| Did you ever have
or one close to it?
Hey Pat, what happened to the Wilson Valley Training Club website,
when I go there this week I get a 404 site not found error.
Didn't you know the last person they had as a website person
moved to St Louis?
And that means what?
Well the new person works at the U and we saved $50 a year by
moving the site to their place.
Isn't that where the website was last year?
No last year we got a deal from Bill's ex-wife who had the website
on their schools system
OK so is everyone's email at least going to be the same?
Yea right, you aren't on the computer much are you; you gotta
change with the times.
As funny or sad as it is that last interchange is not far from
the truth these days. And there's no one to blame. If we can
save a club $50 on their website which might help us
| rescue one more dog, most
clubs will. The problem is we all need fresh members and by moving
sites the public can't find your club anymore, it might take
6 months for Google to catch up.
So in ride the good guys, with the white hat. Actually my hat
is multi-colored and has dreadlocks on it, makes me look like
Bob Marley from the back. But it get's me past security on the
cruise ship along with my Mc Donald's cup full of Rum to get
me through another night of drinking without paying $12 a drink.
But less I digress.
As part of getting you the latest: news, bird counts, event dates,
legislation, articles, new products and the ton of other things
we offer our readers every month I spend about 6 hours a day
surfing the web. Couples times a day I will run into a site that
has moved and I try to keep the links on our websites updated
The problem is many times we have more information than the club
website person and obviously they get the information up as a
fast as a volunteer
| can get to it. And recently
I stumbled upon a club website that has not been updated for
FIVE years. There MUST be a better way.
So to make it easier for the world to find out about all the
clubs and issues I will be putting up a web page or so for each
club, state and country. SO if you go to our Wisconsin page you
will not only find out about the Madison Retriever Club's trials
and hunt tests, you will also find out about when the retrievers
are in the show ring at Madtown. I believe in a dual or multi-purpose
dogs. Some clubs are breed specific, some clubs are show/field
specific, we'll have them all. We will have no field/show fights
on our websites; it's there to inform the entire public.
Much as we'd like all this information on one great site, the
way Google handles the web TODAY that is not the best way to
do it. We own dozens of sites: Bdarn.com our primary site, but
also RetrieverNews.com for the retriever people, CanineToday
for the lesser breeds. Don't quote me, I get in enough trouble.
In addition breed specific sites like BrittanyCenter.com where
we stash all our Brittany stuff.
We have no plans on putting hundreds of copies of the same information
on the web. So if you are on our Bird Dog & Retriever News
site www.Bdarn.com don't be surprised if the link to the MN Brittany
Club takes you to