Entertainment & Activities Schedule

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

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Saturday May 5th, 2018

11:00 AM: Welcome to the 2018 New England Pet Expo!

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: The Joy of Adding a Rescue Pet: Realistic Expectations for the Entire Family

Presenters: Stephanie Angiulo-Costa, Founder & President, Evaluator and Rescue Dog Trainer, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Owner/Trainer, The K9Edge, Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alums “Bear”, “Cooper” and “Kaiser”; Margaret Shea, Director and Adoption Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter of GSR&RC Alum “Panzer”; Jim Uhlman, Director and Foster Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter of GSR&RC Alums “Rex” and “Red”; Kathy Copeland, Rescue Dog Trainer and Fundraising Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSRRC Alum “Dino”, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, TKN, TKI, TKA and Military Veteran Service Dog.; Bryan Silver Taylor, Home Check Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alum “Jessie”, CGC and Military Veteran Service Dog.; Jessica Berube Mello, Volunteer Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alum “Jessie”, CGC and Military Veteran Service Dog

While rescuing a pet certainly has its share of rainbows and unicorns, it’s unrealistic to expect your newly adopted pet to become the companion of your dreams overnight. It can be stressful for a pet to get used to their new surroundings, and equally stressful for the other animals already living with you. Preparing yourself is relatively easy for a dedicated soon-to-be pet parent, and there are plenty of adoptable animals ready to go home with you!

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!

2:00 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!

2:30 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.

3:00 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!

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!

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Sunday May 6th, 2018

11:00AM: Welcome to the 2018 New England Pet Expo

11:45 AM: The Joy of Adding a Rescue Pet: Realistic Expectations for the Entire Family

Presenters: Stephanie Angiulo-Costa, Founder & President, Evaluator and Rescue Dog Trainer, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Owner/Trainer, The K9Edge, Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alums “Bear”, “Cooper” and “Kaiser”; Margaret Shea, Director and Adoption Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter of GSR&RC Alum “Panzer”; Jim Uhlman, Director and Foster Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter of GSR&RC Alums “Rex” and “Red”; Kathy Copeland, Rescue Dog Trainer and Fundraising Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSRRC Alum “Dino”, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, TKN, TKI, TKA and Military Veteran Service Dog.; Bryan Silver Taylor, Home Check Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alum “Jessie”, CGC and Military Veteran Service Dog.; Jessica Berube Mello, Volunteer Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center, Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alum “Jessie”, CGC and Military Veteran Service Dog

While rescuing a pet certainly has its share of rainbows and unicorns, it’s unrealistic to expect your newly adopted pet to become the companion of your dreams overnight. It can be stressful for a pet to get used to their new surroundings, and equally stressful for the other animals already living with you. Preparing yourself is relatively easy for a dedicated soon-to-be pet parent, and there are plenty of adoptable animals ready to go home with you!

12:15 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: Companion Birds: Building a Human-Companion Bird Bond

Sheila S Blanchette, IAABC Certified Companion Bird Behavior Consultant/Trainer, Owner: Heart of Feathers Education, LLC

Are you a companion bird parent? Or, are you interested in adopting a companion bird? Sheila Blanchette from Heart of Feathers Education, LLC discusses what makes a companion bird the perfect fit for your family and will review 5 awesome items you can do to create a wonderful companion bird - human bond. This presentation will also assist those that might be interesting in adding a companion bird to the family. A Q and A will follow this presentation, so please join us and bring your questions about companion birds!

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: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.

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!

LURE COURSE

Provided by Swift Paws
www.swiftpaws.com

Saturday May 5th, 2018

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

Sunday May 6th, 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

The NE Pet Expo Training Hub: Everyday Dog Training

Provided by German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc.
www.germanshepherdcenter.org

Saturday May 5, 2018

All day, 10am to 5pm

Sunday May 6, 2018

All day, 11am to 4pm

Stephanie Angiulo-Costa,Founder & President, Evaluator and Rescue Dog Trainer, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center, Inc., Owner/Trainer, The K9Edge, Danvers MA, Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alums “Bear”, “Cooper” and “Kaiser”
Kathy Copeland, Rescue Dog Trainer and Fundraising Coordinator, German Shepherd Resource & Rescue Center Inc., Adopter/Trainer of GSR&RC Alum “Dino”, CGC, CGCA, CGCU, TKN, TKI, TKA and Military Veteran Service Dog.

Getting your puppy or adult dog ready for their social life is an important step in their growth as a member of your family. Using proper training techniques and tools, 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!

Service Providers

dogpoop DogPoopBags.com is generously donating all of the dog poop bags for our event!    
Name Logo King's Cages is generously providing all of the attendee grab bags.  SwiftPaws Logo Swift Paws Lure Coursing is the official lure course provider.
 logo The K9Edge is providing the Training Hub.  logo for website xe9s German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center is providing the Training Hub.

 

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