This year has been terrible for me. My stepdad has stage four cancer, which has basically made everything suck. My depression has been up and down, and the sadness in my family has been real. But what’s the one constant in my life that I can always depend on? My animals. My babies are always there for me no matter what. Whether I’m having a horrible day or a rare wonderful day, my dogs and cats love me and show no judgement. Sometimes I feel like a bad mom because my depression gets me down, but my six kids always help me stay afloat. It’s Pet Appreciation Week, so I want to share some ways that you can show your pets appreciation!
Typically Matt and I like to go to California a few times a year. We have a second home in La Verne, which is in East LA County, about 30 minutes from Disneyland and Huntington Beach. The drive is an easy six hours from our Arizona house. We love to pack up the dogs for relaxing trips, and that’s what we planned to do this past weekend. We made it to California safely, but plans took a quick, unexpected turn a day after we got into town.
Admit it – social media is a part of your daily life. Currently there are over 1.5 billion monthly Facebook users. Yes, you read that correctly. Billion. With social media platforms being such a big part of the average person’s life, it only makes sense that there are social media sites for pets! Over 75% of the US population considers their pets to be family. Combine this with social media user statistics, and you have a lot of people who care about their pets and making it known online! The perfect medium for pet loving social media users? The Pet Community! The Pet Community is a social network for pet owners. It’s a place where pet parents can share photos and videos of our pets with like minded individuals…without flooding our Facebook feed (although I have no shame in this)!
I almost dread answering the question “how many pets do you have?” For a long time it fluctuated between four and five. Now I’m at six. I have six animals (I prefer to call them my animals instead of pets). Three cats and three dogs. To me, it’s not a big deal at all. But the typical response to my answer is “OH MY GOD you have too many animals!” Um. Not really, actually. There is no clear answer to the question “how many pets are too many pets?” It’s all relative. Let’s go over some factors.
The BlogPaws conference was the first “real” conference that I had ever attended. Before BlogPaws I never thought a conference could be so fun and life changing. Those concepts just didn’t go together for me. Let’s be real – those “life changing” conferences can cost upwards of $500-$1000 to attend. These big events are very expensive to put on, so it makes sense that tickets are a bit of the hefty side. However, a BlogPaws ticket only makes a slight dent in your wallet at a fraction of the mainstream conference price (check out specifics here). It’s a very small price considering how much the BlogPaws conference has to offer. Let me break it down for you.