Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Little Doggie Leaves Giant Legacy

Frugaldougal - Founder of #pawpawty

Hi Pals,

It is with sadness and leaky eyes as I write this.  Twitter lost a very dear pal early this morning UK time.  Our beloved @Frugaldougal has been ill for a very long long time and his pawparents decided to help him cross the bridge rather than make him suffer.  

The "Dougal," as many of us  called him, is a little doggie in stature, who will be leaving a GIANT LEGACY!   He's the founder of the original 24-hour-#pawpawty about 4 years ago.   Over the years he has raised money for animal shelters all over the world - the US, UK, Australia, and other countries I'm not remembering right this minute.   His human mom, Lynn, and Dougal hatched the idea and then talked to pals who joined them.  Pretty soon an entire committee was formed of DJs, Barktenders, Quizmasters (with the Dougal being the primary Quizzer), fancy menus with great noms and drinks designed by JavaTheCat.  At some point the idea of a theme for the month was born with costumes to fit that theme.  They rounded up prizes (nice prizes too I might add)   Lynn and Dougal worked tirelessly around the clock for the pawparties.  What a pawsome idea it was that continues today with @GeorgeTheDuck and #nipclub carrying on the tradition for Dougal and his mom.   It was the EVENT of the Month    It was a blast, and right at the center of it was that energetic doggie - Dougal!

There are lots of tributes going out to him today.   @PepiSmartDog is helping him cross the bridge on Twitter as I write this.    She reposted the blog she did in 2010 when Dougal was so ill and none of us thought he would be with us much longer.   97 comments were left for Dougal's family on that post.  The link is  http://pepismartdog.com/?p=3003.   Reading those comments brought back so many memories of such good times with Dougal at the helm.   What a guy, and what a wonderful family he has.   

GeorgeTheDuck put together a lovely TWibbon for AV's on Twitter or Facebook. If interested in one - just click here:   http://twb.ly/V4urPh

Fly high Dougal.   I love you pal and I am only saying a temporary Bye.   We'll meet again one day I just know it.    Have fun with all our pals who  are there.  I'll bet there will be one big #pawpawty OTRB tonight when the Dougal gathers together all our pals that have crossed the bridge.  Fly high pal!  You are free to run thru those fields.   We love you, will miss you, but you will live in our hearts forever.  The world is a better place because of you, and M and I are both better human/cat because of you!  You taught all of us unconditional love and compassion.  You showed us that anipals and their humans  can come together from all over the world, united in helping to make life better for anipals in shelters. You showed us that we can all work together for a common cause of helping anipals.   What a legacy you have left for those of us who love you so dearly!

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dougal's family and brother for their loss.  

I know that tonight Dougal's star will be the brightest one in the sky 

Mario and  M

Blog Hop by @BunnyJeanCook to honor @Frugaldougal






30 comments:

Marilia said...

So sorry.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Mario... and M.... what a wonderful post. We are so sorry to hear about Dougal. He made such a difference in so many lives. I remember when we almost lost him in 2010. Run free pal.... we will miss you...

Purrs to all his family and friends.

hugs, Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

Marg said...

What a wonderful tribute to Dougal. We are so very sorry we didn't know him at all. We just need to get going on Twitter. But we sure do send the family many many hugs and just know they will be in our thoughts and prayers. It is so darn sad to lose a fur animal especially at this time of year. Thanks Mario for this great post.

Cathy Keisha said...

Beautiful post Mario. We have leaky eyes all over again. Wish I could eulogize him so eloquently.

Brian said...

We are so sad about dear Dougal. The world truly is a better place for so many critters because he crossed their paths. God speed mai pal, we shall love you forever.

Katie http://myminipetpig.com/ said...

We are so sad for your loss :-( It's always devastating to have to lose a loved one.

AdoptedMomToChazz said...

