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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Behind The Paw Influencer Summit

I'm lucky enough to have been invited to attend the Behind The Paw Influencer Summit by Iam's & Eukanuba (Proctor & Gamble) in May.  It's a small gathering of bloggers and media that get to go on plant tours, talk to the nutritional specialists, and learn more about pet food & how it's made. 

I'm honored that the inviataion was extended to me, but Oskar is a little put out that he's not invited!  I've only flown a few times in my life & never alone so wish me luck with that.  Typical airline logic, I have to fly to Atlanta to get to Dayton, Ohio from Detroit!

This is where I need your input.  I'm going to have the ear of pet food and care specialists, and they want me to come with questions from my readers.  What do you want to know about pet food?  What are your nutritional interests and concerns for your cat or dog.  What I need is for you to tell me what you would ask if you were in my position.

Leave your questions or comments in the comments section or you can send them to PBU at comcast dot net.
Hope you all have a great week!

9 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

I wish manufacturers would start listing nutrition in grams per serving, not in percentages. It's too hard to compare brands effectively. They should do it like it's done for people!

jen said...

This is great! We have been invited to go too! I look so forward to meeting you there!

The Cat From Hell said...

As a pawrent, I have made our dog's food for years. We only suplement with Ones that indicte the calories, the protien, etc.
Thanks
Sam and Bob and Peneloepe and Cosmo's Mom
PS Kosmo has a number of allergies, for me it is important to see how much protien vs. filler there is in a cat's food.

shibasenji said...

What an awesome opportunity!

I'd love to see more transparency in pet food manufacturers regarding where and how they source their ingredients. Also, given that there is so much more information out there available for pet owners now, including how to feed raw and home-cooked recipes (which we do in addition to feeding high quality, grain-free kibble), I would like to know how mass pet food manufacturers (like Iams and Eukanuba) can work cooperatively with pet parents to provide something that is *at least* as good as what we could give our pets out of our own kitchens.

Do they hire nutritionists to help them develop their formulas? How do they conduct feeding trials? Are these reports available for the public to read? Do the people who run these companies have pets? What and how do the people in the company feed their pets? Are they going to give you more than the standard marketing schpiel?

I have to admit that I'm a huge skeptic when it comes to the actions of major corporations. Those are some of the broad questions that would be running through my mind...

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

No questions about food because we are all set with ours....Cody only eats Royal Canin and Dakota's might be changing soon but I will only use what the vet recommends.
I do have a question though...why don't you just drive to Dayton? You would get there faster driving than the ass-backwards (sorry, but it's true) way the airline is taking you.

Mariodacat said...

Crazy airlines & their routes. Dat has happened to M and D a few times too. I think Seabass cat covered lots of the things I'd like brought up. I'd also like to see the ingredients listed in readable print. It's so tiny M has given up trying to read it and goes to the internet to investigate. What a neat opportunity you have to go.

Blair Sorrel said...

Greetings! Please see the recent Nashua dog shock incident; please disseminate this vital public service to preclude more tragedies. Many thanks for all your commendable work.

Best,

Blair

Just so you know, I confer with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and contribute to Wet Nose Guide and New York Dog Chat.

HOW TO SLAY AN INVISIBLE DANGER.

Blair Sorrel, Founder
http://www.StreetZaps.com

Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, horse, rider, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.

Tucker said...

Can you ask them why they spend so much money on advertising their food that contains terrible fillers and bi-products? Why don't they put that advertisement money into creating healthier foods for us?

woof - Tucker

ForPetsSake said...

Great opportunity! And thanks for letting us give input - I want full disclosure on actual ingredients and WHERE the foods are made. Also equally important - full disclosure on testing methodologies. Proctor & Gamble and some of the other heavy hitters are not known for their animal-friendly testing methods. Good luck!

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