A Farewell Send-off Wrapped in Gratitude

cat hugging himself

 

As I write this post, my cat Bruiser sits under a book-lined side table, lazily giving himself a bath. My other cat Monty is enjoying a nap in his favorite spot, my bed pillow. These cats are not my pets, they are part of my family and workday, everyday. They amuse and frustrate me as much as they endear me – much like family members do.

My life as a writer over the last eight years has always included Monty in the background while I worked from my home office. Before that, I spent my free time when I wasn’t writing helping care for wild animals and other people’s pets as a pet sitter. I’m truly an animal person at heart, and it wasn’t until I moved to Colorado that I realized how much.

Through my work on Tails I’ve been able to connect with more of “my kind” – the people who are passionate about animals and can’t imagine a world without them. I’m so grateful for those connections and continuing to grow them even though I’ve made the tough decision to complete my role as a writer on Tails.

There are many reasons I could name, but the truth is that while I love animals and writing, this blog is a labor of love. When life calls you in other directions you need to listen and see where it takes you next, pulling with you the experience, relationships and knowledge you’ve learned along the way.

While I know this blog is a resource and place for animal lovers to connect over their shared interests, that doesn’t have to stop because the blog is ending. My hope is that the people, organizations and ideas I’ve shared through Tails have inspired people in some small way, helped a non-profit organization bring awareness to an important topic, or taught a reader something they could add to their pet care routine.

I’m so immensely grateful for the people who read, commented and grew along with me, sharing their personal animal stories and experiences. I appreciate the support and inspiration you offered every step of the way.

I want to thank Kristin and The Scoop Blog Network for welcoming me into their network and providing an opportunity for me to write about a topic I love. I also want to send out a special thanks to Sue Carroll of Bones Du Jour who is one of my biggest supporters and a wonderful community resource on the pulse of relevant animals topics important to pet owners.

My best to you and your pets. See you around Fort Collins!

Sincerely, Katrina

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    We’ll miss you and we wish you all the best!