I’ve been using Yelp since 2008, but had never heard of the Elite Squad before this year when I saw the “2013 Elite” badge pop up on a friend’s profile. I signed up to join immediately – not because I wanted to attend parties and get free stuff (though those are fantastic perks), but because I wanted that little badge. Being among the Yelp Elite means your reviews are considered more credible, and people are more likely to interact with you through the site.
And we all know how much I love making friends online.
So a few weeks ago, Leela and I went to our first ever Elite event. It was drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the headquarters for Rover.com, a website that matches you with pet sitting services. I was excited to check out their HQ and hear more about the company, especially because Dan and I don’t have our go-to boarding place for the dogs now that we’re no longer in California.
Rover is a godsend. They screen all their sitters extensively, require constant communication between the sitter and their office as well as the sitter and the owner during the stay, and have pet owners submit reviews once the stay is over. And with Dan and I planning a trip back to California over Thanksgiving (!!), we’re going to need trustworthy, reasonably priced care for our furbabies.
But back to the party! Leela and I had a blast. We participated in a kissing contest (where your dog had to kiss you consistently for five seconds), and actually made it to the final round, but eventually lost to an adorable corgi puppy who REALLY liked the way her mom’s chin tasted. Leela made up for it in the photo booth, though:
In fact, another couple thought that she was so good at taking pictures, they asked to take a picture with her, since they didn’t have a dog of their own with them. Of course, Leela and I obliged, and got what is possibly the most awesome picture ever out of it:
We ended the evening with some Frosty Paws ice cream (which is made specifically for dogs). Suffice it to say, Leela was in HEAVEN.