World of Pets Expo a fun and educational event

In today's world, pets aren't just animal companions, they're often the favorite family members with their own personalized dinner ware, special sleeping places, custom diet, fitness plans and more. Some pets are simply pampered, others perform for their own and their companions' amusement; others are working animals with a serious job to do. You can see all of these pets — along with a host of toys, treats and tricks — at the World of Pets Expo, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25, 26, 27 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

"We've got something for everyone from the serious pet enthusiast to the casual pet admirer, including a chance to show off your pet in the "Parade of Breeds" explains Jeanne Emge, president of Premier Events, the producer of the Expo. "Exhibitors will fill the 165,000 square foot Cow Palace with thousands of products and services for pets. Some of the country's foremost authorities in the pet industry will present seminars and demonstrations covering practically every aspect of pet care and training. It's fun and educational — just a great day out for all ages! This is probably the best value for family entertainment and education. Pets are welcome too! See all the details at "

Expo shopping offers hundreds of booths with a wide variety of exhibitors featuring thousands of items - everything imaginable for your pet and for pet lovers. From pet essentials, to pet training products, to pet-themed home décor, the World of Pets Expo is the place to be if you are a pet lover. Pets covered in the seminars include dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, ferrets and other animals. In addition to the shopping extravaganza and the seminar series, there will be continuous entertainment and demonstrations by nationally known pet organizations, an AKC Dog Agility Trial, interactive/educational presentations with live animals, a Parade of Breeds and more! Expo hours are Friday, January 25, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, Saturday, January 26, from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, January 27, from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. Tickets available online or at the door (cash only at the door). Heated facility and great food!

Dr. Lynda McGinnis received the 2012 Podiatrist of the Year award from the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession. Lynda received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in 1985. She completed residency training and worked in Philadelphia before returning home to Baltimore. Lynda has been in private practice in Lutherville/Timonium for 25 years. Lynda volunteers at Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore, and collects shoes for the Women's Detention Center and the Helping Up Mission, both in Baltimore. Lynda has served as a member of the executive committee of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association since 2003.

Honored as the January Student of the Month by the Timonium Optimist Club is Sarah Law, a student at Timonium Elementary School. She is a straight-A student and has received the Principal's Award for excellence in effort, behavior and achievement. Sarah is also a library helper, a Community Service Club member and participates in the Buddies Program. In her local community, Sarah helps neighbors when they are on vacation by collecting their mail and newspapers. She also plays soccer and lacrosse for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council. Congratulations, Sarah!

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