Thursday, November 10, 2011

The third annual Pawcurious Blogathon starts this coming Saturday at 1:00 pm Central Time!


What is Blogathon?

Blogathon is a very fun online fundraiser for animals. It was started in 2009 when Dr. V of Pawcurious decided, sort of on the spur of the moment, to spend twenty-four hours in a row blogging hourly to raise money for her local humane society.

In 2010, eight other bloggers joined Dr. V to raise money for different pet causes.  

Four of us raised money for a seizure support dog for a four year old named Bradyn.  (He is getting his dog in March 2012 - woo!)

This year, the project has gotten so crazy that I do not even know how many animal lovers are participating yet!  

How cool is that??

Recently Rescued Pups at Nebraska Humane Society
Dr. V is raising money for a large animal sanctuary near San Diego called Lions, Tigers and Bears.   Su Smith and her grade school students are raising money for dogs affected by the recent Texas wildfires.  Elizabeth Hilpipre and I, along with at least six other Omaha bloggers, are raising money for the Nebraska Humane Society.  Also, an anonymous donor is matching every single donation to the Nebraska Humane Society during the Blogathon! (Thank you Secret Pet Saver!!!)

When is Blogathon?

1:00 pm Saturday, November 12. 2011 - noon Sunday, November 13. 2011 Central Time.

Can I participate?

Yes, of course!

How?

  • If you have a blog, and an animal related cause you would like to support, join us on Saturday and Sunday to blog hourly to raise money for your chosen cause. Feel free to blog more or less often, or participate in the "sane" hours of the Blogathon.
  • If you have a blog and would like to support a cause already being sponsored, check the list below and jump in with the project you would like to support!  Last year, I was still figuring all of this out, and loved Dr. V's idea of helping a little boy get his therapy dog, so this is the option I chose.
  • Let us know you are participating!

Do I Have Time to Prepare if this is the First I Have Heard of Blogathon?

Last year I bought some Diet Coke and chocolate right before Blogathon started and made stuff up as I went.  So, yes.

What Should I Blog About?

The cause you are supporting...pets...your thoughts on things you think...videos...photos...links to the cause you are supporting or other Blogathon participants' websites and the causes they are supporting or other stuff...

My blogging style is a bit random, so I made sure to link to the donation site at the end of every post last year to help focus myself.  I will be doing that again this year!

Oh no, I do not have a blog!  Do I need to sit on the curb and watch everyone go by?  *sniff*

No, of course not!

  • Offer to write a guest blog post in advance for any participating blogger you think may need a 3 am coffee break.
  • Comment on the participating blogs.  You would not believe how encouraging support and participation are when bloggers are thinking "What was I thinking?" and "What did I get myself into?" and "I am so tired!" and "Is this making a difference?"
  • See if bloggers need pictures that you have taken.  We are ALWAYS looking for great pictures, and they make posts more fun to read.  Also, your pets are super cute.
  • I am specifically looking for pictures of clocks "on the hour" to post each hour, so if you take a neat clock picture that I can use, let me know!

You are crazy!  I am not staying up all night!

That is not a question!  But you do have a good point.  You can still help!

  • Promote the Blogathon through facebook and twitter and other social media sites.
  • Tell your friends and family.
  • Support the cause or causes that you love.  Make donations during the Blogathon or even later in honor of "The Pawcurious Blogathon."
  • Learn about the groups highlighted during Blogathon that sound interesting.
  • Get to know the participating bloggers.  Odds are, they are just as dog crazy as you are and would be very fun to know!
  • Do the awesome things you are already doing to help organizations helping animals...give, volunteer, support.
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Dr. Shawn is a veterinarian and mom in Omaha Nebraska. She writes for CareFRESH, Life With Dogs (new!) and Omaha.net.

Dr. Shawn graduated from Iowa State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1998 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. She works part time at Banfield, The Pet Hospital of Papillion, seeing small animals: dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Her veterinary passions (besides her patients, of course!) are preventative/wellness care, pet owner education, positive reinforcement training and solving pet overpopulation.

You can also connect with Dr. Shawn on Twitter or Facebook

Further reading:
Learn From Kelly Osbourne — Keep Your Dog Away From Chewing Gum!
Safe and healthy sweetener for people - but means more pets will die!
Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs
Common Sugar Substitute Xylitol Can Be Deadly for Pets

Articles by Dr. Shawn:
Xylitol And The Basset Hound
Did You Ever Wonder How Antibiotics Work?

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