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The Conscious Cat Won the Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Cat Blog

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I’m delighted to announce that The Conscious Cat won the coveted Nose-to-Nose award for Best Cat Blog!

The BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Nose-to-Nose Awards were created by the founders of BlogPaws to judge pet bloggers and people who write about pets online for their expertise, creativity, performance and achievements in one or more of 12 categories. Judging is done by a panel of industry professionals.Continue Reading

The 2012 Petties: trophy and acceptance speech

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While nothing quite equals the moment when Leslie Smith, the Editor for DogTime/CatTime Media, announced that The Conscious Cat won the 2012 Pettie for Best Cat Blog during the virtual award ceremony on October 12, 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 the fun with you.

A week ago, our trophy arrived in the mail. As you can see in the picture above, Allegra and Ruby approve! The beautiful statue joined last year’s award for Best Pet Blog on my desk, and inspires me to continue blogging every day.

DogTime/Cat Time Media asked each Pettie winner to record an acceptance speech. You can watch my speech below:Continue Reading

The 2011 Petties: Thank you for voting!

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.