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Giggle Booth sponsored by the Dilawri Group
Come and check out some pet friendly vehicles and get a free photo of your furry best friend at the Giggle Photo Booth in the Dilawri booth F4, sponsored by the Dilawri Group of Companies!
SuperDogs Star Search
Is Your Dog a SuperDog?
President's Choice SuperDogs Star Search is coming to the Pet Lover Show and you can show off YOUR dog's talent for a chance to perform with the President's Choice SuperDogs in 2018 at the PNE. From agility to dancing or Frisbee freestyle to jumping rope or silly pet tricks, come and share your dog's special skills in a fun, friendly showcase. Plus you'll see some President's Choice SuperDogs do cool stuff too AND you'll get some amazing gifts and coupons for President's Choice Nutrition First dog food-the official fuel of the SuperDogs! Directions to the show
Here's how to enter:
1) Using your phone, take a video of your dog performing their special skill. Maximium video length is 15 seconds. Videos longer than 15 seconds will not be accepted.
2) Send your video in a message to the Pet Lover Show facebook page. Click the blue "Send Message" button to get started, and then add your video file (click the paper clip icon on desktop, or the images icon on mobile to attach the file)
3) Include President's Choice "SuperDogs Auditions" in the body of your message.
4) That's it!
Contest closes for video submissions on February 23, 2018 at NOON. Due to the volume of entries, only successful applicants will be contacted to do final auditions at the Pet Lover show .
DockDogs as seen on ABC, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel.
3 Competitions combined to make one action packed family orientated show. Discover if your dog can make it as a dock dog!
BIG AIR: Think of Big Air as the Long jump for dogs. Each dog and their "Handler" are a competition team and each team competes head-to-head against the other teams to see who can jump the farthest distance.
EXTREME VERTICAL: Extreme Verticalis the equivalent to a "High Jump" for dogs. Each team is allowed to use a maximum of 20 feet of the dock surface and is allotted 60 seconds to jump in the air while attempting to remove the "Bumper" from the Extender Arm. Rounds will continue with the bumper being raised in 2 inch increments per round until the dog that jumps the highest takes home the Prize!
SPEED RETRIEVE: It's all about speed. Upon entering the water, each dog must swim to the end of a 40 foot pool and remove the DockDogs designated object from a modified Extender Arm in order to complete their timed run. The dog that removes the object the fastest wins and walks home with the prize
Competitors in Iron Dog participate in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve at a single event. We compile the best run in all three disciplines for each team and the team with the overall best score wins. This competition challenges participants to continuously develop their skill in all three different disciplines, and rewards the boldest, best, and most daring dogs.
Directions to the show
Paws On Activities
Bring your pet and check out our Paws On Activity Area featuring seminars by top veterinarians and industry experts. (Seminars in the people and Pet Cafe in Hall B) Let your pet try out the lure course (with proceeds to PADS) Treat your pet to a FREE massage acupressure or Reiki session. Let your pet chat with our animal communicator, Dale McCarthy. You can even get your pet's caricature done. Check it out just beyond the lure course in the second hall!
Dog and Cat Blood Donor Clinic by Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show!
Come to booths 209 & 210 to learn how your pets Blood Donation could saves lives! The AECFV's Pet Blood Donor clinic will be ongoing at the Pet Lover Show this year!
The Blood Services Department at the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley was started as a small, in house donor program in 1996. Donors were called in on an emergency basis to help patients in the hospital. Years later, we took the program over and began a campaign to expand, because hospitals would call us for help and we wouldn't be able to assist them. We didn't want to say no, so I started reaching out the community. Together, we have become a blood bank with nearly 120 animals (dogs and cats) that donate blood every 2-3 months to help animals in need. We support hospitals all over the Lower Mainland, teaching them how to give blood transfusions to help them help their patients at their own hospitals or providing Blood Medicine as part of our well-rounded Emergency team and facility. As we expand to help hospitals on Vancouver Island and in the Interior of BC, we will need more donors to meet the need for blood. Our motto is 'Pets Saving Pet's Lives' and that's what our donors do everyday. We couldn't do it without them and we are always excited to get to show off the amazing animals who make up the amazing super heroes that are our Blood Donors!
We can use both dogs and cats in our donor program. The following are criteria we look for in a donor:
- Between the ages of 1-6yrs
- Animals can be used up to the age of 9, but we do not admit dogs to the program older than 6yrs, or cats older than 3-4 yrs.
- Over 50lbs for our regular K9 program, 30-50lbs for our Half Pint K9 Program and over 8lbs for cats.
