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  1. Valerie Noyes

    I can’t wait. This is so exciting! Finally tests I can believe. Be careful Susan, lock your doors and keep your eyes wide open. I suspect there will be some very upset big pet food execs out there.

  2. Sheila

    Great news! Can’t wait for the results. Thank you for all you have done to get this accomplished!

  3. Vicki

    This is Wonderful news! I’m very excited for ALL pet owners in the USA and abroad! Thank you , Thank you for all that you and the good doctors have done for US!

    For all the loss and sorrow, for all the “unknowns” for all the desperately answer seeking owners, for all, everywhere! You’ve done it! Congratulations, I wait on “pins and needles” God Bless You!

  4. Ian

    I actually hope everything comes back clean and there are no unpleasant surprises ….. beyond what we already know about high-profit-margin pet foods manufactured from what are essentially garbage wastes, then sprayed with addictive flavorings to get pets to actually eat it ….

  5. Ian

    going forward it would be nice to know what it would cost to test EVERY pet food reviewed at petsumer report (one at a time of course) ….. maybe as part of the Pledge, manufacturers would be willing to foot the bill for your independent test of their product ? I can dream can’t I ?

  6. Laura

    Make sure you make backups of backups of backups of this data, in numerous places/mediums. I think I remember reading somewhere a long while ago that you had to switch to because was hacked or something. If that was the case, then I imagine you can expect more website attacks and maybe even threatening phone calls. Stay safe!

  7. Madeleine

    What a heroic challenge you’ve undertaken. I’m sure this will be most valuable to those of us who adore our animals to distraction and only want the best for them. I also hope in some way this assists in trying to avoid some of the illnesses that plague our little ones. I for one hope it brings some light to Feline Chronic Renal Failure from which half my kits have died. I am somewhat convinced it is something either in the food or in the can lining. Of course, I’m not a veterinarian or a scientist, but neither was my grandmother when she diagnosed most of my childhood diseases on the first symptom. Thank you, Susan, for your efforts on behalf of our most valuable possessions.

    1. in memory of Timmy

      Sometimes it is not what is in a food but what is lacking that is the cause of renal failure (or any other illness).

      1. Madeleine

        You make a valid point. I still believe that CRF is a result of commercial cat food whether it be what they put into it (like Carageenan perhaps) or what they don’t and I also suspect the toxicity of the can linings. My vet tried to convince me that my cats who suffered and eventually died of CRF, all of which were 16 years and older, died of that disease because of age; that the kidneys give out after at time. I must say I find this reason without logic. But again, I’m not a vet or a scientist. But it seems if age has to do with half my cats dying from CRF, why didn’t the other half, all of which were over 15, die of the same. They died of various causes like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cancer, etc. and their kidneys were functioning well. I don’t know. I’m grasping for answers.

    2. Audrey

      If you were feeding dry food to your cats, that was the cause. There is a link between chronic kidney disease and dry food. Cats are designed to get all of their moisture from their food. Since dry food does not have a lot of moisture, most cats that eat it are in a constant state of dehydration (which can lead to UTIs, kidney disease, etc.).

  8. Cathy

    We’ll just have to be patient but I’ll be checking every few minutes until we get some news.

  9. Bonnie

    Susan…you might want to check to make sure your statement will hold up in court…..The results of these tests are the sole property of Susan T and and are not to be use by any unauthorized person, person, corporations, blah..( need legal jargon for this)…. for profit or non profit or whatever….I think you need a legal disclosure…I am not an attorney… must have one among this group

    1. Regina

      Susan, Bonnie makes an excellent point, one that I was going to bring up to you.

      Your comment about the results being “just for consumers” is all well and good, but you should really have something explicit about the results NOT being used by anyone for anything other than their own “use at home for their own pets”

      We all see those ads for movies where there is a quote from some reviewer. The quote raves about something really great, even though the reviewer didn’t like the movie. The quote basically has taken several words that the reviewer used, even if they say the movie is crap and not worth seeing, but as long as the folks marketing the movie can use actual words from the reviewer, they cannot be called out for being misleading. Really???

