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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22 Responses to Road Trip – Part 2 – BlogPaws

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  2. Carol Bryant says:

    Dexter thinks you are pawsome and loved spending time with you!

  3. Sounds like you had a great time and I bet you did get lots of extra attention since not as many kitties were there. The folks at Savage Cat Food were very nice.

  4. It was lovely for Mum to meet you both at BlogPaws, I am so glad you had a good time and the Savage people rock don’t they!!!

    It was an amazing experience and I will be there in 2018 (not next year sadly). See you then!!!

  5. Connie says:

    so nice to see raw food for kitties becoming a thing! πŸ™‚

    and it is nice they had a dog behaviorist..

  6. LP says:

    It sounds as though you did very well Christy! Thanks for all the reporting…our Mama couldn’t go this year so it was fun for her to “see” everyone πŸ™‚

    the critters in the cottage xo

  7. Cathy Keisha says:

    Happy early Birthday!

  8. It looks like you and your mom had great time and a lot of fun at BlogPaws ! You did great ! The swag is pawsome, that’s a lot of cool stuff. Purrs

  9. Woo Hoo Christy gurl you handled Bloggie Pawss like a Purr-o! Well dun mee furend. An look at all thee kewl swag you gotted! Holey Katnip mee iss impressed.
    Yur so lucky to have gone to Bloggie Pawss.
    ***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  10. Deziz World says:

    Looks like lots of fun. Sorry we missed it. We so hope to be able to go next year.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  11. Happy Birthday (a little early)! Momma’s sorry that she didn’t meet you and your Mom at BlogPaws – it makes her sad there was a kitty there that she didn’t befriend and an awesome blogger she didn’t get to know.

  12. meowmeowmans says:

    Wow, you and Mom sure did have a great time at BlogPaws, Christy! We met Dexter and Coco in 2012, and they are super nice. We hope to meet Summer, Lexi and Moshe in person one day, and YOU and Mom, too, of course. πŸ™‚

  13. Brian Frum says:

    Thanks for sharing your video, we sure enjoyed it! Maybe the flat you will me the flat me at Myrtle next year since we live in SC.

  14. Sammy says:

    Christy, what a wonderful blog post! You really did have quite a time at Blogpaws didn’t you! You look quite comfy on the bed in your room…..and how sweet of Savage Cat Food to give you some raw foodables to eat since you were missing your regular diet while in Phoenix. Sure looks like a lot of swag that everyone got – that’s FUN…………

    Hugs, Sammy

  15. Summer says:

    My human and I were so happy you were able to come to BlogPaws, Christy! I loved your video, especially since it was from YOUR point of view, and not your human’s. I don’t think I’ll be able to come to Myrtle Beach either because my human only allows me to do direct flights, and there aren’t any from L.A. πŸ™

  16. Ellen Pilch says:

    It sounds like you had a great time. I bet Flat you was jealous that she had to stay in the hotel room.

  17. What an experience Christy!! Mom laughed and laughed over *Yappy Hour*. You had fun and saw a few kitty friends. Then you got your raw food diet again. The swag you’ll be taking home sounds fantastic. I’d say you had a blast my friend.

    Shoko

  18. Oh and your Go-Pro video is pawsome!

  19. The mom was happy to meet you, Christy. She said you were really good in your stroller.

  20. So glad that you did so well!!!! One day I am hoping that I will get to meet you both! FYI, the video won’t work on the blog…..viewing is only permitted directly from Youtube.

  21. Jean Dion says:

    It was so lovely to meet you at BlogPaws. And speaking as someone who brought her little dog, I’m glad you didn’t have trouble! Sinead was rarely on the floor at the conference (she was in her kangaroo pouch all the time), but I wondered how my Popoki or Fergus would do with big stranger dogs on long leashes. I don’t think they’d be chill with that!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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