There are a whole lot of great things about a BlogPaws conference, but the greatest in my book has to be the people and pets you meet. They’re all so super nice. Way back in March, my human mommy started counting down the days until she’d meet my dear friend Bear’s mom. We fell in love with Bear when we discovered his Love always, Bear blog, and it shattered my mommy’s heart the day Bear crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When our mommies finally met last month, it was as if they’d been friends forever. I guess Goldens just have a way of connecting people. That’s Bear’s mom on the right holding his sister Rosy.
Rosy writes a blog called Rosy Reports and, as Rosy would say, it’s fab. So fab that she was a finalist for not one but two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards. Tallulah and I were honored to pose with her before the big awards dinner, and we were beyond thrilled that Mommy finally got to hug Bear’s mom and we finally got to meet his fabulous sister Rosy.
Photo from Rosy’s Twitter @PrincessRosyRue
We were crushed when another Golden friend, Sugar, crossed the Rainbow Bridge just a couple of months before the BlogPaws conference. How fitting that our friends Sugar and Bear were side-by-side when the 2017 conference Honor Flags were displayed.
Photo from Golden Woofs: Sugar the Golden Retriever Blog
That’s Sugar’s mom holding stuffed Goldie at the conference. (Mommy and Sugar’s mom were so busy hugging every time they saw each other that silly Mommy didn’t think about getting a photo.) I’m so super happy to report that just as soon as Sugar’s mom and dad got home from BlogPaws 2017 they welcomed a new Golden Retriever into their home and into their hearts. His name is Koru Bear and you can click here to see how incredibly handsome he is.
Keeping with the Golden theme, meet Honey and her mom. Sweet doesn’t even begin to describe these two. They’re like the best cupcake ever piled high with the richest icing you’ve ever eaten and covered with sprinkles. Yep, that sweet. Honey’s mom blogs at Something Wagging This Way Comes and–get this–they live on a sailboat. It was such a thrill to meet them, and we cannot wait to follow their nautical adventures.
Now I don’t want you to think we only hung out with Golden Retrievers and their humans while we were at BlogPaws 2017. We also met Leroy from My Brown Newfies. Leroy’s mom probably thought my human mommy was a crazy stalker when she leapt from the car and dashed toward Leroy the minute we got to the conference hotel. But, I mean really, who doesn’t love a big handsome hairy guy who drools?
And mommy wasn’t the only one with a BlogPaws 2017 crush. My little sister Tallulah fell in love with Echo from A Girl & Her Husky. Yep, my little sister was that woman who goes to an out-of-town business conference and has a fling. You can’t really blame her. Echo was pretty sharp in his red carpet attire. I guess what happens at BlogPaws stays at BlogPaws . . . wink, wink.
Finally meet Lucy with the Underbite, an adorable Chihuahua-Pug mix who had the time of her life strutting her stuff on the red carpet with Rosy. Lucy and her mom work with DogWatch Hidden Fences, a conference exhibitor, and Lucy has the most adorable Instagram account. Check her out here. I could go on and on about all the amazing people and pets we met at BlogPaws 2017, but I have a better idea. Why don’t you make plans to attend BlogPaws 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri? I promise you’ll meet a whole lot of super nice people and pets.
And on the fourth day of Christmas . . . the rain continued, so my humans decided that it was time for me to get my first pair of waterproof dog boots. They are called Pawz, made by Top Paw, and I am still a bit undecided. My fabulous Golden friend Sugar wears Pawz year-round to protect her beautiful feet. (You can click here to read all about Sugar and her famous Pawz.) I figure if Sugar likes them then they must be good. The fact that they are purple is a plus, too. Purple is my favorite color.
My new boots took a little getting used to. My humans started by putting just one boot on one foot. At first, I didn’t want to move. And then I didn’t want to put the booted foot on the ground. Then I got used to one boot, so the humans tried them on all four feet. Walking was a bit tricky at first, but I got the hang of it. Then I wouldn’t sit down with my boots on, but eventually I sat. I even went outside to . . . well, you know . . . wearing my Pawz. And finally I gave in completely and wore the boots to my bed to lie down. That’s when, mercifully, my humans removed the boots and said that we’ll try them again tomorrow. While I’m not completely averse to wearing my new waterproof boots, I do I have my toes crossed for brilliantly sunny skies and dry ground tomorrow. A girl can dream.
