First Day of BlogPaws 2018 Conference Blog Hop

It’s official: This week’s blog hop coincides with the first day of the BlogPaws 2018 Conference, so let’s celebrate. If you are not in Kansas City for our 10th Anniversary Celebration with brands, bloggers, professional speakers, experts, and influencers galore (oh, and did we mention pets)…you are missed!

BlogPaws 2018

 

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Also watch for Facebook Lives from Whisk & Wag and Comfort Zone!

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: Carl Kerridge

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Here are Dog Care Tips to Follow to Beat the Summer Heat

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Our dogs deserve the ultimate care package. They love us, protect us, and are loyal to the teeth. The least we can do for them is take good care of them. Most dog owners are already following this principle quite religiously. But did you know that the good old summer can also pose some dangers to your beloved pet? So here are some tips you can add to your pet care handbook to help your dog beat the heat this summer and stay safe.

  1. Never choose noon or midday as a time to exercise your dog.
    When you’re exercising your dog, do it either early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is not as brutal. As humans, the summer can be a pretty brutal time for us. Now imagine if you had fur all over your body. Dogs also don’t have as many sweat glands as we do so keeping them cool is a challenge. The best thing we can do in terms of exercise is to just do it either in the morning or at night. Also back of on the intensity. Your dog might not be able to take the heat.
  2. Carefully monitor your dog for sings that he might be dehydrated.
    Dehydration is no joke. Dogs cool themselves by panting. If your dog is overheated, you’ll notice that he’s drooling excessively. This is a sign that he’s dehydrated. He might even become lethargic, and develop bloodshot eyes.
  3. Always make sure you keep him hydrated.
    The summer can just suck up any and all moisture present in your body. Similar to how dark colors absorb more heat than light colors do in clothing, the color of your dog’s coat also matters. If your dog has a dark coat, there’s a good chance that he’s feeling constantly overheated. When you take your dog for a walk, remember to take a bottle along with you. Obese and overweight dogs are also at a higher risk of getting easily dehydrated.
  4. Let him roam free with his digging habits.
    It’s understandably frustrating when your dog digs up your carefully planted garden. To prevent hits happening, find a shady place for him to go wild in and get him digging. Different dogs dig for different purposes. They dig to give birth, to find food, to hide, and of course, to keep themselves cool. Allow them this by allocating a spot especially for this purpose.
  5. Take him swimming.
    Most dogs love the water. If you want to get a quick work out in, instead of taking him for a walk or playing a game of fetch, take him for a good swim. Not only will he thoroughly enjoy the whole activity, but it could also serve as an excellent bonding experience.

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Here’s How the Belief That Cats Have Nine Lives Came About

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All myths have some kind of fact behind them. Cats usually keep to themselves and seem pretty content with their isolated and unbothered lives. Saying that it’s difficult to get a read on them would be the understatement of the century. There’s a very famous myth that says that our beloved feline friends have nine lives. While this is a far cry from the truth, the story behind the myth is actually pretty interesting.

Cats are admittedly one of the cutest creatures out there. But at what point do they go from being cute, to having nine lives? Although the cool myth is very much false, it is based on a rather spectacular ability that cats have.

They can jump and land on all four legs – with absolute grace. They’re like ninja acrobats in that sense. They can climb really high trees, jump off of really high places for kicks, and even run in front of cars and come out of that unscathed. So an oldwife’s tale came up with the theory that cats don’t just miraculously escape from every dangerous situation, but they simply die and come back to life!

How do cats actually escape from dangerous situations?
There are cats that are known for their ability to jump off of tall buildings, even skyscrapers during earthquakes, and come out of the whole thing without a scratch. Cats always land on their feet because they have righting reflex.

What is righting reflex?
Righting reflex is actually a very interesting concept. It’s your cat’s ability to twist herself very quickly if she’s dropped from a high place, so she can land neatly on all her feet. Cats have even more vertebrae than humans, which makes them extremely flexible. It also, in part, accounts for their incredible reflexes and balance.

What with the number?
The old proverb goes, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” And if you’re going to give a cat magic lives, nine is as good a number to start with as any. Although this proverb is not factual, it’s based on general feline behavior. They love to play with their prey and although they do come back most of the time, they do also run away whenever given the chance. Cats are tricky that way.

