Do you guys remember the last time we visited the Pet Days event in Orange County? It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but I just took a look back at the archives and we went to the First Pet Days way back in 2008! I bet a lot has changed since then and hopefully it has expanded well beyond the small section it occupied 5 years ago.
Anyhow, we’re going back to the Fall Pet Days and we’ll be there representing Guide Dogs of America! I’m scheduled to be there this Sunday, November 3rd from 9am-12pm. Unfortunately, Adelle will not be joining me (she’s a Canine Support Teams pup). However, I will be working with GDA puppy in training, Duncan.
Here’s Duncan as a puppy (he’s the little guy).
Little Duncan, Big Swagger!
Duncan’s no longer a little guy…he’s probably closer to the size of Swagger (the big guy in the pic).
OC Pet Days
Okay so let’s get to the details about these OC Pet Days…
WHAT: 4th Annual Fall Pet Days
WHEN: November 2nd and 3rd, 2013: 9am-3pm
WHERE: Orange County Fairgrounds
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Pet Days Features:
- Pet Wellness Information
- Spay and Neuter Information
- Training Tips
- Animal Welfare Education
- Non-Profit Pet Organizations
- Specialty Rescue Groups
- Guest Speakers and Demonstrations
- plus ADOPTIONS
- Family Fun
- Free Face Paintings
- You’ll never find a better friend
Our annual Fall Pet Days are held in conjunction with the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair and Event Center.
Sorry birds or personal pets are not permitted at the OC Marketplace or Fairgrounds.
Here’s the flyer for the 4th Annual Fall Pet Days:
It’s only a few days away so don’t forget to mark your calendars. If you do decide to go don’t forget to stop by our GDA booth and say hello. Duncan and I will be there Sunday from 9am-12pm.
Have you been to one of the past Fall Pet Days at the OC Fairgrounds? If so, what did you think about it? Hopefully we see you guys this weekend!
Did you guys visit Pet Days at the OC Market Place this past weekend? I hope some of you were in attendance. I know my mom, dad, and sister made it out there. I even heard my mother purchased a new cat tower that almost reaches her ceiling.
I also made it to the event, but unfortunately Derby had to stay at home. After much deliberation (in my mind) I decided it might not be a great activity for Derby as there would be lots of strange dogs and people that at 5 months of age could be a little overwhelming for a puppy. Anyways, as our Guide Dogs of America group leader told me Derby doesn’t have to do everything you do.
Anyhow, back to the Pet Days event. It was a little smaller than I expected, but had a nice turn out during the time I was there. There were several cool things going on besides the pet adoptions. The main stage was showcasing puppies and dogs who needed homes. I also was lucky enough to catch the Le PAWS Pet Agency do a little obedience and trick work on the stage.
While dogs seemed to be the main attraction they were not the only pets on display. We ran into booths from dog breed specific, to pet product booths, dog sitting and boarding, Parrot rescues, Guinea Pig rescues, and of course cats and kittens were up for adoption as well.
Another popular attraction were the soccer collies. A couple soccer loving collies were willing to take on anybody who could kick the ball on a giant inflatable arena.
Thanks To All The Rescues
I did have a chance to talk to several of the volunteers at the different rescues and I’d just like to say thanks to everyone working so hard to find these animals a home. As one volunteer mentioned to me “Aren’t these people amazing…how much they love these animals and gather to help them find a good home.”
I agree, they are amazing people and I’m so happy they organize events such is this one.
Here are a few pictures of puppies I saw while visiting the different booths:
This little guy was up for adoption at the Cuddly Canines Rescue and I believe it said that he had a Chow Chow mommy. It sure looks like he didn’t get the Chow Chow fur:
A couple more puppies from the Cuddly Canines Rescue. These little guys had a Shepherd mommy and from the looks of these two and their siblings may have have had two different daddy dogs.
Animal Assistance League of Orange County
Another thanks to the Animal Assistance League or Orange County for coordinating the event. As it says on their website:
The Animal Assistance League of Orange County is a non-profit no kill humane society dedicated to aiding lost and homeless pets, helping people with pet related problems, promoting responsible pet-ownership and pet population control, and preventing cruelty to animals through educational programs.
I always enjoy going to these pet related events and hopefully some of you made it to the Pet Days at the OC Market Place as well. My mother made it to the Pet Days on Sunday and told me: “We’re hoping the OC Market Place has a Pet Day at least once a month. It’s such a good way to promote pet adoptions.”
Did you go to the Pet Days at the OC Market Place last weekend? If so, what did you think?
Guess what’s just around the corner? No, not Halloween (although it is, so go get your dog costumes ready)…it’s the First “Pet Days” at the Orange County Market Place.
This sounds like a great event…it sounds like it’s a mini-Pet Expo with specialty rescue and adoption groups, information on pet wellness, spaying and neutering and other animal welfare education; pet related vendors; guest speakers and demonstrations and non-profit pet organizations.
First “Pet Days” at The Orange County Market Place
Costa Mesa, CA – As part of National Pet Wellness Month, the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O. C. Fair and Event Center, will host Pet Days, Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 2008 presented by the Animal Assistance League of Orange County.
What: First “Pet Days” at The Orange County Marketplace
When: October 11th and 12th, 2008: 7am – 4pm
Where: Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Admission: Regular admission is $2. Click the image below to download one free admission coupon.
Vendors And Exhibitors
Unfortunately, space and participant application deadlines are past due so if you were interested in being a vendor or exhibitor you’ll have to wait until the next “Pet Days” event.
An added bonus is that the “Pet Days” event will be held in conjunction with the regular Orange County swap meet activities which includes over a 1,000 merchants selling various products and services.
Puppy’s In Training
For those of us with Guide Dog puppies in training this event is probably not suitable for any dog under 12 months of age. Unfortunately, Derby is way too young to attend this event. One of the things that we’ve learned as Guide Dog puppy raisers is to be sure we take our puppies only to age appropriate events. A large event with many people like this one is not appropriate for a young puppy who could be traumatized by all the activity going on during the event.
Age appropriateness is not only important for Guide Dog puppies in training, but for all dogs and puppies. So if you have a young puppy you do not want to over expose him to any “strenuous” or “traumatizing” events. “Strenuous” and “traumatizing” will vary depending on the age of your puppy.
I’ll be at the event (without Derby)…probably Saturday morning. I hope to see you all there!
***One final note: Personal pets are not allowed on the premises of the Orange County Market Place.