Meet Purina in St. Louis – Part One of Two

Welcome sign!

I was among 16 pet bloggers invited by Purina to a whirlwind event at their campus in St. Louis. Since I was unable to leave my duties in my own corporate offices, I sent my human in my place. They put her up at the Four Seasons Hotel (I think they forgot I wasn’t personally attending).

Coffee, tea - or me?

The Purina humans took awesome care of all the bloggers (and my assistant). There were digitized screens all over the offices with our blog headers and Twitter handles!

Rocki, in a rare angelic moment.

On the first day, they introduced the bloggers (and my assistant) to the company and explained its origins, beginning with William Danforth. They also introduced them to the resident cats, Rocki and Ava. These two were a little diva-ish.

She was MEAN to flat Skeezix!

Rocki pretended she was pleased to meet flat Skeezix, but then she pushed him off the table! Can you believe it?

She made the humans crawl under the table to take photos.

Ava sat in a chair under a table and when she had to pose with bloggers, she made airplane ears. Maybe they were having temper tantrums because they found out I was not attending.

Personally, I would have preferred REAL cat food!

After hearing about the company, their many, many welfare projects, and how they do their food research (the cats are treated and live like royalty, there is no invasive research or euthanizing pets, and the company only supports scientists who are equally humane), everyone got to have lunch at the Purina Culinary Center. All the food was based on pet food! Above is a tuna and aged cheddar sformato based on a Friskies flavor. The funny thing is that the chef, Amanda Hassner, used to work for the Lean Cuisine brand — and my human eats their food all the time!

I say stand tall and catch Da Bird!

After lunch, all the bloggers (and my assistant) took a walk around the campus. It was like a park! It even had a dog park. I’m surprised they did not have a cat hotel.

I'm surprised the humans don't play hooky and hang out there all day

They did have a lake and a waterfall.

Don't they look delicious?

And the lake was full of big, yummy-looking cod! Humans could feed them, and if they did, the fish went nuts! Look at them with their mouths open, waiting for food to fall. If I had been there, I would have been waiting for one of them to jump in my mouth! Even if they were nearly as big as me.

The Fancy Feast table

After that, the bloggers (and my assistant) were taken to a big meeting room set up like an exhibition hall with all the pet brands represented!

The Purina One people confess that we are wild, untamed creatures!

At the Purina One table, my human got a huge backpack with an umbrella in it.

I like the boxes - I bet they are fun to play in!

The Friskies humans were giving away bowls.

I hope someone I know wins this!

By the way, there is still time to enter The Friskies video awards — the deadline is October 12!

My human took one back to the hotel and had it for breakfast the day she left.

There were even cupcakes! They even had cupcakes that were orange kitties, like me. The Purina humans must have been really disappointed I sent my human in my place!

Just wait ’til tomorrow, when I tell you about the second day, when everyone went to Purina Farms — there were trained kitties!

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