The Pet Expo goes on for three days and includes agility, flyball and dock dog demos, booths selling every kind of pet product imaginable, and lots of rescues with animals available for adoption. There were auditions to be on David Letterman's "Stupid Pet Tricks" and America's Top Dog Model. The dog below was one of my favorite sights of the weekend; his owner was participating in one of the "creative grooming" demos. Being a big Bengal fan, this one has to go in my keeper file!
The expo was aimed at ALL types of pets, not just dogs. Some people were a bit startled by the appearance of the critter below right next to them.
One of the big exhibits is the Dock Dogs demo. It is a huge crowd favorite and lots of fun to watch. In addition to the experienced dogs, they allowed some of the other dogs who wanted to to participate. I think Cory might actually like this- he likes the water, unlike my two previous shelties. However, in the interest of keeping him looking good for his own demos we elected to pass this time.
It reminded me of the dolphin shows in Florida- if you stand too close to the pool you're going to get wet!
A horse rescue had three week old foals on display.
The Cincinnati Police brought some of their mounted units in. They were corraled right next to the main demo ring and watched the agility with interest!
There were demos with frisbee dogs as well; my action shots of these were just no good with the slow shutter speed due to the low light.
Connie and her dobie helped to keep her team in the thick of it.
Mary Jo and Jamie were flying!
Cory and I both really enjoyed the agility relay races. We set up two identical, side by side courses consisting of jump-weave-jump-tunnel and back and had teams of four run each course simultaneously. The dogs had a BLAST- we typically don't run head to head in real trials, the courses were short with all the emphasis on speed, and Cory thought he had died and gone to doggy Disneyland. I was very happy with his weave pole entries which are still a work in progress, but he did fairly well hitting them at speed.
Sharon and Baylin enjoyed themselves as well- they are Cory's favorite tracking buddies.
Linda and Freya were zooming too!