If you are reading this post, I’m sure you’d agree that pets make our lives bigger and better. This year’s Purina Better With Pets Summit once again took place in Brooklyn, NY. The theme was “Living Big.” I walked away from the event feeling motivated, inspired and more educated on how I can nurture the bonds I have with my pets so we can all live a bigger life together. In fact, I was SO inspired that I finally realized what I want to pursue my Master’s degree in – animal nutrition. I have an incredible amount of information that I want to share from the summit. This post will be a recap, and I plan to write more specific posts on topics that left a massive impression on me.
‘Tis the season for tricks and treats! I don’t know about your cats, but mine will most definitely take treats over tricks any day. With Halloween fun right around the corner, how about getting your fancy felines in on the action? The air is crisp, the apples are ripe and the new fall limited edition orange Purina® Friskies® Pull ‘n Play treat pack is in PetSmart stores now! What’s that you say? You aren’t acquainted with Wobbert yet?! Well, let us introduce you and your kitties to him! He’s sure to bring enriching playtime to your household.
I graduated from Arizona State University in May 2011. I was 22 years old. Needless to say, I was pretty proud of myself! A Bachelor’s degree already at the age of 22 and I now had my entire life ahead of me. But I also needed a job. That was fine with me – I was ready to start making money instead of spending it on student loans. The problem? I couldn’t get a job in my field of study, which was history and culture. I went to school to be a high school history teacher but by the time I was ready to graduate with my Bachelor’s, I still needed to get certified as a teacher. Forget it. I started applying for jobs. On August 1, 2011, I started a job as a banker. Little did I know, it was the beginning of a miserable career that would turn into a dream come true.
In November 2015 I had the privilege of attending the Purina Better With Pets Summit in NYC. It was a phenomenal learning experience, and I sure hope I can attend again in the future! The theme of this year’s summit was emotional wellness and during the discussion panels, the talk about stress in our pets peaked my interest the most. The more I delve into the life of animals, the more I realize that they are so extremely emotional and sensitive, just as humans are. So how do we manage our pet’s stress? Is there good and bad stress? What can I do to make my dog or cat less stressed out?
I have always been a supporter of Purina. I trust their products and food, and I adore the people behind the company name. They truly appreciate pet parents and the fact that we want what’s best for our animals. I was able to spend some time with some of the friendly faces behind the Pro Plan name in May 2014 at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. The event made me love the company even more and I’ve continued to endorse it (by my own choice) ever since!
This year I had the opportunity to be a part of the Purina Better With Pets Summit in Brooklyn, NY. I was SO thrilled because, in my eyes, Purina is at the top of the “food chain” when it comes to pet companies. At the day long summit, Purina focused on exploring the best ideas for bringing people and pets closer together. It’s a dog mom’s dream!