We have a winner in the AAHA drawing!

OMC! I can’t believe mom forgot to help me with this post yesterday. I have to announce the winner of the $50 credit to an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital.

Concatulations to the lucky winner – Pamela C.! I’ve already sent an email to get the details so she can get her prize. I wish I could have given one to every one who entered and I want to say thank you to everyone who participated. And thank you to AAHA!

Have a great week everyone!

Edit: Pamela couldn’t find a participating vet in her area and asked me to pick a new winner. The new winner is Sparklecat! Concatulations!

AAHA and a Giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone! I got something special for today. The nice people from AAHA were at Blogpaws again this year. They were giving away $50 towards a vet visit at an AAHA accredited facility that the winning blogs could give away to their readers. And I won one! More about the contest at the end, but first (and most impawtant) some info about AAHA.

Pumpkin's first vet visitMost of you have seen this picture before. It’s me at my first vet visit. I love my vet cuz he’s a real kitty person. He even has kitties at home. But more impawtant, his clinic is AAHA accredited. I bet you’re asking what’s AAHA and why accreditation matters.

You all know that human hospitals have to undergo independent rigorous testing to make sure they meet certain standards for how they do things and how they treat patients. Well, vet hospitals don’t have to go through this testing in order to take care of us.

But there are people who want their pets to have the same level of care that humans get and that’s where AAHA comes in. AAHA stands for American Animal Hospital Association. They’re an independent agency that sets standards for animal care. Vet hospitals don’t have to get this accreditation, but currently about 12% to 15% of vet hospitals are accredited. If more pet parents knew about this and asked their vets about it, I think more hospitals would get accredited! I know we have added peace of mind knowing ours is.

It’s not easy to get. If you want see what the guidelines are, you can see them here: Guidelines and Position Statements. There’s a locator tool to help you find an AAHA-accredited vetinary hospital. You can also sign up for their Pets Matter e-newsletter.

If you’d like a chance at winning the $50 gift certificate, enter in the Rafflecopter widget below. You can enter until midnight on 5/31/14. You must be 18 or older to enter and live in the USA. Or if you live outside the USA, you can donate your prize to someone in the USA. I’ll announce the winner next Sunday.

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BlogPaws Day 3

Do you believe BlogPaws was two weeks ago and I’m still writing about it? MOL And there’ll be one more post after this one.

Saturday’s keynote speaker was Lena West, founder of Influence Expansion. She spoke about what influence is, how to expand your influence, and how that translates into helping your business make money. She also emphasized that we have to believe in ourselves and that we deserve to be successful. She spoke about being focused – “If you’re not good at one thing, how can you be good at several?” I thought that was an excellent point. I know I’m one for scattering myself all over the place! MOL

My first workshop on Saturday was Copyright with Emily Campbell from Dunlop Codding and Jason Merrihew from AAHA. Emily spoke about copyright issues involved when you use stuff you find on the web and when you have to disclose your relationship with a company when you write about them. Jason spoke about where to find credible sources and how to judge the sources you find.

After lunch was a workshop on Analytics with Robin Olson from Covered in Cat Hair and Sam Moore from Resonetrics.They spoke about how you can use analytics to find out what’s going on with your blog and how to use those analytics to focus on what you want or need to change to drive traffic. You can find out what’s working and what isn’t. They also talked about how to increase your effective presence on Facebook and gave some info on Pinterest.

My last workshop was with Lena West. She had given away a blog makeover at breakfast and her afternoon workshop was our getting to watch her makeover the blog. Of course, I wanted to win the makeover, but I wasn’t so lucky. I wasn’t too upset though because the winner was my good pal @cheshireK (Robin) over at Cheshire Loves Karma. Lena gave Robin some excellent advice about unifying her look (having blog and business cards look alike), moving to a self-hosted blog, and cleaning up her look. There were other bits of advice, too. If you saw the blog before but haven’t seen it since Robin implemented Lena’s advice, you’ll be amazed at the changes! The blog looks absolutely fantastic!

Saturday night was the Nose-to-Nose Social Media Pet Blogging Awards sponsored by Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com. We got our picture taken on the red cawpet. I wore my beautiful pink pearls that @MizzBassie made for me. If you haven’t see her pet necklaces, you have to check them out! You can see them at Silkenpaw.net. I just love mine!

There was a whole bunch of us having an online Twitter pawty from Blogpaws during the event. I got to Barktend! We had loads of fun. I hope most of you were there and also watched the awards being streamed. If you missed out and want to see who the winners were, they’re listed at the BlogPaws website.

As soon as the evening’s festivities ended, it was back to the room to pack. We were leaving extremely early in the morning because it was supposed to be very hot the next day. I’ll tell you about that and the drive home in the next installment. I’ll be indirectly blogging about BlogPaws for a long time. We got so many samples and so much information that I’ll be doing product reviews and blogs inspired by BlogPaws for some time to come.

I was sad to leave BlogPaws and to say good-bye to all the wonderful people and pets I met there. Getting to know my pals in pawson made them all that much more special to me. I’m glad I have my pictures to keep their faces fresh in my memory.