I'm not taking my laptop, so this will probably be my last post until Sunday or Monday. However, for anyone I meet at the conference, I'd like to introduce my animal family.
This is Toby. The fact that I have him at all can be directly attributed to BlogPaws 2011. He's a 9-year-old Italian Greyhound that I adopted after his original family gave him up, post-divorce. He enjoys chew sticks and accompanying me on my daily 5K walks through our neighborhood.
Trillian is my youngest female cat. She loves to be snuggled and petted, especially when she's away from her arch-nemesis, Xena, whom you'll meet shortly. If you work for my company's IT department, please pretend you never saw this photo. If you ever come over to my house to eat, please know that I keep lots of Lysol wipes on hand to disinfect the countertops and appliances.
Xena enjoys sunbathing, treats and constant access to the food dish, as you can see. She and Trillian spend their days establishing and defending vital strategic bases in the kitchen and living room. Xena is my husband's kitteh wife and she likes to dramatically fling herself into his arms.
Velvet is our oldest cat. I adopted her as a "buffer cat" between Xena and a very elderly cat we had at the time. Despite the fact that she's at least twelve years old, Velvet is the most playful cat in the household. I think she may even play with the dog when we're not looking.
So that's the gang I'm leaving behind for the long weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting all the pets that people actually bring with them to the conference, hanging out with all the friends I made last year and making some new friends.