The Greek also used to believe that the number nine represents the trinity of all trinities – a holy number that has remained mystical to all. The number is said to invoke religion and tradition. Magical indeed! While we can’t count on our cats having nine lives, we can always count on them landing safely. They’ll be around for a long while.

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BlogPaws Speaker Series: Facebook Ad Essentials

Welcome to our weekly BlogPaws speaker series in preparation of the 2018 BlogPaws Conference in Kansas City, MO. Each week, we feature a different speaker so that you can get to know them and learn what their session is all about. Be sure to also tune into our weekly Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 4pm EST on the BlogPaws Facebook page. If you can’t attend live, no worries! You can always catch the replay at any time on Facebook or right here on this post.

Say Hello to Elizabeth Keene!

This week the spotlight is on BlogPaws speaker and ambassador, Elizabeth Keene, founder/digital influencer at Chronicles of Cardigan.

Elizabeth’s session, Facebook Ad Essentials: What Every Page Owner Should Know and Incorporate Now (Without a Big Ad Budget) takes place on Thursday, 4/19 at 11am. You can sign up for her session on our interactive agenda.

Attendees will learn the following in her session:

  • Difference between boosting & running a page ad.
  • What types of ad creative work best.
  • How to boost a post (incl budgeting).
  • How to create a page ad (incl budgeting).
  • Differences between Objectives (engagement, awareness, video views).
  • Different types of Audiences & how to create them.
  • How to think about/select targeting (demographics, interests).

Facebook Live: Watch the Replay Here!

In case you missed it, catch the Facebook Live interview here with Elizabeth Keene and Carol Bryant.

Still on the fence about attending BlogPaws? Don’t wait! Buy your conference ticket today!

Aimee Beltran is the Director of Community Education for BlogPaws. She also writes two blogs, Irresistible Icing and Irresistible Pets with her Chihuahua, Chuy. Aimee is passionate about her mission, “create an irresistible life you can’t resist!” She loves anything with glitter, kayaking, and spending time at the beach.

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BlogPaws Speaker Series: How To Start a Podcast to Complement Your Blog

Welcome to our weekly BlogPaws speaker series in preparation of the 2018 BlogPaws Conference in Kansas City, MO. Each week, we feature a different speaker so that you can get to know them and learn what their session is all about. Be sure to also tune into our weekly Facebook Live on Wednesdays at 4pm EST on the BlogPaws Facebook page. If you can’t attend live, no worries! You can always catch the replay at any time on Facebook or right here on this post.

Say Hello to Fadra Nally

This week the spotlight is on BlogPaws speaker Fadra Nally. She started her blog, All Things Fadra, in 2009 as a way to showcase her writing and land a “real job.” She soon discovered that life behind a keyboard beats a corner window office any day of the week. Since that time, she’s built partner relationships with brands like Nintendo, National Geographic, Toyota, Disney, Purina, and Netflix. Her work has been featured on The Stir, Working Mother, J&J Parents, and even inspired Chapter 10 of the well-known marketing book, Groundswell.

When she’s not writing, blogging, or vlogging, she tries to do good in the world, in her neighborhood, and in her family of one kid, one husband, two dogs, and two cats.

Fadra’s session, The Future is Audio! How To Start a Podcast to Complement Your Blog, takes place on Thursday, April 19, at 11am. You can sign up for her session on our interactive agenda.

Attendees will walk away with knowledge of:
  • Why audio is so hot.
  • How a podcast works in addition to or instead of a blog.
  • What it takes to launch a podcast (from the business side to the technical)
  • Marketing strategies – how to get people to listen!

Facebook Live: Watch the Replay Here!

In case you missed it, catch the Facebook Live interview here with Fadra Nally and Aimee Beltran.

Aimee Beltran is the Director of Community Education for BlogPaws. She also writes two blogs, Irresistible Icing and Irresistible Pets with her Chihuahua, Chuy. Aimee is passionate about her mission, “create an irresistible life you can’t resist!” She loves anything with glitter, kayaking, and spending time at the beach.

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Why Do Cats Knock Stuff Over?

