Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BarkWorld Expo 2013: Packing Tips, Atlanta Dog Walks and a contest!

This will be my fourth BarkWorld conference
and Rocco's first. Ask us a question about
BarkWorld, we just might know the answer!
Tomorrow we're heading up the road to BarkWorld Expo, the social media and blogger conference that's located in our hometown of Atlanta!

I've attended every BarkWorld since the conference began in 2010,  so here are a few tips on what to bring and what to do while you're here.

7 Must-Pack Items:

  1. Business Cards -- There will be plenty of networking opportunities with fellow bloggers and sponsors so don't miss this opportunity to share information and stay in touch! 
  2. Camera -- This is a photo opportunity like you've never seen before! If you like to photograph pets, you'll be in heaven! Don't forget to take group shots of your blogger buddies, the fun pet signage and your favorite pet goodies.
  3. Smart phone and laptop or iPad -- Keep your smart phone handy for quick pics and videos so you can share them immediately via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. It's fun to follow the action live (use #BarkWorld) via social media for both conference attendees and those who are following from home.    And don't forget all your power cords and chargers!
  4. Large expandable suitcase -- Blogger conferences are notorious for having great swag and BarkWorld is no exception! Bring a LARGE suitcase and don't fill it. Then, open the expandable section for all your swag! 
  5. Sweater or layering pieces -- This summer has been cooler and wetter than normal, expect mid 80s during the day and 70s at night with some rain and lots of humidity. Bring layering pieces for air-conditioned hotel rooms and comfy shoes.  
  6.  Your pet's food, treats and toys -- In addition to making sure your pet is comfortable with their pet carrier, you'll want to bring their familiar food, treats and toys. That'll make them feel right at home and help prevent upset stomachs!
  7. Pet accessories -- Don't forget food bowls, leash, poo bags, medications or anything else that's specific to your pet's needs!
Taken earlier this year, Rocco is a social media
 early adopter ! He's 11 months old now and
all grown up! Come say hello when you see us!

Where to find us at BarkWorld

Rocco and I hope to meet a lot of old pals and new ones at BarkWorld, so please come up and say hello!

We'll be spending some time helping out in the Pruven booth, so look for us there or just out and about!

Here's a sneak peak how to win some great products from Pruven!

During BarkWorld, tweet your biggest cleaning pet peeves to @PruvenPets using #PruvenPooches for a chance to win a pack of their amazing pet products!

For some great dog walks in and around Atlanta, check out these links. 

The 1.2-mile Piedmont Center nature trail is closest to the BarkWorld host hotel. It's a hidden gem that meanders behind an office complex about a mile walk from the Westin. Click here for walking directions.

Chastain Park also has a nice path around the park and is about 2.8 miles from the hotel.  Click here for driving directions.

Lenox Park has some walking paths around a pond and fountain and is about 1.5 miles away. Click here for driving directions.

These are all about 3-7 miles from the Westin in Buckhead so you'll need to drive to get there.

A Walk Through Lullwater Park
Dog Walk on Freedom Parkway Trail
A Stroll Through Winn Park
A Walk Through Piedmont Park Expansion
A Walk Through Piedmont Park

This one's further out, about an 1.5 hours from Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains:
Hike Woody Gap with Dogs

For some more helpful blog conference and travel tips with pets, check out these:
Travel Bag Comfort for You and Your Pet
A Walk Through BarkWorld Expo 2012

See you at BarkWorld! If you're coming, let me know in the comments below!


  1. If you're helping out at Pruven's booth we'll be neighbors! I look forward to seeing you and Rocco! My gang can't come, so I'll have doggie-withdrawal, LOL! =D

    =) Maria

    1. Great! Rocco will be with me and he's got plenty of doggie luv to share! hehe!
      Diane and Rocco

  2. Mom is so jealous. Hope you have a blast
    Benny & Lily

  3. See you at BarkWorld.
    We nominated you for an award on our Blog Post tomorrow - check it out :)

    1. Ohh, that's exciting! We WILL check it out!
      Diane and Rocco

  4. Awesome! Places to walk! Thanks for all the great info for BarkWorld newbies like us. See you tomorrow!

  5. I have brought everything and waiting for what will happen here.

  6. Great tips! We hope you have a blast and can't wait to hear all about it!!

  7. Great list! Have fun...from what I have seen online, the fun has begun!

  8. As I read each line in your post, my envy for you and your fellow BarkWorld attendees grew bigger and bigger! ;-) I hope you had a fabulous time!


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