- Must have a good temperament and be in good physical condition.
- Must be fed a quality dry or canned food, (no raw diets).
- Must be vaccinated (or titred), dewormed and treated for fleas.
- Must be spayed or neutered
- Must never have had a transfusion previously.
When someone brings their pet in, they will be given a physical exam, as well as a temperament assessment by one of our Blood Services Technicians. We take a small sample of blood and run a test in house to determine what their blood type is. For dogs, we can only test in house for the antigen 1.1, and depending on the results, we then send them off to the veterinary lab for a full health screen, including a cbc, blood chemistry, urine and fecal examinations, and tests for blood borne pathogens. Once we receive the results, we will let you know and add them to our list of volunteer donors.
We make an effort to work around our donor owners schedules as much as we can. Most of our blood related appointments are held on Saturdays, but we do make some exceptions if that day is simply not possible for the owner. We are usually able to give owners at least two weeks notice, so that we can work best around their schedule. Most owners drop their dogs off, but some do bring a magazine or a book and wait. Owners are always welcome to sit in on the donation as well. A donation takes between 15-45 mins, depending on the animal. Some of our donors are given some sedation because it's difficult to ask a dog for sit still for that length of time. Cats are always sedated and so their appointments may take a little longer than dogs.
We try to make the donation and volunteer experience as fun as possible for both our donors and their owners. We want our donors to be excited to come in and see us. At the end of each donation, they are given a can of food (if their diet permits, ie; no allergies.) The owners are sent a gift card the week after each donation as well. We also provide no-cost yearly bloodwork for your pet and we waive the emergency fee should your pet ever have to come in and see us on an emergency basis. Should your pet ever need a blood transfusion over the course of their life, it will be done at no charge to you.AECFV's Website
Come try out our all-new Lure Course!
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show!
Coursing offers a great way for dogs to burn a lot of energy while having some good, safe fun. If your dog likes to chase balls, they'll most likely love lure coursing. Enthusiasts of the sport have set up many local clubs throughout North America. Come and try the course with your dog, there is a small fee, with proceeds to PADS, our official charity. If your dog doesn't love it, your money will be refunded! The sport of lure coursing has a long history - 4,000 year old Egyptian tombs depict coursing with long legged hounds. It was a popular sport amongst wealthy landowners that had big grounds to practice on. In the middle ages coursing was only accessible to royalty; in England commoners were not allowed to own a Greyhound for quite some time. In the 1970's sighthound fanciers developed a portable, controlled coursing event that is the basis for the lure course at the Pet Lover Show.
MEET THE BREED!
֍ Ongoing During Show Opening Hours
Is there a certain breed you've always wanted to find out about? Come to our Meet The Breed area where you'll meet breeders and breed clubs ready to tell you all about the advantages of sharing your life with that one special breed.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Irish Setters, Newfoundlanders, Irish Wolfhounds, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, and Chihuahuas! Come meet these and other breeds to find out if one of them is the right fit as a companion for you and your family!
Acupressure with Heather Schamehorn of North Shore Acupressure
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show!
Heather Schamehorn, Acupressurist
Acupressure is a non-invasive technique using gentle finger pressure on key points along energy meridians to release blockages and balance energy. "When energy is in balance, the body can heal itself".
Heather began training in acupressure after seeing the transformation that occurred after treatment of "Shasta", a wolf x dog, that had suffered trauma, came into her life.
Heather is celebrating the completion of one full cycle of the Chinese zodiac since her adventure into animal acupressure began. She began training in the YEAR OF THE DOG in 2006 at the Center for Jin Shin Do with teacher Ron Pankratz. She has continued with ongoing training, recently studying with Jin Shin Do founder Iona Marsa, completing courses in transe, trauma and PTSD in 2017. She often works as part of a care team with veterinarians and veterinary chiropractors. Having grown up on a farm, animal care has been a part of her life since she was old enough to walk. She lives and works in North Vancouver where the ease of access to the mountains and forest provide a wonderful environment for living and working with animals. Heather enjoys telemark skiing, snowboarding, gardening and swimming with dogs.
Come over to Booth #427 to see what Acupressure can do for your pet!North Shore Acupressure's Website
Interactive Display at Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show at Booths 215/216/217
Kids! Bring your parents and stop by the Greyhaven booth (beside the Weird & Wonderful Stage) and join their exciting, interactive display with tons of great activities for children!
Check out eggs from all different kinds of birds, try the Touch Boxes and guess what's inside, receive a stamp book and gather stamps in your passport bird book (while supplies last) - and there is even a photo booth where you can become a parrot!
