There was just too much to fit into Monday’s blog post about cool finds and trends at Global Pet Expo 2018, so I wanted to share with you a few more things I saw there you don’t want to miss.
For instance, there was an artist on hand making the most remarkable art out of cappuccinos. He drew on them in some kind of edible paints. In the photo below, you can see a cat cappuccino completed while the artist works on a shark.
I never thought much about pet travel until recently. Cupcake has changed all that, so I looked at a lot of products I otherwise would have passed by. For instance, I checked out these strollers.
I don’t know if Cupcake would go for these, but I liked the idea that they can be converted from strollers to shopping baskets by taking off the removable carrier on top and adding a basket attachment.
I also looked at a lot of harnesses. I was really excited about this one. Can you guess why?
Unfortunately, on really close inspection, there are dog bones stuck in the icing of some of the cupcakes on the pattern. Cupcake will be very disappointed, especially because the fabric itself of these harnesses was really light an nice to the touch.
I remembered seeing some plush pineapple beds last year. Are pineapples a thing now? This year, there was a new twist on pineapple mania, with a pop-up pineapple. This looks like it would be a lot of fun for cats to play and nap in.
At the same booth, there was a tunnel longer than I am tall. This tunnel was purple, and it had things resembling legs and a horn. A unicorn tunnel!
If pineapples were a thing last year, unicorns seemed to be this year. I have no idea what this is about. The booth was advertising dog toys, but those unicorns are much larger than dog toy sized. It made me smile every time I walkled past it, so I thought it was wonderful, even if it is inexplicable.
I also got my first in-person look at this bed that resembles a cupcake. Thanks to having a cat named Cupcake, I had seen this on Facebook a lot of times as friends shared it with me, so it was fun to see it in person.
At last year’s expo, one company was selling incredibly blinged-out pet beds encrusted with sparkling crystals. At the time, I told the woman who owned the company that I thought the beds needed to be a little larger to work for cats. Apparently, lots of people told her the bed needed to be larger, and she made a much, much larger version nearly big enough for a human to nap in. That’s a lot of bling!
I don’t usually share dog products, since I don’t know a thing about them, but these made me laugh. Truth in dog treat flavors?
Stuff that Purrs
I don’t want you to think I have gone to the dogs, though. The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando team had a huge display of their products in an enclosure with plexiglas sides. Adoptable kittens provided by Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando romped through the display.
The Pet Alliance team rotated the kittens to different locations throughout the show, so the kittens I saw sleeping here on the first day of the show were in the Cat-it playground the closing day.
I think there were four litters of kittens in all, and it sounded like at least half of them found homes with people attending the show.
One cat not up for adoption was this show bengal who I originally saw in one of the booths. This photo was taken at an awards show, where the little guy was ready to show support for his favorite toys being up for an award.
I’m looking forward to sharing more of my finds with you in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!