What did I do at BlogPaws – networking, of course! What else would the Chief Blogging Officer do? Since my blog was a finalist for Best Dog Blog at the Nose to Nose awards, we got to walk the red carpet Saturday night too! I would say about 75% of the conference, Mom had only me or Bailie with her. We each have such different interests, it is just easier that way, but for the red carpet walk, we were all together.
I had to choose a dog, cat, or dog and cat swag bag. Naturally, I chose the dog bag. Those cats of mine don’t need anything, and I always find something in the exhibit hall to bring home to them anyway! After I got my swag bag, I made sure I really had one for dogs and there was no silly cat stuff in it. A dog has to watch her stuff.
During the conference I did attend a few of the sessions to help improve my blog. Most of the time I sent Bailie instead, so I could get some beauty rest up in the room. One advantage to having more than one pet at a conference is you can split up all the work. It is also pretty crowded so it is easier for Mom with one dog at a time.
While Bailie toiled away on her PR Dog job, I got down to business networking with some of the brands I work with. It is always good to meet fur to face! One of the first folks I ran into was Shelby at dogIDs. My sisters and I did a collar review for them about a year ago. Good stuff!
I finally got to meet Betsy at the Merrick booth. I love Merrick food and treats, and I love Betsy since she sends us tasty stuff, including Alpine Rabbit Stew…not that I’m into wabbit or anything!
Merrick was also doing a video to help feed shelter pets. For everyone who participated, Merrick donated meals to the participant’s shelter of choice. When all was said and done, they donated almost 30,000 meals! Mom and I did a 2 second spot where she said one word…Mom prefers to be the one taking the photos, not being in them. You can catch us around the 43 second mark. We requested our meals go to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley where Mom has adopted almost all of her shelter pets including our kitties Bert and Sophie.
I got to meet my friend Keona at the Full Moon Pet booth. She has such tasty stuff and sometimes sends me goodies to review. In this shot she was teasing me with some chicken jerky! Bailie and I were actually both along at this booth, but we had an incident with each of us stealing stuff off tables in booths. While Mom and I were talking with Keona, Bailie was stealing mouthfuls of Spot Farms treats, not good. Mom made the executive parental decision to only have one dog at a time in the exhibit hall from then on.
My friend Sydney from Chewy.com attended BlogPaws this year for the first time. I had a tough time locating her, as she didn’t have a booth, but I managed to find her after a keynote speech. She is so nice, and it is great to finally get a sniff of the one who sends me the tasty packages every month! I think she will be back again next year!
Naturally I had to stop by and do some shopping at my friend Flea’s Jones Natural Chews booth. I got a nice bag of goodies for my sisters and I. The hard part was not eating my pigs ear immediately. Man was it good!
I made some new friends at the Glyco-Flex booth. They had treats lying out on the table which being a trained scent hound, I found immediately and gobbled up. Mom said it was rude of me, but I figure finders keepers!
Sometimes I do some tasting and posting for WellPet, so it was nice to meet my friends at their booth. I know they will want to work with me even more now that they have met me in the fur.
Another stop I made was at the Natural Balance booth. I really enjoy their treats. I got some last year at BlogPaws and found them pawsome, so I was excited to see what they had to offer this year.
Lucky me, I got to be in a video Natural Balance is making about dogs around the country. We had a lot of fun making the video which will be coming out sometime in the next few months. I will let you know when it is out. The guy behind me is their video person, so I figured it would only be fair for me to take a photo with him.
At the end of the day, it was time collect my sister and hit Yappy Hour! It was really great meeting with so many brands. I know I often get comments about how I like everything, but the truth of the matter is, I’m selective about who I work with and what I post about. I turn down a lot of opportunities as it wouldn’t be right for My GBGV Life, and I have gotten products I ended up not liking and don’t post about. It is important to me to only work with companies I can support, and I only post about products we actually use in our own home. Bloggers probably know this, but non bloggers may have wondered about it.
Don’t forget to enter the K9 Bytes $50 Shopping Spree giveaway which ends tonight! If you are a multi pet family, have you put out a post and linked up to the blog hop yet? Get thinking and join in the fun!