17 January, 2011
Summer at the Lake with Petie - Whskr Reads
Summer 2010 was an eventful time for animal friends on Twitter. Animals, on Twitter? Well, yes, and a more genuine bunch of people you could not hope to meet.
Hang on, Twitter is a 'social network' right? Indeed it is, and one of the major and magical events of the large and widespread animal or ani'pal' community happened when @PetietheCat fell ill last summer. The support that is the trademark of regular Twitter anipal friends strengthened with each passing day, and, when Petie and his parents headed to the lakeside to aid his recovery, the Twitter community went on 'virtual' trips with them to provide support for their friend.
The hashtag #LakeWithPetie was started, and the community joined together reporting on the antics and fun had at their 'virtual' lake over several summer week-ends. The sense of community around this virtual event was very strong and everyone dropped in to take part, even if it was just for a short while.
This treasure of a book, edited by @Pumpkinpuddy, captures the whimsical spirit of fooling around with friends, the encouragement, fun and laughter while the community awaited news of Petie's health and progress. There are quirky photographs and comments, adventures and laughter and a collection of sunsets that reflect the warmth and love radiating through this little book. Oh, and Petie? He is still here on Twitter - looking after his Mum and being an all round good Ginger boy cat - which is I (secretly) think, due to the magic of friendship and love conjured while at the #lakewithpetie
Summer at the Lane With Petie Ed. @Pumpkinpuddy
All profits from sales go to animal charity Duncan's Place
Last week's' book review is here.