Hawaii Pet Parents, the Hawaii Pet Expo is once again upon us!
The Hawaii Pet Expo is the biggest local Pet Event of our Pet Year. This Great Pet Event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8 at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. The annual Hawaii Pet Expo is once again brought to us by the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association.
Admission is free, but the Hawaii Vets do encourage you to bring non-perishable ‘people’ food items to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. ALSO – ALL SOCIALIZED PETS ARE WELCOME! Your pet must be leashed/contained and controlled at all times. And one more thing, don’t bring your dog if she is in heat… that could lead to some interesting crowd issues.
The event will include:
• live animal demonstrations
• vendor booths (ME!!!)
• dog shows
• pet products
• informational displays
• prizes (ME!!! GIVEAWAY!!!)
• free samples
• animal clubs (dog, cat, bird fish, rabbit and more!)
• Annual Hawaiian Kennel Club Puppy match
Come and see our booth… I look forward to seeing all my furry friends and their humans.
This morning, Deb McGuire Photography, HawaiiPetPhotos.com, was snapping photos, meeting and greeting as part of the 6th Annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk.
The event began and ended at the Hawaii Kai Park & Ride. Thoughtfully, the event offered either a short or long course option. The short course was… well… for the vertically challenged canine participants.
We were in the park super early. Why? We desired the best, most primo location for our booth. Mary Long (Hawaii Pet Magazine) told us that we had better get there early. With that ominous warning, we barely slept. We had nightmares that people were jumping the fence and building their booths while we lay snug in our bed. In fact, from roughly 2:30 onward, one or both of us was awake. Such was our anxiety. We left before dawn and earlier than planned. But, alas,we were not the first to arrive.
After being told where we could and could not erect our canopy, we began to set up. Ironically, another group was setting up right across from us. It was the events official photo booth. Yes, the two independent vendors who were in the park before even the sun had made its appearance were the two photographers!!!
Not long after, Mary Long and her husband Toby showed up. “I’m sorry Deb. I swear last year, this place was packed early!”
Our early arrival was for the best, as our booth takes a little longer to set up. You can’t rush perfection! (just kidding)
The event itself was fantastic. Hui Ilio Hawaii sponsored the event. As a pet lover and photographer, I understand the need for safe, friendly places for dogs to play. There are far too few places like that here. Hui Ilio was founded for just that cause. The Hawaii Kai Dog Park is the first of what we hope will be many in Hawaii. The folks from Hui Ilio were incredibly appreciative of their sponsors, their volunteers and the venders.
Several of our furry and human friends turned out for the event. As previously mentioned, Mary Long with husband Toby was there from “Hawaii Pet Magazine.” and Erin Gerwig of “Dogwalker Etc!” as well as many others.
Overall, Deb McGuire Photography, HawaiiPetPhotos.com, says: WHAT A TRULY AWESOME DAY!
Deb McGuire, www.hawaiipetphotos.com, participated in two Halloween themed charity events this year.
“Beasties on Parade” was a charity fundraiser at the Bayer Estate on the 24th of October. The event was actually in two parts, an afternoon pet costume party and an evening charity silent auction with food, drink and entertainment. Deb’s own Magic and Sham-rock donned costumes and entered to win categories. Preliminary voting was held on-line. Both Magic and Sham-rock made it through to the live event. Although attendance by the pets was required, that requirement was waved for cats, parrots, lizards and naked mole rats where appropriate. Magic won in here category, Witchy Woman. Sham-rock was not so fortunate in Gruesome Twosome where he was beaten by a recent immigrant from North Carolina. The pup(named Rescue) wore a cape and goggles. His human wore blue tights, a falcon’s helmet, cape, gloves and boots. A little surreal perhaps, but I voted for him!
Sunday’s event, Muttster Mash, benefited The Hawaiian Humane Society. It was hosted by The Hawaii Pet Nanny, Island Dog Magazine and The Pet Hui Show. Most original costume went to two poi dogs named Wiki and Koa who donned cardboard clocks. They were watchdogs!
Deb McGuire Photography, www.hawaiipetphotos.com, was proud to be a part of both events.
Oahu Pet Photographer, Deb McGuire, shot the cover photo for the fall edition of “Island Dog Magazine.”
HawaiiPetPhotos.com photographed Indy, a female Beagle. She is six years old, and she has earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles in tracking, obedience, rally, and agility. Indy serves her community as a therapy dog. She makes weekly visits to the Hiâ€™olani Care Center at Kahala Nui.
Mahalo to John and Carol for choosing Deb McGuire Photography to photograph the cover. HawaiiPetPhotos.com truly enjoyed meeting and working with Indy.
Deb McGuire, Oahu’s best pet photographer , and hawaiipetphotos.com pulled double duty on Sunday. We started by meeting and greeting pets and their people at the AKC all breed dog show at the Blaisdell. HawaiiPetPhotos.com split in two. Half of Deb stayed at the Blaisdell, and the other half moved on to the Da Kine Canine Festival in Kailua.
Indy, Deb’s model for the current issue of Island Dog Magazine greeted Deb with a big doggie kiss. Rusty(K9’s and Kitties) another of Deb’s past models also sent a wag her way. All in all Deb McGuire, hawaiipetphotos.com had a great day seeing old four-legged friends and meeting new ones!