All week Mom has been telling me she had a surprise for me on the weekend, a little adventure with just the two of us. I love having alone time with Mom so I was pretty excited. The Twin Cities Pet Expo was on the weekend and for the first year ever, they were allowing people to bring their pets. Mom went alone a few years ago and said she would only go again if she could bring a dog, so this was her chance, and we were going to go Saturday morning. As you may have heard, we had a huge storm Thursday night into Friday, about a foot of snow, lots of high winds, major highways were closed, there were over a thousand accidents and several thousand vehicles that slid off roadways. It has been really bad. Friday night on the news and Saturday morning they said people should only travel if it was absolutely necessary as the driving conditions were so bad. What about going to the expo???
If there is one thing that Mom and us dogs have in common, it is determination and stubbornness. This means that yes, Mom seat belted me in good and snug, and we headed off on the road hoping to get to the Expo and back without incident. She had both our lives in her paws and we made it the roughly fifty mile round trip. Top highway speed was around forty mph on the good stretches. It was solid ice pack and like driving over a washboard the entire way. I think my furry self is still vibrating from that ride!
This was one huge place I must say! I look like a dwarf in the photos! The first exhibit we stopped at was the wabbit agility area. (Note the wabbits behind me) Mom was all excited to see how I would react to a bunch of wabbits. Well, sorry Mom, but I do have some manners. I refused to even look at or sniff in the direction of the wabbits. One lady came over to us with a wabbit and stopped to chat. I thought Mom was going to have heart failure but I had no interest. The woman said that since they smell like house pets they have a different scent and I wouldn’t be as apt to hunt. She also said that if she put the wabbit down I would most likely go after it. Mom was happy when that was over with!
Since I am on the #ScoopThatPoop team, I had to stop at the Pet Yard Pick Up stand. I have some ideas for the next blog hop. Note all the lovely poop samples on the table behind me 🙂
We wandered the aisles looking for interesting dog products. I got a bag to keep some of my swag in. There wasn’t much swag to be had, though. It seems like at least half the booths were animal rescue. That is fine, but we were really there to find products and there weren’t as many as we had hoped for. I don’t know if we will go back again next year or not, but it was fun to go at least this one time for me.
Mom’s favorite stand was the Iron Works. They had so much cute stuff (cats and dogs), she couldn’t decide on anything because there was simply too much. The great part about this place is that they are with Rescued Paws and their money goes to helping pets. You can order their products online, so we will probably do that.
At one point someone called out “It’s Emma!”. That always freaks Mom out a bit. I think she may be jealous that I am often recognized and she is not. It turned out to be Chris, a groomer from a place I used to go for grooming. She is now at a new place. I may give them a shot at stripping my coat one of these days. Everywhere we went people wanted to pet me and know all about me, so I passed out a lot of my business cards and loved all the attention.
The only bad part of the Expo was when Mom turned around and saw a huge snake on a table about ten feet away from us. She kind of screamed, the lady with the snake gave her a nasty look and we proceeded to go forward as fast as possible, only to run into another table with snakes. Mom grabbed my leash and we bolted out of that aisle and never went back. Poor Mom has such a fear of them even if I am along to protect her.