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Purina “Meet the Real Me” Adoption & Shelter Pet Event Showcases Adoptables

Posted on November 20th, 2015

Local Pet Shelters Team up with Purina to Change Perceptions of Shelter Pets

Company, area shelters work together to showcase personality of shelter pets and increase pet adoptions through “Meet the Real Me” Campaign

Get this…

As a result of common public misperceptions regarding the health, behavior and age of shelter pets, currently only 27 percent of household pets nationwide (and 40 percent locally) come from shelters.

PurinaTo address this issue, Nestlé Purina and local pet shelters recently worked together to make sure people in the St. Louis region got to know shelter pets as they really are – friendly, attractive and wonderful lifelong companions.

“All too often, the misperception about shelter pets can result in these pets not being adopted,” said Libby Davidson, marketing associate, Purina Pet Welfare Team. “The ‘Meet the Real Me’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of the happy and healthy pets that live in our local shelters and increase pet adoption in the St. Louis area.”

Earlier this Fall and through last week, Purina reprised its uber-successful “Meet the Real Me” campaign to challengMeet the Real Me Banner 1e the horrible misperceptions of shelter pets. Purina’s “Meet the Real Me” program included a multimedia advertising campaign – including billboards located around the St. Louis area – featuring a series of photos that showcase the beauty and personality of shelter pets. The featured animals are currently in – or were recently adopted from – local shelter organizations. New this year, Purina also partnered with several local pet shelters to host a single-day adoption event in mid-October. The event, which was a rousing success, showcased shelter organizations and adoptable pets in the St. Louis community.

In 2014, Purina provided its shelter partners with “Meet the Real Me” tools, including a set of photography guidelines and tips, downloadable posters and a computer monitor frame to help shelters and rescue organizations take photos that present their pets in a more positive way. These photography kits gave shelters the valuable tools they needed to showcase the true personalities of their shelter pets and increase chances for adoption. In fact, several of the photos featured in this year’s campaign were taken by shelter staff using Purina’s photography tools.

During last year’s “Meet the Real Me” digital advertising campaign, – an online pet adoption website – saw a 27-percent increase in web traffic in the St. Louis area!Meet the Real Me banner II

“After we began using the ‘Meet the Real Me’ photography tools, we saw an immediate increase in our pet pictures being shared,” said Steve Kaufman, executive director of the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. “We have maintained that higher level of shares consistently, and overall our adoptions are way up from last year.”
“A great photo of a shelter pet helps a person better understand a pet’s personality and beauty,” said Davidson. “These photos begin to tell a story that often concludes with these pets finding a new home.”

For the rest of the year, pet owners are encouraged to share photos they’re adopted pets on social media, using the hashtag #considerashelterpet.

For more information about the “Meet the Real Me” campaign or to find adoptable pets in your area, visit

*All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care, and the Administrator received compensaton. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

YOU Can Help Give Back to Pets and Their Vets (Veterans that is…)!

Posted on November 14th, 2015

Online Trivia Questions Trigger Donations at

Purina Partners with Non-Profit Dogs on Deployment to Help Military Community Enjoy Lifelong Pet Ownership

What if you could answer a few fun trivia questions and then consider it a day’s work (in terms of donating to charity anyhow)?

Well you can! It’s so cool!

At, there is the most paw-some movement happening. I can’t just call it a campaign or a “thing” because it’s a movement. ..An attempt to bring military families closer to their pets… An effort to keep our furry friends safe while their Moms and Dads are deployed. It’s pretty darn special.

Dogs on Deployment Partners with Purina

The equally special folks at Purina® have partnered up with the noble non-profit Dogs on Deployment this Thanksgiving season to ensure troops and vets continue to receive needed assistance: now through Wednesday, November 18th, you can simply visit the site and answer fun trivia questions to trigger 25¢ donations for every correct answer. Purina will donate up to (up to) $40,000* to Dogs on Deployment when all is said and done!

Dogs on Deployment is unique, a foundation that’s dedicated, respected and wide-reaching. According to the group’s website, Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, lifelong pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. Dogs on Deployment aids pets of all types that belong to active duty, reservists, guard, honorably discharged veterans and their families.

Purina Pure Love for Pets & Dogs on DeploymentThe Pure Love for Pets website from Purina is informative and purposeful about the perfect pairing. Accompanied by a heart-wrenchingly sweet reunion gallery section, the site also features a coupon section and a mass of information, including details on how to donate and more information on getting involved in the movement, for example by fostering or boarding with Dod, which has branches near all major military bases in the US.

And with fun and light-hearted trivia questions like, “It’s raining:  a. puppies and kittens b. cats and dogs c. cats and kittens d. puppies and dogs,” and,” What have you done if you let the cat out of the bag? a. revealed a secret b. bought a cat c. saved a cat d. set a cat free,” the trivia game is an inventive way to promote general animal welfare awareness and pet fun facts. Participants can answer five questions a day through this Wednesday, Nov. 18th to help raise the committed amount ($40,000) and help all those awesome military heroes and their precious pets!

