Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Post BlogPaws Conference High

THE AMAZING BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE IN MYRTLE BEACH WAS A WHIRLWIND OF SEEING BLOGGER FRIENDS, MEETING SPONSORS & LEARNING!!

At the BlogPaws Social Media and Blogging conference, Myrtle Beach, 2017
This was Icy & Phoebe's second conference!

The best part of the BlogPaws conference is seeing all our blogger friends & having fun together!
At the BlogPaws Nose to Nose awards dinner with Kristin Avery of The Daily Pip and Denise Yoder-Gruzensky of Denise's Dog Dish.  It was such a beautiful event!

The best part about the BlogPaws conferences is seeing our blogger friends in person & hanging out together!  In this photo I'm with Kristin Avery of The Daily Pip, Robin Mudge of Playful Kitty, and Nose to Nose WINNER Susan Nation of Talent Hounds - Congrats Susan!  Congrats to Kristin for being a FINALIST in two categories as well!

At the BlogPaws Blogging and Social Media conference in Myrtle Beach, May 2017
  
The BlogPaws Blogging & Social Media conference culminates in celebration at the BlogPaws Nose to Nose awards dinner!  Congratulations to all the award winners and the 56 finalists as well, you are all WINNERS!! The official final list of award winners will be available on 5/26/17.

At the BlogPaws social media and bloggers conference with my husband, Icy & Phoebe.
With my husband John, Icy and Phoebe at the Nose to Nose awards reception

At the BlogPaws Conference Nose to Nose awards event
Icy wore the animal print skirt I made for her to the BlogPaws Conference Nose to Nose awards event.

Red Carpet event prior to the Nose to Nose awards dinner at the BlogPaws Conference
Icy and Phoebe on the Red Carpet!

** Stay tuned for upcoming BlogPaws conference posts on the awesome social media and blogging tips we gleaned from learning sessions and fabulous keynote speakers at the conference, amazing sponsors and how they help pets and people, and great products we discovered!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Dog Gets Ready To Dazzle At Yappy Hour

PHOEBE IS READY TO SPARKLE AND DAZZLE AT THE BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE THIS WEEK!!



SHE JUST LOVES THE SPARKLE ON TOP AND THE CUTE RUFFLES ON THE BOTTOM OF HER DRESS.  THE TOP IS GLAMOROUS WHILE THE BOTTOM IS KIND OF "BEACHY", PERFECT FOR MYRTLE BEACH, DON'T YOU THINK?



REST UP BEFORE ALL THE GREAT YAPPY HOURS AT THE BLOGPAWS SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGER'S CONFERENCE, PHOEBE, ALL EYES WILL BE ON YOU!



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tulip Festival At The Park

LAST WEEKEND WAS THE TULIP FESTIVAL IN OUR TOWN PARK.  THEY PLANT THOUSANDS OF TULIPS ALL AROUND THE PARK EVERY SPRING.  IT'S A GLORIOUS DISPLAY OF COLOR, MAKING IT EVEN LOVELIER TO WALK AROUND THE LAKE AND ALONG THE PATHS.  I GAVE YOU A PEEK AT ONE PHOTO IN OUR WORDLESS WEDNESDAY POST, TIPTOEING THROUGH THE TULIPS. NOW I'LL SHARE THE REST OF THE PHOTOS OF PHOEBE'S DAY AT THE TULIP FESTIVAL.

I love this photo of the lake with the swans swimming serenely along, and pretty tulips lining the water's edge.  These two swans make a nest every year and have babies, it's so sweet!

Tulip Festival at the park

Phoebe sits and contemplates life among the tulips.

Phoebe among the tulips at the Tulip Festival

The tulips are everywhere, around the lake and along all the pathways!  There are tons of different varieties and colors of tulips!

Beautiful tulips line the pathways and the lake at our park's Tulip Festival

Phoebe is posing on one of the decks around the lake.  A couple of fountains help aerate the lake to keep it clean (you can see one in the background).  There are not only swans that call this lake home, but ducks, geese, fish and turtles all live in harmony on the lake!

Hecksher Park, Huntington, Long Island NY

So we never forget, the park created this 9/11 memorial to commemorate the attacks of September 11th, 2001.  Many people in our town work in the Wall Street area.  This memorial honors those in our community who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks in New York City.  The vertical steel pieces of artwork that line the walkway to the memorial fountain were constructed of steel that came from the World Trade Center.  The fountain is at the end of this walkway, but I wanted to be respectful and not disturb the people who were visiting it so I don't have a photo of that.

Memorial to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Hecksher Park, Huntington, NY

PHOEBE LOVED HER DAY AT THE TULIP FESTIVAL.  THERE WERE SO MANY NEW SMELLS AND PRETTY FLOWERS, DOGS AND PEOPLE TO MEET & SNIFF.  I HOPE YOU ENJOYED HER PHOTOS!  

