Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dachshund Nola At #BlogPaws

Hello, everyone!

    This post is sponsored by Wellness® Pet Food and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I have been selected as a Sponsored Blogger to attend the BlogPaws 2016 Conference on behalf of Wellness, however we only work with brands we love. BlogPaws and my Sponsor are not responsible for the content of this article.

As you all know, Nola and I flew out to BlogPaws 2016 last Wednesday, courtesy of our awesome sponsor, Wellness® Pet Food. I'm going to give you a recap on the events! It inspired some post ideas I hope to get out in the next week or two, for sure! Let's get right to what happened at BlogPaws. It may be a bit long, so sorry in advance!

We left early that morning on a Southwest flight, and Nola did so well! I was anxious, so that made her a little twitchy, but once she was settled under the seat on the plane, she went right to sleep. We wound up sitting on the tarmac in Dallas for over an hour, and it was boiling hot, so that was quite unpleasant. The flight attendants were adamant that she would not come out from her carrier under the seat, despite the lack of airflow down there. So, whenever they weren't by my seat, I opened the zipper and let her hang the front of her body out of carrier, and simply pushed her head in and set my foot in front of the open carrier door whenever the flight attendants pass. No one was the wiser. ;)

After that and a very confusing trip through the Phoenix airport, where I managed to get us lost twice, we took a taxi (Uber would not work for me) to the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass resort. We were greeted by two smartly dressed bellhops, had the car door opened for us, and our luggage quickly moved to a cart to wait for us to be ready. After checking in at the friendly front desk, and spying some fellow dog bloggers in the hotel lounge, we headed off for a lovely room on the second floor, a bellhop and our luggage trailing along behind us. Once situated, it was time to check out the suite. I've never stayed in a "fancy" hotel, and the room was quite nice! Large bathroom with a separate shower and tub, big bed, leather chair (that Nola decided was made just for her), flat screen TV, and balcony with a pretty view. Nola was thrilled to finally be out of her carrier, and enjoyed tearing around the room at a frantic pace as I unpacked.

It really wasn't that hot - or at least, not to a Floridian. Without the humidity, it felt cooler than Florida.

After a potty break, it was time to head down for tea with The American Animal Hospital Association, where we saw several familiar faces! Nola was a little cranky after such a long flight and lack of exercise, but handled it all well, including the PetSmart pre-conference dinner. I was having a rough time, totally frazzled from stress and exhaustion, so Wednesday was hard on us. I can't thank Denise from Denise's Dog Dish enough for how kind and welcoming she and her husband (and adorable Shasta!) were. They made a rough time bearable!

After passing out and sleeping like a rock Wednesday night, Nola and I were up fairly early Thursday morning. Remember, Phoenix is 2 hours behind our time, so our schedule was completely off. That was okay, though! We lazed in bed for an hour and a half, and then had a long walk around the beautiful grounds of the resort. After that we had brunch with Virbac and Mr. N and April from Tenacious Little Terrier, then attended our first session/workshop: Legal Dos and Don'ts.

"I has some brunch?"

We sat with Mr. N and his mama, and Alison from Sarcastic Dog. Nola, who is usually very much a one person dog, really liked Alison, and even initiated interaction! That almost never happens with anyone apart from me and close family. The session was fairly well done, and Nola did fantastic, hanging out and napping in her stroller the entire time.

A stroller was invaluable to us. Seriously cannot recommend one enough!

We peeked into the exhibit hall, and who do we see? Our sponsor's booth, Wellness! With Nola tucked happily into her sling, we made our way over to say high. Both the girls working were so friendly and welcome! Nola even snapped a pic with one of them. ;)

After going back to our room, it was time for dinner. The food was good the entire time we were there, and there was lots of options for gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. We even got to have dinner with the Wellness ladies, and our Instagram friend TheBrokeDog. It was lovely to speak with them! Nola had quite the fan base at that table, as she sat comfortably in her stroller and politely behaved. From then on, we always got smiles and a friendly "hey, Nola!" when we saw them. :)

This pose cracks me up!

Then on Friday we had breakfast, three workshops, and lunch. That was a bit of a hectic day, but thankfully it ended early. Nola and I popped in on Sugar's early 15th birthday party, then went back to our room, ordered room service, and crashed.

That's Sugar just by Nola's right ear.

And then Saturday happened, and I woke up so sick (period, but for me, it knocks me on my ass) at around 4:30am. Spent the morning puking, then shuffled myself and a very concerned Nola down to Wellness's VIP breakfast. Amanda of Dog Mom Days was so sweet to my sick self, and it was a nice and laid back time. They had great swag bags with some crack like treats that Nola goes nuts for, and a lovely breakfast spread.
Nola and the "other Amanda", from Dog Mom Days! She was awesome!

Nola, me, and Bernard from Dog and His Boy. He had the best style!

After that, Nola and I headed up to our room for a little bit, came back for one short workshop, and then napped back in our room until the Nose to Nose awards. We had dine and were so excited when one of our favorite blogs, Montecristo Travels, won! We did walk the red carpet, as you can see here:


I couldn't have asked more from Nola. She did so, so well! Even when some other dogs were incredibly rude or people pet her (in her stroller and carrier....) without asking, she took it in stride. Such a good dog.

So yeah! That was what we did at Blog Paws 2016. :)

- Dachshund Mommy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Nola you were on the red carpet! Oh my!
    Lily & Edward

  2. Such fun, although I'm sorry you were sick. We had plans to attend up to our move, and I'm still sorry we missed it.

    Monty, Harlow and Ramble

  3. I remember Florida (lived there for a short time as a kid). But I still think it is too stinking hot here. I'm glad you found it to be not that bad!

    I have a hard time myself around that special time of month - so I really feel for you. :(

    All told, sounds like you and Nola had a pretty good time. But how great is it to be back home? ;)

  4. Blogpaws looks like so much fun! I hope I can go some day!

  5. Nola you did a fantastic job with the travel, the Blog Paws, and everything that went on around it. We are so proud of you and your mom too.

  6. Love all the pics, especially Nola leaning on the edge of the stroller :)You both looked great on the red carpet!

  7. Nola is so good, she handled it like a pro. I don't know how well a Michigander would handle that heat, but as you mentioned the humidity makes a huge difference. Beautiful photos, and BlogPaws looks like it's a lot of fun.

  8. That's so cool that Wellness sponsored your trip! YAY! Looks like Nola soaked it all in and did so well with travel. Great photos!

  9. Looks like you guys had a really great time, and it's so awesome that you had a sponsor for the event! I really wish I'd been able to attend so that Georgie and Nola could have met! :)

  10. Aw... thanks for the shout out! Hopefully we meet at next years event! I am exhausted just reading about it! Hoping that our tips on flying were useful and that you are ready for a cross Atlantic flight soon!! HUGS!

  11. Oh gosh I feel so bad I didn't get to meet Nola! We know how much fun it can be and glad to see you had a great time. We love Wellness too! Love Dolly

  12. Wow it sounds like such a whirlwind (but fun) time. I am tired just reading about all that you did there. It is cool that you got to take Nola on the plane with you.


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