What's happening at The Great KC Pet Expo

Canines in the Clouds Stunt Dog Team

After years of competing nationally at the highest level and performing in 6 countries as part of the biggest dog show on the planet, Jonathan Offi created the show Canines in the Clouds- The ultimate sport, stunt, and trick dog show with three main goals in mind: 

#1 Unrivaled Entertainment: Provide an action-packed, high-flying one-of-a-kind canine experience. 
#2 Inspiration: Inspire people as his dogs inspire him! Demonstrate the irreplaceable and special bond that can be formed between Human and Dog which will prevent dogs from going to shelters. 
#3 Education: To raise awareness about the epidemic of pet over population, encouraging people to be a part of the solution: Donate, Rescue, Foster, Transport, Volunteer, and/or Adopt a dog and save a life! 

He has traveled with us to our other show in the midwest so we are brining him to KC! We know the people of KC will love this show! He will be bringing Hydro, the world's highest jumping dog and the rest of the team! You won't want to miss this stunt dog show! Come on out and play games, join in on the contests and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the dogs, meeting and greeting the stars of the show! 


Lusco Farms Donkey Rescue to The Great KC Pet Expo! 

NESTER, the donkey who started a movement in Malvern.

It all started with one forlorn little donkey!!

Lura and Scott Shehan “founders”, were just going to look at some horse tack. Things got sidetracked when Lura suggested they tour the animal sale barn. That’s when they spotted him. “He was skinny, scared and the kids were laughing at him,” recalls Scott. “That’s what got to Lura. She said ‘We are taking him home.’” And they did.

The little fellow they called Nestor (after the hero of a popular children’s book) was just the first. The Shehans began their rescue work in 2009, and became a non-profit in 2011. Today, with 150 donkeys and mules rescued, Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, continues to work diligently to find forever homes for abandoned, neglected or abused equines.

“They are kind of like big dogs,” explains Lura. “They are very inquisitive and they want to be around human beings. They want attention and affection from their humans.” Just as with dogs and cats; overbreeding is the root cause of too many donkeys. That coupled with a tough economy several years ago, many sale barns were filled with unwanted horses, mules and donkeys.

The Shehans go through a thorough adoption process to make sure their charges end up in greener pastures. Potential adopters have to fill out a form; provide veterinary/farrier references, and provide adequate pasture and shelter for the animals. They also have to ensure that the donkey or mule has a “buddy.” They either need another equine on site, or they have to adopt two donkeys. As herd animals, donkeys need companionship just as much as they need food, water and shelter.

The Shehans (and a small core of committed volunteers) work hard to make sure the donkeys and mules are well tended. As co-founders of the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition, the Shehans, work with other area rescues on events, such as feral cat spay and neuter programs. They’ve found there is strength in numbers, and the rescue groups work together to promote awareness and adoptions.

The work is hard. The donkeys must be handled regularly to learn to accept having their feet handled (regular hoof trimming is a must); pens must be cleaned; hay and water provided. Lura is up at 4:30 a.m. to do chores and then off to work her full time job; after a full day at work, Lura and Scott head home to care for the dozen plus donkeys currently at the rescue.

That number is ever-changing. Lura said they have a waiting list for people who want Lusco Farms to take donkeys. In a recent situation, they took back three donkeys from an adopter whose deteriorating health necessitated giving up her beloved pets.

And as for Nestor? He was eventually adopted out to a loving family. Scott remembers Lura’s fateful words the night they spotted the long-eared donkey. “She said, ‘His life gets better today.’” And it did. They still live that motto today. “Their life’s get better starting today“!

Story Courtesy of PAH/Pet Health Central

Lusco Farms Website
Lusco Farms Facebook Page

Learn dog-training tips and tricks from one of the Nation’s Premiere Dog Trainers!

Come to the Great Indy Pet Expo to meet Joel Silverman

Joel Silverman has trained animals for Hollywood films, TV, amusement parks, and he now devotes his forty years of professional experience to helping thousands of pet owners train their dogs.

Joel will be on-site at the Expo answering your training questions, but also, you will have the chance to sign up for his dog trainer certification course. By the end of this course, you will be able to teach your dog six essential basic behaviors: sit, stay, come, lie down, heel, and “go to a place.”

Find out more and how to sign up here: Joel's Website

Watch the video made by the SPCA of Northern Nevada on Joel's certification course.

Bordner's Pet Selfie Contest        

$50 visa to "Cutest Pet" and "Funniest Pet" 

Visit Bordner's booth to enter their Pet Selfie Contest. They will have props available for the photos! Simply get your photo taken and it will be hung at their booth for people to vote on. The winner will be determined at 2pm when all of the votes are totalled. For more information, visit their booth!

Meet Gander, America's Most Famous Service Dog

and 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Winner

Gander is a six-year-old Labradoodle service dog. He was voluntarily surrendered to a prison training program in Colorado and then identified for service dog training. He was trained by Freedom Service Dogs in Englewood, Colorado.

He was paired with his Army veteran handler, Lon Hodge, in 2012. Since then, he’s been a national ambassador for service dogs. Gander and Lon have traveled to 39 states and have been part of over 400 presentations focusing on the human-canine bond, suicide prevention, invisible disabilities, PTSD, and disability rights and advocacy. Together, Gander and Lon have volunteered their time and talent to raise over $1 million dollars for veteran, animal, and educational groups in the last four years.

Gander has been the recipient of many awards, including:  the 2015-2017 Rotary International Humanitarian-Patriot Award, the Chesty Puller Award, a Hanover Park Veteran Service Award, the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, the 10th Congressional District of Illinois Veterans Leadership Award, and the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Award in the Service Dog category.

DOXIE DERBY: Fetch Your Dog A Bone

New this year -- wiener dog races!

Join us for the 2017 Doxie Derby at the Great KC Pet Expo. We are inviting doxie owners to participate and all doxie lovers to come and watch!  

There will be a large bed basket full of goodies for the Grand Prize Winner.

How it works: There will be six doxies in each race and there will be three heats. The final race-off will be between the 1st and 2nd place winners of each heat. This means there are ONLY 18 SPOTS available, so if you are interested you must register early!

See forms below on how to register and rules for the race. 

Registration and Application Form

Rules for the Race

FREE Nail Trims! 

Pampered Paws Grooming will be offering Free nail trims on-site ALL WEEKEND! You can't get your pet's nails trimmed for any cheaper than that! Take advantage of this great offer and stop by their booth sometime over the weekend. 

Traveling to The Great KC Pet Expo?

Check out our lodging deals below!

Holiday Inn KCI Airport & KCI Expo Center

Our friends at the Holiday Inn are offering a discounted rate to our vendors. Just $89/night! The convenience factor is the ultimate deal here because the hotel is connected to the KCI Expo Center! 

To receive the discounted rate: Call and ask for the Great KC Pet Expo Room Block.

11728 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153

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