Note: This is a long post! But make sure you at least read the very end!
When my human came back from her trip to Columbus, normally I would have been mad at her. But this time I wasn’t because she was at the BlogPaws conference, which meant she was bringing a bunch of goodies home with her. I couldn’t wait to get my paws into the bag.
Binga didn’t wait — she was grabbing at toys before my human could even dig them out.
But my human finally showed us all the cool stuff we got! Cat treats and toys, plus coupons and gift cards for my human to use to buy even more things for us. Even the dog got some treats. What an awesome spread!
Unfortunately, Binga thought all of this belonged to her! And you know how she feels about sharing (it’s not in her vocabulary).
So we had a small debate about that.
My favorite toy came from Your Daily Cute. My human insisted that it was a pen, not a toy. I think she was trying to steal it for herself. She’s almost as bad as Binga.
But she had enough of her own stuff. For speaking on the “Book Publishing in a Digital World” panel, she got a cool goodie bag containing a new Furminator, BlogPaws-stamped M&Ms and a silver charm.
I got my own bag too! Teri, a nice lady who blogs with her Cornish Rex and Sphynx cats felt bad for me because my human gave away sparkle balls to BlogPaws attendees and didn’t let me keep one. So she gave my human a little gift bag especially for me.
Look what was in it!
I confess: I did look in the bag to see if there was anything else. My human thought I was a little greedy.
But best of all, I found something buried deep inside the BlogPaws bag: my human brought back one of the sparkle ball cards!
Okay, I fibbed a little about that being the best thing. Because as you know, even if we got a bunch of cool things from BlogPaws, that’s not really the point. The really great thing about BlogPaws, and what made it such a special conference, is the giving part. Many of the humans involved in or attending BlogPaws have made a big difference in the lives of homeless pets and pets in need. With the help of their cats and dogs, such as Romeo and Frugal Dougal, they have been able to donate many thousands of dollars to animal causes. The conference itself raised $2800 for each of three animal organizations. To see the true spirit of BlogPaws, check out this video made by Frugal Dougal’s human (many of you have seen this already, and if you have, you’ll probably want to see it again):
And this is only the beginning. To kick things off, Dr. V of Pawcurious has laid down a “Be the Change” challenge for those of us who blog and tweet. There will be a Twitter PawPawty on April 21 and 22 from 7pm to 1am ET to benefit Pets Without Parents in Columbus, OH. Participating bloggers will have donation widgets on our sites, and we will be blogging about how we and our readers can help homeless pets in our own small way (because all those small efforts add up!). If you don’t blog or tweet, I hope you support those that do with their efforts to make a difference!
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