SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Oct. 12, 2010 — Pooper Scooper convention? PooperCon? Maybe ScooperCon. No matter what you call it, it's all about dog poop. And not only that, it's the 8th annual Pooper Scooper convention coming to San Diego, California on the weekend of October 15, 2010. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization, has hosted this special event every year since its formation in 2002. The purpose is to provide continuing education specifically for professional pooper scoopers from around the country. Not only does aPaws and its sponsor, 1800DogPoop.com, make this event available for its growing membership, but they encourage the more-than-800 professional pooper scoopers nationwide to join the fun. This year's lineup includes inspirational speaker and magician Brad Barton (http://www.bradspeaks.com), Kandra Witkowski, from EverythingPet.net, discussing pet nutrition, and showing us the ins and outs of social networking – Brian Basilico from B2b Interactive Marketing, Inc. ).
aPaws is also involved in raising money to help provide pet air masks to fire departments and EMS Personnel free of charge. The cone-shaped plastic masks, which come in three sizes and fit snugly on snouts, can resuscitate animals suffering from smoke inhalation. This year aPaws will be presenting 2 sets to the San Diego Fire Department. For more information on the pet recovery masks, and how you can support the efforts to provide these masks, visit http://www.apaws.org.
That's not a typo, you read it right – it's the Scooper Bowl. It's what every professional pooper scooper looks forward to each year. The Scooper Bowl is for professional pooper scoopers … a contest to find out who is the fastest pooper scooper in the nation. Sometime during the convention, dozens of fake dog poops are placed around the grounds of the hotel and they see who can pick up the most piles in two minutes. And they take this event seriously! In fact, due to some unfortunate circumstances in past contests, aPaws board members have had to modify the rules to include penalties for body checking the competition. The top three winners each receive a trophy, cash prizes and bragging rights … at least until next year!
To find a professional Pooper Scooper in your area, visit http://www.apaws.org and use the Find-a-Scooper directory.
Cheresee Rehart – aPaws – President
Evie Bradford – aPaws – Board Member
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