BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award Nominations Are Open ‘Til January 31

Life with three dogs and four cats is a thousand miles from Dullsville. My pets are my inspiration and my muses.

They are why I write, why I take pictures, why I blog, and why I share it all with you: for the joy, the entertainment and the love of life in a multi-pet, multi-species household.

BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award

Every year, BlogPaws — an organization dedicated to pet blogging and bloggers — looks for nominations for blogs, posts and photos that represent the best of pet blogging. Finalists are chosen and winners received the coveted Nose-to-Nose Award.

It’s an award that means the most to me because it is not a popularity contest; I don’t have to ask family, friends and fans to vote for me again and again. It’s judged by my peers, and is based on quality.

Last year, I was honored — just about blown away — to receive a Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Blog Post.

Homeless animals win, too

Like last year, winners in each of the twelve categories can designate a non-profit rescue organization to receive free pet food. That was one of the highlights.

So it wasn’t just me who won; it was the dogs and cats — and other pets — who were waiting for their forever homes.

Anyone Can Nominate: Deadline is January 31!

It’s time for nominations for the 2015 Nose-to-Nose Awards. If my writing, photos or posts moved you in any way this past year, made you nod in recognition, smile or even laugh, please take a moment and nominate Life with Dogs and Cats — or any one of my photos and posts — for an award.

The online form makes it easy and fast. All you need is the web address / URL of my blog, or the post or photo you want to nominate, and some basic information about me:

Name: Susan Willett


You can also include my BlogPaws Profile Page (Susan C. Willett) Facebook page (Life with Dogs and Cats) and my Twitter handle (@WithDogsAndCats) but those aren’t required.

Below are some of the highlights from the past year, along with links to the stories, photos and posts, in case you would like review them to help you in your nominations.

You can also find a complete list of my posts in my Archive, if there’s a specific story or picture you’d like to submit.

You can nominate in one or more of twelve categories; just fill out the form once for each piece of work you want to enter.

>>Link to Nomination Form

Story Highlights

Pasha top of stairs

Sweet Pasha


What’s Wrong with Your Dog?

The story of Pasha, my dog who was permanently disfigured after being hit by a car, but who lived a full, long, loved life, and taught everyone he met a lesson in acceptance.



Calvin the cat loves Tucker the dog

Calvin loves everyone, including Tucker


You Never Know About Cats

Tucker is wary of the cats in the household, ever since Athena held his ball for ransom, and learned how to ambush the dog. But Calvin teaches Tucker there’s another, more loving side to cats.


Calvin the cat rolls around on a stack of paper

Calvin helps with the paperwork


The Paper Chase

Calvin and Elsa Clair demonstrate how they help me deal with paperwork, including cat-egorization, hole punching and shredding.

Other story highlights include:

Photo Highlights




































You can find more photos in my photography section.

Humor Highlights

Haiku by Dog: pondering physics / gravity’s indifference / ball fell down the stairs




Haiku by Dog

Humorous “poetry” from a dog’s perspective.





Haiku by Cat: Rub my belly. No. / Changed my mind. Scratch my chin. No. / Now rub my belly.




Haiku by Cat

Of course, cats can write haiku, too.





Elsa Clair is displeased with her new box.

Captioned picture stories

For example, For Cats, Moving Into a New Box Can Be Stressful






Calvin photo bombs

Funny photos

Like the ones in Photobombed by a Cat…Twice













It's important to pack your cat correctly.Helpful humor

See: How to Pack a Cat 



Tucker from Life with Dogs and Cats demonstrations Step 6 in How to Roll in Something Smelly.Funny stories

Learn step-by-step instructions for how to roll in something stinky (for dogs)






Dogs in the wind


Re-written lyrics

My apologies to Kansas: All We Are, Are Dogs in the Wind







Thank you all so much for your support, your comments and for visiting to see what the gang at Life with Dogs and Cats are up to.

Today we are participating in the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Check out some of the great blogs below; I’m sure you’ll find other blogs worth nominating!

Blog Paw Wordless Wednesday

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  1. slimdoggy says:

    We were happy to nominate you the other day 🙂

  2. Emma says:

    Very nice post. The tips do sure help with the nomination process as it is timely. Good luck!

  3. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guys…we will bee happee ta nominate yur fishes ♥♥♥

  4. Very nicely done! Best of luck to you.

  5. Robin says:

    Good luck! It was pretty pawsome that you were able to get one of these awards last year 🙂

  6. meowmeowmans says:

    We were so happy when you won last year, and hope for a repeat this year! 🙂

  7. Marie says:

    Great post. Good luck!

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