Chances are that by now you’ve heard of the Shorty Awards, but do you know what they are all about? The Shorty Awards are a celebration of outstanding twitter users. Kind of like the Oscar’s of Twitter. I am thrilled to tell you that this year, 3 of my good pals made it to the final round.
Today, I would like to introduce my friends to you, and hopefully inspire you to follow them on twitter. Who knows, maybe you’ll even decide to send a couple votes their way…
First, we have my friend Frugal Dougal. He was nominated in da category of #nonprofit. Frugal joined twitter just a year ago, yet has made quite an impression on twitter. He is the King of the Pawpawty and works tirelessly to raise money for animal rescues across the globe.
What inspired you to use twitter to raise awareness and funds for animal causes?
It was actually two things a pal @emmythecat was raising money for a children's charity on twitter and some animals @brewskiebutt & @oscarthecat were having mini pawties on twitter I thought what if we combined the two and tried to raise money to help animals who are less fortunate. We started off small with only about 10 competitions and a few DJ's at the first pawty now we have around 50 competitions and a whole team of anipals who help on a regular basis.
Tell me what being nominated in the #non-profit category means to you.
It means the world to me to be nominated and It is so inspiring to see all of the great comments from friends old and new. It is fantastic to see everyone joining together and spreading the word so hopefully in the future we can help even more animals.
What is the most rewarding aspect of using twitter to help fellow critters?
Hearing directly from the shelters who we have supported about what they have been able to do with the funds that have been raised, and it is great when they can manage to spare the time to join in with the PawPawty events. We love finding new pals from all over the world and creating new ways to make a difference together.
What inspires you as an artist?
Different things inspire me. With my pet portraits, the greatest inspiration comes from the relationship between a pet and its human companion. Pets find their way into a very special place in our hearts that is totally unguarded and special. Capturing that special love is the unique challenge of each of my paintings.I feel like I fall in love with each and every one of my subjects, even if I have never actually met them.
Tell me what being nominated in the #art category means to you.
Twitter has been such a blessing for me in getting my artwork seen all over the world. It was an unexpected joy for me to meet so many people who care about animals as much I do from all around the world. It would mean a lot to me to receive this award and to share it with all of my new fans and friends.
How has twitter and the relationships you've gained through it impacted your art?
On Twitter, I have found this amazing community of animal lovers and pet enthusiasts. We have shared the joys of pet companionship and the sorrows of loss together in a very special way. Being connected with people around the globe who love animals as much as I do is a very awe inspiring thing. All of this has moved me deeply and it has enriched the quality of my work.
I also have found a very special audience for my artwork on Twitter. I have been commissioned to do paintings from followers, and I have had other followers share my work with others. I used to be an unknown artist in a small town. I now am an internationally known artist who has shared her Canton Arts District with the world! And, um, I am in the running for a Shorty Award!
BZTAT has a great website where you learn more about her, and view some of her great projects. If you would like to take a moment and cast a vote her way you can do that here. Oh, and one more link for youz… If you would like to learn more about her Spokescat and my pal Brewskiebutt, his website is here.
Ok, so so far you’ve met a charitable dog, a human who specializes in animal paintings, but my next friend takes the cake. He is so unique that there was only one category to put him in. And that category would be AWESOME. My friend ZackRabbit, you see, is a stuffed bunny.
Zack Rabbit is a fun loving bunny who loves his friends and seems to find himself in interesting situations. Zack has been using twitter for almost a year now, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you follow him.
So Zack, when did you first realize you were awesome?
LMTO! uhm... I always knew I was awesome. But life is not easy for a stuffed rabbit. Culinary schools don't allow stuffed rabbits in. Modelling and acting agencies won't even talk to me. Most of the time, people don't even believe I am real! It's often an uphill battle to prove myself... but I have an excellent support group with the anipals. They encourage me and support me in so many ways. Now, I believe what makes me so awesome is that the anipals have embraced me and I'm proud to be one of them!
What is your favorite thing about using twitter?
The ANIPALS!!! of course! I love talking to my furrends and sharing silly pictures and having a great time! I never had furrends before other than my annoying stuffed rabbit brothers who shared da pillow on da bed. It was LIFE-CHANGING when I found out that there were others like me, creating things, sharing ideas and stories, stuffed animals, pets.. it was all very overwhelming but in a good way! It was like a miracle happened and I was given this chance to meet efurryone!!
Tell me what being nominated in the #awesome category means to you.
I am very honouered that my fellow anipals would nominate me in the category of #awesome. I would like to be an inspiration to other anipals and encouragement them the way they have supported me. It always surprises me to see how many peeps enjoy my cooking show,videos and silly pics. Whether I win or lose, I'd like to keep bring smiles and laughter to my furrends. (Of course, I'd love to WIN! haha!)
Zack is a very busy bunny, but like my other two friends, he too has a website. Feel free to stop by and say hello here. If you can would like a cast your vote for him in the Shorty Awards, you can do that here.
Well, there you have it folks. Three great twitter users, who I feel lucky to call friends. I hope you enjoyed learning more about them and add them to your twitter follow list as well. Oh, and if you would be so kind to cast a few votes their way it would be greatly appreciated. BTW… The Shorty Awards voting ends on noon this Friday, so cast your vote today!
Thanks for stopping by!!!
Henry (aka Quadpawd)
Psst, in case you missed it, here are the links for casting your votes...