Awards

The Petties Part Two: Please vote for The Conscious Cat!

The Petties 2011 DogTime Media

You did it! We are thrilled to have been nominated for not just one, but two categories in Dogtime Media’s 2011 Pettie Awards: Best Cat Blog and Best Overall Pet Blog! Thank you so much for your support – it means so much to know we have so many loyal readers and fans!

And now we need to ask for your support again: we need your votes! Please take a moment to vote for us. And when you’re done, please ask all your cat loving friends to vote for us, too!

Click here to vote

You can vote once or twice a day – voting closes July 29.

Voting more than once or twice a day is not allowed. According to DogTime’s Christina Kwan, “we aren’t capturing email like we were in the nominations phase.  However, my tech team has assured me that there is something in place to prevent someone from sitting at the computer all day long submitting votes. Telling readers to go and vote once or twice a day is fine, but not excessive voting.”

The Petties will be presented at an awards ceremony on August 26 at BlogPaws in Tysons Corner, Virginia. BlogPaws is the largest pet blogging conference in the country.

Please help make my dream of hearing the words
“And the winner is….The Conscious Cat!”
come true!

The Conscious Cat - Allegra and Ruby cats in front of computer

Allegra, Ruby and I thank you for your support!

I would also like to congratulate all the other wonderful bloggers who were nominated for awards! I encourage you visit all of the blogs, and vote in the other categories, too. Since many of these bloggers are good friends, I couldn’t possibly recommend who to vote for. I want everyone to win!

Pettie winners will receive a $1000 donation to a shelter or rescue group of their choice. Deciding which shelter to choose was tough – there are so many deserving groups out there. After careful consideration, I decided to split the prize money between two rescue groups if I win.

Casey's House cat rescue TNR

Casey’s House is a small private rescue group in Bluemont, VA, and is home to many elderly and hard to adopt cats.  They are also dedicated to the promotion of Trap-Neuter-Return to help end the plight of feral and other abandoned cats. My connection to Casey’s House is very personal: Cindy Ingram, the founder of Casey’s House, rescued my precious little Buckley from a farm in southwestern Virginia, where she and about twenty other cats were kept in marginal living conditions.  Since it all started with Buckley – the book, this blog, and so much more – it just feels right to donate a portion of the prize money to Casey’s House. You can find out more about Casey’s House on their website, and you can also read about my visit to this very special cat sanctuary here.

Kitten Associates is a Connecticut based group founded by Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair fame, whose blog was also nominated for Best Cat Blog and Best Social Integration Blog. I am in such awe of Robin’s huge heart and exceptional dedication to the welfare of all cats, which makes Kitten Associates a perfect choice to receive the other half of the prize money. 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. You can learn more about Kitten Associates here.

Help The Conscious Cat win the 2011 Pettie Award for Best Cat Blog

 

2011 Pettie Awards

Dogtime Media’s 2011 Pettie Awards recognize excellence among animal-loving bloggers. The Petties are the only awards nominated by, voted for, and presented to individuals in the pet blogging community. The best part? In addition to winning this prestigious award, winners are honored with a $1000 donation to the shelter of their choice.

The Conscious Cat was a 2010 Pettie nominee, and we would love it if you would help us repeat this honor again this year by nominating us for Best Cat Blog. It only takes a minute.  And we would love it even more if you asked all your cat loving friends (or even non-cat loving friends!) to nominate us, too.

To nominate The Conscious Cat, click here. Complete the nominee information as follows:

Name: The Conscious Cat

Nominee URL: http://consciouscat.net

Nominee e-mail: consciouscat@cox.net

Why should this blog win: This is where we hope you say something nice about us.

Nominations can be submitted through June 29.

The Conscious Cat - Allegra and Ruby

Allegra, Ruby and I thank you for your help!

And the Winner Is….Vote for The Conscious Cat!

We are very excited to have been nominated for Best Cat Blog in the Pettie Awards!  A big, heartfelt thank you to all of you who helped make this happen.  Now comes the next step:  please take a moment to vote for us!  And when you’re done, please tell all your friends to vote for us, too!

You’ll have to vote in all four categories in order for your vote to be counted.  If you’re not familiar with the other blogs, or don’t want to take the time to check them out, please give your vote to our friends:

Best PET Blog:  pawcurious.com 

Best DOG Blog:  championofmyheart.com

Best CAUSE RELATED Blog:  coveredincathair.com

Please click here to vote! 

Voting ends August 20.