IS YOUR DOG ENJOYING SPRING BLOOMS?  LEAVE US A COMMENT AND SHARE!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Phoebe was tip toeing through the Tulips this weekend.  The park near our house had their Tulip Festival.  

My dog Phoebe enjoying the tulips at the park!
Phoebe enjoys the beautiful tulips at the park!

I'll post more pics of the Tulip Festival on Friday!  CAUTION: Tulips can be toxic to pets, so don't let your dog eat any part of the plant!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ready For The BlogPaws Social Media & Bloggers Conference Experience?

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! THE BLOGPAWS SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGING CONFERENCE IS NEXT WEEK

LEARNING, COLLABORATING, AND NETWORKING ARE  AT THE HEART OF THE BLOGPAWS SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGER'S CONFERENCE!
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Don't Miss the BlogPaws Social Media and Blogger's Conference!
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 *** IF YOU'RE ALL SET TO HEAD TO THE BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ***

BEFORE THE CONFERENCE:


CHECK OUT THE  ESSENTIAL BLOGPAWS 2017 CONFERENCE EVERYTHING POST ON THE BLOGPAWS WEB SITE.

 DON'T MISS THE #BLOGPAWSCHAT PLANNING & PAJAMA TWITTER PARTY, TUESDAY, MAY 9th 8-10PM EASTERN TIME.  THE ENTIRE BLOGPAWS TEAM AND ALL THE CONFERENCE SPONSORS WILL BE PRESENT!  BRING ANY CONFERENCE QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

 IF YOU'RE A FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEE AND YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED OUT THE BLOGPAWS SLC (SOCIAL LEARNING COMMUNITY) NEWBIES COURSE, SWING BY NOW!  YOU'LL GET LOTS OF FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEE TIPS AND CONNECT WITH OTHER FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEES.

 BE SURE TO READ THE WEEKLY BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE ATTENDEE NEWSLETTER TO STAY UP TO DATE ON CONFERENCE HAPPENINGS.  THE NEWSLETTER IS EMAILED TO ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES EVERY THURSDAY.  IT ARRIVES VIA EMAIL (THE EMAIL YOU USED TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE) FROM CAROL BRYANT (Carol@blogpaws.com).

 DOES YOUR BLOG VISUALLY REPRESENT YOUR BRAND IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LIGHT?  IF YOU'RE NOT SURE,  TAKE A LOOK AT THE FREE BLOGPAWS DOWNLOADABLE WORKBOOK, HOW TO PREP YOUR BLOG FOR THE BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE.  THE TASKS IN THE WORKBOOK WILL HELP YOU POLISH UP YOUR BLOG IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONFERENCE.

 BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE UPDATED CONFERENCE SPONSOR TWITTER LIST AND THE CONFERENCE SPEAKER TWITTER LIST.  FOLLOW  & ENGAGE WITH CONFERENCE SPONSORS AND SPEAKERS!

Gain Social Media and Blogging insights from BlogPaws Conference Keynote Speakers
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🌝 WHEN YOU'RE AT THE CONFERENCE, ENGAGE WITH THE SPONSORS!  VISIT THEIR BOOTHS IN THE EXHIBIT HALL AND CHAT THEM UP IN THE DINING AREAS.  IF IT SEEMS A BIT INTIMIDATING AT FIRST, HERE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS FROM FELISSA ELFENBEIN, DIRECTOR OF INFLUENCER MARKETING AT BLOGPAWS, AND AUTHOR OF THE BLOG TWO LITTLE CAVALIERS:


Tips on how to engage with BlogPaws Conference Sponsors.  Show the sponsors some Love!
Show our Conference Sponsors some Love!  Follow these tips from Felissa Elfenbein on engaging with sponsors at the conference.

🌝 JOIN US FOR THE OFFICIAL BLOGPAWS 2017 PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY, MAY 18th AT 9:45am SHARP IN THE MAIN EXHIBIT HALL!  THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE BRIEF SO DON'T BLINK OR YOU MIGHT MISS IT!

🌝 FOLLOW THE BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE HASHTAG, #BLOGPAWS TO STAY UP TO DATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE.  YOU CAN FOLLOW THE CONFERENCE FACEBOOK PAGE AS WELL.

🌝 DON'T MISS A BEHIND THE SCENES SNEAK PEEK FEATURETTE OF THE NEW MOVIE, MEGAN LEAVEY ! THE MOVIE IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF A MARINE AND HER K-9 HERO, REX.  THE MOVIE WON'T BE RELEASED UNTIL JUNE, BUT CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ARE GETTING A SNEAK PEAK!  THE FEATURETTE WILL BE SHOWN DURING BREAKFAST ON THURSDAY MAY 18th, 8:30am.  BE SURE TO MARK YOURSELF AS ATTENDING ON THE BLOGPAWS BLOGPAWS SCHED PAGE; http://blogp.ws/BP17Agenda  & BRING TISSUES!


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding hearts are among the most beautiful and delicate flowers.  I plant two types in my garden, the Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart and the Traditional Bleeding Heart.

