Awards

The Conscious Cat voted Best Website About Cats

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Allegra, Ruby and I are excited to announce that The Conscious Cat was voted Best Website About Cats in the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice awards!

There were five nominees for this category. The original criteria stated: “The ideal website should be informational, covering topics such as cat care, health, behavior, and other topics, but written in an understandable manner for the lay person. A touch of humor here and there doesn’t hurt.”

According to Franny Syufy, About.com’s Cat Guide, “The Conscious Cat offers all that and more.”

From a reader’s nomination: “Informative without being preachy, easy to follow (very important), entertaining, engaging (inviting readers to participate and provide feedback), down-to-earth and from the heart.”

Says Syufy, “although the voting remained close throughout the entire voting period, The Conscious Cat took an early lead and coasted through easily to the end, with 44% of the vote. Well done!” Continue Reading

Vote for us for Best Website About Cats

2012 Readers Choice Awards nominee

We’re thrilled to announce that we are one of five nominees for Best Website About Cats in About.com’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for nominating us!

And now we need your help again. Please help us win this prestigious award and vote for us! And we’d love it even more if you would ask all your cat loving friends to vote for us, too!

Click here to vote 

You can vote once a day through March 21. You need to be logged in with either your Facebook account or your About.com account to vote.Continue Reading

2012 Readers Choice Awards

About.com Readers Choice awards

I love bringing you information every day to create a happy life for yourself and your cats. Knowing that cats are living better lives because of something someone may have read here on this site makes me feel good. Allegra and Ruby enjoy entertaining you with their purrsonal columns.

All three of us would love it if you would take a moment to nominate us for the About.com Readers Choice Award for Best Website About Cats.

About.com’s definition for this category is: “The Best Website About Cats will be one which provides information in a professional but friendly manner on all aspects of cats, including, but not limited to cat care, health, behavior, senior cats, special needs cats, and the feline-human bond. Continue Reading

The Joys of Adopting an Older Cat wins award at Cat Writers Association Conference

2011 Hartz Chewable Vitamins Award

I am honored and excited to announce that my article The Joys of Adopting an Older Cat won the 2011 Hartz Chewable Vitamins Award at the annual Cat Writers Association conference this past Saturday in White Plains, NY.

The award is sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corporation and honors the highest-quality entry on the topic of older cats. According to contest judge Letrisa Miller, MS, DVM, owner of the Cat Clinic of Norman in Norman, OK,  “this article was a joy to read and was an excellent article with a strong, clear voice. The purpose of the article was clear throughout the piece and was very entertaining while educating people on the advantages of adopting senior pets. This is a well-balanced, educational and entertaining example of great cat writing. The decision was not an easy one, but in the end this article was the most outstanding.”Continue Reading

The 2011 Petties: check presentation to Kitten Associates

 

2011 Petties winner Kitten Associates

All Pettie winners received $1000 from DogTime Media, to be donated to a shelter or rescue group of our choice. I chose to split my prize money between Casey’s House and Kitten Associates.

I finally had a chance to present the prize money to Robin Olson, the founder of Kitten Associates. Kitten Associates is dedicated to saving the lives of cats (and dogs, too!),supporting animal rescue organizations with powerful online marketing tools, and championing legislation for spay/neuter programs to end pet overpopulation.Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat wins Certificate of Excellence

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The Conscious Cat won a Certificate of Excellence in the Cat Writers’ Association’s annual contest! The contest showcases the very best in the feline field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists. The Conscious Cat won in the “Website” category.

I also won Certificates of Excellence for three individual articles in the category of “Online Article – Health and General Care.” The winning articles are:Continue Reading

The 2011 Petties: check presentation to Casey’s House, and kittens!

Pettie winner check presentation

All Pettie winners received $1000 from DogTime Media, to be donated to a shelter or rescue group of our choice. I chose to split my prize money between Casey’s House and Kitten Associates.

