Ello be to you!!!
‘Tis Indy speaking. Yes, I turned 12 last weekend – or at least that is the age they think I am, based on the estimate originally given by my doctor De Vet when I found my family a few years back. And on this special occasion, and for the fist time since launching this website a few months go, Gwan Giulia has agreed to relinquish the keyboard to me, so I for once can talk rather than her, and deliver my birthday wish words of wisdom – it is called ‘Indy’s Blog’ for a reason, isn’t it?!?!?!
I am trying to type as best as I can, given the fact that we canines have paws, not fingers. But then we Borders also firmly believe the sky is the limit, and the #BTPosse is testament to this.
So, what best way to celebrate my birthday than to introduce you to the #BTPosse, the best friends Borders and canines more in general, and humans, can have!!
What is #BTposse
For those of you who already follow us on Twitter (we are @Giulia_Indy), you may already have come across the Posse. This is a virtual group of Border Terriers that was originally created by Marley & Lola’s dad some 4 years ago, when he decided to gather round as many twitting Borders as possible for virtual friendship hugs. I expect the aim was initially also to see how many Borders there were out there in UK. Well, trust you me, there’s a lot of us, and in spite of Borders Terriers’ unassuming attitude to life, Borders are becoming one of the most popular breeds. And the #BTPosse is living proof of this.
Now, after an initial effort to enrolment as many Borders out there as possible (and you can find out a full list of us members on Marley&Lola Blogspot), the #BTPosse HQ started thinking that it would be a good idea to meet up for real every so often. So the next step was the organisation of Tweet-Ups in UK, or rather meet-up in Twitter lingo. Some of the members decided at different times of the year, but mostly in spring and summer, to launch tweet-ups in different parts of the country, where all Border near and far and their families were invited to join to spend a day out together, sharing a lovely walk during which we Borders could meet up and could get to know each other. Naturally, the meet ups were carefully selected in lovely parts of the countryside, in such way that they may be suitable for family members with disability, or so that the walks may not be too long for the older of us Borders – and they would always include a stop for a spot of pub lunch (in dog friendly pubs of course) or for a nice picnic.
So, this tweet-up thing was now not only virtual, but it was for real!!
Unfortunately, so far I have only been able to go to one tweet-up only, as all the others that were organised near us clashed with gwandad and gwannie feeling unwell, or with family commitments or, more recently, with my back injury. But the one we went to I still hold dear to my heart, as I met a lot of other Borders and paw friends, and for the first time we discovered there are dog day care centres in this worlds, which are very much the same as children nurseries, with toys, treats, other dogs, and plenty of tennis balls!!!
The BT Posse Calenda
The #BTPosse was now starting spreading widely. And the beauty of it was that it was becoming international. We have now many members from the States and from other parts of Europe.
So #BTPosse HQ (of which Rohan and his dad are another two main contributors) felt there could be more that had to be done to help a good cause. What was the one thing that joined us all and our hoo-families together? The love of Borders, of course. And what is the one thing that reduces dog owners (and thankfully many other hoomans) to tears? To see, or hear of, dogs which have been abandoned or abused or are homeless. So, the natural way to go was in the direction of charity – trying to help the less fortunate of us Borders who had lost or had not yet found a loving home.
#BTPosse HQ had a chat with Feelwells, a family company from Yorkshire who make lovely healthy food for us dogs, and who have not one but 3 Posse members in the family, and together they came up with the brilliant idea of a BT Posse Calenda. The calendar has been designed and literally put together by compiling the best pictures that BT Posse members have posted on Twitter during the year. The beauty of the calendar is that the pictures are captioned with the thoughts of us Borders whilst we were being photographed. And that is where the wit of us Borders comes to light!!!
Feewells sells the BT Posse Calenda every year, from December till January, directly from their website for a very reasonable fee of £10, which is entirely donated to the Border Terrier Welfare to support their excellent efforts in re-homing Borders in need of a family. And the calendar is delivered free of charge to UK, but I am sure when delivered abroad, the delivery cost is equally very reasonable.
What’s the point
In order to remain in touch with the #BTPosse members, of course Gwan has to log on Twitter regularly enough. The Posse normally post a lot of pictures at the weekend, but live chats take place also at the end of the day. And, well, if you are not keen on social media, or virtual things, or internet, you may be thinking this is a lot of effort for nothing – what’s the point of going through all this ‘kerfuffle’?
The point of the #BTPosse is to support each other, and our families. Through chatting online, and exchanging pictured of us Borders with each other and with the rest of the world, Gwan has discovered firstly how many of me there are out and about. It made her also realise a lot of us Borders have had to go ‘through the wars’ of injuries or bad life experiences, some of which have left them with permanent scars or disabilities. And yet, it appears that we Borders are one of the most stoic breed there may be around. With a kind word or with no more than 140 characters on Twitter, we wish each other happy birthday, or we lend a shoulder when we learn that one of us is ‘under the weather’. And we are there for each other’s families, when one of us passes to Greener Pastures.
Talking of fighting spirit in us Borders, let me introduce you to one of my bestest friends at the #BTPosse, Sir Benson (@BorderOnWheel), my true hero. Please check his video out, I promise you it is worth it!!
So popular, yet so unassuming
Recently a lot of celebrities have started getting Borders. You see more of us appearing on the glossy pictures of celebs magazines. Borders are a popular breed. Yet we go by unassumingly with our every day affairs – we are a working breed after all, we are terriers.
Our aim is to be with our family no matter what happens to us – no matter whether our back hurts or whether we have lost the use of our legs, it is our job and our pleasure to be part of the family, and that is what we must do. Well, this is what makes us so special, so popular. With our grumpy looks, no matter how many paparazzi we have around flashing their camera at us as we stand next to our dad, the famous tennis player, or the famous singer, we go about most unfazed.
And our famous hoo-parents, or not so famous, do know that. Our families do know that they can count on us. They can count on the fact that, no matter what difficulties strike us or them in life, we are always going to be with them for a cuddle, or with a cheeky gesture which will bring a huge smile on their faces.
Gwan and I have now been members of the #BTPosse for a few years, and solely through words, have found the Posse always supportive of us. Through thick and thin, the Posse have been there for us.
So much has gone on in our lives in the last few years, marriages, deaths, injuries. And the Posse have always been there for us – at times overwhelmingly so, to the point of bringing tears of gratitude to Gwan’s eyes.
So thank you #BTPosse!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping my family and I understand how lucky we are to have each other, but also to make us realise how lucky we are to be part of the biggest family out there, the family of the #BTPosse!!
If you would like to become a member of the #BTPosse, or if you have any question or would like to share your views, please feel free to leave a comment below. It would be lovely to hear about other similar groups you are part of, and maybe who know, one day we could all meet up to put ‘a face to a bark’!!