Do you have a pet in your home?

After doing a little scratching around, I discovered that 35% of households in Canada own dogs, while 38% of them have a cat. According to an Ipsos Reid poll done in 2011, that equated to approximately 7.9 million cats and 5.9 million dogs residing in Canadian homes. Now while these numbers are estimates, that is still an awful lot of Canadian pets around.

Well you pet-lovers are in luck this weekend, as the London Pet Show is sniffing into London, Ontario this weekend. The folks from Purina® are taking over the Progress Building in the Western Fair District from October 18th – 20th, 2013. While you cannot bring your own pet along, you can bring your children! Or failing that, you can wander over to the East Annex Building and adopt a pet of your own to take home with you at the end of the day. The Super Adoption Days are free to enter from 9 am – 5 pm on October 19th and 20th, and there are knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find your perfect new “best friend” (or furry children as some might prefer to think of them).

As for the rest of the show, it costs $6 for adults, $4 for children (5-10 years), and those under 4 years are Free. As always at the Western Fairgrounds, parking is also Free! Hours are from 9 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. That leaves you plenty of time to take in all that the first London Pet Show has to offer, like the many exhibitors, dog shows, cat shows, and even an opportunity to get your picture taken with Toto, from the Wizard of Oz! Pictures will be taken between 10 am – 12pm and 2 pm – 4pm, plus they are free.

The Elgin County Kennel Club will be presenting an All-Breed Championship Dog Show that runs all weekend long. Expect to see over 1600 dogs from more than 100 different breeds, competing for one of several titles available.

Dogs don’t have the market on shows though. On October 19th and 20th, the Pawsitive Paws Cat Show will be on as well. There will be more than 120 kitties, with a wide variety of coats, clawing for top billings at the 12th show that the Pawsitive Paws group has put on.

I sure hope they put some space between the canine contenders and feline foes. There could be a lot of fur flying, if not…

And if that does happen, you can always grab a lint brush to remove any of the pet hair that is left behind.