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Super Pet Expo Celebrates 20th Year in NJ

It’s happening on Feb. 7 -9.




(PRESS RELEASE) For its 20th year, the 2020 Super Pet Expo is pulling out all the stops. At the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, Feb. 7 -9, special features include three dog-focused events, an expanded celebration of reptiles, cat agility, performing parrots and a crab show. Some 20,000 pet devotees, 2,000 dogs, cats and an occasional parrot or lizard will also enjoy the expertise of 200 exhibitors addressing pet adoption, pet care and health, grooming, food and daycare. An array of pet gifts, treats, fashion, grooming accessories and toys will be for sale at the largest pet shopping extravaganza on the East Coast.

New this year:

  • Freestyle disc-catching exhibitions by the Mid Atlantic Disc Dog Club, where agile canines fly in the air to catch Frisbees.
  • Treibball, (pronounced Tribe-ball), reminiscent of soccer, is for dogs who enjoy chasing, playing games, herding, or problem solving. This German low-impact sport involves fitness balls and a goal. The Bone-A-Fied Talent Group will demo and teach your team the preliminary steps involving targets, pushing a ball with precision — following the rules of the American Treibball Association and the National Associate of Treibball Enthusiasts. National Stunt Dog champions Good Beasley and Following Felix will join trainer Chrissy Joy and members of the Bone-A-Fied Talent Group to conduct the interactive workshops Feb. 8 and 9.
  • Mister Crabs Show includes hands-on educational demonstrations of how to build a “crabitat” and the care and conservation of hermit crabs.

Show favorites:

  • Repticon, twice as big as last year, is a showcase of hundreds of reptiles and amphibians from around the world such as boas, pythons, bearded dragons, monitor lizards, skinks, turtles, tortoises and dart frogs. There will be reptile experts as well as supplies and themed products.
  • Luring 101 is for dogs — big and small, tall and short — who love to chase. They take center stage in an enclosed 250-foot luring course set up to give pets a high-speed run that will thrill both dogs and audience.
  • The Cat Fanciers’ Association will demonstrate cat agility and illustrate how trainable cats can be to inspire human cat owners to put their pets through hoops and hurdles at home.
  • The Garden State Cat Club of New Jersey is sponsoring a Pet Me Cat Area.
  • Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery will show visitors the magic and excitement of reptiles.
  • Macaw parrots Molly, Polly and Dolly — who have appeared on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel — will strut their stuff for New Jersey Bird Man Bill Middleton performing an Exotic Bird Show in which they ride bikes, roller-skate, play basketball and more.



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