This past Friday I went to World Of Dogs And Cats at Gallaghar Convention Centre in Midrand. Dogs were not allowed at the venue unless they were part of the show, so Gabi stayed home with her grandma. I went with a friend.
The Expo hosted several pet product – and charity exhibits and also featured several shows including Flyball and Agility. There also was a horse display for the first time in WODAC history and I saw there cutest little miniature horses. Seriously they can probably stand underneath a regular horse!
Most of the pet food companies gave away samples of their products and I also walked away with a frisbee and several applications of Spot On tick repellent from Bayer. Upon checking the expiration date on the Spot On today, August 2012, I discovered that I am NOT set for as long as I thought. Oh well I’ll just give some of it too friends.
We had lunch from the convention centre’s cafetria. The cashier rang up the wrong meal and over charged me R10. We after checking the receipt we pointed out the mistake. She called her manager to fix the problem, which he did, but no-one even said sorry. My sandwich was nice, but the hummus was laid on way too thick, which made it a bit sloppy to eat. We ate lunch as we were watching Flyball in the main arena.
I bought several raffle tickets from animal charities even though I wasn’t interested in all the prizes. I didn’t buy anything for Gabi except a few treats. From Animal Ambulance I bought cupcakes (for dogs) and from Pug Rescue I bought the more adorable lollypup, the stick is made from rawhide and the “sucker” is a dog biscuit decorate with carob on it. She was crazy about her lollypup!
I think that if I didn’t have little more than lunch more and nonviable plastic, I would probably have walked away with a few grooming products, toys and gadgets.
Gabi was very excited and glad when I got home… and extremely interested in bad ball full of edibles.
Today we went to the National Botanical Gardens in Pretoria for the 4km Dog Walk at the Gardener Expo. The walk was in aid of Wet Nose Animal Rescue and was sponsored by Royal Canin. Pets are NOT usually allowed at the Botanical Gardens, but I assume they made an exception.
Even though the Gardens are very closed to my house, we had a bit of a late start and couldn’t walk with our friends. I had to pick Gabi up once and carry at her for a bit at the beginning, because another dog scared her. She kept a good pace, even jogging at times, and practically dragged me up an uphill. At the halfway point she didn’t drink from the communal bowls, but took a sip from the water dispenser/bottle we got from the sponsors. At the finish she received a rosette (ribbon) and a plastic dog food storage container.
We sat on the grass for a while and then we met up with our friends who we visited for a while before we went home. Gabi was still playful and active, and not at all as exhausted as one would expect. I will take her to the park tomorrow, so she can run off-leash.
On Worker’s Day (May 1st) 2012, Gabi and I joined some friends at Walk Haven dog park for some fun. The park is enormous and indeed a haven for dogs. They can frolic off-leash and swim in several ponds. There are also bowls of water provided for the dogs.
For the humans there are several picnic tables, braai (BBQ) facilities and a restaurant. There are also public restrooms and a reel of plastic baggies for your dogs.
They do charge an entrance fee, but seeing as it is a secure environment for dogs, and you can make a day of it, it is worth it.
This was my first visit there with Gabi. When I stopped the car and she saw the park Gabi started crying excitedly. However she did not immediately jump out of the car after I release her seat belt, like she would at her normal park, but waited for me to coax her out.
She seemed to enjoy the park but she was still extremely cautious of other dogs and would jump up into my arms whenever any dog got too close for comfort. She was spoiled by the girls in my crowd with treats and biscuits. The dogs in our crowd included: a springer spaniel, a bull terrier, a mixed breed, a rottie, 3 pekingese, a boston terrier and a sharpei.
While one of the other dogs stole some food at lunch time, little Gabi just sat politely on the bench trying to stare the fries out oc my friend’s plate.
We went for about 3 walks. Tough some of the other dogs in our group swam, Gabi did not. She did at one crossing however run through some shallow pond water instead of using the bridge. She also got splashed by the larger dogs shaking water off their coats.
Gabi was exhausted and slept the entire hour-something drive home. Even though May is technically winter in SA, we’ve been having weirdly warm weather. So, Gabi was bathed when we got home.