Entertainment & Activities Schedule

MAIN ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
Saturday, Aug. 19th

11 AM: A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration
Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc
Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play signi cant, 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 PM: Puppies Are Family, Not Products
Maura Scherrer, Founder and Executive Director, Talulah’s House
Dogs and their puppies across the country are suffering from inadequate care and a general disregard for their health and happiness. Puppy mills plague the nation at an estimated 10,000 existing across the country today. Not only are puppies produced with only pro t in mind, many of these animals develop medical, genetic and behavioral issues due to poor living conditions and improper care. Help continue the ght against puppy mills and learn what you can do to stop the injustice once and for all!

1 PM: Everyday Dog Training
Bob Warren, Owner, Mutt Masters
Getting your pup ready for their social life is an important step in their growth as a member of your family. Using positive reinforcement, it can be simple to focus all your dog’s energy into being a friendly, well-behaved, and overall happy pup! Common training goals striven for include polite leash walking, and polite greetings. Using tricks to enhance your training program and keeping that training fun for you and your dog will make these issues subside!

2 PM: Thee Vietnam Vet and the Labradoodle: How a Service Dog Helped Win a Personal Battle
Gander, Winner: AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), National Service Dog Ambassador
Lon “Veteran Traveler” Hodge, Army Vet, Author, Advocating for Operation Fetch
Gander was on Doggy Death Row when a prison training program saved his life. After graduation, Gander received additional training and became a service dog to veteran Lon Hodge, who suffers from PTSD and mobility issues as a result of his time in the service. Lon credits Gander with saving his life, and now the duo spend their time raising awareness of veterans’ issues and the profound impact service dogs can have on trauma survivors. Hodge and Gander have co-authored a book of stories, In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Unconditional Love, Inspiration and Service (Veteran Traveler Press), to support their mission.

3 PM: Reptiles, Amphibians, and Creepy Crawly Critters 101
Randy Lewis, Co-Owner, Party Safari
Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! These incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity with pet owners everywhere. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea what they are getting into, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should. 

CONTEST STAGE
Saturday, Aug. 19th

11:30 AM: 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. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

12:30 PM: Slobbery Smooches Pet Kissing Competition
According to a recent study at the University of Arizona’s Human-Animal Research Initiative, kissing your best canine friend could be good for your health. That’s great news for those of you who happen to know that YOUR best canine friend gives the very best slobbery smooches! Why, you ask? Because you and your pooch not only have a shot at some amazing photo opps, but also to be the envy of bazillions of other canines and their companions. You can win a super awesome prize, so be there or be square!

1:30 PM: Spot Says Obedience Competition
Did you know that one of the best parts of obedience training is that it’s a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your bond with your pet? Let your pet prove how clever they are by playing our version of “Simon Says” and see how quickly they respond to your commands! Positive reinforcement and force-free training methods only, please. The last pet standing wins a prize! Just make sure you only do what “Spot Says”! [Commands may include “sit”, “stay”, “lay down”, “shake”, “speak”, and more!] 

2:30 PM: Thee Pet nder.comAdoptable 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. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

3:30 PM: Pet Musical Chairs 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 circle of chairs. 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 circle. Last dog (and person) sitting wins!

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 rst, second, and third-place winners. You can be con dent that we’ve had extensive totally-scienti c 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 Contest Stage by 4:00 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante! 

MAIN ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
Sunday, Aug. 20th

11:30 AM: A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration Melissa Leuning, Co-Owner, Pets 4 Christ Inc
Our pets - and so many other animals in this world we share - play signi cant, 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 PM: Puppies Are Family, Not Products
Maura Scherrer, Founder and Executive Director, Talulah’s House
Dogs and their puppies across the country are suffering from inadequate care and a general disregard for their health and happiness. Puppy mills plague the nation at an estimated 10,000 existing across the country today. Not only are puppies produced with only pro t in mind, many of these animals develop medical, genetic and behavioral issues due to poor living conditions and improper care. Help continue the ght against puppy mills and learn what you can do to stop the injustice once and for all!

1 PM: Everyday Dog Training
Bob Warren, Owner, Mutt Masters 
Getting your pup ready for their social life is an important step in their growth as a member of your family. Using positive reinforcement, it can be simple to focus all your dog’s energy into being a friendly, well-behaved, and overall happy pup! Common training goals striven for include polite leash walking, and polite greetings. Using tricks to enhance your training program and keeping that training fun for you and your dog will make these issues subside!

2 PM: The Vietnam Vet and the Labradoodle: How a Service Dog Helped Win a Personal Battle
Gander, Winner: AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), National Service Dog Ambassador
Lon “Veteran Traveler” Hodge, Army Vet, Author, Advocating for Operation Fetch
Gander was on Doggy Death Row when a prison training program saved his life. After graduation, Gander received additional training and became a service dog to veteran Lon Hodge, who suffers from PTSD and mobility issues as a result of his time in the service. Lon credits Gander with saving his life, and now the duo spend their time raising awareness of veterans’ issues and the profound impact service dogs can have on trauma survivors. Hodge and Gander have co-authored a book of stories, In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Unconditional Love, Inspiration and Service (Veteran Traveler Press), to support their mission.

