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The Friskies SWAG Giveaway

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Last Tuesday, October 15, Paul and I had the honor of attending The Friskies in New York City.  Gracey’s video The Tiniest Tiger’s Snow Adventure was a finalist in the CatVenture category and we would find out later that night if we would be taking home the golden Catuette.

Early that evening, all the finalists gathered in the hotel lobby and walked a short distance to Arena, the venue  for The Friskies.   During the cocktail hour from 6:00pm- 7:00 pm, we mingled with the other finalists, chatted about our videos and had our photos taken.

Everyone at  Friskies was super nice and made sure all of our needs were met and then some taking very good care of us the entire time.   We listened to our instructions on what to do if our video received the most votes.  We would be called to the stage to accept the golden Catuette and share a 30 second acceptance speech.

And then I got nervous.  I am cat like in the fact that I like to see but not be seen.  Heading to the stage gave me the jitters.  What if you fall down, what if…what if…. what if.

The Friskies Stage

Friskies Stage
Paul and I were seated at table 12. I sat down and took in the room.   It was quite pretty with purple theme lighting and cat inspired centerpieces.
The Friskies Finalists
The finalist videos were displayed up on the big screen.  The room was filled with happy energy and excitement.  Grumpy Cat was in the house and I got to meet her in the media room before the show.

Everything is more fun with friends!

Cat Media at The Friskies

Robin from Covered in Cat Hair, Wendy Diamond, Tamar from I Have Cat and Stephanie from Catsparella

Everything is more fun with friends, and I was so happy to see Robin from Covered in Cat Hair, Wendy Diamond, Tamar from I Have Cat and Stephanie  from Catsparella. Layla from Cat Wisdom 101 was there too but I wasn’t able to capture her on camera.  These ladies are so much fun and just knowing they were there made me feel better.

The Friskies Hosted by Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black was the host and he did a terrific job.  He really made the event fun.   The CatVenture Category was up second so our wait wasn’t too long to find out if we won.  When my name was called, I didn’t hear anything else just The Tiniest Tiger and then I walked up to the stage, without falling down, and I am pretty sure I made a 30 second acceptance speech.

When I returned to my seat, The Tiniest Tiger’s Snow Adventure was shown to the audience.  Paul and I weren’t expecting to be hit so hard with sadness seeing Gracey up on that big screen.  I had watched that video many times at home, but during the video when she climbs back into her heated thinking circle and the words Home Sweet Home were displayed, I felt a tear roll down my cheek.  I looked at Paul and he just shook his head no, like don’t look at me because I understand and feel the same way.

The Friskies WinnersPhotos and Interviews and SWAG

After the show, there were what seemed like never ending photos.  I met Will Braden, creator of Henri, le Chat Noir and of course Grumpy Cat!  And then it was time to head out and relax with our golden Catuette!  We were given a really cool Friskies SWAG bag full of fun cat things.  And because we couldn’t have done this without you, I want to give the Friskies SWAG to one of you!

Friskies SWAGHere is what you will receive!  Grumpy Cat book, a special The Friskies Cat Toy, The Friskies Popcorn, Raisinets, Hot Chocolate Mix,  Coupons for FREE Friskies Cat Food, Friskies Party Mix,  and a limited edition The Friskies Live from New York City T-Shirt and…..I might throw in a couple of surprises too!

To Enter our The Friskies SWAG Giveaway:
Enter your information in the contest widget and leave a comment below telling me what you would like the most from the SWAG bag.

The Rules:
This contest will end on October 29, 2013. Please one comment per person. I will enter all names in to Randomizer.com. The winner will be notified by email or through facebook depending on the contact information you provide. If you connect through facebook, check your Other messages not just your main messages. Make sure you are watching for an email from us. The subject line will say Friskies SWAG Winner!    Void where prohibited by law.

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  • Kim Henrichs

    Just finished the Grumpy Cat book – i SO needed that laugh today. Thank you so so so much!!! From me and all my kitties here. :)

  • meme

    The T shirt which is really cute

  • Lisa D Acord

    The Grumpy Cat book! I collect children’s books about cats.

