So You Want to Travel to the Bay Area Pet Expo. Join the Club!
Think of the Bay Area Pet Expo and images come to mind: miles and miles of canine and feline and avian related tables filled with products galore, free product samples, contests, giveaways and happy dogs eating treats, wagging tails meeting other canines.
Before you attend this annual Santa Clara Fairground event (this year featuring Shorty Rossi and his pack of pit bulls), which takes place Saturday, January 11, from 10 am to 4 pm, here are some things to consider.
Get there early. There is no fee to attend but parking on the street fills up fast. Parking is $8 and the lot is very busy.
Make sure that your pooch is able, willing and ready to attend an event with hundreds of strange canines, felines and people. I had to park Cici outside tied to a pole for five minutes while I ran around inside and she was not a happy camper. Neither was the alternative (bringing her inside where the noise and excitement of meeting so many people, canines and felines in an enclosed space was too much for her). She was and I was not prepared for the chaos of the event.
There is a new Wags Hotel for pooches in nearby Redwood City. Your dog can play with other pooches for a few hours while you peruse, talk to dog experts and meet and greet at the Expo.
Your pet must be immunized in order to attend the event (and also to play at the doggie daycare), please bring proof of rabies and other vaccinations.
If you do not live in the area, and must stay overnight: (some hotels have group discount rates)
Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City is half an hour away from San Jose
San Jose area hotels have pet friendly lodging including :
Hilton San Jose
300 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy – Large pets up to 75 lbs, USD $75. Non-refundable fee. Bed and bowls limited.
2585 Seaboard Avenue
San Jose, CA 00000
There are no deposits or fees. Up to two domestic pets (cats or dogs) per room. When you check in, please let the front desk staff know.
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Pet Policy – $50 nonrefundable fee. Pets under 100 lbs. welcome.
Pet Amenities – Pet bed pillow upon request, water, food bowls with mat, pet treat.
Points of Interest – Walking trails, dog parks, pet store (all within 4 miles)
Rates – Single, Double: starting at $89
The Pet Expo website has a link to the Fairfield Inn, San Jose Airport area
Pet Contest, Free Microchipping and Low Cost Vaccinations, Pet Talent, Pet Agility Demonstrations, Musical Chairs and more.
Shorty Rossi, the pit boss, runs Shortywood Productions, a Hollywood talent management company for little people, as well as Shorty’s Rescue, his pit bull rescue group.
Be sure to catch Shorty onstage, discussing his passion – rescuing Pit bulls! Stop by to get an autograph or picture with Shorty,, his dog Hercules and help support his charities!
Please visit Shorty’s site for more information: www.shortyrescue.com
Adopting a pet?
Bring a crate and/or leash with you for your new family member. Crates and pet carriers often sell out. Be a good girl scout and be prepared.
Take the Tully Rd. exit West. Proceed 1.5 miles. The blue arch of the Fairgrounds is visible on the left.