Tuesday, June 26, 2012

BlogPaws 2012 is in the Books!

This was certainly a special BlogPaws conference for Mom. It had only been a week since I went Over the Rainbow Bridge and she was still grieving. She knew that she would still go, because she said it was the best place to be to help heal her broken heart. She got to see old friends and meet others in person for the first time. Every hug got her a little closer to healing.

Me and Deb Barnes hanging out in the Catification Lounge.

Of course, there is more to BlogPaws than just hanging out with friends (but that's still the best part!). Mom saw some wonderful speakers and went to lots of breakout sessions. One of the speakers was Betsy Saul, co-founder of She gave a brief history of animal rescue in the United States. She also gave a sad statistic: only 2.5% of lost cats are returned to their owners. That reminded Mom that we still have lots of work to do!

Another speaker was Amanda LeGaux of Trone Brand Energy. She gave a short, but extremely informative, presentation about the kind of information pet owners are looking for on the web. I'll talk more about this presentation in a later blog post.

Amanda giving her presentation. I don't just love her because she sends me GREENIES, she's really nice too!
Mom also got to accept an award for the stunning Cathy Keisha. CK won the Nose-to-Nose award for best Twitter design. Mom was a little nervous ahead of time, thinking about what she would say if CK won, but when the moment happened, she was so excited for CK that she wasn't nervous at all! Concats, CK!

Plush CK and her award.
There was so much that happened during the weekend there is no way I can get it all into one post! Mom would like to say a special thanks to those who helped get her there. First, thank you BlogPaws for the pass that she won during a Twitter party and for paying for the hotel room she shared with Bunny Jean Cook's mom, Vicki Cook. Also, thanks to Trone Brand Energy for paying for her airfare out to Salt Lake City. I'm very grateful that you guys helped her out so she can keep my bloggie going strong!


  1. Being around your mom was one of the highlights of BlogPaws for us...and every time we saw your feathery angel wings, we hugged you...we hope you felt the love, as it was everywhere just for you, Sebastian!

  2. Meeting your human was one of the special moments of BlogPaws for my human. We both were so glad that she was there!

  3. It was so good to see you at BlogPaws and so glad you come come!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Cosmo

  4. I'm so happy your mom was able to go to Blogpaws! She is a great roomie, and we had lots of fun.

  5. It's great that your mom enjoyed Blogpaws so much!

  6. I was very glad to see your mom at BlogPaws and that being there helped her heart heal. I'm also very happy that you're still tweeting and blogging from OTRB. You have a unique and wonderful voice - one that would be very much missed by lots and lots of us if you decided to stop meowing from OTRB. *hugs*

  7. Hi Sebastian! It was great seeing your mom, and she did a great job accepting Keisha's award. It was the funniest part of the ceremony! ; )

    Much love,
    Kristin and Cokie

  8. BlogPaws does sound like a lot of fun...and interesting too! We're gonn make our mom go next year for sure!