Portraits, Contests, and More at THE LAB

Posted On: 04-22-2019

New to America’s Family Pet Expo this year is THE LAB, an educational and social event within the Expo. It’s a show within the show, designed to bring you the latest insights into pet trends, nutrition, behavior, and more.  Featuring an experiential show floor, THE LAB will allow you to connect the pet community and the brands they use in an interactive and innovative way…brands like Merck Animal Health!

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. Merck Animal Health is providing some pet-lovin’ fun each and every day during America’s Family Pet Expo!

On Friday, April 26th, come by and have you and your pet’s portrait drawn by Dianne Nowicki, famed Caricature Artist!

On Saturday, April 27th at 3 pm, enter (or watch) the “You Look Like Your Pet,” competition! There will be a fabulous grand prize, so if you hear “you look like your dog,” here’s your chance to take advantage of it!

On Sunday, April 28th at 3 pm, join us for a Pet Costume Contest! Again, there will be a fabulous grand prize, so get decked out and show us your best!

We want to thank Merck Animal Health for bringing a pet-filled dose of fun to THE LAB at America’s Family Pet Expo! To learn more about them, be sure to stop by their booth at the Expo, or visit https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/. To see more of what THE LAB has to offer, visit https://www.petexpooc.org/the-lab/.


Introducing THE LAB

Posted On: 04-20-2019

Introducing THE LAB, a “Show Within the Show” at America’s Family Pet Expo

This year, America’s Family Pet Expo will introduce an exciting new educational and social event called THE LAB. This “show within the show” is designed to connect pet owners and pet product brands in an interactive and innovative way, offering attendees insight into the latest trends in pet nutrition, behavior, and more. This can’t-miss event may be accessed with a General Admission ticket to the Pet Expo.

At THE LAB, attendees will have the chance to experiment with products they may have never known they needed and mingle with brand representatives, pet industry professionals, and other pet owners. Some of the cutting-edge new products and technologies on display at interactive booths will include:

  • Want to prepare healthy, delicious meals for your beloved pooch at home? JustFoodForDogs, which creates hand-crafted, whole-food meals for dogs, will be offering cooking demonstrations and showing attendees how to whip up nutritious meals that have been proven in university studies to make canines healthier. Recipes and cooking instructions will be provided!
  • The Litter Genie®. This innovative cat litter disposal system offers a hassle-free solution for eliminating kitty odors in your home. Representatives from the company will be giving away Litter Genie Pails, Jackson Galaxy books and t-shirts, Amazon gift cards, and more!
  • Basepaws Cat DNA Test. The world’s first at-home cat genetics test enables pet parents to determine their cats’ breeds and traits, which can ultimately be used to determine unique feline habits and health. Created with a mission to support genetic research for better cat care, the Basepaws Cat DNA Test will be featured on Shark Tank on Sunday, April 28.
  • TEEF! Health. TEEF! offers a simple, natural prebiotic solution for balancing the bacteria in your dog’s mouth—thereby promoting stronger teeth, healthier gums, fresher breath, and a longer lifespan for your furry friend.

In addition to these ground-breaking products, THE LAB will feature engaging workshops and speakers. For example, representatives from Fear Free Happy Homes will be offering free consultations on how to reduce problem behaviors and improve your pet’s emotional well-being through training. Ever wanted to meet a canine celebrity? Now is your chance! TAiLS & toys will be introducing attendees to Tinkerbelle, an adorable papillon-maltese mix who has achieved internet fame and been photographed with top models, fashion designers, and other celebrities, including Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. As a social media influencer with over 200,000 followers on Instagram, Tinkerbelle was listed as one of the Most Entrepreneurial Dogs in America by Entrepreneur!

As you browse the interactive exhibits at THE LAB, enjoy music, art, and food for people and pets alike. To learn more about this fun new feature of America’s Family Pet Expo, visit http://www.petexpooc.org/the-lab/.

Experience the Joy of Goat Yoga at America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted On: 04-19-2019

Since 2016, the goat yoga trend has been sweeping the nation—and this year, America’s Family Pet Expo attendees will have the chance to learn first-hand about this much-loved activity with an appearance by California Goat Yoga.

Formally known as “caprine vinyasa,” goat yoga involves a standard group yoga class—but as participants practice their asanas, they are accompanied by adorable, playful baby goats who may climb onto the yogis backs and laps in search of affection. Produced by Mullenax Ranch, a small, family-owned and operated ranch in Tehachapi, Calif. that strives to be self-sustaining, California Goat Yoga is a mobile program that offers goat yoga classes and functions throughout the state. Their critter of choice is the Nigerian Dwarf Goat, a miniature breed of dairy goat known for having a gentle and curious disposition.

Alex Mullenax and her husband, the husband-and-wife team behind California Goat Yoga, are passionate about bringing their beloved furry friends to communities in which goat appearances tend to be limited to a county fair or petting zoo, and spreading joy and relaxation through their goats’ calm, quirky personalities. And humans aren’t the only ones who benefit from goat yoga—participating in classes is a great way for the young goats of Mullenax Ranch to practice socialization! All California Goat Yoga activities serve as a fundraiser to help offset the costs of feeding and caring for the ranch’s animals, which also include llamas and horses from the local wild herd.

Don’t miss the chance to laugh and unwind with some adorable new four-legged friends at America’s Family Pet Expo! To learn more about California Goat Yoga, visit https://www.californiagoatyoga.com/.

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