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Mutt Dog Show

2018 Mutt Dog Show at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House although a bit chilly had an impressive turnout. 

Two dozen dogs paraded across the lawn in costumes, did special tricks or showed off excellent obedience skills.

Kids throughout the audience held their scores high on little chalkboards. We packed the outdoor gathering area with humans and pups having a grand time at this annual low-key event. 

 

This is one of many off-beat happenings at Wolverine Farm in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. As the Letterpress name implies they of course have regular writing classes, poetry workshops, book sales, study hall and more. They also host The Prettiest Chicken Contest, craft classes, bike in movie nights, and the pop-up petting zoo. Their gift shop is full of note cards, books, and fun trinkets. The cafe serves coffee to wine and yummy pastries. And add Wolverine to your art walk as their upstairs meeting room is lined with fine art. 

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Spring Me Flower Portraits

Saturday, March 18th
Bath Garden Center

Animal House Rescue & Grooming Pups will be photographed at the 3rd Annual Spring Me from the Shelter Portrait Event.

Last year people asked if their family pup could be photographed too.
Happy to say that we opened up 4 sessions this year!
Your pup will have the honor of wearing a flower collar from the Animal House portraits! Sessions will be at Bath Garden Center starting at about noon. 

Once a year and only 4 sessions available!

This once a year opportunity will also benefit Animal House!
Each session is $500 and includes:
 Unique flower collar
Portrait session in the greenhouse with Monique
11×14 Canvas Gallery Wrap Print 
2-8×10 Mounted Prints
Set of 20 Greeting Cards 
$100 donated to Animal House Rescue & Grooming

Grab your session now!

 

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7 Things No One Told Me About a BlogPaws Conference

7 Things No One Told Me About the BlogPaws Conference

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Hey, I’m not pointing any claws here but there are a few items not fully explained in the conference brochure.

I’ve attended my share of conferences over the years but BlogPaws 2016 took me by surprise.

Sure the past attendees raved about the previous 7 years. Yeah the video on the website highlighted people having fun. Pre-con photos showed the resort in all it’s glory. Exhibit hall vendor list looked exciting. Perhaps the classes and workshops could teach me helpful nuggets. Maybe I would even meet someone famous on the Red Carpet.

There has to be a catch right? No conference could be that good.

Have you ever sat on the floor in front of a golden retriever and been slapped in the face repeatedly by their fluffy wagging tail? Every moment of BlogPaws jolted me with yet another perk, another business epiphany, another wonderful person, just like that crazy goldie tail.

Here are just 7 of my insights. But if you are like me you will just have to experience it yourself in Myrtle Beach, SC May 18-20, 2017.

1 Only a few vendors

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Plan on chatting with the vendors much longer than you expect. Every single company had a friendly and engaging representative, often people AND animals! While I really wanted to win a new dSLR camera or a GoPro I just did not have time to visit with 30 of the vendors to fill my passport. Every booth I stopped at we swapped animal stories, took selfies, loved on furbabies, and learned more about their product, company or organization. So seriously do the math: 43+booths x 15 min each (minimum)=645 min/10.75 hours. The exhibit hall is only open a total of 13 hours.  I suggest making a plan of action, bringing a team of 1-3 friends, and compare notes. Otherwise you will only be able to see a few vendors.

2 Oversize bag fee

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My jaw dropped open at the registration table early on opening day. When the staff asked whether I would like dog, cat or a combo swag bag, what size t-shirt I wear, and issued my fancy name tag I almost froze on the spot. Wait! I’ve been slacking in my boxing class and don’t think I have the arm strength to carry my giant canvas bag a few feet down the hall! Somehow I managed to stumble to a comfy chair around the corner to assess the goodies. (I shared the un-bagging on Periscope too). Those who couldn’t trick TSA into thinking that bag is under 50 pounds and not spilling over stopped by the Shipping Room on closing day. Shipping companies neatly flew your new treasures home in a sturdy box. Next year pack an extra suitcase, prepare for oversize bag fees, or just add a stop to the shipping room to your agenda on the last day.

3 Hangry Risk

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Hungry+Angry=no fun for anyone, Raise a paw if you’ve ever been Hangry. Education is a happening non-stop at BlogPaws. If you are like me my brain turns off completely when I’m hungry. (And I may become a bit irritable, just ask Michael.) There is zero chance for you or your pets to be hungry at BlogPaws. Every few feet there are snacks & drinks for dogs, cats, and people. Many thoughtful companies sponsored food offerings throughout the conference. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and Yappy Hours are ALL included in the conference registration. Work hard, eat well, pack baggy clothes for the trip home.

