PlexiDor Pet Doors recently visited the 2014 UKC Premiere show in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The UKC, or United Kennel Club, was founded in 1898 and is the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world. UKC registers dogs from all 50 states as well as 25 other countries.
Many clubs only accept pure-bred dogs with pedigree, but UKC has an inclusive policy and strives to provide shows where all dogs can participate. There is a purebred dog registry, but also a program open to mixed breeds and purebreds who for some reason don’t fit into the regular purebred registry. They might have a “fault” that excludes them from the breed standard, or be of unknown pedigree.
PlexiDor pet doors go to the Premiere event every year and give away 10 dog doors as prizes. It’s a fun event for us, because previous years’ winners often come by to tell us their experiences with the doors. This year is noteworthy; it’s the first time the same dog has won two doors!
Congratulations to all the winners. We hope to see you at the show in 2015!
Late May, PlexiDor pet doors traveled to Interzoo in Nuremberg, Germany to show the dog doors and cat door.
Interzoo is the world’s largest trade fair for the international pet supplies industry and it only takes place every second year. Around 1,700 exhibitors from over 50 countries showed the latest products for pets.
The show started in 1950 when four member companies presented their new products on pasting tables during the annual conference of the German Pet Trade and Industry Association. This year’s show saw over 37,000 visitors from over 120 countries.
The next Interzoo exhibition will take place May 26-29 in 2016.
PIJAC stands for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. PIJAC Canada is a non-profit dedicated to representing the Canadian pet industry, and to the highest level of pet care. Each year the organization arranges a number of trade shows and events around the country, and PlexiDor pet doors visited the Western Pet Expo that took place in Richmond, BC, May 4 to 5 2014.
The Western Pet Expo is a huge 2-day event, and it is British Columbia’s only all inclusive pet industry trade show. The PlexiDor dog doors and cat door are well suited for harsh climates, and stand up to the Canadian winters. It is difficult to find products that will keep cold, rain, snow, and wind outside, but the PlexiDor poses an effective barrier to the elements. It also keeps summer flies and other nuisances outside.
There is a Canadian area on the PlexiDor website, and the product catalog is available for viewing and download in French for those who prefer that language. The doors can be seen in stores all over the country.
Over 50 percent of Canadian households have at least one cat or dog. There are almost 8 million cats and 6 million dogs in the country.
BarkWorld Expo is a yearly event held in Atlanta, GA, and the city greeted visitors with sunshine and friendly people. This year’s conference took place at the Westin Buckhead, and the hotel had prepared with water bowls in strategic places as well as a huge basket of dog treats.
The PlexiDor booth showed the medium and large dog doors, and visitors were treated to the 2014 PlexiDor calendar. One of the high points of the conference was a mascot attempting to crawl through the door. The costume head was too big for the large door, but with an extra large he might have made it. Visitors appreciate the tough panels that never need replacement, the added security through lock and key, and the steel security plate. A large number of visitors also showed interest in mounting a PlexiDor pet door in glass.
Amongst notable guests were Norman the Scooter Dog – world record holder – who showed off his abilities to ride a scooter and a bike, famous dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, and Matt Silverman from Mashable. The program contained a tight schedule with useful information for both bloggers and brands. Other activities included baking for dogs and painting dog bowls. Who knew painting a bowl could be so difficult?
Besides PlexiDor Pet Doors, a number of brands were represented. Some examples are BePawsitive, who offers pet lovers an opportunity to gladden not only their own pets, but also those in shelters. The company sells dog treats, and for every box bought, one is donated to a shelter. Natural Balance were present, offering samples and a contest. Petbrosia makes pet food tailored to each pet’s unique needs; owners supply information about the pet such as breed, weight, energy level, and allergies, and the company makes food with the ultimate blend for the pet! Another interesting company is TagaPet, who offers a way to track pets through QR codes, no monthly subscription needed.
The conference was a good experience, and we look forward to returning in 2014.
The BarkWorld mascot might have needed a bigger door…
BarkWorld Expo is the national pet social media conference, established in 2009. The conference covers social media, lifestyle, and technology as it applies to pet owners and pet businesses. Pets are welcome, but they must be leashed outside the off leash play areas, up-to-date on all vaccinations, and cannot enter the restaurants. There is doggy daycare available.
Of the BarkWorld attendees, it is estimated that:
78% have a profile for a pet on social media
85% have a presence on Twitter/ Facebook
48% are bloggers
Most of the visitors come from the continental US, but other areas represented include Canada, Israel, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom.
Amongst the speakers this year are celebrities such as Victoria Stilwell, and the program is crammed full with everything from dog treat cooking to ways to generate press for a blog.
PlexiDors will be at booth 3 in the exhibit hall, which opens at 8:30 on Friday and Saturday. Visitors will be able to see and try the dog doors, and receive information on how a PlexiDor pet door can make life easier for people as well as pets.
The conference takes place at the Westin Buckhead hotel in Atlanta.
PlexiDor Dog Doors visited the WoofStock festival which has been held annually in Toronto, Canada, since its launch in 2003. With 300,000 dog lovers and their furry friends coming together, it is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of north America.
Besides a large number of vendors, the show offered an agility ring, doggie fashion show, and a water park. There were all sorts of fun and games for dogs and pet parents, and prizes were handed out for best costume, dog tricks, and many other things.
Amongst the vendors were everything from dog bakeries to dog magazines, and a number of rescues visited with their adoptable pets.
PlexiDor pet doors shared a booth with the local DogWatch dealer. Interested visitors could see a PlexiDor, ask questions, and even register to win a pet door!
There were around 500 human attendees and more than 80 dogs. Many of the smaller pets visited in strollers pushed by their human families. With so many different kinds of animals one could expect a certain disorder, but everyone behaved and respected the other species’ space.
The conference offered workshops in everything from how to work with brands to creating buzz for a website, and most of the meeting rooms filled to the brim. The exhibit hall was also popular, along with the doggie play rooms.
PlexiDor Pet Doors had a booth where interested visitors could see and try the doors, and a giveaway where one lucky winner would get the PlexiDor of their choice.
BlogPaws is more than a conference; it is a social media hub where pet bloggers unite. During fall 2013, PlexiDor Pet Doors will come together with bloggers in the BlogPaws network for product tests and reviews.
Marie Pickard won the door prize; a PlexiDor dog door
PlexiDor at PetFest 2013! Doggie-Do-Rite from Houston is a family owned company that has been a reseller and installer of PlexiDor dog doors and cat doors for over ten years. They displayed the PlexiDor line of products at PetFest 2013 in Old Town Spring, 20 minutes north of Houston.
The people at Doggie-Do-Rite are experienced and know the ins and outs of most cat doors and dog doors available on the market. The owners share their lives and home with several dogs, and put an emphasis on keeping pets safe and happy. They know what size pet door is needed and where the best place for installation of the cat door or dog door will be.
PetFest 2013 is an event dedicated to finding homes for animals in shelters and rescues in Houston and surrounding areas. Besides seeing dog doors and cat doors, the festival offers fun, entertainment, and education. The intent is to help raise money, volunteers, and foster homes in order to save as many homeless pets as possible.