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Dog welfare is high on our priority and we are respectful of dogs - who generally don’t like to be in fancy dress costumes - esp. where they’re ears and tails are hindered from full movement so we have created a new human fancy dress category and changed "Dog that looks like their owner" into "Halloween jumpers for humans and Hounds"! - we think these will be great fun for everyone. 🎃 

And our face painter Danielle is already thinking up her spooky 👻 face paint ideas. 🕷️ 🕷️ 🐾🐾

We want to explain our perspective here and ask you not to dress your dogs up for the event except in something functional like a sweater where they can still move around freely.

Ava-Louise, our Chairs dog, needs her sweaters, she shivers, and we suppawt the use of functional clothes so a fun jumper for the show is great and the way we can all enjoy the day without cause stress or problems for the dogs 

Some of you may say why not- don’t be a pawty pooper -  but this is the reason why we are asking:

Dogs can appear to be ok at home wearing an outfit, or even out for a walk when they are with you-  but the show can have over 150 dogs in one space and up to 400 people - which is abnormal and could trigger anxiety and different behaviours  - add in odd outfits and we could trigger unwanted behaviour or anxiety in the woofers.

Even a robust and confident dog can be affected if they have an outfit on that restricts their normal body language  such as ears or tails from moving- and other dogs may misread their signals. 

It’s not that we don’t have a sense of humour -   So we can dress up-  or we can get the children too… 

this line is maybe worth considering if you're tempted to put a spider costume on your dog,

"Most owners consider pets a part of the family, which is great, but it's important to remember that pets are not fashion accessories." 

 

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/pets/a41799885/pet-owners-warned-against-dressing-up-animals/?fbclid=IwAR061oNNOWVxdF7dHhoYuqNS9XFd_HD2UxswV_QyXMnY9oYARkp4rGqzkfo_aem_AYBs4GoFVCodhUAt9pGgqOACgK_EjY4gvop76qOZ_NidrwiIRX_ulMtHSNOSr5G5gGk

https://www.rspca.org.uk/-/blog-dressing-up-pets
 

Paws in the Park

 

NOTE NEW DATE

Saturday 21st October 12:00 -4:30pm

Halloween and our Howlloween Paws in the park are a couple of weeks away. 

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Nearest Rail stations- New Beckenham & Kent House Road

Limited parking in nearby roads

Park has 6 entrances on these roads (Lennard x 1, Aldersmead x 3, Kings Hall x2)

There's something for everyone -its free to attend- bring a picnic or get something from our Hot dog,  & Craft Beer and homemade cakes & tea & Coffee stalls.

Please bring cash (change not notes for registration and games stall if you can) - we do have card readers but often there is a queue for them.

Sustainable event - help us to be better for the environment. Please bring your own plate/cup to reduce rubbish and aid sustainability.

It's not just for 4-legged family members, there’s fun for everyone …..even if you don’t own a dog!

  • Delicious Hot dogs –vegan & pork - The Friends BBQ
  • Wonderful homemade cakes - The Friends
  • Pimms stall - The Friends
  • Craft beers, ciders and soft drinks - Southey Brewery and Three Hounds
  • Hoopla stall- many prizes for children, pooches & adults
  • Pin the tail on the dog –made for us by #meninshedspenge
  • Toy dog racing - great fun with little dogs
  • Face painting- get a pooch-like appearance, become a bug for the day or just get some glitter with Little Princess Face Painting
  • Clever Claws will be supervising a lovely cool paddling pool for your pooches to jump in and have a splash around and running Temptation Alley
  • Surrey and South London training will be running Scurry Run
  • Nancy Toebeans will be facilitating some puppy/children story telling sessions
  • Sarah's Fitness will be running a woof camp session - now this is fun!
  • Mayow vets will be on site giving advie on pet health and helping with the judging
  • Love my Hound and the Pooch Shed Chews Natural will also have stalls and are part of the judging panels 

 

Dog show: 11 dog categories to enter- see our main poster and also our terms and conditions poster

Best in Show: Winners from each category will be judged overall best in show 

Other stalls (tbc)

  • Foal Farm
  • Battersea Volunteers
  • Mandy's Paw Bay
  • Care Dogs UK
  • Men in Sheds
  • Snuggles Dog Cafe
  • Retired police dogs
  • Royal British Legion
  • Monty's dog biscuits
  • and more...

 

Pleasedon't bring your pooch if your dog is in season.

Dogs must be kept on their leads at all times in the show unless they are in Temptation Alley or Scurry Run.
 

Timetable of events

11:15 On site registration opens 

12:00 Welcome Announcements 

12:15 #1 Best Groomed

12:35 #2 Golden Oldie - 8yrs +

12:50 #3 Best Puppy – 6mths +

13:10 #4 Best Ears – if your dog has cute, quirky or interesting ears – then show them off!!

13:15 Childrens' fancy dress

13:45 #5 Best junior handler (under 16)

14:05 #6 Halloween jumpers for humans and hounds 

14:25 #7 Best Trick or Treat – surprise us 

14:45 #8 Best Rescue – celebrating all our rescue pups 

15:05 #9 Best Talking / Singing – can your dog speak back to you, or name a tune?

15:20 #10 Waggiest tail – it speaks for itself!

15:40 #11 Dog the Judges would most like to take home

16:00 #12 Best in show! Class winners only Free class

Competition winners

Temptation Alley & other announcements

16:30 Event close

 

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