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Cats are one of the most popular and loved pets all over the world. People love cats for the companionship they provide and their general goofiness. They are playful, loving, and highly independent and intelligent animals. However, some of the things these beloved pets do are confounding. One of the biggest questions cat owners have is, why does my cat knock stuff over all the time?

Why cats knock things over, according to cat researchers

Are you tired of cleaning up after your cat? Does your cat knock things over all the time? Are you wondering why your cat does this and how you can stop it? Many cat owners want to understand their kitty’s behavior better so they know what their pet might want. Is knocking things over a behavior you should be worried about? Although there is no definitive research yet on this subject, cat researchers do have a few answers for you.

One reason, researchers believe, is that cats knock things over out of instinct. Cats have padded paws, and these pads have a lot of nerve endings in them. Touching things with these pads tells cats their texture, weight, and other characteristics. In the wild, they test out their prey the same way, by touching and swatting them. Knocking things over is an expression of this instinct that cats retain from the time they were wild animals.

Another reason is simpler and easier to control, one that shows you how smart your kitty actually is. Cats at times knock stuff over to get your attention. If you lead a busy life and are not able to spend a lot of time with your cat, your cat may get bored, miss your company, or have to constantly remind to feed your beloved pet. One way cats do all this is to draw your attention to themselves by knocking stuff over. Bad attention trumps no attention, and that is what your kitty is aiming for with this behavior.

Tips to get your cat to avoid knocking stuff over

  • Ensure you feed your cat on time every day without fail.
  • Take time out every day to play with and engage your cat.
  • Get a lot of toys for your cat and keep rotating the toys around to keep things interesting for your cat.
  • Keep all breakable valuable items locked away and out of reach of your cat.
  • Ignore your cat when it knocks things over, so your cat knows it is not a behavior that you encourage.

Now you know that your cat might simply be telling you it is hungry, bored, or missing you when it starts knocking stuff over. Pay attention to your beloved kitty, and you might just learn a lot about what your cat wants to tell you.

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Why Does Your Dog Follow You Everywhere?

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Dogs are mischievous, loyal, and lovable little balls of fur. They keep us feeling young with their playful and energetic ways. We all love our dogs because they are wonderful creatures. But sometimes, they can come off as a little bit of a shadow.

If you have a dog, you’ll notice that it’s very rare that he leaves your side. No matter the activity you’re doing, you can count on him to always be there. Much like a shadow. Even while you’re showering! You can find your dog sitting at the foot of the bath, just calmly waiting for you to finish your shower. You can find him cozily curled up on his favorite kitchen chair while you’re cooking. While many people find this behavior adorable, it could also come off as irritating. Here are a few reasons why your dog is trailing you all the time.

  1. He has separation anxiety
    This is the kind of anxiety that your dog might experience every time you’re out of sight. Symptoms that suggest your dog has separation anxiety include excessive salivation, barking, scratching, destroying furniture, or simply whining when he’s separated from you. If this, in fact, is the reason why your dog follows you around everywhere, you might want to look into different training options to fix this problem.
  2. He has imprinted on you.
    If you’re the first person your dog saw after he was born, there’s a good chance that he imprinted on you. He sees you as somewhat of a mother. If you’re overly caring or friendly with a puppy of 3 to 12 weeks, there’s a good chance that he has imprinted on you. Once he has imprinted on you, he comes to rely on your quite heavily. He will see you as a source of companionship and security.
  3. He enjoys your company.
    Dogs also have the same feel good hormones as humans do. Your dog’s brain releases oxytocin when he is with you. We all know that dogs are evolved from wolves. They have become domesticated but they still have their ancestral instincts intact. Similar to how wolves prefer the company of their pack, your dog prefers your company. In his mind, you’re part of his pack.
  4. He’s curious.
    Dogs are generally curious creatures. If you own a dog, chances are you’ve found him in places he shouldn’t be on more than one occasion. Even if you’re just leaving the bed or couch for a second, he still wonders about where you’re wandering off to and whether you’ll return with treats. If he’s curious enough, he’ll come after you just to find out where you’re going.

