#BlogPaws Conference 2013, where the pets in the know, go!

Purina is Searching for America’s Most Pet-Friendly Companies!

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Actor John O’Hurley to Visit Top Business

Present $10,000 Donation to Local Pet Organization

Studies Show Bringing Pets to Work Can Reduce Stress, Increase Productivity

One of the MANY things that I loved when I was one of 15 lucky bloggers who  attended the “Meet Purina Pet Blogger Summit” this past October was the “pet-friendly” philosophy of the company.

"Ava Kitty" from the Meet Purina Blogging Summit. Photo taken by Purina

“Ava Kitty” from the Meet Purina Blogging Summit. Photo taken by “Nestlé Purina PetCare”

From cats lounging in meeting rooms, to a Bark Park for dogs, to seeing employees walking their dogs on campus, Purina is a company that “walks-the-walk” when talking about pet-friendly work places!

Brian Frum of the blog Brian's Home. Participants in the Nestlé Purina Blogger Summit visited Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo. Photo taken by Purina

Brian Frum of the blog Brian’s Home. Participants in the Nestlé Purina Blogger Summit visited Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo. Photo taken by “Nestlé Purina PetCare” Visit Brian’s blog at http://www.brianshomeblog.com/

Fifteen years ago, Nestlé Purina PetCare recognized the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work and started a “Pets at Work” program.  For a company whose motto is “Your Pet, Our Passion,” it seems natural that every week hundreds of dogs and cats are brought to Purina’s St. Louis campus, and associates and their furry friends enjoy each other’s company every day.

The "Meet Purina", Purina Blogger Summit at Nestlé Purina HQ in St. Louis. That's me! Photo taken by Purina

The “Meet Purina”, Purina Blogger Summit at Nestlé Purina HQ in St. Louis. That’s me! Photo taken by “Nestlé Purina PetCare”

Purina is now conducting a nationwide search to identify America’s most pet-friendly workplaces with the “Purina Pets At Work Contest.”  Pet lovers can submit a story and photos about how their company is pet friendly, and Purina will help one winning business become even more pet friendly and donate $10,000 to a local pet welfare organization.

Award-winning actor John O’Hurley, well-known for his role as J. Peterman on the television show “Seinfield,” will help pick the winning company and will visit their office next spring to present the Grand Prize – a makeover to outfit the business with pet-friendly materials (valued at $5,000), and a $10,000 donation to a local pet shelter.  O’Hurley also appeared in a video that aired during the National Dog Show Presented by Purina on NBC on Thanksgiving Day to discuss the benefits of bringing pets to work.

    “I’ve visited the Purina offices and they clearly believe that spending time with pets can help make life better – for pets and pet owners,” said O’Hurley, who serves as co-host of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina“As a lifelong dog owner and someone who shares Purina’s passion for pets, I’m thrilled to celebrate other companies that see the benefits of encouraging pets in the workplace.”   

Purina “Pets At Work Contest”  

Pet lovers can log on to www.purina.com/contest and tell how pets have made a positive impact on their workplace and why their workday is better – for them and their pet – because their office is pet friendly.  Entrants must describe their employer’s “Pets at Work” program, answer both of the following questions, and provide 3-5 photos that show pets in their workplace:

  • How do pets truly have a positive impact in your workplace?
  • How is having a pet-friendly office mutually beneficial for employees and pets?

The nominations will be judged by three criteria:

  • Does the nomination demonstrate how pets make life at work better for both the employees and the pets?
  • Will the nomination inspire other businesses to integrate pets into their own office environments?
  • Does the nomination include a description of the nominee’s “Pets at Work” program?

Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2013. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2013.

Purina provides five simple steps for pet owners to help create a welcoming, pet-friendly program at their workplace.  For more information, visit www.purina.com.

No purchase necessary to participate or win.  For complete contest information, visit www.purina.com/contest for the official rules, nomination requirements and eligibility details.  Valid in the 50 United States and D.C.  Void where prohibited.

About Nestlé Purina

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

 

In full disclosure: Purina paid for all the bloggers to attend the Meet Purina Pet Blogging Summit. I am a member of the Purina Pet Blogger Panel and was given the information about the contest to share with my readers. I was not compensated for this post.

 

 

Mom Mischief!

Hi my furry pals!

It seems as if it has been furever since I have barked at you! I haven’t been on the computer much because last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Mom was at Nestle Purina for the “Meet Purina Pet Blogger Summit.” Mom had an outstanding time, but the trip to Purina is where some of Mom’s mischief began.

