I'm so excited because Terra Toby will include all of the fun Toby content, plus Pinterest and Facebook. I'll be able to blog about wildlife and conservation too. As the tag line will say, the blog is about
celebrating this wild life on Earth!
Followers, please don't wait to visit Terra Toby. You can see it as a work-in-progress right now - and start following today. You can watch the blog grow into my vision for it without missing a single post.
Why change Training Toby to Terra Toby?
Toby has resigned his Therapy Dog gig.
Toby's shyness had progressed by September to the point where on our last day at the hospital, he was cowering behind my legs as another visitor reached for his head. I started Training Toby to document our journey through therapy dog training and service. On that last day I realized, "Toby, you are not Bert. You are not Snoopy. You are not Goose or Sugar. You are Toby, and you aren't having any fun at all. That must change." And so Training Toby must change now too.
I don't have time for 2 blogs.
Sometimes I can't even keep up with 1 blog the way I'd like to! But I feel pulled to blog about some of the wildlife and ocean issues I'm so passionate about. For example, the photos of the birth of an adorable new monk seal in Hawaii last week went on Pinterest but didn't seem suitable for a Toby-only blog. Now I can appropriately bring cool events like that front and center and share them with my blog friends.
I want to keep stretching and challenging myself as a blogger.
I want to do some blog redesign and incorporate more social media, as well as add some new pages to my blog.
Other bloggers have inspired me to 'go for it'.
Retro Rover, formerly Urban Hounds, made launching a broader blog look amazing. Pawsitively Pets has an incredible Pinterest page. Sugar the Golden Retriever has this beautiful Facebook page. Sew Many Ways has thousands 0f followers. I know it will be weeks of challenging fun to acquire a tenth of their skill and appeal, but that's what makes this an adventure!
I've loved Training Toby and always will. I love the design, which my beautiful daughter Lauren did for me. I love each and every one of you, my friends and followers. I'm humbled that you took the time to visit me and Toby. I look forward to seeing you on our new blog, Terra Toby!