I wanted to give Cindy Ingram, the founder of Casey’s House, the $500 check in person, so this past weekend, I met her at the Petco in Leesburg, VA, where Casey’s House holds adoption events every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. Cindy will always have a special place in my heart because she rescued Buckley from a farm in southwestern Virginia, where she and about twenty other cats were kept in marginal living conditions. If it wasn’t for Cindy, I might never have met my lifechanging little cat.Continue Reading

The 2011 Petties – trophy, acceptance speech and interview

Ingrid King The Conscious Cat Best Pet Blog 2011 Petties

While nothing will equal the moment when Leslie Smith, the Editor for DogTime/CatTime Media, announced that The Conscious Cat won the 2011 Pettie for Best Pet Blog during the virtual award ceremony on August 26, there’s been a little more excitement even after the win. Since noone had more to do with us winning this award than all of you who read The Conscious Cat each and every day, I want to share all of it with you.Continue Reading

The Year of the Cat: The 2011 Petties and BlogPaws 2011

2011 Petties Best Pet Blog

As most of you already know, The Conscious Cat won the 2011 Pettie for Best Pet Blog this past weekend. The winners were announced on Friday during a virtual ceremony hosted by DogTime Media. If you missed it, you can watch it at the end of this post.

I watched the ceremony at BlogPaws, surrounded by my fellow nominees and cat blogging friends. As category after category was announced, the excitement and the cheering increased with each win. With the exception of two categories (Best Dog Blog and Best Cause Related Blog), where all the nominees were dog blogs, the cats swept the Petties! Congratulations to all the feline winners!

2011 Petties the Year of the Cat

Moderncat – Best Blog Design

Catsparella – Best Social Integration Blog

Catladyland– Funniest Blog or Blogger

Sparkle Cat – Best Blog Post

Covered in Cat Hair – Best Cat Blog

I was particularly delighted that Covered in Cat Hair won Best Cat Blog. Robin is a dear friend, and we both hated being pitted against each other in this category. We couldn’t have asked for a more purrfect outcome, with both of us winning!

Ultimately, the real winners are the rescue groups who will receive donations from the Pettie winners. Each category will be awarded $1000, some bloggers, like me, split their prize money between several rescue groups. My $1000 will be split between Casey’s House and Kitten Associates. And I even got to meet some Kitten Associates kittens at BlogPaws! Maria and Bobbie, two of Robin’s rescue contacts in Georgia, drove a litter of kittens and their mom to the conference hotel so Robin could take them back to Connecticut, where they’ll be in foster homes until they’re ready for adoption.  You can find absolutely adorable photos of the kittens on Robin’s blog.

And even though we’re a cat blog, we love all animals, and would like to congratulate Fido-Friendly for winning for Best Dog Blog, and Be the Change for Animals for winning for Best Cause Related Blog!

I encourage you to visit all of the winners’ blogs if you’re not already following them.

I had a wonderful time at BlogPaws. For three days, bloggers, sponsors and animal lovers from around the country gathered at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Corner, VA for outstanding educational seminars, inspirational keynote speeches, fabulous networking, and plain old fun.

One of the unexpected higlights for me was listening to Joe Panz and Big Ant from Resuce Ink talk about their work. I have to admit, I never watched the show and was only vaguely aware of what they do. I had no idea how far reaching their work is, and how dangerous. I was moved to tears several times during their speech.

The best part about BlogPaws was meeting so many of my blogging friends in person for the first time, including the amazing Kate Benjamin of Moderncat, the lovely Deb Barnes of Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection, the joyful and warm Caren Gittleman of Cat Chat with Caren & Cody, Sachie Tani of My Himalayan Cat Goma, Angie Holland Bailey of CatLadyLand, Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger,  Janea Kelly of Paws & Effect, and so many more! It was also wonderful to reconnect with Tamar Arslanian of I Have Cat, Stephanie Harwin of Catsparella, Karen Nichols of Mouse Breath, Rachel Shubin of We Have a Situation, and Ann Dziemianowicz of Paper Bag and String.

