There are those who design web sites that will tell you that
no dog has the ability to help design a web site such as this one. Then,
there are others who know actually what I'm talking about and will agree with me
on this topic. Whichever you choose to be here, is fine by me. But I
know down deep within my soul that I tell you the truth on this page.
Believe it or not, have faith in it's words or not. Digby helped to design
and build this web site.
I had been taking a one on one web site design course and was
being tested by my mentor. Now, I didn't realize it was a test because
that is the way the man did things with me. He knew that when it came to
the test, I had a habit of freezing up every time. So he simply wouldn't
tell me it was a test and just let me think I was doing a normal homework
assignment. And that is how this web site came into existence, through a
Well...I had been thinking about a web site of this type for
the future, and the opportunity came with the test to do it a bit sooner than I
had planned. The thing I didn't expect was little Digby to take an
interest in the web site. I just wanted people to see this side of me.
As I worked, I noticed little Digby looking up at the computer screen from a
distance because he was so small. I didn't think much of it at the time,
and just continued to work as I normally would for my assignments. Next
thing I knew, Digby was barking at the computer, me and what seemed to be
nothing at all. I ignored it for a while, but that didn't work with him.
He continued to bark at the computer and me.
I finely picked him up, put him on my lap and continued to
work as before. Suddenly, Digby began pawing at my hands and barking, all
the while looking at the screen. I thought I was losing my mind at first,
but when I decided to match both what I was doing on the computer and little
Digby, he was letting me know that he approved of the things I was doing with
this web site. At that point, it became a human and animal work team for a
web site that in later years would become a tribute to a little dog, the other
animals living with us and an awards program named after Digby himself.
As I created the images for this web site, Digby would paw
and bark his approval. At the end of the day, both dog and human were
extremely tired creatures. By the time the web site was ready for
publishing, it had been looked over and revamped to suit the test that I was
taking at the time. Which by the way, I passed with flying colors.
Though I must admit, I didn't see things back then as I do now with this web
site at all.
Digby had more influence on this web site than most people
will ever understand or even believe for that matter. And as the years
went bye, it became not only Digby's web site, but something that I just
couldn't give up. My love for animals was only a very tiny part of my
inspiration. Digby was the huge part of the inspiration that kept it going
even after his death in 2005. Because of Digby, it took on a special
meaning that only comes from down deep within a persons soul.
Now the story of a dog and human relationship that became a
web site. And to be perfectly honest, I don't really care if anyone
believes it or not.
After the test was passed, and all was said and done, I came
back to this web site after my lessons had been completed to re-work some of the
pages and see what I could really do now that I didn't have my mentor keeping
close watch on how I did things. He taught me what I needed to know, and
worked with me on so many things that I had to see if I could make this web site
what it is today. And it apparently worked, because it's been around now
for almost 5 years, and I'm still working on it with the awards program, and
frequently updating it.
I am the owner and founder of Morning Star's Awards Program.
I've had that web site since 1998 and have worked my little fingers to the bone
to keep it going at some points. But all it started with that awards
program in noticing that Digby seemed to whole an interest in what I was doing
at my computer. When I started this web site, it seemed to enhance that
interest and I just worked with what Digby was showing. I decided to work
on this web site again to see if it was all in my imagination or not. I
soon found out when Digby started pawing and barking at what I was doing on the
screen, that he liked what he saw. The more he pawed and barked, the more
he liked what he saw. If he did little of either, it was acceptable, but
not really something he liked. If it was something he didn't like at all,
he'd growl something awful.
Now, call me crazy if you want, but those type of things, in
my opinion, couldn't be ignored. I just had to see just how far this
little dog would or could go with me on the design, layout and creating of this
web site. So each day it was in the creating stage, little Digby sat on my
lap watching every little thing I did.
I got up one morning to Digby sitting by my computer and
office chair, just waiting for me to get to work on the web site and creating
the images. My husband said he had been there most of the night crying his
fool head off because I had quit for the night. I ate and then went back
to work on the web site with Digby again sitting on my lap.
It took what seemed to be forever to create the images the
way little Digby liked them. And equally as long to create the web site to
his liking, but, once it got a good start, his approval was there with most
everything done for it. But while I was creating the images, little Digby
would look at the images, then at me and then back at the images. The real
tickler to this was the digging dog image that is in the title's of the main web
site and the awards program section.
Once Digby started pawing at my hands and barking, I knew
that the digging dog image was perfect for this web site without any doubt at
all. He even seemed to like the colors of the image. If he didn't
give me that pawing and barking, I knew that something didn't seem right to him.