So head over to and click on the Trivia link now! It’s a rewarding few minutes and I just bet you’ll find something interesting about Dogs on Deployment to read or watch and share with friends!

Check out Dogs on Deployment on Facebook; follow Purina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details.

*Ending at 3:00 p.m. EST on 11/18/15, or when the maximum aggregate donation of $40,000 is reached, whichever comes first, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (“Purina”) will donate $0.25 to Dogs on Deployment for every correct trivia question answer on Limit 5 questions per person/e-mail address, per day. Valid in the 50 U.S. and D.C. Must be 18+. Void where prohibited. 

**All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care, and the Administrator received compensation. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

Avoid a Terrifying Halloween Searching for a Lost Pet

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Help pets prepare for trick-or-treating, scary decorations and sounds

Halloween is a holiday that is meant to be spooky and cause a fright. People can quickly recover after their hearts fall out of their chests when a haunted house or startling decoration terrifies them. But, the same is not true for the family pet. During trick-or-treating, a costume as innocent as a fairy princess or super hero can cause a dog or cat to bolt from the house.

One in three pets will get lost at some point in their life according to a study by Intervet Inc. And, without proper ID, the same study found that 90% of lost pets never return home. Unfortunately, only 33% of pet owners report that their pets have a tag on all the times (Preventive Veterinary Medicine 101.3 (2011): 265-269).

As Halloween approaches it is important for pet owners to prepare dogs and cats for surprises. Just like house training or learning to come when called, pets need their owners to teach them how to properly react when startled. It is also important to take preventative steps to help pets from stressing and block potential runaways. These simple tips can help:

Put Décor on the Floor – Before you hang any skeletons or ghosts, put your Halloween decorations on the floor and let your pet smell them. Have your dog or cat in the room with you while you decorate, or on a leash outside, so your pet can watch what you are doing. If they see the decorations going up, they will be less likely to be startled by them in the days to come.

Muffle Spooky Noises – If you know that your dog or cat goes wild when someone knocks or the doorbell rings, get ahead of the situation. Disconnect your doorbell and put a sign on the door asking people not to knock. While home, stay outside to hand out your candy. If you are leaving to trick-or-treat leave a bowl of candy on a table outside the door.

Prepare Your Pet’s Lair – Before trick-or-treating begins or inviting friends over for a Halloween bash, put your pet’s bed in a room you can easily block off from the rest of the house. A special treat or new toy can work wonders at keeping your pet distracted from the chaos of the celebration as well.

Start the Celebration Early – Hold a dress rehearsal for Halloween and have your family put on their costumes, one at a time so your pet isn’t overwhelmed. Spend the night at home dressed up and doing normal activities so your pet becomes accustomed to seeing people in odd outfits wearing masks and other common costume gear.

Dress Up Your Pets – Your pet doesn’t need to have its own costume. But you can dress up collars and should make sure that all of the identification information on your pet’s tags is up-to-date. Use a LINKS-IT to securely attach tags to the collar and consider a skeleton head or jack-o-lantern Pawdentify tag to add some festive flair. Halloween and fall-themed Pawdentify tags with color coordinated LINKS-IT connectors can be found at

Dogs and Data – Protecting your Valuable Electronics

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Having a dog is a wonderful experience, one that forges bonds between owner and pooch. Dogs bring a great deal of excitement into our lives, and sometimes they can go overboard with enthusiasm. That enthusiasm can sometimes mean an accident, where the dog runs into something such a lamp or table. Sometimes a rambunctious dog can break something more on pc

When your dog ruins your electronics such as a laptop or pile of SD cards, it can quickly change from “man’s best friend” to “temporary public enemy number one.” Thankfully there are some proactive steps you can take to protect your data from your furry friend, and you have options to retrieve data from damaged devices.

Fido can damage computer electronics and storage devices in a number of frustrating ways:

  • Dogs (especially puppies) do like to chew. Whether it’s an external hard drive, or an SD card that you touched after eating a ham sandwich, pups are prone to chewing. Be sure all of your storage media are stored either up high (out of hind leg extended reach) or in a locked cabinet. You also want to be sure your dog has rawhides or other chewing alternatives.
  • Keep liquids away from your desk in order to avoid accidental spills. Some bigger dogs can knock over a coffee cup with just a wagging tail. Or they might crash into your desk while racing towards the door to bark at the mail carrier, BOL!

Your pooch mangled your data, now what can you do?

  • If your dog chewed on your storage data device, then retrieving it can be difficult, even for an expert recovery service. Don’t try to use a damaged device as this might further corrupt files or cause a serious malfunction. Contact a reputable recovery firm that has the right tools and software to pull data from even the most mangled equipment.
  • A hard drive dropped in a water dish or a laptop doused in a spilled soda do not need to be send to the trash bin. You again don’t want to turn on the device, or try to drive it off manually, but instead leave it powered off and find a trusted recovery firm to help you. Some breeds that are known for prodigious slobbering can also wreck equipment, especially compact flash memory cards which are quite fragile.
  • If a damaged memory card needs to be repaired, then choose a recovery tool such as SanDisk’s RescuePRO™, which can pull data from any type of card. These SD cards hold a tremendous amount of data (likely including thousands of dog photos and videos), so be sure you avoid free recovery services that make big promises but can’t deliver results.

