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
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!
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.
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
It’s my turn to write! Wee!!! Boy, do I have lots to tell you! I’ve had a couple of big adventures since I last wrote!
For starters, last week, I fell off the top of the refrigerator. Don’t worry, I’m fine. But see, I like to hang out there. The view from up there is awesome! I can see the kitchen, living room, dining room, and stairway. It’s so cool! And I like to roll around on top, and hang my head over the side and look at the world upside down. That’s what I was doing last week, when, all of a sudden, I started slipping off the side!
I was really scared, but thankfully Mom was in the kitchen and she saw me slip. She reacted quickly and grabbed me halfway down. I was so spooked that I wouldn’t let her hold on to me, and I landed right on top of a full glass of water that was sitting on the counter I was heading for. Yikes! Miraculously, the glass didn’t break, but I landed in the puddle of water it created when it toppled over, and that really creeped me out. Now I was scared and wet! I took off running. I didn’t even know where I was running to, I just wanted to get out of the kitchen!
When Mom finally caught up with me, I could tell she was upset. I didn’t do it on purpose, I just slipped! Then I realized that she wasn’t upset with me, she was worried that I had hurt myself. Well, maybe my pride was hurt – I felt a little silly. And I was wet. But otherwise, I was fine. Allegra was watching the whole thing and I could tell she was alternately worried, amused, and relieved.
Mom told me that this was enough excitement for her for a while. But apparently, it wasn’t for me.
A few days after the great refrigerator tumble, I got myself in trouble again. I like playing in the bathtub. It’s fun to get behind the shower curtain and just walk around in there, and pretend that nobody knows where I’m at. I go there periodically throughout the day. Mom goes in there once a day, and I always wait for her right outside. When she goes in there, strange things happen, and I don’t want any part of that.
Well, the other day, Mom was in there. But I forgot that she was. I took a flying leap through the crack between the shower curtain and the wall, right into the tub. That’s when I realized that there was water falling from the ceiling! Lots of water! Eeeeek!!! I tried to jump back out, but lost my footing on the wet bottom. By the time I finally got out, I was really wet!
I wanted to get a far away from the bathroom as I could as fast as I could, so I tore through the house, trying to get away from the wet – except, the wet was following me! I finally realized that there was no way I could outrun it, so I sat down and started to try and dry myself off. By that time, Mom had caught up with me and wiped me down with a towel. I can’t believe Mom goes in there and stands under that water every day. Humans are just weird. Why doesn’t she just lick herself clean like I do?
Humans say things come in three’s, but so far, I’ve been a good kitten and haven’t gotten myself in any more trouble. Besides, humans say a lot of strange things. I know Mom is holding her breath, though.
That’s it as far as excitement around here goes. I’m really going to try to be a good little kitten. But I can hear a roll of toilet paper calling my name…
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!”
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 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.