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2018 Denver Pet Expo

Saturday, August 18th

 

10:30 AM: Welcome to the 2018 Denver Pet Expo!

 

11:00 AM: A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration

Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc

Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play significant, meaningful and cherished roles in our lives. Please join us for a very special moment which celebrates the emotional bond we share with our animal friends and honors the precious memories we have with those who’ve passed on. Please respect all participants as we celebrate the animals who’ve touched us and the pets we’ve loved and lost.  All creatures are welcome, and those attending without pets are encouraged to bring photos or keepsakes. Pets 4 Christ will be handing out tags blessed with holy water and 25% of their proceeds will be going to a local rescue.

 

12:00 PM:  Puppies Are Family, Not Products

Maura Scherrer, Founder and Executive Director, Talulah’s House

Dogs and their puppies across the country are suffering from inadequate care and a general disregard for their health and happiness. Puppy mills plague the nation at an estimated 10,000 existing across the country today. Not only are puppies produced with only profit in mind, many of these animals develop medical, genetic and behavioral issues due to poor living conditions and improper care. Help continue the fight against puppy mills and learn what you can do to stop the injustice once and for all!

 

1:00 PM:   Cookin' for Your Canine: Healthy Recipes for Happy Dogs

Cheryl Bauer, Canine Cuisine Specialist, Author, Chef, Educator, Dog Lover, 10 Dogs Later

For years many people have been feeding their dogs kibble and canned food without a clue what the ingredients were.    With more dog food recalls and increasing dedication to our canine companions, it's time to better understand what we're feeding our pets.

I will share what to avoid with dog food and give you some easy tips on how to feed your dog more nutritionally packed meals with ingredients you'll find in your pantry and refrigerator.  It's easy, affordable, delicious and your dog will love you even more for it--and be healthier and happier.

 

1:30 PM: Colorado Gators Reptile Park

Jay Young, Owner, Colorado Gator Reptile Park

Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! These incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity with pet owners everywhere. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea what they are getting into, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should.

 

2:00 PM: Where Did They Come From? Where Do They Go?

Heather Bass, Chapter Coordinator, Found Nation Animal Rescue

Puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, bunnies, rats and guinea pigs OH MY! The country is flooding with the cutest creatures in existence. We have some of them right here in Colorado today! These cuddly characters continue to procreate and populate in alarming numbers! Learning about the deplorable conditions in numerous states, how to handle, care and provide for them is the first step to finding a solution.

 

3:00 PM: Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets

Dawn Hehr, Owner, Sridaiva Wellness

 

MAIN STAGE

2018 Denver Pet Expo

Sunday, August 19th

 

11:30 AM: Welcome to the 2018 Denver Pet Expo!

 

12:00 PM:.A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration

Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc

Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play significant, meaningful and cherished roles in our lives. Please join us for a very special moment which celebrates the emotional bond we share with our animal friends and honors the precious memories we have with those who’ve passed on. Please respect all participants as we celebrate the animals who’ve touched us and the pets we’ve loved and lost.  All creatures are welcome, and those attending without pets are encouraged to bring photos or keepsakes. Pets 4 Christ will be handing out tags blessed with holy water and 25% of their proceeds will be going to a local rescue.

 

1:00 PM: How Does a Hearing Dog Work?

Aspen Matthews, Karissa Misik, CC Trammel, Aspen - Director of Development, Karissa - Head Trainer, CC - Trainer, International Hearing Dog

Approximately 12 percent of the US population has a significant hearing loss. Not being able to hear can lead to isolation, fear, and reduced independence. There are many forms of assistance for people with hearing loss, one of the most effective is a service Hearing Dog. International Hearing Dog, Inc. has trained more than 1300 dogs, all rescued from shelters, to be Hearing Dogs. Learn more about this type of assistance dog and see demonstration dog Rex in action! He will show how Hearing Dogs give back safety, peace-of-mind, and independence to their partners with hearing loss.

 

1:30 PM: Colorado Gators Reptile Park

Jay Young, Owner, Colorado Gator Reptile Park

Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! These incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity with pet owners everywhere. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea what they are getting into, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should.

 

2:00 PM: It takes a village

Heather Bass, Chapter Coordinator, Found Nation Animal Rescue

Image Sarah Mclachlan’s voice pouring over the speakers right now. Are your eyes tearing up? Is your heart broken? Want to do something about it? But where do you start? Who do you speak to? How can one single person make such a big difference? Just ONE person alone can’t save them all, but you can make a difference.

