Four of ITV2’s Top Dog Models and Britain’s Got Talent’s Donelda Guy with her dancing dogs will make appearances as part of the launch ceremony hosted by BBC Radio London dog lovers Jo Good and Anna Webb at London Pet Show 2013 at Earls Court Two on May 11 and 12 and Bruce Forsyth will be at the show to see his daughter win an award for her pet campaign.
At the show’s glamorous launch, visitors can meet Britain’s favourite dog models, Simba the Leonburger, Lucky the Chihuahua, Scarlett the Rottweiler and Sparky, the little mixed-breed trickster. Donelda Guy will also show off her latest dance routine with collies Mega and Millie.
Jo Good and Anna Webb, never seen without famous bulldog Matilda and bull terrier Molly, will also launch their first book, ‘Barking Blondes – how two bitches taught two bitches to survive without men’, at the show offering the first sales and book signing of what promises to be a very popular book for pet fans.
Bruce Forsyth will also be there on Saturday afternoon to see his daughter Debbie Matthews receive an Endal Award for creating the Halo Scanner through her Vets Get Scanning campaign to help owners find their stolen and lost pets.
Alongside dozens of breeds of dogs, cats, small furry animals, reptiles, exotics and aquatics the show is also offering visitors some unique attractions, including rabbit showjumping, skateboarding chickens, racing micro-pigs, duck herding and top heelwork to music ‘doggy dancing’ displays.
From ponies to pooches and parrots to pygmy hedgehogs, the London Pet Show features creatures great and small, offering a fun day out for families and pet enthusiasts alike and top animal charities including RSPCA, Cats Protection, Wood Green and the Rabbit Welfare Association will be helping to promote the show’s message of responsible pet ownership.
The Show will be divided into four zones, Discover Dogs, Discover Cats, Discover Small Furries and Discover Animals, featuring aquatics and exotics, each with its own feature area with demonstrations, talks and activities. Some of the UK’s leading animal experts will also be on hand to advise on pet care and choosing the right furry, feathered or scaly friend to suit individual lifestyles. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping with all the latest goodies and gadgets for pets.
Dog lovers will be spoiled for choice with plenty of canine related activities in the Discover Dogs zone, sponsored by pet food manufacturer James Wellbeloved. More than 50 dog breeds will be on display with a packed all-day programme of events in the Kennel Club Dog Activity Ring, showcasing the speed, grace and intelligence of man’s best friend. Displays include agility, obedience and doggy acrobatics.
The spotlight will fall on crossbreed pooches at the Show’s own Scruffts heat with dogs competing for the most handsome dog, prettiest bitch, child’s best friend and golden oldie awards. The show will also host the Endal Awards ceremony, honouring canines which have overcome adversity or whose loving support has improved the lives of their owners for the better.
The Discover Cats zone, sponsored by Royal Canin, is a unique opportunity to meet dozens of breeds at the ‘World of Cats’ display brought to the show by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and sponsored by Zoflora. There will also be demonstrations and talks on how to groom and care for different breeds.
Those who prefer palm-sized pets can get up close to guinea pigs, hamsters, pygmy hedgehogs, rats, gerbils, rabbits and chinchillas at theDiscover Small Furries section, sponsored by Burgess Pet Care. There’s a whole range of exciting activities for adults and children to see, including the famous Swedish show jumping rabbits, competing over high jumps several times each day of the show.
For more exotic tastes, visit the Discover Animals zone, sponsored by Exo Terra, Fluval and Laguna, to meet all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, from Bearded Dragons to Corn Snakes, tortoises to poison arrow frogs, which can all be kept as pets. New attractions this year include a walk-through aquarium, chameleon feeding station, nature pond area and magnificent displays of parrots and birds of prey.
The Animal Action Arena, sponsored by Zoflora, will this year feature tiered seating, allowing even more people to enjoy fun displays and extraordinary animal feats including duck herding and miniature horses, measuring a maximum of 28 inches tall, who will demonstrate that small truly is beautiful in an entertaining display which includes tricks, training and jumping.
Look no further for a brilliant spring day out for families and pet lovers.
Tickets are on sale at www.londonpetshow.co.uk or by phone on 0844 873 7332 and cost £14 for adults, £9.50 for children and under fives go free. Family tickets and concession for seniors are also available.