The last few weeks have flown by for us–why does summer always seem to go by so quickly? In June, I flew to Phoenix, Arizona for my first ever BlogPaws conference! What an experience. And man, was it hot! It was 116 degrees outside on my first day there. If you don’t know what BlogPaws is, let me fill you in. It turns out I’m not the only person who keeps a blog about her pets–in fact, BlogPaws is an entire community of pet bloggers! They get together once a year at a conference (at a pet friendly hotel, of course) to network, learn, and just plain have fun. It’s a great place for bloggers to connect with other bloggers and connect with brands they want to work with in the future. I am so happy I pulled the plug and went this year, even though I didn’t know a single soul. I came away from the conference with so many new friends and connections–and oh, the SWAG! When I tell you I had to check another bag on my way home just to hold all the product I picked up at the conference, would you believe me?
One of my favorite products I picked up at BlogPaws is the Door Buddy, invented by Shanelle and Scott Johnson, one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. I had the pleasure of meeting the Johnsons in person at the conference and was struck with the ingenuity and simplicity of their invention, the Door Buddy. The idea came to them one day after Shanelle caught their 9-month-old daughter in the laundry room, playing in the cat’s food and water bowl, and headed straight for the litter box! Yikes! Simply put, the Door Buddy allows you to keep any door ajar wide enough for the cat to squeeze through and narrow enough to keep the baby and other pets out. Parents, say goodbye to expensive, clunky, in-the-way baby gates and say hello to your new best friend, the Door Buddy. Not only is it priced at less than $15, but it comes in a bunch of cute colors! Learn more about the Door Buddy at www.thedoorbuddy.com.
Since my husband and I don’t have any kids of the non-fur variety, I have been recommending the Door Buddy to all my friends with infants and toddlers. I can think of so many instances where it could come in handy, too. Maybe you keep your cat’s litter box in the basement, but you don’t want your child or dog to be able to get down there. Or maybe you need to keep a door ajar to create a cross breeze, but you don’t want your pet or child to be able to get into that room. Or maybe your child is old enough to start opening doors and you just need a quick fix to make sure she can’t get in a specific room (or suddenly find herself outside).
The Johnsons are also in the business of giving back. They donate $1.00 for every Door Buddy purchased on their website to Pet Partners, an organization in Bellevue, WA, that provides animal-assisted interactions to veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, patients in recovery or nearing the end of life, and children with literacy challenges and disabilities. What a wonderful organization to support! To learn more about Pet Partners, check out their website here.
And, to celebrate the theme of “giving back,” I’m going to give away the Door Buddy that came in my BlogPaws swag bag to one of my readers. Just follow my new friends on Instagram (@thedoorbuddy) and leave a comment below this blog post about how you would use your Door Buddy. I’ll select one comment as a winner by this Friday. I’ll ship it anywhere in the world, too! Good luck!
UPDATE: Congrats to Stephanie S. for winning the Door Buddy!