2010 was an amazing year for me, so I thought I would use the last day of December to look back on the highlights. The fun started early on, when Fin hosted the Cat-O-Lympics. Binga and I competed in Boxing… I think we will be having a rematch one of these days.
Then there were the two BlogPaws conferences — I sent my human to both of them and she came back with a load of great stuff!
She came home from the second BlogPaws with an award for me — I won the Pettie for Best Cat blog! The prize was $500 to go to a rescue of my choosing. With the help of my readers and friends, I picked out Holly’s Place, which rescues many animals that no one else wants, including many FeLV and FIV+ cats.
My blog also won the Cat Writers Association‘s Muse Medallion for “Best Blog: Entertainment,” and my 2010 Calendar won for “Best Color Photograph: Series”.
It did not take long for my book to win its first two awards: Winner in the Animal/Pets: Novelty category and Winner for Best Interior Design in the National “Best Books 2010″ Awards, sponsored by USA Book News! I am beyond honored to have won all these awards in the past year!
But I also had lots of fun! I held several contests, which I really enjoyed. Remember the FURminator contest, where you had to guess the size of Boodie’s FURminated fur pile?
Or the contest where you had to guess the combined weight of me, Binga and Boodie to win a copy of my book?
I will have to think up some more fun contests like these in 2011!
But do you know what really made the year for me? Helping save the lives of several cats who were about to be euthanized. Because I live so far away from the high-kill states and my human does not foster cats herself, sometimes we feel really helpless. Of course we donate money to many organizations and rescue groups, but there are times when action is needed even more than money. And I found that if I used the networks I had built up through Facebook and Twitter, and if my friends, fans and followers did the same, cats’ lives were saved. I will never forget Freya, who I did not think was going to make it… but she did! She went from death row in a Georgia shelter to a great home in Arkansas. Robin Olson of the Covered in Cat Hair blog, Bobbie of the Cats~Goats~Quotes blog and the great people at Feline Rescue and Rehome made the phone calls and did the ground work, but it was through your efforts at getting the word out that they had the opportunity to do so! I saw similar scenarios unfold time and time again in 2010, and I hope to have many more opportunities to be part of these life-saving efforts in 2011.
I also hope to raise awareness of the plight of homeless cats. While I am proud of my book and my blog, and I have worked hard at both of them, I think my favorite thing I did this year creatively was the 4-1/2 minute film my human and I put together for the One Day on Earth project, documenting the day in the life of cats, with a plea to help those who are homeless. I hope it inspires everyone who watches it to do something for cats in need.
See you in 2011!