Monday, October 14, 2013

PetSafe 2013 Paw Print Blogger Summit


Welcome Bloggers!

Last week, I was away in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee courtesy of the wonderful folks at PetSafe! They generously invited me and eleven other pet bloggers from across the country to visit their headquarters, meet their team, and learn more about their innovative products.



Arriving at the Knoxville airport. We're definitely not in NJ anymore!

While the company is better known for their fido friendly items -- including the Invisible Fence -- on the kitty side, you might be familiar with their beautiful Drinkwell fountains, FroliCat interactive and laser toys, and Feline Lickety Stik treats.


We got to check out the colorful new line of ceramic porcelain Avalon and Pagoda fountains.


This kitty really loves her Come With Me Kitty Harness and Bungee Leash!


A selection of FroliCat interactive and laser toys, including the BOLTDART DUO, and POUNCE.

Pets were also invited to attend the summit, and although my kitties weren't exactly up for the trip, I was excited to spend some quality time with famous dog bloggers like Preston, Pepper, and Tides!


Preston the Westie from Preston Speaks.


Pepper Pomeranian from Pepper's Paws.


Tides the Basset Hound from Dogs for the Paws.

In addition to visiting PetSafe HQ, we also got a tour of Scripps Networks Interactive (home of HGTV, Food Network, and DIY Network, among others). PetSafe has teamed up with the networks for projects such as DIY's Blog Cabin giveaway.


Scripps Networks Interactive


Studio space at Scripps.

Another highlight of the trip was a tour of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. It was inspiring to hear the lengths the hospital staff goes to help all creatures, great and small. I was amazed to see everything from a small pet therapy pool, to a horse in the ICU, and a llama in a cast!


Pet therapy pool at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Notice the tiny life vests on the wall!


This llama is on the road to recovery thanks to the caring staff at UTCVM!


How to tell if you have an overweight tiger.

The PetSafe team showed us an incredible amount of southern hospitality, which culminated with a memorable BBQ and bluegrass concert under the stars. Musician Jay Clark invited us to his home for a phenomenal evening of food, music, and an authentic look at Eastern TN, that I felt so lucky to be a part of!


We spent Friday night down in the holler enjoying an amazing bluegrass concert and BBQ!


Paying my respects at the pet cemetery on the Clark's property (Image courtesy of @PetsWeekly).

My first trip to Tennessee was truly a unique experience, and one that I will never forget. Thank you again to everyone at PetSafe for inviting me to take part in such a fantastic event!

Disclosure: PetSafe covered my expenses associated with this trip, but all thoughts, opinions, and llama in a cast photos contained in this post are my own.


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You were just outside of my town your whole trip! Glad to see you had a good time here in Tennessee. =)

In regards to the products you got to see: I just got a cat fountain for Syd and Blue (who won the Snoop Catty Catt Lady Cat bow a while back! =P) and they LOVE IT. I seriously stood in Pet Supplies Plus for about 30 minutes debating between the various fountains before settling on one of the Drinkwell versions. Very good decision. After an hour of giving the fountain a weird look (the very very quiet motor apparently freaked them out like no tomorrow) and carefully sniffing it, both girls realized it was just like the sink, only they didn't have to pester us to get the water turned on!

Kjelle Bus said...

Looks like you had a grrreat time at the Paw Print Blogger Summit :)

Sparkle said...

My human met Pepper and Pepper's human at BarkWorld in August and had a lot of fun chatting with them! That looks like an awesome trip.

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