BlogPaws Swag Giveaway Winners

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I’m so happy to be able to share my bounty from BlogPaws with my readers. I told you that there might be enough for two giveaway winners and there was more than enough for that. I kept some of the treats and food mom wants me to try and of course some toys, but there’s lots of goodies that will be on their way today to Annamarie V. and Cathy K. Yes, that’s right, my pal Cathy Keisha was the second place winner.

Giveaway Winners

BlogPaws Swag Giveaway winnersAnnamarie told me she doesn’t have a cat but entered for her mom who needs some cheering up. So glad to help with that!

BlogPaws is celebrating horses this week so here’s a picture of mom’s horse, Dancer. Isn’t she a beauty? Mom loves her almost as much as she loves me.

My beautiful girl, Dancer. #horses #horsesofinstagram #palomino #beautifuldayforaride #trailride #americanpainthorse #goldcountry #GCCowgirl

A photo posted by Gold Country Cowgirl 🍴🍷✈️ (@gccowgirl) on

Have a great day everyone!

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Celebrating 100! – Sunday Selfies

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I’m not actually celebrating 100, but my friends the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head are. Today is their 100th Sunday Selfies blog hop. I’m very, very late but I couldn’t miss celebrating this milestone with them. I even planned ahead and took these photos a while back, but what can I do? I have no thumbs and sometimes the mom is just busy doing human things.

Oops, I wasn't quite ready yet! Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

Oops, I wasn’t quite ready yet!

I look a little miffed here! Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

I look a little miffed here!

This one is pretty good. Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!

This one is pretty good.

Celebrating 100 Sunday Selfies blog hops with The Cat on My Head!I like this one so I think it will do.

These selfies were taken in our hotel room at La Quinta Inns and Suites on our way back from BlogPaws. I’ll tell you a little more about our stay later this coming week. Can you believe I just had surgery the day before in this photo? More about that later, too.

Congrats to Kitties Blue on their 100th Sunday Selfies blog hop. I’m sending along some special purrs to my beautiful friend Fiona.

Have a great week and I’ll see you soon.

Christy Paws

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Time Is Running Out

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My Catruday Art is not very artsy today but I am here to tell you that time is running out to enter my BlogPaws Swag Giveaway. Deadline is 12:00 am EST on July 11th, which actually means to need to enter by midnight tomorrow, Eastern time.

CA Time is Running OutTell your friends and good luck to everyone who enters. A first and second place winner will each receive a furabulous collection of items from BlogPaws.

Have a great weekend!

Christy Paws

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BlogPaws Swag Giveaway and Celebration

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Today is a big day around our house. Not only is it our country’s birthday, it is the day I celebrate my birthday and Echo and Ocean celebrate their gotcha day. You can read here why we celebrate on the Fourth.

Happy 4th 163_2309We already get great food with our homemade raw, but we usually get something special to eat and even extra treats. Mom gives us lots of extra hugs — sometimes I think she could keep some of those! We are very grateful to be such lucky kitties and we want to share with our furiends so please take a minute to enter my giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter below.

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Mom hasn’t even finished unpacking yet and hasn’t sorted through all the goodies from BlogPaws, but let me assure you that we have TONS of stuff and the BlogPaws swag giveaway will be really SUPER. There is so much stuff, there might even be two winners!

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Ocean is such a ham. I am trying to discretely check out the bags and look at him!

Besides the BlogPaws swag bag, we got lots of samples from vendors. Some were especially generous, like Rocco & Roxie Supply Co., one of the sponsors of BlogPaws.

As if that weren’t enough, when mom went to the Cat Writers’ Association banquet, she got a swag bag there. Some of our blogging friends didn’t have room to take all their items home since they were flying so you can thank Ms. Savvy Do of Savannah’s Paw Tracks for some of the items.

Sorry my international furiends, the giveaway is open to US residents only due to the cost of shipping to other countries and mom said something about customs issues. If you live out of the US and have a US shelter you would like to donate to if you win, then by all means, enter away and good luck!

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About the giveaway: No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US residents only, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from July 4 through July 11, 2016 at 12:00 am EST. Winner(s) will be randomly selected and notified via email. Winner(s) will have 48 hours to claim their prize(s); failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Facebook and Twitter do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participants must read and agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion.

