Entertainment & Activities Schedule

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

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

10:30 AM: Welcome to the 2018 Virginia Beach Pet Expo!

11:00 AM: A Blessing of the Animals

Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc
Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play significant, meaningful and cherished roles in our lives. Please join us for a very special moment which celebrates the emotional bond we share with our animal friends and honors the precious memories we have with those who’ve passed on. Please respect all participants as we celebrate the animals who’ve touched us and the pets we’ve loved and lost. All creatures are welcome, and those attending without pets are encouraged to bring photos or keepsakes. Pets 4 Christ will be handing out tags blessed with holy water and 25% of their proceeds will be going to a local rescue.

12:00 PM: From Street Cat to Snugglebug: Feral Kitten Socialization

Becca Ostman, Executive Director, Billy the Kidden Rescue
There is an estimated 35-50 million feral cats in the United States alone. Every one of these cats are capable of being a future feline companion with the right family. For Billy The Kidden Rescue, most of their rescues were born feral, and they have perfected the technique of turning hissers and spitters into lovable snugglebugs! From the "struggle snuggle" to being "Mama Cat", Becca Ostman will go over all the tricks of the trade presenting a few kittens in various socialization stages.

12:30 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!

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!

1:30 PM: Author Reading: “Bruiser: A True Story About a Special Cat”

Barbara Ann Gareis, Author
“Were you lost and alone? Scared of the dark? Did giant dogs chase you? Did they snarl and bark?” July 4, 2015 was a day that changed the fate of one special cat’s life forever. This story is about a cat who was alone and scared, bullied and neglected. More important, it’s about a family who loved him and gave him another chance at life. This true story about Bruiser’s rescue will warm the hearts of readers young and old. Stop by the Main Entertainment Stage to share in Bruiser’s touching story. Plus, meet the real life Bruiser.

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: All About Service Dogs

Christina Cherry and Heather Martin, Program Instructors, Paws for Purple Hearts
Paws for Purple Hearts is dedicated to improving the lives of America’s Warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI by providing the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs. Paws for Purple Hearts is the world’s only service dog organization for wounded service members and veterans that partners with Bergin University of Canine Studies. Join Christina and Heather as they spread awareness about the amazing work of Service Dogs as well as share information about the organization Paws for Purple Hearts.

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

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

11:30AM: Welcome to the 2018 Virginia Beach Pet Expo

12:00 AM: A Blessing of the Animals

Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc
Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play significant, meaningful and cherished roles in our lives. Please join us for a very special moment which celebrates the emotional bond we share with our animal friends and honors the precious memories we have with those who’ve passed on. Please respect all participants as we celebrate the animals who’ve touched us and the pets we’ve loved and lost. All creatures are welcome, and those attending without pets are encouraged to bring photos or keepsakes. Pets 4 Christ will be handing out tags blessed with holy water and 25% of their proceeds will be going to a local rescue.

12:30 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!

1:00 PM: Author Reading: “Bruiser: A True Story About a Special Cat”

Barbara Ann Gareis, Author
“Were you lost and alone? Scared of the dark? Did giant dogs chase you? Did they snarl and bark?” July 4, 2015 was a day that changed the fate of one special cat’s life forever. This story is about a cat who was alone and scared, bullied and neglected. More important, it’s about a family who loved him and gave him another chance at life. This true story about Bruiser’s rescue will warm the hearts of readers young and old. Stop by the Main Entertainment Stage to share in Bruiser’s touching story. Plus, meet the real life Bruiser.

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: Myths and Facts about Tarantulas

Kitty Wynter, Tarantula Enthusiast and Sasha, Tarantula, S.O.A.P. Spider Outreach Associates Program
Join Kitty Wynter and her best tarantula friend Sasha on the Entertainment Stage and learn all about spiders. Are they the right pet for you? What makes them a good pet ? What are the benefits to a pet spider? A Q and A will follow the presentation as will an opportunity to meet Sasha up close. Learn all about the facts and myths about tarantulas.

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!

SWIFT PAWS LURE COURSE

Provided by Swift Paws

www.swiftpaws.com

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, June 10th, 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.

AGILITY COURSE

Provided by Holly Creek Border Collies

www.hollycreekbordercollies.com

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
All day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Holly Creek Border Collies’ show dogs do more than just trot around the ring! They do FrizGility! FrizGility is a combination of jumps, tricks, tunnels, and the other obstacles of agility combined with high speed Frisbee. With just a soft cloth flying disk, and simple obstacles (most of which are easily made) these energetic dogs put on a show! Holly Creek Border Collies makes training and exercise fun with their Scottish Border Collies, so come and watch these magnificent dogs run, jump, catch, and return!

Service Providers

dogpoop DogPoopBags.com is generously donating all of the dog poop bags for our event!
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Swift Paws is the official Lure Course provider.
mrrogers Mr. Rogers Windows is providing free admission for pets. 2015 ENEPHOTO square logo  E-n-E Photography, Inc is the official Photographer!
Operation doggie doody logo-05 Operation: Doggie Doody is the Official Pet Waste Clean Up Provider!  HollyCreekBanner Holly Creek Border Collies is providing Agility Demonstrations!
Dapper Dog Grooming Dapper Dogs Mobile Grooming is providing FREE nail trims during the show! Providence Square Veterniary Clinic Vouchers for low-cost vaccines will be provided by Providence Square Veterinary Clinic and Referral Services!

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