Comedian Jerry Seinfeld encapsulated humans’ devotion to their pets this way: “Dogs are the leaders of the world. If you see two life varieties, one particular of them’s earning a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in demand?”
That enjoy and loyalty to furry pals will be on complete show when the Lehigh Valley Pet Expo returns to the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds Friday to Sunday. The expo functions dogs executing tips and agility demonstrations, a canine drill team, a cat exhibit, rabbit hopping contest, guinea pig agility class, a petting zoo, llamas, unique birds, potbelly pigs and reptiles.
You can carry your personal properly-behaved pet on a leash, claims Karen Garetano of the display organizer, Spouse and children Pet Shows. Folks have to fill out a waiver kind that says they are accountable for their pet and the pet is up to day on its photographs. They also should agree to clean up just after them.
About 95 % of the animals that folks deliver are puppies, Garetano claims, but the occasional potbelly pig, rabbit or miniature horse makes an visual appeal.
The largest new attraction is a doggy lure class run by a Canadian corporation called DogLoversDays. Puppies can chase a small electronic lure on the training course, which has a tunnel and a couple of hurdles. Entrepreneurs are permitted to operate with their canines. There is a smaller extra cost for the system.
Garetano claims the digital entice class was at the Increased Philadelphia Pet Expo in Oaks this month, and about 250 canine got in on the chase.
“Their instinct is to go immediately after things like that so they just operate following it,” she says. “The pet dogs appreciate it and the owners enjoy it and it’s a large hit.”
Also new is an prospect for you to study how to dance with your pet dog at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Classes will be provided by the Kan Do K9’s Sport Affiliation, which will also give demonstrations every single day that include canine obedience, agility and a canine drill workforce, which does a regime set to music.
“What we consider to do is show folks all the different styles of issues that they can do with their doggy,” Garetano suggests.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Allentown Police K-9 Unit will perform a presentation on how its specially skilled canine assist officers in lookups and other missions.
Crowd pleasers Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Canine are again. Mirabella trains rescue canine to do methods with the precision of acrobats and catch Frisbees like professionals. Mirabella and her plucky pups have entertained at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York Town and the Countrywide Puppy Present in Philadelphia. They’ve appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Evening with David Letterman.”
The Dynamo Pet dogs demonstrates are scheduled for 6 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, midday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
But canines are not the only darlings of the Pet Expo. Favorites include the creatures of the Rainforest Reptile Displays, introduced by a reptile refuge of the very same name in Beverly, Mass. The displays attributes huge snakes, tortoises, lizards and alligators. An educator talks about the animals and also about the significance of preserving their all-natural habitats. The clearly show is absolutely free, but for a modest payment immediately after the display, folks can contact or hold some of the reptiles.
“They provide academic presentations that are seriously exceptional reveals on the rainforest and the unique kinds of animals there,” Garetano suggests.
A cat clearly show, sanctioned by The International Cat Affiliation, ordinarily attracts about 130 cats.
You can also carry your purebred doggy to take part in the Parade of Breeds at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Tri-County Pot-Bellied Pig Club, based in Douglassville, programs to established up Piggy Villa, which involves a little home, finish with beds for the viewing porkers. Club customers will demonstrate how to take care of these types of pigs to assist people fascinated make a decision regardless of whether a pig would be a great pet for them. Club associates also demonstrate off the pigs’ abilities, together with agility and a trick with a basketball.
Debbie Lentz, owner of Fowl Mania, a fowl specialty shop in Allentown, will give presentations on parrots Friday by way of Sunday to teach possible proprietors on the treatment of birds. A chook rescue known as Encouraging Wing Rescue of Blairstown, N.J., also will have some rescue birds on site and converse about chicken care and their operate in rescuing winged creatures.
The Rabbit Hopping and the Guinea Pig Agility study course is again. Tammy Steele of Lebanon breeds bunnies and sells rabbit hopping gear such as jumps and harnesses on the Allikatt Bunny Jumps internet site. She’ll give demonstrations and communicate about how individuals can get concerned in the sport.
What-Knott Farm of Perkiomenville is bringing a pet zoo with modest animals this kind of as miniature horses, donkeys, goats and bunnies. There is a modest further rate for the zoo.
Illusion Ranch Alpacas in the Boyertown area is bringing some alpacas and merchandise produced from alpaca wool, and will display how they are made, equivalent to sheep-to-scarf demonstrations, Garetano states.
The expo also options about 100 suppliers, together with Buddy’s Pet Resort of Birdsboro, which will have a cell grooming van that presents absolutely free nail clipping.
Nonprofit pet rescue and animal adoption groups are granted totally free place to exhibit and get the word out about their attempts. Garetano suggests it’s up to each individual group irrespective of whether they want to deliver animals for adoption at the expo or just commence the adoption approach for those people interested.