By Gina Spadafori
February 29, 2008
As we mentioned before, we’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately — Westminster, Global Pet Expo, Western Veterinary Conference. Dr. Becker and I are now hunkered down in our respective bunkers finishing one book, then another, then another.
Just after our first book deadline, Dr. Becker goes to New York to show off the coolest new pet gear on the March 19 â€œGood Morning America. â€
The coolest new pet gear segment draws from the Pet Connection teamâ€™s recent trip to Global Pet Expo, a massive show of pet supplies put on by the American Pet Productâ€™s Manufacturers Association. GPE brought tens of thousands of pet products into the San Diego convention center, and about the same number of retail buyers, media, trend-watchers, manufacturersâ€™ reps and more. In all, the show took up two floors and more than 15 football fieldsâ€™ worth of space.
With so many products on display, itâ€™s not easy to spot just 10 products that will grab the attention of pet-lovers. But the Pet Connection team split up to look for new products with pet wow power.
We came up with seven products in common on each list of our top ten â€“ some of the products also were named best by industry peers at the showâ€™s end — and then we haggled over the remaining three slots.
I’ve put it all together on one page — complete with a slide show — and you can find it all here.