Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Pet Safety Seminar with Thom Somes, "The Pet Safety Guy™"

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Pet parents learn tips to having the healthiest dog from experts Dr. Ernie Ward, Dr. Shawn Messonnier, Dr. Doug Kenney, Linda Tellington-Jones and more.

Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Pet Safety Seminar with Thom Somes, "The Pet Safety Guy™"

Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Pet Safety Seminar with Thom Somes, "The Pet Safety Guy™"

With a little preparation and a few safety precautions, any pet parent can safely enjoy the outdoors with their dogs.

As part of a larger initiative to educate pet parents on how to have the healthiest and happiest dogs and promote the importance of responsible dog parenting, The Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care have teamed up to create “Merrick Pet Care’s Dogington University,” a series of eight live online seminars presented by top animal health experts, which began June 6th and continues throughout the month of June. A full schedule is available at

On Thursday, June 27 at 6:00PM EST, Thom Somes will present a live, free, one-hour seminar to readers and fans of the Dogington Post on the topic of pet safety.

Thom Somes, also known as the “Pet Safety Guy”, is the president and founder of Pet Tech, the first International Training Center dedicated to CPR, First Aid & Care for dogs and cats. Thom’s career started in the medical field over 35 years ago in Michigan. He trained with the Michigan State Police and worked as an EMT for several ambulance services. After moving to California he became an Affiliate Faculty Member for Sharp Hospital and was an American Heart Association Instructor teaching human CPR, First Aid & AED trainings. Sixteen years ago he merged his passion for pets, teaching and medicine to create the premiere pet CPR, First Aid & Care Training programs on the planet. Thom went back to school and earned his Veterinary Assistant 1 & 2 and volunteered hundreds of hours at Pet Emergency Hospitals and Specialty Centers. The programs were developed by Thom with the help of several veterinarians. Pet Tech offers CPR, First Aid & Care training for pet parents and Pet Care Professionals. There are over 300 Pet Tech Instructors teaching the Pet Tech programs in 7 countries.

Thom is the author of Knowing Your Pet’s Health, A Guide to Optimal Wellness from Snout-To-Tail. This book is responsible for saving thousands of pets’ lives. It first debuted in Dear Abby in 2001. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; and expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care.

Thom is a renowned speaker and presenter specifically in the field of health and safety for pets. He is proud to present the newest Pet Tech program, “Hiking With Your Dog, Pet Tech tips on How to be Safe and Have Fun out on the Trail.”

“With a little preparation and a few safety precautions, any pet parent can safely enjoy the outdoors with their dogs," said Brandy Arnold, Content Editor for Dogington Post, “and the information Thom will bring us is a perfect fit for our Dogington University health series. We are interested to hear what he has to say and thrilled to have him join us and Merrick Pet Care in our mission to positively impact the lives of dogs.”

The Dogington Post shares with Merrick Pet Care, a company recognized for the highest quality standards in the pet food industry and Dogington University sponsor, a common goal of improving the lives of dogs and their families through proper nutrition, education, training and responsible pet ownership. Anyone can register for Linda's online seminar for free at

"Merrick Pet Care is excited to continue our partnership with Dogington University and its series of webinars from many well-respected veterinarians and pet health experts," said Pete Brace, Vice President, Merrick Pet Care. "These series continue to offer great information and tips to pet parents that can benefit canines everywhere."

Veterinarians and other health experts also presenting as part of the series include the highly respected veterinarian and nutritionist, Dr. Ernie Ward and veterinarian, Dr. Shawn Messonnier.

Other Panelists include author of Stop the Shots!, John Clifton; award-winning author and senior dog advocate, Jennifer Kachnic; Leslie May and Johann the Dog on Going Green with your Dog; and creator of TTouch, Linda Tellington-Jones.

For a full schedule of the Merrick Pet Care’s Dogington University Dog Training Seminars, visit

About Dogington Post: was created for the love of dogs. It promises a forum of informative articles, newsworthy dog stories, health and breed information, and heartwarming videos. The site addresses current issues affecting dogs and their human parents – from serious health concerns to lifestyle issues on feeding, grooming and the overall well-being and mental health of dogs. It is the Internet newspaper, all about dogs.

About Merrick Pet Care Inc.:
Founded in 1968, Amarillo-based Merrick Pet Care Inc. is a leader in the natural and organic pet food category. With a mission to create the most nutritious and wholesome food, Merrick helps families take better care of their pets by cooking up nutritious, real whole foods for pets. All foods are made in the USA using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco and online via select retailers at

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