Basic Dog Grooming and Hygiene
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show at Booths 272/273
Michelle Grenkow, Canadian Canine Master Stylist and Certified Master Groomer and her senior students at Animal Haven Grooming will go over products for bathing your dog and keeping his coat matt-free, from when you first get them home as a puppy throughout their adult lives. Learn how to get your dog used to brushing, bathing and nail clipping so they look forward to the routine maintenance every dog owner should provide. See how to take care of your dog's ears and how to spot an ear infection plus how to inspect your dog for fleas and ticks. Take your dog from frumpy to fabulous!Animal Haven's Website
BC Assoc.of Animal Massage - Enjoy for a FREE PET MASSAGE!
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show
Is your dog showing signs of stiffness or slowing down? Are they participating in a dog sport? Or maybe recovering from an injury or surgery? Then animal massage therapy may be what you need. Animal massage therapy uses a variety of manual techniques to improve mobility and decrease the pain associated with aging, sports or injury. Our professional members provide exceptional animal massage therapy to support your companion animal through all life stages
As an integral part of your dog's wellness team, our members work closely with the Veterinarians as advocates for you and your dog to help provide the best possible programmes to assist you in ensuring that your dogs continue to enjoy their lives, activities, sports and family life to the fullest.
The British Columbia Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork Professionals promotes professionalism through education, self-development; and the creation and maintaining of regulated standards for Animal Massage and Bodywork Providers. By choosing one of our members your are assured of a professional, well trained and insured practitioner. Learn the benefits of massage for your precious pet the BC Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork Professionals will be available throughout the show in our paws on activity area.BCAAMBP Website
Come Experience a Reiki Session with Certified Reiki Master and Dog Trainer, Sarah Janzen!
Sarah received her Dog Trainer Diploma in 2013 from Animal Behavioral College and continues to work with pet owners to improve the lives of their pets in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Sarah also has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Addiction Counselling. Before finding her passion for working with animals, she worked with adults with disabilities.
During Dog training sessions, Sarah noticed that many of the dogs she worked with had physical and emotional issues training could not alleviate. She wanted to discover a deeper and more lasting way to help these animals heal. She received her Reiki Masters Training and has not looked back!
Sarah is constantly amazed by the effects of Reiki and how well animals respond to this healing energy. She is honored at each opportunity to use this amazing technique to heal people's four-legged best friends!Sarah Janzen's website
Can-Am/TICA Cat Show
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show in the Second Hall
Are you a cat person? Is your cat 'Best In Show'?
Don't miss this fun event presented by the Can-Am Cat Club, affiliated with T.I.C.A. Eight official judges are coming from Texas, Washington, Oregon, Ontario and BC, judging specialty and all breed categories, on both Saturday and Sunday.
T.I.C.A. recognizes fifty five purebred breeds for championship competition, plus the popular household pets, always a crowd favourite.
Purebred neuters and spays are recognized also; all cats are benched in their decorated cages and are taken to the judges "rings"' for handling. All cats are vying for Champion to Supreme Grand Champion titles: judges will pick their top ten cats, kittens, alters and household pets. Many of the recognized breeds will be competing, from the large Maine Coon, to the smallest Singapura - longhairs, shorthairs and almost naked breeds will all be strutting their stuff, so be sure to stop by and take in the Show!
Entry Information is available by clicking on the More Information link.More Information
Lovable Llamas - Meet & Greet
► Saturday @ 11:30 & 3:00, Sunday @ 11:30 & 2:00
People often ask, what do you do with a pet llama? These highly social and intelligent animals love to spend time with you and, like dogs, need fun activities to keep them from getting bored.
Sarah Nicholls from Fat Chance Ranch has trained their llamas to appear in television shows and commercials, and says that you can pretty much do anything with llamas that you do with your dog. Llamas protect other animals out in the field and are extremely aware and curious so they know when something is amiss. They will even chase away coyotes and stray dogs and let an alert out to warn the other animals, so many ranchers employ their llamas as 'watch llamas'. You can take llamas for walks, clicker train them, and if you let them in your house, like the family dog, they will make themselves comfortable and look for a good scratch. Come and meet & greet these amazing animals!
Snakes, Lizards and More - Oh My!
► Saturday @ 12:00 & 2:00, Sunday @ 1:00 & 3:00
Join Hastur McKay and Morgan Troy at the Weird and Wonderful Stage to learn all about these fascinating creatures. The Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles has been active in British Columbia, Canada, for over 30 years.
