What a day - I'd say that today's GPAC Pet Expo at the Halifax Forum was a pretty big success - there were a ton of vendors and a few tons of people and their dogs who came to see the vendors. It was a big day and I am exhausted. It was also the first dog event that I've gone to that I didn't take one of my dogs along with me - so that was interesting - not to have a dog with me to interact with the other dogs there - and I totally missed that, and noticed it all day long. There were a lot of dogs at the event, which was great - there are a lot of dog owners interested in providing their dogs with socialization exrpiences, which is fabulous.
This is the table which was next to us - the NS SPCA table, and they had the best centre piece - a little dog who had a successful adoption yesterday - the best little balanced and well behaved dog. He was such a sweet little guy and loved everyone - humans and dogs. I think he had a lot of fun, and showed the public that the SPCA gets small nice dogs as well as the big dogs too.
This is Duke - who you see just below as a puppy - when he was a puppy he was bought from a Pet's Unlimited locally and he almost died because he came with some kibble and a receipt, and he also came with parvo. But his parents loved him enough to spend egregious amounts of money after realizing that a pet store isn't the place to buy a puppy - and even though he had a horrible start to his life, a few years later - things have turned out okay. Duke was one of the reasons that Advocates for Responsible Pet Ownership was originally formed - he was one of our "poster puppies" when we were demonstrating outside of Pet's Unlimited - so it was wonderful to see him today at the Pet Expo and take a photo of him with our banner now that we've reconvened our organization.
This is Riley - a rescued greyhound - his Mom Paula says he does lots of great tricks and this is one of his best - holding a treat on his nose for as long as his Mom tells him too! Yea!
This is Hutch - his Mom Leah is a groomer at Tailwagrrrs - she used to be a regular at Seaview park when me and the dogs went there every day when the dogs were younger - Hutch came from the Lillian Albion Shelter in Amherst and he was about 1/2 the weight he is now. He's well loved now!I was SO lucky! I won the raffle prize from the Tiny Paws Rescue Canada booth!! I got some dog treats, a mug, some stuffed toys and a basket - I'm the luckiest girl in the world - and also because I got to spend some time this weekend with a very nice lady - Charlotte Estabrooks who came all the way from PEI to man the booth yesterday at the Kennel club show and today at the pet expo - talk about dedication!
This may be the first child ever on my blog - this is the very pretty Lauren - the daughter of one of my best friends Debbie - they were at the Pet Expo today because they love dogs - and Lauren had just had her face painted, so she was looking exceptionally beautiful.
I have a slideshow at the end of this post - and I was able to get a couple photos of this little guy smelling this husky's bum - the husky's name is Polaris, but I didn't get the little guy's name - but he was basically digging tunnels he was trying to go so deep!
This is Sage and Guiness - regular reader Janice came down all the way from King's County to see the Pet Expo today and I was SO happy to be able to meet these guys finally - I was sorry that I didn't bring Buttercup when I met Janice - it would've been nice for her to meet Buttercup. I`m sure there`ll be other times though. I wonder how Buttercup would`ve reacted to dogs that look this big. Dogs that are big enough that even when she`s in my arms they are at her face level - that would`ve been interesting!
This is Toby - the most perfect little dog in all the world - I`ve written about Toby several times on this blog - he is just so beautiful. He is everything that a little dog should be. He loves to run at Point Pleasant Park, loves to be held, loves life, and looks beautiful. He`s perfect.
I hope everyone else had as good a time as I did - we gave out a ton of educational materials about what we believe is responsible pet ownership, I saw a lot of people I know, met new people - dog events are always a lot of fun. I can`t wait for the next thing to come up. Dog friendly Halifax is alive and well - at least for the dog owners. The bureaucrats at City Hall might think differently - but the dog owners are wanting to get out and have some fun with their dogs and other dog owners - that was glaringly apparent today.