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I am Blogger of the Week!

Bernadette kazmarski with cookie.
Me and Cookie! Copyright © Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2012, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

How exciting, and what an honor! Each week I receive the e-newsletter from and read all the latest news and read about fellow pet bloggers and pet writers. Click on over and read about me and also browse the news they have posted on everything of interest to pets, from cats and dogs to exotic pets, and from medical issues to toys and treats.

And I’m so pleased to be able to show the photo included here, and with my article on Last fall when I was promoting Great Rescues Calendar and Gift Book the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article in the South/West edition about me and my artwork, Carnegie Artist Creates Calendar of Cats. I’m in my local paper often enough, but not often in the Pittsburgh paper, and never with a photo! I had plenty of cats with me that morning last September, especially Cookie, of course. Cookie was always with me anywhere I was in the house and would naturally be with me in my studio, and she was also very social and loved greeting guests. She got herself up on my drafting table and work table and kept walking back and forth from me to the photographer, typical Cookie cuteness.

I knew where Cookie and I were headed in the next few months, and a photo of her and me in my studio would just be too precious; I am always the photographer so there are very few photos of me with my cats. Cookie always sat on my lap but never liked to be held, so she doesn’t look too pleased in this photo, but it’s me and Cookie, and in the background the portrait of Georgie I was working on at the time.

The kids wandered in and out, but Mimi stayed, and while the photographer was leaning down to photograph Cookie and me, she was standing up with her paws on his shoulder as if she was looking into his viewfinder. Missed that photo, but we had a good laugh! A wonderful memory all around.

I checked back with the Post-Gazette and purchased permission on the photo. Here is how the photographer captioned the photo:

Vaughn Wallace/Post-Gazette: Bernadette E. Kazmarski is the author of the “Great Rescues Calendar and Gift Book,” a desk calendar featuring her portraits of rescued cats. Kazmarski donates a portion of the proceeds to various animal rescue organizations. Photographed in her home studio on September 19, 2011, with her 19-year-old tortoiseshell, Cookie.  PUBLISHED CAPTION: Vaughn Wallace/Post-Gazette: Bernadette Kazmarski, an animal portrait artist who created Great Rescues, a calendar that features portraits of cats, in her home studio in Carnegie with her 19-year-old cat, Cookie.

Photo of Bernadette with 19-year-old Cookie and portrait of Georgie, courtesy the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Copyright © Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2012, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


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17 thoughts on “I am Blogger of the Week!

  • I love the photo!! At last we get to see you 🙂 Cookie has that look like Austin gets when he’s being inappropriately cuddled lol. Was going to comment on the henna, but someone beat me to it!! Many congrats. Very well deserved 🙂 xx

  • congrats and I absolutely love the picture!

  • Congratulations, B!! AhHa!! So that’s what you actually look like!! The henna’s still well established, I see.. or did you have to do it all again?!! Somebody else has said it.. you deserve every honour.. you always have so much for us all to enjoy.. artwork, photos n stories.. both about your own lovely feline family and about others not so lucky. Thank You. Big Hugs

    • Thank you, Annie, and I actually do the henna about every four weeks–my hair grows quickly and while I love my sparkly silver roots it can look a little unkempt in big curly hair.

  • Congratulations my dear Bernadette. Beautiful photo!

    • Thank you, Herman. I almost hesitated, wanting to remain anonymous, but for Cookie in the photo with me.

  • Paulette Smith

    Congratulations, Bernadette! You certainly deserve the honor. I love all your posts, and you know I love your artwork! Keep up the good work. Great photo, too.

  • What a great honor! And that is a wonderful photo. I am always happy to get a face to go with the words and paintings and photos!

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I always think of my readers when I get my posts together and think how much you’ll like them.

  • Oh Miss Bernadette!!! Concatulations!! No one could possibly deserve this recognition more! You are so diligent, thorough and your blog posts and art are very special! Paw pats, Savannah

    • Thank you, Savannah, I look forward to posting them as much as you look forward to reading them!

    • Ingrid, thanks, it’s very precious and so wonderful to see it again. And thanks for sharing!

  • Great photo Bernadette – and a very special memory I’m sure. Congrats on being named Pet Blogger of the Week!

    • Vicki, thanks, now I join the ranks with the likes of you!


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