 

We would also like to congratulate our friend Sparkle the Designer Cat  for her nomination in the Best Cat Blog category! 

Animal Empath Award – February 2010

The Conscious Cat and Stacia Kelly at  Mind-Body-Spirit Works have created the Animal Empath Award.  The award is given to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for animals.  It will be awarded once a month by Mind-Body-Spirit Works and The Conscious Cat.  If you know one of these special human beings deserving of this award, please send a nomination e-mail to Stacia Kelly or Ingrid King for consideration.

Thanks to Stacia for creating the wonderful badge for the award, featuring none other than Buckley!

Our first award goes to Cindy Ingram.

Cindy Ingram is the founder of Casey’s House, a private rescue group in Bluemont, VA, that specializes in older and hard to adopt cats.  Cindy has a special place in my heart because she rescued my precious little Buckley, the subject of Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, from a farm in southwestern Virginia, where she and about twenty other cats were kept in marginal living conditions.

Casey’s House is named after Cindy’s beloved tabby cat, who came to live with her when she was fifteen years old.  At first Cindy refused her entrance to her house, as she already had two cats and two dogs at the time. Casey, however, was not a cat to take no for an answer. Casey’s “home” at the time was a colony of some fifty cats, and she was probably getting tired of either not getting to her food on time, or eating off of filthy dishes.  Every evening, Casey would be waiting on Cindy’s  porch, obviously hungry, so Cindy would feed her. Slowly, but surely, Casey became a part of Cindy’s family.  Eventually, four of her feline colony friends came to join Casey.  Says Cindy:  “Casey taught me to reach beyond my self-imposed limits, and her house is the dream that now has become a reality”.

In addition to providing a safe haven for older cats, Casey’s House also promotes Trap-Neuter-Return.  Through this program, feral cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped.  Cats that are friendly to humans and kittens are adopted into loving homes.  Healthy feral cats are returned to their outdoor homes.  Casey’s House spayed and neutered more than 200 cats in 2009, making a significant contribution to controlling the overpopulation problem.

Cindy created a wonderful environment for the cats.  There are very few cages, most of the cats live in a large open room, filled with carpeted ramps, cat climbing towers, and lots of soft pillows and blankets for them to sleep on.  New rescues and those with potential health conditions are kept in separate areas until they’ve been checked out by a veterinarian.    What was really amazing to me was how peaceful the energy in that large room felt.  All the cats seemed to get along, there was no hissing, posturing, or fighting.  Cindy said in all the years she’s done this work, she’s only had one incident with two cats fighting.  Casey’s House truly is a safe haven for cats in need.

Like all non-profit organizations, especially those helping animals, Casey’s House is struggling in these tough economic times.   If you have a favorite shelter or rescue group that you support, please consider making a donation to them – they need your help now more than ever.  And if you don’t already support a shelter, perhaps you’ll consider making a donation to Casey’s House in Buckley’s memory.  Cindy and the cats at Casey’s House will thank you.

Over the Top Blog Award

The Conscious Cat is delighted to have received the “Over the Top” Award from Mason Canyon and her lovely blog Thoughts in Progress – thank you, Mason!

The award comes with several conditions:  Answer the following questions with one-word answers, pass the award on to five other bloggers and leave a comment on their blogs about the award.

Here are the questions:
Your Hair? – Grey
Your Favorite Food? – Cake
Your Hobby? – Reading
Your Fear? – Claustrophobic
Something You Aren’t? -Conventional
Where Did You Grow Up? – Stuttgart, Germany
Your Life? – Fabulous!
Your Mood? – Positive
Your Favorite Color? – Purple

I’d like to pass this award on to the following five blogs:

Mystery Lovers Kitchen – because the combination of six fabulous mystery writers and wonderful recipes is most definitely over the top

Sparkle the Designer Cat – the top feline advice columnist on the internet

Chocolate and Croissants – writings about food, travel, books, and everything French

Lesa’s Book Critiques – one of my favorite book review blogs

Moderncat – a faboulous resource for cat owners with a modern style

Blogger Purrfection Award

The Conscious Cat is tickled to have received the Blogger Purrfection Award from Crystal at Crystal Clear Proofing – thank you, Crystal!  If you’re a writer and you’re not already following Crystal’s blog, you should (and she also has some adorable cat photos in her sidebar!).

I’d like to pass the award on to the following purrfect blogs – they’re all special in their own way:

About Vet Med – animal news, facts and fun stuff.  This is the personal blog of Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, the Guide to Veterinary Medicine at About.com.

