Posts Tagged ‘Pets’

The 2017 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show returns this weekend to the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracts reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors can browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals pose any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that has venom do not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo has an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

The show runs 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, and costs $14 for adults or $9 for children. Get $1 off with a printed coupon available from their website, linked above. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Summer 2017 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Alamitos Beach in Long Beach. Over 700 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th as they return to Huntington Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Summer 2017 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

The America’s Family Pet Expo made its 28th annual return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this past weekend. Taking place across much of the northern half of the fairgrounds, this all-ages expo allows all guests to exhibit all the vendors, pet adoptions, pet fitness demos, pet competitions, and pet accessory vendors. Goods sold by vendors ranged from food to toys to furniture to apparel and more. The pet adoptions included multiple animals such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and more. The $15 admission provided guests with full access to the event grounds for an entire day.

As this event covered such a huge area, guests would find lots of things to see and do to last the entire day. The outdoors areas mainly held the demonstrations and competitions. These included surf dogs, dachshund racing, agility training, K-9 demos, an exotic birds show, larger animal adoptions, and Splash Dogs, where dogs jumped for length or height into a pool. The buildings held all of the vendors, booths by individual dog breeds, aquatic pets, reptiles/amphibians, cat show, and others that had to remain out of the sun. Guests can interact with most of the dogs at the booths, but interaction largely depended on the breed. Guests could interact with playful dogs like corgis, akitas, and golden retrievers, while guests could only look at show dogs like the shiba inu or terrier. At the pet adoption area, guests could interact with some of the cats, but those poor cats felt so stressed out that playing with them kind of felt saddening.

Out of all of the pet expos that I have attended, I have found this one the most entertaining. It provided many things to do and see so that guests could spend all day there without having to take a break or get bored & leave. Between playing with the dogs and watching the various shows, I felt like I could stay there all weekend. Check out America’s Family Pet Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.

The America’s Family Pet Expo makes its 28th annual return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Taking place across much of the northern half of the fairgrounds, this all-ages expo allows all guests to exhibit all the vendors, pet adoptions, pet fitness demos, pet competitions, and pet accessory vendors. Goods sold by vendors range from food to toys to furniture to apparel and more. The pet adoptions include multiple animals such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and more. The $15 admission provides guests with full access to the event grounds for an entire day.

As this event covers such a huge area, guests will find lots of things to see and do to last the entire day. The outdoors areas mainly hold the demonstrations and competitions. These include surf dogs, dachshund racing, agility training, K-9 demos, an exotic birds show, larger animal adoptions, and Splash Dogs, where dogs jump for length or height into a pool. The buildings hold all of the vendors, booths by individual dog breeds, aquatic pets, reptiles/amphibians, cat show, and others that need to remain out of the sun. Guests can interact with most of the dogs at the booths, but interaction largely depends on the breed. Guests can interact with playful dogs like corgis, akitas, and golden retrievers, while guests can only look at show dogs like the shiba inu or terrier. At the pet adoption area, guests can interact with some of the cats, but cats tend to stress out with so many humans around, so they may appear less than willing to play to visitors.

Out of all of the pet expos that I have attended, I have found this one the most entertaining. It provides many things to do and see so that guests can spend all day there without having to take a break or get bored & leave. Between playing with the dogs and watching the various shows, it feels like I can stay there all weekend. Check out America’s Family Pet Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.

The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 13th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one. Other notable events from this organizer include the Howl’oween Parade for all pets, and the Santa Paws operation, a charity event that occurs in December. Additionally, check out the So Cal Corgi Nation, an organization dedicated to corgis that routinely puts on events throughout the year.

The 13th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

For an event free to attend for the public, this makes for a nice Sunday morning getaway for you, your friends, and your family. If you do not currently have a pet, this event shows you the joys of having a furry companion in your life, and can pave the way towards having a pet of your own since this event has information about pet adoptions. In addition, some pet breeders may visit the event, so visitors can seek information from them as well. Come out to Long Beach this Sunday morning to see a bunch of cute pets for a feel-good time. Check out the Bulldog Beauty Contest on Facebook to keep up with their announcements and latest information. In the meantime, check out my photos from last year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest:

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd as they move to Belmont Shore in Long Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gather for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach in Orange County. Hundreds of Corgis will travel here to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily include an Instagram photo meet-up, a costume contest, and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consists of mingling, chatting, and playing with all of the cute pups.

