WAFFLES: Hey Boss! Check out all the COOL loot we got to bring home from the big BlogPaws conference! I thought this was a feather, but Glogirly says it's called swag.
KATIE: Swag is the cool free stuff we get at conferences. Like bags and t-shirts and treats –
WAFFLES: – and TOYS!!!
KATIE: What makes the swag we're showing everyone today really special is that all of it was given to us from our friends at the conference. Every year a number of cat bloggers that attend bring gifts for each other. Sure, we still get swag bags from the conference filled with some pretty great stuff.
WAFFLES: But the primo stuff is from our friends, right?
KATIE: Right. And that's really the best part of the conference too. Friends. And chocolate. For Glogirly, that is.
WAFFLES: Uh, about Ashton's Chicken Emporium... do they deliver?
Thanks for the LOOT!
If Glogirly had been organized and on top of things, she would have written down notes about all the cool stuff we received and who gave it to us. But she's giving us some lame excuse about having her paws full with us. So if we've left anyone out... please accept our apologies!
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Another highlight of BlogPaws is the big awards banquet that's held on the last night of the conference. It's particularly fun because many of the cat bloggers have a tradition of sitting all together to cheer each other on. Cats may be outnumbered by dogs when it comes to bloggers and conference attendees... but the Cat Ladies definitely know how to make some noise!
Remember a few months ago when we announced that we'd been selected as finalists in the Best Cat Blog category of the Nose to Nose Awards? Well we got to bring home a pretty cool souvenir!!!
This was our fourth BlogPaws conference and our fifth Nose to Nose award. To say we feel honored and blessed is an understatement.
Congrats to All the Best Cat Blog Finalists
We'd be remiss if we didn't give a warm shout out to the other talented bloggers that were also finalists for Best Cat Blog. We're a small and close knit community of bloggers. Many of us have become dear friends through our blogs, so it's very special when we have an opportunity to spend time together face-to-face or even face-to-fur. That also makes it hard when friends find themselves up for the same award. We adore our fellow finalists and have the utmost respect for the work they do to entertain us, inform us and help cats and their guardians.
• Deb Barnes from The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey
• Sue Doute from The Island Cats
• Alana Grelyak from Cat In The Fridge (pssst! Congrats to Alana who won the best video award!)
WAFFLES: So who's this Debbie Glo-something person? And how come it doesn't say Waffles?
KATIE: Waffles, not everything is about you.
WAFFLES: It's not? Are you sure??
If it weren't for all of our wonderful friends, readers and fellow bloggers there wouldn't be a GLOGIRLY cat blog. It's you who make everything possible and inspire us to share our stories and antics. You mean the world to us. Being recognized with an award like the Nose to Nose is very special and meaningful to us. We're nominated by friends and peers, then a panel of industry experts does all of the judging. There's no begging for votes, no popularity contest.
Best of all, each award winner is given the opportunity to select a shelter to receive a $500 cash donation, sponsored by Mars PetCare, that the shelter can use however they wish. Whether it's keeping the lights on, making repairs or buying supplies... the shelter gets to choose.
So congratulations to the real winner: Our hometown, no-kill, all-volunteer cat shelter, Minnesota's Feline Rescue.
Thanks for joining us!
On the Road with Waffles & Katie
We had a BLAST at the BlogPaws conference and loved taking you with us!
In case you're still catching up -
Day One: Nashville or Bust
Day Two: B&B FAIL
Day Three: The Long Ride to Nashville
Day Four: Do You Smell Something?
Day Five: A Public Katie Sighting???
Day Six: Love & KFC
Day Seven: Waffle House Pit Stop
Day Eight: The Last Leg
We are so excited that you won but we knew you would.ReplyDelete
Awww.. thank you, Patty. We really were very surprised! All of the finalists are so talented and dedicated. We love their blogs.Delete
Congrats on winning! And dat awesome swag. ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! Between all the kitty and human swag, we've got lots to remember our fun trip by!Delete
Thank you, Michelle! Glogirly was so thrilled to meet you! We still have your beautiful portraits hanging in our home and enjoy them everyday. They're in Glogirly's bedroom so they are the last thing she sees before she goes to sleep and the first thing she sees when she wakes up. ...that is unless Waffles is standing on her head. ; )Delete
We are very proud of all three of you. Hard working blogging friends.ReplyDelete
(Sorry Mum's not been well hence not commenting on your lovely posts).
