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 16½-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.