2018 Entertainment & Activities Schedule

Please note: While accurate at the time of publishing, entertainment schedules, speakers, and demos may be subject to change without notice.

 

WIKI WAGS ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Saturday May 19th, 2018

11:00 AM: Welcome to the 2018 Dallas Pet Expo!

12:00 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. Adopt, don’t shop!

12:30 PM: A Proactive Approach to Wildlife

Craig Cantrell, Founder & Owner of Proactive Pest Services

Understanding the needs and habits of your local wildlife is essential to avoid unnecessary conflicts with them. For instance, our local rehabilitation centers are often burdened by lone babies that have lost their mothers to traps. So learn how to responsibly and proactively approach the wildlife in your backyard.

1:00 PM: Pet/Guardian Musical Chair 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 rectangular area. A line of chairs (with alternating chairs facing in opposite direction) runs down the center of the rectangle. 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 center of the rectangle. Last dog (and owner) sitting wins!

2:00 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. Adopt, don’t shop!

2:30 PM: Children’s Book Reading: Honey’s Second Chance

Brandy Herr, Author

Honey, a beautiful golden retriever who deserved the very best life had to offer, had fallen on hard times. She spent all her days and all her nights tied to a tree in the backyard; she was lucky if she received food, water, and a kind word each day. But everything changed the day her guardian discovered her collar had cut into her neck, forcing him to make a decision about how much she actually meant to him. She was dumped at the shelter, where a kind woman took her to Second Chance Farm; there she got the care and tenderness she so greatly deserved. Based on a true story, this tale is sure to touch the hearts of all who read it.  Join author Brandi Herr as she shares excerpts and readings from her moving children’s book.

 

3:00 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!

 

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 stage by 4:00 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!

 

WIKI WAGS ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Sunday May 20th, 2018

11:00AM: Welcome to the 2018 Dallas Pet Expo

11:15AM: Dallas Pup Run 5K Awards Presentation

12:15 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. Adopt, don’t shop!

1:00 PM:  Photography Hacks For Taking Awesome Pet Photos!

Jenna Regan, Owner/Photographer

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take your own, professional-quality photographs? You’ve seen adorable photos of dogs, cats, birds, etc, all over the internet. Learn how to make the best of your camera! Let your local pet photography expert give some quick tips on how you can create the perfect pet snapshot. Maybe someday your photos will even go viral!

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!

2:00 PM: Finding a Friend in a Ferret

Toyi Ramos, Texas Ferret Lovers Rescue

There are so many reasons why ferrets make great pets, and you only need to meet one to find out why! If you’re interested in getting a new pet for your family, you should look into the prospect of adopting a ferret. They’re curious, smart, and active, and are the perfect alternative for families that cannot have, or don’t want, a cat or dog. Just like any other animal, they require specific care instructions that you can learn about today!

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. 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 stage by 3:00 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!

 

LURE COURSE

Provided by Swift Paws

www.swiftpaws.com

Saturday May 19th, 2018

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

Sunday May 20th, 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

 

Training Hub

Provided by Off Leash K9 Training DFW

www.dallastxdogtrainers.com

Saturday May 19th, 2018

All day, 10am to 5pm

Sunday May 20th, 2018

All day, 11am to 4pm

 

CREATURE FEATURE

Provided by Backyard Wildlife Resource Center

www.facebook.com/backyardwildliferesourcecenter

 

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

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

Sunday,  May 20th, 2018

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

 

Wildlife is everywhere around us, and that wildlife varies from region to region. Spreading knowledge about the natural history, safe encounter techniques, and even proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our wildlife and other native animals thrive as they should. Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter works to educate the public about the conservation of the varied misunderstood animals that they work with everyday. Being informed of the importance of these animals roles in the wild is key to understanding how we can help protect them and even help them grow! Join Backyard Wildlife Resource Center as they share some fun facts and fascinating stories about the amazing hawks, crows, and owls that they have had in their care!

