It’s not every weekend that I will get up for 8 am with a hangover, but for the London Pet Show there was no question about it. With excitement building for weeks, I can say it did not disappoint. A celebration for pet lovers, the show opened across the weekend of the 9th – 10th May at ExCeL London. 23,804 visitors attended, but due to the large venue it never felt overly crowded.
The highlight of the day for me was the opening act, the finals of the SuperDogs Live show, hosted by Channel 4’s ‘The Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick. A heart warming display (to say the least) with 30 Golden retrievers. It was – to a dog lover like myself – nothing short of pet heaven.
One of the quirkiest demonstrations was the DOGA sessions from dog yoga ‘expert’ Mahny Djahanguiri and her Maltese Robbi. I did however have visions of trying to do this with my parents’ dogs Bob and Harry and I concluded that they would pretty much lick my face and make me fall over. My friend has an excitable shitzu called Mabel, with an equally excitable bladder so I am not sure some of the more ‘tummy up’ stretches would appeal either!
It was not all about cats and dogs, and I think that is what made the day such a success as it really drew in a variety of people. Who can forget the show jumping rabbits? And where else can you see ducks casually being herded like sheep, like ‘yep – this is perfectly normal!’
I found a few of the small furries and reptile talks a little less interesting, but hey that is just my ‘crazy cat lady’ roots shining through. I also spent a fortune on the product stalls – but overall the items are discounted and usually the new and creative items on the market. I got some very cute accessories for my cat Dexter, including a lovely new bow tie. Free samples galore were also much appreciated!
I would recommend to any animal lover that they book tickets next year, I will certainly make a repeat visit – front of queue!
Verdict: 10 / 10