Oh, thank you so much Team Dash!Delete
We're so sorry to hear your mum is under the weather. : ( No apologies necessary!
We're glad you like the chocolate! Congrats again on the Nose to Nose... And thank you for continuing to entertain and delight us with stories of Katie and Waffles every day.ReplyDelete
Glogirly was so tickled to meet you! And VERY impressed that you flew all the way from down under! Glogirly is savoring the yummy chocolate and we are actually taking turns with our colorful fish toy! (... for now!) We hope you have a smooth and safe trip home and we hope very much to see you again!Delete
Concatulations on winning! That's some cool swag too!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kitties! We're very excited!!!Delete
I am really embarrassed to confess that I lost the gift from Harry the Farm Cat! My human couldn't find it, and she knows I was digging around in her laptop bag and she thinks I removed it at the hotel! Well, it was fun while it lasted. ;-)ReplyDelete
Concatulations on your win!
And we are embarrassed to confess that the mousie Harry gave us no longer has a tail. Investigations are underway to determine *who* is responsible. ; )Delete
Glogirly loved meeting you, Summer!!! She said you're as sweet and beautiful in purr-son as you are in your wonderful photos and blog!
Congratulations on your award! Wow, lots of great swag! Lucky kitties!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Andrea and the kitties! We are very lucky indeed. xoDelete
Congratulations again on your award! So well deserved - your blog brings smiles to me every day.ReplyDelete
Awww... thank you, Ingrid! It warms our furs to know we bring you smiles.Delete
We're loving all the swag the mom brought home for us...but you're right, the gifts from our furiends are the bestest! Congrats again on your award...so well deserved.ReplyDelete
Somehow we ended up with TWO of your pink fleecy catnip kickers! ...and BOTH are getting plenty of use. Of course, Waffles wants to play with whichever one Katie is playing with. haha! Glogirly LOVES the magnet! We all were super happy to see the Yellow-Haired Lady!Delete
It was fun traveling with you through your blog. Congratulations on your well deserved win!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Maggie!Delete
We had so much fun on this trip, we hope to take another short kitty trip sometime in the future!
Congratulations on your award- you truly deserve it :) And such great gifts from your friends too.ReplyDelete
Awww... that's so sweet. Thank you!!!Delete
Spending time with friends is definitely the highlight!
A very well-deserved award, and so nice for your choice of shelter. Mom is quite jealous of the camaraderie she knows you had with the other cat bloggers.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Simba! We're very excited for the kitties of Feline Rescue.Delete
Glogirly would love to meet your mom someday. Some of her very best friends are cat moms she's met through blogging.
Great writeup! Sad that I didn't get to spend more time with Waffles & Katie. Although I was afraid I might cheat on Jean Pierre with another handsome orange cat. It end being Russell!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your award! Your third one! Might as well build a trophy case while repairing the floors from water leak. Silver lining...
Thank you, Christine! I bet you got a few sniffs from the kitties when you arrived home! Don't worry, we won't tell.Delete
Thank you so much...and congrats to you too! Very exciting!!!
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quite a haul.....and a wonderful and well deserved award!!ReplyDelete
The swag was over the top, that's for sure!Delete
Thank you so much... and please kiss those adorable kittens for us!
Concats on that win! It was great to see you and meet Katie.ReplyDelete
Our Mom has been in slow motion and we still haven't got our swag. Looks like primo stuff!
