MayzieMom: The Power of BlogPaws

MayzieMom here! Mayzie was kind enough to loan me the blog today to tell you about my Big Adventure to BlogPaws last week.

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Well, I’m going to try anyway; BlogPaws is an overwhelming sensory experience that’s difficult to describe. But I’ll give it my best shot, both in words and pictures. So here, in no particular order, are my…

Top Four Takeaways from BlogPaws

1. Pets and Their People Rock

I’m an introvert. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like to talk to people or socialize. I do. However, I usually prefer one-on-one conversations, rather than large groups. And BlogPaws was LARGE! Over 500 attendees this year. That’s enough to make any introvert want to curl up in the fetal position.

But guess what? People who love their pets are really, really nice. And pet bloggers are especially supportive of each other. Everyone was there to learn but also to give back. In the moments when my inner introvert started to feel frazzled, it seemed there was always someone (either human, canine or feline) reaching out to me with a warm smile or a kind gesture to pull me back from the brink of fetal-position-curled-uppedness.

The incomparable Garth Riley! (http://theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot.com/)

The incomparable Garth Riley! (http://theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot.com/)

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Stunning Nitro from Deaf Dogs Rock (http://deafdogsrock.com/)

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Thing 1 and Thing 2

2. Connection and Common Passions Create Change

As many of you know, I took a journey from believing the media hype about pit bulls to being a staunch advocate for them. Although we only occasionally address these issues directly on the blog, it is my hope that we are changing hearts and minds by showing Mayzie and others like her as what they are: wonderful family dogs. And I certainly know that there are many others out there with the same mission.

I was fortunate to meet and spend time with some of these individuals at BlogPaws: Imelda from I’m Not a Monster, Frankie and mom from Frankie, I’m a Lover Not a Fighter, Lucy and dad from Lucy’s World, and Zoey and mom from Wishcuit and Zoey Says Stick It to Cancer. This was not planned. I just stumbled across them during one of the social events and Imelda graciously  invited me to join them for a happy hour. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by this amazing group of people, sharing stories about our four-leggers, discussing the challenges we face and how we can make the world better and safer for our dogs. I felt  energized by these inspiring, funny, passionate people, and it made me feel so hopeful about what the future holds for these kinds of dogs and their families.

Frankie I'm a Lover Not a Fighter

“Look deep into my eyes, lady, and gimme some of dat ham sammich.” ~Frankie

Adorable, adoptable Bullasset Moses. Available from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (www.aacspca.org)

Adorable, adoptable Bullasset (pit bull/basset), Moses. Available from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (www.aacspca.org)

3. The Importance of Purpose

There were many great sessions with an incredible amount of useful information. But the ones that stayed with me were the ones that emphasized the importance of purpose.

Steve Dale, a pet journalist and author, gave a keynote address in which he spoke about how wonderful things are for pets right now, but also how much work there still is to do. For instance, while people own more cats than any other animal, they don’t get the respect that dogs do. As a whole, they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care, and when cats go missing, only 2 percent are returned to their owners, versus 20 percent for dogs. This is the type of thing that we bloggers can help change. Whether we realize it or not, we are powerful and our voices have influence. Did you know that more people rely on bloggers for veterinary advice than on their veterinarians? We owe it to our animal companions to at least occasionally talk about these issues and to ensure that the information we’re putting on our blogs is accurate.

Carma Poodale (www.carmapoodale.com)

Carma Poodale (www.carmapoodale.com)

A Bunny Blogger

A Bunny Blogger

Along these same lines, Iain Langridge, the GM of Petfinder,  presented a session about being purposeful in the things we undertake. In other words, what is it that drives your blog, rescue or  business? He made the argument that being purposeful — instead of just having a purpose like making money — is the secret to success, and this clarity of purpose has helped make Petfinder what it is today. I have thought about this constantly since his session. I am purposeful when it comes to my volunteer efforts and this blog. But what is the larger purpose of my own business? After the session, I spoke with Tom Collins, one of the founders of BlogPaws, and he helped me begin to crystallize the purposeful direction of my business. I still have some work to do on it but I am grateful that this session started me down that path.

Petfinder

Don’t build your business around a purpose. Build it to be purposeful.

4. Cats and Their Bloggers Are Taking Over the World

I was astounded at how many cats were there with their assistants, and I think they took home the majority of the Nose-to-Nose Blogging Awards. However, BlogPaws is noticeably dog-centric and I’m pretty sure we dog bloggers think we have the corner on the pet blogging market. Nope. Uh-uh. It’s just what the cats want us to believe while they quietly work toward their goal of world domination. BlogPaws (and the rest of us) probably ought to start sucking up now.

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Adoptable Triscuit from Random Felines (randomfelines.blogspot.com). Resting up for World Takeover Day.

I want to thank the team at Pet360 and BlogPaws for creating this incredible event and for helping make change happen, one blogger at a time. I also want to thank, sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, the truly wonderful people at Nutrish for giving me the opportunity to attend. It’s an experience I’ll treasure forever.

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PeeS from me, Mayzie: I would also like to very much thank BlogPaws and Nutrish and all the other super cool sponsors from the bottom of my tummy for sending home this humongous bag of DEElicious goodies! YUM!