If you read my blog back in August, Mom had mentioned how she was supposed to attend the premier of the new Disney movie Frankenweenie…..(the operative words here are was supposed to attend.)  and post her review TODAY. It was MOM who was the “weenie” on this one! Mom had a ton of blogs to pre-schedule before her trip to Purina and couldn’t make the premier, so because of Mom’s MAJOR MISCHIEF I’m not gonna let Mom blog about a movie that she didn’t see!  We will tell you that the movie opened on October 5th so YOU can see it, and if you want to see the trailer that Mom had posted on my blog, you can click here.

Photo sent to me compliments of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Now, on to Part II of Mom’s Mischief! Mom went to Purina as one of their CAT BLOGGERS, (because of Cody!) not as a DOG BLOGGER, (they didn’t even know that I exist! What’s up with THAT??!!) So, where is she posting her first blog post about Purina? HERE. The woman has serious issues!

In an attempt to salvage Mom’s already shaky credibility,  Mom wanted to share with you a super fun and interesting event that she attended while visiting Purina.  The event was LUNCH if you know Mom, writing about food should come as no surprise, but I digress.

The lunch that Mom was raving about took place at the Purina Culinary Center, (Pet-inspired Chefs for Chef-inspired Pet Food)

Lunch was prepared by Chef Amanda Hassner who has one goal when she comes to work at the Purina Culinary Center every day and that is “to inspire people who create pet food so that they can enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them. She combines her passion for pets with her culinary expertise, and her creations in the Culinary Center have influenced many of Purina’s products.”

Mom and her blogging buddies were served a sumptuous sampling of dishes that were made for human consumption but were the inspiration of actual Purina products that are on the market today!

One of the dishes that Mom was served was Amuse Bouche.   What  are Amuse Bouche? Glad you asked! From Wikipedia: “Amuse-bouches are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from a menu by patrons, but, when served, are done so for free and according to the chef’s selection alone.”

One of the  Amuse Bouche that Mom tasted was the inspiration for Beneful® brand Baked Delights™ specifically the Savory Bacon Shortbread.

Mom received a sample bag of these to take home and you can see my reaction!

You guys should check these out, they are delicious! They made up for the mischief that Mom caused!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Disclosure: Mom’s trip was completely paid for by Purina. Mom was not required to blog about the trip but is going to do a few blog posts about it here and on Cat Chat. All opinions are mine AND Mom’s!

Mischief Monday-Flat as a Pancake!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

My brother Cody and I have had discussions about being left when Mom goes to the BlogPaws 2012 conference. We didn’t like that kitties and doggies from all over the country (including my buddy Snoopy!!!) get to go to this spectacular conference and we can’t go!

What in the name of a bag o’ bones is wrong with THAT picture?

Cody and I  are the ones that work  til the wee (and I don’t mean peeing!) hours of the morning on our blogs!  All Mom does is type the info that we give her, she makes that appear as if it’s a big deal cause she likes to moan and groan about  all that she does,  but Cody and I know differently!

We didn’t earn the right to go on this trip?

Without Cody and I Mom would have  no blogs! If Mom had no blogs, she wouldn’t be going on a  trip to  BlogPaws which is only the best blogging conference on the Planet! 

Somebody needs to be barked at… big time!

Cody and I  decided to take matters into our own paws and take a look at what we did!

We had ourselves turned into  PANCAKE PETS!!

Also known as Flat Pets!

Don’t we look realistic?

We’re pretty smart huh?

Now we can go to BlogPaws with Mom

and REALLY stir up some mischief!!!!

Ohhhh…we’re gonna have FUN!!!

Do YOU wanna stir up some mischief?

Ohhhh I know you wanna!

Visit Pancake Pets right here and you can go anywhere that your pawrents go!

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and pack! I have a lot of toys, treats and Nutrish

to fit into my bag!

 I  have eaten Nutrish for all of my five years,  and my Mom won’t let me go to BlogPaws? When there is Nutrish around, this Sheltie will NOT be denied!

This bag is wrinkled because I EAT this food and have been for the past FIVE years!

(By the way, Nutrish  is  a Silver Sponsor at BlogPaws…click on  Sponsors  to see the entire list of TONS of BlogPaws Sponsors! )

 Let the mischief begin!!

Watch out Salt Lake City, here we come!!!

 Click the logo above to visit Salt Lake City’s Facebook Page!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

BlogPaws 2012- Can’t Wait To Meet You!

This is Mom and one little BlogPaws attendee from BlogPaws 2011…can you imagine how much MORE cuteness will be attending BlogPaws 2012?

Check out the agenda HERE!

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My Mom’s Gonna Be On Bizchickchat Live! Monday May 2nd at 12:30pm eastern

My Mom, my brother Cody, and I are soooo excited! Our Mommy is gonna be interviewed live on Bizchickchat!! You can read the article here:

http://www.bizchickblogs.com/2011/04/pet-blogging-is-officially-here-to-stay-interview-with-caren-gittleman.html

You can get the link to the radio show there as well! Come and join us!!