Thankful Thursday: Purina #BetterWithPets, FDNY, Hospitals and Friends



First let me say that we’re sorry for the not-so-good quality of the photos.  The only thing we really had available was our cell phone camera in often low light places.

Brian's Home.  Adopt cats, we deserve it!

As you can see, there was a last minute change in plans and Flat Brian did get to go to the Purina Better with Pets Summit in NYC.  Actually, there were lots of changes in plans this trip.

Let me say that the Summit, what we saw of it, was totally terrific and we want to give a special meow-out to Dan and William from Purina for such a wonderful event and for their concern for our Dad.  Okay, lots have posted about the Summit, so ours is a bit different.

The morning of the Summit, my Dad and a blogger pal Jaimie from boarded the shuttle bus at the hotel to head to the event.  We are not going to disclose too many details here, but let’s just say that Dad had a medical incident with resulted in a call to 911 and an ambulance showing up.  Dad was carted off to the NYU Hospital where he had all kinds of tests, lots and lots of tests.  Not to worry, he is okay now, but we will say it was not a whole lot of fun.  The FDNY EMTs were wonderful and very caring.

Brian's Home.  Adopt cats, we deserve it!
This is our Dad and our blogging pal Jaimie.  Jaimie went in the ambulance to the hospital with our Dad, even though it meant she missed the morning sessions of the Summit. Thank you so much Jaimie for being such a terrific friend and we appreciate you to no end!

In the afternoon we did get to see many of the Summit sessions and they were totally awesome and inspirational.  There were lots of bloggers that we knew there and it was so nice to see them again, even with some unusual circumstances.  We were delighted to finally meet up with Layla from and we wish we would have had more time to chat with her.

99999 Then we were thrilled to finally meet Hilary from and many of you know that she is Angel Alex’s Mom as well as Sister Gracie’s Mother-In-Law.  Flat Brian was so happy to get a Hilary Snuggle!

Brian's Home.  Adopt cats, we deserve it!
Dad and Hilary had such a fun time chatting and we are so happy that we all got to met such a wonderful lady and terrific author.

All in all it was a great even, just not quite what we envisioned when we left home.  But we are thankful for the Purina staff, blogging pals, Jaimie, Hilary and everyone else that help to make a weird day very special for us.

Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!


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Ann Staub
9 years ago

Well, that sounds a little scary! Glad your dad is OK now and that everything turned out OK. Looks like he had a nice time despite the emergency.

9 years ago

My human and I are so glad you are okay! We had no idea this had happened. And how awesome of Jaimie to accompany you – she is just a great person. My human is still sad she had to miss it.

Molly The Wally
9 years ago

Oh no poor daddy but glad everything was OK and he got to go and have a great time. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly.

9 years ago

Brian, your dad really gave us a fright! But nothing can hold him down! I can’t even begin to express how many emotions I felt when I saw him for the first time…. Over the years I never thought I’d get to meet him in real life. But man, am I glad that I did! He is even more amazing in person than he is online. A true friend and hero to many. I hated that the conference ended. I could have chatted with him and Jamie for hours!

Mr Puddy
9 years ago

Thanks COD ! Your dad is o.k.
And kudos to Jaimie ! She rock !

Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
9 years ago

Brian, I am very very grateful that your dad is alright! I can imagine how scary that had to have been for him and how wonderful that someone went with him to the hospital. Purrs and racers for his continued recovery,. xxoo

9 years ago

How scary to have that happen away from home! My Gramma has been having heart issues and has landed in the ER twice this month, so we have an inkling as to the scariness of it all. Hope you will be fine.

Bev Green
9 years ago

Brian we are so very relieved that dad is ok..what a fright! and what a lovely friend Jaimie is to be with your dad when he was in need…this proves that the world of blogging is full of beautiful and caring people and of course we include your dad..sending our purrs and hugs to dad and hoping all is well..Loves Fozziemum xxx

9 years ago

Gosh, that all sounds very scary. So sorry that Dad had such a scary time. Sure glad to hear that he is all right. And that he got to meet some nice people. You kitties better take care of that Dad. Have a great day.

