America: I wish that more people would learn something from dogs….BE A DOG!


After a particularly stressful week, I had the pleasure of attending the Novi Pet Expo last Sunday. While there I was watching the Rock -N- Roll K9 Performance Team and had an epiphany.

When dogs meet other dogs they don’t care if the dog has black fur, gray fur, brown fur, white fur, if they have mixed color fur. Dogs don’t care if they are pure bred or “mixes.” They don’t care about what country they each emigrated from.  They sniff the butts of the opposite sex and the same-sex.  They don’t care. They just ARE. They do their jobs. They come together. (I apologize for my  wobbly video below, watch for the last dog that has a “thank you” sign)

I was overcome with pride and emotion when I watched these adorable dogs parading around the ring. This was just what I needed after a week of filthy attacks that were being shot like missiles from  “friends” as well as “foes.” I admit that I shot off quite a few myself.  The entire week had made me physically ill, I couldn’t think, couldn’t function, that is, until Sunday when I observed these wonderful dogs working as a TEAMMy “take-away?”

 I wish that more people

would learn something from dogs




Michigan: Novi Pet Expo Nov, 11, 12 and 13


Suburban Collection Showplace

Dates & Times

Friday, November 11th 2:00p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12th 10:00a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 13th 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave.

Novi, MI 48374


Adults and children 12 & older: $10

Ages 6-11: $5

Children 5 and under: FREE!

Senior Day (55+) Friday Only: $5 Admission

$2 Adult Discount admission opportunity!!

The Michigan Humane Society will be on site during the Pet Expo, a full adult admission will be discounted $2.00 with donation of pet food or needed supplies, here is the MHS wish list:

  • Any unopened, unexpired dog/puppy and cat/kitten food; wet or dry, in original packaging/container.

  • Cat litter (always in need!)

  • Pet-Safe Brand dog toys, especially their Busy Body line including their Squirrel Dude and Buddy Barnacle items!  

  • Catnip-based mice/toys  (kitties love these!)

  • Non-porous toys

  • Fleece blankets are a slice of heaven for homeless pets! 18” by 18” or so for cats, for dogs, 3’ by 3’ is just about right.


Upon entering the parking lot there will be a $5 charge per regular sized vehicles and for larger vehicles there will be a $10 charge. Parking spots will be directed by the parking attendants as you enter.


The Novi Pet Expo is located at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. Our facility can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.

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Novi Pet Expo, November 15-17, Suburban Collection Showplace!

The Suburban Collection Showplace
 is proud to present the 10th Annual
 Novi Pet Expo
 Friday, November 15-Sunday, November 17!

Logo courtesy of the Novi Pet Expo Facebook Page. Click logo to visit.

Logo courtesy of the Novi Pet Expo Facebook Page. Click logo to visit.

 This super fun family event is a celebration of all furry,
 feathered and finned family members, 
featuring a wide variety of pet rescues with adoptable pets from across the 

Photo courtesy of LMD Photography

Photo courtesy of LMD Photography

 The show also offers dazzling displays of agility from Rock N Roll K-9 
and Classic K-9 Performance Groups, feline fun from The International Cat 
Association (TICA) Show, plus The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) Dog 
Show, Splashy Dock Diving with Ultimate Air Dogs, training advice from Bark 
Busters, Sit Means Sit and other area trainers---and a sprawling Pet Expo Super 
Store by Premier Pet Supply of Beverly Hills, Metro Detroit’s favorite Pet 
Store! Friday, November 15 from Noon - 8pm, Saturday, November 16: 10am-8 pm, 
Sunday, November 17: 11am -5pm. Friday is Senior Day, Admission 60 and over just 
$5.00:  Admission all weekend $10.00 Adults, Children 5-12, $5.00, under 5, 
Free. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave in 
Novi, 248.348.5600

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

“This year at the Novi Pet Expo we are launching an important new 
fundraising campaign to support the rescues that attend the show”, explains 
Blair Bowman, Owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace and the Novi Pet Expo. 
“We will be gathering donations from the public at several locations on the show 
floor, and matching them, dollar-for-dollar. At the end of the show on Sunday, 
we will be selecting two of the participating pet rescue non-profits from the 
expo to split the proceeds. The Novi Pet Expo plans to continue this program for 
2014 and years ahead, with two different rescues benefiting each year. It is one 
way we can provide ongoing support for the important work that rescues perform 
for our community.” 

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

The Pet Expo Super Store, presented by Premier Pet Supply of Beverly 
Hills, will offer show specials and discounts on a wide variety of pet items, 
with special emphasis on products made in Michigan and the U.S.A.  Premier Pet 
Supply Owner Mike Palmer will also offer a 20% discount to any family or 
individual who adopts a new pet at the Expo, both on items at the show, and also 
through December 31st, 2013 at the store location, 31215 Southfield Rd in 
Beverly Hills, 248.647.4310.

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

Photo Courtesy of LMD Photography

Non-Profit Pet Rescue Organizations participating in the 2013 Novi Pet 
Expo include a variety of cat, dog, breed and bird shelters and societies; a 
complete list is available on the event web site. Adoption procedures vary and 
are determined by each individual group.  Please visit the event web site for a 
complete and updated list, as more rescues may be added,
Well-behaved Dogs are welcome at the Novi Pet Expo, but must be 
pre-registered, and current with all vaccinations. Please visit the web site for 
the Pet Policy and to pre-register your pet.