 

KIDS AREA

Provided by Fancy Cheeks Face Painting

www.facebook.com/fancycheeksfacepainting

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

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

Sunday,  May 20th, 2018

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

 

Having fun at the Dallas Pet Expo? Have some more and get creative in the Kids Area! Take a break and sit down for some amazing face painting or a temporary tattoo. You can even get a balloon-version of your favorite animal to take home!

 

Dallas Pup Run 5K

Presented by Pup Run USA

www.puprunusa.com

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

8:00 AM Registration and Packet Pickup

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Pup Run 5K

11:00 AM - Award Presentation on the Entertainment Stage

Amazing Pet Expos is proud to present their newest event for pets and people.  In addition to their pet expos,, they now produce Pup Run 5k events in select cities. The Pup Run is a 5K run/walk for people and pets!  The concept is centered around building a stronger bond between you and your pet and engaging in healthy fitness activities that benefit both you and your pet. Anyone can participate with or without a pet - kids and adults alike.. All pets must be on a NON-RETRACTING leash and have proof of age-appropriate vaccinations. There is also a limit of one pet per runner. If you are interested in participating in the 1st ever Dallas Pup Run on Sunday, May 20th, please inquire at the expo Information Booth.  Registration is $35 per runner or walker and includes a t-shirt, a certificate of completion, a bandana for your pet and medals for the top 3 finishers. Packet pick up begins at 8 AM and the run will begin promptly at 9 AM. Even if you are not running or walking, please join us and cheer on your friends and all the cute pets who will participate! The expo opens immediately following the run/walk!

 

Lure Chasing

 

 

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Lure Chasing is a fast-paced, fun chase sport. Dogs run after a “bunny” lure (usually a white plastic bag) that is attached to a line that is controlled by a machine and a lure operator. The machine runs the line at the speed determined by the lure operator (and the dogs) and the dogs chase the lure. Even though the sport originated for sighthounds, many dogs love the thrill of the chase – not just sighthounds. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a Chihuahua or a Great Dane or a mix of anything in between – if they love to chase things, they will LOVE Lure Chasing! And even if you think they won’t – many people are very surprised when their dogs go nuts for the lure!

Low-Cost Vaccination Prices

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Canine

Annual ($68) - Rabies, DHPP, Lepto, Bordetella

The Works ($93) - Rabies, DHPP, Lepto, Bordatella, and Heartworm Test

Canine Influenza Bi-valent ($37)

Feline

Annual ($50)- Rabies, FVRCP, FeLV

Other Services offered:

-Individual Cat and Dog Vaccinations

  • Canine Rabies ($15/1-yr & $25/3-yr)
  • Canine DHPP ($19)
  • Canine Lepto ($19)
  • Canine Bordatella ($19)
  • Feline Rabies
  • Feline FVRCP ($19)
  • Feline FeLV ($19)

-Deworming

-Heartworm Tests ($30)

-Microchipping ($35)

-Heartworm and Flea prevention

Pet/Owner Musical Chairs

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Musical Chairs is a doggy variation of the classic children’s game. Music plays as handlers walk with their dogs counter-clockwise around a rectangular area. A line of chairs (with alternating chairs facing in opposite direction) runs down the center of the rectangle.  When the music stops, the handlers instruct their dogs to sit by verbal request and/or hand signal only (i.e., without touching them) and rush to sit on a vacant chair in the center of the rectangle. Stop by and take part in this popular event – everyone can play! To enter, bring your pet to the entertainment stage 15 minutes prior to the contest start time.

The Dallas Pet Expo™ is Proud to Host a Mega-Adoption Event!

42-25254736Check out the floor plan in your program when you enter the expo and it will show you exactly where to go. Whether you’re looking for a furry, feathered or reptile friend, you’ll find one here!

While a number of rescue groups will be participating in the Mega-Adoption Event, they are only able to show you a small percentage of the animals that they have available for adoption. Sadly, there are many more animals in most rescue groups’ care than could be brought to one place on one day. You can follow up with these groups after the expo to meet more animals who need good homes.