      You should have someone help you come up with an iron-clad statement to be put on every page, even if it’s just a header or footer in a slightly smaller text if need be, that will make it certain that these results that YOU yourself (along with your supporters) have produced are for the end-use consumer only, and cannot be copied, excerpted, paraphrased, whatever, by any commercial entity for any purpose at all.

      If there’s a lawyer that you can tap for assistance with this, I would do this BEFORE the results are released. I’d hate for some entity to get a hold of the results prior to you having an iron-clad statement on it.

      We already know those money-hungry, profit-only-driven, pet feed sellers cannot be trusted. We need to be sure they are not able to co-opt your hard work for their own agendas.

      1. Bonnie

        Thank you Regina…you added what I missed…

  10. Anita Holt

    This is great news. However, I am worried that one of the big companies will hack your site again. I hope this does not happen to you.

  11. Kent Petersime

    You are absolutely the Greatest person to come along that loves pets so much you are willing to put everything on the line for them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. One day I really want to meet you so I can thank you in person. Next time I get to Florida I’ll try to give you a call to meet you.

  12. Dianne

    mirror sites and widely disseminated copies are one way to deal with this. Make sure one backup at least never has direct connection to the internet, and by the way, those drives we all use for backups like mybook and similar are not generally set up correctly and it is very easy for someone out in the wild, wild net to access them and get a hold of all your backed up data and could potentially change it.

    Before letting out the information, I would send it to some very trusted friends and have them make disk copies that can be stored away from potential hacks. Thumb drives are potential security risks as well.

    Do you have to be an association member to see all the results?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      No you do not have to be an Association member to see results. The results will be available to all pet food consumers.

  13. Michael

    *FABULOUS* Just fabulous Susan. This is huge. Can’t wait.

  14. Boyhous

    THIS IS GREAT NEWS. Thank you for all that you do Susan. I wish our world had a lot more people like you.

  15. Jackie Dornhoefer

    Thank you for doing this!

  16. Terri Janson

    WOW!! This is great news! Thanks Susan!

  17. Sandra Cole

    Firstly, thank you so very much for undertaking this important task! Although I understand completely why you’ve started testing with dry foods and canned foods as well as have limited the initial test to 12 products, I’m curious… Will the testing be expanded sometime in the future? Specifically, even though the first 12 brands were chosen at random, could there be another round of testing for say 12 more brands also chosen at random, excluding the first 12 tested?

    Furthermore, could/would this get expanded to include commercially available frozen raw products, too?

  18. Cute Pets

    Something to look forward to and helpful for us pet owners! I have bought a kibble for my pet one time, and he would instantly throw it up. I don’t know what is in it but it sure did go straight in the rubbish bin. Such a waste of money! – Lisa Williams

  19. Sherrie

    We have your back Susan, we love that you are helping pets across America, that you want to help keep them healthy in any and every way. God bless and thank you!

    1. Sherrie

      I love all you do for pets, thank you for helping us find good foods for our pets. We do love you for what you do.

  20. Sherrie

    I have a question, someone said earlier that dogs need to be fed some moist food (or canned food) that feeding dry food all the time is not good. I currently feed 4 of my dogs Orijen dry, should they be getting canned food too

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Me personally, I prefer a wet food for dogs and cats. Even a quality ingredient kibble goes through a great deal of processing. The less processing of food, the better.

  21. Beth

    Hi Susan, have you had any results come back yet?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Hard to imagine – but we are waiting on two results from one lab. That’s all we are missing. I’ve been advised to wait until we get everything back before it is released – just in case some lawyers don’t like our results.

      1. Beth

        Anything yet Susan?

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          One lab was the hold up. Our scientists last week finally got those results – but because this is very detailed testing, it is very time consuming to ‘translate’ the data. I don’t even know what they are just yet. But the worst is over – all testing is done.

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