Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Austin Pet Expo Adventure | Part I

On Saturday afternoon, we visited the Austin Pet Expo at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX. I brought my mom and my oldest daughter. It was a great time and we met lots pawsome pets and animals, a few bloggers, and visited many of the expo booths.


My mom was totally into getting lots of freebies and she certainly got a lot of stuff. She's pretty proud of her pen collection. Me and Lily's bag of goodies was definitely not as full as hers.

My mom's goody collection.

There were lots and lots of dogs. Some were visiting the event and others were available for adoption. And some of the dogs were spokesdoggies for their humans' expo booths.

Clockwise: Irish Wolfhound, senior dog, Dachsund, mixed breed dog, and a Collie. 

The little dog pictured below was a remarkable 20 years old! I thought she was just adorable, and she allowed us to pet her a little bit. She lives at Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center, which is a place for senior dogs to live out the rest of their lives. I think it's a pretty cool idea, actually.

20 year old Chihuahua from Bark n Rest Retirement Center. 

The senior dogs who live at Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center are rescued from shelters. They are the dogs who were deemed unadoptable and were on death row. This non-profit also helps healthy senior dogs find forever homes.

Adorable kitties for adoption. 

There were also lots of very cute cats and kittens looking for homes at the Austin Pet Expo. I wish I could remember the name of the rescue these kitties were from, but I just can't. If anyone wants some more information on the ones pictured above, just let me know and I can try my best to track down their rescue organization for you.

One of the rescues I was super excited to visit at the expo was the Central Texas Rat Rescue. They had so many cute rats available for adoption. All of their rats come fully vetted and spayed/neutered for an extremely reasonable price.

Hairless rat babies! 

Oddly enough, the Austin Reptile Shows booth was placed right next to the rats. The reptile booth had lots of reptiles on exhibit including snakes, lizards, and turtles.

Reptiles!

We also met a goat who was visiting the expo. She was ready for the pet costume contest as you can see. We got to scratch her on the back for a few minutes. Her human said that's what she liked best. Two dogs came up to sniff Miss Goat and she let them know what she thought of that by giving them a nice head-butt. It was pretty funny, but the dogs seemed a little shocked.

Miss Goat dressed as a jester. 

We also saw a horse while we there - a beautiful little Shetland Pony.

A pony. 

As you can see, I took tons of pictures. And because I have so much to share, I'll break this post into two parts. Stop by tomorrow to see the other pet bloggers that I got to meet as well as some of the vendors that we checked out.

27 comments:

  1. That looks like fun and there sure were lots of critters around. We love Miss Goat!

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  2. It looks like you had a lot of fun and a lot of things to see ! Miss Goat is so stylish ! Purrs

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  3. YAY for Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center. It's great what they do for senior pets. And I wish all the best for this cute pup! If your mom has time, please ask her if she would visit the next pet expo with me, that would be a real win!

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    1. BOL! Well she really likes going and adding to her pen collection. She says Shiner already has too many treats so she's giving them to my brother's dog. I bet she'd let you have all the dog foodables you wanted!

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  4. Great photos! Looks like you got a good haul, we didn't get nearly as much!

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    1. Well, my mom kind of gets into it a little much lol...

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  5. Looks like a VERY cool Expo! That little Chihuahua that's an amazing 20 years old is adorable......and I love the idea of a senior retirement home for pets that are rescued from an earlier death than they would experience in a friendly and safe environment. GOOD FOR THEM!

    Pam and Sam

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  6. Snake! Looks like a great time there, so many different animals. Thanks for taking us along too! Love Dolly

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  7. Wow! That Pet expo looks super fun! Hey, why are those rats "naked"? It looks like they don't have any hair...are they supposed to be that way? I can't wait to hear who you met while there!
    Oz

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    1. Yep, they are supposed to be like that! They are hairless rats.

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  8. I think I go for the jester today...head butts..just like me..MOL :D Pawkiss :)

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  9. Oh, I wish that I'd gotten to attend! It looks like you had a great time and your mom made out like a bandit! Haha! I think I would have passed on the reptile booth! *shudder!

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  10. What fun!! Your photos are great and I love that goat!! Just found out I will be going to the one here in Detroit in November (for sure I will be going!!) You have me excited! I have been before but skipped a year :)

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    1. Well hopefully you have a good time Caren!

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  11. Wow!! Looks like a great time!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  12. Oh Miss goat was our favorite too. We used to have goats and they are a bunch of fun. That is a very pretty goat and what a good girl to wear that costume.Sure looks like a fun time.

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  13. What an awesome post! The pictures are wonderful. I especially like the goat. Thank you so much for introducing me to Bark n' Rest Retirement Center! I am in LOVE!!

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  14. The goat is the absolute best in my opinion!

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  15. Wow what a haul and well done to mum. That looked like a great day out. A win/win we say. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  16. That looks like so much fun! I hope I make I can make it to a pet expo soon :)

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  17. Wow. That looked like so much fun!! I love the Irish Wolfhound and the Chihuahua, and the pony, and the rats.. oh gosh. I would have liked to seen all of the animals, ha.

    What a haul too!

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    1. I think that the Irish Wolfhound might have been taller than the pony!

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  18. How do I scream "JEALOUS"? I love pet expos - my family thinks I'm nuts. I try to drag everyone with me too. I love the concept of the Senior home for pets. That's amazing and it makes perfect sense. Great photos - can't wait for Pt 2

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  19. Very cool!!! Love all of the photos. The retirement home for senior dogs is such a wonderful idea! It warms my heart to know there is an organization out there doing that. This event looks like so much fun - I'm going to check to see if there is anything like this in Atlanta!

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  20. Fun! It's been a while since I've been to a pet expo. I love the goat. Goats are awesome! My mom had one recently. Her name was Sandy and she was the sweetest!

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  21. shiner...gram maw getted a ton oh kewl swag for ewe...ENJOY !!!! N we pree tended like mor poneez waz next ta de ratz & knot snakes sew we saw 17 poneez all two gether !!!! glad yur mom N lily & gram hada fun time ♥

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  22. The advantages of living in a large city are numerous and this certainly was one of them. We can't imagine seeing all those animals in one place. That was quite a haul of goodies! Better than BlogPaws! XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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