Introducing the Shed Defender™at America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted On: 04-21-2017

Pets add love and joy to our lives—but as any pet owner knows, pet hair shedding can be a major nuisance. Come visit Booth #116 at America’s Family Pet Expo to learn about the Shed Defender, a lightweight, comfortable suit worn by dogs to contain their hair.

Tyson Walters, creator of the Shed Defender, designed this innovative product in 2011 as a solution to the excessive hair that his St. Bernard, Harley, left behind everywhere she went. Tyson had looked all over for a solution, but found there was nothing on the market to address the issue. He then took it upon himself to create one. After years of testing different fabrics and designs, Tyson perfected the multipurpose Shed Defender. Composed of cool, four-way stretch breathable fabric, the patent-pending Shed Defender does not prevent dogs from shedding—it simply captures loose hair as they shed, reducing furry messes as well as dander and allergens. It is perfect for the home, car, or the homes of family and friends.

The Shed Defender is washable, easy to take on and off, and even contains a zipper so the pup can go potty while wearing the suit. The suit’s design allows it to be used for other purposes besides containing hair. For example, the Shed Defender:

  • Reduces anxiety due to its snug fit, which applies gentle, calming pressure to the dog. This may alleviate stress and barking in nervous dogs.
  • Replaces the bulky medical cone by covering wounds, hot spots, or surgical sites that dogs are prone to lick and irritate.
  • Serves as a barrier to protect dogs from cold weather and prevent their hair from freezing into ice balls when playing in the snow.
  • Helps to safeguard against insects, ticks (the carriers of Lyme Disease), and painful stickers from plants.
  • Keeps dogs clean and dry against the elements that they encounter outdoors.
  • Ensures that show dogs remain clean before a show.

The team at Shed Defender is thrilled to be showcasing this exciting product at America’s Family Pet Expo. “Stop by Booth #116 to see Harley in her Shed Defender suit!” says Tyson.

As a family business, Shed Defender is committed to supporting animals in need. Their Paw it Forward program donates a portion of sales to animal shelters, rescue centers, and other pet adoption organizations.

Shed Defender is working with Harrison Forbes, Celebrity Pet Expert, and will be on tour with Forbes this summer. For more information, visit

Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show

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Ready to see some high-flying, fast-running, trick-performing playful pups having fun? Don’t miss Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at the 28th annual America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show takes the energy and ability of our four-legged friends and packs them into a non-stop, action packed canine thrill show.  You will be amazed by the incredible stunts that these animals can perform, and entertained by the excitement of these dogs as they jump through the air, run races, catch Frisbees, and enjoy the action of performing for an audience.  Not only will these playful pups show off their incredible talents and perform awesome stunts choreographed to upbeat music, but there will also be plenty of crowd participation that makes this show a must-see at America’s Family Pet Expo.

What makes this show so special is not just the incredible stunts and tricks, but also the dogs themselves.  Most of these performing pet stars have been adopted from various animal shelters throughout the US.  These rescued dogs are a testament to what a little training and a lot of love can accomplish, not only for our entertainment, but also for the happiness of these cuddly creatures.

Come watch Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show at the OC Fair & Events Center during America’s Family Pet Expo.  You can watch the show at the Main Mall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm, and 4:45pm.  For more information on the other great shows and exhibits that will be at America’s Family Pet Epxo, visit

The Camp Rusk Foundation at America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted On: 04-20-2017

The Camp Rusk Foundation, Inc. will once again be at America’s Family Pet Expo!  Last year over 400 families joined with them as they help horses that help humans. This year horses will be available to touch and take pictures with.

Horses have a unique combination of movements and personalities that over 800 PATH organizations around the USA use in Human Rehabilitation. We humans have a wide range of situations that can be cured or helped by horses. When ridden, a horse’s natural movements can teach a wounded soldier’s  damaged nerves how to help him walk again.  A naturally caring horse can teach an autistic child to speak.  Civilian or military can reduce or eliminate PTSD in association with a horse. The lost of medically beneficial associations between humans and horses is quite long.

For the work of PATH organizations to continue, a decommissioned horse must have a place to live.  This allows another horse to take its place to help both the military and civilians.  Many PATH organizations do not have land available for the horses to retire on after their service.  Along with other activities, The Foundation provides space for these noble horses.

To learn more about the organization and to meet some of the horses, visit the Camp Rusk Foundation booth at America’s Family Pet Expo April 28-30 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA!