Never mind mousetraps, build the better kitty litter and they will come.
Apparently, that’s the prevailing view at public pet shows including the Spring Canadian Pet Expo 2017 on this weekend (April 13, 14 and 15) at the International Centre in Toronto, Canada. ‘Robot’ cat litter boxes, litter made from anything and everything absorbent such as pine, clay, and corn – it’s all there.
For a $5 donation to the Ontario SPCA, I went home with a bag of Odor Buster dust-free clay litter – supposedly the ultimate in odor control. (Update: Odor Buster litter is terrible. It clumps like cement and makes a mess).
I’ll let you know.
Yes, I’ve officially adopted Sally, a beautiful black kitty, which means I am no longer a fur foster mom; I’m a cat fur mom once again. It also means, I’ve inherited her vet bills – she has severe food allergies, eats prescription food and is still on Prednisolone until I can figure out what to feed her. It’ll be a journey.
But she has new cat litter!
Friday, thousands of people streamed through the doors of the Spring Canadian Pet Expo 2017 along with almost as many pets, mostly dogs. Line-ups for tickets snaked around the corner for those who didn’t buy online (I did, so I walked right in). More than 300 vendors – the show’s focus – joined WoofJocks Caninie All-Stars show, dock diving competitions, aquariums of reptiles, a lure course and dog agility races – even a bunny-jumping event.
So what else did we score at the Spring Canadian Pet Expo? Here’s our haul:
Two packs of Select’s Smoked Bacon dog chews, which I know my dog Victor loves because we got two packs in our Dog Lovers Days Christmas gift – pure glorious pork cartilage (for him, not me) all made in Canada. I’ll likely take them hiking in Point Peele National Park with us soon, because Victor sometimes needs enticement to eat away from home. ($3 per pack at the show)
Speaking of road trips, single-serve wet food is perfect to keep my terrier fed without mess and these Zoe Tempting Trios (3 for $5 at the show) are a healthier alternative to some grocery store options. Made by Hagen with no corn, wheat or soy, Zoe’s combine meat, veggies and potatoes in one serving, but unfortunately are made in Thailand, not Canada.
The big finale? If you’re attending BlogPaws Conference 2017 in Myrtle Beach, watch for Victor sporting his new sushi-patterned collar and coordinating bow tie. Yes, another one … but this time from Peachy Keen Pets ($10 for bow, $20 for collar) a handmade pet accessories company we first met at Pawloosa in London, Ontario.
Victor and I will be heading to more pet events this summer:
- Woofstock, May 27 and 28, 2017 at Woodbine Park, Toronto, Ontario, CA
- Pawloosa, August 19, 2017 at Plunkett Estate, London, Ontario, CA
- BlogPaws Conference, May 17 to 20, 2017, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.
Check out the list of dogtrotting.net events on our events page, updated regularly!