The Stein Hospice third annual Pet Expo is cute mania

As if pets weren’t cute enough, this Saturday they’ll be dressed up in costumes and be in a parade. It’s going to be too much cute to miss.
John Benson
Oct 10, 2012

Want to go?
WHAT: Stein Hospice third annual Pet Expo
WHEN: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE: Erie County Care Facility, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
COST: $5/pet to register for the parade
INFO: 419-625-5269 or visit www.steinhospice.org

Here’s a Halloween joke for you: What type of dog do vampires like the best? Bloodhounds, of course.

However, if you attend the Stein Hospice third annual Pet Expo taking place Oct. 13 at the Erie County Care Facility, odds are the bloodhound will be wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat and garb for the popular Halloween parade.

“The parade is the showcase event during the day,” said Stein Hospice Event Coordinator Amy Skolnik. “In the past, we’ve had between 40 and 60 dogs. The owners dress their dogs up in Halloween costumes and then we have a panel of three judges and there are a number of categories.”

Registration for the parade is $5 per pet with many different prizes being offered. Overall, the entire day is all in good fun.

The Pet Expo includes a pet blessing event where pet owners will receive a St. Francis medal blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. There’s also a K9 demonstration by North Coast K9 Training Center, Critter Croft Pet Clinic offering pet microchips for $25 and other vendors selling pet items and treats.

In addition to normal – you know, human – food offerings provided by a local Boy Scout troop, pet adoption opportunities will be available. 

“This is kind of a two-fold event,” Skolnik said. “First of all, we have a comfort dog pet team called Paws Up. So this event kind of showcases our Paws Up team, but also then the money that’s raised is used for patient care. Last year we brought in between $1,200 to $1,500. We’d like to see it this year around $2,000.” 

Naturally the event is weather-dependent, with Skolnik saying in 2011 attendance was in the 200-person range despite rain. She expects this year’s affair to perhaps attract upwards of 350 people if Mother Nature permits.

Skolnik wanted to dispel one misconception about the Pet Expo, that it becomes a bark-fest between the dogs.

“It’s funny because you think when there are that many dogs – last year we had about 50 participants in the parade – it gets loud, but it’s pretty calm,” Skolnik said. “The owners tend to keep their dogs on a tight leash, no pun intended. The dogs seem to do pretty well especially if it’s a nice day.”

Maybe the only word of advice is for visitors to watch their step.

“Actually, one of our vendors is No. 2 Dog Waste Removal Service, which is a pooper- scooper,” Skolnik laughed. “Maybe [attendees] should stop there first before seeing the rest of the expo.”

The Stein Hospice 3rd annual Pet Expo takes place from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Erie County Care Facility, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron. For more information, call 419-625-5269 or visit www.steinhospice.org.