BlogPaws 2017: There and BackPosted: June 5, 2017 Filed under: People I Like, Places I Like, Things I Like | Tags: #BlogPaws2017, Blogging, BlogPaws, BlogPaws 2017, Dogs, Dr. Julie Buzby's ToeGrips, Golden Retriever, Harper Lee, Julie Buzby DVM, Myrtle Beach, Pet Friendly, Pet Photography, Pet Travel, Pets, Sheraton Hotel Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Tallulah, Thek9harperlee, ToeGrips, W Atlanta - Bucktown, W Hotels 22 Comments
After 825 miles, four state lines, and a night in Atlanta, we finally reached our destination: BlogPaws 2017 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I was so ready for four nights and three days of nonstop learning and networking . . . unlike my little sister, who was one big yawn.
The Bee managed to perk up, however, when we got into our hotel room and she realized that we had another floor-to-ceiling window. That girl loves a floor-to-ceiling window. (Check out my last post to see how much she loved the window at the W Atlanta – Midtown.)
It’s hard for me to describe to you just how wonderful a BlogPaws conference is. There are dinners and lunches with keynote speakers. Yep, that’s my little sister, Tallulah, on the big screen as everyone is arriving for lunch. And by everyone, I mean everyone: humans, dogs (on leashes and in strollers), cats (mostly in strollers), at least one bearded lizard, a ferret, and a therapy rat.
Animals even attended the fancy awards ceremony dinner . . . after walking the red carpet, of course. That’s a photo of my little family.
There were educational sessions all day long, and pets were welcome to attend. I got to assist Dr. Julie Buzby at her session, “All Hands on Dog: Ten Touches that Could Save Your Dog’s Life.” (That’s Dr. Buzby on the left and my human daddy on the right. I’ll be doing a blog post on the ten touches later this week so you humans can keep my dog friends healthy.) I look pretty alert in this photo, but mostly Tallulah and I just slept through the sessions while my humans did a lot of note-taking. We definitely perked up for our visits to the exhibit hall, where more than 50 exhibitors shared information about pet products, pet health, pet food, pet toys, pet training, and pet treats. More importantly–to Tallulah and me, at least–they also handed out samples. We’re pretty sure that heaven will be a lot like that exhibit hall. I’ll share some of my favorite products in the next couple of weeks . . . just as soon as my human mommy finishes unpacking the two huge duffle bags of goodies that we brought back home.
BlogPaws 2017 was a whole lot of activity . . . maybe just a bit too much activity for my little sister.
Alright, I’ll admit it. Between the meals and the educational sessions and the happy hours and the visits to the exhibit hall and meeting new friends, even I needed a little nap or two.
What? A girl can’t sneak away from a conference for a little beach time? It’s been almost three years since the first and only other time that I felt the sand between my toes. But when I set foot on Myrtle Beach, the pure joy came rushing back. It was Tallulah’s first trip to the beach. To say that she’s a beach girl, too, would be perhaps the biggest understatement ever. Tallulah loved, loved, loved the beach. Be assured that I will be sharing more pictures and stories from our beach afternoon in the next few weeks.
And just like that, BlogPaws 2017 was over and we were back in Atlanta and checking into another W Hotel.
Unfortunately for Tallulah, the W Atlanta – Buckhead does not have floor-to-ceiling windows . . .
. . . but it does have floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which she enjoyed almost as much. Really, little sisters can be so silly.
After dinner at pet-friendly Seven Lamps restaurant and a restful evening, we reloaded the chariot and started the long drive home to the Big Easy. Our excellent adventure had come to an end, but our wonderful memories will last forever. We saw so many sites, met so many nice people and their pets, learned so many new things, and had so much fun. Thank you, BlogPaws, for making it all possible. My humans are already talking about the next road trip the four of us will take. Stay tuned!
It always seem like you wait so long to go to BlogPaws and then it is over in a flash! We hope to make it next year!
Kansas City–the site for BlogPaws 2018–seems like a really good, central location. Hope you make it, and that you enjoy every fleeting second!
What an excellent adventure! Can’t wait to see those ocean photos, and I look forward the ten touches.
The whole trip exceeded our expectations. I should probably add that my little sister, Tallulah, REALLY exceeded our expectations. Turns out we can take her out in public. 😉
They do grow up and become respectable…eventually! 🙂
Looks like you guys had some pawsome adventures! Great pics. Hopefully we’ll get to meet you guys at the next conference. 😍
We’re pretty sure that it was the most pawsome road trip ever . . . at least for the four of us. Our next mission is to convince our Daddy to do it again for BlogPaws 2018. How could he possibly resist our sweet Golden faces?
No way anyone could resist your faces, let alone a Dad. I suspect you guys have him wrapped around your front paws! And hopefully I will be there to personally meet you in the furs, too.
I have to admit that we’ve trained our daddy fairly well. 😉
They are fairly easy to train.
I’m so glad that y’all had a great time at the conference. We are planning on being there next year!
It was even more fun than we thought it would be. We decided that every professional conference would be way better if you could bring your pets. 😉
Thanks for sharing your photos. Looks like you had a great time. Bear and Sammy would love Myrtle Beach too.
I can’t wait to share more of the beach pictures with you. Our visit was short, but it was fabulous!
I was going to add that Bear got lots of feels after I read this last night. Dad will read article tonight and I bet they both get more feels plus I’m sure the same goes for cats so Jasmine will get them too. They were just to the Vet so you had perfect timing for us.
That’s so good! You’ll know all your baselines right away . . . unlike our mommy, who’s bound to be making a panicked (and probably completely unnecessary) call to the vet. 😉
Bow wow! Looks like a great time was had by all MHL. What a great event. Would love to take Kali to one of these some day…. and BTW Kali gets a little miffed with her little sister Kloe at times. You and Talulah would be a great match for my girls Kali and Kloe. Kali is 8 like you and the two of you could lie in the shade watching the youngsters knocking themselves out with wrestling and running. Thanks for the great post!
I think Kali would have the greatest time at a BlogPaws conference, and just wait until you see the massive swag bags of treats and toys we got. Mommy’s still sorting through it, but we’ll definitely share that in a future blog post.
I so wish we lived around the corner from each other. Kali and I could send Kloe and Tallulah off to exhaust each other while we relaxed. That would be heaven . . . for us and our humans, I’d imagine. 😉
What an awesome trip you had! It sure flies by fast, doesn’t it? You were so lucky to get all those floor-to-ceiling windows! Then again, I don’t care for heights, so maybe it’s just as well we didn’t get one. LOL
I’ll be back to read the post about that 10 touches, because somehow I missed that at the conference too!
My humans have joked that they’re going to have to do a remodel at home so Tallulah can have floor-to-ceiling windows . . . or maybe we’ll just plan more road trips!