I'm a BlogPaws Best Pet Microblogger 2015 Finalist!

I have recently been informed of some exciting news: I have been nominated as a finalist for the BlogPaws 2015 Nose-to-Nose Award for Best Pet Microblogger for my Instagram @MyPitBullFriend !

Yay! I’m so happy and truly humbled that I have not only been nominated to begin with but I am a finalist. This is amazing considering that there were over 1000 entries and I am 1 of 4 finalists in my category.

The Best Pet Microblog is Judged on:

“The overall look and feel, audience engagement, and the blogger’s participation in the conversation. Is the page effective in its design and its use of the platform? We are looking for active engagement, sharing, consistency in purpose, original blogger content, creativity and visual appeal, where appropriate.”

Last year’s winner was Deaf Dogs Rock https://twitter.com/deafdogsrock Christina Lee”

Take at look at Finalists in all 12 categories:

Best Cat Blog Finalists:

Chronicles of Zee & Zoey

Cat in the Fridge


Island Cats

Best Cause Blog Finalists:

Animal Shelter Volunteer Life

Deaf Dogs Rock

Conservation Cub Club

Shelter Cats

Best Pet Blog Design Finalists:

You Did What With Your Weiner

Chronicles of Cardigan

Deaf Dogs Rock


Best Dog Blog Finalists:

Ammo the Dachshund

My GBGV Life

You Did What With Your Weiner

My Brown Newfies

Best Pet Humor Blog Finalists:

My Brown Newfies

Humane Society Silicon Valley

Chronicles of Cardigan

Pepper and Teddy

Best Pet Microblog Finalists:

Yogi000008: Instagram

Pepper and Teddy: Facebook

My Pit Bull Friend: Instagram

Ruckus the Eskie: Instagram

Best New Pet Blog Finalists:

Dog Mom Days

True Story of a Not So Crazy Cat Lady

Live Wag Bark

Puppy Leaks

Best “Unconventional”/”Other” Pet Blog Finalists:

Horse Journal

Pets Weekly: Horses

Horse Trotting

Our Whiskey Lullaby

Best Pet Blog Photo Finalists:

Ammo the Dachshund

Basil’s Travels

Cat Chat with Caren and Cody

Oh My Shih Tzu

Best Written Pet Blog Post Finalists:

Amy Shojai: Fake Service Dog Credentials

Mel Freer: Loose Dog

Ann Staub: How Important is Credibility

Janea Kelley: Diabetic Cat

Best Pet Blog Video Finalists:

Cat CATastrophes: A French Cat Looks for Love in America

AdvoCat! Episode 2

Paranormal Cativity by Kitty Bungalow

Save 90: Volunteers Work

Best Use of Social Media by a 501(c)3 Finalists:

Riverfront Cats

Best Friends Animal Society

Feline Rescue Inc

Deaf Dogs Rock

The winners of all 12 categories will be announced on Saturday evening, May 30th in Nashville Tennessee. You can register on BlogPaws and gain information about the conference if you wish to attend.

I started my Instagram @MyPitBullFriend when there weren’t as many Instagram accounts dedicated to Pit Bulls. I was going through a difficult time and found an outlet in creating a stronger bond with my dog Bentley. I started really getting into dog training and thought it would be a fun idea to upload some pictures of Bentley to my Instagram. I immediately started to see that there were people that actually could relate with me so I continued and it just grew from there.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Bentley and my daughter Camille featured on my Instagram page. 


My followers are a community of Pit Bull supporters and have shown so much love and support and I am truly grateful for this. There has been an immense influx of dog Instagrams and many of them are Pit Bull owners who understand the struggles associated with negative stereotyping. Having this community that supports each other has been a truly wonderful experience. It is encouraging to not only have an audience that likes what you do but that is engaged in this amazing way that is all thanks to social media.


I wish the best of luck to all the finalists in each category and even if I don’t take the winning title, it feels great to know that what I do is being recognized and seen in a positive light. Thank you!



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