Since we got back from our trip to BlogPaws and Orange County, mom has been really busy — too busy to do much art, even for our big celebration, so she is recycling some artwork from last year. She did take the time to change the date at least!

July Celebration 2016 and blogpaws swag giveaway
I hope you all have a happy and safe Fourth and that you get to spend it with family and friends. Good luck in the giveaway!

Happy Independence Day, USA

Christy Paws

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Road Trip – Part 4 – Hotel Room Selfies

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In case you haven’t been following along, I’ve been telling you about my road trip this past week. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. I especially liked yesterday’s Part 3 post about my Missed Adventure.

Since I spent a lot of time in our wonderful hotel room at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass during BlogPaws, I wanted to tell you about it.

We saw some amazing sunrises.

SunriseOur room was so bright and sunny. It had the most pawsome sun puddles in the morning!

Sun puddle 1Sun puddle 2It had a balcony with a door that opened. I could go outside and look down on the dogs walking or at the birds in the trees. There were lots of birds.

Balcony 1Balcony 2We had a beautiful view of the boats on the river. Mom says the river is 2.5 miles long and people can paddle boats all along it. I think mom was a little bummed that there wasn’t more time to just enjoy the resort.

Our viewThe beds were so comfy!

Me on the bedI like this bedOne afternoon, while we were hanging out resting on these comfy beds and mom was on her phone posting on social media, I decided that would be a good time to do some hotel room selfies.

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Mom and I spent so much special bonding time on this trip that she actually took a selfie with me.

Selfie with mom - one of our hotel room selfiesHave a wonderful holiday and be sure to come back tomorrow for my giveaway. We’ll be having our SUPER birthday/gotcha day celebration.

Christy Paws

Road Trip – Part 1 – Orange County Stopover
Road Trip – Part 2 – BlogPaws
Road Trip – Part 3 – Missed Adventure

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Road Trip – Part 3 – Missed Adventure

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Before I tell you about my missed adventure, I want to remind you about my big birthday/gotcha day celebration and giveaway on Monday. Be sure to visit and enter for a chance to win some great prizes!


My Missed Adventure

Road trip missed adventure I really enjoy riding around in my stroller with the top open so I can look around. I even liked doing it at BlogPaws as long as there weren’t too many loud noises or a lot of woofies.

On Saturday afternoon, on our way back to the room to rest up before the Nose-to-Nose Awards banquet, I decided it was time to explore the joint on my own.

As we got off the elevator, I jumped out of my stroller. I forgot that mom had me tethered in but it was just enough to flip me around and set my back feet on the floor. That made it just perfect for me to slither out of my harness. The elevator doors were closing so I had to make a mad dash. Rats, or MOUSES, as Nerissa always said. The doors closed just before I got there.

I turned to run in the other direction but the elevators are in a little alcove and mom was blocking my path. At that point, about all I could do was surrender. I probably could’ve slipped past the old girl mom but she was calling me so sweetly I couldn’t refuse her. Besides, I knew we’d be going to the banquet later. She’d have to open my stroller for the red carpet and I’d have another opportunity.

After a nice long nap, mom got a shower and got dressed. While she was getting ready, I bathed myself, too, because, of course, I wanted to look my best.

Mom put my harness on. Then, well, what’s this? She put on another harness over the first one and attached the leash. When she put me in the stroller, she hooked one harness to the tether on one side and the second harness to the tether on the other side! What treachery is this? I told you she is sneaky. I was tethered on both sides so there was no way I could get out of the stroller. That adventure I was counting on was not to be.

Wearing both harnesses - the cause of my missed adventure!

My leopard harness is larger so it does a good job of hiding my plain black harness underneath.

Here’s the photo I posted on Instagram of me and mom on the red carpet in case you didn’t see it.

Me and mom on the red carpet at #BlogPaws #redcarpet #catsofig #instacats #catswithblogs #ChristyPaws

A photo posted by Christy Paws (@christypawschat) on

What adventures or missed adventures have you had lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Road Trip Missed Adventure

Oh, I almost forgot! Since it is Saturday, I’m also joining my friends Athena and Marie for Caturday Art. Mom used the fluorescent chalk action in Photoshop. I’m laying on the very comfy bed in our beautiful room at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.

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Don’t forget to tell me about your adventures!

