When we decided we were in the market to add a furry friend to our family, my husband visited the local animal shelter and immediately fell in love with our dog. Although he’s not the smartest dog I’ve ever met, and was a bit timid at first, our dog has proven himself to be one of the sweetest, most lovable dogs I’ve ever owned. He’s good with kids and is a pretty good watch dog. And, I really think he knows we saved him.
So this weekend while getting him power-vacuumed at PetCo (one drawback – he sheds like crazy) I found myself reading a flyer I wanted to share. It’s an event taking place this weekend that really caught my interest.
The Eastern Iowa Pet Expo will take place Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm. It will take place at Hawkeye Downs (4400 6th St SW). The admission is only $3 (kids 6 & under are free) and part of the admission goes to the Cedar Valley Humane Society (on Saturday) and K9 COLA (Citizen’s for Off-Leash Areas) on Sunday.
There will be a petting zoo, pet photography, information on boarding and grooming, gifts, toys and food, and drawings and prizes throughout the day.
There will also be pet contests – held both days at noon. Categories include best trick, best costume, best owner, pet look-a-like, and most unique.
And the part I found most interesting – Linda Farr and her golden retriever will be demonstrating how to dance with your dog. Now this is something I’ve been known to do occasionally to entertain my son, but I guess this is the real deal. Linda and her dog Keeper were the first National Freestyle champions in the U.S. She will be there on Sat from 11:00 to 1:00.
If you plan on going and taking your dog you will need to fill out a waiver which can be found on the K9 COLA site.
Save our area’s dogs!
So next time you’re thinking about buying a dog check out your local animal shelter. There are SO many well-behaved, loving dogs there that desperately need homes. It was one of the best decisions my family ever made.
Area dog rescue groups:
Washington County Humane Society / PAWS & More Animal Shelter. That’s where we adopted our dog from. They were great!
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