Pet lovers congregate inside the Portland Metropolitan Expo Center’s 72,000-square-foot expanse for the 11th annual Northwest Pet and Companion Expo, featuring a weekend's worth of pet-centric exhibitions and more than 120 vendors. Now entering its second decade, the locally owned event entertains kids with face painting, bounce houses, and demonstrations by pet experts, while adults enjoy live entertainment and informational resources about adoption opportunities. Pets can accompany their owners through the fair's walk-through aviary and exotic animal display, and a truffle-dog tournament lets canines test their sniffing abilities in discerning pinot noir from chardonnay.
The expert pescophiles at Saltwater Fanta-Seas unveil a bounteous selection of saltwater fish and sea creatures so that aquatic animals may meet their new, finless families. Ocean fish, such as the six line wrasse ($18) and leviathan red grouper ($39.99), are admired for dazzling designs and graceful movements––like winged toasters on screensavers. Opalescent dragon gobies ($23.99) and green chromis ($6) are great for first-time fish-owners, while advanced fish aficionados might opt for an ethereal african flameback angel ($49.99). Immobile sea-tizens, such as clams, coral, and anemones, are also available. Acquire the tools necessary to build a saline city with a variety of nano systems, aquariums, and equipment to maintain a saltwater tank.
Club K-9 welcomes well-socialized and evaluated dogs into a clean and spacious environment. Dogs can enjoy an overnight stay in social boarding, or large and small canines can cavort in separate areas during daycare under the supervision of a trained professional. After a full day of play, tired-out pups return to their owners. The center also offers group and private training, as well as bathing with all-natural shampoos and conditioners.
Workers from Hot Diggity! step out of houses with pups tugging politely at the leash and lolling their tongues in the sunshine. The crew members, who are all licensed, bonded, and insured, give owners a break from taking the dog outside and dealing with all the strange children the dog rescues from farm wells. After consultations allow them to get to know the home and the pet’s routine, staffers can even stop in several times a day or stay overnight to care for their animal charges. They also care for care for critters including cats, gerbils, birds, and reptiles.
While this Groupon is not good online or toward The Pixie Project’s supplies of dog and cat food, customers are encouraged to come in and browse toys, furniture, accessories, and more. Choose from Chuck It 25-meter ball launchers ($11.85), Fetching Wear handmade designer dog collars ($24 for a medium), Kong Double Cat Scratchers ($8.44), West Paw Nature Nap small dog beds ($25.90), Petsport Laser Chase kitty toys ($11.55), and much more to make any beloved darling feel like the prize pet in the window.
An avid lover of animals, Theresa Shire burst onto the pet-care scene as an adoption center and animal care supervisor for the Arizona Humane Society. Since then, Theresa's passion for raising playful, happy pets and pairing them with compatible owners has flourished at Dogstar—a one-stop shop for pets that has grown to include its own pet rescue and adoption center. After a complimentary assessment of temperament, Theresa and her staff welcome cats and dogs into daycare where positive-reinforcement techniques maintain harmony and an interest in the field of psychology among packs as they exercise and mingle. After daycare, the patient employees ease animals into overnight stays in pristine boarding digs. Pets boarded for five days or more strut into the salon for free grooming, which can include baths, manicures, or quality time with the Furminator. Onsite vet Laura Chang performs checkups and vaccinations while owners browse the boutique’s collection of dog supplies, toys, and foods from Natural Balance. From April to September, clients can spend extra time perusing nearby shops on First Thursdays—fun evenings full of wine, music, and work from local artists, much like a clambake in the Louvre.