Frugal Dougal. Dougal was a shining light for the anipals, helping us to come together and use our collective power to support animal charities throughout the world.
When I came on Twitter in January 2009, I used Bunny’s picture as my avatar. That and my love of animals immediately connected me to many other animal-loving people, including Frugal Dougal and his mom Lynn.
The anipals, as we were later called, became a very tightly-knit group. I would jump online before and after work (and sometimes during work) to talk to my new friends. We began having virtual parties on Twitter, but Dougal, with the help of Romeo the Cat, took our parties to the next level.
Dougal developed the Pawpawty concept – 24 hour virtual fundraising events to help raise money for animal-related charities all over the world. The very first Pawpawty was held on St. Patrick’s Day 2009. From then on, we held a party for a different charity every month and over a period of three years raised over $51,000!
I am proud to say that I attended the original Pawpawty and every pawty thereafter. It was the highlight of my month, and I was always proud to tell people about the great work we were doing to help animals. But it was Frugal Dougal who made it all work – who planned the parties, recruited the volunteers, contacted the sponsors, and coordinated with the charities. Dougal was the hub of the Pawpawty wheel – and the heart and soul of the anipal community.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dougal’s mom Lynn at both BlogPaws and BarkWorld. She is a wonderful, caring person who is as much fun to be with in person as Dougal is on Twitter. And with her presentations at these conferences, she has inspired many more people to “Be the Change” for animals.
So my heart goes out to Lynn for her loss. I know how difficult is it losing a beloved companion. And I also know how the anipal community helped me with their love and support after BJC crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Farewell Frugal Dougal – you have been and always will be my hero.