Archive for March, 2011


My sweet Daisy went to heaven on Friday.

Daisy was diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma Friday and was so very tired. My vet recommended a transfer to the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital Thursday as she could not control Daisy’s anemia. After multiple transfusions, an ultrasound found several masses in her spleen and in her chest. The prognosis for this type of cancer is very grave with less than 20% of dogs surviving chemo, only to live 1-3 months longer.

Some of my friends offered a donation to help with Daisy‘s medical expenses ($2500). If you’re also interested in helping, I’m accepting donations via paypal.

If you want to help more dogs, please consider a donation to the Illinois Birddog Rescue. Lisa and Christine provided a tremendous amount of support to me last week.

I know that the grieving process takes time but I miss her terribly. She was a good girl and did not deserve this. Doodle Bug, I love you.

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” ~ Cheryl Zuccaro

Daisy in the sunlight


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Last week was the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism and even if you weren’t attending in person, you could have attended virtually by following the #ilgc hashtag.

Now if you’re thinking “No one at my conference will be tweeting” then you’re way off. Here are some quick stats from the Illinois Governor’s Conference (ILGC):

  • Number of tweets: there were 252 #ilgc tweets from March 13-19.
  • Tweet reach: a total of 387,195 twitter accounts were exposed to the #ilgc hashtag
  • Contributors: there were 59 contributors and not all of them were attending ILGC. Tourism professionals such as Vicky Soderberg, Theresa Overby and Troy Thompson also participated via the #ilgc hashtag.

So how can you make your conference social?

It’s best to start this process months in advance but you will still have some success if you only have a few weeks. Jump in with both feet!

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I’m attending the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism next week and, like with any event, will be using social media throughout it. Feel free to join in!


If you have a twitter account, follow the #ilgc hashtag to see the twitter conversation revolving around the conference.

What’s a hashtag? A hashtag is a word or phrase following a # sign in twitter. When you click on it, you’ll be taken to a list of all tweets that include the hashtag. It’s an easy way to follow any conversation. Whether you’re using twitter.com, tweetdeck, hootsuite or a mobile device to tweet, set up a search for the #ilgc hashtag and save it as a column for easy access. If you’ll be tweeting from your laptop, I still recommend using tweetdeck or hootsuite if that’s what you’re familiar with but another great option is tweetchat. Head to the #ilgc tweetchat room and login with your twitter account. It’ll add the #ilgc hashtag to all of your tweets. (more…)

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