Entertainment & Activities Schedule

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

PETSSIFIED.COM MAIN STAGE

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Emcee: Rachel Phelps, Founder, Prestonspeaks.com, www.prestonspeaks.com

10:30 AM: Welcome to the 2018 Vegas Pet Expo!

11:00 AM: A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration

Pastor Robyne Mayer, Pastor, Journey United Methodist Church

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.

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. Adopt, don’t shop!

12:00 PM: More Quality Time With Fido + Not Breaking the Bank? Yes, Please.

Rachel Phelps, Pet Lifestyle Expert and Award-Winning Blogger, PrestonSpeaks.com

Whether you care for your pets on a strict budget or wouldn’t hesitate to purchase the latest-and-greatest luxury items, we all still love to save money. Rachel Phelps, pet lifestyle expert, and writer extraordinaire of the award-winning blog, PrestonSpeaks.com, will share hints, tips, and little-known tricks on how to enrich your relationship with Fido by learning just how easy it is to take your pooch almost everywhere - both at home and beyond. If you enjoy having your furry family member travel and vacation with the rest of your human family, then you won’t want to miss this. And realistic options to further stretch that pet care budget are a super awesome bonus!

12:30 PM: Pet Desert Tortoises, Do's and Don'ts

Sarah Mortimer, Operations Manager

Tortoise Group has been operating in Southern Nevada for over 35 years, providing up-to-date information concerning your pet desert tortoise. From habitat and burrow construction and design to diet, there are many things that make a desert tortoise unique. Tortoise Group also works to conserve wild desert tortoises and re-homes pet tortoises. Come learn about our state's favorite animal and keep captive tortoises captive and wild tortoises wild!

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: Parrots as Companions and Basic Bird Care

Skye Marsh, Vice President, SouthWest Exotic Avian Rescue

Birds are a wonderful choice as a pet, and can be a loving companion for years. Many people can be apprehensive to adopting a bird because of simple behavior issues. Proper care for your feathered friend drastically influences their attitude and temperament and can form a beautiful friendship for years to come! Join the community of bird lovers while they show their amazing animals and provide tips and advice for raising your very own pet bird. Take this opportunity to get up close to some amazing avian creatures and learn about their many habits, dietary needs, and much more! Q and A to follow.

2:00 PM: Pet First Aid: How to Respond in an Emergency Situation

Shawn Caudle, DVM, Durango Animal Hospital

Would you know what to do if your dog suddenly choked on a bone, or if you came home to find your cat unresponsive? As awful as these scenarios sound, they happen everywhere. Knowing how to respond in an emergency, and having a working knowledge of basic pet first aid dramatically increases the chances of saving your pet's life in an emergency. Learning these skills will keep your mind and ease and prepared for nearly anything!

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!

3:00 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!

3:30 PM: One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan

Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing, Founder, Nowzad Dogs

Ten years ago, 42 Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Their mission? To provide stability for the local people during a period of ever-decreasing security. However, it didn’t take long for these Marines to realize that it wasn’t only the local people who needed their help; Now Zad was full of unwanted, abused and uncared-for strays who often found themselves on the wrong end of local dog fighting rings. Breaking up an organized dog fight right outside their remote compound inspired the international charity to form and make a difference for animals in Afghanistan. Given the name “Nowzad,” Farthing’s new four-legged friend served as a source of companionship and support when he needed it most; the thought of leaving Nowzad behind was unconscionable. As you learn more about war’s most voiceless and unintentional victims, you’ll be transfixed by the remarkable stories which led to the creation of Nowzad Dogs and understand why CNN designated Pen Farthing as their 2014 “Hero of the Year.” Farthing’s best-selling book, One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) is the gripping account of one man’s courage and humanity and his fight to make a difference in the most hostile and dangerous environments, one dog at a time.

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!

PETSSIFIED.COM MAIN STAGE

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Emcee: Rachel Phelps, Founder, Prestonspeaks.com, www.prestonspeaks.com

11:30AM: Welcome to the 2018 Vegas Pet Expo!

12:00 PM: A Blessing of the Animals and Pet Remembrance Celebration

Pastor Robyne Mayer, Journey United Methodist Church

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.

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: Baking For Fido

Rachel Phelps, Pet Lifestyle Expert and Award-Winning Blogger, PrestonSpeaks.com

Do you bake wholesome and nutritious goodies for your pooch? What if we told you it was super easy peasy and there was nothing to it (for reals!)? That’s right: Get that wooden spoon out right now and tie that ridiculous little dog-apron on Fido, because we’re about to bake some yummies. Rachel Phelps, pet lifestyle expert, and writer extraordinaire of the award-winning blog, PrestonSpeaks.com, will share lots of hints, tips, and simple recipes for making healthy and tasty cookies, biscuits, and treats to share with your best pet friend. If you can mix a few simple ingredients in a bowl and turn on a stove, then you too can pretend to be Betty Crocker! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to add a spoonful of love to your pooch’s diet.

