Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

The Story Behind My Social Media Look


Since October 1 when I launched my Paw It Forward Commentathon and Blog Hop, a few of you have been curious to learn the “who” behind my new look.

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There is a story actually…more than just one “who” and it all started with one of my first ever Paw It Forward actions.  It sometimes feels like I have been headed to this moment, with this social media look and this mission to Make A Difference almost from the beginning of my blog.

But, Mom L can tell this better than me so I am going to turn this blog post over to her.

Savannah: “*meows loudly* MOOOOMMM!!!”

Mom L: “Yes Nana, I’m coming. I was just trying to find some facts to share but I guess I hit the delete button once too often a year ago…LOL”

Hi everyone, Mom L here. I know several of Savannah’s readers have been guessing ‘who’ created the look Savvy now has branded across all her social media.  But I believe it took this paw blogging, Tweeting, Face Book animal rescue social media community to get us where we are now.

The image of the cat is actually Savannah herself. The image is from a very poor photo I took of her when I first started blogging…but I have always thought it represents Savannah’s persona…even today after she has made so much progress recovering from who knows just what trauma in her life.

Original Photo: May 2012


Recent: September 2014Mission Speak

Her blog is sometimes fun and funny, but her story and reason for blogging has always been to give voices to those who don’t have social media as Savannah does; and to share her struggle with being an adult shelter rescue cat who is still afraid to explore like other cats; her curiosity is subdued because she is so anxious, cautious and it’s like she was never played with as a young cat and she is relearning how to play with abandon.

In 2012 I participated in probably my first or perhaps second blog auction ever. I don’t recall who the funds were going to help, but even before I thought of the phrase Paw It Forward had meaning for Savannah, there we were…bidding to win a hand painted portrait of Savannah to help animals in need.

We WON! The artist was none other that Barb Kowlik, Queen Penelope’s (Nellie) Mum…the talent behind  Cat From Hell. You can view the initial work Barb shared with me as she progressed HERE.

This is the color study Barb sent us to preview:


Already looking way better than my original photo, right!!

And the finished product…Savannah’s two portraits we purchased from Barb:

In 2013 I was getting ready for my first Blog Paws conference and learned that people had business cards for their blogs etc.  I was nonplussed as to what to do until I saw somewhere that Glogirly Design,, aka Debbie Glovatsky… could do business cards.  WOO HOO!!

I got right to Debbie and we kicked around some ideas, most of which were created using stock images to begin with which she then added some magic to and those images came out resembling Savannah. I liked one very much, but then thought…”I think I will send her the image Barb did for Savannah’s portrait, I just love it”.  So I did. I said to Debbie I am sure you can’t use this but I thought I would send it as I so love this look, it is Savvy’s persona.

Debbie was excited as she saw possibilities. But it would take some redrawing, illustration work etc. to make the image usable for creating business cards.

And then in my email I found this file from Debbie…

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Dad P and I were both “gobsmacked”!!! We loved it!!  And off I went very proudly to Blog Paws.

Flash forward to this year, Summer of 2014.  I decided  Savannah’s Paw Tracks was at a point where Savannah and I needed to take a risk, step forward and try even more to truly become a voice for those animals who do not have access to social media the way we do.

I reached out again to Glogirly Design, aka Debbie Glovatsky, and asked “can you help me brand Savannah’s Paw Tracks across all her social media?”.  Of course I heard a very loud and confident ‘YES”.

And with Glogirly Design’s expertise and coaching we decided to have a launch event. I would never had tried this without the coaching and counsel from Debbie. And I had incredible writing and event coaching from Dash Kitten staff…meaning Marjorie Dawson, as well.  I tried hard to keep it under wraps so not many were aware of the changes to come.  I am sure I failed to thank all who listened to me, please know Savannah and I could never ever have made this event a success without all of you.

Every day every one of you Make A Difference in the lives of your own rescue companion animals and the lives of those awaiting rescue.

Savannah is honored to be called ‘furriend’ by you.  Hope you enjoyed learning the birth story of Savannah’s Paw Tracks social media branding.  And it all started when Savannah put a bid on a self portrait to help raise money to help a furriend…Paw It Forward!

Be well, Mom L

and Paw Pats, Savannah

peeEss…as you know Meoowz ResQ is the winner of Savannah’s commentathon donation. Savannah’s Paw Tracks will be making that donation in honor of the blogger who nominated them, Christy Paws and her furr siblings; sisters Fontana and Philly; brothers Echo and Ocean…and her human Miss Ava.

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32 thoughts on “The Story Behind My Social Media Look

  1. tonkstail on said:

    We think Glogirly’s work is simply PAWEsome! And we love your new design!

