“One didn’t need to already own a cat or a dog to enjoy this event. If one was looking for their next furry friend, there were also plenty of homeless shelter animals, hopeful to find their perfect human, that were up for adoption as well.”
Saturday, May 4, 2013
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Animal lovers and their furry friends gathered in droves at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, May 4th for the 2nd annual Greater New York Pet Expo! The free event ran from 10AM-6PM and boasted of tons of fun activities for humans and their four-legged companions.
These activities included a pet costume contest where aspiring fashionistas duked it out to see which of their furry friends had the cutest and most hip outfit, a talent contest where your pet could show off the latest trick that they earned and an agility course for your pooch to show off their excellent endurance. However, for the pet owners who didn’t have such skilled four-legged buddies, there were demonstrations in both obedience and agility so owners could watch and then teach their own dogs some new tricks and perhaps even find a new hobby!
Owners perusing the expo that were more hands-on were also offered excellent learning opportunities as well. Whether you were a new pet owner or an old hand at owning a dog, all of the visitors benefited in learning about the latest tips and tricks in dog training, grooming, traveling with your pet, the different breeds and perhaps most importantly, knowing what questions to ask at your next vet visit.
Plus, there were excellent deals to be had at the expo too. Doggie clothes to make sure that your pooch is best protected from the elements and or just the best dressed on your block can often run up the price wall. Thankfully, the expo’s discounts and sales made many of these unique garments, as well as vital health items such as flea and heartworm preventatives, microchips, and vaccinations much more affordable, which is the best thing for both animal and owner. Pet owners were able to have a great day of shopping for their beloved friend. This was a particularly high point of interest for many attendees, as properly owning a pet can mean a lightening of your wallet.
Aside from live entertainment (which included agility demonstrations by skilled handlers and their dogs), special guests at the Greater New York Pet Expo included Shorty Rossi from the hit Animal Planet television show “Pit Boss.” Shorty brought along his lovable brown and white pit bull Hercules, as he was there to speak out about his work with his rescue and educate visitors about the dangers of Breed Specific Legislation which often unnecessarily targets pit bulls and other bully breeds for being “dangerous.” He was also generously taking pictures with fans and signing autographs for anyone who asked.
If anyone attended the expo without a furry companion, that did not take away from the experience whatsoever! One didn’t need to already own a cat or a dog to enjoy this event. If one was looking for their next furry friend, there were also plenty of homeless shelter animals, hopeful to find their perfect human, that were up for adoption as well.
In the end, the Greater New York Pet Expo was not only a fun event for humans and their animals but an all-around helpful experience. Regardless of whether an owner had a functional or fun-based visit on their agenda, the expo had people and products to support and enhance all aspects of pet owning. Who can think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?
You can view more photos of the adorable animals from the expo on our Facebook Page!
For more information the expo, please visit the expo’s official website.