Christy Paws

Road Trip – Part 1 – Orange County Stopover
Road Trip – Part 2 – BlogPaws

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Road Trip – Part 2 – BlogPaws

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Mom started to lay out the swag and I decided this was the perfect place for a nap.

Mom started to lay out the swag and I decided this was the perfect place for a nap.

When last I left you, in Road Trip – Part 1, it was shortly after 6 am on Wednesday and we were on the road to Chandler, Arizona, and BlogPaws 2016.

I sang mom a tune or two when we first started but then got tired and just hung out. I tried to nap but it just didn’t seem to happen. So many strange noises outside and the motion of the car did NOT lull me to sleep.

Mom only made two quick stops along the way so we arrived at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler before noon. At first, mom thought she was going the wrong way. The hotel is down a narrow, two lane road kind of out in the middle of nowhere, or so it seemed.

Check in was a breeze and we were on our way to our room in no time. After mom unpacked, she put me in my stroller and we went back to the lobby as it was nearly time for some of our blogging friends to arrive. There was already a group gathering there including several woofies! Mom put me behind the sofa away from them but Dexter, from Fidose of Reality, came and laid down by me! He was so sweet and polite that he didn’t scare me. Mom said that was a good start.

That might have been the last quiet time for the next three days! Things just got crazier and busier as people and furpals arrived. Things started to get into full swing that evening with the Pre-event Welcome sponsored by PetSmart.

Peeps getting badges

Peeps getting their badges before the Pre-event Welcome

Conference registration started Thursday morning where everyone picked up their swag bag. This is what was in the original bag but by the end of the conference, the bed was almost completely covered with bags and samples. Good thing there were two beds! Mom also got a swag bag at the Cat Writers’ Association awards banquet. We got so many goodies – treats, toys, food, gadgets – that I have a special announcement to make at the end so keep reading!

Swag BlogPaws 2016 officially opened on Thursday evening with Yappy Hour sponsored by Purina and the Kickoff afterwards.

Yappy Hour

Yvonne DiVita of BlogPaws during the Kickoff Event

Over the three days of the conference, mom took me down periodically but brought me back to the room for breaks when it seemed like things were getting too busy and noisy. The noise was the scariest part for me but everyone said I handled it pretty well. Mom brought flat me just in case but she never left the room.

Me and flat meMost of the dogs were well behaved and stayed clear of my stroller so they weren’t that scary. I felt pretty safe in there. The event organizers did a very smart thing this year. They had dog behaviorists on site to help with any issues.

Most of our cat blogging friends came without their kitties so I mostly only got to meet humans. Don’t get me wrong. That was super but I would love to have met some of my kitty friends who couldn’t come.

I did get to meet my idol, Summer, from Sparkle Cat, who mom has actually seen a couple of times at cat shows. I also met new friends Lexi Liu and Moshe Moshi from Naked and Hungry. I had never met a sphynx before! And, of course, the very fashionable Coco, the Couture Cat was there. She has the most awesome outfits! I don’t think I’d like to wear them but she looks stunning in them. All of these kitties were so calm and collected. I still have a ways to go before I am that chill in public!

Summer

Summer

Lexi Liu and Moshe Moshi

Lexi Liu and Moshe Moshi

Coco, the Couture Cat and mom Teri

Coco, the Couture Cat and mom Teri

There were a few other kitties but there were many more dogs than cats. I also met two ferrets and mom said there was even a rat in the house!

I loved seeing all the new things for kitties in the Cat Style Lounge. And, oh my cat, there were so many people to meet in the exhibit hall.

I have a special thank you for Savage Cat Food who gave me some raw food. I hadn’t had any for several days and I sure did appreciate it! I was missing my homemade raw which is too hard to travel with. Especially if your room doesn’t have a refrigerator! Mom will be posting soon about what she did for my food.

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Next year, BlogPaws will be in Myrtle Beach, SC. Mom says I probably won’t be able to go because it is so far and the flights are too long. I have mixed feelings about that!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: July 4th is the day I celebrate my birthday and we celebrate gotcha days for Echo and Ocean. We have so much great stuff so mom is putting together a super giveaway. She hasn’t had time to go through everything yet but you can be sure it will be SUPER! Be sure to come back on Monday to enter for a chance to win.

Christy Paws

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