BlogPaws Day 1

My pals, I’m ashamed to admit that Mom had to do day 1 without me. *sad face* I had too much excitement in the morning and wound up spending most of the afternoon and all of the evening in the hotel room. I missed seeing Tillman and the others do their performance.

You see, Mom took me to see Temple Square and some of downtown SLC. (I’ll tell you about that after we’re done reporting on BlogPaws.) It was all very beautiful, but I really didn’t like the traffic noise. So I made it through lunch ok, but threw up my treats after lunch. Mom cleaned up the stroller and we went back down to visit with people, but I started throwing up again. So Mom cleaned the stroller again and then went out without me! So she’s gonna have to tell you about the opening festivities. Oh, and by the time she got back up to the room that night I was all rested, happy, and ready to cuddle. And I got lots of cuddles.

Mom here. BlogPaws started off with a bang! Rosie and Sully from ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ did a demonstration of their balloon popping skills! We also got to see Norman ride his scooter. Then the pièce de résistance, Tillman on his skateboard! I’ve loaded some videos of them to Pumpkin’s YouTube channel. You can see them at http://www.youtube.com/user/pumpkinpuddy.

After the demonstration, there was a welcome reception. Trone Brand Energy did a presentation on Pet Bloggers: Reading and Writing Insights. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was so excited about being at BlogPaws and meeting a lot of my online friends face-to-face for the first time that I didn’t take any notes. Looking back, I wish I had. There was so much information given to us over throughout the conference that I can’t remember who said what if it wasn’t written down. *hangs head in shame*.

Aside from all the great information at BlogPaws, a lot of us go to network. There’s so many pals we talk to online everyday or whose blogs we read. Being able to put a face to a name is wonderful. Being able to actually talk to that person and get a sense of who they really are is amazing. Let’s take BZTAT for example. We all know what an amazing artist she is and how intelligent she is. We know she’s passionate about animals and about trying to end domestic violence against humans and animals. We know her cats, especially @BrewskiButt, who comes across as a real wiseacre. But when you meet her face-to-face, you get to meet Vicki Boatright, the person. From Brewski’s wisecracking, you wouldn’t know what a kind, warm, down-to-earth person Vicki is.

If I started to list all the people I met at BlogPaws, this post would turn into a book! So I’m just gonna list a few by their twitter names or blogs: @MaggieTKat, @TinyPearlCat, @Cokiethecat, @indykitty, @Cosmohavanese, @informedferret, @snotfacecritter, @Niqqi, @danapixie, @pushupsnpaws, @brutusthedane, Moderncat, Glogirly, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, Catsparella, Sparkle, @Nutmegtorby, @bunnyjeancook, and the list goes on and on and on!

There were lots of pictures, so I’m going to have a gallery of pics at the end of each post. Here’s day one!

A visit from Oliver von Steiff

My good furriend Oliver von Steiff (who most of you know as @OllyTed) was telling me about a cute book he was reading. So I asked him if he’d like to write about for my blog. Lucky me – he said yes!

“my deer furend pumkin arskd mee too rite a reevyew of @TheCatsDiary’s ferst buk “Getting Out: Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary” but I finks my partikulah hoomun bettah do th typin wile I diktayt!

“Getting Out” is the story of a cat, indeed the Cat’s increasingly ingenious and occasionally dangerous attempts to escape from his “captors.” The story is told in diary form from the Cat’s point of view with day following adventure filled day. From forced labour (training on Cat Litter) to creating a Time Tunnel for escape the Cat’s ingenuity and character are charming!

I loved when the Cat discovered his first prawn and his desperation to get more prawns! He reminded me of my own small obsession with cakes! It was easy to get lost in the Cat’s world and then look up from the page at our own Bengal cats and wonder if they were planning escape too! I was rather glad that each of the Cats attempts at escape came to nothing because his captors seemed to be quite nice humans and his home was a very nice comfortable one! Life on the streets dear Cat, is not so cosy and there are no prawns for a hungry cat.

Sometimes the Cat’s ramblings were a little confusing for a small bear as the translator captured mercurial moments and perhaps the book could have been shorter and still been fun and funny but overall I enjoyed “Getting Out” enormously.

Getting Out: Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary translated from the original cat by John Woodcock

fank yew pumpkin – ther my reevewh i howps yew can reed my partikulah hoomuns riting ok

*hugs*

olly”

Thanks Olly. Doesn’t that sound like a fun book? I thought the book sounded so interesting, that I ordered a copy! Lots of places have the paper copy. If you’re looking for an ebook copy, the only place I found it was on Amazon.com, and you have to be careful when ordering it from there. There were two different listings for the ebook – one at $9.99 and one at $15.00. I couldn’t find a difference between the two ebook copies. Olly got his from Kobo.com, but I couldn’t get it to pull up. Olly’s in the U.K. The ebook copy may not be licensed to Kobo.com in the U.S.A. I bet that’s more than you wanted to know about book licensing issues. Hmmm. Maybe I should do a blog on that! MOL

I guess the cooler weather is making everyone want to stay inside and read! There’s been a lot of book reviews lately. I’ve got two more in the works for next month, too, so stay tuned.

See you Sunday everyone! *waves*