Entertainment & Activities Schedule

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Please note that schedules may be subject to change.


10:30 AM: Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Pet Con !


11:00 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! 


11:30 AM: Happiest Pet, Biggest Smile Contest

Oh. My. Gawd. Becky, look at that mutt. Her smile is so... big. We can’t believe it’s so round. We mean, it’s so out there... Oh, sorry, you caught us singing along to one of our favorite tunes by Sir Barks-A-Lot. Anyway, does your pet have a smile that lights up a room? Is he/she just the happiest pooch who’s ever wagged their way onto a dance floor? Yes? Then this is the contest for you and your best pet friend! The Happiest Pet, Biggest Smile Contest consists of two categories: “happiest pet” and “biggest smile”. Audience applause will determines who wins a fabulous prize!


12:00 PM: Simple Steps to Refreshing your Pet

Angela Clark,  President American Grooming Academy A BPPE Licensed educational Facility, American Grooming Academy 

This informative 30-minute presentation will help every pet owner complete basic refreshing steps with their pets! Ear cleaning, Eye cleaning, Basic brushing, Paw pad care and more will be presented in an educational way that will be easy for any pet parent to follow! We will also have handmade essential oil products that we use at our demo for sale at the AGA both! American Grooming Academy is a BPPE licensed Academy located in Temecula California. Where Pets, People and Education are our passion!


12:30 PM: Judith A. Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center  


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!


1:30 PM: One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan

Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing, Founder, Nowzad Dogs

Ten years ago, 42 Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Their mission? To provide stability for the local people during a period of ever-decreasing security. However, it didn’t take long for these Marines to realize that it wasn’t only the local people who needed their help; Now Zad was full of unwanted, abused and uncared-for strays who often found themselves on the wrong end of local dog fighting rings. Breaking up an organized dog fight right outside their remote compound inspired the international charity to form and make a difference for animals in Afghanistan. Given the name “Nowzad,” Farthing’s new four-legged friend served as a source of companionship and support when he needed it most; the thought of leaving Nowzad behind was unconscionable. As you learn more about war’s most voiceless and unintentional victims, you’ll be transfixed by the remarkable stories which led to the creation of Nowzad Dogs and understand why CNN designated Pen Farthing as their 2014 “Hero of the Year.” Farthing’s best-selling book, One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) is the gripping account of one man’s courage and humanity and his fight to make a difference in the most hostile and dangerous environments, one dog at a time.


2:00 PM: The Science of Cannabinoids For Pets

Jerri Nachman, CBD Educator & Senior National Sales Agent, PHARMA Hemp Complex/Canna-CBD Health

Why does the Hemp plant hold so many medicinal values for humans and pets? Is CBD hemp oil good or can it be harmful? There are so many misnomers out there about CBD and hemp, we will educate you on how it works, and why we are exchanging synthetic pharmaceuticals for all natural Phytoceuticals (plant-based) when treating our beloved pets. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of CBD, and how it improves physical and emotional health… naturally. 


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!


3:00 PM:   Acupressure for Animals

Nedra Abramson, Nationally Certified Small Animal and Equine Acupressure Practitioner, Reiki for All Creatures

Acupressure is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle and noninvasive. It doesn’t cause stress, discomfort, or pain, and yet yields powerful results. Animals respond intuitively to Acupressure’s power to heal emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.


3:30 PM: Not All Pets Are Fluffy 

Janell McMorran, Vice President,  Reptile Association of San Diego

Representing the Reptile Super Show and introducing people to pets who aren’t fluffy, furry, or necessarily cuddly. We will showcase some of our demo animals, talking about the reptile industry and the hobby of keeping reptiles and amphibians, and how they make wonderful alternative pets. We will touch on the importance of trade shows like the Reptile Super Show and the impact educated keepers have on our hobby worldwide, including the mission statement of the Reptile Association (“Conservation through Education”). 


4:00 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! 


4:30 PM:   How to become an amazing talented expert at dog walking - 101

Alexander Cheng & Stephanie Chona, Chief Executive Officer & Vice President of Marketing, Collars for a Cause 

Collars for a Cause is a group of students within the integrated business practicum, that want to use their project as a way to do good in the world.

This will be a 10-15 minute presentation regarding Dog Walking Safety Tips. 


5:15 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 5:00 PM and be ready to work, sashay, shante!




Sandiego ka allure

Provided by K9 Allure 


Saturday, October 27, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 6:00PM


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 $10!



Bird Area 

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Provided by Parrot Education and Adoption Center 

Saturday, October 27,  2018

All day, 10:00AM to 6:00PM



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Provided by Judith A. Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center

Saturday, October 27t, 2018

All day, 10:00AM to 6:00PM


Snakes and Skinks! Lizards and Geckos! Turtles and Toads! Tons of folks think that reptiles make super cool pet companions and, as a result, these incredible creatures continue to grow in popularity. In fact, an estimated 4.6 million households in the US happen now own at least one reptile. Sadly, many prospective pet parents have no idea which of these magnificent creatures would make the best fit for their lifestyle or family, leaving millions of animals misunderstood and mistreated right from the start. Learning about the natural history, safe handling, and proper captive care of these beautiful creatures is the key to ensuring that our reptile friends thrive as they should.The Judith A. Bassett Candid Education and Conservation Center works to educate the public on the care and needs of these amazing animals. They also work to spread the word that not only are reptiles great pets, but they also play an important role in the wild. Join them as they share some fun facts and fascinating stories about the amazing reptiles in their care.





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