This weekend was full on fun for London dogs! In preparation for Valentine’s day, two great events celebrating the love for canines took place on Sunday 11th February: All Dogs Matter’s Valentines Dog Walk 2018 and Fetch & Follow’s Cupid Canine Market. In this post we give you a tour of both!
ADM Valentines Dog Walk
We loved dog charity All Dogs Matter’s 2017 edition of the Valentines Dog Walk despite the rain and we crossed all our fingers and paws for some nicer weather this time around. We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome, as the sun shone on this year’s event.
As usual, the walk started at The Garden Gate pub and a pack of festive dogs joined the walk on Hampstead Heath (somebody was saying they may have been nearly a hundred), which then headed back to the pub for some extra love, cuddles and a raffle. Judging from the muddiness level of the dogs’ paws and garements, the ground had not dried overnight after Saturday’s rain, but who cared! Surely not the marching pooches!
Many dogs wore their best Valentine attire: bow ties, hearts on their coat, a proper suit (see photo above), a ‘Free Kisses’ jumper, and the list goes on. The little Jack Russell Teddy, adopted by Simon Happily, proudly wore three handcrafted hearts reading “abandoned”, “adopted” and “#LucysLaw”.
Apart from the lovely people from All Dogs Matter, we met some of their sweet dogs looking for homes. In particular, Lucy and Hethel – who arrived in the care of All Dogs Matter after being exploited in a puppy farm and are looking for a forever loving family – enjoyed being pampered at the event. There was also the marvellous foster 18-months old German Shepherd rescue Birdie, who we absolutely fell in love with.
Obviously a Valentine dog event wouldn’t be complete without goodies for the furry ones, and we found appropriate stalls for the occasion, including ByBenji dog treats – which freebies were avidly devoured by many dogs -, Ellery Bow, and more. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and All Dogs Matter will announced that they had raised over £1,000 for their dogs in need! (Find the link to all photos at the bottom of this post).
Cupid Canine Market at Netil Market
Just a block away from London Fields there is Netil Market. The to go place for unique and niche creative art and fashion of East London vibe. To celebrate the day of the lovers Netil Market dressed up canine and gathered the best on the dog products scene. A big well done to the organiser, dog lifestyle brand for the urban dog, Fetch & Follow.
Clever dog collar charms by Growlees, with Caroline and Frida the Grenchie, Edwin UK, Hiro + Wolf hand-crafted dog accessories, Neoh and Nobo treats, Hoop N Loop personalised pet embroidery, The Artisan Pet Deli, Boho Chien and more populated the market, covering everything dog. From collars to accessories, treats and coats, toys and dog themed items for the dog lover, you could have all your dog shopping sorted.
There was also the great pet photographer Rachel Oates – of whom we are huge fans – with a Valentines photobooth to capture the best poses of the four-legged participants! Argo had his photos taken too and we can’t wait to see the pics!
At Netil Market we ran into a little Italian Greyhounds gathering and French Bulldogs, who all came over for the Canine Cupid, as well as many more furry friends!
from the Valentines Dog Walk & Cupid Canine Market
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