I once again marveled at the power of the internet when it comes to making connections and forging friendships. I spend so much time online each day that at times, I feel closer to some of my online friends than I do to my real life friends. I treasure these online friendships, but you still can’t help but wonder whether the relationship will “translate” to real life. There is nothing better than meeting an online friend for the first time and instantly realizing that the connection does, indeeed, translate. The real life meeting simply adds another layer of depth.

BlogPaws 2011 sponsors

Allegra and Ruby were less than thrilled with BlogPaws (no, they didn’t attend!). They did not care for me leaving the house at first light and not getting back home until close to midnight, only to repeat it again for the next two days. They were, however, mollified when I opened the huge swag bag on Sunday morning. They were particularly delighted with a personal swag bag I received from Teri of Curlz and Swirlz and Carol of Coffee, Cats and Yarn – a lovely, and completely unexpected surprise.

I’ll be spending the next few days going through the huge stack of business cards I collected at BlogPaws, and writing follow up notes. I’ll be spending a lot longer than that remembering the wonderful three days spent in the company of friends, old and new. There is nothing better than spending time in the company of others who are united in being passionate about the same thing: making a difference for animals.

2011 DogTime Media Pet Blog Awards

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Coming to a computer near you today: The 2011 Pettie Awards

The 2011 Petties

The date has finally arrived! The winners of the 2011 Pettie Awards will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony at 5pm Eastern today! You’ve voted and voted and voted some more, and now we’ll find out who the winners are.

I will be watching the ceremony at BlogPaws, so I will find out right along with you who won. Every Pettie winner, and there will be eight, will receive $1000 to be donated to a shelter or rescue group of their choice. I will split my prize money between two groups, Casey’s House, the group who rescued Buckley, and Kitten Associates, the Connecticut based rescue group founded by fellow Pettie nominee Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair.

Dogtime Media just announced that they will be giving away additional donations, and you, the viewer, can decide where they should go. All you have to do is tweet. Simply use the hashtag “petties” (#petties) to congratulate your favorite bloggers via Twitter between 5pm and 8pm ET on August 26. The two best tweets, as selected by the official DogTime Petties Awards Committee, will each receive a $1000 donation to a non-profit shelter of their choice. Additionally, one lucky DogTime reader will win $10,000 for his or her favorite shelter. To be eligible, install DogTime’s adoptable iframe between August 26th and October 31st on your website or blog. Winners will be selected November 1.

To watch the ceremony, go to http://www.dogtime.com/petties.

The 2011 Petties

Regardless of who wins, Allegra, Ruby and I already feel like winners, because of all of you. We couldn’t do what we’re doing here without you, and we appreciate your support, whether it’s reading us every day, telling your friends about us, and, of course, voting for us!

 

The 2011 Petties: Thank you for voting!

Allegra Ruby The Conscious Cat cats on sofa

Voting for the 2011 Petties ended yesterday, and I can’t thank all of you enough for voting for us for Best Cat Blog and Best Pet Blog, day after day after day. Thank you for all your support, and for putting up with my constant reminders to vote. Allegra and Ruby are taking a well-deserved break after all their hard work on our campaign.

Now we wait. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 26. Contrary to prior announcements that the winners would be announced at a live event at BlogPaws, DogTime Media informed nominees today that there will be a virtual ceremony announcing the winners, which will be broadcast via YouTube on Friday, August 26, at 5pm EST. I will let you know details as they become available.

Every Pettie winner, and there will be eight, will receive $1000 to be donated to a shelter or rescue group of their choice. I will split my prize money between two groups, Casey’s House, the group who rescued Buckley, and Kitten Associates, the Connecticut based rescue group founded by fellow Pettie nominee Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair fame.

We couldn’t have gotten this far without all of you. You nominated us for not just one, but two Petties. You voted for us each and every day for the past month. More importantly, you come here every day to read our blog.

With readers like you, we’re already winners.