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  1. Brenda

    Congratulations on the Pet Owner of the Year Award! You richly deserve it.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Thank you!

  2. Liz

    Susan, what a lovely post! Thank you for sharing information about some of the people and groups attending the summit. Also, a big congratulations to a most deserving guardian and person as the recipient of Pet Owner of the Year!

  3. Pacific Sun

    Thank you for such an inspiring article, and congratulations to such a well deserved award. Of course TAPF Fans can’t think of more important recognition than being honored as “Pet Owner of the Year” …. Go Susan!!!!

  4. Wolf

    after two robberies at gunpoint in my store, I was dreading returning. I was fearful on the street, didn’t want to leave the house. Odin, my King Shepherd, now comes with me to the store when I work. He stays behind the counter with me, and hops up with his front paws to say hello to each and every person who comes in the store. He makes me feel safe, not alone.

    One time, a man came in to the store, stopped just inside the door when he saw Odin, and when I asked if I could help him, he looked confused, said he was just looking around, then turned and left quickly. Four days later, he robbed one of my employees – again at gunpoint. Odin saved me. Unfortunately, the person who was working during that robbery did not have her dogs with her – she raises German Shepherds.

    Odin has only growled twice in three years, both times at people he wanted away from me. I trust his judgement.

    He, like the dog in the article, wakes me from nightmares and then lies up against me, comforting me and making my bad dreams go far way.

    Because of him, I can leave the house, I can work at my store. I can sleep.

    He is my partner. My friend. My room-mate. Without him, my life would be compromised.

  5. Sandra Cole

    Oh congratulations, Susan! I’m so glad to hear that you won Pet Owner of the Year! Well deserved for all of the advocacy work you do for ALL of us, including our pets!! 🙂

  6. Kathy N-V

    Susan,
    Congratulations on your award of “Pet Owner of the Year” from the Urban Animal Summit. I can think of no better pet owner than you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the work you do so that we may all feed our four legged friends the best food possible.

  7. Susan Thixton Author

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words! It really was an honor – I was in tears.

  8. Pat P.

    Susan,
    Like others that have congratulated you for “Pet Owner of the Year” award, I, also, want to do the same. Your persistence and determination to educate the public and fight for fairness and the heath of our pets is greatly appreciated by everyone who knows anything you have done (except, of course, the pet food industry).

    You offer of so much and ask little in return. You are a rare gem.

  9. Anna MacNeil-Allcock

    Susan! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you at the Urban Animal Summit. You are correct, the attendees were mostly Canadian, but that is only because the Urban Animal Foundation was founded in Canada. It is our intention to stretch across North America and we are taking steps to make that happen. We are planning our first conference in the US for Spring 2015. Please keep watch and join us if you can. Let’s move this industry forward nationally, and eventually internationally!! An educated voice and forum for pets worldwide is the goal.

  10. Lori Dzingala

    Congratulations Susan you truly deserve this. You do so much for all of us and our furkids. Both you and Rodney deserve the awards

  11. Tammy Garrison

    Susan, are you aware of this website: http://www.catinfo.org/ You two agree on so many things, but I do wish the 2 of you could visit and compare some notes because at times you contradict each other, and I don’t know which way to go. I just want to do the best for my pets that I can afford to do.

    I have 2 problems with securing foods on your A-List. One won’t surprise you and that is the cost. I want to get the very best but I’m afraid I am just not going to be able to afford it.

    Second is that I live in Arkansas, and even though I live and work in the central Arkansas area, including Little Rock, the foods I can get off of your A-List are limited. For example, there is only 1 store in North Little Rock that carries Nature’s Logic – if I order it, but does not have any in stock. She may be the only pet food carrier outside of PetSmart, come to think about it, for any of the foods I asked her if she carried.

    I’ve got one I really need to get on a diet and she is a Kibble Queen. Is there a second-best set of options you might suggest if the A-List is beyond difficult to nearly impossible? And what about a lean brand for my “Garfield” kitty?

    Finally, I have a husband and 3 cats I am desperately trying to rehabilitate. Last night the Kibble Queen looked so disappointed in the snack option she was being offered, and he’s ready to jump off the wagon. He’s of the philosophy, “if some is good, more is better” and he can’t stand to see the cats hungry. They’re not hungry. They’re addicted to the wrong kinds of foods and he’s an enabler!

    Anyhow please visit the website, and maybe visit with the vet whose website it is. I think you may have a strong advocate for your cause and visa versa.

    Tammy

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I actually have spoken with Dr. Lisa Pierson of catinfo.org – I think she is great. I’ve tried to get her to attend AAFCO meetings – she could teach them a thing or two.

      1. Tammy Garrison

        I’m thinking of you as a dynamic duo. Together, you both have some real power behind you.

    2. Leannan

      Congratulations, Susan. When I went online, for the first time, after my first cat died because I fed him Wellness, you gave me the hope that, if I ever got another cat, I might be able to keep this one safe. I have 4 cats now … cats are so amazing. I would have missed so much.

      I save SO much money on cat food by buying on-line. So far I’ve only purchased items that don’t weigh much, Primal freeze-dried, and Stella and Chewy’s. I don’t know about shipping cost for cans, since I’d prefer they eat Primal.
      If you can special order 1 or 2 cans/bags (raw-freeze dried) from the store in North Little Rock, to see what they will eat, at least until you order a case, lol then you can be more economical when ordering online.

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