Who’s Your Daddy?

Don’t get me wrong—I love my dogs. Lola is 12 years old and has decided that I need a continual shadow. Charlie, on the other hand, since he was adopted from the shelter, has chosen to sleep in the guest room. We’ve assured him he’s part of the family, and he does join us under the table at dinner time.

Any of us who own and love pets of any ilk—dogs, cats, birds, reptiles—consider them part of the family. But they’re just NOT my children. I have my own children, brought them up, even paid for colleges. So the other day when I went to get some papers from the vet for Lola, they asked me her last name.

“Dog,” I responded. “Lola Dog.” What kind of last name did they want? She’s a dog.

I have a last name. My wife has one, which, is the same as mine. My kids have the same last name as mine. Even my married daughter uses my last name as part of her married name. But my dog???

“What’s your last name,” the receptionist asked? I told her. “But I don’t think that’s my dog’s last name. I am not their father.”

Do your pets share your last name?

Our dogs bear no resemblance whatsoever to me or my wife, or any of my children. Lola looks like her parents (both Gordon Setters), and her Uncle MacDuff, who preceded her in our house. Charlie looks like—well, we don’t really know. We were told he was part Collie (think Lassie) and part Shepherd (think Rin Tin Tin). Instead, he looks like a short Golden Retriever, maybe Corgi, add in a little of this, a little of that, and we have a Charlie Dog.

The receptionist finally asked, “Didn’t you adopt them?” Well, we adopted Charlie, but we bought Lola. “Same thing,” she said. “You’re their father, and therefore they have your last name.”

So, I guess I’m their daddy. At least I don’t have to pay college tuition for them. And . . . I’m happy to share my last name with them.

Upcoming Reptile Events in the United States and Canada

There are several options for Americans and Canadians who want to check out reptile, amphibian and exotic animal exhibitions during the next two weekends. Many interesting animals will be for sale at these events, along with discounted supplies and activities for such pets.

Ontario Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo

Capital Banquet Hall

Mississauga, Ontario

November 28

The Ontario Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo will happen in Mississauga from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission will be $7 for adults, and $5 for children 7-14 years old. A number of vendors will be set up at this event, selling interesting pets from geckos to tarantulas to pythons.

This reptile expo will also be coming to Ottawa in December.

New York Metro Reptile Expo

Westchester County Center

White Plains, New York

November 28

The New York Metro Reptile Expo will take place in White Plains, which is just a short train ride north from Manhattan, into the suburbs. This particular expo will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. More than 200 vendors will set up tables selling discounted merchandise for up to 50% off of the store price. To attend this event, adults admission costs $10, while children 7-12 cost $4, and children under 7 get in for free.

Northwestern Berks Reptile Show

Hamburg Fieldhouse

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

December 4

The Northwestern Berks Reptile Show will feature over 200 tables of assorted reptiles and amphibians, along with cages, books, rodents, feed and other useful merchandise. Admission is $8, or free for children under 5. The time it will occur is between 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Repticon Houston

Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds

Pasadena, Texas

December 4, 5

Repticon Houston will be full of lively presentations, door prizes, live reptiles, feeder animals and assorted reptile-related supplies, art and accessories for sale. On Saturday, the show will be from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; on Sunday, it will be from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission for a day is free for children four and under, while adults must pay $10 and children 5-12 must pay $5.

Western Pennsylvania Reptile Expo

Mars VRW Post 7505

Mars, Pennsylvania

December 5

The Western Pennsylvania Reptile Expo will happen from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, and is $5 for anyone above 5 years of age. Dozens of vendors from all around the United States will be present, displaying and selling their snakes, turtles, lizards and spiders.

Upcoming Reptile Events: This Weekend, September 25-26

Reptile lovers will be pleased to know that several different expos, conferences and sales will be happening this Saturday and Sunday.

20th Annual ETHS Reptile Breeders Expo

Brookhollow Crowne Plaza

Houston, Texas

September 25-26

This will be the East Texas Herpetological Society’s 20th annual expo, conference and educational exhibit. It will be open to the public starting Saturday, and there will be a variety of talks by respected herpetologists, along with a banquet and auction later on in the evening. On Sunday, this event will feature thousands of captive-bred amphibians and reptiles, as well as vendors selling all sorts of gear from around the country. The expo will also feature a free educational exhibit on the native reptiles and amphibians of East Texas.

