Good Times at the I Love My Dog Expo
I wish I could spend every weekend doing what I did last Saturday and Sunday.
That is: petting dogs, talking to dog lovers, introducing people and pups to my brand and hanging out with my dad.
A few weeks back, my old man and my dear friend Shawn encouraged me to plan a trip to my college town for the I Love My Dog Expo. The annual event is presented by Domesti-PUPS, a group that provides service dogs to people who need them around Lincoln, Nebraska, and beyond.
Dog lovers from all around the region attend to see obedience and agility trials, interact with pet-based businesses and, in some cases, adopt new dogs.
Because I have strong ties to Nebraska but don’t live there, the event gave me a chance to meet the people behind some local brands I’ve heard a lot about.
The Canine Scrub is a wildly popular self-serve dog wash that many of my Nebraska dog friends frequent. One of the owners is also a painter. (She did the doberman silhouette in the photo below that now lives in my house!)
The Green Spot is an Omaha boutique with a focus on natural, healthy and local products for pets.
Of course, it was great fun for me to be able to engage directly with people interested in the products I make and sell. I love answering customer questions, learning about their dogs and seeing to which items they are most drawn.
The bottle cap-studded collars my dad has been making got a lot of people’s attention. He even customized a few for people right on the spot. It made me so happy to see the pride he took in his work – and people’s excitement at being able to deck out their drinking buddy in a totally unique collar.
The expo marked the introduction of beer for dogs to the Beer Paws offering.
That concept alone got a lot of tongues (and tails) wagging. Not really beer at all, our brew is a mixture of wholesome broth and glucosamine and other minerals to support joint health, with a subtle malt flavoring.
People seemed to get a kick out of “yappy hour,” and pictures posted on Facebook tell me some have been repeating it at home this week.
At the end of two days of constant standing during the expo, I have to say my dogs were barking.
But I left Lincoln floating on a cloud and feeling closer than ever to my dad, thrilled to have made some new friends and profoundly grateful to all of the people who are with me on this little endeavor called Beer Paws.
I can’t wait for the next big show.
Every Beer Paws purchase supports my small business and animal rescue. A portion of all proceeds are donated to rescue groups and shelters. This month’s featured rescue partner is Paws Up Nebraska. Click here to shop now.
Posted on February 26, 2014, in Awesome, Dogs, Dogtography, Family and tagged beer for dogs, Beer Paws, Beyond the Dish Bakery, bottle cap dog collar, bottle opener for dog collars, Domesti-Pups, I Love My Dog Expo, Lincoln, Paws Up Nebraska, pet expo, The Canine Scrub, The Green Spot. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.