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  • Joanna Davis of Aurora brought two cockatoos Sunday to the Windy City Amazing Pet Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The event featured pet-friendly exhibitors, pet rescue groups, demonstrations and pet contests.

      Joanna Davis of Aurora brought two cockatoos Sunday to the Windy City Amazing Pet Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The event featured pet-friendly exhibitors, pet rescue groups, demonstrations and pet contests.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • A Husky named Aspen chases after a lure at the Lucky Dog Adventures booth during Sunday's Windy City Amazing Pet Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Aspen is owned by Tyler Aldin of Mount Prospect.

      A Husky named Aspen chases after a lure at the Lucky Dog Adventures booth during Sunday's Windy City Amazing Pet Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Aspen is owned by Tyler Aldin of Mount Prospect.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Joanna Davis of Aurora kissed one of her white cockatoos while others rested on her shoulders as she allowed animal lovers to come and hold the beautiful birds Sunday during the Windy City Amazing Pet Expo at Schaumburg Convention Center.

More than 10,000 people and their pets were expected to attend the two-day expo that featured 150 vendors, rescues and pet-related organizations.

"It's an all-inclusive pet event that is open for the public and free for all," said Ethan Barnett, vice president of events for Amazing Pet Expos. "People absolutely love the event. There are actually very few events like this around the country where your pets can socialize with other pets, interact with trainers and veterinarians that are here, and try on products. It is just a really great place to bring your pets."

People watched dogs run through agility courses, a pet costume contest, pets receive free nail trimming and many other attractions for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and reptiles.

"I love it because I love animals. The cockatoos were beautiful, tame and very kind. They stood on my arm and I talked to them and pet them," said Amy Smith of Palatine, smiling after a white cockatoo walked up her arm.

More information can be found about the pet expos at windycitypetexpo.com.

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