2019 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. And she is been the featured act at the National Dog Show and the Westminster Kennel Club event. 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!
Johnny Peers, Muttville Comix
Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!
A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Daphne, the world’s only skateboarding Basset Hound; Squeaky, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier; Mr. Pepe, who only responds to commands in Spanish; and Sir Winston, the Pointer mix who only answers to “Sir.” The 2003 Animal Planet Pet Star Winners, the Providence Journal-Bulletin calls the show, “…a truly funny, slapstick dog act.”
The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo will be having the exciting sport of Flyball again at the show this year.The Hard Drive Flyball Club will be hosting a Flyball Tournament at the Pet Expo – they will do demonstrations on Friday night and the Tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday.
Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay.
DOGLOVERSDAYS 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 charged.
New to 2019 Family Pet Expo’s it’s BARN HUNT
Come and check out the newest Canine Sport – BARN HUNT- demonstrations by “Central K9s” daily with the opportunity to “TRY-IT” with your dog.
Barn Hunt has its roots in the long-standing tradition of the farm working dog. One of the most important jobs the working dog had was to keep vermin at bay, protecting both crops and families from damage and the spread of disease.
Many breeds have been developed with this behavior in mind, but nearly all dogs love to chase a scent.
Not everyone will understand the importance of “rat catchers,” but if you live in the countryside, you sure do! “Rat catchers” rid farms of destructive vermin – and the hunting and teamwork skills required to do so are the foundation of the sport of Barn Hunt. Dogs and their handlers work as a team to locate and mark rats (which are always safely held in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw or hay bales.
Check the schedule for the time of the demonstrations and afterwards you can sign up to try this with your dog for a nominal fee
That Guy With The Birds
“That Guy With The Birds” is also known as Kenny Sprouse. Ken worked with John Lege for many years and before John’s passing March 13th 2016, he asked Ken to take over his programs and continue his legacy of educating people about birds from all around the world.
Kenny Sprouse provides a fun way to learn about parrots and birds from around the world with his educational program and his many beautiful and smart birds!
The International Cat Association Cat Show
Hosted by the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers. A TICA sanctioned cat show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo. See the usual and not so usual breeds of cats competing for the blue ribbon!
MEET ROCKY ON WHEELS
Rocky is a special needs cat and his owner has been on a mission to share his story in hopes to shed light on special needs cats since there are so many cases that they are euthanized because people just don’t know how amazing of a life they can have ! Rocky and Dawn will be at the Pet Expo to do a Meet and Greet on Sunday from 1-3pm
Parade of Breeds
Calling all purebred breed dogs! Participate with your dog in the Parade of Breeds to be held on Saturday January 12th in the Dog Arena. Open to 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 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 forms.
Rainforest Reptile Shows
We’re back!! Once again Rainforest Reptile Shows will be visiting The Family Pet Expo.
Co- founders Michael Ralbovsky and Joaney Gallagher along with their staff will be bringing along some wonderfully fascinating animals. All of the animals appearing are obtained through confiscations from Fish and Wildlife, law enforcement and some are just unwanted pets… They are receiving a second lease on life at our 501 c 3 animal sanctuary RRS Oasis. We will provide presentations daily and you may even have an opportunity to take photo. The staff is glad to answer all your animal questions with over 100 years of combined experience!
“New” Butterfly Experience
COME FEED LIVE BUTTERFLIES INSIDE THE BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE. You can get up close to the beautiful butterflies and take all the pictures you want, as they are feeding on your feeding stick. This is a Fun interactive experience for the whole family! There is a fee for this attraction
Presented by Alikatt’s Bunnies
Rabbit Hopping? Yep, think steeple chase for your bunny. Allikatt’s Bunnies will present rabbit hopping demonstrations at the show all weekend. Come see a side to rabbits that few think possible.
There are classes offered Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. There will be practice time available throughout the day. Rabbits learn quickest by watching experienced rabbits. Join us for this unique opportunity. You won’t regret it.
If your rabbit is already trained, register for course practice time.
Pre-registration for the classes preferred. Bring your rabbit in a closed bottom leak-proof carrier, no straw or hay please. Approved H-style harnesses required (available at show). Handler must wear sneakers to use the course. To compete in the competition, your rabbit must be able to jump at least 6-10” Easy Class; 10-14” Intermediate Class. Check us out on www.rabbithopping.com. If there are not enough competitors, we will select members of the audience to compete.
For questions or to pre-register, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line “Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo Registration” Include your name, age (adult/child), rabbit name, age, breed, skill level.
Guinea Pig Agility
Guinea pig agility? Come check out our agility course for guinea pigs. We will have the course available to try out. Bring your piggie!
Animals will be given a brief health check before entering the course.
Illusion Ranch Alpacas
The softest, cutest, most cuddly critter that you will ever meet. You can see colorful, gentle alpacas at the Illusion Ranch Alpaca area where you can meet them up close an personal, and have the opportunity to feel what’s been called the “softest fiber” in the world-baby alpaca fleece!
There will be an educational display where you can learn about these beautiful animals.