Monday Mentions: Migration, Vet Conference, Audio Book & Award!

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IT’S ALIVE! Yes, this is my third AUDIO book publication this time for ComPETability: Cats. I just got word that it’s available and should be on the amazon.com book page soon, as well.

If all has gone as planned, my blog migrated successfully to a new server this past weekend. Chances are, you won’t notice much of a difference, but I’ll be able to more with design, analytics, and other fun “schtuff.” I was confused about setting up this blog and assumed that a “wordpress.com” was the more official/professional version compared to a “wordpress.org”

WRONG!

So although the URL will stay the same, the backside/hidden part of the blog is now hosted on my own server in the same place as my official shojai.com website (and not on WordPress). That allows me to do more with customization that wasn’t possible before. My buddy Cokie the Cat of Blogpaws set me straight on this and directed me to the Internet genius who did all the heavy *and invisible* lifting this past weekend to get me flying right. If you have a Blogger or a wordpress.com site and want to switch, take a look at Blogelina for some explanation and maybe she can help you out, too.

As for flying right, later today I flap my virtual arms and land at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. It’s a working trip. I get to attend seminars on the latest cat and dog behavior and care information available from some of the most brilliant animal experts from around the world. This is an event I’ve missed for a couple of  years, so I’m delighted to return. I’ll be fulfilling my continuing education requirements as an IAABC Certified Behavior Consultant, but also researching future articles for this blog, my  puppies.About.com site, and updates to some of my books.

maxwellMedallionThat’s my other big news–for the second year, my Puppies Site has won the prestigious Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America for “Best Dog Website.” ArrrrroooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOO! Magical-Dawg would take credit…but he’s not a puppy anymore. 🙂

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. It’s a bit short this time but I’ll make up for it when I download all the terrific schtuff from Vegas. Be sure to check out the “virtual” writer conference, and the wonderful videos, below.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

WANA-CON Worldwide Writing Conference an entirely online event so you save on airfare, hotel cost–and can attend in your jammies! Click the logo, above, for a PDF of the schedule and check out Kristen Lamb’s blog on the subject for the nitty gritty.  And yes, I’ll be there, too.

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

This is an AWESOME tribute to the pet rescuers/caretakers of 911 . . .

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