On Saturday 3rd of September I travelled all the way from my home town in Norfolk to Primrose Hill, London, to repawt on Pup Aid – The Event 2016. Our editor, Frodo Cavalier, usually attends such prestigious events but our pawrents felt it was a little too far for him to travel, so I was the chosen one to represent the Barking Bugle.
I must confess this was my first major assignment and I was rather nervous. Would stress get the better of me and would I have to head to the bar for a stiff beer to stifle my nerves or even worse, pee up a celebrity’s leg! I’m happy to repawt that no such mishaps happened and I was impeccably behaved all day, smiling for the cameras like a pro!
Pup Aid was founded in 2010 by veterinary surgeon Marc Abraham. The aim is to promote awareness of the cruel puppy farming industry and to lobby parliament to change the laws regarding the sale of puppies.
Pup Aid has a host of celebrity supporters, many of whom happily gave up their time to come along and judge the annual Pup Aid Fun Dog Show held each year at Primrose Hill. I was lucky enough to get to meet some of them and pose for a few photos.
Singer and TV personality Sinitta and Radio and TV Presenter James Whale
I was very excited to meet Peter Egan, actor, animal lover, vegetarian and animal rights and welfare campaigner. I’ve heard that during filming of Downton Abbey, Peter refused to have meat on his plate during dinner scenes – what a champ!
Besides the fun dog show there was plenty of other action. There were displays, a chance to try out agility, and a particularly moving parade of rescue dogs. There were also many trade stands, two of which I found really interesting, but don’t worry, I didn’t sample the beer!
Doggy Beer from Woof & Brew. Treats and Pick N Mix from Dog Only Nose
Pup Aid also encourages prospective dog pawrents to visit their local rescue shelter and give a dog a much needed loving, furever home. Recently I was distressed to read that over 47,000 dogs were unclaimed and left abandoned in council pounds in the year 2014- 2015. (Source – Dogs Trust). Many of the celebrities at Pup Aid are proud mums and dads to rescue dogs, including actress Michelle Collins, pictured below with me and her ruscue dog Humphrey. Michelle always ensures that she stays at pet friendly hotels so Humphrey can join her when she’s away. He also sleeps on her bed!
Me with Michelle Collins and Humphrey
Several of the Barking Bugle team had already met Rachel Riley and Pasha so it was wooftastic that I finally got to meet them as well. The couple are great supporters of doggy welfare and are often seen at dog fund raising events in and around London.
Cuddles with Rachel Riley and Pasha
My final cuddle, along with a much needed ear scratch of the day was with X-Factor and Big Brother contestant Chloe Khan.
Chloe Khan – X Factor/Big Brother
I also finally got to have a bark with anti-puppy farm campaigner and Barking Bugle Colleague, Lucy the Rescue Cavalier, which was totally pawsome. Lucy will be telling you all about her adventures at Pup Aid shortly, so keep an eye on our facebook page for the link.
Remember: never ever purchase a puppy from a pet shop, or from an advertisement in the newspaper or on the internet. Chances are the puppy has come from a puppy farm – so please do not fuel the trade, causing even more puppies and breeding bitches to suffer. When purchasing a puppy always ask “Where’s mum?’ Visit the premises where the puppy is kept and ask to see their kennelling conditions. Do not arrange to meet people at a service station or anywhere other than where the puppy is living!!
I really enjoyed my day out in the big city and meeting so many lovely people and doggies. I hope you like my repawt and do check out the Pup Aid website which has lots of information on how you can support the anti-puppy farming campaign, and advice on how you can ensure you’re not getting a puppy from a puppy farm.
Waiting for the train home with dad at King’s Cross
Woofs Gizmo – Barking Bugle Repawter x