4 Time Management Juggling

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You’ve painstakingly decided which speakers to listen to and which workshops to attend. Pretty color coded conference schedule is pinned to your cell phone home screen. Printed conference schedule items circled and highlighted. Maybe you have even factored in the long walk through the resort to change clothes throughout the day (you and your pet’s clothes btw).  Suddenly you meet a fellow attendee and could talk to them for hours! Then they ask if you heard about another mini gathering. Then you walk past another micro-party in the hall. All these things happened to me! Bring walking shoes, add some flex time in your schedule, and plan on sleeping when you get home on Monday.

5 Careful your face will freeze that way

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Michael & I on the Red Carpet at BlogPaws image by by Annabelle Denmark Photography

by Annabelle Denmark Photography

Have you been practicing your smile? The PawParrazzi are everywhere! Selfies galore, funny speakers, cute animals, vendor photobooths, and of course the Red Carpet will all threaten to freeze your face in a smile furever! Clear the memory on your camera roll, channel your inner celebrity (‘cause you are one at BlogPaws) and mentally prepare to have a permagrin for at least 3 days.

6 Public speaking is fun

BlogPaws Photography Class image by by Annabelle Denmark Photography

image by Annabelle Denmark Photography

BlogPaws Photography Class

Yes seriously. Have something to share? Part of attending the conference is to learn new skills. My classes on Livestreaming and Photography had people sitting on the edge of their seats. Any fear of public speaking will dissolve in the welcoming rooms of BlogPaws. Pay it Forward, we will all be there to howl and meow our support!

7 Prepare to relocate

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Can I just live at the resort with all the fab-u-lous BlogPaws peeps? Pretty please? Three days flies by in a blur leaving you floating on a fluffy cloud of gratitude. I have talked non-stop about every wonderful moment (almost lost my voice actually) to anyone who will listen. While I finally succumbed to reality and made my trek back home I am comforted in the dreams of seeing everyone again next year.

Pretty sure I have convinced everyone to join me in South Carolina next spring. Trust me there is much, much more to a BlogPaws Conference than the brochure could ever cover!

 

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CaPAWtal City Petfest 2016

CaPAWtal City Petfest June 11, 2016

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Join me Saturday, June 11, 2016 For the CaPAWtal City Pet Fest in Cheyenne Wyoming. Hosted by Black Dog Animal Rescue and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Register for the Dog Jog and explore the Petfest!

Stop by my booth at the Petfest for a chance to win a full portrait session with me and a $50 to do credit to use towards your portrait order. You will also meet my dog Kaylee, my hubby Michael and my daughter Crystal.

The festival will feature:

  • Vendor Expo/Petfest (which is where you’ll find me)
  • A 1-mile fun walk Around Sloan’s Lake
  • Dog kissing booth
  • Adoptable pets
  • Food vendors
  • Kids activities
  • Chances to win prizes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • And more!

Located at Lions Park Amphitheater – 4603 Lion Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001.  9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11th.

Black Dog animal rescue is one of the few rescues that took in the South Korean Dog Meat Farm dogs this spring. Read all about that story on their webpage at www.bdar.org.

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BlogPaws or Bust!

BlogPaws Speaker

Do you struggle with dark (underexposed) images? Do you ever pick up your camera and suddenly have a creative block? Do you want a couple quick tips on post processing? Do you want to volunteer at animal rescues but are not sure where to start? Come to my session!

“Impactful Photography for your Blogs & Rescues.”  Saturday, June 25th at 10:30 am at the BlogPaws 2016 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

My 90 minute session will be full of actionable and simple tips to help with your blog, your rescue photography, or even your your snapshots.

BlogPaws is an inclusive, global community of pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media. We connect brands with pet parents and pet parents with each other, 24/7/365.”

Once a year pet bloggers from all over the country attend BlogPaws. It’s a 3-day conference jam-packed with educational sessions led by leading professionals, networking with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting brand events, more influencers, and lots of pets.

The conference is pet friendly! Pets are allowed anywhere and are included in all the events from the classes to the Red Carpet!

Here’s a complete list of FAQ’s you can read and share as you like.

Join me at BlogPaws with a 10% discount

I will meet you with a nice cold drink and a huge smile!

 

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Art Show & Sale

Bath Garden Center (5)

Northern Colorado friends you are invited!

Join me this weekend, March 27-29th at Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins, Colorado on the corner of Prospect & Timberline.

Saturday, March 28th from 4:00-6:00 pm please join me at my Artist Reception. Enjoy snacks, enter to win a free portrait session, meet my new dog Kaylee, and browse and buy original Silver Paw Studio Art.

My 3 day art show features art pieces from the Animal House Rescue & Grooming Annual Spring Me Photo Session.

Proceeds from all sales to be donated to Animal House.

Can’t make it to the show but still want to participate?? Bid now on the Spring Me Art Canvas Wraps on Ebay here.

See you there!

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