KATIE: Surely there must be some kind of secret compartment for our swag.
WAFFLES: And for all the presents from my girlfriends. They always give me gifts and stuff. Do you think they missed me?
KATIE: You mean missed you hiding in the hotel room under the bed?
Not to worry... there's a whole suitcase of amazing kitty swag yet to be unpacked. Giveaways and samples from pet brands and special gift bags from other bloggers. Swag is one of the most fun parts of the BlogPaws conference that everyone who attends looks forward to.
We thought you'd enjoy seeing a few behind the scenes photos from the big weekend and meeting just a few of the fantastic bloggers Glogirly had a chance to hang out with.
Top Left: One of our favorite therapy cats, Summer from SparkleCat.com, was on hand with her talented human Janiss Garza. Summer was everywhere! From greeting conference goers at the Cat Writers Association booth to dazzling everyone at the post Nose to Nose Awards celebration.
Top Right: That little heartbreaker is Samuel, a sweet kitten who was seen snuggling up to nearly every cat lady at the conference. And what a wonderful experience for him! One of the best things you can do for a young kitten's development is to get them out and about, socializing with people and other pets, at a very young age. He was calm as can be, purring up a storm.
Bottom: For Glogirly, having an opportunity to hang out with other cat bloggers is the #1 highlight of an event like this. Friendships that are born online become even more special when faces are put with names. Four incredibly talented cat bloggers from all over the country (L-R):
Linda Rogers, Savannah's Paw Tracks
Laura Zaccardi, Squeedunk Cats
Sue Doubte, The Island Cats
Lisa Richman, A Tonk's Tail
It's truly something special when you find yourself among like minded people and friends. The pet blogging community is one of the most supportive and compassionate groups of people Glogirly has ever met. Some of the deepest friendships are formed at the BlogPaws conference.
Lisa Richman (A Tonk's Tail) and Susan Willett (Life with Dogs and Cats) are two such friends.
We didn't catch their names, but these little guys were some of the cutest rideshare buddies ever. Do you think that orange cat is signaling a left paw turn? Or perhaps he's just tired of being a backseat driver!
Naked and Hungry, was stylin' in his streetwear fashion and fancy, light-up ride. All the ladies were in love.
The sparkling cat ears come out for the final evening of the conference and the prestigious BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards. The two cat ladies above are two of Glogirly's dear friends.
Katherine Kern (above) from Momma Kat and her Bear Cat is a new friend Glogirly was really looking forward to meeting in person for the first time. There were hugs and smiles all around when they recognized each other for the first time.
Lisa Richman (below) from A Tonk's Tail is one of Glogirly's closest friends. They've roomed together at more conferences than she can count and had a blast staying up and talking late into the nights.
And the winner is... OMG!
Many of our friends and readers know that we were up for a couple of really big awards at the conference. BlogPaws received over 1000 nominations (many from you!) and a panel of judges made up of pet industry professionals, social media experts and digital technology pros looked at every single one to determine the finalists and winners.
We are so honored to have been named a finalist in the Best Pet Humor Blog category along with three other talented cat bloggers. That’s right… ALL of the Humor Finalists this year are CAT bloggers. Not a dog among us. (Sorry, pups.) And when they announced Glogirly’s name as the winner, she was completely blown away. Being recognized as a humor blogger is something she’s dreamed of since she first started blogging seven years ago.
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank all of our friends, readers and fellow bloggers for stopping by to see what we’re up to day after day and smiling along with us. We love you more than you know.
We also want to give a very special shout out to our fellow finalists, three wonderful cat bloggers that make the blogosphere a happier, sunnier and funnier place and we are proud to call friends:
Katherine Kern of Momma Kat and her Bear Cat
Mark Watson of Erin The Cat (Princess)
Jennifer Neimi of Nerissa’s Life