This is a wonderfully warm, touching expression about FrugalDougal. I haf leaky eyes reading it. I only knew FD slightly as I am a recent Twitterer and Nipclub Pal. But I know his history as the originator of the pawpawty !! He and his Mom, brilliant visionaries for da Anipal Community!

Go gently Dougal to your next life. Pain free, lots of pals and food. Only peaceful dayz ahead..... XOXO

ChazzTheDog & AdoptedMom

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

It is indeed a sad day. My purrs go out to everyone, but especially to Lynn, who worked so hard alongside Dougal to make the world a better place for anipals.

Holly said...

Mario pal I had no idea...I haven't been on Twitter today and this makes me so sad. I'll never forget my first invite for #nipclub. Dougal is a wonderful anipal.

Murphy

flicka47 said...

What a beautiful post Mario. The anipal community is a little emptier today, but you are so right! FD's spirit and legacy will live on in all of us.

Beth said...

A lovely tribute for your pal Dougal. xx

Edna said...

Very Beautiful tribute to Dougal.I shall always remember his kind and generous heart. *leaky eyes*

Cole Cat said...

Many hugs and purrs to sweet Dougal's family. From the sad hearts at Colehauscats.com

Lily said...

*leaky eyes* Oh Mario - what a beautiful tribute to our wonderful furiend Dougal. I know he's playing like a puppy now, surrounded by furiends like Petie, Jinny, Java, Mulder, Dusty, Pepi and so many more. The #Pawpawty in heaven today is surely rockin! #ComfortingPurrs for Lynn, thank you for your generosity of spirit - you and Dougal have made the world a better place for so many anipals. ((HUGS))

Father Tom said...

A great tribute to Dougal and his mom, Mario! It's anipals and their families that make the world a better place.

We don't go on Twitter much anymore, but it was a great way to connect with each other..RIP Dougal.

Tom

Mr. Black said...

We don't Twitter so we didn't know Dougal, but he sounds like he made a large contribution to the world!

We're sorry for the loss of your friend.

ABBY said...

When I read the post from his Mom on Twitter I was so sad. We are purrin for Dougal and MomLynn. What a lovely tribute you pay him.

The Island Cats said...

We don't tweet alot, but we do remember Dougal. We've been to a few #pawpawties. We're sorry Dougal has left this world. We send comforting purrs to his family and all those missing him so much.

GizmoGeodog said...

Another warm and loving tribute to a dog that will be long remembered...thank you

Deb Barnes said...

Oh... such a beautiful tribute. I am sorry to say that I did not know Dougal, but boy, oh boy, what a special dog he sure was. My prayers go out to all his friends and family.

Deb Barnes of Zee and Zoey

BeadedTail said...

We're so sorry to hear about your friend. This is a lovely tribute to him. We're sending purrs to his friends and family.

Kruse Kats said...

The pawpawties Mario and Rudy shared talk about girl cats.. Who could believe a little dog in the UK could allow us to make so many friends worldwide? Thanks.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I am sorry about your woofie furiend, Mario. It is always hard when a pal has to go to the Bridge, even one that's had a long and wonderful life with his Human. We send purrs and purrayers to his family and furiends XOXOXO

JessieJaney said...

Hugs Mario ... so sad that Dougal has passed but what a wonderful life! He has taught so many of us by example so what a wonderful legacy. Enjoy your time OTRB Dougal I look forward to meeting you one day.

George The Duck and the HotMBC Kittehs said...

What a lovely tribute, Mario and M *ducky hugs*

Prancer Pie said...

We hate to hear this. What a beautiful tribute to Dougal. ((hugs))

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

Oh we miss him so! And we purr strong for Lynn at her loss. Her heart must be broken to lose such a pawsome guy. We know he's up with Unca Ryker now, and running free in the fields of the Rainbow Bridge.

RumpyDog! said...

Rest in peace Frugal Dougal... xxx

Tamago said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dougal... This is a beautiful tribute, Mario.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

A beautiful tribute to Dougal.
R I P Dougal.
Merry Christmas M.