I have two bucket lists: one for myself and one for my dog. I did the same thing for my previous Cocker Spaniel and highly recommend it. The two intermingle and often overlap, and rightfully so; my heart beats dog so 97.8 percent of the items on my bucket list include dogs. What would go on your dog’s bucket list? Any of these?
- Meet celebrity pets
- Travel together and mingle with other pets and their parents
- Eat at pet-welcoming restaurants together
- Feel like the norm and not hear “wow, pets are welcome here?” at hotels
- Have something published about your dog
- Raise money in the name of dogs/your dog
- Make a difference in the life of dogs
- Meet online dog friends in person and spend a weekend with them
Dexter just checked all of the above off his bucket list at the BlogPaws 2012 conference that took place June 21 – June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are inviting all our fur-ends and fans to join us in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia (near Washington D.C.) May 18-20, 2013. I mention this now so you can start a piggy, er puppy, bank, and set aside a stipend each week.
We got up close and personal with the World’s Fastest Skateboarding Dog, Tillman, and famous Scooter Dog, Norman, from Natural Balance.
At the Sheraton Salt Lake, pets were welcome everywhere in the hotel (except for Starbucks) and that meant the red carpet pet blogger awards, meals (yes, meals), all exhibits, activities, conferences, speeches, and mingling.
Squatters Pub and Brewery welcomed pets to their patio for cocktails and meals and all BlogPaws breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Sheraton Salt Lake were pet friendly. Every single pet in attendance exuded manners and friendliness. Dexter met the well-traveled “Director of Barketing,” Hairy Putter, and delectably dined with doggie delight.
As a writer, one of my bucket list goals is to be a pet novelist and published dog book author. We attended a “Getting Published” seminar featuring published authors Spencer Quinn, Dorothy Hearst, and Penny Sansevieri. To be inspired with a dog by my side during this session was priceless. Expect more of the same at the next BlogPaws conference.
In three years, I’ve been able to raise close to $14,000 for Cocker Spaniels in need. I learned about how to fund-raise, did it all using social media, and learned a lot from the folks at BlogPaws. Most importantly, I realize one person CAN make a difference. Are you involved with rescue or know a foster or rescue group in need (and who doesn’t these days)? BlogPaws raised over $47,000 in cash PLUS over $10,000 in goods towards rescue groups over the course of 26 months at four conferences. Learn how to do it.
Everyone in attendance probably had a bucket list of their own for their pets, even if it was realized, in the works, or an idea is spawned from this post.
Hearing folks like Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder, writer and animal lover, Steve Dale, being inspired as blogger after blogger was awarded in a red carpet ceremony, walking a red carpet and having my dog photographed my “puparazzi” were all priceless moments. Toss in a flat pet flash mob, swag bags, meeting pet product vendors in person, making in-person friends and connecting the dots by fostering online relationships in person times nearly three days: this is BlogPaws.
It doesn’t end when the conference lights go dim; the community is year-round, as is the educating and networking; it all culminates with the yearly conference. Start a bucket list or continue the one your pet has. Are you in? More about BlogPaws 2013 here.