42-21637423Each one of our groups have their own adoption guidelines: some may allow you to adopt a pet at the expo and take it home that day; others may require a home visit and an application. Like you, these rescue groups want the best home possible for the pets in their care. If they ask you questions, like whether or not you own your home or if you’re employed, it’s not because they want to ask you personal questions or embarrass you. They love the animals that are in their care and they want to avoid future heartbreak for everyone involved by making sure that that you’re a perfect fit as a forever home right from the start.

Please check back often for updates on the rescue groups who are participating in the Mega-Adoption or who will have adoptable pets at the expo! As of today, these groups will have adoptable animals at the expo:

This list is currently being populated.

If you’re looking for a purebred, keep in mind that 40%+ of abandoned pets are purebreds. Rescue group personnel are experts at determining if a specific breed or breed mix would be a good fit for you and your family.

So Why Adopt a Rescue Dog?

... after all, aren’t they like used cars? Who wants someone else’s problems? If the dog is so wonderful, why would anyone give him away? If he was a stray, why didn’t someone try to find him? I’d rather buy a puppy so I know what I’m getting, and besides they’re so cute!

42-22168710Rescue groups often hear a variation of this conversation. Many prospective dog owners are just not convinced that owning an older (6 months+) “pre-owned” dog is better than buying a puppy. But there are a number of reasons why adopting a pet from a rescue that carefully screens and evaluates its dog can provide an even better alternative. Here are the “Top 10 Reasons You Should Consider a Rescue.” Remember that this is a general list of pros and cons, and may not be true for every dog (rescue or not) encountered. This is not meant to discourage the purchasing of a puppy over a rescue dog, but is instead outlines the difference between the two when considering a dog.

10) Housebroken. With most family members gone during the work week for 8 hours or more, housetraining a puppy and its small bladder can take awhile. Puppies need a consistent schedule with frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. They can’t wait for the boss to finish his meeting or the kids to come home from after school activities. An older dog can “hold it” much more reliably for longer time periods, and usually the rescue has him housebroken before he is adopted.

9) Intact Underwear. With a chewy puppy, you can count on at least 10 mismatched pairs of socks and a variety of unmentionables rendered to the “rag bag” before he cuts every tooth—and don’t even think about leaving shoes lying around. Also, you can possibly expect holes in your carpet (along with the urine stains), pages missing from books, stuffing exposed from couches, and at least one dead remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it will happen—it’s a puppy’s job! An older dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.

8) A Good Night’s Sleep. Forget the alarm clocks and hot water bottles, a puppy can be very demanding at 2am and 4am and 6am. He or she misses littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. If you have children, you’ve been there and done that.

7) Finish the Newspaper. With a puppy running amok in your house, do you think you will be able to relax when you get home from work? Do you think your kids will really feed him, clean up the messes, take him for a walk in the pouring rain every hour to get him housetrained? With an adult dog, it will only be the kids running amok, because your dog will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.

6) Easier Vet Trips. Puppies need their series of shots and fecals, then rabies shots, then a trip to be spayed or neutered, and maybe even an emergency trip or two if they’ve chewed something dangerous. Puppy visits can add up (on top of what you paid for the dog). Your donation to the rescue when adopting an older pup should get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, and are heartworm negative at the very minimum.

5) What You See Is What You Get. How big will that puppy be? What kind of temperament will he have? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you were hoping for? How active will he be? When adopting an older dog from a rescue, all of those questions are easily answered. You can pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. The rescue and its foster homes can guide you to pick the right match. Rescues are full of puppies who became the wrong match as they got older.

4) Unscarred Children (and Adults). When a puppy isn’t teething on your possessions he will be teething on you. Rescues routinely get calls from panicked parents who are sure their dog is biting the children. Since biting implies hostile intent and would be a consideration whether to accept a “give-up.” Rescue groups ask questions and usually find out the dog is being nippy. Parents are often too emotional to see the difference; but a growing puppy is going to put everything from food to clothes to hands in their mouths, and as they get older and bigger it definitely hurts (and will get worse, if they aren’t being corrected properly.) Most older dogs have “been there, done that, moved on.”

