The BlogPaws® Experience – wow!  We have been asked “what was it like at BlogPaws as International Ambassador” a lot recently, and Mum is happy to update our BlogPaws series. We have tips, and pictures from the Conference in her own words…..

Thanks Miranda, OK where to start about our Blogpaws experience….

From the moment Paul (Dash Kitten Crew’s dad) and I arrived, we got a warm welcome.  I have to say though, that any blogger who came on their own would not feel lonely! We all know blogs – so we have a heaven sent introduction to everyone we meet. People from the other side of my world came up with warm hugs, cheerful smiles and introductions to other bloggers, and I would like to thank Emily, the Kitties Blue family and Kitties Blue Mom for being so welcoming at the start. 

The hotel staff were helpful and very attentive. They knew ther climate, and how people forget to hydrate when visiting Arizona, so bottles of water were constantly available. As the heat was intense, this was an essential part of the service. The hotel itself was amazing. It was decorated with native American Indian painting, artifacts and furniture of the highest quality. The hotel even kept you fit as it was quite a walk to our room – but there was an ice dispenser on every floor!

Dawn over Arizona

After settling in, and admiring the view, Paul (Dash Kitten Crew’s dad) and I registered and got our fabled kitty Swag Bag. The sponsors were very generous and we collected a considerable amount of cat food, treats and generous vouchers for free bags of cat food. This we could not take home, much I would have loved to (the Dash Kitten Crew have never tasted Weruva!) so we gifted them to our friend Savannah’s rescue Kitty Corner. As we had two Swag Bags we brought some items home and are able to host a mini giveaway in our next post.

  • Today is we introduce you to a special friend in complimentary medicine, and some of our fabulous sponsors. The sponsors were happy to talk ‘international’ and made a trip to the Exhibitors Hall a fun experience.

WhiskerDocs Pocket Vet

Meeting Our First Friend, a great part of our Blogpaws experience !

Wherever you went, you looked out of windows at the sunshine, and could almost forget it was about C44/F112. I was glad that we were inside and making arrangements to meet with Deanna S Smith, author of a series of complimentary medicine books on Animal Acupressure. Deanna lives not far from the Wild Horse Pass resort and we were thrilled to have an opportunity to meet up. She is @DobutsuSatori on Twitter. 

Deanna I discovered through our Twitter chats, lives nearby. Sheoffered to give a brief demonstration of acupressure if I could find a volunteer pet. Dog blogger Bunny and her dog Carma Poodale were our volunteers for the demonstration and it was fascinating to have a guide through many of the points that are covered in her books. We will be reviewing ‘The Cat’ volume soon. It was an exciting start to our BlogPaws experience!

animal acupressure

I met my fellow ambassadors as I explored the conference venue – and I can tell you that Blogpaws did their attendees proud with the range of facilities available.

One of our duties was to welcome the sponsors and let them know how much we appreciated their support. As we love meeting people this was one of the best parts of the conference for us. All of the sponsors are there to meet you, the bloggers, to get to know you, and introduce you to their products. Here you make real friends for mutually beneficial working relationships!

Weruva
WE LOVE THE WERUVA FOLKS

Meet some of the most visionary companies we spoke to at Blogpaws

We were delighted to meet Addiction, their kibble is one of the Dash Kitten Crew’s essential foods and is made here in NZ. Addiction also available in the USA – for dogs and cats, and we can verify the fabulous range personally! You can read about their ethical sustainability and natural vision here.

 Weruva who sponsored the busy coffee stand are a dynamic family company, proudly manufacturing in the USA. They are people of vision whose aim is your pet’s health. Their website is a lot of fun, and you must meet the staff! 

Stand-out company Gingerlead is one you must check out, especially if you have or know someone with a dog who has mobility issues. We love their Support and Rehabilitation Harness – a stunning idea, and one we are investigating for use with cats! Look forward to a review soon!

Finally, we were impressed with WhiskerDocs – a visionary company who aim to fill one of the gaps they see in our pet care regime – deciding if you need to make that vet visit.

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Our Essential Tips to make your own Blogpaws Experience a good one

Go up to sponsors and say hello – they love it!
Nervous? Have one sentence ready – try “It’s good to see you… I’m XX from XX blog – I have or haven’t tried your food/product yet….”

Don’t stress about your Elevator Speech if you are scared – say who you are and your blog – the rest can come out as you chat.
If you have any questions, never be afraid to ask… it’s why the sponsors are at Blogpaws.
SMILE
Join in the fun!
Thank them if they sponsored a particular event. We love Weruva not only are the fun, they sponsored the FABulous coffee stand!

OK, I don’t know about you but I need a rest now! Thanks Mum for the report! We aim to have our next “Meet the Bloggers’ post up at the end of this week

With our giveaway of a selection of BlogPaws Swag  

See you then!
Harvey with the BlogPaws Experience Report

Harvey from DashKitten.com

 

 

 

 

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36 Comments

  1. Tenacious Little Terrier

    March 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    We’re not going to be able to make it this year but we had fun last year when we went. Loved meeting blogger friends.

    Reply

  2. Jessica Shipman | Beagles & Bargains

    March 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    It was great to see you at BlogPaws last year! Can’t wait until you make another trip to the US! Congrats on your nomination too!!!

    Reply

  3. Talent Hounds

    March 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I had a great time at the conference too. I came from Canada and people were very welcoming. Not as easy to do business across borders (with food especially) but still great learning and networking.

