Monday, July 16, 2012

The Buddy System on Tabby Tuesday


Tabitha and Woody here today. We want to stress how important the buddy system is. Wikipedia describes the buddy system as  a procedure in which two people, the "buddies", operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other. 

Woody and Iare best friends and take care of each other. Where one of us is, the other is not far behind.  We like it like that.

Our Mom's buddy Marg went missing this week cuz of a internet and phone problem. Everyone was worried about her but she was OK and did let someone know. Lots of our blogging buddies live alone and don't have family nearby. Mom thinks we need to set up a buddy system where each one of us pairs up with someone else that blogs.  It can be two bloggers who live close by, a new blogger and a seasoned one or just two bloggers who like to chat with each other.

We can do it officially if you want (Mom volunteers) or just find a fellow blogger you like and want to pair up with. Even if you have family, they may not know anything about your blog or your blog buddies and won't know how to reach all of us if something happened to you. Even if you don't live nearby, you can still help by knowing about their pets, emergency contacts and vet info, in case something happened.

Some ideas on how to do this -
  • Find a buddy
  • Decide how often you want to check in with each other especially if you don't post every day on your blog.
  • Exchange emails, phone numbers etc.
  • Exchange phone numbers and emails of an emergency contact.
  • Swap names of your pets, photos,  ages and special needs and vet contact info.

What do you all think about this idea and how would you like to see it set up?  Leave a comment or email Mom.  Thanks for being our blog buddies!

Mom went ahead and set up a blog just for people trying to find others in their area.  Go to Pet Blogging Buddies.

32 comments:

Brian said...

I think that is a wonderful idea!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

A some point in the past the Cat Blogosphere talked about having a contact person for each blogger so that if there were disasters in a certain area (ie hurricanes) that there would be someone outside the area who would know how to get a hole of the person--also they would have pertinent pet information in case someone outside needed to contact authorities about the pets. I am not sure whatever happened to that idea.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I think this is a most AMAZING idea!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Pure genius!

I am not sure how it should be set up so I am interested to read the suggestions that others might have.

Thank you for thinking of this!

Prancer Pie said...

This is a great pic and a great idea!

Lui said...

That sounds like a good idea! When I got busy recently and was not able to update blogs, my blog friends emailed me to inquire about our condition which was such a warm gesture that is very much appreciated.

I got text messages and phone calls mostly asking how my dog Sweepy is doing. He's back on his new blog!

Barb and TheDailyGs said...

Really, I think the CWB People on Facebook is probably the simplest way to keep up with everyone, and it is far easier and more dynamic way to interact.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

What a good idea!

Old Kitty said...

It's a great idea!! I can't think of how to set up such a system though but can totally see the benefits! Yay for mum!! Take care
x

Fuzzy Tales said...

I'm in, Cheri. However folks want to set it up is fine.

I actually carry all my contact info with me, including detailed info about the cats, vet info, microchip #s, food, supplements, etc. It would be easy enough to share all this with an on-line "buddy."

Great idea, I think. I *don't* have family geographically close and being an only child with aging parents, am very, very conscious of being totally alone when they pass, assuming I don't die before them.

-Kim

Hannah and Lucy said...

I'm very interested in this - I'm an only child and both my parents are dead. My friends keep an eye out for me but if they are on holiday they wouldn't be aware I was sick or whatever.
Sue (Hannah and Lucy's Mum)

Marg said...

We think it is a great idea. I am very lucky in that people notice when I am not on the internet and two people know how to get in touch with me and those are Brian's Dad and you Cheri. I think people have to set things up in their own way. It needs to be someone you generally contact every day so they will know you are missing in action. A lot of people don't do Facebook so that probably isn't always a good contact place.Anyway, a great idea.

Alasandra, The Cats and A Dog said...

This is a great idea, although we don't have a clue how to set it up. Maybe we could have a Master List with all our blogging friends on it somewhere (maybe CWB)

Hannah and Lucy said...

That sounds a great idea - Mum has no close living relatives that would bother. She is very interested in learning more about it.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Kwee Cats and Life said...

I think this is a great idea! What do we do next?
Kwee

Mariodacat said...

It's a great idea, but a massive undertaking for anyone setting this up. I already have a buddy blogger, but could also take on another one. It's especially important if you live alone.

Cat said...

Great idea Cheri, count us in!

Terri said...

I agree--a wonderful idea!

savannahspawtracks.com said...

It's all been said! Brilliant idea. Now we just need follow through. I suggest you save yourself and contact the Cat Blogosphere regarding their intent to set up contacts in case of natural disaster etc. That system would fit nicely with what you are suggesting it seems. I don't anything about the Face Book thing someone mentioned, but will take a look today.

FURKIDSMOM said...

This is an excellent idea. I've been thinking of something similar because I am worried about what would happen to the Furkids if something happened to me. I think the CB would find homes for everybuddy, but someone would have to notify them.

The Florida Furkids and Lexi and Mom Sharon

ABBY said...

Cheri
I think it's a terrific idea.
No one wants to think anything bad could happen, but it could, to any of us. I am sure that when someone all of a suddens disappears, we all worry and wonder. I hope that there can be a way to do this that would work for everyone.

purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Fuzzy Tales said...

Thinking more on this...Wondering if it would be preferable to pair up with someone from your own country, in case a phone call is needed. I only suggest this because I use a long distance calling card, not a long distance service provider (too many "extra" charges) and so would need to get an out-of-Canada one if I were paired up from someone from the U.S., for instance.

Just food for thought.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, and other reason for pairing up within-country would be time zone differences in case of emergency. For example, someone in the UK trying to reach someone in North America.

Au and Target said...

That's an interesting idea. We live near very nice neighbours so you needn't worry about us. But if we ever move....

Love the yin and yang cats!

Katie Isabella said...

I think that is the best idea ever. I have a buddy who blogs and we keep in touch BUT I am willing and happy to have another.
I live alone too and while my sons and I email frequently, if anything happened to me they'd be the last to know as they don't call every few days to keep tabs on me. They have no reason to at this time so if I keeled over..my blog buddy would know.

If anyone wants to have me as their buddy, let me know with a comment on Katie's or Admiral's blog and I will be happy to do so.

We can just all do this ourselves without a central list.

Cheri, thank you so much for that great idea.

Brian said...

Thank you for the kond and thoughtful words on the passing of my beloved Alex. I appreciate you. Sister Gracie from Brian's Home

meowmeowmans said...

What a terrific idea! We're in. We'll be interested to see how it all plays out.

Kjelle Bus said...

Sounds like a purrfect idea to me and mom too :)

Hilary said...

Thank you so much for leaving words of comfort for me on the passing of my beloved cat, Alex. Marc and I are heartbroken. We know we did the right thing, and every day we realize how much Alex was “preparing us” during the last few weeks, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We can’t stop the tears…. But having wonderful friends, like you, and the support of the CB is making it better….

Karen Jo said...

I think it's a great idea. I live alone, but I have a close friend and we are in contact every day, but she doesn't know anything about blogging.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Love the picture.

catsynth said...

That such a cute picture. And a great idea re: buddy system. We did go to the new buddy system site.

~*Connie*~ said...

what a wonderful idea

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