My friend Sheryl traveled with me and our second day of sight seeing was a trip to the Hermitage, the final home of President Andrew Jackson. History has always been one of my favorite subjects, and I even learned a lot that I didn’t know. The first things I didn’t know were that he had a scandalous and somewhat tragic marriage, and a home within 15 minutes of Nashville! We had a walk around the beautiful grounds, a tour of the mansion, and then a horse drawn carriage ride around the slave plantation. If you love history and are in that area, I highly recommend a visit there.
Once sight seeing was over and the conference began, it was a whirlwind of activity for me (while Sheryl, who is a pet lover, relaxed by the pool, read, went shopping, and of course met lots of pets!). From highly entertaining keynote speeches by the hilarious Peter Shankman (author, speaker, customer service and P/R consultant), to educational classes where I learned so much, to delicious meals, to learning more about many familiar and new brands and products, there was never a dull moment. I learned more about writing, Facebook, Pinterest, and time management (who doesn’t need to be better at that?). The best part, however, was meeting blog friends I only knew online, human and furry, not to mention a whole lot of new friends that I didn’t know at all, until now.
Clockwise from top left: Sandra from Dolly the Doxie, Joy from MyGBGVLife, and me; Vivian Mayer, Julie Buzby DVM, me; me and Sandra with Dolly, then me with Kevin and Rachel, Harley and Charlie from My Dog Likes (I spent a lot of time petting those two golden retrievers!).
It was all I expected it to be and more. Did I mention that BlogPaws is not just about dogs and cats? Here’s just a sampling of some of the animals we saw there!
Above left: Ducklings at the Jones Natural Chews booth. Top to bottom: Luna from Beagles and Bargains; Winnie the hamster from Emmy the Petsitter; a Ragdoll kitty in the Cat Style Lounge; and some pigs whose names I did not get!
The weekend was topped off with a lovely dinner and the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose blogging awards ceremony, where I got to see some friends, old and new, win well deserved awards (though not all that I wanted to won, but I guess that’s how awards go). Before we knew it, we were back on the road home. The drive home was long and rainy, but the important thing was that it was safe and there were some pretty happy dogs here when I got home (Luke especially showered me with more kisses than you can imagine). They were also pretty impressed with all the “swag” I brought home for them. There were so many generous companies at the conference. I need to go through everything we got and see what we’ll keep, what I’ll give away to family and friends, and the rest will go to our local shelter or be given away here on the blog. We’ll be sharing about some of those products with you over the next few weeks too.
Now it’s time to take a deep breath and try to get caught up on everything. I look forward to getting back to visit my blog friends online, especially those that I didn’t get to meet at the conference…I’ve missed them!
Now, if you didn’t know that June is Multiple Pets Mania month, then you need to read all about it by clicking here. We are co-hosting with our friends the Cascadian Nomads and MyGBGVLife. There are reviews, giveaways, and a photo contest. You can enter the first giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to a fun online pet gift store, just click here (first giveaway is open through next Monday). Also be sure to fill out our Multiple Pets Survey.
We also have another fun unrelated announcement on Friday, don’t miss it!
Thank you to BlogPaws for a special linky party blog hop for conference posts….it runs all month. If you didn’t attend the conference you can still write a post about why you blog and how BlogPaws can help you grow. Please visit other blogs through the links below to see more conference fun!