Certain things get better with age: women, wine, cheese, blue jeans and BlogPaws, the pet blogger conference. Okay and maybe cats (scroll to the end). Last week over 500 pet bloggers descended on Nashville many with assorted pets in tow. It was my second time attending and presenting (this year on a CWA cat writers panel) which elevated the presence of cat bloggers. Yes, CWA cat bloggers rock! Last year’s conference at a stunning resort near Vegas rocked but this year hit a high note in Nashville. Let’s face it; it’s easier traveling and being out in public with dogs so there have been more dogs attending Blogpaws. This year there was a whole lotta purring going on with more cats and kittens rocking the red carpet or hanging out publicly and privately with the pet loving crowd.
For me it was 5 days of perfect synchronicity of meeting just the right person at the right time. But life isn’t entirely perfect and there’s never enough time to spend with blogger friends old and new. I will post my conference highlights and pics once my brain unscrambles. This year I decided to take less pics and focus on face-to-face connections which are nothing short of extraordinary at Blogpaws.
There were of course dogs, big and…
And cats. I managed some red carpet snuggle time with Kissy from Kitty Bungalow.an L.A. based rescue group. Did you know today June 4 is HUG YOUR CAT DAY.
The Blogpaws conference is incredible value with a jam-packed schedule and a comfortable room (and bed) to retire to is a must have, at least for me. I confess to being a messy hotel guest.
Who knows what will happen next year when Blogpaws heads to Phoenix but my guess is it’s going to get even better. How could it not with better bloggers, more inspiring speakers at the awe-inspiring Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa. Check out the Blogpaws 50% off early bird pricing but only until June 5. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away. In fact, I wish I was at the spa right now. Blogpaws was intensely stimulating and my return trip turned into a catastrophe with the loss of all my digital devices at the airport and a flight delay requiring an overnight stay in D.C. I’m still beyond tired but I have no regrets. The experience proved so unbelievable, I documented the events and interactions with over 100 strangers one-on-one as they happened over 36 hours in a little notebook. They provided enough fodder for several articles, if not a book. Miraculously my digital devices were located and FedExed, arriving home before I did. Stay tuned. Life truly is stranger than fiction.
Radish The Shelter Cat UPDATE and reminder: JUNE is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month
If you’re a regular reader of Cat Wisdom 101, you know fate stepped in recently in a life or death situation with a shelter cat named Radish. Hubby wrote about him in The Huffington Post And Radish is leaving his shelter cage today! I’ve turned our large bathroom into a comfortable safe room and we’re signing the waivers of responsibility but not adoption before picking him up today. It also means he cannot be returned to the shelter. It’s not an ideal situation but if we didn’t act, he was on a kill-list and would likely be dead by now. Why did Radish get a second chance when others didn’t? I don’t know. It’s the most complicated cat situation I’ve ever been in. Taking responsibility for a pet whether fostering, adoption or rehoming is one I don’t take lightly. It’s been agonizing. The timing couldn’t be worse but I couldn’t say no.
Our vet, Dr. Rich Goldstein gave Radish an extensive exam last Thursday under sedation with blood panels, x-rays, urinalysis. He was The good news: Radish is Felv/FIV negative and he doesn’t consider him especially aggressive. The shocking news? Radish is about 14 and not the shelter estimate of 8 years. The not so good news. Radish has an enlarged heart and liver, thyroid disease and requires extensive dental. It’s no wonder he was bitey. He was vaccinated and a given an injection of antibiotics (periodontal inflammation) that will last for about 14 days and may be repeated with a follow-up visit by a house call by Dr. G.
The plan is to stabilize him in a healing environment, treat the thyroid with a prescription diet for before attempting any thyroid treatment or dental surgery. With his heart there is a risk putting him under anesthesia again. We’re taking it step-by-step and don’t know yet if we are in a position to adopt him but we’re committed to his well-being and secure future. Your kind donations paid for all vet fees thus far but not dental. Donations to his veterinary and dental fund are needed and appreciated. Once he is feeling better we’ll revisit adoption options.
Dr. G said, “Good luck with him. He seems to be a good cat at heart. Hopefully his medical issues can be brought under control and allow him to be happy and comfortable.”