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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.

Paw It Forward for Animal Rescue: You All Make A Difference


Making a difference in the lives of those animals who do not have the voice we all have is not hard at all…at least not hard when I have incredible pals like all of you!


My Paw It Forward Commentathon and Blog Hop is now officially ended and I count this whole last week as a huge success for animals everywhere waiting for rescue and placement in homes.

Monday I announced the participants in the Paw It Forward Blog Hop Event.  It is with embarrassment I have learned I left a out some really great pals…*hangs head*.

The cats from The Cat On My Head joined my blog hop and I somehow missed them in my notes to Mom L OR perhaps Mom L could not read my paw writing…heh…heh

The good news is that this brings the comment count to a whopping $180.50 total donation!!

Without further words…the winner of the Paw It Forward Commentathon donation is…


“Saving one cat may not change the world, but it will surely change the world of one cat”



If you have not visited them yet, just click on the rescue name above and you will be whisked over to their website.  They are located in Orange, California, USA.  Be sure to read about their beginning and how many kittens they have saved since then…an inspiration for sure…click HERE

The Kid Sage has been eager to participate in my event so she wants to jump in with all four paws and again mention the other rescues and shelters…all are worthy of your consideration for your own Paw It Forward Event;  I bet most of them have Wish Lists too!

Here I come Savvy!!

Here I come Savvy!!

*scrreeeeccchhhh* The Kid Sage: ” Ok, I’m ready…and here are the remaining nominees…all hard working and worthy rescues and shelters…you can CLICK ON THE NAMES to be transported to their websites.  Unfortunately, I could  not find a website or logo for Pals 4 Pets in NYC nor one for Place 4 Cats, NYC.  Go on…go visit them and see what great work they are doing”.

trinket logo



un cats


feral friends logo

furry friends logo


feline rescue st paul


homeless animals life line


blind cat logo



Savannah back again…I am not clear that it gets much better than this…but for me…I am going to be doing a happy dance for a long time.

Mom L: “Noona Toona? (oh Cod, her newest smoochie name for me)

Savvy: “yes Mom L???”

Mom L: ” You have other news to share with your pals on Friday, be sure to invite them all over to hear what you have to tell them, Okay?”

Savvy: ” Ohhhhh…right Mom L…thanks for remembering me…I almost forgot…*paw whap to forehead*…some of you wanted to learn the identity of the talent behind my new digs.  And actually, it started about 2 and 1/2 years ago.  The saying goes “it takes a village” is true…especially a social media village, to do so many things.  I won an auction item in 2012…and so the story begins…come on over to my blog on Friday to learn about the talents involved in my social media redecorating project”

Paw Pats, Savannah

Here is a hint…look familiar to my long time followers???

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Double Paw Pats…heh…heh


Check The Time!! Last Votes Today at 12 Noon PDT!


SHARE with your pals to help your preferred shelter/rescue to win my Paw It Forward Donation.



I know it is hard to only vote for one, but for now, that’s what the commentathon is all about.

Remember, my purpose is to be A Former Shelter Cat Making a Difference…

Together over the next kabillion and a quarter years we will ALL work together to Paw It Forward to rescues and shelter around this earth.  YES!!!  We Can Do This!!

Do you know why I am confident we can all come together and MAKE A DIFFERENCE FAST????


Thanks my pals, many, many sincere thanks.

pizap Ms Savvy Do

Paw Pats, Savannah

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