3 PM: Reptiles, Amphibians, and Creepy Crawly Critters 101
Randy Lewis, Co-Owner, Party Safari
Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! These incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity with pet owners everywhere. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea what they are getting into, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should. 

CONTEST STAGE
Sunday, Aug. 20th

11:30 AM: 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. Please remember, adopt don’t shop!

12:30 PM: Slobbery Smooches Pet Kissing Competition
According to a recent study at the University of Arizona’s Human-Animal Research Initiative, kissing your best canine friend could be good for your health. That’s great news for those of you who happen to know that YOUR best canine friend gives the very best slobbery smooches! Why, you ask? Because you and your pooch not only have a shot at some amazing photo opps, but also to be the envy of bazillions of other canines and their companions. You can win a super awesome prize, so be there or be square!

1:30 PM: Pet Musical Chairs 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 circle of chairs. 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 circle. Last dog (and person) sitting wins!

2:30 PM: The Petfinder.comAdoptable 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. Please remember, adopt don’t shop! 

3:30 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 rst, second, and third-place winners. You can be con dent that we’ve had extensive totally-scienti c 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 Contest Stage by 3:15 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante! 

THE INT’L CAT ASSOCIATION® (TICA®) CAT SHOW
featuring High Country Cat Club
www.tica.org
www.highcountrycats.net 

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
all day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Judges:
Vickie Jo Harrison SP/AB • Toni Jones SP/AB Carol Lawson SP/AB • Steve Lawson SP/AB

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
all day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Judges:
Vickie Shields AB • Adriana Kajon AB Toni Scarboro AB • Sandi Mattingly AB

At this year’s Denver Pet Expo, we will be hosting High Country Cat Clubs’ inaugural cat show! This TICA Cat Show is a pre-registration event for the local community of cats. This is a 12 ring, alternative format show where attendees are welcome to spectate and see the tip top kitties in the Denver area! Stop by and see all of the Fabulous Felines, Friendships and Fun! 

STATE FARM® AGILITY COURSE
www.statefarm.com
(This self-paced activity is for pets of all ages, sizes, abilities, and disABILITIES)

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
all day, 10:00AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
all day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM 

Put your pet to the test on the State Farm Agility & Obstacle Course! Traditional Agility is a fast-paced canine sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. However, that’s not what THIS particular course is all about! Designed to build a dog’s confidence and enhance their ability to work with their guardian in a variety of situations, this self-paced activity is one that any pooch can enjoy - whether they’re young or young-at-heart, weigh 8lb or 108lb, are in peak physical condition or have three legs - and is the perfect activity to challenge your best pet friend both mentally and physically. Staff will be on-hand to offer assistance and help make accommodations for dogs of every age and ability - including those with disabilities - as they navigate their way through this veritable canine carnival of fun. 

LUCKY DOGS LURE COURSE
www.luckydogsadventures.com

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
all day, 10:00AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
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. While lure coursing was originally designed to be a competitive sport for sighthounds,The Lucky Dogs Lure Course is designed for F-U-N. The mechanical lure is under the complete control of its operator, who can easily customize the speed and movement of the chase for each pet. 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 - Only $10 per run! 

REPTILE AREA
presented by Party Safari
www.mypartysafari.com

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
all day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
all day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM 

Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! Tons of folks think that reptiles make super cool pet companions and, as a result, these incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity. In fact, an estimated 4.6 million households in the US happen now own at least one reptile. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea which of these magni cent creatures would make the best t for their lifestyle or family, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should. Party Safari works to educate the public on the care and needs of these amazing animals. They also work to spread the word that not only are reptiles great pets, but they also play an important role in the wild. Join them as they share some fun facts and fascinating stories about the amazing reptiles in their care. 

LUCY PET’S GNARLY CRANKIN’ WAVE MAKER
presented by Lucy Pet Products
www.lucypetproducts.com

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
all day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
all day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM 

Everyone knows that their dog is unique and completely amazing in their own way, filled with many hidden talents and tricks. But have you ever wondered if your dog or cat was the next surfing sensation to hit the landlocked city of Denver? Now you will have the opportunity to answer that question with your own pet! Our Gnarly Crankin’ Wave Maker allows dogs of various sizes to hit the waves and ride their surfboard into the sunset! This 75 foot trailer features 5000 gallons of water and has been seen by over 8 billion viewers on their appearances around the country, including the Rose Bowl Parade. The Lucy Pet team also will feature champion surfin’ pups and even a surfin’ kitty performing tricks and surfin’ in style on the Wave Maker.  

Service Providers

dogpoop DogPoopBags.com is generously donating all of the dog poop bags for our event! FF-logo-huge 1  Furever Friends Pet Photography is the official photographer for the event!
LibertyLogoWhite Liberty Animal Hospital is the official Low Cost Vaccination provider.
 TICACatLogoBlueWReg The International Cat Association Inc. TICA is having their cat show at our event!
f2d9af03a923f32474b3936652b9938d Lucky Dogs Lure Coursing is the official Lure Course provider.  State-Farm-New-Logo-2012  StateFarm™ is the official Agility Course Provider. 
Party Safari 5 Party Safari is the official Reptile Area. AlysonBradshawDowntownDogLogonoestby Downtown Dog is the official Free Nail Trim Provider. 

 

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