Many of you have noticed that there has been a change in the categories this year in the Nose to Nose Awards.
Plenty of familiar awards such as Best Cat Blog, Best Sponsored Post and Best Dog Blog have been available for nominations, but many spotted an unfamiliar category. In fact, this category is making its debut at the BlogPaws 2018 conference.
Many noticed that the Best Cause Blog category had disappeared. It was a category many looked for as it brought many blogs with a specific rescue and helping focus into the spotlight. Surely there needs to be something to acknowledge the amazing work done by helping blogs, people asked?
The Founders’ Award
The Founders’ Award: This category acknowledges a person who embodies the spirit of BlogPaws and its founders in some way.
The founders created BlogPaws with a sense of purpose, passion, community, and giving back. Judged on purpose, achievement, and engagement. We are looking for passion and persistence, a sense of community, and engagement in animal welfare. How does this person reflect the spirit of BlogPaws?
It will be interesting to see how the award develops over time.
Many blogs reach out on so many levels to help pets and people from small one-woman rescues to town based initiatives to help TNR community cats.
There are also blogs helping people who struggle with reactive dogs, or cats with IBD. They provide valuable advice to a desperate pet parent who feels they are struggling alone. I hope a wide range of blogs will be encouraged to enter what promises to be a prestigious addition to the Nose to Nose Awards, I certainly hope so.
Is the Founders’ Award Better?
What I can say that BlogPaws is giving a lot more people a chance to enter. They are including a wide variety of blogs and people for acknowledgement which sounds very positive.
Future nominees might be little outside the usual range of rescue and cause blogs but they might still be blogs that provide help and inspiration to many. There is still a big place for cause blogs at BlogPaws and this is the place, I am sure.
The four blogs nominated in The Founders’ Award 2018 are introduced below. Can you believe how excited I am for the Dash Kitten blog?!
I have asked each of the other nominees for the Founders Award to write a short 100 words introduction about themselves and include a picture as well. This way you can get some insight into the blogs as well as the people and pets behind them.
You can also find the full list of Nose to Nose Awards and their nominees here. Some of the finest cat blogs are featured in the 2018 awards.
The Daily Pip
Kristin Avery is a Chicago-based writer and photographer with a lifelong passion for animal welfare. Her blog, The Daily Pip, is an award-winning lifestyle pet blog, promoting rescue, adoption, and second chances. She posts an eclectic mix of inspiring rescue and adoption stories, personal reflections on her life with animals and midlife comeback, and a whole bunch of random furry cuteness.
Through her volunteer work with local and national rescue groups as well as her award-winning blog series The Specials, she advocates for animals with special needs and those viewed as less adoptable. Kristin has also used her past experience as a professional fundraiser to raise significant funds for shelters and rescues.
Kristin previously won two Nose-to-Nose awards for Best Written Blog Post and Best Cause Blog in 2016 and was a finalist for Best Cause Blog and Best Dog Blog in 2017. Additionally, she was recognized with a Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writer’s Association of America in February 2018.
The Broke Dog Blog
Rochelle BaRoss is an accessory designer by day and a blogger by night. The Broke Dog started in 2015 in Brooklyn, New York when Rochelle adopted a terrier mix, Henry. As she discovered innovative ways to save money on Henry’s care, she made it her mission to share them with other dog owners and the blog was born.
She focuses on product reviews, DIY tutorials, tips and tricks, and small business spotlights as well as supply drives for local rescues. Rochelle also owns Brooklyn Bowtied, an online shop that sells bow ties for dogs. Website: www.thebrokedog.com
Marjorie Dawson is the New Zealand based cat tech writer and movie maker behind Dash Kitten.
Dash Kitten blog has always had a strong helping focus and now, as well as fundraising and sharing for cats and rescues worldwide, the blog has been teaching pet people to make their own movies one small step at a time. It’s working too!
Marjorie fell in love with making movies several years ago and inspired by BlogPaws in 2016, her teaching direction was inspired by Ron Lee, a news cameraman who did a BlogPaws video session. She decided that every pet owner (and blogger) can make great movies of their pets and even better memories. About DashKitten
Authentic Dog Friendliness. Wagtown sets responsible and authentic standards for that label. Our mission is to lead the movement to create a Wagtown® community for everyone. To do this, we advocate for dog-friendliness through research, consulting, leveraging big data, education, marketing, and empowerment.
Amazing people right? So, will you be there, or watching the livestream of the Nose to Nose Awards on Facebook?