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Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

I told y’all the other day that we were headed to the New York. Yep, this redneck girl got a chance to visit the Big Apple for the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit! Most of you humanz already know that EVERYTHING is better with us pets, so ya know we had a pawsome trip! We gots to see lots of interestin’ things and hear some amazin’ panel discussions. Ya know it had to be amazin’ cause the spotlight was on us pets WOOF!

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It was a fun day of interestin’ panel discussions and gettin’ to see all kinds of things. The Purina Summit of 2015 was about explorin’ an evolvin’ relationship between people and pets and how such relationships change you humanz lives AND the lives of us pets.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets, Tuna Melts My Heart

Before I get my Lady to tell ya ’bout all the happenin’s, I got to tell ya that I was so excited to meet one of my dog friends – Tuna Melts My Heart! Y’all in the pet world know he’s a star right? ‘Bout made this country girl tongue-tied!

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets, Tuna Melts My Heart

I finally came to my senses and got my speakin’ voice back. I asked him for a pic and he struck a special pose just for me! I ’bout swooned y’all! He sure is a sweet guy!

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

There were other pup friends there too. We met this cute little chihuahua. Little Bit was so jealous when she found out!

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

My chihuahua friend sure had some big brown eyes! Heck, my eyes probably were big too just takin’ in all the fun sights and events of the Better With Pets summit! There was lots of interestin’ things to listen to and see, but I better round up my Lady to tell ya ’bout em!

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

Here’s my Lady to fill you in on the happenin’s at the Purina Better With Pets Summit

Molly is so silly! But, she is right! The summit was an amazing discussion from different panels and experts in the pet world. We witnessed a close look at the dynamic and relationship between people, and specifically cats, from the panel represented by well-known animal behaviorists.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

The first panel at the Purina Better With Pets Summit examined how Millennials are changing the relationship between pet owners and cats. Purina revealed results at the summit from a recent survey that showed that nearly half of the 1,000 millennials surveyed own a cat and that 88 percent of cat owners consider themselves similar to their pets.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

The second panel provided an in-depth look at pets’ environments and the impact it may have on their stress levels. This discussion provided very helpful insights of what stressors are out there in the world that affect our pets’ health and well-being. One of the panel’s members, Christina Ha, who co-founded the Meow Parlour in New York, shared her invaluable insights of animal interaction when people allow that to happen. The Meow Parlour specializes in rescue and fostering cats who are then offered for adoption. The success of the roaming environment and animal interaction in it has produced a high success rate of pet adoptions.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

The third panel focused on the benefits of raising pets and kids together and how it brings unique benefits that extend beyond a typical human-animal bond. One of the interesting conversations held at the Purina Summit was about the abundant contributions pets make to the livelihood of children in different settings: from school curriculum to shelter programs for homeless and abused youth. All the panel experts shared their expertise and examples of how dramatically easier it was to get children into the regular life stream when introducing pets into their daily lives.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets - cat play room

The Purina Summit allowed its members to explore many sides pet’s life. There were products and foods on display created for better emotional and physical well-being of our pets. We also were able to witness an active cat lounge where we interacted with the cats and saw them in a free will environment. This section of the summit alone truly made the stress and tiredness go away!

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

The Purina Summit has elevated the Purina company in my eyes. The programs Purina supports, and finances, and the scientific community it brings together to explore issues in pets and animals in general are just a fraction of issues Purina deals with on different levels.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

Purina also announced at the summit that it will donate $50,000 to The Frank Attla Youth Program, which benefits at-risk students in Rural Alaska. Their story exemplifies how our lives are truly Better With Pets! More on this program later in another post, as this is program touched my heart! This donation is just a part of Purina’s broader support of more than 900 pet welfare organizations each year.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

Purina also invests into research and development of quality foods and treats for pets. They understand that your pet’s food contributes to their overall wellness.

Our Fun Day at the 2015 Purina Better With Pets Summit #BetterWithPets

I love that Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. Bringing people and pets closer together makes the world a much more beautiful place to live in.

I enjoyed the educational Purina Better With Pets summit to the max. It allowed me to reevaluate my points of view on pet health and interaction. It opened new horizons of what’s going on in the scientific world for pets. The invaluable benefits I received from the summit allowed me to come back to my wonderful pets with a new found emotional charge and better understanding!

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April Monty

Friday 18th of November 2016

That's so much cooler than the old days when they didn't have much for pets

Hannah C

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Aww! Such cute cats and dogs! Sounds like a really fun day!

Dawn Jones

Saturday 21st of November 2015

This looks as though it was very educational. I'm not a huge Purina fan, however I realize that the more people are aware and have a want for better products for their pets the more companies will need to change with customers wants., Purina may very well step up in this area. Thank you for the article.

Sandra Watts

Saturday 21st of November 2015

Cute little dogs. Looks like a lot of fun. Good food for them too.

Christina Strapp Lambert

Saturday 21st of November 2015

This is a great post but I just wish Purina had their products by-product free! Would be nice to have wheat free since I have 2 dogs highly allergic. I will not give my animals food with by-products and all that other crap. I work as a Vet Tech and know the stuff that goes in that kind of food.

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