Yes, we were paying attention, and here’s what we liked at Global Pet Expo

February 29, 2008

Bamboo watter bottle crunchersAs 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 “Good Morning America. ”

The coolest new pet gear segment draws from the Pet Connection team’s recent trip to Global Pet Expo, a massive show of pet supplies put on by the American Pet Product’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, manufacturers’ reps and more. In all, the show took up two floors and more than 15 football fields’ worth of space.

With so many products on display, it’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 – some of the products also were named best by industry peers at the show’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.

Filed under: pets, connected — Gina Spadafori @ 9:10 am


  1. we had seen a dog bed for the car in Maine..will it be in the trade show?

    Comment by Lida Tunnell — November 21, 2008 @ 5:23 pm

  2. There are thousands of products at this trade show! We’ll be covering it again this February.

    Comment by Gina Spadafori — November 21, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

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