Dogs in the garden

Fern Leaf Bleeding Hearts are strong and resilient.  They bloom early and last throughout the entire growing season. 

Dog among the bleeding hearts flowers

Traditional Bleeding Hearts are fragile.  They bloom early but their beauty is fleeting, only lasting a few short weeks.

My dog Phoebe among the bleeding heart flowers in the garden

My Bleeding Hearts are dedicated to my friend Susan who is going through a terrible and painful time in her life right now.  She is like the Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart, strong and resilient.  Like so many others, my thoughts and prayers are with her today.  Stay strong, friend.

"That which does not kill you makes you stronger" -   Friedrich Nietzsche, German Philosopher

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Perfect Dog

Life is full of "First's".  The first time you rode a bicycle, your first day of school, your first best friend, and of course your first pet.  The bond we form with our pets as children is a special and unbreakable one.  It stays with you forever, and in many ways it changes us.

I will always remember my first dog, Ginny.  She is what people would call my "Heart Dog", the one that grabs hold of your heart and soul and never lets go, never leaves you for the rest of your life.  As the youngest of 5 kids, I literally grew up with Ginny.  I hardly remember a day in my young life without her.  I was 7 when that fluffy bundle of joy, a Golden Retriever mix, joined our family.  She left us 17 years later when I was in my twenties.  Ginny was everything to me; my best friend, my respite from an otherwise chaotic household, and my protector.  She always "understood" me. She knew when something was wrong and when I needed someone to comfort me.

You never forget your first dog.  My first dog Ginny was such an important part of my childhood.
My childhood dog Ginny, my Heart Dog.  I will love you forever sweet girl.
I have so many wonderful memories of Ginny, she was truly a special dog.  I know we all say that about our childhood pets, but she really was!  She never needed any kind of training, she instantly grasped all the basic commands and never misbehaved.  Wherever you went Ginny always remained at your side.  She was super smart, friendly, always gave kisses in abundance, and was as loyal as any dog could be.  She loved everyone she met and everyone she met loved her!  I was so lucky and so blessed to have Ginny in my life.  To me she was the perfect dog.

When my older brother and I fought she would get in between us and start barking, like a Canine Referee.  We'd have to laugh and stop fighting!

When things got "heavy" at home and I was upset she'd come over and lay her head on my knee or nuzzle me to let me know she was there for me and that it would be ok.  

I was a teenager when an Uncle I loved dearly was in the hospital.  We didn't know if he was going to make it through a complicated surgery (he didn't), and I was left home alone while my parents rushed to the hospital.  I was sitting on a living room chair crying when Ginny came over and placed her head on my knee.  She licked my tears away as I hugged her vigorously.  She knew when I really needed her.

Oh, how I wish I had a photo of Ginny dressed like Cinderella that Halloween I decided to bring her Trick or Treating with me and my friends!  I remember putting her in a blue Cinderella princess dress from my Halloween costume the year before - Ginny was nothing if not a cooperative dog who only wanted to please her owners.  

The neighbors got a kick out of this beautiful Golden Retriever dog who came to the door dressed as Cinderella.  In those days, we didn't dress our pets up or spoil and pamper them like we do today.  Although my Mom did make her a bowl of meatballs and spaghetti so she could join in our Italian family dinners on Sundays!  Not giving the dog people food that could be potentially toxic wasn't of particular concern back then either.  My Father declared Ginny "An Italian dog" because of the way she devoured Mom's meatballs - she made the best meatballs!  Living in an Italian household, Ginny probably ingested more garlic than any other dog in the county, never mind that garlic is toxic to dogs!

My first dog Ginny.  I was 7 when we adopted her and in my 20's when she passed away.  My Heart Dog, Ginny
Ginny loved running free through the woods next door to our house.
Like all our pets, Ginny was a shelter dog, and like many Long Islanders we got her from the Bideawee Home animal shelter.  I remember my Dad loading my brother and I into the car to "go get a dog" at Bideawee.  I remember looking into the cages and seeing a litter of adorable puppies, Ginny among them.  I remember the car ride home and how me and my brother fought to hold our new little golden ball of fur in our laps.  I remember the whole family, my parents and my 4 siblings, gathered around this new puppy in the family room brainstorming to come up with a name for her.  I don't recall who came up with "Ginny" but it was perfect, and to this little girl she was perfect.

Ginny definitely had us all at "woof".  She captivated our entire family for 17 years.  Decades later I still think of Ginny and what she meant to me.  It's amazing that after so many years, I can still vividly remember the glorious experience of going to adopt my first dog, and so many of the wonderful experiences I had with her.  


I am proof positive that giving a child a pet can be the most wonderful gift of all. Pets can teach a child so much; Responsibility, Kindness, and most of all Unconditional Love.  I'm filled with gratitude to Bideawee for giving my family the joy of our lives, a Golden Retriever mix puppy who for us was The Perfect Dog.   

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Do you remember your first pet?  Tell us about it in the comments!