  • Tina Kemp

    Looking for the coupons for free Friskies cat food, the Grumpy Cat book and the t-shirt. :)

  • Erin Finkle

    The t shirt is really cool!

  • Samantha Daleo

    I love the Friskies Free Coupons!

  • Jay Wood

    Coupons!

  • Danielle Murgia

    My favorite would be the Grumpy Cat book. I definitely have a grumpy (and loud!) cat. Her name is Reese’s. This is a wonderful prize pack. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Ciji Renee Murphy

    The Grumpy cat book

  • sandy weinstein

    love them all, but love the treats and cat food so i can donate to the pet food bank at safe haven.

  • Melissa White

    I would love to win the treats and toys for my gang and the t shirt for me.

  • Julia Johnson

    Congratulations! I’m really looking forward to reading Grumpy Cat’s book, and of course the kitty toys for my herd!

  • Theresa Spaid

    My favorite is Grumpy Cat book. I just love her. My cats would love the free cat food. Congrats on winning. I voted every day for Gracey’s snow video! You Won!

  • Monica Best

    Congratulations!! I think my favorite item would be the Grunpy Cat book (and maybe the hot chocolate). With winter coming, I could sit and cuddle with the cats while looking at grumpy cat and having something warm to drink. Since m cats eat very specific food, I would donate the food to one of the other contestants here or to the shelter.

  • Judy Simon

    I would LOVE the coupons for free food & the treats! Anything to help out with my 11 kitties and the foster’s I have taken in. I would love anything really! I am very easy to please.
    ps, you did great accepting the award & you didnt trip, fall or anything! You looked amazing! :)

  • Kim Henrichs

    The free coupons!! Currently fostering so it would be a huge help!!

  • Amy Orvin

    Oh wow! Nice prize!! I love the t-shirt and the FREE Friskies Cat Food

  • Cindy Loohoo

    I would like the cat toy the most. Thanks for the contest!! :) Meow!

  • Con

    The popcorn

  • Lesa Moats

    The treats & food for my baby London

  • Darlene Carbajal

    The Friskies Popcorn :)

  • MzKitty20

    I would love the t-shirt. Congrats on the win, you deserve it, Gracey would be so proud! <3

  • katsrus

    I was so happy Gracey’s video won. Congrats to you. The Grumpy cat book. Really nice swag.
    Sue B

  • tammy b

    t shirt!~Congrats on the win!

  • Retta Shanahan

    I am so glad that you won! I loved Gracey’s adventure in the snow! It was so sweet! Glad she won it for you!
    My favorite would probably be the t-shirt! My kitty, Tuula, loves to lay on anything that she thinks I might want to wear, so this would probably be her favorite, too!

  • http://www.mochasmysteriesandmore.blogspot.com/ Melissa Lapierre

    I was absolutely thrilled that you won…what an amazing tribute to your beautiful Gracey. Reading about the moment she was on the big screen made me just tear up for you. What an amazing SWAG bag…I love it all! Grumpy Cat and cocoa for me; treats and a toy for my Truffles :)

  • atlico1

    I know it’s a small thing, but if I can get even one cat to play with that cat toy I’ve never seen before, I’ll be over the moon. They don’t get enough exercise because they are so picky about what interests them. I’ve got one that I have to have walk on the treadmill with me because she is packing on a dangerous amount of weight.

  • Angela Carrigan

    Will never forget the greatest tiny tiger ever! My two boys love friskies treats so these are what I would love to win.

  • Lisa F.

    I bet the Grumpy Cat book provides lots of laughs, so I would look forward to that the most. Thanks!

  • Momfrog Lorita

    What a tender, bittersweet moment. The posse (Spydee & Katie) were very excited to hear and see Gracey’s video win. We know she’s probably playing with our Miss Sassie at the Bridge. We remember Gracey’s sweet, comforting words as we prepared Sassie for her journey. Gracey helped me so much after Sassie left. As for the swag, either the coupons for food or the treats. Both girls are big fans of Party Mix! Congratulations again … sweet thoughts of Gracey with love. <3

  • Elizabeth Flynn

    We are all so happy that our sweet Gracey won for her Snow Adventure. We remember the first time we saw her in it. All the kittehs here were wondering why in the world she would want to go out in that cold snow! But they were really a little jealous, because they don’t even know what snow is. I know the SDR kittehs would like the treats, the food and especially the toy from the Friskies swag bag. It would be extra special because Gracey made it happen. We miss her so much.

