2018 Special Attractions



Jessica Edgerly –  Central K9

Jessica Edgerly and her world caliber Frisbee dogs will be performing at the Connecticut Pet Expo all weekend.

Jessica started her career in dog training in 1996 after attending the US Canine Academy in Waterbury Ct and receiving her certificate in Dog Training.

Jessica opened her dog obedience business, Central K-9 and now after 17 years has turned it into an all-inclusive dog training sports center offering classes in Frisbee, Agility, Dock diving, Barn Hunt, Obedience, Rally O Obedience, Nose work and confirmation.

Her border collies Diesel and Ranger won at the National championship for dock diving. She has multiple wins on all her dogs and they are well rounded for competitions which emphasizes Jessica’s ability to train dogs.  See Jessica and her performing dogs at the Connecticut Pet Expo!







Parade of Breeds

Calling all purebred dogs! Participate with your dog in the Parade of Breeds to be held on Saturday October 27th 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.



Halloween Pet Costume Contest and Parade

Calling all pets to the Halloween Pet Costume Contest and Parade on Saturday October 27

All pets  are welcome to enter so bring them to have a howling good time. You can print the form under Waivers/Forms on this site or email us at Karen@familypetshows.com and we will email 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!  There will be  a cat costume contest, best dressed cage contest and best dressed human costume contest too.







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.

Bird Brains

Did you know that crows are capable of recognizing and remembering individuals faces and can teach their children which individuals to avoid?  Far from being “hard-wired” as previously thought, recent research proves that birds actually possess sophisticated cognitive abilities .  Indeed, responding to changing conditions by changing the way they act, is often crucial to their survival.  Join us as we compare and contrast the fascinating qualities avian intelligence among four different species of birds: an American Crow, a Peregrine Falcon, an Owl and a Blue and Gold Macaw.









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.








Author Connie Bombaci 

Author Connie Bombaci will be at the Connecticut Pet Expo with her inspirational book Hogans Hope.  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 her booth to talk to her.  Her book is a great holiday gifts for pet lovers!












Essential Oils for your Pets- Brenda Vynalek

Essential Oils can be enjoyed by the whole family, that includes all the four legged members as well! There are just a few things that you need to keep in mind to make sure your fur, feather or scale babies stay safe and enjoy all the benefits oils have to offer. She will cover the basics of essential oils, including how to apply oils, how to dilute, how to offer oils to animals and the do’s and don’ts of safe essential oil use. Safety guidelines will be given for birds, cats, dogs, reptiles and even horses. In this day in age of social media, there is so much misinformation out there and she hopes to help people sift through that and learn how essential oils can help their pets in a safe manner.


NEW THIS YEAR-DogLoversDay Lure Course

Your dog will have a blast running the lure course.  Your family dog can let loose and be a star as they have fun running the agility lure course.  A fee will be charges.