As warmer weather approaches, dog events season is about to get into full swing. This means everything from the monthly Dogs Nite Out at Ritter’s in
to the Furry Skurry in May to the Doggie Dash ‘n Splash come August. Kettering
This past weekend, we decided to hop in the car – Izzy included – and venture a little outside the
to check out the 18th Annual Columbus Pet Expo, which was held March 23-25 at Veterans Memorial. Miami Valley
About the Expo
The purpose of the Columbus Pet Expo is to educate the public about the importance of responsible pet ownership. The event includes fun pet entertainment, pet competition shows and events, seminars, and new product sales and demonstrations.
From the floor of the Columbus Pet Expo.
Most importantly, when the Expo says “pets,” they mean everything… dogs, cats, birds, horses, and more.
A friendly camel.
This area also had homemade alpaca fleece items for sale.
Events at the Expo included plenty of activities showcasing all types of animals, including “Meet the Breeds,” Classic K-9 agility shows, indoor dock diving, a bird show, a petting zoo, and the TICA Cat Show. There also was plenty of other entertainment, including a pet-themed Children’s Show.
Everyone had a dog-gone good time watching the children's show.
As we walked around, we visited each of the booths, and of course did a little shopping. We bought Izzy a fleece coat from Puppy Wear and were impressed by the unique pet furniture from Petsonality.
Perfect sleeping space for a cat or small dog.
In addition to merchants, there were a number of other booths dedicated to Columbus-area general and breed rescues for cats and dogs, a ferret vendor, veterinarians, boarding facilities, pet activities, and more.
We even took in the cat show, separately, as one of us had to wait outside the cat area with Izzy who was not allowed in – for good reason. Luckily, we picked the right time as they were judging the Bengal cats, of which we have two at home.
Finding the perfect Bengal, to breed standard, of course.
The Columbus Pet Expo certainly had something for everyone. Here’s a few quick takeaways.
First, the fact that the Columbus Pet Expo is indoors is a huge plus. Even though we’ve been blessed with warmer temperatures lately, you just never know what Spring in
will bring. Ohio
Second, the event is totally pet friendly, as long as your pet can handle crowds and loud noises. It looked like the majority of owners there were aware of their pet’s temperament and everyone got along.
Finally, as you would expect for an Expo, there is a little something for everyone, whether you’re a pet owner or just an animal lover looking for a fun day away from home.
As compared to most pet-centric events that we’ve been to in
, there were not as many freebies being given away from the vendors. That was disappointing, especially considering the cost to enter and the parking fee. In fact, most conventions you go to will give you a goodie bag just for showing up. At this event, you just Dayton
received a program and some coupons (and a poop bag if you brought a dog).
In addition, while there was an outside pet waste area and signs indoors that asked you to clean up after your pet, the supplies for cleaning up after your pet (paper towels, spray) were not easily visible. Plus, there was not a trash can immediately at the pet waste area, it was down by the return door. That said, we did see pet owners cleaning up after their pets and attendants who came to spray the floor afterward, so we’re not saying it wasn’t a clean event, just that supplies could be handier.
Did you attend the
Pet Expo? Let us know what you thought of it. Columbus