    Reply

  4. Dear Mishu

    March 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Super helpful! We’ll be going for the first time this year and it was really great to get a preview of what to expect, especially the photos

    Reply

  5. Beth

    March 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I have my ticket for the 2017 BlogPaws conference. I am a little worried that I’ll be overwhelmed, but I think you can’t go wrong with a conference full of animal lovers!

    Reply

  6. Jana Rade

    March 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I hope that one of these days I’ll make it to meet you all there too.

    Reply

  7. Allison

    March 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Maybe one day I’ll get to have the Blog Paws experience! For now, I’ll have to settle with reading about it … and participating in our blog boosts. 😉

    Reply

  8. Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing

    March 16, 2017 at 10:28 am

    We are so excited for another amazing BlogPaws experience!

    Reply

  9. Ruth Epstein

    March 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I hope everyone enjoys !! We cannot make it unfortunately

    Reply

  10. Carleen

    March 16, 2017 at 7:52 am

    BlogPaws is the best blogging conference out there. Looking forward to this year’s event!

    Reply

  11. Tonya Wilhelm

    March 16, 2017 at 4:35 am

    You are getting me excited about my first Blogpaws! I can’t wait to meet fellow bloggers.

    Reply

  12. NIchole

    March 16, 2017 at 4:17 am

    We won’t be attending, but thanks for sharing your experience!

    Reply

  13. kelly

    March 16, 2017 at 3:14 am

    What a wonderful experience you had and how great it is to meet so many people. I’m just sorry I won’t be able to make it this year. Enjoy your time in May 2017!

    Reply

  14. Cathy

    March 16, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Last year was my first Blog Paws. As a shy introvert, I found it a little over whelming but I still got a lot out of it and will be there again this coming May.

    Reply

  15. Debbie

    March 16, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Sounds like a great time! Hoping to make it to a conference someday. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  16. Rebecca at MattieDog

    March 16, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for sharing – we’ve enjoyed our previous BlogPaws experiences and look forward to many more (and meeting up with you)!

    Reply

  17. The Daily Pip

    March 16, 2017 at 12:05 am

    BlogPaws is an amazing experience and I’m getting excited for this year’s conference in May. My only regret from last year is that we didn’t ever connect in person! Not sure how that happened, but hopefully our paths will cross at a future conference.

    Reply

  18. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    July 29, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Sounds like your peeps had a WONDERFUL time! Maybe next time, I can loan you a teleportation device so that you and some of your fur-sibs can attend, too. I’d be more than happy to fix up a device big enough to transport you all. Purrs, Seville.

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  19. meowmeowmans

    July 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    BlogPaws really is a wonderful conference, and we are so glad you were able to experience it in person! We’re just sorry we were not able to attend this year, so that we could meet you. Thank you for the report.

    Reply

  20. Sweet Purrfections

    July 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Mom Paula thinks BlogPaws was amazing and she was so happy to meet you.

    Reply

  21. Connie

    July 27, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Glad to hear you had such a good time 🙂 Being with like minded individuals is definitely a heartwarming experience.

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  22. da tabbies o trout towne

    July 27, 2016 at 3:43 am

    dood !! tell yur mum we said manee thanx for sharin this post//her eggs peer ee ants at blogpaws…we N joyed reedin it…we iz buzzed happee her & yur dad had such an awesum time 🙂 insert heartz XXX

    Reply

  23. Erin the cat Princess

    July 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Hi! Thank You so much for sharing ALL this information, and please keep it coming as it helps me understand and enjoy all that was to offer at Blog Paws. I am really looking forwards to that Acupressure book, which arrived last night! Many many thanks for that wonderful gift!

    Reply

  24. Carol Bryant

    July 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Fab continued posts you have here and I feeling like I am reliving it seeing it through your lens

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    • Dash Kitten

      July 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

      There is a lot of information and encouragement to share. Let’s hope we see more at BlogPaws.

      Reply

  25. Three Chatty Cats

    July 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    BlogPaws was such a wonderful experience and I’m so glad I went!

    Reply

    • Dash Kitten

      July 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Us too, some genuine bloggers there, and engaged sponsors!

      Reply

  26. Deziz World

    July 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. We’s hate dat we missed it and meetin’ you. We also miss da swag, so we’s gonna keep our paws crossed we win. MOL\

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    Reply

  27. Summer

    July 26, 2016 at 9:34 am

    This year’s BlogPaws was so much fun! My human was wishing she could have cloned herself so she could do everything she wanted to!

    Reply

  28. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    July 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    It sounds like it was a really great time, and we’re so glad you were able to make it so far to attend!

    Reply

  29. The Swiss Cats

    July 26, 2016 at 7:44 am

    We’re so happy you had great time, and we love to read your experience of BlogPaws ! Purrs

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  30. Athena

    July 26, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Love the new look and glad you had such a great time!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  31. Random Felines

    July 26, 2016 at 4:48 am

    we are so glad you had such a fabulous time

    Reply

  32. Nellie (who use to be the cat from hell)

    July 26, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Wowwzers! We so wanted to goes this year and was crossing our claws that we would, but alas, it was not in the cards. Wes is living your posts. it makes us feel like wes was there!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  33. Brian

    July 26, 2016 at 3:29 am

    It really is a very special bunch and we are so glad you got the experience the fun!

    Reply

  34. The Island Cats

    July 26, 2016 at 1:14 am

    The mom says all the sponsors this year at BlogPaws were fantastic…welcoming…and really wanting to share about their products…both information and free samples. We scored! 🙂

    Reply

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