They gather herpetoculturists (people with a dedicated passion for the ancient hobby of keeping and studying reptiles) as well as people interested in the safeguard of the environment and the welfare of animals. Their members are mostly families and individuals who are interested in studying and protecting reptiles.website
Owls & Raptors Up Close
► Saturday @ 12:30 & 3:30, Sunday @ 12:00 & 2:30
Find out about Owls, raptors and other native birds of prey at the Weird and Wonderful Stage! Staff from the O.W.L. Society (Orphaned WildLife) will fill you in on these amazing birds, as well as avoidable dangers to birds and other wildlife, diet for raptors compared to diet for songbirds, owls and other raptors native to BC, the function of the O.W.L. Society, and answer your questions. Come and find out about these incredible birds!More Information
Be A Good Parront
► Saturday @ 1:30, Sunday @ 1:30
Are you thinking of adding a parrot to your family? Join Jan Robson from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary at the Weird and Wonderful Stage as she discusses the joys, challenges and what you need to know about life with a parrot. Parrots are loud, messy, incredibly smart and somewhat like living with a 3 year old toddler!Greyhaven's Website
BC Exotic Bird Society - The Training Game
► Saturday @ 2:30, Sunday @ 11:00
Please join us at the Weird and Wonderful Stage for a fun interactive audience participation presentation and learn a few basics about communicating with your parrot to develop a trusting and caring relationship.BC Exotic Bird Society's Website
4 Paws On The Run DogTown Strutters
► Saturday @ 10:30, Sunday @ 3:00
This will be our 4th year performing at the Pet Lover Show and we are very excited to show off our 2018 Dog Dance moves!
Over the past 4 years we have performed holiday shows at several seniors care facilities in South Surrey and the Cloverdale Rodeo Parade in 2016. We have even taken our show on the road and performed at the Dog Day Afternoon event in Whistler. The dogs seem to like performing as much as we do and really pick up their pace when they hear cheering and applause from the crowds. The performance is followed by a meet and greet with our fabulous dancing dogs at the ringside.
4 Paws On The Run offer classes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Canine Good Neighbour and Handling for every breed and age of dog - from puppy (beginning at 13 weeks) to adult. All Classes are designed to help handlers and their dogs become a great team through pawsitive training with food rewards. We focus on having FUN!
Come visit us at booth #302/303!
The Art of Agility with DogWorks Training
► Saturday @ 11:30 & 2:30, Sunday @ 2:00
Come to the Carnivora Amazing Dog Stage and watch dogs of amazing speed and accuracy move through courses of jumps, tunnels, weaves, and more!DogWorks Training's Website
Interactive Agility Program - Come on stage to try agility with your dog & the DogWorks Team
► Saturday @ 12:00 & 3:00, Sunday @ 2:30
Join the DogWorks Training Team on stage to try out some Agility foundations exercises with your own dog!DogWorks Training's Website
C-DART and St John Ambulance Animal Rescuer Journey: Learn how to keep your pet safe!
► Saturday @ 12:30
This demonstration will take you on an evacuation voyage that will show you what you can do to be prepared in the case of a disaster. This interactive, kid friendly show will teach first aid for the most common injuries and issues that your pet might experience. Some audience members will be supervised and taught right on the stage with their pet.
Meet the amazing members of the Canadian Disaster Animal Team. CDART is dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for and the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals in a disaster. Volunteers are mobilized when local authorities request CDART's help and when the Provincial Emergency Program's Emergency Social Services is activated. In specific communities, CDART has long-time established teams but will answer requests for help through local, provincial and federal government agencies. CDART works with Emergency Social Services at Reception Centres registering animals that need sheltering or evacuation during an emergency/disaster. CDART is not funded in any way except through donations so please consider donating to CDART so that they may continue their amazing work.C-DART's Website
Pacific Assistance Dogs - See what your raffle dollars do!
► Saturday @ 3:30, Sunday @ 11:00
These "Dogs With Jobs" are indeed amazing! Don't miss this incredible demonstration of teamwork between these Assistance Dogs and their partners. The Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) works training puppies to become assistance dogs, and places them with their partners. Find out more about these invaluable dogs and see them demonstrate their skills.P.A.D.S Website
Paws Against the Clock! Dogwood Pacesetters Canine Sports Flyball
► Sunday @ 1:00
Watch some fast flyers as one of our local Flyball teams race down the track of jumps and back going for the fastest times!Dogwood Pacesetter's Website
Nosework Dogs - You Can't Hide Anything From Them!
