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Old 02-21-2013, 03:35 PM
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Default How did you get involved with, or find, Chaz?

Just out of curiosity, I was wondering how everyone found Chazhound. I remember JacksonsMom starting a thread a while back about changes in knowledge that Chaz has brought her, and that got me curious as to how people came about it, or what inspired them to join a dog forum. Was it your first dog forum? Had you been a member of other topic forums before?

I've been a member of a horse forum for a while, and when I decided to start looking at getting a puppy, I joined dogforums to ask which breed would suit me best. I never posted a ton there, mainly lurked. One day, I came across Traveler and Didgie, and PM'd Linds for more information on Koolies, as I just fell in love with the breed. Eventually, she mentioned for me to check Chazhound out, and I did. I'm so glad that happened.

So how about you?

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:38 PM
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I've been friends with AllieMackie IRL for... oh god... many years now, and she pointed me in the direction!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:46 PM
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I belonged to another dog forum and kept seeing references to this one and eventually checked it out. Liked it, stayed, and over time pretty much stopped visiting the other one unless looking for something specific. Much more fun/less insanity here. I think I'm kind of a one-forum person...I will browse others for info but only really participate in one at a time

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Shai View Post
I belonged to another dog forum and kept seeing references to this one and eventually checked it out. Liked it, stayed, and over time pretty much stopped visiting the other one unless looking for something specific. Much more fun/less insanity here. I think I'm kind of a one-forum person...I will browse others for info but only really participate in one at a time
This. Was on another forum, hated the drama, kept seeing chaz references and moved here. I was a member on a few other forums but eventually those faded away.

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:31 PM
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Probably good ol' Google!

It was right after my mom said I could get another dog. So I was researching breeds/puppy raising and eventually found myself here. I think I just lurked around for a brief period, left, and didn't really start visiting regularly until I got Lucy almost a year later.

I was a member of several other pet forums, but this is the one I've stuck with most and is probably my favorite!

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:36 PM
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I really liked to do those "what breeds fit you best" tests so googled something to find those. I had done all of the tests so was on like page three of google results and a Chazhound thread was there where someone was asking what breeds would be best for them and since I was all out of online quizzes I was like cool I can ask real people what breeds fit me! So my first thread is one of those and is mostly a lie (insinuated I was an adult though looking back I doubt anyone fell for that, said I was about to get a dog, said I had a fenced in yard), I just wanted to have an idea of future breeds for me.

Then I started reading and liked the place.

I had never been to a forum before but I soon learned they are the best place for info, they have completely turned around the way I care for my pets, I can't imagine how different I'd be without them seeing how huge animals are in my life.

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:42 PM
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Google. Had just had Ozzy neutered I think, and was googling how to keep a dog quiet I believe.

I've always been on forums, but I Chaz is really the only one I stuck with. I was on another for a very long time, but it was more of a general forum vs specific interests. I rarely go anywhere else other than Chaz.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:46 PM
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I had found it when I first got Kaylee in early 2008, just stumbled across it. Posted a little but just wasn't feeling it. So I ended up pretty much lurking, with intermittent posting here and there for a good two years.

Then, I was getting Traveler and had something to post about so I started to post more. I just felt more connected to the forum that time around and haven't left since.

Though I will say it's an odd feeling, to know all these people because you had lurked for two years and them not really know you.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:55 PM
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I heard it mentioned on on the forums.

Chazhound is my favourite forum, warts and all.

It's the most active and has the most genuine members. I'm not super active (i'm a lurker to the core), but I always read every thread.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:54 PM
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I don't even know. There must have been a link to Chaz on another forum or something... I honestly can't remember how I found it. But I joined because I think I just got bored with other forums (not much knowledge on some, others were slow) and wanted something different. When I first got a computer I was just 14 and I was so excited to find out that dog message boards existed that I think I joined most of them haha. But after the novelty wore off, and I gained more maturity/got older, I grew tired of the first forum I joined. It was more geared toward just pet people and wasn't dog specific except for a small section. It's more of a "look at my cute pictures!" forum now, which is fine (everyone knows I like pictures), but I just wanted something different. I liked it well enough, but I think Chaz has more to offer in the way of information and knowledge over all. And like I said, I'd joined others as well, but for some reason the interest in them just never stuck. I still pop into them here and there just because, but not very often.

I remember when I first joined Chaz it took me a while to become comfortable with it though. I mostly browsed and didn't post very often at all, and I think even forgot about it for a little while, but then found my way back and somehow it became my new forum. Aside from the chaos that sometimes happens here, Chaz is my favourite dog forum.
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