This Saturday 18th July I’ll be at the climax of the one-off month-long mini-festival in London called ‘British Big Splash’ – a vast street carnival awash with performers including jugglers, stilt-walkers, and some of the ‘Best of British’ culture for all to enjoy.
This all takes place in the no-better-named place than the Isle of Dogs where the Kennel Club is inviting dogs and their owners along to celebrate 150 years of the great British tradition of dog-showing and to meet and greet British breeds on the brink of extinction; there’ll also be a rare opportunity for visitors to meet a range of British breeds at the event, who are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list because they number less than 300 new puppy registrations each year.
This exciting British day of doggy delights will also include a have-a-go ring – where visitors and their dogs will be able to try their hands – and paws – at showing and are invited to take part in a good ol’ Companion Dog Show with classic classes including Waggiest Tail, Glossiest Coat and Best British Pedigree giving everybody the chance to learn more about showing and see if it’s something that they would like to take up as a hobby in the future.
I and other experts will be on hand to talk to dog-lovers about how dog and owner can keep active and healthy together as well as Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze testing for those well behaved dogs.
The day is being organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of dog showing and the way it has benefited the health and welfare of pedigree dogs; for more information about this event visit www.westindiaquaycentre.co.uk