Well mai pals as some of you may know the staff have had some eye pawblems over the past few days so I guess I have to let them off for furgetting to announce the winner of the lovely print from mai pal @bordercollies it was impossible to pick a winner so we just had to put all of the names into a hat!

The lucky winner  is .......drum roll.....

KindredSpiritBC  with the answer...

Catagorically speaking, it would truly be the cat's meow to walk the catwalk, despite any potential caterwauling, as "Meowmi Campbell" because even though she's not purrfect she pawsibly possesses the most admirable stealth of any celebrity in admitting to her near-cataclysmic fauxpaws!!!

Well done mai pal can you please get in touch with me so we can arrange to have your pwize sent out to you.

Thanks to everyone else for entering the competition we had lots of fun reading the entries!

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Frugal Dougal
Mai pals I really am such a lucky pup!! This week three parcels arrived for me from mai pals so I just had to share the pictures with all of you!

This package arrived from mai pals @RettetKaninchen and I could not wait for da staff to open it. Inside there was a lovely gift for mai staff ( a little model town which dey have not managed to put together yet!) We will make then take a picture when they get their paws around it.

For me this lovely pink wabbit which I love very much, as you all know pink is my favourite colour and I am always trying to catch wabbits in the smelly field but never catching one, so now I have one of my very own!

I also got some delicious treats which are made from pineapple and chicken I think I am gonna try one!

They are very chewy but I love chewy things and the staff say at least I have to chew them and not just swallow them whole, which is what I do with most of my treats. And the verdict is


Thanks so much to mai pals RettetKaninchen for sending me such lovely gifts! I will be watching the football this afternoon with my pink wabbit all da way from Germany!!

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Frugal Dougal
Well mai pals what a great time we all had at the Model #PawPawty this weekend, it was another great event thanks to all of you for the part each and everyone plays in making these events fun for everyone.

We raised an amazing $1068 for Good Mews shelter in Atlanta thank you all so so much for your generous donations which I know will be put to good use by the guys at Good Mews! (you can still donate here if you did not get a chance at the PawPawty)

We had lots of great pwizes on offer and competition was as usual fierce, well done to everyone who won. But do not fear, if you were not able to attend you are still in with a chance of winning a great pwize. This wonderful print painted by the talented staff of  @bordercollies and entitled Kat Moss which we love is up for grabs!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to post a comment on this blog post telling us which famous pawson you would be on the catwalk and why!! You can be as creative as you like so get your thinking caps on! The competition closes on Wednesday 23rd June at midnight UK time and we will announce the winner on Thursday 24th.

If you want to check out some of the other great art created by @bordercollies, and find out more about Monty and Rosie who keep an eye on the artist Susan then check out their blog.

Once again thank you all so much for your suppawt of the PawPawty events without you none of this would be possible.

One Paw at a Time mai pals

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Frugal Dougal

Well mai pals it is almost time for the Model #PawPawty which will benefit Good Mews shelter in Atlanta, so I hope you can come along and join in the fun. Remember you do not have to be able to donate funds to our PawPawty shelter to be able to join in the fun, but every dollar does go to a very worthy cause.

I have already spotted lots and lots of great outfits, you are all looking so cool, so I cannot wait to see the rest of your costumes and of course your model posing!!

Speaking of Models have you heard there is a very important competition running in New Zealand at the moment  called NZ's Next Top Cat Model. Mai pal @mishakidd took part in this  competition last year and was lucky enough to be one of the finalists, you can read all about it on the NZ Next Top Cat Model site.

It really is a great competition ( only open to NZ residents drat!!) and everyone who enters also helps to raise funds for one of three great charities in New Zealand which are  Lonely Miaow @LonelyMiaow, Cats Protection League @WgtnCPL and the SPCA @RNZSPCA. So as well as being a great competition with fantastic prizes it really is a great way to help less fortunate anipals.

It gives me great pleasure to know that some of mai very special pals from twitter have entered this competition and here is the list of those I know have entered and who are also on twitter! ( If I missed anyone let me know and I will update mai list! )

d'Artagnan Rumplepurr - @Rumblepurr 
fund raising page

Sooty Meowvins - @MrSootyMeowvins
fund raising page

Milo - @Milospage
fund raising page

Lily - @LilyCatQueen
fund raising page

Soxy Cat - @SoxyCat1
fund raising page

Tora Fuzzbucket - @Tora_Fuzzbucket -
fund raising page

Darwin - @DarwinJCat 
fund raising page

Biscuit - @BickieMonster 
fund raising page

William - @Woobabe
fund raising page

Ewok - @EwokMackenzie 
fund raising page

Coco - @ladybugnut
fund raising page

Cruz - @CruzTopCatModel 
fund raising page

Plus, @PollyPuss11 's sister Madeline has entered
fund raising page

I sure am going to follow all of these guys to see how they get on in the competition, they have to do all sorts of things like on location pictures and videos as well as fund raising so I can't wait to see how they all get on.