Concatulations on winning.ReplyDelete
I have yet to even open my suitcases.. I am so so far behind..ReplyDelete
Concats Debbie..Katie..and Waffles on another well deserved award and some awesome swag..I would also like to say a BIG thank you to all of you bloggers that work hard everyday to show the world how wonderful cats are..and for helping shelter kitties have a chance to find love and a furever home...Bless you all!!!!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your award!! Hoping next year to come represent cats with you at that banquet. ~Rascal and RoccoReplyDelete
Congrats on your Nose to Nose award! Cat bloggers rule :)ReplyDelete
Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential
We watched the live broadcast and saw you win! We thought you gave a wonderful acceptance speech. A huge concats on the win. That is amazing you've won 5 awards. You deserve it for the wonderful fun and beautifully photographed blog you and Katie and Waffles produce. It's a lot of work and you do a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us, it was fun to see it through Katie & Waffles eyes.ReplyDelete
Congratulations again. We have an Ashton's glass as well... Now where's that chicken?!ReplyDelete
What a lovely post!! Well done again on your well deserved win! You are right, the others are also great bloggers and good friends!ReplyDelete
Massive congratulations again!!!!!!ReplyDelete
That's totally pawesome!! Congrrats on the well-deserved win.ReplyDelete
That's totally pawesome!! Congrrats on the well-deserved win.ReplyDelete
Huge concatulations on your win ! PurrsReplyDelete
conga ratz two ewe katie & waffles...mom two :) total lee awesum on winnin de best cat blog award oh 20 & 15... N we noe feline rescue iz veree thanx full that ya choozed them ta ree ceeve de prize ...high paws & head bonx....OW....two all ♥♥♥ReplyDelete
Wow! You guys got some really cool swag from BlogPaws. Even though I didn't really get to see the two of you, I'm glad that you were able to be there. :)ReplyDelete
-Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net
I love your swag and could not be happier that you won. I was watching the live stream and was so proud of the wonderful group of bloggers representing the kitties :)ReplyDelete
Concatulations on your win! We are *so* happy for you!ReplyDelete
And Waffles, I'm counting on you to help stock my chicken emporium after you finish your chicken ranching studies. Are you still a freshcat at chicken ranching school? -- Ashton
Congratulations! It sounds like you had a wonderful time..ReplyDelete
Noodle and crew
Glad yous all had a good time. Sowry weez missed seein' ya'. Maybe next time.ReplyDelete
Dezi and Lexi
Concats on your award...we is so happy to hear your stories and see all the pawsome photos of you Katie and Waffles. You always have so much fun!ReplyDelete
Sasha, Sami, & Saku
Whoa! Top billing! Concats on the award. I wish TW could have been at the cat table but it only holds so many. I’m glad Pop stayed home with me since TW didn’t really get to meet Katie. This will probably be her last Blogpaws conference unless there’s one in NYC or Boston and NYC is out cos they have a ferret ban.ReplyDelete
Lots of good stuff. Mum wishes she could go, but said she doesn't get enuf baycation to take off for that long. Says her day hunting place is stingy! Maybe when she retires.ReplyDelete
WOW, that a lotta loot that you got at Blog Paws. What fun you will have. Thanks for taking us on the road with you.ReplyDelete
We are so proud of you! Congratulations on your well-deserved Nose-to-Nose win. Did you hear us cheering from here? :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for taking us along to BlogPaws via your blog ... it was fun to follow along, since we were not able to attend this year.
Concatulations on an award truly well deserved!!!ReplyDelete
ConCATs on your win!!! Much deserved.ReplyDelete
Congrats to you guys and thanks for your mention and your congrats on our award. it was great seeing you! -Alana and Crepes.ReplyDelete
Whoa! Supaaa -starsReplyDelete
Lily & Edward
Concatulations on your win!! Mommy said she rang her cowbell so loud!! MOL We're glad Glogirly liked the stuff we sent with Mommy.ReplyDelete
Just got caught up - CONGRATS! And as always enjoyed the on the road posts too. Keep up the great work my friends!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your great and well deserved award! I do read your posts every day, but because of big internet problems lately I often can only read them on Feedly but can't get your blog to load properly to comment. It happens on most blogs with more than 2 or 3 photos and the problem is definitely my end. I am stuck in a lousy contract until November :(ReplyDelete
Concats on all that great swag too.
So much deserved!!!! Congratulations!!! I'm am so thrilled for you guys! I will continue to support and love you!ReplyDelete
Waff! Dood! Wait - was there something NOMMY in that Maine bag? Because our mom totally hid it from us....ReplyDelete
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! I don't know how I missed the announcement when I get your emails, just saw it on Facebook. I have been lacking in commenting, hard life lessons happening, I shouldn't ever not read yours though, they always make me laugh, and for that I thank you and am forever grateful.ReplyDelete
Concatulations! And we are also sooooo happy for Feline Rescue!!ReplyDelete