This past weekend, Pet Expo 2014 hit Orange County and I decided to take the kiddos. My mother was really nice about getting us free tickets. (She works for the company which organizes the event.) Other than parking, the entire event was free!
My littlest girl, ‘Mouse’, really likes animals. She is an animal magnet and this weekend proved the point. Every booth we stopped in, the animals flocked to her and wanted her attention. She lovingly spent time with many of them, having to be pulled away from several.
I really enjoy this annual event. Our kiddos get an opportunity to speak with the breeders of various pets and learn so much about the animal kingdom. There is an aquatic center, a reptile area, dogs, cats, and more! The vast majority of animals present are dogs, so we end up learning quite a bit about the various breeds and learn of organizations which help to place the abandoned ones in good homes.
Besides the animals being displayed, there are competitions and vendors as well! ‘Mouse’s’ favorite spot is the dog pool. Here, you can watch dogs leap over a large pool of water to snag a toy. Some of these dogs can jump as far as fifteen feet! On a hot day, it sure looks good!
So far, this year, it looks like over 300 animals have been adopted. That is so awesome! I hope that more will be adopted during the next week, once people go home and have time to consider how these animals are in need.
During out trip, we even discovered which type of dog we own! (Previously, we just thought he was a mutt!) It seems we own a Chiweenie? He is part Chihuahua and part Dachshund. We saw one at Pet Expo who could have been our dog’s brother; so cute!
The highlight of the day, besides spending time with my mother, was stopping by a particular vendor booth. We met the sweetest gentleman, Andrew, who sells hats. (Not hats for animals, but their owners walking in the hot sun.) Andrew and his wife are friends of my mother, whom she met through this event. We spent a few moments talking with him, before he finally talked me into buying a hat. (laughing) Actually, he generously gave my daughters a flowered, hair clip for each of them and a nifty tool for my son. I couldn’t resist giving him a little business and he gave the most incredible deal on a gorgeous hat; so, I bought it!
Have you ever been to a Pet Expo?