The Pet Gazette

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South Shore Pet Expo: Warm & Fuzzy

By Karen Price, Pet Gazette Contributor

   What began as a raw, wet and gloomy Sunday in June involved into a warm and fuzzy pet festival  as The South Shore Pet Expo got under way at The Marshfield Fairgrounds on June third.

   For the third year, Co-Chairs Karen Price of South Paws Doggie Daycare and Marlo Manning of Fairy Dog Parents organized this free pet event to pay homage to non-profit pet organizations and showcase local vendors of pet related business and services.

   This years festivities included a demonstration by The Plymouth County K9 Police Unit and a “Mutt Strutt” to introduce some adoptable dogs looking for new homes.

   “I was amazed to see how many people and pets turned out despite the constant drizzle.” Says Kathy Noone of Pembroke who calls herself a “Crazy Cat Lady.”

   “It was heartwarming to see how much people care about their own pets and how eager they are to meet other pets and owners,” said Noone.  “It’s a great social outing and lots of vendors and exhibits for those who are looking for products, services or adoption!” 

   Eric Majeran of K-9 Contain & Train, which debuted at the Expo, called the event fantastic!  “The atmosphere was filled with dogs and dog lovers. Being dog lovers ourselves, we know that most people want to involve their dogs in activities that they can enjoy together.”

   “It is truly amazing to see so many people that want to help critters find their forever homes and they’re all volunteers,” said Linda from Pembroke who brought her mother and husband to the Expo. 

   “The misty day was a great day for four footed and two footed visitors…..not too hot, not too cold,” said this Pembroke resident. “Pet people are very special. You could see that with the bond people have with their animals, large or small, with fur, hair or feathers….everyone that I stopped to chat with had a bird or critter with them and a story to share about their pet.”

 Marlene Bernhardt, a volunteer for Beagles Of New England (BONES), a Beagle rescue group, and first time booth attendant for the Expo attends many events throughout New England educating the public about the Beagle adoption. “Many of the visitors to our booth were unaware of the need for Beagle rescue in Massachusetts,”she said. “I was glad to spread the word of our organization and gab about our adorable adoptable Beagles.” Several people were interested in adopting, fostering and volunteering with BONES.

  Janet LeBerge of Pembroke said the best thing about the pet event this year was “meeting and adopting Pepper and Ebony,” two rescued dogs brought to the expo by Schultz’s Guest House in Dedham. LeBerge has already renamed her new pets, Rita and Roxy.

  “The folks at Schultz’s Guest House were wonderful to adopt from,” said LeBerge who raved about Schultz’s “beautiful facility in Dedham for all of their dogs awaiting new homes.” LeBerge also picked up a new bumper sticker  at the Expo for her truck that says it all: “Who Rescued Whom?”