I got back late last night from my trip to Las Vegas for the BlogPaws conference. I probably have about two months worth of ideas, stories, photos and posts swirling in my head, which I will not attempt to stuff into one post. You’ll see it all come through in detail in future posts, but for now I’ll try sum up my experience in a just a few words. At BlogPaws 2014, I was, at any one time (and sometimes simultaneously):
…and I was recognized and honored by my peers.
On Saturday night, I was thrilled to receive the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Blog Post, (High and Mighty, which you can see here). I hadn’t expected to win, as the finalists in my category had all written wonderful, thoughtful and meaningful posts–and my nominated story was a humorous little tale about my cat Calvin and how he found a new spot to climb to in my house. ( I have links to the other finalists at the end of this post; please check them out as well, as they are very deserving nominees.)
Winning the Nose-to-Nose Award was a dream come true, and I am very appreciative of the family, friends and fans who support me and my blog.
But all good things must come to an end and it was time to begin the second part of my trip.
The guilt trip.
After four days away, my dogs greeted me at the door with howls and moans of joy. I could barely walk as I waded through hip-high happy pups.
The cats came by to stare at me from a distance, making sure I knew that I had not gone through the proper channels to get my travel authorized.
How could I have abandoned them like that? They had been left with only had my husband and son to feed them, pet them, play with them and love them.
I had shipped home a huge box of dog and cat swag that included toys and food and treats galore, but that wouldn’t arrive for days. However, I had managed to tuck a small bag each of dog and cat treats into a corner of my overstuffed suitcase before I jammed it closed.
It was a pleasure to bring the dogs out into the cool yet moist night air for their last potty break of the day. Afterwards, I brought them upstairs to the bedroom to hang out with my husband, who had stayed up past his bedtime to pick me up at the airport. With the dogs ensconced upstairs, I was able to focus on the felines of the house, without nosy boisterous dogs in mucking up the works.
The sound of a bag of pet treats being opened is like ringing the dinner bell, and Calvin, Elsa Clair, and Dawn came running as I opened up a sample bag of dry cat food. The smell alone made the kitties giddy with excitement. Except Athena. She wanted the treats, but didn’t think it was worth rubbing furry elbows with the other cats. Looking around the half wall between our kitchen and family room, she hoped I might decide she was cute enough to toss her a few crunchy noms too.
I gave a few morsels to each of them, and in just a few minutes the purrs were set to full rumble.
Now for the pups. They were waiting at the bedroom door. Once again, that distinctive sound of a thick plastic ripping generated huge amounts of excitement.
After a few rounds of tricks, it was time for me to call it a night. Though disappointed that I put the snacks away, all was right with the dog posse. Dogs always forgive.
I was officially home; my guilt trip was over.
BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Finalists
In the category of Best Blog Post, the other nominees were:
- Dolly the Doxie for Wright-Way Rescue: Rescue the Right Way
- The Intrepid Pup for Summer Fun for 5 Dog-Friendly OBX Destinations
- Zee and Zoey for A Tribute to Mr. Jazz – The Dignity of Life and Death and Finding the Beauty in Letting Go
A complete list of all the finalists, along with links to their sites, can be found on the BlogPaws site.
You may also want to read:
- BlogPaws, Here I Come
- You’re Leaving Us?
- 2014 Nose to Nose Award winners
- What Happened in Vegas did NOT stay in Vegas
- After BlogPaws, a guilt trip
- How I met a capybara
- Real pets meet flat pets
This post is part of the Monday Mischief blog hop. Check out the great blogs listed below.
I also joined the BlogPaws conference Blog Hop. Check out other reports from the conference below: