Pet-Themed Panels at SXSW

Thursday, March 06, 2014 by

Beginning tomorrow, thousands of the smartest and tech-savviest people around will meet in Austin for the yearly SXSW Interactive, Music and Film Festival.

Pet industry folks, marketing experts and social media pros are especially interested in the first part of the conference; Interactive runs from March 7 through March 11 and throws together panels, parties and mentor sessions (and parties, too of course) focusing on all things internet related.

As the pet industry presence grows ever larger, it’s fun to see how pets make appearances at places like SXSW. Taking a look at the schedule, there are several Interactive panels that discuss pet videos in particular and explore how memes and people’s natural love for animals translates to how companies build brands and make connections with customers.


Here’s a look at the pet-themed (mostly cat-themed) panels at SXSW Interactive this year:

Memes with Meaning: Why we Love Crazy Cat Gifs and Videos (Friday March 7, 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.) — In this quick ‘Future15′ session, Google’s head of Strategic Planning will talk about YouTube behavior and what it means for content creators.

The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes (Saturday March 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) — How do memes vary from country to country, and what does it say when one becomes universally embraced? A panel of experts will shed some light on cute animal video behavior around the world.

Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos (Saturday March 8, 5 – 6 p.m.) — “Cat videos are no longer just an entertaining distraction between emails and Facebook posts; they are now an economic force.” Like the sound of that? Better add this panel to your schedule.

A Book Signing with Will Braden (Saturday March 8, 6:10 – 6:30 p.m.) — The creator of the famous cat video “Henri, le Chat Noir” will be on hand to talk about cat videos and his new book, Henri, le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat.

A Book Signing with Bob Mankoff (Monday March 10, 6:10 – 6:30 p.m.) — The author of The Big New Yorker Book of Cats and The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs will appear at the SX Bookstore to sign copies of both books.

Going to SXSW? Have a great time!


Have a Pet Friendly Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 by

Whether you’re in school or not, mid-March is always a great time to take a break from the real world and spend some time traveling, relaxing, and spending some quality time with the people and pets you love the most.

No matter what your plans are, here are a few ideas that will help make this a fun and pet friendly Spring Break

Going out of town?

  • If you’re bringing your pet along, be sure to research your options to find all the best pet friendly hotels, restaurants and parks. These pet friendly spring break destinations are a good place to start.
  • If you decide to leave your furry pals at home, pet sitting sites like DogVacay and Rover.com could help you skip the boarding facility and find a great local pet lover to care for them, instead.


dog in shades


Staying put?

  • A few days off from work and school makes for a great time to work on one of those DIY pet projects you’ve been putting off. Get Pinterest-y and try making your own dog treats or assembling a pet-proof placemat for a messy eater.
  • If the weather is warming up where you are (hopefully it is!), get outside and do something fun. Hit the dog park, go play in the yard or take a walk and enjoy having an agenda-free day.


Spring cleaning?

  • With the change in weather often comes the desire to clean and straighten your home. Apply this activity to your pets by making sure they’re up to date on all their vaccines and have tags properly displayed.
  • Wash dog and cat beds and get rid of all those half-eaten chew toys lying around (and maybe buy a few new ones if you’re feeling generous).


No matter what you’re doing, if you’re spending time with your pets, they’re having a great time. Enjoy your spring break, pet lovers!


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