Traveling with pets. It's a tricky business.
I was recently contacted by some folks who talked about traveling with our pets...perhaps to BlogPaws, but I can't share it because it came from United. Sigh. I mean, I wouldn't fly United, would you?
Still, the 2017 conference is only 29 days off, according to my calculations. I know we're (they? it's hard to remember I'm 'retired' from BlogPaws!) are anticipating a record number of pets in attendance. Not only dogs and cats - folks bring pet guinea pigs, rats, pigs, even capybaras. Did I spell that right?
When I think of all the amazing animals that will be at the BlogPaws conference this year, and all of the amazing pets we've had in years past, I'm proud that the brand continues to support pet-friendly in its work. We always said our conferences would allow pets. We did it not only because pets just make life better, we did it because we know how hard it is to be separated from your sweet dog or cat or ferret or whatever, for four or five days at a time. Not to mention the cost of pet sitting - or even kenneling. There are some awesome kennels out there for pets that can't come to the event.
Regardless, I feel strongly about the human-animal bond and it's a major part of why the BlogPaws brand is out there. The reality isn't that three or four people put their heads together and decided to support the human-animal bond, but...that is what happened. Yes, we thought about it, but maybe not as out loud as folks think. Our biggest goal was supported pet parents who blog. These are the awesome folks who share advice, stories, and recommendations on blogs, about pets. These are folks who live the concept of the human-animal bond.
As I have gotten to know all the people who attend the conferences, I have learned more than I ever imagined or expected, about the love we have for our animal friends. I've learned from average folks like myself, who study and share stories of accomplishment in animal welfare and in animal care overall, especially volunteers in shelters! I've learned from the speakers who come to the conferences - and work to help our attendees learn better blogging skills. I've learned from the brands...yes THOSE brands...who really want to do the best for pets, everywhere. If they stumble here and there, it's our job to boost them back up, not step on them when they are down.
To me, the ability of pet parents today, via social media, to support and enhance the human-animal bond in all its glory, is one of the best things to come out of social media, and the internet, ever. We must continue to improve and connect and share and learn and become educated. We must never berate folks who don't know better - because no one taught them. We must always stand up for the animals that need us, and keep the conversation going on how to improve the health and welfare of animals everywhere.
It's a tricky business - traveling with your pets. For those who are doing so in May, to Myrtle Beach, for BlogPaws, I offer you my heartfelt thanks. Because we are not able to bring Emily or Molly.