Do you absolutely adore your pet(s)? It’s a silly question, of course – whether canine, feline, avian, or reptile, we form close bonds with the domesticated animals that we have in our lives. Want even more interaction with adorable pets? You’ll want to pay a visit to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks this weekend for the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo!
The expo features various pet-centered exhibitions that are sure to entertain and amaze you. There will be Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Dogs, a troupe of “veteran” performing canines that put on a variety show! The dogs do tricks, both by themselves and with Frisbees. Gail and her pups have been featured on The Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other national and regional television shows in addition to being a featured act at the National Dog Show and this year’s Westminster Kennel Club event.
Joe’s K9 Dog Training will be there with Joe and his dog Graffight, a certified explosives-deterction dog. Joe’s dog training focuses on obedience training in a “healthy and fun” way. He also offers pet boarding services.
Then there’s Superfit Canine, a show with dogs who perform on planks and ladders and show off their skills finding missing people. During the show a person is hidden in a barrel away from the dogs and the dogs find them! The dogs love showing off their agility skills and meeting up with fans after the show, which is allowed.
There will also be an exposition of Flyball at the show this year. This popular attraction has become a mainstay of the Pet Expo. In the words of the Pet Expo website, Flyball goes like this: “Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay.”
Unfortunately, the Feline Agility Demonstrations had to be cancelled this year due to illness. The Agility Demonstrations put cats through an obstacle course, making for a spectacle both funny and awe-inspiring as some kitties take their time inspecting individual elements of the obstacle course, and others whiz right through! Hopefully this attraction will be back at the Pet Expo next year.
The Pet Expo runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12; $5 for ages 4-11, and toddlers 3 and under get in free.