Be proactive with protecting your data!

  • By storing your precious files in the cloud, you keep them away from in-home accidents and the misdeeds of your lovable pooch. Cloud services are quite cheap, so take full advantage of them to give yourself a virtual backup of your files.
  • Organize your external devices properly to ensure you are fully covered with backups and your equipment is kept out of those dirty little paws. Set aside a designated and secure spot for SD cards and hard drives to reduce the chance of accidents from even the most inquisitive dogs. Storage is inexpensive, so always look to buy multiple drives or cards to introduce instant redundancy and give you peace of mind.


Article courtesy David Zimmerman of LC Technology International, Inc. (, a global leader in data recovery, file system utilities and data security technology. Zimmerman has been in the hardware/software industry for over 30 years, specifically in the data recovery software market for 18 years. His experience in the market has made him uniquely familiar with the data recovery business.

How to Choose the Best Pet Insurance; What Do I Need to Properly Cover My Cat or Dog?

Posted on October 28th, 2015

With the many pet health insurance plans out there, it can be confusing to figure out the best, most affordable plan for your furry family members. Whether you own a 7-week-old kitten or a 10-year-old dog, the coverage options below will fit the health care needs of your pets at any stage of their lives.

Which Statement Best Describes Your Pet?

  1. I Have a Young Dog or Cat (1-3 years old)

Insure pets when they are young, before any health issues arise. Companies such as Pets Best cover puppies and kittens as young as 7 weeks old. The best option for young pets is an Accident and Illness Plan. Playful puppies and kittens tend to be mischievous and can swallow harmful items, injure their paws or break a leg. Comprehensive Accident and Illness Plans cover unexpected injuries, illnesses, emergency care, surgery and hospitalization.

With young pets, you’ll also want to have a Wellness/Routine Care Plan. By adding wellness coverage to an Accident and Illness Plan, you’re able to stay on top of your pet’s preventative care. Wellness plans cover items such as annual exams, vaccinations, dental cleanings and spaying/neutering. A wellness plan is a cost-effective way to budget for routine medical expenses, as well as catch life-threatening illnesses early on or before they happen.

  1. I Have an Adult Pet

For adult pets, look into Accident and Illness Plans. As mentioned above, these plans cover unexpected injuries and illnesses, including cancer. Dogs and cats – regardless of their age, breed and activity level – can still become sick, so it makes sense to cover both accidents and illness.

Similar to young pets, you should insure adult pets as soon as possible. This is because providers do not cover pre-existing conditions, so you’ll need your coverage to be in effect before issues arise for them to be covered. However, Pets Best is unique in that the agency covers some health conditions that can be considered cured.

An Accident and Illness Plan is your best choice so that you’re prepared for any health issues that come up in the future. Even if your pet has a pre-existing condition, you should consider an accident and illness plan so that you have coverage for any new health problems that can happen.

Additionally, you may want to add a Wellness/Routine Care Plan. Wellness plans cover items like vaccinations, dental cleanings and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives. Routine and preventative care is important in helping catch illnesses early on or before they happen.

  1. I Have a Senior Pet

Since many senior pets have pre-existing conditions, you may decide your best option is an Accident Only Plan. An Accident Only Plan covers injuries so that emergencies such as broken bones, swallowing objects, strains and lacerations are covered.

An Accident and Illness Plan is also a good option for senior pets if they don’t have pre-existing conditions, since this plan includes more comprehensive coverage.

  1. I’d Like Coverage for Peace of Mind, But My Budget is Tight

If your finances are limited, you should consider the budget-friendly Accident Only Plan. Another way to reduce pet insurance plan premiums is to choose a high deductible and low reimbursement plan. You can do this for the Accident Only Plan as well as for the Accident and Illness Plan. Also, when insuring more than one pet, Pets Best offers a multiple-pet discount.

  1. Injuries are My Main Concern

If you are only worried about injuries, buy an Accident Only Plan – especially if you have an active pet. For example, if you like to run, hike or hunt with your dog, or if you have a working dog such as a police dog or rescue dog, your pet may be at a higher risk for injury. Also, certain breeds such as Labradors tend to be more playful and energetic, which makes them prone to injury.

Whichever pet health insurance plan you consider, you should read the policy to ensure you understand what’s covered and what’s not covered in your pet’s plan.

To learn more about each of the three plans listed above, here are additional resources:

-Learn more about the Accident and Illness Plans.

-Learn more about the Accident Only Plan.

-Learn more about the Wellness/Routine Care Plan.

For more information about Pets Best, visit