The World Dog Expo recently came to New Jersey, June 9-11th. I was so excited to be part of the weekend and visit the agility competitions, dock diving, and trade show. I do love a good pet expo. People and dogs of all ages were welcome and they came in droves to the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, one of the sponsors, had a small bar outside the event available to those 21 and over.
Having just come from BlogPaws where the sponsors were absolutely amazing, I was not necessarily in the market to shop for new products. However, I could not resist buying a few items.
Modern, slightly edgy, and oh so beautiful. Urban Hippo’s branding immediately drew my eye. Based in NYC, they import Italian-made leather for their products. What city girl would be embarrassed to carry her poop bags in this fashionable case? It was hard deciding between the black or the tan leather. Neutral tones complement everything and I always gravitate to black. Ultimately though, I chose the tan to mix things up a notch. They carry other products as well, and it was hard to walk away.
Situated directly in front of the entrance, the amazing t-shirts really drew the eye. I’m a sucker for graphic tees and with my propensity toward large, mixed breed rescue dogs I thought this one was perfect.
Pinups for Pitbulls
You may have heard of the non-profit organization, Pinups for Pitbulls.
“Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB) was founded in 2005 by Deirdre ‘Little Darling’ Franklin. Deirdre was tired of finding that so-called rescues and shelters were euthanizing healthy, friendly, and adoptable animals due to their alleged “breed”, and so she utilized her background in modeling and education in fine arts to create a calendar like no other–eye-catching pinup girls and their pups, paying close attention to detail and era appropriate style along the way.”
I really wanted the book, but ultimately I chose another graphic tee (it’s a problem) because I thought wearing it would help to raise awareness. Cute and for a good cause is always a win in my book.
They were there with Shorty Rossi of Pit Boss, which used to air on Animal Planet. I enjoyed speaking with them a bit. I mean, look at that absolutely gorgeous pit bull.
Howling Woods Farm
I can’t believe I almost missed it. I must have walked by a few times not paying attention. As I was leaving I was drawn to a crowd of people around a chain link fence inside the trade show. New Jersey- based animal rescue, Howling Woods Farm, was taking photos of people with their wolf dogs for a donation of $10.
Sadly, they only took cash. I did not want to give up my spot in line, and instead dug through my wallet to find the cash. After shamelessly counting out change, I made it with a few pennies to spare. While I waited I asked questions about the rescue and three breeds inside. Samson, Bandit, and Kotori.
The largest, Samson, looked most wolf-like and his paws were enormous. An example of his size would be approximately that of an Irish Wolfhound for scale, he weighs approximately 110 pounds. Samson did not like the dogs outside his cage venturing too close and would often warn them. It always amazes me that people have to be told to step back when an animal snarls and raises his hackles at them- fence or not. After all, there were people inside with the wolf dogs. Luckily, all was quiet inside the cage.
I was able to put and take a photo with two of the animals- one a wolfdog mix (Bandit) and the other a northern breed dog (Kotori). It was so exciting to feel the difference in coat and give a little impromptu massage to Bandit. He practically melted.
Wolves have always had a special place in my heart. My grandmother had a timber wolf x german shepherd mix when I was a child. Sandy, was an amazing dog and I still remember visiting her.
That being said, domestic-bred wolves and wolf dogs are not for most people. They are a combination of wolf traits and domestic dog traits.
The amount of athleticism and training involved in agility dogs is amazing. There were quite a few border collies, corgis, and shepherds. Smart and athletic makes for an amazing combination. Not to mention, super cute.
Last but not least, how can we forget the adorable dogs? All sizes were in attendance, and so many well-behaved pets! Some of the dogs decided to dress up for the day:
In the end it was a fabulous day full of dogs and fun. I probably did a little too much shopping. I love that on the trade show floor there were multiple dog rescues. I also found some fun games and companies that would interest fellow bloggers like A Dog Walks Into A Bar.