  • Angela Miller Dejesus

    Grumpy cat book would make me smile!

  • Julie McDonough

    So happy for you that Gracey won. I like everything, but I would like to read the Grumpy Cat book.

  • Tammy Dusenberry Cole

    So Happy Gracey won :) I like everything in the gift bag !!!

  • Jerri Carol Compton

    My kitties LOVE the Party Mix

  • Milene Mittelhauser

    Well done on your award. I believe that I would like to read about Grumpy Cat. Any cat book is always good.

  • Riley0100

    Congratulations! I had a feeling you all would win. Well deserved. Almost lost it at my daughters dance studio as I read this. It is very bittersweet. I am sure Gracey was smiling an purring. Xoxo

  • Anne

    So very happy that Gracey’s video won! I’m sure that she was right there with you and Paul as you celebrated her. I’d love to have that tee to stuff and make a cuddly pillow for my furry feline clan to share!

  • Stacey

    I loved seeing that you had won! I think my absolute favourite item from the Swag Bag has to be that fabulous t-shirt! It is so bright and fun. I will never make it to New York due to a severe phobia of flying, so it will be the closest I ever get to the Big Apple!!

  • Elaine H

    I am so happy that you won! I miss Gracey so much and am so glad that you have continued her legacy with all of us. I would love the Grumpy Cat book! Cheers to you and Paul.

  • Amy Sikes

    The Grumpy Cat book!

  • Jeanne Owens

    Congrats on the win! Sounds like it was great night :) From the swag bag, the Friskies coupons sound nice for Shadow, but the Grumpy Cat fan in me really would like the GC book :)

  • Kimberly

    This will be a nice donation to my favorite rescue!

  • smashleyx0

    Yay, I am so glad you won the Friskies award! My favorite swag item is the coupons for the free Friskies food. Although my kitties do not need it, I know some kitties-in-need who would appreciate it. I volunteer at a local food pantry and we provide (when we have available) cat and dog food to pet parents in need. I feel like we never get much cat food in, and I always feel bad when a family comes in with a cat and we are unable to provide them with any cat food. I would love to donate any of the free food to my local food pantry! :) I would also rock the Friskies shirt while volunteering!

  • Karen

    Congrats for the win, Gracie touches lives even now and her mission continues. Of course a Friskies cat toy would be our favorite.

  • Allison Colony

    it’s so cool that you won the Friskies award – if I was to win something from this give away, I’d like to get the Grumpy Cat book – congratulations on winning, and so sorry for your loss of sweet Gracy.

  • Spikey Diaz

    I would love to have the honor of wearing the Friskies T-shirt. Gracie’s win was awesome and I felt good that I voted for my favorite girl.

  • Sherree Smith

    I got so excited when I found out that you had won! I am sure it was difficult seeing Gracey on that big screen, but I’m sure she was right there watching it with you. I’m sure it was fun meeting Grumpy Cat–one of my favorites! I’ll bet that book is hysterical–I would love that!

  • Nikki

    While I’d like to have the Grumpy Cat book, I think my Ollie would love to have the Friskies cat toy… he always comes first! :) I must admit that I, too, got teary eyed reading about your experience.

  • Sherri H

    I was so excited when you won, I let out a WHOOP! then burst into tears for missing little Gracey. Then I sniffled and snuffled all through the video, and wondered how you and Paul were doing. That cat had more personality in one little flick of her whiskers than a lot of people ever show in their whole lives! Fun to see that Tamar and Robin were there — I am avid fans of each!

  • RubyMaeN

    I would most like the Grumpy Cat Book. I follow her page as well as Gracey’s and am thrilled to see cats I “know” become famous!

  • Pleshette McGrady

    Oh the cat food and or Treats. Never anything for myself, always for the kids. And hearing about your “moment” also brought tears to my eyes. I miss her.