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mayzie in bag

 

Comments

  1. K Krew Momma here- I so wish we had events like this in the UK , nothing would keep me away . It would be great to meet up with like minded peeps. I am so glad you have a good time Mayzie Mom and that Mayzie got some lovely nommables

    Momma Tea
    xxxx

  2. Sounds like a great experience….and so enjoyable. We’re a bit worried about the cats taking over. We do let them know who’s boss in this neighbourhood.

    Great swag of treats, Mayzie!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. And here we thought it was corgis and wheelies taking over the world. Now we hear cats are involved too??

    But thank you for reminding our muzzer that our blog was created to help us keep in touch with folks who love us. She understood immediately that she has not been doing a good job. We just hope she follows through.

    Yummy!

    Gus n Teka

  4. Wow that must be such a great adventure. Wish I could be there…. And the name of the two pups is really Thing 1 and Thing 2? What funny names – Cool !

    • Heehee! Mom doesn’t know for sure. She just snapped that picture as they were wheeling quickly by and didn’t have a chance to ask. But we like to think that’s what their names are!

  5. I LOVE reading the posts of those who attended BlogPaws. It sounds like a great conference. Tell us more.

  6. Gail Pelican says:

    Hopefully, Mayzie, you won’t eat all the yummy treatlings at once like Big Daisy did!

  7. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time, Amber! BlogPaws truly is life changing. And I love the focus on being purposeful. Such an important concept! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  8. I’m so glad your momma had a good time! It sounds like an amazing experience. And WOW, what a bag of treats!

  9. That sounds like an amazing time, full of learning and friendships. I guess I didn’t realize there were that many Pit bull type advocates on Blogpaws. I must log in there more often. Anyhow, I had to de-lurk to say hi. 🙂

  10. Frankie and Ernie says:

    It must have been WONDERFUL… Dogs Cats and even BUNNIES!! WOW

  11. Oh so much fun. I hope they have it in the Pacific Northwest sometime, I would love to go!

    Wyatt’s Mom

  12. The OP Pack says:

    Mom just loves how you were able to take what you learned and verbalize it formthe benefit of your readers, especially the part about being purposeful. Great post. Welcome home.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightningšq

  13. Absolutely fabulous recap and your photos were amazing!!!!! It was fantastic to meet you!!

  14. Hey! Mom just realized you forgot about having lunch with my Mom and Sugar’s Mom!!! What are we? Chopped liver? BOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

  15. That looks like an awesome event. Fun and informative, best of both worlds. Glad you had a good time.

  16. Loved reading your post about BlogPaws because the sessions you talked about were sessions I wanted to attend, but decided a different session would be more applicable to Riley’s blog! So thanks for the recap! Absolutely loved getting to meet you–you didn’t seem introverted at all, so no worries! Thanks for sitting down and talking with me about all the boring technical stuff, I really appreciate it.

    I had to hide all the goodies I brought home because Riley and Chloe were being buttheads about it and not sharing nicely…sigh. So I haven’t even pulled a single thing of swag out for them–been too overwhelmed with settling back into the normal routine and also trying to gather all my thoughts together about BlogPaws! I will have to take pics of the dogs with the stuff and try to remember which toy/treat came from which company!

    Anyway, long story short, thanks for sharing your experience and for talking with me! I’ll be in touch about all the web stuff once I gather the guts up to conquer it!!! 🙂

  17. Sounds like a great time. Maybe some day I might get to go.

  18. Two French Bulldogs says:

    What a fantastic experience. Sounds like so much fun but very exhausting.
    Benny & Lily

  19. Wow that was so cool. Thank you for sharing all of that. Mommy would love to go to that someday.

    Loveys Sasha

  20. Dear Mayzie’s Momma,

    It was so wonderful to meet you! We’re still feeling so amazed and overwhelmed by BlogPaws that we haven’t been able to put it into words — but you did a great job of putting it into words! My mom and dad are both introverts too, and my mom is pretty uncomfortable in crowds, but she LOVED BlogPaws because – just like you said – pet people ROCK! And we loved seeing dogs, and cats, and ferrets – and even rabbits – everywhere! (Okay, so the 34-lb. rabbit kind of freaked me out a bit.) We loved meeting our blogging and tweeting and facebook friends in the furs, and we loved meeting new friends like Frankie (what an impressive dude!). It went by way too fast and we were very sad when it was over and time to head home. But I’ve already given my staff the assignment of figuring out how we can get to BarkWorld, and they’ve already got BlogPaws 2014 tickets!

    your special pal,
    Garth

    p.s. – I knew the kitties were up to something all along, so their plans for world domination are not surprising.

  21. littlemissjackie says:

    BlogPaws sounds like a super thing! Thanks for letting us know all about it! I wouldn’t be surprised about the kitties taking over the world, we’ve seen lots of kitties having meetings here in our nayborhood! (And how nice of them to send you so many noms!)

    Luvs,
    Jackie and Mom

  22. Mom enjoyed BlogPaws too Mayzie! And she said it was lovely meeting your mom too! She’s still winding down from all the excitement!

  23. It sounds like a great event. We enjoyed reading all about it. It’s almost like being their in the furs. The gigantic goodie bag is our most favorite of the story.

  24. That was a wonderful wrap up and we were so glad to meet your Mom, even if we only got to say howdy!

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