 

Contest Stage

Proudly presented by Nevetica, Your Pet’s Choice

2018 Denver Pet Expo

Saturday, August 18th

 

11:30 AM: The Petfinder.com™ Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets

Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

 

12:30 PM:  Pet Musical Chairs Competition

Musical Chairs is a doggy variation of the classic children’s game. Music plays as handlers walk with their dog’s off-leash counter-clockwise around a circle of chairs. When the music stops, the handlers instruct their dogs to sit by verbal request and hand signal only (i.e., without touching them) and rush to sit on a vacant chair in the circle. Last dog (and person) sitting wins!

 

2:30 PM: The Petfinder.com™ Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets

Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

 

3:30 PM: Animals Got Talent!™ Pet Talent Contest

Does your pet have an amazing talent? Of course, they do! Then it’s a good thing that bragging rights are up for grabs because this is your pet’s chance to show off and awe us all with their mad skills! Animals Got Talent!™ Pet Talent Contest consists of three categories: “best trick overall”, “most creative trick”, and “silliest trick”. Audience applause will determine the winner of a fabulous prizes.

 

4:15 PM: The Biggest, Baddest, Bestest Pet Costume Contest Evah!

Pet supermodels sashaying their costumed selves on the Pet Expo’s (err, very makeshift) catwalk? Um, yes please, and we’ll take a second serving too, thankyouverymuch! Show off your pet dressed in their costumed best for the super popular Pet Costume Contest! Any pet is welcome to participate, whether they’re canine, feline, porcupine, or just simply divine. There’s just one itsy bitsy teeny tiny caveat: to be eligible to win, your pet must wear a costume. Audience applause will determine first, second, and third-place winners. You can be confident that we’ve had extensive totally-scientific training in judging these types of things and can quickly identify audience enthusiasm down to a single clap too. To enter, bring your pet to the Main Stage by 4:05 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!

 

Contest Stage

Proudly presented by Nevetica, Your Pet’s Choice

2018 Denver Pet Expo

Sunday, August 19th

 

12:30 PM:.The Petfinder.com™ Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets

Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

 

1:30 PM: Animals Got Talent!™ Pet Talent Contest

Does your pet have an amazing talent? Of course, they do! Then it’s a good thing that bragging rights are up for grabs because this is your pet’s chance to show off and awe us all with their mad skills! Animals Got Talent!™ Pet Talent Contest consists of three categories: “best trick overall”, “most creative trick”, and “silliest trick”. Audience

applause will determine the winner of a fabulous prize!

 

2:30 PM: The Petfinder.com™ Adoptable Parade of Rescue Pets

Try not to squeal with delight as our various rescue groups parade around the stage with some of their select pets in need of forever homes! Rescue group representatives will also be available to provide information on adopting a new pet companion. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

 

3:15 PM: The Biggest, Baddest, Bestest Pet Costume Contest Evah!

Pet supermodels sashaying their costumed selves on the Pet Expo’s (err, very makeshift) catwalk? Um, yes please, and we’ll take a second serving too, thankyouverymuch! Show off your pet dressed in their costumed best for the super popular Pet Costume Contest! Any pet is welcome to participate, whether they’re canine, feline, porcupine, or just simply divine. There’s just one itsy bitsy teeny tiny caveat: to be eligible to win, your pet must wear a costume. Audience applause will determine first, second, and third-place winners. You can be confident that we’ve had extensive totally-scientific training in judging these types of things and can quickly identify audience enthusiasm down to a single clap too. To enter, bring your pet to the Main Stage by 3:00 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!

 

SWIFT PAWS LURE COURSE

Provided by Swift Paws

www.swiftpaws.com

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

All day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM

 

Racing across a grassy course with the wind in their face, free as a bird, and a “lure” just within reach? It doesn’t get much better than that, folks! Lure coursing is a sport for dogs (and even the occasional kitty!) which involves chasing an exciting mechanical “lure” that jerks, jumps, wiggles, and turns on a dime, much like those elusive squirrels and rabbits that somehow (luckily) always manage to get away. So any pet who enjoys an exciting game of “Chase,” regardless of age, ability, handicap, size, or skill, is welcome to give the Lure Course a try! The sport of lure coursing is rapidly increasing in popularity, and once you’ve taken a gander at this game in action, you’ll see exactly why. This is a very popular feature, so those whose pooch (or courageous cat) would love a chance to give it a go, should make their way right over to the course and sign up - All runs only $10.