► Saturday @ 1:00, Sunday @ 1:30
Nosework is an activity for all pet dogs. It is an activity for every age, breed and ability as well as for handlers of any age or experience. It is a no-aversives, no-discipline, no-guilt, no-obedience fun activity that teams a dog and handler to search for odours. Students start by learning the foundation in a controlled fun environment where the dog is encouraged to find food. As odour is introduced, the teams work their dogs in four elements: interior, exterior, containers and vehicles. Donna Toews (CPDT-KA, CNWI) has been participating in NoseWork since December 2009 and proudly brought the sport to Canada in 2011. She and her dog Edge are the FIRST International Team to reach Elite1 status with NACSW. Join the fun!Donna's Website
Canines are Clever - Rally Obedience with Sam Cassidy from Pacific Northwest Kennels
► Saturday @ 2:00, Sunday @ 11:30
Learn how you can bring more fun into your training sessions with our rally obedience show by Sam Cassidy at Pacific Northwest Kennels!
Rally Obedience is an obedience based sport that emphasizes fun and excitement for the dog, handler & spectator. It challenges the handlers and dogs to improve heeling and teamwork. Good sportsmanship is very important and is expected from everyone participating. It's a sport for dogs and their owners where the dog and handler use directional signs to go through a numbered course within an allotted time. There are two ways to compete in Canada in Rally Obedience, one through CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and the other through CARO (Canadian Association of Rally Obedience) and any dog can compete and have fun in the sport, whether they are purebred or a mixed breed. You can compete for titles at different levels depending on experience, and you can receive ribbons for your accomplishments in the sport.
Sam Cassidy,Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Dog: Emerald Isle (Eme) - Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix CRXMCL, SOG, NW1 (with Harry Award given to her for the most outstanding rescue dog in the trial)
Sam was born and grew up in the Lower Mainland and now resides in Coquitlam, and works out in Langley at Pacific Northwest Kennels as their Training and Marketing Manager.
Sam has always had a passion for helping animals and caring for them with the same love and devotion that she has for her own dog. She started in the dog industry at a young age with house sitting and dog walking and was Certified by Good Dog Academy in 2014 as a Professional Dog Trainer and has continued on her dog training journey since then.
Sam loves to learn about all aspects of the dog world and is especially interested in the communication between dogs and the world around them and how that can help their owners in building a better bond and relationship with their beloved companion. She hopes to be able to bring more dog sports to Pacific Northwest Kennels and to bring fun into your training relationship with your dog.
Poodle Parade and Doggie Fashion Show
► Saturday @ 4:30PM
The Poodle Club presents the 2018 Poodle Parade at the Pet Lovers Show. From Toy to Standard Poodles, these fashionistas of the dog world will put their best paws forward on the Carnivora Amazing Dog Stage's cat walk.
Flying Disc Dogs from DogWorks Training
► Saturday @ 4:00, Sunday @ 3:30
Come watch a show of high-flying action from some incredible disc dogs! Awesome flips, tricks, catches, and throws are all a part of this awesome show.DogWorks Training's Website
Bamboozled Again! Be Mystified by the Incredible DogWorks Trick Show
► Saturday @ 11:00 & 1:30, Sunday @ 12:00
The amazing trick team at DogWorks will show off some of their flashy tricks! They also train dogs for film and commercial work, don't miss these skilled pups!DogWorks Training's Website
► Saturday & Sunday @ 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 4:00
Come and see these amazing bunnies as they show off their agility skills! Animal agility (dog, rabbit or other) is a course of equipment in a ring that an animal will manoeuvre: over, under, around and through in a timed event. The animal that completes the course without upsetting equipment with the fastest time wins the event.
Saturday and Sunday Showtimes:
11:00am Timed Trials/High Jump
12:30pm Tiered Hopping
2:00pm Side by Side Races/Long Jump
4:00pm Tiered Hopping
Agility is fun and exciting for the animals, handlers and spectators. Rabbit Agility is much like dog agility only the equipment is made smaller for a rabbit and stable enough for the rabbit's weight while manipulating the pieces. Rabbits learn to run an agility course just as a dog might. Domestic Rabbits can be very affectionate and intelligent animals. Rabbits can be taught tasks, tricks and behaviors. People are finding what clean, intelligent and affectionate animals rabbits are. Many people are keeping rabbits as pets, some people even have house rabbits that are trained to use a litter box, so Rabbit Agility as well as other sports and activities with pet rabbits are becoming more popular. The Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club is a great place to learn about this fun activity for your rabbit. .... Come and see these amazing bunnies as they show off their agility skills!