9 years ago

We are so sorry that your Dad had a scary turn and thank goodness he is alright again and he was able to enjoy his time at Purina.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Caren Gittleman
9 years ago

Did you know that Jaimie is my BFF? I think you do!I met her at the first Purina event when they brought all of the bloggers there. When I heard what happened, at first I didn’t know who it was, when I heard it was you, I was terrified. I am so thankful that you are ok!!!! Had I been there you KNOW you would have had another buddy there with ya too!! I am BEYOND upset that I didn’t get to meet Hilary! UGH!!! Originally when Purina invited me, I thought I wasn’t permitted to go (contract) so I… Read more »

Sailor Edgar
9 years ago

I’m very sorry to hear that your Dad had something scary happen! If that was a first-time event, I hope he has a doctor investigate it thoroughly! Glad the rest of the Summit was fun!

Joan Ryan
Joan Ryan
9 years ago

Oh noes Brian, we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. That must have been pretty frightening. We are happy to hear he is okay and at least got to enjoy part of the event.
Hope all is well in the Brian household.
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

9 years ago

Oh! I´m happy about your Dad!!!!
He is ok, this is great!
Kisses and hugs!

Gin & Bailey
Gin & Bailey
9 years ago

Wow, what a scare Terry! But that sounds just like Jamie to support you the way she did! She is awesome & we love her….she’s a special friend to me & Bailey! Glad you’re okay though!!

Pat Hatt
9 years ago

That first part doesn’t sound pleasant at all. But glad everything is alright and you got to enjoy some fun later.

Oz the Terrier
9 years ago

Oh Brian, I am so sorry your dad had a medical emergency. I am glad that he is A-OK now! I bet he enjoyed the Summit…Ma got to meet Layla from Cat Wisdom 101 at the PetSafe summit. She is super nice! You better keep an extra watchful eye on dad, just in case….

9 years ago

Fico contente que seu papai está bem, e conseguiu aproveitar o passeio.

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
9 years ago

dood…glad yur dad iz doin aye oh kay; glad he had sum friendz ther two….hope all iz bak two normal…may bee HE shuld eat sum trout huh ♥ hope he had lots oh fun de rest oh de time; sounds tho like he did ! 🙂

Kitties Blue
9 years ago

When we first read at Cat Scouts that Dad Terry had some type of scary medical event while in NYC, we were so concerned and worried since we had no details. We are super glad that he is okay and did get to attend some of his event. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

9 years ago

I’m so sorry that this bad thing happened to your dad :o( It was great that Jamie is such a good friend, can you give her a hug from me please? I would like to talk with Layla about Merlin and the whole feline world too, bet she is a wonderful person!

9 years ago

Oh my goodness, that was scary indeed but we are so relieved to hear that your Dad is okay Brian! Glad to hear that he did get to meet some of his very special blogging friends that is wonderful. Purrs to your Dad, you and Zoe…

The OP Pack
The OP Pack
9 years ago

Yikes, that was not good. Bet everyone was quite worried about Dad. We hope things are all better now. Thank dogness for good blogging pals there to help!!!

Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Angel AbbyGrace
9 years ago

Oh me oh my Brian you Dad had more of an experience than he could ever have imagined! We are all glad he is OK!

madi and mom
9 years ago


9 years ago

Whew, Brian, we are so happy your dad is okay. What a way to spend a trip. Special thanks to Jamie to keeping watch over him and helping out. Get home safely – Brian’s dad and Jamie.

9 years ago

More excitement than you were planning on, obviously. Glad they let you back out after the tests.

Cathy Keisha
9 years ago

TW is sorry she didn’t get to see you but is glad that you’re OK. Looks like a fun Summit.

Laila and Minchie
9 years ago

How scary for your dad! Glad he had Jaime there for support. How excited he finally got to meet Hilary! We love Lucy and Mom loved her book!

