Earlier this month, BlogPaws announced a second conference for 2010, this one in Denver. The first conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, was amazing. Beyond the useful panel discussions and inspiring keynote speeches, I made lots of new blogging friends, which was completely invaluable. And I really want to go to BlogPaws in Denver.
I’m a little sensitive about BSL issues, and I work very hard with different organizations to combat bully misconceptions. Sadly, Ohio is one of the worst states in the country for BSL, so I was unable to bring Emmett, my sweet therapy dog/bully mix, to BlogPaws.
When I heard that BlogPaws West is held in Denver, I was appalled. Denver enacted BSL in 2005. According to KC Dog Blog, Denver has killed 1,600 pit bulls since 2005 – but as recently as last October city officials admitted that they’re not sure if the ban is even working.
I’m struggling. Should 100s of pet owners, bloggers, advocates, and people striving to “be the change” pour their money into the hotels and restaurants of Denver? I don’t think so. Animal advocates should be responsible for actually practicing what they preach, right?
So I’m torn. I loved BlogPaws, absolutely loved it. And yet.
What do you think? Is anyone else concerned about their choice of location? Will it affect your decision of whether or not to attend?