Monday, July 4, 2016

Winners, All.

Last week, the gorgeous Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort hosted the 2016 BlogPaws Conference & the CWA Annual Conference.

(aside from the fact that somemommy callously abandoned us ...) we have to admit it was an amazing experience. Many pet bloggers and social media advocates brought their pets along. There were dogs, cats, ferrets, even a rat!

Attendees could select from a number of sessions led by BlogPaws staff, national pet brands, CWA authors and editors.

Along with the opportunity to polish social media skills, attendees were treated to product samples from pet sponsors, and news & information from rescues and advocacy groups.

And ... there were goodie bags from friends and fellow pet bloggers, too (#score!). 

Some of the awesome kitty swag from other bloggers, like Island Cats and Sweet Purrfections
Our video was a finalist! We also were given some cool stuff from The Island Cats & Sweet Purrfections!
We sent our mom to represent us in several categories at Friday night's CWA banquet.

The CWA awards Certificates of Excellence for many categories, and we were honored to receive 8 awards:
 - 3 for health and science articles written for Catster Magazine.
 - 3 for Photography
 - 1 for Entertainment Blog
 - 1 for Video, DVD or TV Production

You WIN!

Our two Muse Medallions: Best Video, and Best Entertainment Blog
Friday night's award banquet: two Muse Medallions, one for Best Video & one for Best Entertainment Blog
You read that right: YOU won.

The video, Our Wish, was a compilation of the hopes and dreams for companion animals everywhere -- as voiced by so many of you: our readers, fellow bloggers, animal lovers and shelter workers.

And you won the Muse Medallion for Best Video. I was merely the conduit.
If you haven't seen it - grab a tissue, and click below:

In order of appearance, the winners are:
Jenny Lewis - Pixel Blue Eyes
Debbie Glovatsky - Glogirly
Sam Ratcliffe - Vegas Rock Dogs
Jeanne Kudich - Random Felines
Melissa Clinton - Barking from the Bayou
Stephanie Minck - Snotface Ferret
Sue Doute - The Island Cats
Susan Willett - Life with Dogs and Cats
Amy Shojai - Pet Author
Paula Gregg - Sweet Purrfections
Linda Rodgers - Savannah's Paw Tracks
Julie McAlee - Cats Herd You
Marjorie Dawson - Dash Kitten
Ann Staub - Pawsitively Pets
Thank you for your passion - and the love that so clearly shone through. It was an honor to represent you all.

We were also honored to receive this year's Muse Medallion for Best Entertainment Blog.
(that's two years in a row! *squeee!*)

...WE?  What's this WE you speak of, Mommy?
"Don't be thinking YOU won anything, Maxie. It's clear the judges were captivated by my Impecccable Taste."

Uh, we think that's our cue to sign off for now ....

 Stay Tuned!

On Wednesday, we'll share more about the conference -- and a surprise award we never saw coming!



  1. Yay!!! We are SO glad the video won!!

  2. Proud to count you as a friend even if only on FB and your wonderful blog. I cry at the video every time. I also look forward to your blog every day, and have fallen in love with your cats ( I MIGHT be partial to Maxwell)...

  3. Congratulations on the Muse Medallions :) Maxwell, Allie, and Faraday make every day just a but better (and I too might be SLIGHTLY partial to Maxwell ... who said geeks can't be handsome?).

  4. BIG congratulations to YOU!!! You might call yourself a 'conduit' but we think you're a pretty awesomely talented conduit.

    KATIE: ...great. Now we have to try and explain 'conduit' to Waffles. Please tell him it's not a criminal doing it.

    WAFFLES: Doing what?

    ; )

  5. Yippee! We so love that video! Congratulations!

  6. You all deserve all the awards you receive. We love your blog, the photos, the videos, the humor, you do an excellent job...for cats ;) Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations on all your well deserved awards. And congrats to the other winners too!

  8. What an awesome team, 110% committed and 110% fun, and that's just Maxwell! You guys deserved those Muse wins for that video alone, I still can't stop peep crying. purrs of admiration from a Princess. ERin

  9. Concatulations on your awards ! You deserve all of them ! Purrs

  10. Well done aplaws aplaws. Happy 4th of July to you all. Sorry we have been away so long but we have missed you all. Have a lovely day and great seeing everybody again. Hope to be back soon.
    Best wishes Molly The Wally

  11. Huge concatulations on your well-deserved honors! That video still makes me cry...

  12. Big congratulations for all your Muse wins and to everyone who participated in the video.

  13. Paws up! We're so excited that the video won! We hope that gives it more recognition and gets its important message even further.

  14. Concats that is awesome!! And well-deserved!!

  15. Wowee! That is just so pawsome!! Concats and more concats!!

  16. Congratulations on your wins! We are proud to have been part of such a wonderful project.

  17. Hooray! Congratulations on your well-deserved wins! We, too, were so honored to be a part of such a wonderful and meaningful project.

  18. Congratulations!!! We are all winners with such a wonderful video. :)

  19. Woo hoo! Congratulations! This is so exciting.

  20. Lisa; stealing a line from da tabbies and saying I'm BUZZED happy for you; congratulations, a paws, a paws, a paws, total lee awesum, sa~ wheat & HOORAY !!!

    { ok, maybe I stole several lines from them, but the sentiments are the same }


  21. Congratulations! It's an awesome video!

  22. Your hard work, dedication and good humor was noticed and it should be! Kudos and paw claps!


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