Know Before You Go: Petlandia Pet Expo Posted on September 19, 2023September 20, 2023 by Lucie Fall is a perfect time to think big thoughts about our animal companions. The Petlandia Pet Expo has everything from education and entertainment to local vendors to help our fur friends get ready for sweater weather and winter play. NO PET? NO PROBLEM There will be two rescue organizations on hand with cats and dogs looking for their forever home: Animal Allies and PJ Rescue. Photo: PJ Rescue Photo: Animal Allies Photo: Shine Pet Photography Pets adopted at Petlandia are eligible for a free Family Portrait taken courtesy of Shine Pet Photography and a free gift from MN Nice Dog Company. WANT TO TRY PET PARENTING FIRST? Photo: PJs Rescue Two organizations at Petlandia will be looking for volunteer families to foster pets. Puppa’s Pals provides foster placement of pets whose people temporarily cannot care for them. Foster families commit to caring for these animals for three to twelve months through hospitalizations, house fires, escaping domestic violence, incarceration, and homelessness. Also, PJs Rescue, in addition to seeking homes, is looking for foster families for dogs awaiting their new homes. Being in a shelter can be stressful while fostering promotes positive socialization and a more adoptable dog. ENTERTAINMENT & DEMONSTRATIONS DOCK DOGS If joy is contagious, you’ll catch it as the Northern Star Dock Dogs jump into a 27,000-gallon pool! Dogs will compete for length, height and speed as they retrieve from the water. The competition will happen nearly non-stop throughout the weekend. Photos: Northern Stars Dock Dogs PUPPIES Saturday | 11:00 AM We’re hosting a litter of Pembroke Welsh Corgis and their mom. They are positively Instagram-able! HORSE OWNERSHIP Saturday | Noon Take this opportunity to visit with a working horse and learn what it’s really like to own and care for a horse – all from the seasoned pros at Top Hat Carriages. DOG COMMUNICATION Saturday | 1:00 and 4:00 PM Ever wish your dog could talk? It turns out they’re always telling you things with their body language. Learn to speak dog with RR Professional Dog Training and Boarding. K9 DEMOS Saturday | 2:00 PM Sunday | 1:00 PM Watch these highly trained dogs show off their discipline and skills in suspect apprehension and obedience while highlighting the deep bond between the dog and their handler. Photo: City of Duluth Photo: City of Hermantown REPTILES Sunday | 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. On Sunday only, the popular YouTube creators Snake Discovery will introduce attendees to the world of reptiles from snakes to salamanders. These pros will be available after their show to answer your questions. PETLANDIA VIDEO FEST Saturday | Video will be playing all day Sunday | Video will be playing all day We asked for your funniest and more adorable pet videos and you supplied ’em! Thank you for filling our email box with smiles and laughs. The best of the best have been edited into a compilation that will play throughout the weekend. If you submitted a video, come see if your pet made it to the big screen! NITTY GRITTY INFO Petlandia will take place at the DECC Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. Doors open to this 2-day event on Saturday, September 23, at 10:00 AM. Saturday | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM IT PAYS TO COME EARLY Be one of the first 500 paid tickets this Saturday or Sunday and get a free Petlandia drawstring backpack courtesy of Sutherland CBD dog treats. TICKETS ADULT | Advanced General Admission | $12 or $15 at the door KIDS (Ages 12 & under) | FREE ADULT | Add on Sunday Admission (Must purchase Saturday) | $5 GET TICKETS ENTRANCE Enter through DOOR A indicated by the red star on the map Parking is available at the DECC and surrounding locations. LEARN MORE For more descriptions and information, please visit petlandianorth.com.