From May 8 – 10, I attended my first BlogPaws Conference in Las Vegas. For those of you who aren’t familiar with BlogPaws, it is a wonderful community that provides education and support to pet writers and bloggers. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations I attended, but that’s not the story I want to share. My experience at the conference began with saving a little four-legged life.
The first session was taught by Susan Getgood who is the author of Professional Blogging for Dummies (a book I have read and reread). During the presentation we broke into small groups for a practice assignment and of course each of us introduced ourselves. I shared that I live in Las Vegas and helped start a rescue organization in town called Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Immediately one of the women in my group got that gleam in her eye; the one that people in animal rescue see when someone is about to tell them they found a lost dog or cat.
The blogger explained that earlier in the day she had rescued a very thin little Chihuahua who crawled under a fence while she was sitting at the hotel pool where the conference was being held. The woman had scooped him up and was keeping the pup safe in her hotel room. She had notified the staff at the Westin Hotel and as any animal lover would do, she was starting to research local animal rescue groups who might be able to help.
We quickly reassured each other that the Chihuahua had to belong to someone who lives community that surrounds the hotel. I offered to call my friend Valerie, who lives there, to see if she could direct us to a Homeowners Association or community center where we could put up a poster about the lost dog.
Valerie is one of the most avid animal lovers I know. She is a longtime volunteer with Heaven Can Wait and coordinates most of our special events. She directed me to an office where the dog would be kept safe while an email blast could be sent to the homeowners.
As a backup plan I contacted the dog coordinator from my group to see if we had room for the Chihuahua if the owner couldn’t be found.
During the calls back and forth, Valerie found out the Chihuahua had been running loose for a while and no one had claimed him from previous posters or emails. He was very lucky the woman at the pool had rescued him. The terrain around the Westin Hotel is full of coyotes and bobcats.
Valerie decided to enlist the help of her wonderful neighbors and through their remarkable networking abilities by the next morning a new home had been found for the little guy. His new name is Dewey and his adopted family thinks he is the sweetest dog they have ever seen.
It was a happy ending, but it proved to me that when you’re in animal rescue – you never know how your day will turn out .
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