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The #BetterWithPets summit was held at the Skylight Modern venue in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The event included an impressive list of presenters. In this post I will provide a synopsis of what was discussed, and in a series of posts that follow I will include my notes, photos, and some video of the presentations.
Full professional videos will be available in the near future, and I will embed those within the posts as soon as they are available. So if something does capture your interest, bookmark the page so you can check back for the full presentation.
Introducing the BetterWithPets Summit – what it’s all about
The summit is looking into the future of pets living as part of a family. This includes how great living with pets can be made with innovations, science, and shifting thoughts of pets as the family – let’s look at ways we can live happier together. Life is better with pets in so many ways.
This summit is to explore the human/animal bond. Speakers include a rocket scientist to a 14-year-old lady who is an inventor.
Brooke Martin and the icPooch
The first session of the day was from inventor, 14-year-old Brooke Martin. She had an innovative idea to create a device that would help with Separation Anxiety and bring her and her dog closer together when she was away from the home.
The icPooch is a two-way video connection between you and your dog, with the ability to deliver a treat to your dog. The device is in production, too! Brooke was an amazing, confident speaker and I can’t wait to give you all the details about her device and its background.
Will Braden and Scott Stulen talk about cats and art
I was so excited to hear from these guys. First of all, I am a huge Henri Le Chat Noir fan. I also learnt about CatVidFest when it was in Oakland recently and was very bummed I couldn’t attend. These two spoke about bringing the online offline into a community driven experience. It was fascinating to hear the reasons behind their events, and it was also wonderful to watch a special Henri video too. I captured it on video, too, so you could have early access.
The end of life and importance of our pets: Dr. Ed Creagan
A fascinating look into how pets affect our final moments, and how meaningful they can be at this final stage. They can be the catalyst for creating connections that have been broken. Not only that, Dr. Creagan discusses the importance for medical professionals to recognize pets in the total health care package.
A special guest appearance by @catsofinstagram and @dogsofinstagram
That’s right, the people behind these two huge accounts were on stage with the cat and dog behind the scenes.
Stan Marks, Bean, and a revolutionary surgery to save a life
Dr. Stan Marks spoke about his work with Bean, who had Muscular dystrophy, a progressive disorder that did not allow her to swallow, eat or function correctly. Bean had a stoma, an opening in the neck, to help return to a normal life. Dr. Stan Marks discusses this work, why it was done, and the effect it had on Bean’s life. What was particularly interesting in this discussion is how a stoma affects the regulation of a dog’s body temperature. Check back to learn how they worked around this issue.
Janet Jackson and reversing cognitive decline in pets
Learn about MCTs, medium chain triglycerides, and how they can work to reverse some of the symptoms of cognitive decline in senior pets. It can help humans too!
Victoria Stilwell and the use of force-free positive training with dogs – AND an exclusive interview!
A topic that is near and dear to this blog, no question. Victoria’s insightful presentation discusses why it is so important to keep all of our interactions with dogs free of pain, fear, and intimidation. She also discusses how science supports this way of working with dogs. I love some of the analogies and examples she provides in this presentation. Here’s one short snippet:
And an exciting announcement – I have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes interview with Victoria that will be featured here on DOGthusiast: for dog enthusiasts! So make sure you subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss it!
Rita Garza on reinventing shelters for humans and pets
It’s incredibly difficult to hear about the choices some battered families have to make: between their own personal safety, and their family. And how many people stay in an abusive relationship because they will not leave their pets behind. Rita Garza spoke about an amazing program she developed in New York to open shelters to entire families – ones that include pets.
Lisa Spector, Joshua Leeds and the iCalmDog
An absolutely amazing presentation that spoke about using auditory and visual cues to address behavior problems in fearful and anxious animals. Not only this, it was demonstrated during the presentation itself. What particularly resonated with me was how calm I felt hearing Lisa play during the presentation, and Joshua speak. It was beautiful. Here is one small snippet of video:
And there will be more when I write about it further.
Mark Deadrick meets TurboRoo for the first time (and discusses how he used 3D modeling to help out the two-legged Chihuahua)
So much fun during this presentation, indeed! Mark spoke about how he used the 3D printer, Makerbot, to print out a cart he could add wheels to and help Turbo get around on two legs efficiently for the first time. Of course, it was great to actually meet Turbo, and watch his reaction to a wheelchair.
Kurt Venator speaks about the changes in veterinary care and its impact
The past few decades have resulted in an amazing change in the way we care for pets, but also how they live with us as part of a family. From having a role in our lives that met a specific, utilitarian need, to having a role in our lives that is more about emotional support and love. Kurt delivered an interesting presentation I can’t wait to discuss more.