… and it’s bigger and better than ever before! We reveal what’s in store for this year’s North and South festivals
When we first launched DogFest, I absolutely knew that everyone who loves dogs would want to be there, so I knew it would just grow and grow,” Professor Noel Fitzpatrick told us. “In my opinion, DogFest is the single greatest event for dogs in the universe and I intend to do all that I can to make that absolutely a reality for every single dog that attends and for every member of every family that loves that dog. “I’m very excited by the phenomenal growth of the events where dogs are able to play, eat, sleep, run, walk, see other doggies doing funny stuff, athletic stuff and exciting stuff, and most importantly, be in a loving and happy environment. “It’s this feeling of unconditional love throughout the field that makes the day so special and that lingers in the minds of the dogs and people who come.
“I have never seen a place on earth with so many happy people and happy dogs enjoying the perfect day out for every dog. “DogFest now takes place over two days, at both North and South, in addition to the move to Windsor Great Park in 2016, allowing even more people and their hairy, four-legged friends to come and enjoy all that DogFest has to offer. I can’t wait to see everyone and get lots of face-licks at this year’s events!”
We asked Noel how much has been raised for Humanimal so far? “The honest answer is: ‘Not enough.’ We are still a fledgling organisation and fundraising begins in earnest this year so that we can hopefully fund some cutting-edge research at the very coalface of medicine, which will benefit both animals and humans. “Since May 2014, the Humanimal Trust has raised around £114,000 and we really hope that we can double this in the next year. Good research costs money and for the greater good of all creatures on the planet we intend to do everything we can to make this happen.”
Best of the Fest
As Noel hinted, there’s even more to like about DogFest this year… It’s still early days, but we can reveal that there will be even more have-a-go activities for your dog to take part in. This year’s action packed line-up includes flyball, agility sessions, dog diving and training, plus grooming sessions and gifts and treats galore. Regular highlights will be back again, including Hill’s School for Dogs, The Great Dog Walk and the Eukanuba Supervet Live Tour. There will be more of everything – more for dogs to take part in and enjoy, and more for visitors to do, with live music, a variety of food and drink, and plenty of opportunities to shop. More details as we know them! Watch this space.
Join the team!
We are planning to have our events at both the North and South shows this year – but we will probably need some help to pull that off! If you are able to volunteer at either show, please do let us know. We’d like to work with charities strong in number around Cheshire to help us put on some really fun elements that could raise some funds for your good cause. Do get in touch if this appeals! Would you like your dog to be a cover model?
We’ll be running our cover star competition at both DogFests this year! And we have plans to make it more fun for everyone who takes part. We are keen to have a photo booth at both events where you can have your dog’s photo taken, plus to get some expert advice on grooming and training your supermodel! More details to come, but we will also be looking for photographers to help out at both shows, so please do get in touch if you can help us! Might you be a good judge or a good steward in the fun dog show area?
Or might you be able to help with booking in? Please get in touch and tell us what you can help with at the show. Do you know a hero – canine or human – that deserves a pat on the back? We want to commend those who have gone the extra yard. Do email all the details. Get your tails wagging! Last year’s Wagulator was a huge success! The winning dog, Pointer Milo, clocked up an astonishing 298 WPM (wags per minute). He won a beautiful portrait by the talented Andrew James Holmes of Captured in Pencil and a photo session with Rob King of Mojo El Mundo, which resulted in some stunning photos that will be treasured forever. Do you have a dog that can sing, talk or read? We would especially like to find a dog that can say “Noel” – so do encourage your dog to do that. And take some video footage of your dog’s best efforts that we can share. Do you look like your dog? Could you? We’d like to see natural and augmented lookalikes at the show – and Paul Keevil, the world’s most famous dog lookalike – will be choosing the best.