Bunny here at the keyboard, writing about one big adventure we had this weekend.
The past three years, I’ve sadly watched as Mom went off to the BlogPaws conference and left me at home with Dad while she went off to learn things about how to make our blog better and meet other people who are interested in blogs and the pet industry. Pets are allowed to attend the conference, but she’s always had to fly on an airplane to get there and that meant that I couldn’t go. When she found out that this year the conference was in Nashville, she told me that we were going to have our first chance to go together.
The original plan was that just Küster and I were going to go with Mom and Dad. Later, the person who Mom would trust to watch Flattery was busy, so Dad said he thought it would be better if we just brought her with us. Morgan is not a fan of crowds, other dogs or people she doesn’t know, so she stayed with some good friends of our humans who know a lot about German Shepherds.
Anyway, before we knew it, we were packed up and headed off to see the bright lights of Nashville.
Our trip down was pretty uneventful. We had decent weather and we made good time. There were one or two stops along the way, but they were brief because we wanted to get to the conference. I consider myself a well-traveled hound and I’ve certainly seen a lot of exciting and unusual things in my life, but the conference was quite an eye opener for all of us. let me tell you. Not only did we see other dogs of all shapes and sizes, but we also saw cats. ferrets, a hamster and some pigs. Flattery and I were still the only Greyhounds there, though.
Mom took Flattery and I in to the vendor hall and Flattery immediately began making an impression by helping herself to not one, but two pieces of chicken jerky right off one of the vendors’ tables. I was mortified. We Greyhounds are known for our impeccable manners and here she was practically swinging from the chandelier. Fortunately, after a few more minutes of crazy antics, Mom sent Dad a text to come and get the wild child. So, Flattery went to time out in the room while we went to check out the vendor booths. After that, however, she did pretty well. She laid down during sessions and paid attention, plus she was social with everyone, no matter how tired she got.
Now Küster is a dog who knows how to make an impression. He loved going into the vendor hall because everybody made a huge fuss over him. I’m not sure this trip was the best thing for him, because it pretty much confirmed his theory that he is the center of the universe. Wherever he went, people could not resist him and he ate all of the attention up. He made friends at the Tugg booth, the PetSafe booth and all over the place. At one point, he had a dozen people around him taking his picture and he hammed it up like nobody’s business. I’m proud to say that he’s a German Shepherd raised by Greyhounds.
Of course, attending a conference isn’t just about meeting adoring fans.
There were interesting keynote speakers to watch. We also went to some conference sessions with Mom and learned about how to make the blog better and how to be better storytellers. It was also a lot of fun to meet other blogging animals and humans. For the most part, I did my best to put my best foot forward. We also went to breakfast, lunch and dinner with our humans. Well, not all of us and not every time. I particularly approved of the fresh yogurt in champagne glasses, but Mom told me not to get used to that. She also warned me that at home we have to go back to sharing the bed with Dad. I told her I’d think about it but I rather liked the hotel arrangement. We also made an appearance in a video for Merrick so that my friends at the adoption kennel can get $250 worth of food.
It was a lot of fun to meet some of our favorite blogging canines. I had no idea so many people would recognize me, either. Apparently, I’m more of a celebrity than I realized. There were people Mom didn’t even know who asked if I was really Bunny from Taies and Tails. I guess my days of anonymity are over. I really enjoyed it, but I can understand how Greta Garbo felt after a while. Those adventures in meeting the public can be exhausting.
We had lots of crazy and funny stuff happen to us, and I’m sure you’ll hear about some of it from my human. I knew we’d have a good time, but I had no idea I’d be sleeping in luxury, having my photo taken by all kinds of people, meeting other famous canine celebrities, making an appearance in a video, or walking the red carpet to the Nose to Nose Awards.
All too soon, the conference was over.
We got up Sunday morning and after breakfast, we packed up the Princessmobile. There was a lot more stuff to pack going home than there was getting there. We kept getting stuff from people, which was nice, but it sure added up. Dad said he wasn’t sure there was going to be enough room for dogs, so I stayed very close to Mom, just to be sure.
Before we headed home, we did a little sightseeing. You can’t go to a cool place like Nashville and not see any of the sights. We did a whirlwind pass and saw the Parthenon, the Bluebird Café, the Grand Ole Opry and Honkytonk Row. Nashville is a beautiful city and we wish we’d had more time to sniff around there. We also stopped in Metropolis on our way through and had a little visit with Superman. It certainly added some color to our trip.
All in all, we had a great time and made a lot of wonderful memories. I have no idea where our next adventure will lead us, but I am going to enjoy sleeping in my own bed, even if I do have to go back to eating my yogurt out of a plastic cup. Our family had a great time together and that was the very best part of it all!