This weekend was the Great KC Pet Expo in Overland Park, KS (a suburb of Kansas City). The event brought together vendors from all over the United States, rescue groups, and pet owners of all kinds to one place to celebrate pets!

Crystal from Wayward Dogs and I met up on Sunday to check out the event and cheer on our friend Amy, who had her own booth for her dog photography business, Fido Fetch Photography.

In addition to Amy’s dog-tography booth, there were countless other vendors hocking their wares or services, from custom collars & leashes to all-natural dog treats to pet boarding. I was super impressed with all of the products made by local small businesspeople, such as the adorable Waggiewear Collars from Kansas City…

Chew Gourmet Dog Bones from St. Joseph, MO…

Rupert’s Simply Smoochable from Kansas City…

Also, EuroDog Designs from Lawrence, KS, where I bought this beautiful leash (on sale!) for Rufus…they had beautiful leather collars and leashes that smelled so amazing, it took me back to when I used to ride horses as a young girl.

There were also several animal rescues there, including T.A.R.A., Missouri German Shepherd Rescue, and the newest Kansas City pit bull rescue, Midwest Adopt-a-Bull. Unfortunately, due to a breed ban in Overland Park, the Midwest Adopt-a-Bulls group was unable to bring any adoptable dogs with them to the event, so they focused on getting new volunteers signed up and raising money for their foster dogs.

The Canine Stars, who have been featured on Animal Planet, were doing exhibitions at the event as well. I was bummed that the seven dog pit bull team was barred from attending due to the breed ban, but luckily, the other dogs were entertaining enough to almost make up for it. For example, this Red Heeler, who could jump over a 64 inch hurdle into his trainer’s arms!

We also saw lots and lots of people with their dogs at the event – I couldn’t resist photographing a few!

The Great KC Pet Expo was excellent and Crystal and I had a blast meeting the different vendors and discussing various dog-related topics. I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks about a few of the local vendors we met and some of the products I brought home to try with Turk & Rufus. Plus, we already have one giveaway in the works, so stay tuned!