South Central Kentucky Reptile Breeders Show

Cave City Convention Center

Cave City, Kentucky

September 25

This will be the 2nd annual Fall “Captive Bred Only” Reptile Sale brought on by this organization. Admission for this show will be $3 for adults, and free for children under 6, and it will take place from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Midwest Reptile Show

Indiana State Farigrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

September 25

The Midwest Reptile Show will happen from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and is $5 for anyone over the age of 9. A number of vendors will be present, selling species like leopard geckos, morph boas, milk snakes, pythons and more. In terms of reptile food, they will be selling anything from rodents to pigeons to silkworms pre-packaged feed. There will also be door prizes.

East Coast Reptile Super Expo

Lancaster County Convention Center

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

September 25

The East Coast Reptile Super Expo will happen from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Admission will be $8, and there will be all types of animals and supplies on display and sale.

Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale

Tucson Expo Center

Tucson, Arizona

September 25, 26

The Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale will go on Saturday from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, and on Sunday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Thousands of captive-bred snakes, tortoises, lizards, turtles and bugs will be for sale, along with cages, shirts, books and other supplies. A handful of animal experts will also be displaying exotic and venomous reptiles from the US and around the world, along with alligators and giant tortoises. Admission for this event will be $7 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and free for children under 6, and it is good for the whole weekend. There will also be door prizes twice an hour.

Upcoming Reptile Shows and Expositions: This Weekend

No plans this weekend? So many excellent reptile shows and expositions are taking place on September 11th and 12th, so check to see if there is one in your area!

North American Reptile Breeder’s Conference and Trade Show

Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, California

September 11, 12

The NARBC will take place on Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and on Sunday from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children under 13 and free for children under 5. Reptile vendors and experts will be there to communicate to the public. This show will also feature educated speakers to address the audience on subjects like going on African safaris, keeping tortoises and maintaining large snake collections.

Texas Reptiles Expo

Live Oak Civic Center

San Antonio, Texas

September 11, 12

The Texas Reptiles Expo will be from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on both days. Passes cost $8 for adults one day (or $14 for two days), and $3 for children under 10 for one day (or $5 for two days).

West Alabama Reptile Expo

Bessemer Civic Center

Birmingham, Alabama

September 11, 12

WARE will occur both days from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will have amphibians and insects in addition to reptiles. A raffle will be drawn hourly, and people will be face painting on Saturday. A few different educational seminars will be held, and there will also be an assortment of different vendors selling useful supplies. Admission to WARE is $5, or $1 for children under 12.

Central Reptile & Amphibian Breeder Show

Fountains Conference Center

Fairview Heights, Illinois

September 12

CRABS will feature vendors from different parts of the United States showing their captive-bred and high-quality import animals. The hours for this show are 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and it costs $5 for anyone over the age of 5.

Great Lakes Reptile Expo

Howard Johnson Star Plaza

Grand Rapids, Michigan

September 12

Vendors from around the Midwest will be set up at the Great Lakes Reptile Expo, selling cages, rodents, snakes, lizards and more. This exposition is $5 for adults, or free for children 10 and below.

Kansas City Reptile Show

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

Overland Park, Kansas

September 12

This Sunday show will have a variety of vendor tables selling reptiles, and maybe even some small exotic animals. If you have a hungry reptile at home, this is a chance to buy anything from pelleted food to meal worms to crickets to live or frozen rodents. Those who are short on pet supplies have a chance to pick up bedding, toys, cages, tanks and decorative materials. The Kansas City Reptile Show is going to be held from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will cost $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, or free for those under 5.

Upcoming Reptile Shows in the United States and Canada

The remainder of August 2010 will be very busy with reptile expos in many different states, as well as a huge one in Canada!

Kalamazoo Reptile Show

Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds

Kalamazoo, Michigan

August 21

The Kalamazoo Reptile Show will feature assorted reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals to buy, sell and trade. Lots of professional animal breeders will be there for the public to ask questions. The animals sold at this show are also eligible for free veterinary exams at the Milwood Animal Clinic.

