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Old 03-12-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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I know only so many will be able to respond to this, but has anyone gone?

What is it? Is it like one gigantic pet store?
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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I imagine many of the people going there this weekend will be going to that new super Walmart that will be opened right next door
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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I imagine many of the people going there this weekend will be going to that new super Walmart that will be opened right next door
They're opening a Super Walmart in Chantilly???
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I've been to it several times. If you love dogs, you'll enjoy it. There are all kinds of exhibitors with pet products, plus shows, adoptions, etc. A lot of people bring their own dogs with them (there are doggy play areas too). I like to go just to meet & greet all the dogs I see. I will warn you that it gets VERY crowded though.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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I've been to it several times. If you love dogs, you'll enjoy it. There are all kinds of exhibitors with pet products, plus shows, adoptions, etc. A lot of people bring their own dogs with them (there are doggy play areas too). I like to go just to meet & greet all the dogs I see. I will warn you that it gets VERY crowded though.
Good to know, thanks!

Does it get super crowded like the gun show? If it's that crowded, it wouldn't make sense to bring my dog to it.

Do you know if the vendors sell things for cheaper than a pet store would?
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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we JUST got a dog - guess I'll be sending my husband and daughter to this!
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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we JUST got a dog - guess I'll be sending my husband and daughter to this!
We just adopted one too, last weekend
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I love the Pet Expo! I'm dragging my husband along this weekend as a birthday present to me

It's a giant, glorified pet shop. There tons of vendors, selling everything from custom leashes to fancy decorated water bowls to hand dried chewies. There are artists who will paint a portrait of your pup, vendors from different food companies, dog walking companies, and doggy boarding/day care facilities. They have dock diving demos, agility demos, goofy trick contests, etc.

Is anything cheaper than the pet store? No. Are there cool things you can't find in the average pet store? Yes. Will you come home with a giant bag of samples of zillions of dog foods and treats? I did. Is it really awesome seeing some rare breeds and adorable mutts? YUP!

If you see Lucy and me on Saturday, say hi!

(If your dog is sensitive to loud noises and/or crowds, I wouldn't bring them. It was PACKED when I went before. I was glad we only had 1 dog between 2 people, so we could always keep an intense eye on her while the other one looked at goodies.)
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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PS - use code "BOBBY" online for $4 off per ticket, plus a free subscription to NOVA Dog Magazine
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: VA / WV
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Good to know, thanks!

Does it get super crowded like the gun show? If it's that crowded, it wouldn't make sense to bring my dog to it.

Do you know if the vendors sell things for cheaper than a pet store would?
I haven't been to the gun show, so I can't compare, but I'll give you a run down of my experiences.

One year I went with my mom, who likes to look at dogs, but is afraid of them. We didn't realize that people would be bringing their own dogs, so she was pretty freaked out by the dogs everywhere.

Another year I went with my husband and our Newf. She loves people and dogs, but I think the crowds freaked her out - lots of people bumping into you - and after having to clean up her pee and poo from anxiety accidents, we don't take her anymore.

Most recently I took my toddler, and was very happy that I had him on a baby carrier on my back, rather than in a stroller or walking. He was high and out of the way from intimidating dogs, but I could always kneel down for him to greet friendly ones. A stroller would have been nearly impossible to push without running over people or doggy feet.

Hope this helps!
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