If you all remember, today was my very first trip to the Bay Area Pet Expo! We left home around 11 am and traveled down to the San Jose fairgrounds. Domeek wanted me to take my pet stroller, just in case I got overwhelmed by all of the people and animals or got tired, but I told her that I was a big pup and didn't need a silly stroller! Man, that was a silly thought! The facility was massive and there were easily over 800 people and who knows how many pets in the two buildings!
I have literally never seen that many beings in one place...ever! You'd all be very proud of me though, I was soooooo well behaved, well mannered, and polite! :-D Yeah dogs!
|On my way...woohoo!|
There were about 75 different vendors and almost 25 different rescue groups there today; I'm pretty sure that I met 75% of them all too! ;-)
Let's see...the people/pets that you all would be interested in:
I met Preston and his Mom, Rachel, from PrestonSpeaks.com! Preston was busy being the happy and impressive spokesdog for Dog/CatTipper and the Expo, so I didn't get a big chance to chat to him, but his Mom talked with me, Auntie Nilla, and Domeek for a really long time! We liked her a ton! :-D
|Borrowed off of Preston's Facebook page...I didn't grab a photo of him!|
We entered a raffle to win that really pawesome doggie chair on the left, it's not really my style (you know, being a man dog), but I figure my cousin Pippi or some other rescue pup might like it if I'm lucky to win! :-) There were a ton of raffles going on at almost every vendor's stall! Whoa!
Then, we met Dave Kendrick and Janet Fullwood from DogTrekker, which is an incredible travel website that focuses on hotels, restaurants, activities, and trails in the Northern California/Nevada area that happily accept pets! What's awesome about their company is that they have actually been able to change the mind of some places that were previously not pet friendly!! Dave was telling us about the Skunk Train on the Mendocino coast: apparently they had had a biting incident about 10 years ago so stopped accepting dogs on their trains without being muzzled and in a carrier, he let them know that this was unacceptable if they wanted to be featured on DogTrekker! So now, they allow all dogs, not matter the size or breed, on their trains without any restrictions (except for being leashed)!!! Woowee!! Keep up the pawesome work guys! I would seriously suggest checking their website out if you live or are visiting these areas, they also have a wonderful newsletter that I subscribe to!
We also met the wonderful people of Life + Dog magazine! Oh, they were incredibly nice and super happy to hear that we love looking at and reading their awesome magazine! They gave us the latest two copies of their mag, which was so cool since I haven't read them yet!
Last, but definitely not least, we met with the amazing people from Blue Buffalo dog food and treats! Surprise, surprise, they fell in love with me! I know, of course they did! :-D Auntie Nilla had never heard of them before, so they were ecstatic to share their ideas and philosophy with her! As I'm sure most of you know, Blue Buffalo is made with only the finest and pure ingredients that the World has to offer! They don't fill us up with nasty by-products, instead their first ingredient is always real chicken, lamb, or fish! :-D They loaded us up with samples and treats (that I fell in LOVE with, Domeek is planning on using them tomorrow during agility class)!!
Sadly, I wasn't around or able to hear any of the talks going on (even the one with Shorty and Hercules) at the Expo, but the ones listed in their pamphlet sounded amazing including: obedience challenges, reptiles, rodents, horses, dog sports, rescue FAQ's...you name it, they discussed it! :-D I did see quite a few of their demonstrations and dog sport sessions though!
I was really interested in watching the agility demonstrations!! We saw four pups going through this area, a couple were pros and then a couple were pups that were just starting out! It was so cool seeing them jump, run, and tunnel...I almost wanted to run on the green and follow them! ;-)
|Ok, really bad photo (hehe) sorry!|
We saw some of the nose work introductory classes that were being offered! All the pups that were joining in were super smart, they only needed a few minutes before they were sniffing through all the boxes trying to find the treat! :-D Nummy! Domeek asked if I wanted to join in, but I told her I was too darn tired!! Urg!
Oh man, I just need a few minutes to rest my eye lids...snore, snore, put the camera away Domeek!!
Then it was off to the Dock Diving area, where I saw a TON of labs from Splash Dogs! They were absolutely insane! All they wanted to do was run, jump, and dive into the water! People, it was freezing out there today (ignore the kid in the shorts, what was his parents thinking?)!! But needless to say, it was so fun watching their excitement! There was this one younger pup, who every time he went to dive, ran at full speed to the edge, came to a full and complete stop at the end, and then stepped into the water instead of jumping and diving! Hehehe! We all kept giggling! :-D
All in all, even after getting stepped on a few times, getting sniffed to high heaven by hundred of dogs, and being out for hours...I had the greatest time today!! :-D If this expo travels to your area, I highly, highly, highly recommend going and checking out all of the wonderful vendors and rescue groups in your area!! You won't be sorry!!
As you can tell, the day wore me out completely!! I'm still trying to recuperate, 3 hours later...
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!!