Sometimes, Cats Herd You

OMC, Brian, that’s not the kind of adventure your Dad is supposed to have in the big city! We are glad he is OK, and it’s wonderful that he finally got to meet Hilary. It was so kind of Jaimie to stick by your Dad when he went in the ambulance. Blogging friends are the best!

Quill & Greyson
9 years ago

Oh my Cod your poor Dad! Glad he’s okay!

Deztinee High
9 years ago

OMC Brian weez so happy yous daddy be okay. and weez so sowwy dat hims had to go to da hospital in da first place. glad yous daddy got to hav fun and see so many furiends and fellow bloggers. and “flat Brian”? MOL Dat’s so cute.

Luv ya’


Georgia and Julie
9 years ago

We are so happy that your Dad had a good time and that the emergency was over after a while. Purrs for your Dad, that he has no more emergencies !
How cool to meet so many fellow bloggers too 🙂

Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

9 years ago

Brian, so happy to hear that dad Terry is okay –scary stuff. And, even a “flat Brian is a handsome Brian”. take care all

Sherri-Ellen T-D.
9 years ago

Yow da convenshun soundz like it waz grrreat xcept fer da Ambulance n Hospital..Mistur Terry we iz furry wurried….
Purrayin fer ya!
Lub Nylablue n Mum
Pee ess: Flat Brian iz bery kewl 😉

Pam & Oskar
Pam & Oskar
9 years ago

We are so grateful to hear that you are okay, what a scary experience. Jaime is an amazing woman and I’m so glad you had her to be there during that time.

Hugs & love,
Pam, Oskar & Olive

The Island Cats
9 years ago

Brian, we’re so glad your dad is okay. That musta been so scary! But thank cod he was well taken care of…and Jaimie was there to lend support. That was very nice of her.

9 years ago

First of all, we’re glad your dad is ok.
Sounds like you had a great time at the conference despite the little “detour”. We read that they also had a session or display about human shelters for victims escaping domestic violence that allowed the women to bring their pets. We thought that was very special and hope more shelters like that are available in the future.

9 years ago

Wow! We are really glad to hear your dad is OK!

Noodle and crew

Karen Jo
9 years ago

That must have been really scary. I’m so glad that Jaimie was there to help your Dad and that he is all right now. The conference sounds really interesting.

Ingrid King
9 years ago

I’m just so relieved that you’re okay. It was wonderful to get to see you!

Random Felines
9 years ago

holy smokes….we bet that was scary but were glad there were friends there to help your dad – and that he is ok and home safe. mom keeps hearing about this event and since we are purina cats keeps wondering who we have to bug 🙂 MOL

Golden Woofs: Sugar
9 years ago

So glad you were okay. I guess we missed you during the afternoon session. It was a great Summit. Golden Woofs

Savannah's Paw Tracks
9 years ago

well Mr Terry, you still managed to , ummm…ahhh…ya know…HAVE A GREAT TIME! even tho’ you had that teeny little melt down…*giggle*

Marty the Manx
9 years ago

OMC so sorry that your Dad had to go to hospital!!!! So glad that he is OK!!!!! Glad he got to meet Hilary too 🙂
Marty and Mom

Jan K
9 years ago

That’s very scary, but we’re glad that everything turned out OK and Dad still had a nice time afterwards.

Layla (cat wisdom 101)

Just saw this. been on a blog break. So relieved you’re okay. Wish we’d had more time to chat, it really passed in a blur with so much going on. (hugs)

9 years ago

I am sorry to hear you had a health scare, and sad to hear it happened during such a fun time for you. Many purrs for your continued recovery.

9 years ago

Glad your dad had such a fun time, and even MORE glad that he is okay. That sounds pretty scary!

Elvira, Sneakers and Daddy Kiril

Yo, Brian!

Great photos and trip report!

Please let Mr. Terry know that Daddy Kiril is so glad he is OK, and Sneakers and I send him lots of purrs and purrayers!

9 years ago

Good Lord Brian – your dad went to HOSPITAL??
So glad he’s ok now. What a scary time. I’m sure having flat=pack you with him helped a lot! *phew*
Great that he got to meet great pals at the conference in the afternoon though. :=o)
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