What to Do When You Can’t Go to BlogPaws

As much as I love sharing my adventures and projects with you, Dear Reader, I am not as comfortable tooting my own horn. Once a year on our blog anniversary, I reflect on what we have done and achieved, but honestly, other than that I don’t go around poofing out my chest fur and getting all “Look at me.”

But you know what? This time … ? This time, I have to!

On Saturday, June 25th, we won coveted, and super important award. We won THIS!

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HOLY CRAP WE WON!! (sorry it’s pixelated folks!)

YES! I know, right? We won the BlogPaws’ coveted Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Pet Blog Design. I am officially … wait for it …wait.for.it… wait. for. it. … I am officially an award-winning blogger!

*tail wag*

As far as pet blogging awards go, the Nose-to-Nose is like … well, like the Oscars. Yes, it is that big of a deal.

And it’s not just a popularity contest. Yes, you, Dear Reader, can nominate this blog in a category but then … well, I will let BlogPaws co-founder Yvonne DiVita explain:

“It goes without saying, then, that I am a big fan of the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Finalists and the awards dinner we put on every year. The amount of work involved is beyond measure, but the reward at the end of the work makes everyone shine. In the early days of BlogPaws, we decided to host an awards event at our conference to recognize the truly hard work our bloggers put into their craft. Because the quality of that work can vary, from blog to blog, and category to category, each blogger is judged on their own merit, according to the specific requirements of the category. This means your work is judged on the merits as noted in the criteria created, yes, by us, at BlogPaws.”

Naturally, we love the chance to be a part of big red carpet moments, to have our photos taken by pros and media in front of that fancy banner.  And then there is the swanky dinner and speeches.  All of that is something you look forward to when you find out you are a nominee … a finalist.

And we were. Finalists. In two categories: Best Pet Blog Design and Best Dog Blog.

But there was a bit of rain on our parade.

The awards this year were in Phoenix, Arizona. That isn’t exactly next door to Ottawa, Canada. And that meant a long and very expensive flight. It meant adding two days just for travel to attend a three-day event. Plus accommodations. And then there would be time off from the job that pays the bills for Mom.

And that last point? That is where our hopes hit the barrier. As much as we wanted to go so very much, there was no way Mom could take that time off work during one of the busiest operational times of the year.

So what is a BlogPaws finalist who can’t attend the grand event to do? What to do when you can’t go to BlogPaws?


To console ourselves and make up for not being able to attend, Mom, Dad, and I decided to send out a little invitation on Facebook to our local fans and friends and have a little shindig Chez Nous.  A Pawscars Party! We planned a fancy little event, with fine finger foods …


how to make hummus look good!!


Lentils bite size!

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drinks, food (OMG’s is that bite size Chocolate Cheese Cake!! snatched one for Mom!) and evening light! Perfect!

And everyone dressed up and looked mighty fine and we had champagne!

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Pume, Mom and Florence!

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Mom and Ada toasting the start of the evening!

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Mom and BFF Nadine – All dressed up!

The best part was the animated conversation that night. And it was a long night! Although our party started at 7:30 p.m. Ottawa time and the winners were announced at 9:00 p.m., that catch was that it was 9:00 p.m. Phoenix time. That, Dear Reader, meant midnight for us in Ottawa! But BlogPaws was live streaming the event. And that was just perfect!


Ada, Nancy-Lynn with Shilo and Pume!

The drinks flowed, the food was slowly eaten, and time flew by.  We had such a marvellous evening because we were surrounded by many of those who believe in us and have held us up these past six years with their faith in what we do. We may not have had the media coverage or the professional photographer—we were supposed to but that fell through, my silly brother by another mother and his folly—but no matter! What we did have was an ample supply of joy. And doggy guests!


Handsome Shilo with Mom and dog trainer Nancy-Lynn!

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Peanut! complete with pink accents! NICE!

