May 27, 2011Au Revoir… for Now

Today’s post will probably come as a shock to the grand majority of you, which is kind of a cruel joke for me to play, as I’ve thought (read: tortured myself) about it for a really long time. As of today, phetched is going on indefinite hiatus. What does that mean? Well, I don’t exactly know. It may just be a break for the summer. It may be a break for forever. I’m just not sure.

The truth is, I’ve been writing this blog for a little over two years now (anywhere from 5 to 7 days a week), and as much fun as it’s been, I’m itching to try something new. Inspiration’s knocking, and I need the freedom to see where she takes me. I want to hike mountain trails with my dogs and explore my city. I want to take more pictures. I want to finish decorating my house. I want to write about the other things that interest me, like fashion and music and art and feelings. Maybe I’ll open an Etsy shop. Maybe I’ll write a book of mildly autobiographical short stories. Maybe I’ll learn to play mandolin and record a rootsy reinterpretation of The Fame Monster. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do just yet, but I’m pretty excited about the question mark.

Regarding you, dear readers, I need better words, but these will have to suffice: Thank you. Thank you for tuning in every day, for making me laugh, for sharing your love of dogs with me, for getting it. I started this blog for completely personal reasons, as a way to rediscover my voice and feel creative again. But knowing someone was out there reading it, enjoying it, sharing it? That just fills me up to bursting. Thank you.

In all honesty, though, I’m not going too, too far. Starting in a couple weeks or so, you’ll find me over at Dog Milk (a super awesome modern dog blog that you guys probably visit every day already — and if you don’t, why the heeze NOT??) as a weekly contributor. I’m super stoked to be joining the Dog Milk team, as it’s a fabulously fun site and they are all way cooler/prettier/nicer than I could ever claim to be. Please, please, PLEASE bring your eyes and your love and your comments over to Dog Milk, and let’s reconnect there. (And so you’ll be the first to know when I grace this space again, become an email subscriber using the link to the upper right.)

Peace, tail wags, and high fives –

Katherine (with Mingus and Dottie)

P.S. That shot above was the best we could do.

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  1. georgia little pea’s avatar

    although I don;t always comment, I HAVE enjoyed your blog a lot. the many accessories sometimes made me wonder if I should have gotten a chichuahua, but it was always fun to see how the other half lived [or dressed up].

    I wish you lots of good things as you follow you dreams.

    And btw, I love ALL the pictures and am glad you posted them too.

    A bientot Katherine, Mingus et Dottie! xox

  2. Deb Mendez’s avatar

    As a daily reader, I will miss seeing your phabulous phinds! I do wish you the very best with the question marks ahead. If I can ever help in any way, just give a shout!

  3. Carol Dias’s avatar

    Hi Katherine, Mingus and Dottie! I’m a brazilian reader and like Georgia I have been enjoying this blog every day since I found it, but haven’t commented yet. It’s fabulous and I’m very sorry it’s finishing, but I’m glad for you. Everybody deserves to explore and discovery yourself, your life. Have fun and be happy always. That’s really matter in this life. (Sorry about my English, hope you can understand what I mean =)
    Carol Dias

  4. Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund’s avatar

    We are sad to see you go….we’ve been reading daily since we found your blog. But Ammo the Dachshund & I definitely understand the need for adventure.
    Wishing you the best of luck!
    (and we’re daily readers of dog milk… catch you over there!)

  5. Heather’s avatar

    Sorry to see you go, but I’ve enjoyed this blog for the last several months! Best of luck in your next creative endeavor!! Off to go subscribe to Dog Milk!

  6. Lori @ According to Gus’s avatar

    I will miss seeing your new posts pop up in my Google Reader! Best wishes to you in your future endeavors!

    Tummy rubs to Mingus and Dottie!

  7. Leigh’s avatar

    No, No, No! You can’t leave yet! I just found your blog a couple of months ago & love reading it! It is one of my favorites! But, if you must leave, I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors. You definitely have talent, & I am sure it will take you far.
    Thank you for this wonderful blog.

  8. Anne Good’s avatar

    Hugs… We’re sad to see you go, but so exciting about joining Dog Milk!!! Please keep in touch… I still plan on looking you up when we’re in Asheville!

  9. Krazy4Pets’s avatar

    Congratulations in a sad way.. I would say. While being a part of Dog-Mike is an exciting future, Phetched offers something a little different. I will be missing your posts for sure.

  10. Trude’s avatar

    I hope it’s just for now! I love your writing style and sense of humor, so if you’re writing about anything, anywhere, I’ll track you down…in the non-stalker kind of way. :) Thanks for sharing so much with us over the years! xo

  11. Alliey’s avatar

    Thank you for your posts and enjoy your time!

  12. Two Pitties in the City’s avatar

    We have enjoyed all your finds, and we will miss you!

  13. blanket’s avatar

    Oh crikey, not sure what to say… I’ve enjoyed visiting you so much over the last year and love all your great finds and most of all the humor that you add to everything, certainly makes the day brighter – so thank goodness we will still be able to get that! It’s very exciting that you will be joining Dog Milk so the very best to you, Cate

  14. Shauna (Fido & Wino)’s avatar

    All the best to you on your future adventures! You are a great writer and I *know* you will go on to do great, sparky things!

    I always feel excited for people when they decide to take “the next big step”- I’m glad we’ll still be able to find you over at Dog Milk and look forward to hearing more as your new adventures unfold!