Admission for this event is $10 for people over 10, $2 for children 6-10 and free for children under 6; families will not pay over $15 collectively. The Kalamazoo Reptile Show will last from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.

National Reptile Breeders’ Expo

Ocean Center

Daytona Beach, Florida

August 21, 22

The National Reptile Breeders’ Expo will be a huge event that will feature a chameleon symposium, morelia symposium, turtle and tortoise preservation group lectures, auction and cold blooded creatures art show. There will also be a variety of vendors present.

Pittsburgh Reptile Show and Sale

Harmar House

Cheswick, Pennsylvania

August 22

The Pittsburgh Reptile Show and Sale will be from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and the vendors will be selling all kinds of animals, like boas, pythons, bearded dragons, chameleons and more.

Reptile and Alternative Pet Super Show and Sale

National Guard Armory

West Palm Beach, Florida

August 28

This show will be in action from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will cost $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and below. There will be lectures, demonstrations, door prize tickets and games. All kinds of reptiles, alternative pets and amphibians will be for sale, as well as herp food items, supplies, jewelery and other collectibles.

Midwest Reptile Show

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

August 28

The Midwest Reptile Show will occur between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, and will be $5 for anyone over the age of 9. A plethora of different vendors will be set up, selling breeds of interesting reptiles and exotics, as well as frozen rodents and other foods for such pets.

Western Canadian Reptile Expo

Westerner Grounds

Red Deer, Alberta

August 28, 29

The Western Canadian Reptile Expo will be the largest reptile event in its area, and will also feature amphibians and invertebrates. Admission is $5 per person, or $15 per family.

Austin Reptile & Amphibian Expo

Dell Diamond United Heritage Center

Round Rock, Texas

August 28, 29

The Austin Reptile & Amphibian Expo will happen on Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and on Sunday from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. It costs $8 for single admission, or $12 for both days. Children under 5 get in free as long as they are with an adult.

Many different captive-bred reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates will be on display and sale, along with supplies like books, enclosures, tools, feed and handmade arts and crafts. This event will also have reptile educational displays and raffle.

Upcoming Reptile Events in the Country

The remaining time in July 2010 is not short of amazing reptile events, ranging from expositions to presentations at museums to educational lectures. These activities are happening in several different states.

33rd International Herpetological Symposium

Radisson Suites Hotel Tucson Airport

Tucson, Arizona

July 21-24

This four-day event will include many different presentations and lectures regarding herptology, herpetoculture and reptile veterinary medicine. There will also be a variety of vendors selling reptile supplies, artwork and books. It costs $175 to attend the entire event, but people can also pay to attend the individual days.

All Ohio Reptile Show

Moose Lodge 11

Columbus, Ohio

July 24

The All Ohio Reptile Show will take place from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and will cost $4 admission. Lots of non-venomous reptiles and assorted equipment will be on display and sale.

Dixie Reptile Show

Zamora Temple

Irondale, Alabama

July 24

The Dixie Reptile Show has a new location at the Zamora Temple. This show will go on from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. General admission will be $4 for adults, and $1 for children under 12.

Reptile Day

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville, Virginia

July 24

Reptile Day at the Virginia Museum of Natural History will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. There will be live reptiles, as well as activities, exhibits and crafts for children.

Lone Star Reptile Expos

Elks Lodge

Arlington, Texas

July 24-25

The Lone Star Reptile Expo will occur from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday, and from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Sunday. Admission for one day is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under; for two days, it is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Many different types of vendors will be present, selling animals like snakes and bearded dragons, and supplies like crickets, cages and reptile snacks.

Evansville Reptile Show

Indiana National Guard Armory

Evansville, Indiana

July 24-25

The Evansville Reptile Show will begin at 10:00 AM both days, and there will be hundreds of reptile experts and breeders set up at the tables. Other vendors will also be selling housing, supplies, feeders and other products. There will also be some door prizes, educational programs and family fun activities at this event.

Lexington Reptile Expo

Lexington Convention Center, Heritage Ballroom

Lexington, Kentucky

July 25

The Lexington Reptile Expo will be from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will cost $4.50 for admission, or free for children under 6. There will be a wide array of discount animals, supplies, feeder insects and rodents. This expo will feature not only reptiles, but also amphibians, birds, spiders, insects, chincillas, sugar gliders and more.

