This weekend I attended the UK’s biggest anti-puppy farming event called Pup Aid in north London’s Primrose Hill, part of The Royal Parks. It’s was a jam-packed day of fun for two legs and four, and the best part was that I was able to see all my wagging friends while we browsed the trade stalls, had a little food, listen to some great music and watched the celebrity judging.
About Pup Aid
Pup Aid is a celebrity judged fun dog show that aims to raise awareness of the terrible practice of puppy farming.
Besides being a great yearly event that the whole family can attend, it’s also about saving dogs and puppies lives. With enough awareness we can stop Puppy farming here in the UK.
Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without a thought for the welfare or happiness of the pup, breeding bitch or stud dogs.
Hard Working Charities
The event brought out all the wonderful charities that help less fortunate pets get the care that they need. We were able to chat to a few of them and learn a little more about what they do.
The Mayhew Animal Home: The Mayhew Animal Home is one of the most effective animal welfare organisations in London, helping thousands of dogs and cats to escape a life of abandonment, cruelty and neglect each year.
Otis Law 2015: Helping to make a change to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to make it illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal through leaving it unattended in a hot vehicle, long enough to result in any level of discomfort to that animal.
Wood Green: From humble beginnings in 1924 Wood Green, The Animals Charity has grown to become one of the leading animal welfare organisations in the UK.
They take in animals of all shapes and sizes! As well as cats and dogs, they find loving new homes for thousands of chickens, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, ferrets and more!
UK Guide Dogs: Providing guide dogs and other mobility services for people who are blind or partially sighted in the UK.
A little shopping at Pup Aid
Now a fun dog show would not be complete if there wasn’t some stalls selling some great products. We really liked seeing our favourites and finding new ones too.
Dog treat Company: Artisan producers of all natural handmade dog treats. Using only human grade, ethically sourced ingredients and made by hand in Devon. They do not add sugars, salts, chemicals or dyes to any of their products. And I have to say they are just amazing!
Hugo + Otto: Hugo & Otto, founded by leading interior designer Carol Bate, has been created for the dog less ordinary and is the go-to outfitters for the very finest in dog clothing, quality accessories and luxury accouterments. Beautiful beds and stunning leads will make any dog feel stylish and special.
The Pet Deli: The Pet Deli is a contemporary pet foods store with one very simple objective; to offer fellow pet owners a real alternative to mass-produced, processed and artificially enhanced pet foods. They are passionate about natural feeding and the life-long benefits of feeding your pet a biologically appropriate diet. They also have an amazing selection of tasty treats to just howl for!
At your service
Having a dog in London can be a lot of hard work sometimes. However there are people out there who will give you a helping
paw hand when it comes to caring for your pet.
City Pups: Tom and his team run City Pups Doggy Day Care. Picking up your pooch from your home to enjoy the day playing in the parks and at the daycare. They always look after them really well and makes sure they get home safely once they are all tired out.
Bridget Davey Photography: working as a Pet Lifestyle Photographer, based in Bedfordshire and London. She offers a modern and unique service, capturing your best friend and companion in the woods, the local park, your home and garden and in front of some of the most famous landmarks in London. She is absolutely amazing and has some great photos of me. If you want to learn more check out our review of Bridget Davey Photos.
The Dog Jogger: Barry provides high energy, athletic dogs with a work-out that’s in line with their body’s full and natural capacity. This not only helps them to attain optimal fitness but also to live with complete psychological fulfillment.
Oli Juste: Based in London, Oli provides positive, modern, ethical dog training with an emphasis on behaviour. His sessions are very unlike anything you would cover in Puppy Classes; he takes you through breed specific training to help your dog with potential future and present behavioural issues.
Oli was handing out “my dog is at home alone” cards that you put in your wallet or key chain. So if you ever get involved in an accident or become ill, the people who are attending you will be alerted that you have a dog home alone.
I think that’s a great idea and now peep has one in her wallet.
All in all it was a fab day and the sun even tried to peek out later in the day. And if you missed Pet Aid this year, don’t worry their website has loads of information for you to check out and learn about how you can make a difference by stopping puppy mills.
Only 363 days til Pup Aid 2016. Get involved NOW to help change the lives of these poor dogs!!!
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