|Norman and Christine|
(That's a real dog!)
While I've attended many conferences, this was the most enlightening and fun. To combine learning with fun is the best investment and personal and professional growth experience. Our goal ? To network with expert bloggers, animal rescue reps and nationally recognized vets and authors and attend seminars to advance our nonprofit.
So what makes Blog Paws so worthy? Well first the obvious--all pets were welcome--dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, chimpanzees,etc as long as they're well trained and behaved! To clarify I only saw the first three types of pets and indeed they were pawfectly behaved even in the seminars and dining room. Never did I imagine I would be kissed and licked at an educational seminar!
Belle offers nonstop licks during the seminar
It was hard to pay attention. What was the seminar? I forgot...
(can I pucker or what?)
Next I had the opportunity to meet and schmooze with famous bloggers that I heard about and follow. Let's see there was Cat man Peter Wolf of Vox Felina, Dr. Patty Khuly (she's the vet who saved Homer, the blind cat from being put to sleep; and now he's famous!), Kate Benjamin from Modern Cat (recently featured on Animal Planet) the famous Tillman skateboarding dog! and Snoopy, not the cartoon Snoopy but a handsome bearded collie.
|Christine, Snoopy, Deb, Flat Cat Katie, Debbie|
(this is the famous Snoopy--he's a therapy dog)
The highlight of the conference was the presentation by Betsy Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com. While our country has made improvements in terms of dogs rescue and welfare, her presentation on cats validated my research and concerns. Outdoor cats are at the highest risk of shelter impoundment and euthanasia. We have significant work to do.
Oh did I mention my bro Brett Michaels attended?! No we're not related. Here Deb and I are posing with Flat Brett. Yes Blog Paws has this "flat sensation".
|Brett Michaels launched a line of dog accessories |
Deb Barnes was nominated for two awards but this year it was not meant to be. I'm confident numerous awards await her that she'll need a separate bedroom just to showcase them all.
But our colleague Debbie at Glogirly won the best Cat Blog. Concatulations Debbie and Katie!
Well time to study my notes and put into practice what I've learned.
Thank you Blog Paws!
|Christine on stage with flat cat and flat dog|
Note: All expenses for Deb Barnes and I to attend Blog Paws was paid by us personally.