It really is a great example of how anipals can have fun, be creative, get involved in their local community and help others. Good luck to everyone who enters the competition and congratulations to all on the NZ Next Top Cat Model team!

You never know some of them might strike a pose at the Model #PawPawty later today!!

See you all soon

Frugal Dougal

Mai pals I am not sure if you know this but the staff are off to Atlanta later this year in August because they have become a little bit famous in the social media world due to all of the work that they help me with on the #PawPawty.

Pawsonally I think it is a bit unfair because I am the brains behind this operation but I guess that I cannot really travel that far, getting on in years I do not travel well and I really hate aeroplane food yuk!! So I have had to agree to let the mum go to see all mai pals staff in America.

They are going to be there for four days to be a part of BarkWorldExpo which ia a social media event for pet owners and businesses who use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube..... well I use all of dem so maybe da staff will pick up some tips !! It’s also for pet owners who are either on the fence about social media or just interested in networking with other pet lovers.

Believe me it is gonna be a great event, I am busy preparing da speech for da staff as believe it or not da mum is a keynote speaker along with lots of other great people. The staff have something extra special planned for dis event but they won't tell me what it is!

The best news is that if you register now and are amongst the lucky first 250 people to register  you will get a $30.00 Petco giftcard..... and if that was not enough, you will also get a copy of Dog on It - A Chet and Bernie Mystery written by the NY Times best selling author Spencer Quinn ( we know dat dis is a great read cause mai pal @yourdailycute did send us one for a pwesent )  the staff read it to me and I was on the edge of my dog basket with suspense!!

You can find out much much more info at the great BarkworldExpo site and have a look at all da great people who will be there.

Keynote Speakers
Friday 20th August
Saturday 21st August

Pssst Pssst ......guess what I have 5 special discount codes to give to mai pals who want to attend which means that you can save 15% on the registration fee for a 3 day pass which means you get full access for three days for just $109. If you want to get this discount please post a message on this blog post or contact me on twitter! You gotta a get in quick cause when it is gone it is gone!!

It will be a pawsome event with lots of new anipal products for your staff to check out as well as being at a great location with lots of shopping opportunities for da staff, and there is even an anipal fashion show on Sunday which will benefit local anipal charities.

The staff are very excited and honoured to be a part of this event and they are looking forward to meeting lots of pals old and new, personally I am looking forward to all of the special treats that I will be getting as a result of their trips to USA!

So go on what are you waiting fur?  get your best cute looks on your face cause you don't your staff to miss dis great event!

PS for those of you who travel better than me there are great deals available at local hotels who love to have anipals stay with them!!

Hope to see mai pals there!

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Frugal Dougal
Hello mai pals we have been away for the weekend so been missing all of our twitter pals. We had a bit of an unexpected trip to the seaside in Norfolk as it was my birthday and the staff decided that they would take me too my favourite place the beach!!

We set off on friday evening and got to the lovely hotel called Titchwell Manor  where they had a lovely doggie bed, bowl and some treats waiting for me! We settled in and then went to have some dinner and we were all very pleased that doggies were allowed in one of the restaurants so I was able to stay with the staff all of the time!!

On Saturday we went for a long walk to the beach and when we got there the tide was in and the sea was very very rough and it was so windy that it almost blew the staff over!

We also went to a village called Burnham Market and I stayed with dad in the pub while mum had a look around the shops! Then we went for a little walk around the village and we saw lots of houses like this made from Norfolk flint, they look very cute don't you think?

We had a lovely meal again on saturday night and then on sunday one final run and dig on the beach for me before we headed home!

We had a lovely time filled with more great memories and a lovely birthday treat for all of us! Thank you all so much for all of the lovely birthday barkouts mai pals we can't wait to see you all at the June High Fashion Model Pawty, this weekend.....I am gonna have to try to slim down this week to make sure I look my best when I strike a pose!

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Mai pals I wanted to thank you all so much for the wonderful #dudefest celebration, in my honour which we have only just recovered from!! It was so lovely to have this idea suggested to me when some of mai pals wanted to have a celebration of all of the pawpawty achievements while I was still around to join in the fun! Given that I am a bit of an old boy now and we found out a few months ago that I have a tumour in my bladder, darn it I hate getting old!

It was a great event and a huge thank you goes out to all of you for your continued help and support. PawPawty started off in 2009 with just a few pals having some fun on twitter and it has grown into a wonderful movement which aims to help unfortunate anipals all over the world.

Thank you so much for allowing me to pick the two shelters who benefited from the #dudefest they are both great shelters who have been nominated continually for a pawpawty event and they both help animals in their care to find a new home or look after them if they are not suitable for rehoming.

Since we started this pawpawty thing we have raised $33,311 for 29 shelters from all over the world the breakdown in terms of countries supported is as follows:

  • 15  located in USA
  •  2   located in Canada
  •  1   located in Australia
  •  6   located in the UK
  •  1   located in the Bahamas
  •  1   located in Thailand
  •  1   located in Poland
  •  1   located in Germany
  •  1   located in worldwide which benefited Haiti disaster

We have a great number of followers from all over the world and our aim continues to be helping shelters from different parts of the globe. As you know on alternate month's we support @romeothecat 's furpower challenge which supports small registered shelters who help mainly cats within the USA.

