As a proud owner of a black and tan dachshund, my husband and I were more than happy to spend £28 on two tickets to Dogfest. What is dogfest you ask? It is exactly what it says – a festival for dogs. Set up by Noel Fitzpatrick, the guy known as the Supervet, it is a festival to celebrate all that is wonderful about dogs.
We live a mere 30 minutes away from Arley Hall. We expected traffic due to the nature of the event. But we didn’t expect that it would take 3 hours to arrive at the event! Luckily, our dachshund Walter (named after Walter White from Breaking Bad) is so laidback. Apart from a few whines, he coped so well. It turns out that a steward directed us along with a load of other cars in the completely wrong direction! What followed was nothing short of chaos; complete standstill of traffic, cars making u-turns in narrow country roads and absolute no direction from staff from the event.
We eventually arrived at the event at 12.30pm. We had missed the morning dog walk which annoyed my husband and I. We tried to get Walter to see a dog massager as they were offering a free assessment of your dog’s joints and muscles. But the queue didn’t move for a good 20 minutes. We went and got food and queued for ages.
Walter loved meeting lots of dogs big and small; from Great Danes to fellow dachshunds. We got lots of lovely comments about him from loads of people. Staff at the stalls were friendly and happy to answer questions. We bought Walter some dog treats including some doggy brownie and scone. Being a little dog, we felt Walter would have been completely overtired if we had taken part in the 3pm Great Dog Walk.
We are unsure if we would attend Dogfest again. The farce at the beginning of the day had us question a number of times whether or not to just go home. When we did arrive, we were unable to get anywhere near some stands we had planned to go to due to arriving much later than we anticipated. Although Walter really loved being round all the dogs, we could have had the same experience for him with our local dachshund group without the stress, expense and waste of time.
I have set up an instagram account for Walter if any of you would like to follow it. Yes, I am one of those people who has an instagram account for their dog. But I take that many photos of it that it makes sense.
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