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 experts at The Eugene Backyard Farmer acknowledge the benefits of living a rural and urban life, and have found a way to combine the two. They deal in products and accessories for urban farming?the practice of applying traditional farming practices to a standard urban property. They supply urban farmers with egg-laying chicks, and specially made chick feed that is free of hormones, steroids, and pesticides. The Eugene Backyard Farmer also carries chicken coops, Kenyan- and Warre-style beehives, and raised garden beds.
When Eric Simpson first adopted his dog Gunner, he probably couldn't have foreseen how the pup would change his life. After watching daycare improve Gunner's canine social skills, Eric knew he had to open his own daycare facility. Today he and his staff care for pups in three BarkZone locations. Rather than spend all day cooped up in a kennel or watching soap operas on TV, dogs enrolled in daycare play all day in the indoor facility with staff members and other pups. The staff also welcomes overnight guests, and owners can opt to have their dogs walked or groomed during their stay.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Judy Brawley's lifelong passion for horses inspired her and her team of experienced trainers to foster sturdy bonds between horse and rider. Farm managers live on the premises, facilitating around-the-clock care, and a cadre of vets, dentists, and massage therapists monitors horses’ health and weeds out egotistical centaurs that attempt to infiltrate their ranks. Students learn proper riding techniques as they navigate the indoor and outdoor arenas of the 100-acre facility. Groomed bridle trails weave around pine and cherry trees, providing idyllic confines to bond with steeds and empathize with their desires to invent a trendy pair of high-heeled hooves.
Oakhaven Labs prides itself on breeding and training award-winning Labradors. The staff trains these dogs in basic obedience skills and hunting techniques to help them catch pheasants and upland birds. Even though they breed labradors, the experts at Oakhaven love dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. When families go away on vacation, dogs can stay at the on-site kennels, where they receive premium dog food, flea and tick medications, and plenty of room to run and play. All boarded dogs also get the benefit of an education with light obedience and fine dining etiquette training every day of their stay.