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Ohio is for (Pet) Lovers

DSC_0081 Roughly a year before I was born, my family bought a dog.  Cleo was a toy fox terrier and was the baby of the family.  At least, until I came along.  Once I was born, Cleo stopped getting all of the attention and she developed quite an attitude.  Especially with me.

As I grew older it didn't matter to me that Cleo hated me and snarled every time I came near her.  I loved her anyway.  It also didn't matter that she didn't appreciate my love for her until she was old, deaf and nearly blind.  She was so elderlyand frail that she may not have even known it was me, but my love for her never wavered.  Cleo made me a dog person, even if it took 15 years to earn her loyalty. 

There have been a lot of dogs in my life since Cleo died.  Roscoe, Alex, Buttons, Ozzie, Bowse, Boomer, Brutus, Scout, Blue and Daisy.  Each one a different personality.  Each one holding a special place in my heart.

I have often written about the two dogs we have now.  They keep life interesting and fun, even if that fun is riddled with dog hair and muddy paw prints.  As an occasional pet blogger, I was excited to hear about BlogPaws, which is a new site dedicated to the on-line pet community.  It will be a place where I can share things with other dog lovers, get new ideas and gain insight into content creation that pet owners will appreciate.

I am especially excited that BlogPaws will be holding their first conference on April 9 & 10, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.  I, for one, am looking forward to meeting fellow pet bloggers and see the companies who will be sharing their product ideas.  I am hoping to learn from the speakers as well.  It's an added bonus that the conference is in my home town.

On a side note:  If any of the organizers are reading this, I would be really grateful if you could have a session on how to make your labrador retrievers stop eating squirrel poop.

Original post to Ohio Moms Blog.