'Howloween' Pet Expo, Holistic Fair in Gilbert
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bella, a German Shepherd, and Moe, a Black Labrador, try on their Halloween costumes for the upcoming Howloween Pet Expo and Holistic Fair to be held this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-a.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion in Gilbert. Their mistress, Violet Albano of Effort, is the organizer of the event.
There's going to be a Howling good time on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the American Legion Post 927, Rt. 209, in Gilbert.
That's when the Howloween Pet Expo and Holistic Fair, sponsored by "Precious Pets Magazine, will be held.
Participants can enter their pets and win a prize in a best-costume contest. There will also be contests for the Best Trick, Best Kisser, Longest Tail, Longest Ears, Best Howl, the Biggest, the Smallest and more. There is an entry fee of $5.
At 11 a.m. there will be a Blessing of the Animals.
Cute and lovable pets will be available for adoption from participating rescues Waggin' Tails Pet Rescue, Safe Haven Pet Rescue, and Pocono Greyhounds.
In addition to the Pet Expo, there will also be a Holistic Fair for people, featuring holistic body workers, a chiropractor, psychic readers, jewelry and crafts galore.
Violet Albano of Effort, is the owner of Dog Star Energy Center, which provides canine massage and energy therapy for dogs who need rehabilitation. The therapy is good for dogs who are paralyzed, have hip dysplasia and it helps eliminate toxins.
"I have been a vendor at these types of fairs and held a Holistic Fair of my own last year," says Albano. "This year I wanted to include something for pets. I wanted an event that was a place for pet rescues to show their dogs and for vendors to showcase their wares. We will have an animal communicator, someone who can hear what an animal thinks but can't say. Through training, we learn to tap into animals and we can tell the owners what they're feeling and why they do what they do."
Refreshments will be available in the Good Witch Kitchen like homemade soups of Chicken with Brown Rice, Autumn Vegetable, Vegetarian Chili, Italian Summer Soup, desserts like homemade chocolate cake, pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing and apple crisp.
Prizes will be awarded with raffles and Zoomers Photography will be on hand.
All fair proceeds go to the participating local pet rescues.
Vendors are welcome. For more information, visit www.DogStarEnergyCenter.com or call 570-619-6016.
"Everyone should come because you'll have a good time and lots of fun," invites Violet.