Then came the backgrounds, and that little dog seemed to like
very little when it came to these. But when I got the paws background
finished, he went apes on me with the pawing and barking. I couldn't seem
to get him to settle down to work at that point, so I took a break to play
around with him and get him to relax. His excitement was that high.
Once I got him to settle down, the rest just seemed to full into place and I had
one happy little Digby.
Digby didn't just pick the images, colors and backgrounds
though. He also pick the layout back then to suit what he liked, and it
didn't matter what I wanted or liked anymore. He had a way of letting me
know and if it wasn't to his satisfaction, then it wasn't to go at all.
Spoiled, you say? Yep, right down to the food he ate as well. But
that was Digby, like it or not.
Before Digby got into web site design with me, he seemed to
watch lots of times. But not like he did with this web site that was to
reflect my love for him, the other animals we have and my all out love for
nature in general. Anyway, we got on a roll, and nothing else seemed to
matter to either of us until this web site was completed.
It came time to put the images to pages, with the content and
all was done with Digby still sitting on my lap. Still pawing and barking
with excitement, giving his approval on even those. The original web site
was in frames, and even the layout of those were picked by Digby. The bone
buttons that you see on the GuestBook are the original buttons that Digby liked
so much when I create them. The buttons you see now, were create just
before Digby died and were approved by him. But when I went to change the
button images on the GuestBook, he growled at me. There was no changing
them there if he had his way, and he got it. They will remain the same
forever, or at least until this site no longer exists. Which I hope never
The new design in layout that you see was done after Digby
died, and I missed that little dogs input on the whole idea of changing the
layout and design. Though I still use the original images other than the
new buttons that you see at the left and right of your screen. I don't
have the heart to change that part, as it was a team effort between Digby and
myself to create those images. Maybe some day I will change them, but I
rather doubt that highly, as Digby wanted them and what he wanted, he got.
No matter who wanted want or why, Digby got his way.
It is with great sadness that I lost my little partner on
9/25/05. Digby was a very sick and old little dog, and the decision to
have him put down was a difficult one indeed. But taking into
consideration of how sick he was, and going blind to boot, my husband and I
couldn't see our little darling suffering any longer. They say that all
good little dogs go to heaven, and if that's the case, then little Digby is
there for sure.
I use to do research for this web site all the time, and hope
to one day continue that effort. But for right now, I'd rather give it
some time and just work at the awards program that is actually Digby's namesake.
I made promises that I must not break unless there isn't any hope of keeping it
open. I not only promised one of the affiliations that it would remain
only, I promise some of my internet friends. But most of all, I promised
my little darling Digby.
I know, it seems silly to keep a promise to a little dog to
most, but it's one promise that I believe he understood. Why? It was
a certain look that he gave me that told me everything I needed to know.
That trusting look as if to say, "Ok Mommy, I'll just have to trust your word on
this one." His memory lives on in this web site, the awards program on it
and all other aspects of my life. Because I've held on to everything that
was Digby's, including his love for other animals. Which was something
rare to say the least.
I know that most people say that their beloved dog or cat is
the exceptional one of all pets. And I hold Digby in that category.
He was an extremely well behaved dog, and treated animals and humans alike with
love and respect. He gave of himself often and put his little heart into
everything he did. Including helping me with this web site. There
will always be fond memories of Digby in other areas of my life as well, but he
will also stand out in my mind as the web site building dog that he was.
The dog with good taste in color, images and so much more.
Digby rests in peace beside his Mother, and one day I know I
shall join them in death. When that time comes, it will be a rejoicing
time for both pet owner and pets. But until that time, there are so many
things that will be remember about both, Digby and his Mother, to keep me in
happy times with them. As many of my friends have told me, "Remember...
It wasn't only your honor to have had Digby in your life, but it was even more
so his honor to have lived his life with a caring and responsible owner.
And you honored him well. Who you are is Anita Eberline, spiritually known
as Morning Star... Your identity rises far above and beyond merely being
the previous owner of a little dog named Digby. Be at peace within, let go
of the lingering doubts of whether or not it's ok to move on. There is no
guilt, there is no shame... It is ok now... It is ok :)."
With this page...I let my darling Digby go. I let him
rest in peace, giving peace to myself as well. As one last page for a long
time to come maybe, but it is time to let Digby finally be where he feels no
pain, and can be happy knowing that my husband and I did our best to always
protect him. And if it means anything to one friend, and he knows who he
is. Thank you, your words were read well, and I dearly appreciate your
caring words. Enough to quote them above. You and many others are
right...it's time to let go...it's time to move on...no matter how hard it might
May all dogs be as my Digby, special in every way possible!!!
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