There were 15 amazing speakers -- from rocket scientist Mark Deadrick who printed prosthetics for a Chihuahua to 14-year-old inventor Brooke Martin who invented the ICPooch so you can video chat and treat your dog remotely.
Every speaker and presenter was fascinating, on such a wide variety of topics. We're looking forward to posting some of the videos on our favorite topics in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here's a quick look at just some of the highlights.
Mark Deadrick spoke about how he used a 3D printer to make a prosthetic device to help TurboRoo -- a Chihuahua born without front legs -- regain his mobility.
Once again, John Hockenberry, host of public radio's The Takeaway, was brilliant as emcee of the event. Here he has some fun with TurboRoo, showing him how to do some wheelies!
Just a few more highlights included:
- Rita Garza of the Urban Resource Institute in New York, taking about the URI Pals program which allows survivors of abuse to live alongside their pets in shelters
- Dan Smith, a Purina researcher, talked about imagining a better future with pets, including helping them live longer lives by reducing the amount they eat to keep them lean and healthy
- Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector, the creators of Through a Dog's and Cat's Ear sound therapy to help pets with anxiety
- Janet Jackson, a Purina researcher who talked about advancements in canine cognitive health through the discovery of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that help dogs that are showing signs of confusion similar to dementia
There were lots more amazing and entertaining speakers including poets, a comedian and rappers! We'll share more with you in coming posts!
We also had a terrific time seeing old pals. Here's our fun group selfie!
|Clockwise from bottom: Dan from Purina, Roxanne from Champion of My Heart, Rosalyn from Sugar the Golden Retriever, Jen from DOGthusiast; Pam from Simply Southern Mom, Felissa from Two Little Cavaliers and me!|
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