• Better Than Ever.

    Synopsis: Once upon a time, a beautiful girl named Shannon Mayo really wanted to have an uber-cute puppy… I mean *really* REALLY wanted to have an uber-cute puppy. So she got her beau to agree on getting said puppy and the two stared in front of the monitor, perusing through a heap of hideous, unorganized, useless, bothersome, awful dog Web sites — and that’s when it happened. Shortly after picking up said uber-cute, Beary Whiteawww — said beau decides to call good ol’ college pal Dustin Vissering, who is also passionate about writing but despises smudgy ink. The two collaborate on an online dog project called Avenue K9 — a collection of blogs or dog diaries based on these fur dads’ chronicling their lives — which soon becomes a mammoth of its own. And yes, said beau is yours truly.

    Enter Present Day: Today marks the official day of Spring 2009 — the new, the fresh, the rebirth of all blossoms and fun pollen floating in the air. Yay. For you regulars reading our lovely material, you’ll remember this relaunch was originally slated for Monday, but quite frankly… there were too many bugs and sections that needed some more TLC. Because really, when you’re coding a Web site, you’re essentially writing a lengthy dissertation on quantum physics in fives different languages with none of them being English. Well not really, but it’s pretty close to it if I’d dumb it down to layman’s terms. You’re tweaking the site and everything is perfect and dandy in Firefox, but when you get to Internet Explorer, it’s like Beary White decided barf all over your lovely creation. So, you fix it… and it takes another day. The next day, you resume working on different sections, continuing to check it in Firefox (and its different versions) and Internet Explorer (and ITS different versions) — and it looks great. But now come Safari and Chrome and things are all jacked up. At this juncture, my brain is beyond deciding whether to smash the keyboard or the mouse. It’s like a pea-sized part of your brain pooped all over it again. But you keep going. Eventually, there is light at the end of the tunnel and it feels like having a dose of Loratadine on that musty Spring day when you can finally breathe again. And everything that you’ve worked for several weekends and week nights becomes the cheese to your macaroni.

    Just don’t bring up Internet Explorer 6 lest you like to see yourself with a pile of Beary’s poop stashed on your front door, greeting you the next morning. Otherwise, I hope you’ll enjoy this site as much as I’ve tried to tame this beast — it’s truly the one work I’m most proud of. It’s all grown up now and there are many more fantasmic features to come in the following months, which means you should check it out, like, every day. Enjoy =)

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