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Pet Expo on tap at track this weekend

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  • Video: Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

  • Mallory Volocyk, 24, of Des Plaines holds a puppy named Alyssa at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park on Friday. She was looking around for a new dog.

       Mallory Volocyk, 24, of Des Plaines holds a puppy named Alyssa at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park on Friday. She was looking around for a new dog.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Gabriel Stefanski, 11, of Round Lake holds a milk snake for the first time in his life Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. This snake kept trying to hide in his shirt.

       Gabriel Stefanski, 11, of Round Lake holds a milk snake for the first time in his life Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. This snake kept trying to hide in his shirt.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Pita the Chihuahua was a big hit during the Pet Parade as owner Linda Trevino-Garcia shows her off to the crowd Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.

       Pita the Chihuahua was a big hit during the Pet Parade as owner Linda Trevino-Garcia shows her off to the crowd Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Smooch a Pooch booth was a hot ticket Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. For a dollar, Kim Natola of Arlington Heights got a wet kiss from Fairlight the English bulldog.

       The Smooch a Pooch booth was a hot ticket Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. For a dollar, Kim Natola of Arlington Heights got a wet kiss from Fairlight the English bulldog.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Chloe Janich and her daughter Ella, 2, of Milwaukee, Wis., check out the ferret Meeko on Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.

       Chloe Janich and her daughter Ella, 2, of Milwaukee, Wis., check out the ferret Meeko on Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo opened Friday and runs through Sunday at Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights.

Put on by Tower Productions, the expo has more than 200 exhibitors, plus entertainment, demonstrations, presentations and the latest products and services.

On Friday, Mallory Volocyk, 24, of Des Plaines, was holding a puppy named Alyssa. She said her family recently had to put down their 16-year-old dog.

"I like the show. I think they do a good job," she said.

In another area, 11-year-old Gabriel Stefanski of Round Lake was enjoying the company of a milk snake.

"He is interesting and funny," said Gabriel, holding the snake comfortably. "Sometimes he likes to go in my shirt."

The booths are full of pet-themed artwork, jewelry, clothing (human and pet), cleaning supplies, grooming supplies, leashes, collars and leads, pet beds and furniture, security products, food, treats, toys, advice about veterinary services, pet boarding, training information, breed clubs and rescue organizations.

Show hours this weekend are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. On-site parking is $6 per vehicle, cash only.

Arlington Park is at 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. For more information, visit www.petchicago.com.

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