This Thursday I will be flying out west to attend my first BlogPaws conference. For those who aren’t familiar with the organization, it’s an incredible group of people who support pet bloggers like myself. We learn from each other and connect with brands and causes we support. It’s all about finding ways to be voices for the voiceless, and to tell stories, share information and celebrate the non-human souls with whom we share our lives.
I found out about BlogPaws too late to attend last year, and I remember joining in the Saturday Night Blog Pawty and tweeting about how much I wanted to go. Since then, I learned a lot, met a bunch of new friends, and increased my social media presence by doggy leaps and kitty bounds.
In addition, I was honored to be named a finalist for a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award for one of my blog posts. The Nose-to-Nose honors excellence in pet blogging, and it means a lot to me to be recognized by my peers. They’ll announce the winners Saturday night, and not only do the people win, but homeless pets will too. Only Natural Pet will donate 400 pounds of food to a shelter or rescue organization chosen by each winner.
I’ll be gone four days, and my husband and son will hold down the fort, taking care of the gang while I’m away. In the mean time, my furry family members have been helping me get ready.
First I had to figure out what to wear. I was looking for an excuse to create some t-shirts with my logo, and I thought BlogPaws was as good a time as any to try them out. Hopefully, it will increase my visibility and help people recognize me.
Ever since my awesome friend Jen Sullivan designed my logo, I kept thinking I should make it into a real tag. Then I found Paula Milkin of Island Top Custom Tags on Etsy, and I knew she would be able to create an incredible dog tag that I would wear as jewelry. And OMD, did she deliver!
BlogPaws is a pet friendly event, and many of the attendees will be bringing their dogs, cats, rabbits and other furred and feathered friends with them. Unfortunately, New Jersey is a long way from Las Vegas, where this year’s conference is being held. I don’t think any of my cats or dogs would be happy flying, and I can’t afford to take the extra time for a road trip, so I have to do the next best thing: bring some kind of representation of my pets, so they could be with me in spirit.
For the dogs, I hired Christy Myhre of Pancake Pets and Toki Poki to make a flat version of Jasper, Lilah and Tucker. I haven’t seen the result yet in person because Christy will be shipping the trio out to meet me in Vegas. Here’s the photo she sent me. (That’s her pup in the pic.)
Aren’t they gorgeous? I can’t wait to meet Flat Tucker, Flat Jasper and Flat Lilah, and take them home with me!
As for the cats, I couldn’t get a photo of all four sitting pretty like the dogs, so I bought a plush kitty stunt double to travel with me. I named him Rover, since he’s a travelin’ cat, and introduced him to the four cats he would be representing.
I started with Elsa Clair.
A couple of sniffs, and Rover was on the Approved List. Though Tucker thought he was a dog toy and tried to claim him.
I think Calvin was a bit confused when he met Rover, as it was kind of like looking at a mirror. Rover has black mask and cape markings that are quite similar to Calvin’s.
Once he figured it out, Calvin was cool.
Athena, on the other paw, did not like the way Rover looked at her. So she swatted him.
When he didn’t swat back, thus acknowledging her superiority, Athena accepted his presence.
I set Rover next to Dawn, who was hiding under the dresser. She quickly recognized a sweet and quiet spirit.
I still have to pack, and I’m sure the gang will help with that too. I’m hoping to be able to continue to post from the event, but it might be a little challenging since I’m only taking my iPad and my point-and-shoot camera.
I can’t wait to meet in person and furson so many folks I’ve only known online. BlogPaws, here I come!
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