  15. phetched’s avatar

    Aww, thanks a bunch, errr’body, for the kind words! They really do mean a lot. You give me warm fuzzies and confidence! :D

  16. Talia Brooks’s avatar

    Lupine Collars and Leads, Will miss you too! Hopefully we will appear in Dog Milk too! (Hint, hint, hint ;) )

  17. Lindsay @ The Hydrant’s avatar

    oh nooooooooo!! i’m so sad!!!!!!!!!!! :(

    Make sure you keep checking my blog! :-D
    And I hope to see you on Twitter, still :)

  18. marcia’s avatar

    thank you katherine for all the fun you have shared! wishing you amazing success with all of the exciting things the future has in store for you!

  19. JB’s avatar

    Best of luck Katherine! I’ll miss reading your posts but will look out for you at Dog Milk.

  20. Cyn’s avatar

    Can’t wait to see what you create next, ’cause phetched is pretty swell! Good luck in your next creative phase.

  21. Deanna’s avatar

    I am a long-time reader and a huge fan! I WILL be sure to check in regularly with Dog Milk. Thank YOU for all the love and laughs you’ve given us.

    I can’t wait to see what your next adventure will be (in addition to returning to Phetched, even if it’s a pared down version) … signing up for the newsletter.

    Hopefully, we’ll all get to see a little of Dottie and Mingus on Facebook (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) … ‘cuz I miss ‘em already. oh, er, and you too. Thank you, Katherine.

    (The pictures about are ADORABLE!)

  22. Kyra’s avatar

    :( I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Your writing is always thoroughly enjoyable. I will be sad to see you go, but hope you enjoy your new journey. The review you did on my collars is still my absolute favorite. Thank you for providing dog lovers with this site for the time you did it.

    P.S. I like dog milk but your site is so much cooler and cleaner looking, not too busy.

  23. Forever Foxed’s avatar

    I have very much enjoyed your blog and Noodles was delighted to be a Best Phriend :) Good luck in your new adventures, we’ll be following you on Dog Milk x

  24. Serena’s avatar

    Oh my gosh, first Oprah and Mary Hart and now you! Don’t go! :)
    Thankyou so much for your wonderful blog Katherine – you seriously are one of the funniest bloggers out there and a dog lover to boot.
    I’m so glad we get to follow you over on Dog Milk. Congrats on the new gig and can’t wait to see you on there!! xo

  25. Serena’s avatar

    PS. I love the photos above – the out-takes especially are hilarious and so relatable :) – just another reason why I’m going to miss you!

  26. Katherine’s avatar

    I’m going to miss this so much – but at least you will be on Dog Milk – so I’ll be looking for your posts there! The shots of Dottie and Mingus are oh-to-cute and the best way to sign off. Your blog has been a great resource and I will miss all your spottings.

  27. Jen (Rogue Collars)’s avatar

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog, you have wonderful skills in writing and in finding some awesome products too! Best wishes on your future endeavors! :)

  28. Giselle’s avatar


    I am so sad : (

    But honestly, I wish you the best. I have enjoyed your blog for a few months now. I will definitely miss it!

  29. phetched’s avatar

    Aww, *sniff.* You guys are all so great. Thanks so much for the kind words and for tuning in for months or years. There are some great bloggers represented in the above comments — y’all keep up the good work, too! :D

  30. Pup Fan’s avatar

    I do love your blog… now only the promise of The Fame Monster mandolin style will help me get over this news…

    Seriously though, you rock and enjoy whatever adventures come your way!

  31. leesia’s avatar

    awwwww!!! do you know how many amazing dog products you’ve introduced me to?! you will be missed – but enjoy yourself and thanks for the past couple years!

  32. Ashley’s avatar

    Late to the party as usual. It’s a wonder I even know what’s going on in the world with how late I usually am in hearing the latest news.

    Katherine, your wonderful and inspiring blog has been a fount of creative and positive energy that I have had to draw on many a time to get through various blog slumps. You always found the freshest, most unique items and always had the funniest things to say about it. I’m going to miss your posts here terribly, but I’m glad you aren’t disappearing into that scary place called the real world (there’s a world outside of the internet? I thought that was a myth!!) completely. Good luck in your adventures. Give Mingus and Dottie a smooch for me.

    Oh and Prudence says she’ll miss you too but she’ll always be able to woof at you on twitter. I’m a little jealous ;)

  33. Jaime from Dog Milk’s avatar

    I couldn’t be more excited to have you as a team member on Dog Milk!
    However, I demand that you play the Fame Monster with a mandolin as your first assignment. xo

  34. Samantha’s avatar

    Best of luck with your future endeavors– we will make sure to check you out over at Dog Milk. Can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed your blog over the years. Thank you for all of your clever posts! Hope you won’t be a stranger on Barkzilla or Twitter :) xo

  35. France Simard’s avatar

    Congrats Katherine! Phetched and Dog Milk are my two favorite site, which I visit regularly. I’ve enjoyed your writing, sense of humour and your postings. Great to know you’ll be a weekly contributor via Dog Milk. All the best! A bientôt!

  36. Laura@PAWSHMagazine’s avatar

    You will be greatly missed Katherine! You’re writing and style is truly inspirational! Good luck with your future projects! You will be amazing at whatever you do! xo

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