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Pet expo success

Liz Doyle, Sophia the BMD and Valerie HughesOUR DOGS and SHOW DOGS IRELAND recently attended the PET EXPO show held in Simmonscourt Pavilion at the Royal Dublin Showground Centre in Dublin, writes Vince Hogan.

This was the second time the show had been held at this venue, and a great success it turned out to be with over 20,000 visitors over the three days.

The show was not just confined to dogs, although they did seem to provide the lion’s share of activities and interest with Richard Curtis performing in the agility/ heelwork ring, a discover dogs type area, a doggie fashion show and many trade stands geared to canines. TV celeb Shauna Lowry was there to judge a Scruffs Got Talent competition. Plenty of OUR DOGS and Show Dogs Ireland magazines were seen by regular readers and new faces.

There was a selection of other species too, with a cat display, birds, birds of prey and the donkey sanctuary, and friends to name but a few. A very rude parrot did a great interview for national radio one morning which probably helped draw a crowd!

Marie MurphyThe event got great coverage on the radio and in the local press which augurs well for the European Dog Show which will be held at the same venue in late May 2009. The Irish Kennel Club took a stand and their Secretary Marion Campbell fielded questions from many people. The show was largely supported by ROYAL CANIN who are also the principle supporters of the European Show in 2009 and they had a full team and stand at the event. Allianz and Dyson were the other main sponsors. Pedigree took large stands for Cesar and Whiskas brands, and the PRO CHOICE RABART stand proved to be an attraction for the keen shoppers.

Petcare InternationalOrganiser Marie Murphy emphasised the need to care for all pets and had set up clinics on health and well being, stressing responsible pet ownership. This was Irelands only dedicated consumer pet exhibition and Marie hopes to repeat the winning format next year, and perhaps at some additional venues around the country.