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Jenise Carl and her best dog friend, Chloe, are ecstatic together because their friendship and joy won the best new blogger award at the recent BlogPaws 2017 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards event. Carl and Chloe won for the category of Best New Pet Blog.

LIBERTY — Jenise Carl and her goldendoodle dog, Chloe, have played many games of fetch recently to celebrate their collective achievement as the winners of the BlogPaws 2017 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award for the category of Best New Pet Blog for www.happygodoodle.com.

Carl learned she was a finalist in early May and then attended the BlogPaws Conference in Myrtle Beach later that month. Since she didn’t take Chloe along, Carl took her sister, daughter and a bobblehead of Chloe that she had specially made.

“It was this wonderful, pet-friendly place with about 500 people and their cats, dogs, even ferrets,” she said. “It seemed like every kind of pet could be found. There were educational seminars, workshops on how to turn blogging into a business and lots of pet industry brands such as Bayer Animal Health, Hill’s Pet and more. It was around 30 sponsors.”

Carl said the other joy was learning about the sponsors’ many philanthropic acts such as Bayer helping women leave abusers and still keep their pets. She also learned about service dogs and Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s efforts to have families be “pet prepared” in case of disasters.

“The conference leaders also gave donations to veterinary hospitals and shelters,” she said. “I also received a $500 donation that I got to make to a charity of my choice. I picked the Kansas City chapter of Canine Companions for Independence. That independence means happiness, and that is what I like to share.”

Carl didn’t realize she could give an acceptance speech, but did and said she cried tears of joy.

“It was a heartfelt moment,” she said. “I am grateful for the supportive environment there and here. I even had breakfast with another blogger who reached out to me. The friendliness was just great.”

Her daughter Anna said she was happy for her mother and saluted her major award.

Carl said it’s easy to find that support with Chloe. The 4-year-old dog puts smiles on faces everywhere.

“Animals and people have a great bond. I like to share how we can change each other’s lives,” Carl said.

To celebrate as a family, the Carls went to Lydia’s in Kansas City and had dinner on the patio.

“I have been busier than ever since returning from the conference,” she said. “I made the presentation to the companions group. Now I am settling back in and ready to share more joy and yes, Chloe and I will be attending next year’s conference together.”

Kansas City will be the host city for the 2018 BlogPaws Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel next April.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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