By YVONNE McLEAN
IT'S time to brush up your pooch, comb up your moggie, polish up your lizards and froggies and get ready for the second great purrfect pet's paradise ? the Gold Coast City Council's 2004 Pet Expo. People are invited too, but they will take second place, because at Varsity College at Varsity Lakes, next door to Robina, pets large and small, all of them loved, will meet and greet and chin wag and compare costs and clips and shines, even to the tiny manicured feet and nails, so much a part of the proud poodles dolled up for the occasion. On this Expo weekend on September 25 and 26, pets dressed for fashion will be on parade and in the Varsity exhibition halls pet's accessories, pet's fashion clothes, and everything to do with owning a pet will be on display. Gourmet foods, for pets of course, but some for people too, will be available, as will professional advice on pet care. Pet Expo is an initiative of Cr Jan Grew, and as well as a joyous occasion dedicated to pets and how to love them more and more, there's a practical side, as it hopes to encourage people to do all the right things by their pets, exercising them in the designated parks, walking them on leads where appropriate and, of course, making sure pooches' collars have the latest registration tags attached. Pooch bags are recommended on the walks. Just like last year when more than 10,000 pet lovers and others attended the two-day extravaganza, the Varsity College oval will be the scene for a display by the Queensland Police Dog Unit, pony rides, dog obedience trails and demonstrations, carnival rides, the Dog and Parrot Tavern, RSL Girl in a Million Pet Competition, the Judy Parris doggy parade, reptiles on display and lots of music. Cr Grew said the two-day event for pets and people would seek to raise money for the Animal Welfare League and the RSPCA. Visitors will be able to buy a pet from the League, so all those interested can experience the joy of taking home a pet to love for years. The big day is free for pets, people and cars. The Expo runs both Saturday and Sunday, from 10am until 5pm.