My First Pet Expo

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Me and Polly waiting for the adventure to start…

Every year in Arizona, they hold a Phoenix Pet Expo, and this year was my first time going!  It was awesome!  Mom said it would be a very good social outing for me, and I made her very proud by being a good girl!  When we first got there, it was a little overwhelming for me and mom.  There were LOTS of people and dogs everywhere.  We had to wait in a long line with to sign something that let mommy bring me in.  It was hard for me to listen because I wanted to say hello to everyone!  I quickly remembered my manners, and remembered to listen to mom. We met up with one of my favorite people, Brenda (my trainer and friend), and her dog, Polly.

We set off down the aisles of the expo to check out all the cool stuff there was to see!  I had to be very good and practice heeling next to mom’s side.  There were SO many dogs to say hello to – it was hard for me not to stop and sniff everyone, but I know I have to wait for mom to say it’s “OK” first.  I was very well behaved!

One of the first things we got to do was meet Shorty from Animal Planet’s Pit Boss.  It was so cool to meet him!  He does a great job of rescuing pit bulls, like me, and also helping to make people more aware about the breed.  What an honor for us to meet him! Lots of people were waiting to say hello and get their picture taken – I just wanted to say hello to the little dog he had with him!

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Meeting Shorty from Pit Boss! I was preoccupied with treats on the ground…ooops!

Just after the Pit Boss booth, there were lots of rescue booths with dogs that still needed to find their forever homes.  I stopped and said hello to a few of them – mom and I wished we could have brought them all home!  We stopped by the Crazy Pit Bull Lady Rescue’s booth – that’s the rescue that mom adopted me from!!  They were so happy to see that I ended up in a great home, and they all stopped to say hello to me!

I loved saying hello to all the people and dogs, but I must admit, my favorite part was getting lots of treats!  I think I have finally perfected my adorable begging face – works EVERY time!  I learned that people behind tables ALL had treats, and were willing to give them away for free!  Awesome!!

Mom and I met so many great people – and all of them loved animals!  The very friendly people over at Berkeley’s Run pet-sitting were VERY friendly, and they really loved meeting me.  I got to meet their little girl, and she sat with me for a while.  I LOVE kids, so I was eager to let her pet me and we became fast friends.  It always makes mom so happy when people are so kind towards me, and judge me by my personality, not my breed.  We will definitely be recommending their wonderful services!

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Being a good girl during our lunch break!

We stayed at the expo for several hours, and met so many wonderful people and animals.  I got to play with quite a few four-legged friends, too!  A bunch of people asked if I was available for adoption, but mom had to set them straight – I guess I am pretty cute!  After all the walking, meet-and-greeting, and play time, I was exhausted!  Once we got back to the car, I was out in minutes!

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SLEEP!

It was such a neat experience for us!! We really hope to be back again next year.  It’s always wonderful when we can share our experiences with new people, and help show everyone that pit bulls are wonderful dogs!  I think I was able to change a few minds, and that makes me very happy!

If any of you get the opportunity to go to a Pet Expo – take it!  You will have so much fun!

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and remember to follow us on Word Press and Facebook!

Love and licks,

Arya

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“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”

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