2017 Special Attractions



Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Dogs

Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Dogs perform all over the country with their entertaining dog variety act. The Dynamo Dogs are veteran performing dogs and they demonstrate everything from trick dog show routines to Frisbee dog acrobatics. Gail and her talented dogs have appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other national and regional television shows. Through a unique combination of Gail’s circus and competitive disc dog experience she has built a truly one-of-a-kind canine variety show featuring her outstanding Dynamo Dogs!









Parade of Breeds

Calling all purebred dogs! Participate with your dog in the Parade of Breeds to be held on Saturday November 11th in the Dog Arena.  Open to purebred dogs 6 months of age and up.

There is no fee to enter but everyone must pay the admission fee to the show.  Pets must be healthy, free from parasites and have all the necessary shots.

You can print the form to participate under Waivers/Forms on this site or email us at Karen@familypetshows.com and we will email or fax you the form.


Rainforest Reptile Shows

Rainforest Reptile Shows-A multifaceted interactive educational program founded by Curator Michael Ralbovsky and Director Joaney Gallagher who are not only committed to each other but their love for all animals. Since 1993 they and their team have been educating about the natural world to improve the quality of our lives, teaching respect and educating all ages of the importance not only the rainforests and its animals ….but, all inhabitats!

The Rainforest Team herpetologists will be performing through out the day and Michael will be joined by Fred our STAR American alligator during their presentation. You have probably seen Fred with some of his friends….Jeff Corwin, Conan and many others. Be come a FAN!

The RRS mobile zoo will be open all day. This fascinating adventure through the unique and endangered reptile world allows you to get eye to eye with a rattlesnake, crocodile and many more amazing animals. Discover how these unusual misunderstood animals are intricate part of the world we live in!!(a nominal fee is charged to enter..All fees collected go directly to the animals you are viewing and reptile preservation)

Don’t forget to stop by the US Fish and Wildlife display by the Mobile Zoo(plus the ones inside) This variety of artifacts from all over the world have been confiscated by US F & W Service through illegal importation. Learn what you can import and what you cannot. One of the RRS Team members is always available to answer your many questions.


As with all our presentations there are opportunities for volunteers help us out and to get up close and personal during and after our presentations!

Enjoy our professional Team while they thrill all ages and share their excitement FOR THE NATURAL WORLD!!!!

Rainforest Reptile Shows







Top Hat and Tails

K-9 Musical Freestyle is simply dancing with dogs to music.  It is a fun sport for the owners and dogs, and the audience.  It has also been referred to as the “Tail Waggin’ Sport”!  Based on basic obedience training, it adds other dimensions such as music, timing, costuming, routine development and showmanship.

The performers at the show will be: Carrie Neri and her Australian Shepherd, Lyric. Miniature Amrican Shepherd, Rhythm and Papillon, Ortiz; Nancy Triou & her Flat-Coated Retriever, Ella; Joan Hamel & her Doberman Pinscher, Malaika; and  Laurie Sullivan and her Golden Retrievers Bowie, Georgia & Ricochet.

These performers are all members of the World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO, Inc.) which is a non-profit corporation, founded to globally promote the joys and fun of responsible pet ownership through musical canine freestyle, both as a sport and an entertainment medium.  They have performed at venues all over New England including various fundraisers, pet expos, fairs, dog shows and nursing homes. They have also been featured in several books, newspaper articles and television shows.  All of them have earned titles and placements in freestyle competitions.












The International Cat Association Cat Show

Hosted by the Clawsome Cats. A TICA sanctioned cat show will be held at the Connecticut Pet Expo. See the usual and not so usual breeds of cats competing for the blue ribbon!







East Hartford K9 Police Demonstration

The East Hartford K9 Police Unit will present a demonstration at the Connecticut Pet Expo

These K9 Demonstrations are designed to portray the skill involved and the work performed by the K9 teams plus give both children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge about the K9 Unit.


Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation And Education

Birds of Prey Program

Horizon Wings will present four Raptors including a Bald eagle, Learn their individual stories of how they came to stay with us, as well as the characteristics and behaviors of each species.

The Secret Lives Of Owls

It seems that owls have always been surrounded by an air of mystery, probably because most are nocturnal and not easily spotted in the wild. This is your chance to be only a few feet away from two eastern screech owls, a barred owl and a great-horned owl! Discover the extraordinary features of owls, including exceptional eyesight, hearing, and ability to fly silently.








Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service  – EARS

The Emergency Animal Response Service will be doing a first aid demonstration showing ways owners can help their pets when an emergency happens at home or when they are out with their pet. This is an informative program that pet owners should not miss!

They will also have their ambulance at the Pet Expo for people to climb on board and see it and will have some response gear to see and information on pet emergencies.








Fur Feathers and Beyond

Fur Feathers and Beyond will be bringing several of their animal ambassadors including; parrots, insects, and of course Sandy their duck!  They will preforming several shows which will allow both children and adults to get up close and personal with some of their great ambassadors!








Authors Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn

Authors Connie Bombaci and Shawn Flynn will be at the Connecticut Pet Expo with their inspirational books Hogans Hope and The Kitty.  Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Humane Society.

Connie has appeared with her deaf dog Hogan on TV Shows such as Oprah, Animal Adventures and more.

Be sure to stop by their booth to talk to them-their books are great holiday gifts for pet lovers!