Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 | 7:12 p.m.
The sound of barking and howling filled the Rainbow Library amphitheater on Saturday for the second annual “Petstacular Pet Fair,” an event that drew more than 1,300 pet-lovers and their companions.
Whether they were Chihuahuas, cockatoos or kittens, pets and their owners had a chance to see a grooming demonstration, pet parade and Metro Police’s K-9 unit. Greg Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater — which included a skit where dogs and cats solved math problems — was also a big hit.
The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had 15 dogs up for adoption and vendors offered up for sale a variety of colorful canine outfits.
Summerlin resident Jennifer Tarter was in attendance with her dog Imani, a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback.
“She’s having a great time,” Tarter said. “I love to bring her out and socialize with other dogs. But she’s a little on the timid side.”
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known as an athletic breed, and Imani is no exception, Tarter said.
“She runs three-and-a-half miles with me almost every day,” she said.
Debbie McGuire, regional branch services director for the Clark County Library District, said the Rainbow Library’s outdoor amphitheater and its grassy lawn was an ideal venue for the pet fair.
“This gives an opportunity for pet owners to network with each other,” McGuire said. “It’s one of my passions. I also hope that people become more acquainted with our libraries and the services we have.”
Not all of the animals in attendance were furry — Griffith Elementary School student Matthew Halbritter, 11, brought his 3-year-old turtle, Squirt.
“He takes good care of it,” said Karen Halbritter, Matthew’s grandmother. “He really wanted to bring him here.”
Matthew, who said he enjoys owning a turtle more than he would a dog or a cat, said Squirt was having a good time.
“He’s really excited,” Matthew said.
Jeff O’Brien can be reached at 990-8957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.