Petties 2013: We have our winners!

Considered the Oscars of the pet blogging community, the 2013 Petties video ceremony went live last Friday, September 6, naming the best in pet blogging across 10 categories as chosen by the peer online community.

Each winner received a $1,000 donation to the non-profit shelter or rescue of choice, along with a Petties trophy, victory badges, and bragging rights.

National Mill Dog Rescue got $1,000 from Dogniton Post’s Brooke Arnold (Best Dog Blog), and the Peyton, Colo., rescue won Petties for Michelle Burchfield’s Best Designed Blog and Best Video Post (“Where Do Pet Store Puppies Come From?“) for a total of $3,000. Kitten Associates in Newtown, Conn., also received multiple donations from Petties winners: $1,000 from Ingrid King for her Best Overall Pet Blog (The Conscious Cat), and another $1,000 from Covered in Cat Hair’s Robin Olsen for her Best Blog Post, “Dear Fred.”

Of the new award categories introduced this year, Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund was named Best Active Living Blog; Tagg, the Pet Tracker received Best Mobile Pet App.; and Leah Miller won the first Petties Best Pet Video award for “Cat Vs Mouse.”

The biggest prize, the $10,000 Unsung Hero Award, went to Jason Flatt of Dallas, Ga. The only award not decided by online polling, the UHA is given to the individual who goes the extra mile (or two) for animals, and Jason’s tireless advocacy and education efforts swayed DogTime’s judges in a very competitive field.

For more information and a video of the entire ceremony, please visit the Petties homepage. Thanks to all who entered — see you next year!

Petties 2013: Complete list of nominees and winners

Bold indicates the winner; the shelter that received the $1,000 donation prize follows in italics.

Best Active Living Blog
A blog dedicated to living a healthy and active lifestyle, which includes adventures with your dog.
Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund (Ryan): Canadian Dachshund Rescue (Ontario, Canada)
Miss Divinity (Richard Lema)
Terrier Torrent (Beth Bodenstein)
You Did What With Your Weiner (Jessica Williams)

Best Blog Post
A blog post that has had a powerful effect on its readers.
Conservation Cub Club (“Since You’ve Been Gone. Our Message to Gracey” by Joanne McGonagle)
Covered in Cat Hair (“Dear Fred” by Robin Olson): Kitten Associates (Newtown, Connecticut)
River Front Cats (“Lion King and the Circle of Love” by Christine Michaels)
Sparklecat (“Humans Are Willfully Destroying Our Bird TV!” by Sparkle)

Best Cat Blog
A blog that is dedicated to cats and has insightful posts about their cat and offers readers a variety of information on cats.
Cat Wisdom 101 (Layla Morgan Wilde)
The Creative Cat (Bernadette E. Kazmarski)
IBD Kitties (Lisa Provost)
The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee (Laurie Cinotto): Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County (Tacoma, Washington)

Best Designed Blog
A blog that is well designed and is complemented by photography or other artwork that makes visiting this blog a pleasure to the eyes.
Dogington Post (Brooke Arnold)
National Mill Dog Rescue (Michelle Burchfield): National Mill Dog Rescue (Peyton, Colorado)
Oscar Ate My Muffin (Natalya Zahn)
Zee & Zoey (Deb Barnes)

Best Dog Blog
A blog that is dedicated to dogs and has insightful posts about their dog and offers readers a variety of information on dogs.
Dogington Post (Brooke Arnold): National Mill Dog Rescue (Peyton, Colorado)
Keep the Tail Wagging (Kimberly Gauthier)
Kolchak Puggle (Jodi Chick)
Preston Speaks (Rachel Phelps)

Best Overall Pet Blog
A blog that showcases all that is pets and offers readers a little bit of everything on our furry friends.
The Conscious Cat (Ingrid King): Kitten Associates (Newtown, Connecticut)
DogTipper (Paris Permenter)
PetBlogsUnited (Pam Hoerauf)
To Dog With Love (Diane Silver)

Best Pet Mobile App
A non-paid, downloadable application offering the best of the pet world through a mobile device.
Pet First Aid (TBA)
Petmobi (Alex Papanicholas)
Slim Doggy (Kate O’Brien)
Tagg, the Pet Tracker (

Best Pet Video
A pet video that captures memorable moments.
Ambassadog Sadie Blackstar Harmonica Singer” (Susan Brandt)
Cat Vs Mouse” (Leah Miller): Southside Animal Shelter (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Crazy Meow” (Katie Aretos)
Dogs Playing in the Water” (Jill Schaus)
Dogs Playing with Plastic Bag” (Susan McPherson)
Kitten Finds a Toy” (Cathy Carlson)
New Cat Toy!” (Michele Houlihan)
Oreo Stomps A Fly” (Elizabeth Guggenbickler)
Shark, Attack!” (Betty Ai)
Sweet Pea Playing Fetch” (Victoria Malarkey)

Best Rescue/Cause Blog
A blog that is dedicated to animal welfare and the rescuing of animals in need.
Animal Shelter Volunteer Life (Kevin Hattori and Tracey Peden): Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) (Norwalk, Connecticut)
B and O Cats (Robin Craft)
Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network (Angela Roeder)
River Front Cats (Christine Michaels)

Best Video Post
An informational, educational, or inspiring video that enhances a blog post and helps engage the reader.
Dog House Adoptions (“Pick Me!” by Kim Clune)
The Dog in the Clouds (“Roo’s Dream” by Brian Beker)
National Mill Dog Rescue (“Where Do Pet Store Puppies Come From?” by Michele Burchfield): National Mill Dog Rescue (Peyton, Colorado)
Pets Weekly (“The Rescue Rap” by Stacy Mantle)

Funniest Blog or Blogger
A blog or blogger that has made you laugh multiple times through their posts and you enjoy visiting their blog for a good daily chuckle.
Cat Food Breath
The Dog in the Clouds (Brian Beker): Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of Southern California (Marina Del Rey, California)
Glogirly (Debbie Glovatsky)
Oz the Terrier (Gina Caballero)

Petties Grant
DogTime and CatTime readers nominate, as often as every day, a particularly worthy animal shelter or rescue.
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary (St. Pauls, North Carolina)

Unsung Hero
The person who has gone above and beyond for shelters and rescue organizations in their area.
Jason Flatt: Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue (Dallas, Georgia)
Bill Bihn: Ninna’s Road to Rescue (Benton, Louisiana)
Rise Chontos: In Care of Cats (Elizabeth, Pennsylvania)
Gigi Graves: Our Pal’s Place (Marietta, Georgia)
Eldad Hager: Hope for Paws (Los Angeles, California)
Beth McDuffie: Eagle’s Den Animal Rescue (Clarkton, North Carolina)
Jack Novoselski: SouthEast Beagle Rescue, Inc. (Tampa, Florida)
Angela Padilla: Northern California Family Dog Rescue (San Francisco, California)
Theresa Strader: National Dog Mill Rescue (Peyton, Colorado)
Tani Uglam: Collie and Sheltie Rescue of SE Virginia (Tidewater, Virginia)