Friday, December 10, 2004

We're putting on a show!

heeere's lucy!

Me 'n' Lucy are going to be doing agility demos this weekend at the Super Pet Expo (Graham Building, state fairgrounds). Lucy is hoping her fan base will come and watch, but I told her not to hold her breath since they're charging something like $6 or $7 to get in the door (you can buy cheaper tix at their web site, though). What really bugs me about the admission price is that the Pet Expo is just a big marketing opportunity for people who sell pet stuff. Sure, they'll have entertainment, like agility demos and whatnot, but they're charging vendors many hundreds of dollars to set up booths so they can sell things to pet owners. So people will be paying for the privilege of buying stuff. Of course, a lot of Americans view shopping as entertainment and are willing to pay a lot of money for a good "shopping opportunity"--just look at all the people who choose vacation destinations based on the quality of the outlet malls nearby. I bet if malls decided to charge admission, a lot of people would pay it.

Anywho, if you're a local and you've got no problem spending a few of your hard-earned dollars to be a marketing target, come on out to the Pet Expo (Lucy and I will be in the demos at 11 am, 1 pm and 4:30 pm Saturday and 11 am and 1 pm Sunday). You can bring your dog, and it will be quite entertaining (a really cute little Papillon will be in some of the demos, as will a great big Aussie--that's shorthand for Australian Shepherd, a breed that was invented in the US--who loves to bark and spin and try to grab his owners' arms). But then again, you could come out to an agility trial sometime and see the same thing for free ... (By the way, mark your calendars because my team will be hosting a flyball tournament at the fairgrounds Jan. 8 and 9. It's free but you'll need to bring your own earplugs. It's loud.)

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