One of our favorite things about our SociaBulls group is that our virtual community became a real-life community. Through our Two Pitties blog we felt we were part of a strong online community, but we didn't really have many real-life friends with similar dog situations.
The first person we ever ran into in real life, who knew us through the blog, was Maize's person. We slowly started running into more people: Maple and Daisy's people, Nala's mom before she even adopted Nala, and this happenstance meeting with Torre's family.
Starting SociaBulls became our opportunity to turn our online community into a real-life community.
And while I only knew 1 other member before we started the group, it has been so great meetings so many like-minded people who also come from such a wide-range of backgrounds. Not to mention all the great advice about local dog-resources and training experiences. We even celebrated little Silly Buddy's birthday on our last walk together as his mom was nice enough to bring homemade yogurt-dipped treats.
We do feel very lucky to be part of such a great group!
Read about all the different types of dogs who walk with our group and why they walk: Honor (The Gift of Learning to Relax), Maria (Not Letting Age be a Limitation), Sophie (Finding a Safe Place and Building Confidence), Torre (From Learning about Pitbulls to Developing an Ambassadog), Estelle (Waiting to Be Noticed), Franklin (A Small Dog in a Big Dog Group), Gordon (Learning to Be Social and Have Dog Friends), Nabi (A Shy Dog Making Sense of a "People World") Sprocket (Teaching a Dog When it's not Time to Play), Lola (Living in the City with a Dog who Fears Strangers), Zoe (The Dog who "Loves Too Hard"), Izzy (Being a good pitbull ambassador while working with an energetic dog) and Maize (Being social with an unsocial pup).
Plus, join our Chicago SociaBulls Facebook page for more photos and information about group walks. And check out the Hikabulls page where we first learned about the benefits of group walking and this link from the DINOs (Dogs in Need of Space) group to read the discussion and see if there is a group in your area.