The Creative Cat – art, portraits, photos, writing.  This is the blog of animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski.  Look for a profile of Bernadette here on the Conscious Cat soon.

Madame Purl – Adventures of an Aspiring Fiber Artist.  This blog belongs to Rose Hoffa, knitter, spinner, and cat lover.

The Boomer Muse – the daily photo diary of a hyper-hyphenated, tree-hugging, Canadian Baby Boomer/Photographer/Writer/Intuitive Consultant/Cat Lover.  I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this blog – a feast for the senses.

The Daily Tail – Daniela Caride’s blog, a wonderful collection of cat stories, dog stories, pet related news, and more.

Musings of a Bookish Kitty – a great book review blog by Wendy Runyon.

Please pass this award on to other deserving blogs!

Kreativ Blogger Award

The Conscious Cat is flattered to have received the Kreativ Blogger award!  And we’re even more flattered because it was given to us by a cat – not just any cat, but none other than Sparkle The Designer Cat, the internet’s premiere cat-to-cat columnist and author of her own book  Dear Sparkle:  Advice from One Cat to Another, which we previously reviewed here on The Conscious Cat.  Thank you, Sparkle!

The award comes with the following rules:

  1. Copy and paste the Kreativ Blogger picture onto your blog.
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and post a link to their blog.
  3. Write 7 things about yourself we do not know.
  4. Choose 7 other bloggers to award.
  5. Link to those 7 other bloggers.
  6. Notify your 7 bloggers.

I already took care of 1 and 2 above.  Here are seven things you may not know about me:

  1. I like to work in flannel pj pants and a sweatshirt (ah, the beauty of working from home!).
  2. In a prior life, I worked as a travel agent.
  3. When I was little, I wanted to be a professional figure skater.
  4. I have a wicked sweet tooth.
  5. I’ve had long hair since I was seventeen.
  6. I prefer e-mail to talking on the phone.
  7. I love all four seasons, but summer is my favorite.

I’d like to pass this award on to the seven following bloggers (and it’s really hard to pick just seven!):

365 Cat Ladies – Artist Susan Faye presents a different cat picture every single day of the year.  Eye candy for the cat lover!

Albert the Cat – Pearls and Wisdom From the Feline World – need I say more?

Conversations with Eva – where it’s nearly impawsible for anyone else to have the last word.

Moderncat – a wonderful resource for the cat lover with modern style.  This blog defines the word creative!

The Boomer Muse – the daily photo diary of a hyper-hyphenated, tree-hugging, Canadian Baby Boomer/Photographer/Writer/Intuitive Consultant/Cat Lover.

Thoughts in Progress – A wonderful mixture of book reviews and other topics – a place for the mind to gather images.  Not a cat blog, but Mason Canyon is owned by two cats.

Mystery Writing is Murder – author Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog – each day’s post is packed full of resources for writers.   Not a cat blog, either, but Elizabeth is owned by two cats and also shares her life with a corgi.

Honest Scrap Award

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I’m delighted and honored that The Conscious Cat received the Honest Scrap Award from Mason Canyon, the author of the wonderful blog Thoughts in Progress.  The award is given to “bloggers who put their heart on display as they write from the depths of their soul.”   For more about the award, and the amazing company I’m in, please visit today’s post on Mason’s blog.

The award came with two “conditions: ” that the recipient post 10 interesting things about themselves, and that the the award can be passed on to other blogs.

So, here are 10 things about myself – you be the judge of whether they’re interesting or not:

1.   I can’t imagine a world without cats.
2.   I was born in Germany.
3.   Walking is my favorite exercise.
4.   I like hard rock and heavy metal.
5.   I’m an introvert.
6.   I don’t like negative people.
7.   I love to eat out.
8.   I’m very intuitive.
9.   I love New York City.
10. I love being a published author.

Now to pass this award on – I’m passing it on to the following blogs who never fail to delight and inspire me:

The Boomer Muse
Conversations with Eva
Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Dawn Kairns and Maggie the Dog

The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood
The Daily Tail
Catnip Connection

The Creative Cat
Veterinary Wisdom Cafe
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

I’m not attaching any conditions to the award – enjoy, and feel free to pass it on if you wish!

 

Blogging Writer Award

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I’m honored that The Conscious Cat just received its first blog award!  Thank you to mystery writer Elizabeth Spann Craig for the honor – and thanks for being a regular reader of The Conscious Cat, Elizabeth!  To read more about the award, and to see what amazing company I’m in, visit Elizabeth’s wonderful blog, Mystery Writing is Murder.