3) Matchmaker. Puppy love is often no more than an attachment to a look or a color. It is not much of a basis on which to make a decision that will hopefully last 15+ years. While that puppy may have been the cutest of the litter; he may grow up to be superactive (when what you wanted was a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when what you wanted was a tireless hiking companion); he may want to spend every waking moment in the water (while you’re a landlubber); or may want to be an only child (while you are intending to have kids or more animals). Pet mismatches are one of the top reasons rescues get “give-up” phone calls. Good rescues do evaluations of both their dogs and their applicants to be sure that both dog and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.

2) Instant Companion. With an older dog, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. There’s no waiting for a puppy to grow up (and then hope he will like to do what you enjoy.) You will have been able to select the most compatible dog—one that travels well, one that loves to play with your friends’ dogs, one with excellent house manners that you can take to your parents’ new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day’s work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride or swim with your new best friend.

1) Rescue Dog Bond. Dogs who have been uprooted from their happy homes or have not had the best start in life are more likely to bond very completely and deeply with their new people. Those who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But, once attached to a new loving family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. Those dogs that are just learning about the good life and good people seem to bond even deeper. They know what life on the streets is like, life on the end of a chain, or worse is all about—and they revel and blossom in a loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.

Unfortunately, many folks think dogs that end up in rescue are all genetically and behaviorally inferior. However, it is not uncommon for rescue to get $500 dogs that have either outlived their usefulness or their novelty with impulsive owners who considered their dog a possession rather than a friend or member of the family. They simply did not really consider the time, effort and expense needed to be a dog owner. Not all breeders will accept “returns”, so choices for giving up dogs can be limited to animal welfare organizations, such as rescues, or the owners trying to place their own dogs.

Good rescues will evaluate the dog before accepting him/her (medically, behaviorally, and for breed confirmation), rehabilitate if necessary, and adopt the animal only when he/she is ready--and to a home that matches and is realistic about the commitment necessary to provide the dog with the best home possible. Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem (only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that), but it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. Beyond doing a “good deed”, adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you ever made. Rescued dogs are literally devoted friend for life.

A very special thanks to German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of Wisconsin for the article, “Why Adopt a Rescue Dog?” www.gsprescuewi.com

Pet Costume Contest

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Show off your pet dressed in their best costume for the super popular Pet Costume Contest! Each pet must wear a costume during the competition period to be eligible. Winners will be determined by audience applause as assessed by the pet expo staff. To learn more about entering please refer to the entertainment schedule.

Pet Talent Contest

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Does your pet have an amazing talent? Here’s your chance to show it off! To enter, bring your pet to the main stage and be ready to dance, jump, sing, or whatever your specialty may be. Contest will consist of one category: Best Trick. Immediately following the competition, winners will be determined by audience applause as assessed by Expo staff. Stop by the prize sign-up table near the entrance to register. 

Agility Demonstrations

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Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers - from junior handlers to senior citizens.  Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog’s ability and drive to work with it’s handler in a variety of situations. The dogs and handlers will demonstrate agility basics such as jumping over agility jumps and jumping through tires, negotiating a teeter, and driving through weave poles.

Service Providers

dogpoop DogPoopBags.com is generously donating all of the dog poop bags for our event! cpo Community Pet Outreach is providing the low-cost vaccinations and microchipping at the expo!
Fancy Cheeks Face Painting Fancy Cheeks Face Painting is the official Kids Area Sponsor.  jenna regan photography Event photography is generously provided by Jenna Regan Photography!
 Name Logo Attendee swag bags provided by Kings Cages!  SwiftPaws Logo The Lure Course is provided by SwiftPaws!
Backyard Wildlife Resource Center The Creature Feature is provided by Backyard Wildlife Resource Center!  olk9-general-logo Off Leash K9 Training DFW is providing the Training Hub!
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