I’ve always loved this picture of Stryker. He was only a few months old and had just gotten settled into my apartment in Oxford, MS. I only had two windows in my apartment: the one he was looking out of, which was actually a French door, and my bedroom window. He liked watching birds at the door.
This picture is still posted at our local vet’s office. Our vet “Uncle” Dr. Bob found Stryker for me. He was part of an abandoned litter, and Dr. Bob knew Christabelle wanted a little brother or sister. All of her potential siblings had fallen through, except for Stryker, and to this day, they are an utterly devoted pair.
Note the green mouse. Stryker enjoyed marching his mice under the stove, and once he hopped up on his back legs and looked like he saluted them before he batted the last one under the stove. From that point onward, I called him General Mouser, and he was leading his catnip troops.
I was disappointed that there weren’t more kitties at BlogPaws. Teri from Curlz and Swirlz brought Coco, Brighton and Disco, and another blogger brought her three Sphinxes who also dress up. Besides those six, I met two kittens Triscuit and Odilia, but I didn’t see any others. I understand that most cats aren’t very enthusiastic about traveling, so I was excited to meet the ones who did attend.,
Coco, Brighton, Disco and the Sphinxes were great fun, but unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures of them. Odilia’s foster mom, Connie from Tails From the Foster Kitties, didn’t want her to get overly excited because she is a special needs kitten, so I didn’t have very many opportunities to cuddle with her, but Triscuit was a excellent conference kitty, and she went practically everywhere with her foster mom Jeanne from Random Felines.
I have a lot of pictures of Triscuit since I got to kitten sit for her at dinner one night. She slept almost the entire conference except for when she smelled the turkey that was for dinner, and then she tried to catapult herself into her mom’s plate. Since I was finished with my food, I volunteered to hold her, and after convincing her that I didn’t have any more turkey, she fell asleep again.
In addition to the kitties, there were several ferrets and guinea pigs at BlogPaws. I met several of them, but I actually got pictures of Snotface. He’s a pretty cool ferret, and since I’ve never met many ferrets, I really enjoyed spending time with him. Many of the cat bloggers adopted the ferrets as part of our own group — after all they are poleCATS!
Maybe next year, one of my kitties will concede to go with me. Until then, I’ll share a few pictures of those who were there.
Some people might think that the hotel where BlogPaws is held has gone to the dogs. Well, is that such a bad thing? On the elevator the first night, I heard a businessman complaining that he had never seen so many dogs in a hotel before. He didn’t seem amused. I hate it for him, but I for one enjoy a conference where dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets are welcome.
Cats were unfortunately underrepresented during BlogPaws 2013, but I’ll chalk that up to the fact that most prefer not to travel. I considered bringing one of mine, but I couldn’t think of anyone who would be willing to travel with me. Christabelle gets carsick and howls, Stryker is a Houdini when it comes to escaping from carriers, Snowbird has severe social anxiety, and Spike only likes to travel when Staind is playing. None of those seemed like a good travelling companion, so I just enjoyed other people’s pets for the weekend.
Here’s a sample of the dogs I met (don’t worry cats will have their own post):
I had no idea what I should expect when I signed up for BlogPaws 2013. I had never been to a blogging event, and for that matter, I had been blogging for negative one month when I signed up! I didn’t have a blog when I heard about it. All I knew was that I liked to write about cats.
In the meantime, I started corresponding with a few other bloggers (including Angie from Catladyland.) Angie, especially was helpful and encouraging for an aspiring cat writer, but I don’t think we ever talked about attending BlogPaws. I happened to run into her on opening night, and she welcomed me into the group of Cat Writers. Two nights later, she received the Nose-to-Nose award for Best Humor Blog!
In two months’ time I’ve gone from knowing nothing about blogging to attending a major conference and getting to know some amazing people who know their way around the blogging world.
P.S. Congratulations again, Ang!