, 23:30:29 PM
That picture's too cute  :narnar:
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 02, 2011, 08:22:14 AM
If anyone has any doggy related links they would like included in the blog just send an email to
fourpawsmod@gmail.com

and I'll pop 'em onto the 'links' page. 
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Clicking on 'Home' will return you to the blog's main article page.

If you have any questions, drop me an email at

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Cerberus

Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Julieann on March 02, 2011, 13:43:30 PM
I'd have thought some of the poems could go up there so how about starting them off with the Four Paws one you wrote George  ;D
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: FrankieBeee on March 03, 2011, 08:58:26 AM
I can send one about a four paws cat Daisy who was really wild as a kitten but was tamed by kirsty and then me and just stayed and is as far removed from the kitten she was.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 03, 2011, 10:34:50 AM
I can send one about a four paws cat Daisy who was really wild as a kitten but was tamed by kirsty and then me and just stayed and is as far removed from the kitten she was.

Anything or animal relating to Four Paws gratefully accepted. Thanks.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 03, 2011, 15:31:53 PM
A list of blog entries and updates will be posted here http://forum.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk/index.php?topic=5373.0 (http://forum.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk/index.php?topic=5373.0).

A 'help' page to get you all started (it's easy) http://forum.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk/index.php?topic=5389.0 (http://forum.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk/index.php?topic=5389.0)
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 03, 2011, 22:24:28 PM
Current blog stats

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Still waiting for your success stories!
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 04, 2011, 23:32:37 PM
Pageviews today 4.2.11          133
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Not bad for only 3 days!

Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 06, 2011, 14:26:47 PM
The following links (to sites) have been added to the Blog.


If you have any Rescue related Four Paws approved links you would like added, let me know.

I will need the TITLE and the URL of the site you would like the link to point to.

Example:

Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales)         http://www.fourpawsanimalrescue.org.uk/

Business links will not be included without the express permission of Four Paws trustees!

Thanks.
Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 17, 2011, 20:36:52 PM
Just a reminder...

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You can leave or read comments on the blog by clicking on the word 'comments' at the bottom of articles.

Your comments are most welcome so feel free to add your thoughts.


Title: Re: Stories
Post by: Symdaddy on March 22, 2011, 11:47:27 AM
Are you or your children budding authors or amateur photographers?

If so please, please, please get typing and snapping!

I would like anything animal or Four Paws related.

Such as..
.

Your First Dog
Your Funniest Memory
Funny Pictures
Your Dog Fostering Experiences
Doggy Fiction
How You Became A Fosterer With Four Paws


In fact you can write about any animal or Four Paws related subject you choose.

All articles and photo's will appear on the blog.


The blog is effectively Your Blog and your help to keep it going would be greatly appreciated.

Send me your stories and pictures to: fourpawsmod@gmail.com along with your real name and forum name.

Ta muchly!


Title: Re: Stories
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