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: One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan

Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing, Founder, Nowzad Dogs

Ten years ago, 42 Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Their mission? To provide stability for the local people during a period of ever-decreasing security. However, it didn’t take long for these Marines to realize that it wasn’t only the local people who needed their help; Now Zad was full of unwanted, abused and uncared-for strays who often found themselves on the wrong end of local dog fighting rings. Breaking up an organized dog fight right outside their remote compound inspired the international charity to form and make a difference for animals in Afghanistan. Given the name “Nowzad,” Farthing’s new four-legged friend served as a source of companionship and support when he needed it most; the thought of leaving Nowzad behind was unconscionable. As you learn more about war’s most voiceless and unintentional victims, you’ll be transfixed by the remarkable stories which led to the creation of Nowzad Dogs and understand why CNN designated Pen Farthing as their 2014 “Hero of the Year.” Farthing’s best-selling book, One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) is the gripping account of one man’s courage and humanity and his fight to make a difference in the most hostile and dangerous environments, one dog at a time.

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!

BIRD AREA

Provided by Southwest Avian Exotic Rescue

www.southwestexoticavianrescue.org

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

All day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Birds are a wonderful choice as a pet, and can be a loving companion for years. Many people can be apprehensive to adopting a bird because of simple behavior issues. Proper care for your feathered friend drastically influences their attitude and temperament and can form a beautiful friendship for years to come! Join the community of bird lovers while they show their amazing animals and provide tips and advice for raising your very own pet bird. Take this opportunity to get up close to some amazing avian creatures and learn about their many habits, dietary needs, and much more!

CREATURE FEATURE

Provided by Get Rattled!

www.getrattled.org

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

All day, 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Furry friends, creepy crawlers and scaley squigglers 101! Tons of folks think that reptiles and invertebrates make super cool pet companions and, as a result, these incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea which of these magnificent creatures would make the best fit 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 friends thrive as they should. Get Rattled! works to spread the word that not only are reptiles great pets, but they need to be respected in the wild. Learn how to properly handle snake encounters and join them as they share some fun facts and fascinating stories about the amazing animals in their care.

LURE COURSE

Provided by K-9 Allure

www.k9allure.com

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, February 11th, 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 $5!

AGILITY COURSE

Provided by SmartyPaws Canine Coaching

www.smartypaws.com

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

All day, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

All day, 11 AM - 4 PM

SmartyPaws has been in Las Vegas for 15 years. They are an indoor climate controlled training facility. They offer all levels of Agility from Puppy Agility to Competition / Masters level. They also have Puppy Basic Obedience class and Basic Obedience classes. They offer service dog training as well as Canine Good Citizen classes. Their specialty classes include K9 Nosework or scent work, which is a great activity for any dog. Dogs with physical challenges or older dogs, shy and reactive dogs excel at this activity. Their newest class is K9 Barn Hunt, where dogs climb around bales of straw to find rats placed in protective tubes.

SmartyPaws will be hosting agility demonstrations on the hour and opening up the agility course for the general public to try for a small donation which, will support their service dog program to sponsor veterans who need a service dog and training. They will also be demonstrating nosework twice a day to show people how much fun their dogs can have using their noses.

SMALL DOG RACES

Provided by On My Way Home Rescue

www.onmywayhomerescue.com

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

All Day, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

All Day, 11 AM - 4 PM

Small pups will run swiftly to their owner at the finish line, coaxed by food or toys. Stop by to watch the Small Dog Races and see if they choose to run the course, run in circles, or visit with a neighboring pooch - every small pooch is welcome to race and will receive a small prize for their participation! To participate, sign up with On My Way Home Dachshund in booth spaces 1110, 1211, and 1310! Have fun racing, and may the best pup win - Who are we kidding? All pups are the best pups, we don’t judge!

Service Providers

dogpoop

DogPoopBags.com is generously donating all of the dog poop bags for our event! 
Spay and Neuter Clinic
Spay & Neuter Center is the official low cost Vaccination Provider!
Poo Snatchers.PetWasteCleanUp Poo Snatchers is the Official Pet Waste Clean Up for the event!  getrattled logo 342 200 Get Rattled! is providing the Official Creature Feature!
 smarty paws SmartyPaws Canine Coaching is providing Agility Demonstrations! 73466367 Poop Magician logo  PoopMagician.com is graciously providing the the Attendee Bags!
LOGO BEMER Group 4c ZW 02 1 Free Pet Admission sponsored by Bemer Group! K 9 Allure   K-9 Allure is providing the Lure Course!
barkgallerylogoblk1000w The official Event Photographer is Bark Gallery! swear cockatoo The Bird Area is provided by SouthWest Exotic Avian Rescue!
Passion for Paws nail trims FREE Nail Trims at the event by Passion for Paws!  On My Way Home Rescue  On My Way Home Rescue is doing Small Dog Races!

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