A month or so ago a lovely Toby Wigglebottom fan emailed me to say that she had nominated this Blog for the Bupa Blog Awards 2016. Not knowing anything about it, I emailed back with a ‘Thank you so much!’ and left it at that, I didn’t actually think anything would come of it.
Then last week I got an email from the Bupa Team informing me that out of 600 entries we are one of the 5 finalists in the Pet Category for 2016. I had to reread the email a few times to comprehend what was going on as it is such an honour to not only have been nominated but to have made it to the finals.
The Bupa Blog Awards is all about celebrating bloggers and influencers who are making a difference in health and care for their online communities.
This whole Blog came about 3 years ago when I wanted to engage more with Toby’s Instagram fans. A lot of them had questions about Toby and it was too difficult to answer in detail on Instagram. I also wanted to share stories about Toby that couldn’t be done on Instagram.
The Blog has definitely evolved from when it started. At the beginning I was only sharing informative stories about Toby. How we wash him, give him a haircut, what we feed him, how we trained him and so on. It then moved on to sharing stories about what Toby did on the weekend, how he makes us feel, how much he has improved our lives and how much he is part of our family.
Over the years the Blog has evolved into a lifestyle blog celebrating our family and all the members in it. Sometimes I wonder why people are interested in coming here but for whatever reason they do, I’m very thankful. This Blog has connected me with some great people and has given me some pretty cool opportunities. What I love most though is your comments and emails telling me how much you enjoy coming to this space.
Although the Blog is now about our family it is very much dedicated to Toby and the love I have for him and how much this family of mine adores him. Not everyone is a dog lover and non-dog-lovers may not understand this but having a dog in your life and letting them be part of your family opens up your heart and soul in ways a person can’t.
As that quote goes, A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. And to be around that love every day makes our home feel complete. Toby loves all of us, Andrew, Thomas, myself with every fibre in his furry body. We absolutely feel his love every single second of every single day. Toby definitely makes our lives whole. I hope that comes across not only here but through those tiny squares on Instagram.
We are up against some stiff competition in the Pet Category but we are going to give it a red hot go. You can have a look who else is up for the win, here.
To everyone who nominated us, Wow! Thanks, guys I feel very honored. Voting starts in August and I’ll be sure to post some links for those who would like to vote for us, it would be very much appreciated.
Thank you for all the love and support over the years.