Last week, Sugar and I the Golden Woofs team were invited along with other 10 bloggers and pet professionals to attend the 3rd PetSafe Paw Print Blogger Summit in Knoxville TN.
The goal of the summit is to learn more about PetSafe, as a company, products and role in the pet industry.
PetSafe provided us swanky accommodation. In our room, we were welcomed with a bag of goodies and a drinking fountain. The summit started with a sunset dinner at Lakeside Tavern together with fun pet conversations. Among the attendees were the PetSafe Summit team, Jason Hart, Jim Tedford, Jessica and Jessie.
Day 2 started with bus ride to PetSafe headquarters office which encompasses PetSafe Village, 24 hour boarding facility, and PetSafe Dog Park. Our morning started with an introduction breakfast and a tour of PetSafe with Jason Hart.
We also learned more about PetSafe latest products. We’ve reviewed many PetSafe products and have been a long time consumer of PetSafe’s Premier pet products. Sugar’s wears an all cotton harness inspired by Premier Easy Walk Dog Harness. It’s not the typical nylon material as Sugar developed a skin allergy. Both Sugar and Rocco were bonkers for the Indigo treats.
It was an honor to meet and have lunch with Randy Boyd, Founder and CEO of Radio System Corporation which consist of PetSafe, Invisible Fence and Sport Dog. Mr. Boyd was very humble in sharing his beginning and success. Mr. Boyd provided great insights on PetSafe’s Mission “to build the most trusted pet brands.” and PetSafe’s Values which spell “The Will” where in T stands for try – “The only failure is failure try.”
The highlight of Day 2 afternoon was visiting the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Veterinary MedicineWe met Dr. Julie Albright, PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Behavoral research. We also toured the enormous college.PetSafe help fund the case studies of Dr. Julie Albright and some of the school’s equipment. We had an opportunity to visit the Equine Performance & Rehabilitation Center and got to meet a horse named Cheese. Day 2 ended at the Icon Ultra Lounge where we had a dinner and a bird’s eye view of beautiful Knoxville valley.
It was exciting to start Day 3 at the Scripps Networks Interactive, home of HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network and others. PetSafe has partnered with Scripps in promoting PetSafe products in their Smart Home projects. They recently featured the PetSafe Passport Pet Access Smart System in their 2014 Smart Home. Golden Thanks to Scripps for the awesome tour and gift.
Back to PetSafe headquarters, we had an opportunity to learn more about the safety use of e-collars for training from Robin MacFarlane, owner and training director at That’s My Dog. On a future post, we will discuss more about e-collars.
Wonderful to meet Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare, and discussed in depth PetSafe’s involvement in the community. PetSafe does a lot and its incredible. Jim Tedford’s love for animals and passion to help, reflects in PetSafe’s philanthropy. We will talk about this more as PetSafe recently contributed to Sugar’s therapy group association.
The PetSafe’s Blogger Summit concluded at Betsy House with a cowboy BBQ dinner, bonfire and a private concert by Jay Clark.
PetSafe is a happy place to work. It is very pet friendly. Randy Boyd, PetSafe Founder & CEO, sits in a cubicle just like everyone else. He moves desks each year to sit with different people in different departments. Other executives also sit in an open cubicle.
Both Sugar and Rocco enjoyed a short play at PetSafe Dog Park. It was interrupted by wet ground and un-scooped poop. Since the park is utilized by the public too (not just employees), many are being irresponsible dog owners and not picking up after their dog 🙁
PAWsome time at the 3rd PetSafe Blogger Summit. Lots of Golden Thanks PetSafe for providing our transportation, accommodation and meals.
We invite you to check out PetSafe, their products, community outreach, animal behavior studies and their blog too.