  2. spittythekitty on said:

    We LOVE you new look AND you and your Mom and Dad too. And Sage! We have been in a giant funk with a bunch of stuff that needs to be taken care of, but we wanted to drop in and let you know how much we admire you and the work you are doing! Hope we can pawticipate a bit more a little ways down the road. XOXOXOXO

  3. Kitty Cat Chronicles on said:

    Those portraits of Savannah are beautiful! Very well done. And we love the new look too – Glogirly does great work! We are thinking about using her for a few things as well. Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. What a wonderful and inspirational story. LOVE the new look… Debbie is such a talent… but love all that Savannah stands for and does for the kitty community even more! xoxo

  5. Hi, you are invited to Feline Art Friday, we welcome any animal or art related posts:

  6. Thanks Mom L. for giving us the background on your great design that you are using now 🙂 We love what you are doing and are so excited to continue to follow and support you!
    Marty and Mom

  7. catfromhell on said:

    Oh Savvy! Mes has always LOVED that picture of yous and mes \LOVES what Debbie did with it! She is so furry talented! But yous dear Savvy is the bestest inspiration for all of us!

  8. We iz so glad yer rockin yer new look!!!
    Iz bery kewl….
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum ❤ ❤ ❤

  9. *blush* Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s been SO much fun helping you with your new ‘do, Miss Savvy! Just remember… YOU are the inspiration.

  10. We love the look of your blog, Savvy. Nellie’s mom and Miss Debbie did a great job. Now if only we could get our mom to do something with ours.

  11. The OP Pack on said:

    Love the story and of course, it makes the whole new look and approach that much more special:)

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  12. savvy & sage; I wondered if katie…not waffles…had a paw in your new blog look; ~~~ the boys guessed every one from A to Z…

    both katie and miranda have done FABulous work in helping you both get to this point… a paws all around…hugs girls from dai$y =^..*=

    a happee herring & halibut kinda week oh end two all ♥

  13. Impressive is what comes to mind when I come to visit, y’all rocked it out!

  14. I love your new look!

  15. Love reading this and you know we are right behind you Savvy and Mom L all the way!xx Speedy and Rachel

  16. A great story, happy wooooos everyone, the now look is fabulous!


  17. What a great story. The artwork is incredible, and Debbie at Glogirly is pretty darned inspirational, isn’t she?

  18. Two Frwnch Bulldogs on said:

    Thanks for sharing your story
    Lily & Edward

  19. So interesting learning how your wonderful new look came about. Thank you for helping MeoowzResQ save more lives! I will try to paw if forward in some way every day!

  20. We really do love the new look and knowing the “back story” makes it even more wonderful and exciting. You’re not really starting over – you’re starting BETTER!

    Love, Pam and Sam

  21. Your new blog look sweet Savannah is amazing what great talent in action. The business cards are super. We know everything is going to work out with your “Paw it Forward” because you and your family are fabulous! You have done so much already and we know there will be lots more sweet furries helped all because of you sweet girl. Hugs and nose kisses

  22. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    We love the new look even more now that we know the story behind it. It’s awesome to follow along as your furfamily lives the words ” Paw it Forward”.

  23. I love the look of your site, it’s special and it’s totally YOU! I also like your business cards, guess what? we ponder since months about funny cards for me, hope we can make a compromise soon lol

  24. That was so interesting to read, Savvy and Miss Linda! Your new look is terrific and Paw it forward is a super idea. xoxox

  25. What amazing work. Whee just love to hear of the blogosphere furfriends coming together and creating magic like this!


  26. Wow, it does take teamwork to create one of the most stunning blog designs we have seen. What a superb portrait Barb created, she captured Savvy perfectly! Getting portraits right is a real challenge, one that Debbie has transformed with digital magic into a superb, stunning look. What a team! What a superb look!!

  27. Pawsum posty Savannah and Ms. Linda. Weez just luv da new look. Course weez luved da old look too cuz weez just luv y’all. So glad fings be comin’ tugedder fur yous.

    Luv ya’


  28. I absolutely LOVE the new look of your blog and everything! I was also wondering who did this all with you! Thanks for sharing!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  29. kittiesblue on said:

    This was an excellent post explaining how you got to where you are today. Hooray for all you have done and continue to do for so many kitties (woofies too) and their humans. Those portraits are exquisite! We will try to follow your example and Paw It Forward as often as possible. Love from all of us to all of you. XO, Kitties Blue and Mom Janet

  30. What a great story about your new look! And every blogger who had a paw in this made a difference!

  31. Great story and I love the art work of Savannah- she is a beuatiful kitty. I am glad she is learning to play.

  32. Huge difference in Savy’s pic then and now. The love and patience she’s been shown just shines through.

    We love your new look and enjoyed reading about how it came about. That is some great work.

    Hope y’all have a fabulous Friday!

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