Pet Stores in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City has an array of fun and interesting pet stores and services. There are some specialty stores for saltwater fish, birds and reptiles, as well as some lovely boutiques and luxurious dog and cat boarding businesses.

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is a landmark with Tortoise and Alligator statues out in front!

They claim to be Oklahoma’s largest supplier of reptiles, and they sell a full line of these creatures, such as turtles, tortoises, geckos, iguanas, pythons and more. They carry exotic pets as well, such as scorpions, tarantulas, treefrogs and giant cockroaches, as well as small animals like gerbils and guinea pigs. Alligator Alley has a supply of food for all types of animals that they sell, as well as cages, books and other products.

Rudy’s Pet Supply

Rudy’s Pet Supply was established in 1953, and sells exotic birds, bulk feed and other specialty items. They sell dog and cat foods, as well as flea/tick control.

Paws Around Town

Paws Around Town is a fancy little pet boutique. They sell cute toys, treats, harnesses, placemats, beds and accessories for cats and dogs.

The Reef Shop Warehouse, Inc.

The Reef Shop Warehouse claims to be Oklahoma City’s largest source for saltwater fish, corals, live rock, invertebrates, aquarium maintenance, salt water and deionized water.

Birds Etc

Birds Etc sells lots of different species, such as half moon conures, macaws, lovebirds, cockatoos, senegals and others. They also sell a variety of cages, playstands and toys.

Anne’s Country Club for Pets, Inc

Anne’s Country Club for Pets is a family owned and operated business that has been serving Oklahoma City for over 25 years. They offer cat and dog boarding, grooming and dog obedience training.

Their Cattery Area allows cats to enjoy their own boarding enclosures with a rug, resting shelf, litter, water and dry food.

Mann’s Best Friend

Mann’s Best Friend is an upscale pet boutique that sells treats and natural food, along with pet apparel, collars, leashes and bling. Their products are all for cats and dogs.

Central Park, Your Canine Connection

Central Park is a dog care haven. They have a dog daycare service that is monitored by a trained staff. The greater daycare area has two large indoor play areas which have padded flooring and three large outdoor play areas that have shady areas. They also sell dog baked goods, as well as food, treats, collars, leashes, toys and accessories. They even offer a self-service dog wash and other grooming services.

Upcoming Reptile Shows in America

There are a lot of fun reptile expositions going on throughout the first half of July, especially in the Midwest and the East Coast.

Repticon Greater Baton Rouge Reptile Show

Lamar Dixon Exposition Center

Gonzales, Louisianna

July 3-4

This Eastern Louisiana reptile show will take place on Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and on Sunday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission for one day is $12 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. (There are deals for 2-day admission online.) This show will feature a live venomous snake display, door prize raffles, a hognose snake presentation, a reptile terrarium workshop and an arachnid presentation. There will also be a wide variety of animals and supplies for sale.

All Maryland Reptile Show

Havre de Grace Community Center

Havre de Grace, Maryland

July 10

The All Maryland Reptile Show will go on from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, and will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children 2-6. Lots of different species and supplies will be for sale at this show.

Midwest Reptile Shows

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

July 10

This Midwest Reptile Show will start at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM, and it will be $5 for people over 9 years of age. Assorted vendors will be set up, selling products like herp care supplies, books, herp houses and cages. They will also be selling assorted species of geckos, frogs, corn snakes, boas, pythons and other scaly friends. Those who are looking for food will be able to buy lots of different types of live and packaged products.

Michigan Reptile Expo

Taylor Town Trade Center

Taylor, Michigan

July 10

The Michigan Reptile Expo will happen from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children under 10 with adult. Vendors will sell live creatures, food, supplies, frozen rodents, cages and other useful reptile products.

Great Lakes Reptile Expo

Howard Johnson Star Plaza

Grand Rapids, Michigan

July 11

The Great Lakes Reptile Expo will happen from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will cost $5 for adults, and free for children under 10. Vendors will be at this event with rodents, bugs, frogs, snakes and more.