We like to support smaller shelters who do not have access to large marketing budgets or thousands of existing supporters, indeed many of the shelters we support are funded entirely by volunteers who give up their time to help care for animals who have been rejected by the rest of society.

It has also been a great pleasure for my staff to have met some of you in real life when they travelled to New York for the Shorty Awards and also when they attended Blogpaws earlier this year. We hope that they will be able to meet many more of you face to face at BarkWorldExpo and again at BlogPaws West later this year.

The PawPawty events have helped to raise awareness of how we can provide much needed funds and many of you have gone on to hold your own events which have also helped shelters close to you or for which you have a special bond. It is heartwarming to think that we have started something which has spread to help so many animals.

We have around 40-50 prizes donated each and every month from individuals and companies, these help us have some fun quizzes at the events and it is such fun to see all of the photo of you receiving your prize package in the mail. A big thank you to each and everyone who has ever donated a prize.

Giving your time is also am important part of the events and each of you who play a role such as a BarkTender, a DJ or CJ, a Quizmaster, or as part of Sekurity team , E-Cafe , Cookie Cafe and Merchandise designers all have my eternal thanks for all of the effort that you all put into the events each and every month.

Of course I have to say a huge thanks to all of you who are able to donate funds to the various shelters we have supported,  I know that times recently have been tough for people all over the world so every dollar really does help and your continued support is very much appreciated.

Just joining in the fun and making new pals is also a big part of what happens at the events and it has been my pleasure to be a part of such a great band of pals who provide support through the good and bad that life likes to throw at us.

If through what we have created together even one more animal has a better quality of life or finds a loving furever home then all of this has been more than worthwhile and for that I thank all of you because without you none of this would be possible.

It was however with great sadness that I saw some messages on twitter which suggested that people were being ignored if they did not donate funds and, even worse comments which implied that funds where not being send to charities, and that perhaps myself or people associated with the pawpawty or dudefest events have been personally benefiting financially from the events.

So in addressing these comments I would like to say that the only fantastic benefit that I have ever received from these events is to be lucky enough to be a part of a very welcoming community of like minded pals who want to try to make a difference.

My intention was never to make it an exclusive 'club' where you have to donate funds to be able to join in. I make no bones about the fact that we ask for donations it is after all a big part of why we have the events, but we never intentionally ignore anyone who is not able to donate. Indeed unless people choose to leave their twitter details on the donation pages, anipals at the pawty have no idea who has and who has not donated. Ultimately it is a choice, if anyone does not want to donate to a specific shelter, then that is their choice and no judgements are made either way. It is also pertinent to note that during a pawpawty more than 2,000 tweets are usually exchanged and if someone does not get a reply this has never to my knowledge been intentional, it is more likely that the tweet simply got missed in the general tweeting madness that is the pawpawty.

As to claims that the funds do not go to charities or that the charities or shelters are not real, well, anyone can nominate a shelter to go into the monthly draw to be the recipient of pawpawty funds. Nominations come from the anipal community in the main and are shelters or charities who are known to the individuals making the nomination. The draw is a random selection so it can be a shelter from anywhere in the world who is selected. Although the majority of the nominations are for USA shelters so they do have a better than average chance of being selected.

All of the Firstgiving, Justgiving pages which are created for the registered shelters are available on line for anyone to access. We do not have any direct access to funds donated in this way, they are paid directly to the registered shelters. On occasions when we have used Chipin it has been occasionally linked to our own paypal account. However these pages are also available for anyone to inspect with regard to the amount of funds raised. All of the shelters we have supported are listed on the main pawpawty site and anyone can get in touch with them to check if they did indeed get the funds that were raised for them.

The PawPawty events are all about helping animals worldwide so if people want to help shelters which are more local to them then I am sure that there are more than enough shelters out there who would be happy to have additional help and support.

We have come a long way mai pals and I believe that there is still more to do and I will  continue to help animals who are not as fortunate as we all are, from wherever they are in the world.

Part of why the PawPawty is such a success is the very fact that it is made up of a community of people from all over the world, with different views and opinions on all sorts of things. But with a common goal to try to make the world a better place one paw at a time. You don't have to have bags of cash, or be able to design websites, or create menus, or blip tunes, or serve great drinks to play your part. All that is required is an open mind, a love for anipals, and a desire to do something to help, because every positive action you take today could make a difference to an anipal somewhere in the world who needs your help.

Once again I give you my heart felt thanks for the wonderful #dudefest that was held in my honour and the beautiful comments you have all left on the tribute site created just for me. I hope that long after I have passed to the rainbow bridge mai pals will remember the little terrier from England who tried his very best to help his pals one paw at a time.

Your Pal Forever
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