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Bound For Global Pet Expo

Tomorrow morning I’ll be boarding a jet plane, leaving my boys behind, and flying to Orlando for Global Pet Expo. I’m definitely not a fan of traveling without Rod and the dogs, but the magnetism of the pet industry’s largest annual trade show has drawn me in. Exhibitors at the show can bring pets to their booths – but attendees are not allowed to bring their dogs and cats along, so I’ll have to manage on my own for a few days.

What makes Global so special that I’m willing to fly solo? With over 900 pet product manufacturers under one roof, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s new and exciting in pet travel gear! More than 3,000 products were introduced to the public for the first time at the show last year, and I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek at the great products that will be hitting the store shelves later this spring.

Each year the event organizers, the American Pet Products Association and the Pet Industry Distributors Association, honor the best new products with awards in several categories. This year we’ll be joining the fun by bestowing the “Pet Travel Gear – Best in Show” award to the product we think will be a favorite of the pet travel community.

Best in Show - Global Pet Expo

Manufacturers come from around the world, and the opportunity to explore the variety of merchandise and meet new people has me fairly giddy. I’m also thrilled that I’ll finally be meeting (in person!) some of the brands we’ve highlighted here on Take Paws. In fact, Bionic Pet Products, Dog Tag Art, Kurgo, and Thundershirt – all recipients of our “Best Pet Travel Gear 2012” awards – are going to be there!

For live updates from the show, stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ postings and come back next week for the full wrap-up.

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  • It did strike me as a little strange, Georgia – though I guess if everyone brought their pet it could be mayhem!

  • Colby – it was amazing. If you’re looking for companies for potential partnerships, this is the way to go. With more than 2,900 pet product manufacturers there, you’re sure to find a few good fits.

  • Awesome! I hope you have a great time and don’t miss the boys too much! It sounds like it’s a pretty fantastic place to check out!

  • Have a great time and enjoy the sunshine (I’m freezing right now!) You’ll see so many new and fascinating pet products there. Thanks for stopping by to wish Kelly a happy birthday!

  • Hope to see you there Amy! I head down on Wednesday!

  • I wish I could make it out to Global Pet Expo. Maybe next year. I can’t wait to see all the great stuff you find at this years Expo.

  • That is so great Amy and it sounds like loads of fun! Have a safe trip and I look forward to following along!

  • Amy, we’re so glad you are coming to Global! Our team is ready for you in booth 2757 with a record number of new products! :) Hope you’ll come by – safe travels!

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