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.

Adopt cats, we deserve it!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrr! Zip! Later!

 

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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal

Nom Nom Nom that lucnh sure did look tasty !
How cool to have a GIANT foodbowl to sleep in , I would have LOVE to do that 😀

Feeling Beachie - Hilary

wow… sounds like an amazing trip and an amazing opportunity

The Paw Relations
7 years ago

Wow, it sounds like your Dad and Flat Brian had an amazing trip. We like the fact that the Purina employees get to take their pets to work with them. How cool is that?

Whisppy
7 years ago

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.

The Island Cats
7 years ago

What a great trip and a great opportunity! Our mom says she’d like to work there so she could bring us to work!!

Tamago
7 years ago

What a fun and inspiring trip! The food looks so yummy 🙂

Marg
7 years ago

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.

Catherine
7 years ago

Wow ~ how fun is that! That looks like it was a really good time. Purina truly is a great product.
Happy Monday!
xo Catherine

Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
7 years ago

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

Random Felines
7 years ago

what fun….

Mollie
7 years ago

Wow, what a fab trip..I’m drooling at the lunch and how cool to be able to take ya pets to work. 🙂 xx00xx

Hannah and Lucy
7 years ago

How wonderful that you were able to accompany your Dad to Purina Brian.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Old Kitty
Old Kitty
7 years ago

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

Laila and Minchie
7 years ago

What a great trip you and your dad had! Wouldn’t that be a great place to work!

easy rider
7 years ago

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?

Maggie
7 years ago

Sounds like you had a great time. Brian, you and your Dad certainly deserve the best!

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
7 years ago

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 ??!!

Connie
7 years ago

sounds like so much fun!!

Speedy Rabbit
7 years ago

looks like you had a lot of fun!

Zig et Zag
7 years ago

Hello Brian,

We’re pleased to see that you are checking the cooking !!
Bisous de Nantes
xxx

Oskar
7 years ago

Sounds like a great trip!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Sparkle
7 years ago

My human says that was an amazing trip! I can’t wait to hear more about the trip from your human’s perspective!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

Wow, that’s so cool!

jansfunnyfarm
7 years ago

Sounds like Flat Brian and your dad had an interesting time and some good food. Well, your dad had good food.

Colehaus Cats
7 years ago

Looks and sounds like it was a great time! Giant food bowl bed and on-site cats? Other employers need to take notice!

MaxtheQuiltCat
7 years ago

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

Emma and Buster
7 years ago

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.

Rumbles
7 years ago

Rumblemum needs a job at Purina so we can go too!

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101)

Loved this report and that Purina let’s employees bring pets to work! Btw, of the 16 bloggers how many were cats VS dogs?

Dash Kitten
Dash Kitten
7 years ago

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)

Chancy and Mumsy
7 years ago

Now that looks like a real fun trip sweet Brian. We love Purina food and have used it for way over 40 years. Thanks, for sharing this with us. Hugs and nose kisses

caren gittleman
7 years ago

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!

Cats of wildcat woods
7 years ago

Wow – a tour of Purina!!! Doesn’t get any better than that. We are so glad Jamie is going to a good home – will help pass the word for transporters.

CATachresis
7 years ago

Sleeping in a food bowl!!!! How cool is that!

Brian, we got something for you over at our blog 🙂

Sagira
7 years ago

Sounds like they sure did treat you well. 🙂

Abby
7 years ago

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

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

Tillie and Georgia
7 years ago

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

Savannah NanaMo
7 years ago

wow, so what did Dad really think about Purina and its pet food production????

Marilia
7 years ago

Great news Brian!
Have a nice week!

Noir the Texas Tabby
7 years ago

Wow–I can’t wait to hear about more of your trip! And to think you showed up in those photos…. 🙂

Noir

PS. Did you get some treats to bring home….?

Callie (a.k.a. Trouble)

It sounds like a great trip! Thanks for sharing it.

Oui Oui
7 years ago

That looks like a yummy trip! Some other bloggers were there, too. We hope you all had fun!

Glogirly & Katie
7 years ago

What an incredible opportunity and an amazing trip!!!
Ok….Glogirly and I are BOTH hungry now.
; ) Katie
,

Sweet Purrfections
7 years ago

Sounds like you had a great time with your dad (even if it was flat you!)

Fraidy Cats
7 years ago

sounds like a great trip, Brian! at one time, it was a dream of our mom’s to work for Purina. looking forward to part 2!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

IndulgedFurries
7 years ago

I want a pet food bowl lounger!

Penelope
7 years ago

Wow! Your Daddy is super special! Thanks for telling us!
Kisses
Nellie

Spitty the Kitty
7 years ago

That pizza-ish food looks Nommy to me! Now THAT’S the kind of trip I’d like to take. Who needs the ocean or the mountains or stoopy museums??

pat
pat
7 years ago

Now that looked like a fun and interesting trip! You got to go everywhere and see everything!

Cathy Keisha
7 years ago

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.