If you think your dog might be experiencing separation anxiety, then you should make an appointment with your vet to talk about your options. If anxiety is not the issue here, then your dog is perfectly fine. He just loves you too much.

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Can Dogs Understand the Concept of Time?

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Dogs are undoubtedly intelligent creature. But are they as intelligent as to have grasped the concept of time? Most dogs are aware of when it is dinner time, time for their walks, or time for their parents to get home. You’ll find them waiting on the threshold with tails wagging and hearts full. To expect you to return at the exact same time every day, your dog must know about the concept of time to some extent. Most animal species have a general sense of time.

In fact, most pets are sensitive to time. As you know, cats are really organized creatures who love routines and schedules. They’re creatures that experience a mini panic attack every time there’s even the smallest change in their routine. Dogs have come to expect walks and their food at certain times.

How can dogs keep track of their time?
Unlike humans, dogs don’t have day planers or watches that can keep track of time. So they rely on other methods. Animals have a built-in internal clock that tells them when they can expect certain things like the arrival of their owners and daily walks will happen. They also keep track of time using the day and night cycles. They watch as it gets light and then dark. These intelligent creatures obviously know that something is going on at some point when the light changes from bright, to dim, to none at all. That’s why when it’s a certain time in a day, they’ve come to associate it with dinner or a walk.

The reason behind why your dog is overly alert when you’re about to feed him might not be because he can actually keep track of time. It can just as easily be because he follows and understands social cues to some extent. Your dog is always waiting and watching so as soon as he sees you going into the kitchen, he’ll know that there’ll be treats coming his way.

Some people also believe that in a way, dogs can also smell time. Smells come and go during the day. Dogs have really strong olfactory senses and they can tell when something is going to happen or whether something has already happened through the absence and presence of different smells in the air throughout the day. They know when you’re coming back home based on the remnants of your smell from the time you left for work, and they know when food is coming because of how his food bowl smells when you’re about to feed him again.

While dogs are pretty good at associating different things to different times, they’re not as good with remembering important events that have happened on different days. That would take the help of technology we don’t have yet.

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Get to Know Team BlogPaws 2018 Conference Blog Hop

For this blog hop, let’s introduce the team! As we inch closer and closer to the BlogPaws 2018 Conference, get to know the various team members and ambassadors you can look forward to meeting in person. Each staff member and ambassador is there to help make your conference experience the best it can be!

BlogPaws 2018

Team BlogPaws

Maggie Marton, Director of Content 

My BlogPaws Story: Maggie Marton

Staff Spotlight: What Makes BlogPaws Special: Get to Know Oh My Dog! founder, and BlogPaws staffer, Maggie Marton: http://blogp.ws/2FJJ3DJ

Posted by BlogPaws on Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

Carol Bryant, Marketing/PR/Social Media Manager

My BlogPaws Story: Carol Bryant

Get to know BlogPaws' Marketing/PR/Social Media Manager, Carol Bryant of Fidose of Reality and why she has been to all 9 BlogPaws Conferences to date: http://blogp.ws/CarolBryantBPStory

Posted by BlogPaws on Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Bernard Lima Chavez, Influencer Campaign Manager

How I Was Dragged to My First BlogPaws Conference

Some people's lives are changed by the BlogPaws Conference experience, and our Campaign Manager, The Graffiti Dog 's Bernard Lima Chavez, is one of them. Here's his story and how you can meet him this April for our 10th Anniversary Conference: http://blogp.ws/GraffitiBP

Posted by BlogPaws on Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Aimee Beltran, Director of Community Education

My BlogPaws Story with Aimee Beltran

What does the BlogPaws Conference mean to our Director of Community Education, Aimee Beltran of Irresistible Icing ? In her own words, here's Aimee's story: https://blogp.ws/2q594HP

Posted by BlogPaws on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 

Felissa Elfenbein, Director of Influencer Marketing

Felissa

Ambassadors: BlogPaws 2018 Conference

An ambassador is someone who shares in a mission and helps support it every step of the way. Each year, BlogPaws selects a group of pet bloggers as ambassadors to the conference. They are chosen for their professionalism and talent in social media. They will assist everyone in the BlogPaws Conference experience before and during the conference.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: Carl Kerridge Photography

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