Saturday, December 13, 2014

FUN At The Holiday Pet Festival!

Do you love pet themed events?  We do!  The annual Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona is something we look forward to every year.  It's totally pet friendly and everyone there is a pet lover!  We load our dogs and their gear into the car and head for a fun outing at the Holiday Pet Festival!   

The beautifully decorated Animal Angel Trees
They always have a cute doggie fashion show featuring adoptable dogs wearing the latest in doggie couture.  Your dog could have his picture taken with Santa or get his nails trimmed.  There was a Best Dog Trick contest, a Best Holiday Pet Attire Contest,  and a Lure Course demonstration.  Lots of interesting things going on and tons of dogs, including many breed specific rescue groups with adorable dogs available for adoption.  It took everything I had not to go home with another dog!

Of course, there was also lots of SHOPPING!  I couldn't help myself, I had to visit every merchant's booth and shop 'til my poor husband dropped!   I picked up a few Christmas gifts, which was great.  Less time spent at the mall!

One of the most interesting things I purchased was a necklace for my niece from a jewelry designer called Origami Owl custom jewelry

They have a really interesting type of necklace.  It's basically a customized locket, where you select the base locket, the chain, and very tiny little charms that go into the locket.  You select charms that are a reflection of the person who will wear the necklace.  My Niece is a marine scientist.  I had been searching for a special necklace that had a charm with a sea creature on it.  I was so delighted to find that Origami Owl had these gorgeous necklaces and a bunch of ocean themed charms that would be perfect for her!  I selected a blue dolphin, a starfish, and a seahorse for the necklace.  At their suggestion, I also added some tiny blue Swarovski "stardust crystals" to float inside the locket.  The crystals are representative of the ocean.  They were a perfect addition to my custom necklace!  It's so unique, I   know my niece is going to love it!

Origami Owl's booth at the Holiday Pet Festival
I selected this locket face, chain, and each element inside for my niece.


Just a few of the hundreds of tiny charms you can select to go inside a locket
We stopped by the Animal Angel Trees to select a card from one of their beautifully decorated trees and make a donation to an organization that helps animals.  We chose to make our donation to Dogs On Deployment, specifically to help with emergency medical expenses for military personnel whose dogs are being boarded by Dogs On Deployment members. Dogs On Deployment helps military members who might otherwise have to surrender their dogs when they get deployed for military service or if they need temporary boarding for other reasons. This is a wonderful organization, we are happy to support them!


At the Animal Angel Trees table
I'm showing Isis our donation card for Dogs On Deployment. She is very happy that we are supporting our dog owning military personnel!
Dogs on Deployment also had a booth at the Holiday Pet Festival so we stopped by to say hello, snap a photo & grab a complimentary doggie biscuit!
It was a really FUN day.  We look forward to next year's Holiday Pet Festival!

Do you bring your pets to holiday events?  Leave us a comment and tell us what type of events or parties you bring your pets to!

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8 comments:

  1. that looks like it was a blast! So festive and the items to buy looked pawtastic! www.dakotasden.net

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    1. It really was a lot of fun, I love these events especially when they're geared very much towards pets - my kind of event! Thanks for stopping by Caren!

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  2. What a fabulous time! That sounds like a perfect place to do some shopping! I wish we had dog friendly Christmas Festivities. ☺

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    1. We look forward to this event all year, it's great to be amongst pet lovers and LOTS of dogs! Of course there were tons of items to buy that are geared toward pet lovers, stuff you just don't find every day. Thanks for visiting the blog M.K.!

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  3. Oh wow!!!! I bet you had so much fun!!! I would have shopped like cazy there too!!!
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    1. We really do have fun at this event, so many dogs and pet lovers! Lots of products to buy that are geared toward dog lovers that you don't see in stores. Thanks for stopping by today Jenna!

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  4. I love festivals, especially the ones around the holidays. I would shop till I dropped. Loved the photos.

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    1. Me too! Glad you like the photos. Thanks for stopping by today!

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