ST. PETE BEACH, Fla., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This is not your typical day at the beach. This is not even your typical trade convention ... it's the 9th annual Pooper Scooper convention coming to St. Pete Beach, FL on the weekend of October 14, 2011. 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 guest speakers include William Slicker Esq., speaking on legal matters for professional Pooper Scoopers, and Wanda Serge from Supermedia, talking about the best use of the media to promote their business.
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 http://www.apaws.org.
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 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 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, 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.
Paul Chesler - President
Cheresee Rehart - Vice President
SOURCE Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists