This Is Not Even Your Typical Trade Convention

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  aPaws 11th Annual Pooper Scooper Convention and Turd-Herding Contest

September 20-22, 2013 Chicago, IL

This is not even your typical trade convention... it’s the 11th annual Pooper Scooper convention coming to Chicago, IL on the weekend of September 20-22, 2013. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), a 501(c) (6) nonprofit trade organization, has hosted this special event every year since its formation in 2002. The purpose is to provide continuing education specifically for professional animal waste specialist from around the country. Every pet professional is invited!

This year’s guest speakers include William Hadley founder and CEO of BioPro Research will be speaking on Zoonotic Diseases:  “Zoowhat?????  What And Why, As A Pet Professional, You Should Care.” And The Best Customer You Will Ever Have Is The One You Already Have!

Brian Basilico  Owner of  B2b Interactive Marketing in a Social Media World” With   Facebook,  LinkedIn,  Twitter,  Pinterest,  Google+,  and You Tube. You will learn how to maximize your effect with minimum effort.  Learn about these changes to stay on top of Social Networking Tools.

Kandra Witkowski, The Pooper Scoopers, Inc. Will Moderate A 2 Hour Marketing Round Table. She Will Share Some Of Her Marketing Strategies And Spearhead A Group Discussion So We Can All Learn From Each Other.

aPaws is also about 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. For more information on the pet recovery masks, and how you can support the efforts to provide these masks, visit

The weekend is more than round table discussions on, well, dog poop. They like to mix a little fun in their weekend with the annual Turd-Herding Contest And Name That Turd! It’s what every professional pooper scooper looks forward to each year. The Turd-Herding Contest is for professional pooper scoopers... a contest to find out who the fastest pooper scooper in the nation is. 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 and bragging rights... at least until next year!

To find a professional Professional Animal Waste Specialist in your area, visit and use the Find-a-Pet Professional directory.


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