Global Pet Expo Day One

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Events, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love the pet industry.  I love the people I have met along the way.  Everyone from my fellow pet lovers,  distributors, manufacturers and my store owner cohorts…what better industry in which to find ourselves. 

Global Pet Expo happens each year in Orlando and is a great time to find new products for my store and to network with people who are just a little bit pet crazy…just like me. 

The morning began with an industry breakfast, a time to celebrate stores across the country who were awarded best in Marketing, Customer Service, Community Outreach and Best in Show.  Then it was off to meet with the CEO and CMO of   You should definitely check out their site.  Such great information about pet health, nutrition and behavior, written by veterinarians and experts in the industry.  And…look out this Summer….PetMD’s parent company Pet360 will launch a new site; one that is sure to be your GO TO url for all things pet!

Then, it was off to the races…a full day of walking up and down the aisles at the Orange County Convention Center…on the look out for new all natural foods/treats and a few new toys  to add to the mix. (yes, feet are barking, back is whining but attitude is top dog!)

Favorites of the day wereKatie’s Bumpers, Huggle Hounds, Lincoln Bark, Wholistic Pet, Wild Chewz, Darford and FROBO!

Who won the most interesting person of the day?  Karen Macdonald, buyer for the Marine Core base stores.  She is in charge of buying for 12 departments (including pet items) for 120 base stores in the U.S.  Pretty interesting.

What made me say AWWWWW!!!  Jack Hanna was on site with a baby kangaroo and a South American penguin.  Absolute cuddliness…from afar…the penguin although cute did not like to be touched 🙂

I ended the day by sipping cocktails with my friends from TAGG (a MUST HAVE for every pet owner…it can literally save your pet’s life) and then a delicious dinner with fellow store owners from the Tampa Bay area.

Whew…what a day…please enjoy learning about the products above and hopefully you will see them at Wag soon!  This dog is off to bed.   Global day two begins bright and early.