Dog, horse lovers focus of weekend expo | Washington County News



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The Rat Pack was performing Saturday at Washington County Fairgrounds, albeit with Ol’ Blue Eyes nowhere in sight and all-female members.&13;



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This pack consists of three rat terriers – Kit Kat, Moxie and Jade – who were demonstrating their agility on a small obstable course in a cordoned, padded area of one of the halls.&13;



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Rose Nicotra was running “her girls” through agility demonstrations amid an at-times raucous background of voices both human and canine during the inaugural PETCON Pet & Equine Expo on the fairgrounds.&13;



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“This is fun,” said Nicotra, an advanced agility trainer at Keystone Canine Training Club in Baldwin, Allegheny County, as she paused to give the dogs a rest. “They’re having a good time.”&13;



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The event, organized by PetConnections – a bi-monthly magazine published in Pittsburgh and central Ohio – began Saturday and will continue today at the venue in Chartiers Township.&13;



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Along with demonstrations of canine sports, the schedule included lectures by veterinarians on subjects such as Lyme disease and pet first aid, canine performances and clinics, workshops for dog owners and booths set up throughout the grounds by a variety of organizations and businesses.&13;



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Nonprofit Animal Care and Welfare Inc. was at the expo trying to find adoptive homes for animals it had taken from shelters.&13;



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“We got one of the puppies adopted,” said group President Sue Krul, who runs the nonprofit – as well as her business, Paws Here Awhile Pet Resort Inc. – from her hobby farm in Georgetown, Beaver County. “We’re working on some of the other ones, and we’re trying to get the cats adopted.”&13;



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Krul said the group pulls animals from two shelters in Brooke and Hancock counties, W.Va., and another in Belmont County, Ohio. Animal Care found new owners for about 100 dogs and 75 cats last year.&13;



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“Everybody we have has a good termperament,” Krul said. She added the animals are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.&13;



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PetConnections publisher Carla Mader said by mid-afternoon about 1,500 people had attended the expo.&13;



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“For a first-year event, a few hours in, we’re OK right now,” she said.&13;



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Outside, Arabian Rescue Mission was offering pony rides on rescue horse Dakota.&13;



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“It been going good,” said mission board member Jen Urksa of South Fayette. “It’s definitely been a great event for this area. All the way around.”&13;



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The 2017 PETCON Pet & Equine Expo is scheduled to continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Washington County Fairgrounds, 2151 N. Main St., Washington. General admission is $10. Seniors over 65 pay $8. Kids 12 and under, members of the military and veterans get in free.&13;