Monday, September 17, 2012

SociaBulls: Creating a 'Real-life' Community

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!

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.  


How Sam Sees It said...

We think you have an excellent group!


Froggy said...

I couldnt agree with you more! I feel really lucky to have met you, and all the wonderful people who join us weekend after weekend. It's really an amazing group.

SherBear said...

It's wonderful having a whole group of people who understand the pressure we put on ourselves to own a "perfect" pit bull. I really don't think any other breed of dog owners comes together as much as we do! And the dogs love it too - Nala loved walking with her doppelganger and Zoey yesterday :-)

Kate said...

That's so great that your virtual world spilled over into the real world! It's so great to have a group like that :)

Two French Bulldogs said...

Your group is obviously a big success. What fun
Benny & Lily

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

This is exactly why I've been thinking of starting a group...we have so many supportive friends online who understand my struggle with my reactive boys, but their reactivity is a barrier to forming deeper connections with real-life fellow dog walkers. A community of people struggling with the same thing, who want the same thing for their dogs, would be awesome.

Corbin said...

We love your Sociabulls group! Just wish we lived close enough to join in!

goosie mama said...

Holy majoly, I am dying for that first picture!!!

That being said, one of our Big Apple Pittie Pack members is moving to Chicago (yesterday) and we talked about how they excited they were to potentially join the original SociaBulls!

While we'll miss them a lot (and we're super jealous), we know Chi-town holds so much fun for them and their pup!

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