Global Pet Expo Unplugged with Plato Pet Treats

New pups, products, and pals!
The Global Pet Expo, 2015 was a success for Plato Pet Treats.

Global Pet Expo 2015

The Global Pet Expo (GPE) is the largest pet industry trade show in the United States and Plato Pet Treats is proud to be a part of it. We presented our new Small Bites Treats, as well as the rest of our line of treats and supplements to fellow expo-ers at the Orange County Convention Center last week! Every year, the GPE is a mecca for pet retailers, manufacturers and pet enthusiasts alike. Every pet industry brand that you could think of is there to show off their new pet products – and this year, a natural pet products showcase was added to the mix. Care to guess where Plato Pet Treats’ responsibly sourced dog treats were displayed? The Natural Dog Products Showcase, of course!

This year, the GPE was home to over 900 manufacturers, 1,000 retailers and 5,000 pet enthusiasts for a 3-day extravaganza of informative and productive pet business. There were miles of amazing pet products to learn about, industry experts to meet, and pets to rub noses with. The GPE includes many different kinds of pets – pigs, porcupines, penguins, owls, a ponies, fish, and more. It’s safe to say that we were dog tired after rubbing noses with new pets, learning about new products, and meeting new people.

Take a look at the industry folks we were able to meet with – definitely wag-worthy! – The lovely Amy Tokic, Editor of was one of our first visitors at the GPE! brings their readers unbiased reviews and recommendations on the products and services pet owners need for their pets. They include real pet owners that test out products and services at home to make sure that they meet’s high standards. They also feature gift ideas, funny and cute pet pictures and videos, as well as the latest pet world news. …yep, we’ve got all that and much more. Amy Tokic is a passionate animal lover and proud Pet Parent of ‘Oscar,’ a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross. She writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. Take a look at what has in store for you HERE.

Golden Woofs – Golden Woofs is a blog about all things dog that originated in 2008 with the focus being on ‘Sugar,’ the Golden Retriever. Sugar’s blog has since expanded and includes health care, product reviews, and healthy, natural pet recipes from a pet parents perspective. Rosalyn Acero of Golden Woofs and her ‘Flat Sugar’ stopped by to talk our treats as well as our favorite subject – rescue! Please take a look at what Sugar has in store for you and your pup HERE. – Launched in 2008, is a dynamic entertainment, news and lifestyle network that serves more than 20 million monthly readers across the U.S. and around the world. is fully powered by Examiners, thousands of writers who are self-motivated independent contributors. We met one such Examiner at the GPE, Dawn Taylor, who is passionate about her topics and truly enjoys writing about them. Dawn’s focus is on pug health and lifestyle stories. We found out that Dawn’s pug, ‘Pia Pia’ loves our Thinkers Treats! Take a gander at Dawn’s article about Plato Pet Treats HERE

Beagles and Bargains –  B&B is a blog dedicated to finding pet product deals, and sharing information and tips specific to dog-owners. Jessica Shipman, founder, writes about her experiences with her Beagle-mix, ‘Luna.’ Both Jessica and Luna are bargain hunters and food lovers. In her spare time, Jessica is a software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. At GPE, B&B chatted with us about what it really means to provide “organic” products, and what it takes to be compliant with the Association of American Feed Control standards. Please take a look at what Jessica and Luna have been sharing on their blog HERE. – We were very excited to meet Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, Editor-In-Chief of Both PetFood Industry and PetFood Forum offer the most comprehensive, credible and authoritative information on the global pet food manufacturing industry in a variety of formats, events and products to help pet food professionals and leaders from around the globe. Debbie Phillips-Donaldson shares her insights and opinions on all things pet food, addressing market trends as well as news and developments in pet nutrition, food safety and other hot topics for the industry. Read Debbie’s recent review of the GPE 2015 HERE.

Preston Speaks – ‘Sir Preston’, the Westie and his Pet Parent, Rachel Phelps stopped by on Preston’s world tour to visit us at the GPE. Preston is a highly trained dog with certificates in puppy, intermediate, and advanced classes – along with a novice trick dog title, as well as AKC Good Canine Citizen certified! He’s trained for camera and video work, too! (He makes us look bad). Rachel is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America, professional member of Cat Writers Association and is a regular speaker on pet issues and the use of social media. She also oversees the social media endeavors, website content, design, and general PR for several non-profits. Both Preston and Rachel are very involved in the animal welfare community. Rachel serves on the board of directors of WestieMed as their national Marketing Director. For more from Sir Preston, take a look HERE.

Pepper’s Paws – We got to meet ‘Pepper’ the Pomeranian at the GPE and learned about Pepper’s blog! It showcases the life of Pepper (of course) a working Pomeranian’s point of view, specializing in pet product reviews. The blog also features Pepper’s adventures, dog lifestyle tips, and general service dog information. Check out Pepper’s Paws to see what reviews and giveaways might be waiting for you HERE.

Give a Dog a Bone – New to the Pet Blogging scene is Emily Phillips, of Give a Dog a Bone. Emily and her pup, “Bachaesh” recently realized that there was more to the pet industry than what was at their local pet store. Emily decided to explore and learn all that there was to offer for her new dog. Her blog focuses on sharing the “good stuff” – what you can feel safe sharing with your own dogs. The blog shares their favorite treats, toys, and products. Also, keep an eye out for contests and giveaways! Meet Emily and Bachaesh HERE.

Whew! That’s a long list of PAWsome bloggers, writers, and dogs. We also hosted a cocktail reception on Thursday, March 5th which was quite fun and we’d like to think successful. Not to worry – no dogs imbibed any alcoholic beverages… that’s on our ‘naughty’ list of foods for dogs.

Take a gander at our photo gallery below for the fun, the funny and more.  Looking forward to GPE 2016 – Hope to see you there!

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