And anticipawtion. Oh, did we have an abundant supply of anticipawtion … soaring as we saw our blog name come up with the cue, “And the finalists are …”



We held our collective breath, some standing but most sitting, all bunched together on our very large sectional …

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Look at DAD!! and Scot and our webmaster and Mom’s BFF Nadine!

When the envelope was opened, Mom started to shake! See, she did not think she would care so much. After all, being a finalist was already such a huge honour. Yet, there she was, shaking a little, trying to act cool but not doing a good job …


Scot and Ada earlier … “You GOT this!!”

And then we heard the words, “Montecristo Travels” !!!

Oh, Dear Reader, I wish I could share with you a sound bite of that moment or a video! The screams must have been heard all the way in Phoenix! The champagne was spilled, there was a lot of jumping up and down, and a flurry of selfies!


O M G!!! Nadine and Mom share the joy!

And then … Mom started to cry a little. Luckily, her short thank you speech video (go to 8:04) that she had sent in ahead of time just in case was a little funny and so it made everyone grin and listen to that rather than focus on her.  It gave Mom a moment to compose herself.

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OK … totally not composed AT ALL!!

And then we received a lot of final “Congratulations! Well deserved!” hugs and cuddles before everyone left for the night—leaving us with champagne-sticky floors, dishes, and huge grins on our faces. Our overnight guest from Vancouver, Ada from K9 Gentle Dental, kindly helped with the tidying up. And we all went to bed. Exhausted. But, still, we took a little moment to bask in the happy glow of our laptop as we announced our win on social media before sleep would no longer take no for an answer. Then we fell into a deep, happy slumber.

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Dad fell asleep a little earlier… Actually so did I… Shilo is keeping our secret! Shhhhh!

Dear Reader, we are humbled. Some of you nominated us. Some of you have been following us since the beginning six years ago. Some of you have been our right hand in all of this like Nadine, our webmaster, and Dawn, our project and content manager.  They share this award with us. But mostly, Dear Reader, we share this award with you. YOU! Without you, there is no blog. So, humbly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

23 Comments on “What to Do When You Can’t Go to BlogPaws

  1. Well done…wish I had been able to be there with a front row seat to see you win. Congratulations.

    • Well… my two guests really did behave perfectly. Chilo the Pom is a rescue and has come along way with his owner Nancy-Lynn (a trainer). I was happy to see him so comfy with Dad. And Peanut… she’s Florence’s little old empress. Her attending all decked in pink made our night!

    • Thank you. I was worried there would not be enough food but it turned out to be JUST the right amount. 🙂

  2. Congrats! And that is too cool that you hosted such a fabulous party and were able to share in the win with your friends!!! Great idea!

  3. Congratulations!! It’s so great that you got to share those moments with your loved ones and your furry babies!! You are all radiating so much happiness! 🙂

    • It was a fun evening. Glad we had a party. Seemed a little weird when we sent the invite but it ended up being a great idea. And what was REALLY fun was that the people that did come, other than Mom’s BFF, were actually folks we had not seen in YEARS! so it was fun to catch up!

  4. Congrats on the award! You definitely deserve it.

    Sorry you couldn’t make it to BlogPaws. It would have been fun to get to meet you! But, your party looks like it was fantastic. 🙂

    • We didn’t make it to BlogPaws … hence the party! Maybe next year we will get that selfie together! 🙂

  5. Congrats on the award!

    Okay, I want to come to one of your parties. :p It looks like a blast, and that food looks amazing! The little pup with the pink tail and ears is so cute, as is napping Monte.

    • Yes Peanut was ALL dolled up in pink! TOO cute! It’s just natural food colouring so not harmful in anyway. This was actually a small party but we like to go all out! Maybe you and Nola will just have to visit!

  6. If I had known what kind of a party you were hosting, I might have considered skipping BP for that spread! 😉 Looked delicious!

    Congratulations! I’m sorry you couldn’t be there to accept the award in person as it would have been wonderful to meet you in real life. Hopefully next year in Myrtle Beach!

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