New York Metro Reptile Expo

Westchester County Center

White Plains, New York

July 11

The New York Metro Reptile Expo will go on in White Plains, which is a short train ride out of Manhattan. It will take place from 10:00 AM-4:0o PM, and will cost $10 for adults, $4 for children 7-12 and free for children under 7. Over 200 vendor tables will be set up and there will be some super savings!

Upcoming Reptile Shows in the United States

This June will feature all sorts of huge reptile expos, most of which will also feature amphibians, invertebrates or exotic animals for sale! These shows are happening in all different parts of the US!

Northwestern Berks Reptile Show

Hamburg Field House

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

June 12

This reptile show will go on from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, and costs $8, or free for children under 8. It is one of the largest reptile shows on the East Coast, and will consist of over 200 tables of reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians, as well as feeder animals, foods, books, cages and other assorted reptile merchandise.

Cold Blooded Chaos

Kingman Academy of Learning High School

Kingman, Arizona

June 12

This reptile show will take place in this high school’s gym from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and is free to the public. It will feature many live demonstrations and exhibits.

Michigan Reptile Show

Taylor Town Trade Center

Taylor, Michigan

June 12

This reptile expo is the largest in Michigan, and costs $5 for general admission, $4 for seniors, and free for children under 1o. Lots of different vendors will be present, selling all sorts of lizards, snakes and frogs and all sorts of food and supplies.

Florida International Reptile Show

Florida State Fairgrounds

Tampa, Florida

June 12, 13

This two-day reptile show will happen on Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. There will be a wide array of reptile and amphibian breeders and wholesalers, reptile pet products and supplies, exhibits, educational seminars and other interesting activities for the family to enjoy.

Great Lakes Reptile Expo

Howard Johnson Star Plaza

Grand Rapids, Michigan

June 13

The Great Lakes Reptile Expo will cost $5 for adults, and free for children 10 and under. It will feature all sorts of vendors who sell reptiles and other supplies, food and equipment.

St Louis Reptile Show

Holiday Inn Southwest

St Louis, Missouri

June 13

This expo will have not only reptiles, but all sorts of amphibians, arachnids and assorted exotic animals for sale. They will be sprawled out over about 50 tables, and there will also be an assortment of supplies to buy. The show will occur from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will cost $6 for adults, $3 for children between 5-11, and free for children 4 and under.

All Ohio Reptile Show

Moose Lodge 11

Columbus, Ohio

June 19

This show will feature all sorts of live animals and equipment, and it will go on from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. It costs $4 for admission, and there will be no endangered or venomous creatures.

Upcoming Pet Expos

If you are looking for some summer plans, there a few giant pet expositions coming up in the South and Midwest. You can pick up a new exotic animal as a new friend, watch some live sheep being herded, take a look at some hedgehogs or go shopping for some lovely new supplies for your pets!

Lee County Pet Expo

Lee Civic Center

North Fort Myers, Florida

June 5

This huge pet expo will take place from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, and will be a fun family event. Lots of non-profits will be there, like rescue groups and humane societies, and there will also be some entertainment like a reptile performance with alligators and a 15-foot python, a sheep herding demonstration, pet psychic readings (you must bring a picture of your pet) and face painting. You can shop for quality pet foods and baked goods, and other gear like collars, leashes and bowls. You can also find pet obedience trainers and sitters at this show.

It will also of course feature animals, like live cats, dogs, reptiles and birds. Only humans may attend this event. Be sure to check out nearby Fort Myers Beach where you can bring your dog to the beach with you.

All Animal Expo

Waukesha County Expo Center

Waukesha, Wisconsin

June 27

This All Animal Expo will go on from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, and will cost $5 for admission to everyone over the age of 11. It will mostly be reptile themed, but there will also be an array of small exotic animals, spiders, scorpions, kittens, puppies, ducks and chickens. The vendors will be selling lots of discount supplies like live feed and other food items, tanks, bedding, toys, cages and more!

Chicago Pet Sales and Educational Expo

American Legion Building

Evanston, Illinois

July 17

This pet expo will go on from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, with $5 admission or free for children under 5. This post has free parking, and is on a golf course in an air-conditioned building. There will be cats, dogs, parrots, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, ferrets, chinchillas, possums, snakes, turtles, insects and more! They will also be selling food and supplies for all these animals.