Thousand expected for major pet expo in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa - The range of creatures at this weekend's Great Iowa Pet Expo could include a wide range of creatures

Cathy Erickson, who runs what's become the largest pet-related trade show in the state, says she's seen chickens, lizards, snakes, rats, guinea pigs and turtles at the expo. "They're all welcome," said Erickson. "But the predominance of shopping, you'll find, is for dogs, and the predominance of people bringing their pets are dogs, simply because that's the way society works. More people own dogs. More people are social with their dogs."

Still, Erickson says there'll significant numbers of the most popular pets "We have dogs, cats, donkeys, rabbits, ferrets and birds," Erickson said. "There are booths for all those things. But the dominant presence you will see on sight are dogs."

This weekend's show at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines has 135 vendors along with veterinarians, trainers and pet contests.

The Expo takes Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Jacobson Building at the fairgrounds.

Between 6,000 and 7,000 people are expected to attend as well as 500 dogs.

(Image courtesy of the Great Iowa Pet Expo)