I Got to Meet Purina at the #meetNPPC Event – Part 1

 

Well, actually my Dad and Flat Brian got to Meet Purina, but you know me, I was certainly there in spirit. We did get to share some cool things with you during our visit, but now it is time for me to tell you a little more about our time in St. Louis.

We were there with 15 other bloggers that are members of the Purina Blogging Community and it was a real thrill to meet everyone face-to-face. The first night we were there we had a welcome reception at the amazing Four Seasons Hotel. The reception was held on a patio area on the 8th floor overlooking the famous St. Louis Arch. It was such a fantastic event, and the food and conversation was an omen of the good things to come.

Here we are arriving at Purina Headquarters, and Dan, our main man at Purina, quickly pointed out the Board of Directors photo on the wall. We were told that everyone at Purina loves their pets and we witnessed that first paw throughout our visit.

Our day started pretty early and we started out the day at Purina Headquartes with a yummy breakfast and an ample supply of coffee for my Dad. We were treated to extremely informative presentations on the Purina Company, Purina Manufacturing Processes, Pet Nutrition, and Pet Welfare. The love of pets was first and foremost in every presentation and, let me tell you, it all came from the heart. By the way, Purina employees are encouraged to bring their pets to work with them! How cool is that?!?!

There are two beautiful kitties, Rocki and Ava, that live on site and are so spoiled by the loving staff. We didn’t see all that much of Ava, but Rocki was around for all of our presentations. Rocki loves, loves, loves attention and everytime my Dad went out for coffee sweet Rocki gave him. Mew request for some petting. Rocki loves to lounge in her big pet food bowl and, since I was a guest, she was nice enough to share with me.

When lunch time rolled around, let me tell you, we were sure in for a treat. We had lunch in the Purina Culinary Center and Chef Amanda prepared an eight course meal just for us. Good? Are you kidding me? The lunch was yummy beyond description! Chef Amanda’s goal is to “inspire the 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 Purina Culinary Center have influenced many of Purina’s products. Amanda has two rescue pets, a dog named Manuka and a cat named Ari.

After lunch we got to tour many of the research facilities and interact with the scientists. The passion for pets was clear, from the PhD types to the lab techs. We capped our day off with dinner at a wonderful restaurant in downtown St. Louis.  Tomorrow, my impression of Purina Farms

Disclosure: This trip was paid for by Nestle Purina PetCare Company and the opinions expressed herein are our own.

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50 thoughts on “I Got to Meet Purina at the #meetNPPC Event – Part 1

  1. Whisppy

    Yum yum. Those food sure do look yummy. And how pawsome that Purina employees are encouraged to bring their pets to work. Can you imagine Mommy bringing all 12 of us to work every day? MOL.

  2. Marg

    That sure sounds like a great trip. It looks like a wonderful facility. It sure looks like Purina really tries to do the right thing with their products. Thanks for this great report.

  3. Katie Isabella

    OH how I would have loved to meet any of the bloggers. And flat Brian, you look just as handsome as you do un-flat! xoxox

  4. Old Kitty

    Awwww Rocki sounds utterly adorable!! The chef -inspired cooked food looks a treat!! Yum!! Take care
    x

  5. easy rider

    aaah Brian you make me hungry…. It’s a great idea to bring the pets to work with their owners … I asked my dad if he takes me to work too – but he said: NO WAY! I can’t understand this… do you know why?

  6. da tabbies o trout towne

    brian; glad yur dad carried de back pak for ewe; they can get kinda…scooby la looby after ya haul em around for like 3 minits N pizza parteee in de kitshun it looks like !!! did ewe knead a pass port ta go ta St Louis ??!!

  7. MaxtheQuiltCat

    Wow… what a great place. I know you wish they had let the puffed up version of you go instead of Flat Brian. Looking forward to part 2.

    Have a great day.

    Hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knukles

  8. Emma and Buster

    those two kitties have it best, living there and getting all the noms and hugs and the scritches. our mama hoped your dad took photos of the food, she’s hungry right now and it’s lunch break.

  9. Dash Kitten

    Brian your dad deserves this trip, he saves lives, he spreads the word – he rocks. This was a wonderful trip for him (and flat you MOL!) it is fascinating to see ‘behind the scenes’ and what these people are really like.

    Dash Kitten
    (Pet Blogger in Training)

  10. caren gittleman

    Brian you told what we did just PURRFECTLY! You know I STILL haven’t done my main post about it? Hoping to do so this week! I may have to stretch some out.
    This was great and love how you got yourself in the photos!

  11. Abby

    Brian
    this sounded fabulous.
    we are so glad you’re Dad got to go
    (and you in spirit)

    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

  12. Tillie and Georgia

    Oh boy! That sounds like a wonderful trip and we like that Purina loves the pets they feed. That would include us 🙂
    Rocki is very pretty 😉
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

  13. Cathy Keisha

    Nice tour but did you know something rotten is going on in St Louis. Police arrested a man for trying to protect his house from foreclosure. They took his 2 cats & 2 dogs and are going to euthanize them in less than a week. We need to help him.

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