The stereotype of the crazy cat lady exists because these people still exist to this day. I got a chance to witness thousands of these people all corralled into one tight space at the 2nd Annual CatConLA. As the event’s name suggests, this event featured all things cats, but mainly for cat people. Taking place at The Reef just outside of Downtown LA, this two-day event covered multiple floors of the venue to accommodate for the thousands of attendees throughout the weekend, and filled them full of cat vendors. In addition to the vendors and booths, CatConLA also featured famous cats and famous people who work with cats. Adult admission cost $25 for a day or $40 for the weekend, while child admission cost $15 for a day or $25 for the weekend. Guests could not actually bring their cats.

A week prior, organizer Susan Michaels made a guest radio appearance to speak about the upcoming CatConLA event. She mentioned that last year’s event had almost 13,000 in attendance, a figure that they may have underestimated as they expected only eight to ten thousand to attend. While I originally expected CatConLA as an expo for cats and cat product vendors, CatConLA delivered exactly the opposite. When I think about a cat expo, I think cat toys, cat food, and cat adoptions. Instead, we got photo booths, accessories & apparel with cats on them, and art about cats. Basically, we got an event for cat people, but not actually cats. As a result, I witnessed tons of crazy cat people (mostly women) wearing cat accessories and tossing around endless cat puns, with puns such as “Are you kitten me right meow?” and other puns that make you cringe. When you see a line of people stretching outside of the building adorned in cat ears, whiskers, and other accessories or makeup, you can expect chaos inside.

I did not see any actual cats throughout the event, nor did I see many vendors with products for cats. I would wager that vendors about cats made up about 90% of the booths, while vendors selling products for cats measured under 10% of the booths. It took until the end of my visit when I started to leave that I finally found real cats… at the very back of the second floor. They sectioned off the cats in the back with a wall with a few windows to look into these “play rooms” that had cats in them. In order to enter these rooms to interact with the cats, you had to sign forms saying that you would adopt a cat that day. So for those not intending to adopt a cat, you would never interact with a cat at all at CatConLA – you would just have to deal with thousands of crazy cat people.

Can I wholeheartedly recommend CatConLA as an event worth checking out? I do not have numbers to show for, but considering that the first CatConLA last year had three to five thousand more people than they originally projected, cats definitely have enough popularity that I do not foresee this event fading away any time soon. However, due to the nature of this event of not having anything worthwhile to cat owners, I do not expect to ever return to a CatConLA. Perhaps if they start having more vendors geared towards owning a cat, I may return to see what the vendors would have. But if all they keep bringing involves things for humans and not cats, I will stay away as if I have a cat hair allergy.

The America’s Family Pet Expo made its 27th annual return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this past weekend. Taking place across much of the northern half of the fairgrounds, this all-ages expo allows all guests to exhibit all the vendors, pet adoptions, pet fitness demos, pet competitions, and pet accessory vendors. Goods sold by vendors ranged from food to toys to furniture to apparel and more. The pet adoptions included multiple animals such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and more. The $13 admission provided guests with full access to the event grounds for an entire day.

As this event covered such a huge area, guests would find lots of things to see and do to last the entire day. The outdoors areas mainly held the demonstrations and competitions. These included surf dogs, dachshund racing, agility training, K-9 demos, an exotic birds show, larger animal adoptions, and Splash Dogs, where dogs jumped for length or height into a pool. The buildings held all of the vendors, booths by individual dog breeds, aquatic pets, reptiles/amphibians, cat show, and others that had to remain out of the sun. Guests can interact with most of the dogs at the booths, but interaction largely depended on the breed. Guests could interact with playful dogs like corgis, akitas, and golden retrievers, while guests could only look at show dogs like the shiba inu or terrier. At the pet adoption area, guests could interact with some of the cats, but those poor cats felt so stressed out that playing with them kind of felt saddening.

Out of all of the pet expos that I have attended, I have found this one the most entertaining. It provided many things to do and see so that guests could spend all day there without having to take a break or get bored & leave. Between playing with the dogs and watching the various shows, I felt like I could stay there all weekend. Check out America’s Family Pet Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.