(Press Release) It sounds like a shaggy dog tale.
A Brighton tea shop is hosting a canine version of the Royal Wedding to raise awareness of cruelty to pooches.
Metrodeco Tea Salon, which claims to be one of the most dog-friendly cafes in Britain, is staging the ceremony a week before the real event in front of pups of all shapes and sizes – dressed as members of the Royal Family.
The stars of the show, red setter Kate Puggleton and Prince Woofiam, a Portuguese Estrela, will be dressed to the nines as Kate and William as they tie the knot in a mock ceremony.
Then the congregation, including TV’s Annabel Giles and Mark Stacey, will join the happy couple and their canine friends for a tea party served by waiters and waitresses.
As well as giving a humorous nod to the real Royal Wedding, the organisers hope the stunt will highlight the cruelty of puppy farming as well as raising money for Be Puppy Farming Aware.
Maggie Morgan, co-owner of Metrodeco, which holds regular doggy tea parties and has a special dog menu, said: “You might think we’re barking mad but we wanted a novel way to celebrate the Royal Wedding at the same time as highlighting a real animal cruelty issue.”
Celebrity vet Marc Abraham, who donated a signed copy of his new autobiography ‘Vet on Call’ to be raffled at the event, said: “This is such an original way to raise awareness about puppy farming and help bring this horrific practice into the public eye. Puppies bred on puppy farms are usually kept in horrible, dark conditions, totally unsocialised and riddled with both infectious and inbred often incurable diseases.”