This weekend my GORGEOUS GOLDEN friend Sugar the Golden Retriever is celebrating her 13th barkday. Smiles to you, sweet girl, and HAPPY BARKDAY!
You can click here to wish Sugar a very happy barkday and join in on her smiley barkday blog hop.
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Lagniappe (pronounced lann-yapp) is a word that people in South Louisiana use to mean something extra. It’s like getting a really good ice cream sundae that already has chocolate and whipped cream and nuts and a cherry, and then someone adds sprinkles to the top. The sprinkles are lagniappe. Or here’s an example that all my canine friends will understand: It’s like when your human takes out a milk bone and you get all excited because you think nothing could possibly be any better than a milk bone, and then your human puts just a bit of peanut butter on that milk bone before handing it to you. The peanut butter is lagniappe. So now it is my pleasure to present to you a little lagniappe for you day. Enjoy!
And the winner is . . .
You may recall that last week I wrote about my sweet friend Ku and his new book, Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could. I said that I would have a drawing for a copy of Ku’s book from all the people (and animals) who commented on that post. Well I did. I had never actually done a drawing before, so I did a little Googling to find out how it’s done. I found a great blog post by i’m erika jurney + this is my blog that had all the answers I needed (leave it to a blogger to have all the answers!). So, on the first random drawing, the winner was Commenter Number 7–Ku. I figured he didn’t need to have a copy of his own book, so I tried again, and this time the winner was Commenter Number 11, Jan from Wag ‘n Woof Pets. I put a copy of the book in the mail yesterday (well, technically my human mommy went to the post office because I am not allowed inside there), so Jan should have Ku’s book in time for some nice weekend reading. Congratulations on your lagniappe, Jan, and enjoy!
Miss Harper Lee’s Book Club
Well, if Oprah Winfrey can do it, why can’t I? The next book that I would like to recommend to you and any young children in your life is Sugar the Golden Retriever’s Sugar’s Furry Friend, which is all about Sugar and her little backyard chipmunk friend. Sugar celebrated her 12th BarkDay last month. She had her own random drawing from everyone who joined in on her barkday blog hop, and I won her book! In addition to sending her book, Sugar sent the sweetest note on her very own stationery (I’m still waiting for my mommy to get my stationery) and a See Beautiful dog tag. You can click here to read all about See Beautiful and to learn more about how to order Sugar’s book. Thanks for the lagniappe, Sugar!
Thank you, Paws It On
I think my humans are starting to get a little jealous. My mailman Mr. Leroy brings the best packages for me, and they just keep getting bills. Sorry, humans. Last week I received some super yummy treats from my friends at Paws It On. Click here to visit the Paws It On blog, see more pictures of me enjoying my treats, and find out how you can nominate a special friend for a Paws It On treat. Thanks for the tasty lagniappe, Paws It On!
It’s Blogging Awards Time
Last month, I received the Bouquet of Three Award from my cute little piggy friend Bacon at Pig Love. Thank you, Bacon, for the beautiful award, which I presented to my friend Maryanne Mistretta on her birthday . . . a bouquet of birthday flowers in the form of an award.
And a big thank you to Peppino at Pippy Monster for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope that you’ll click here to visit Pippy and that you’ll also visit my Super Sweet Blogging Award and Versatile Blogger Award nominees. Being rewarded for something that you love to do. Does anything say lagniappe more than that? I think not!
Today I have a GOLDEN smile on my face because I am celebrating Sugar the Golden Retriever’s 12th BarkDay.
HAPPY BARKDAY BEAUTIFUL SUGAR!
Sugar is the sweetest Golden Retriever in blogville.
Click here to visit her blog, wish her a very Happy BarkDay, and join in on her BarkDay Blog Hop.
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