Pander to your pet loves

Pander to your pet loves

With hundreds of stalls and the chance to see a world of different animals, the expo is sure to give you something to howl about

If you love shopping and animals, you can combine your pet interests by browsing for bargains at next weekend's Hong Kong International Pet Accessory and Aqua Expo at AsiaWorld-Expo.

With more variety than Goldfish Street and more events than a three-ring circus, the three-day event, beginning next Friday, is a great chance for animal lovers and their pets to meet during the holidays. The PetExpo caters to all ranges of pets, from the more familiar cats and dogs to the splashy fish and amphibians.

There'll be more than 200 booths displaying snacks, toys, food and accessories.

The major events include the all-breed championship dog shows organised by the Hong Kong Kennel Club.

Canadian judges Virginia Lyne and Sharon Derrick are flying to Hong Kong just to size up the dogs, which will try to outdo each other in breed groups ranging from gundogs to terriers, and hounds to toys.

Not to be outdone, felines will be putting their best feet forward for the cat show organised by the Hong Kong Shorthair Cat Club.

The hundreds of cats participating in the event will be assessed by professional international judges on their beauty and quietness.

Friday afternoon's highlight is set to be the premiere of the Top Pet Stylist Competition. In a first for the expo, the event is designed to showcase the talents of stylists in the industry and, in the longer run, raise standards of the pet-styling world.

Coming with style already built in, koi, the elegant ornamental fish also known as Japanese carp, were a huge hit at last year's expo.

This year the Hong Kong International Koi Club is following up with a 'koi appreciation activity' at the show. It will give people a chance to truly admire examples of the fish that have come all the way from breeding farms in Japan.

Close encounters of different animal kinds await visitors to the expo's Happy Farm.

Sheep, parrots, horses, turtles, rabbits and goats of various stripes will be doing their thing and some might even be willing to pose for photographs - if you ask nicely.

When it's time to sit down and take a break from events, dogs and their companions will be able to sample some great treats at the cafe.

More than 120,000 visitors are expected to flock to the event and free shuttle bus services will be available from Mong Kok, Tin Hau, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tung Chung.

Children aged 3-11 will be able to take the round trip on the Airport Express from Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Tsing Yi to the AsiaWorld-Expo for free if they have a valid Octopus card.

Tickets are available at all 7-Elevens at MTR stations for HK$25 each.

For more information, visit www.petexpo.hk

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