The next attraction on my list was The London Pet Show at Earls Court 2 which was on May 11th & 12th.
So what sort of attractions do they have to offer the public, you say? As the name suggests, The London Pet Show exhibits a whole range of species such as;
- Birds (Definitely wins the most noisiest award)
- *Breathes in*
- Cats and of course, my personal favourite, Dogs.
This was a great events to interact with all sorts of animals, big or small and the people who own and work with them. My job was to Steward the breed booths at the Discover Dogs area, making sure both breeders and their dogs were happy and comfortable. Unlike the main Discover Dogs event in November with 200 breeds, The London Pet Show only accommodated 50 breeds, generally the most popular breeds were there including one of my breeds, the Beagle!
I’ve always thought Discover Dogs is a great event for the public, each breed booth has its individual breed and you can talk face to face with the breeders and owners of the breed. It’s a brilliant way of interacting with and finding out about different breeds. The Kennel Club had a stand there to assist anyone enquire about registering and YKC information along with a display ring which was hugely popular including performances by handlers and notably, the ‘Southern Golden Retriever Display Team’.
Here’s a short clip of Rufus having a go at the agility ring! (can’t imagine how hot it must have been inside that costume!)
Discover Dogs is also a great opportunity if you ever decide to get a puppy and you’re not sure what breed you’re looking for, you can browse all the different breeds and with the owners giving advice and information you can make an informed opinion of which breed is suitable for you. Or it’s just a great chance to familiarise yourself with so many different breeds!
Here are some more pictures that happened around Discover Dogs;
I also had a chance to meet some really interesting people in various industries including Dr. Daniel Allen who is a wildlife author, editor, otter expert and pet magazine columnist amongst other things!
We had a great chat about his new group, PET NATION which had a stand at the show. It’s aim is to “help raise awareness about species-specific care, and, make potential pet owners think more seriously about adding animals to their family.” [Dan’s Website] Raising awareness about responsible ownership is always something I’ve wanted to be involved in. Sounds very exciting and I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again in the not-so-distant future. You can find out more about it here.
I was amazed to see things like show rosettes for rats, I could only imagine the image of what a rat show would be like! I had a chance to see the rabbits doing agility, jumping over hurdles and obstacles which was a delight to watch. Also learning about cat shows and seeing all the types of cats, some of them were unbelievably huge, and cute… I’m still certain that one day they’ll attempt to take over the world – you heard it here first!
Overall it was a great experience to have an insight to various species of animals and what they do, being able to converse with some really passionate and enthusiastic people who have grown up with these pets. Indeed growing up with pets no matter what species enables children to learn many things in life and it’s certainly an experience every child should go through. I look forward to next year!