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Barking mad – first London Dog Week launches

By Maurice Shasha  //  Mon 25th March 2019
First ever London Dog Week. Running from 24 March, the event brings together a range of curious pet-themed events at venues across London.
Canines across the capital are getting ready to celebrate the first ever London Dog Week. Running from 24 March, the event brings together a range of curious pet-themed events at venues across London. Dogs of all types are catered for - look out for a lunch aimed at sausage dogs and their owners in Victoria or a schnauzer walk on Hampstead Heath. There’ll also be canine first aid classes and dog-friendly cinema screenings.

Even dogs can’t escape the B-word, so there’ll be a boozy brunch with Brexit discussions on the menu. And with Mother’s Day falling during the week, there are events for pet parents too. A pool party specially for pooches will round off the festival.

In addition, there’ll be fashions shows, wine tasting (for the owners), doga (dog yoga) and mediation, as well as talks, discussions, advice and competitions in what the organisers call a “fun-packed, dog-centric, sassy schedule.”

There’s a serious point behind the frivolity – the organisers want to highlight the many positives that come from dog-ownership, while campaigning to make London one of the most dog-friendly cities in the world. The week will also raise money for two charities – Street Vet, which helps homeless people get veterinary treatment for their pets and Plush Bears animal rescue centre in China.

You don’t need to own a dog to take part in the week – although you probably do need a soft spot for a four legged-friend – with everyone welcome to pop along and see the action. Employers are also urged to take part by joining London Dog Week’s Cuddle Club, which will bring a whole team of well-behaved dogs into your workplace to help relieve the stresses of office life.

Read more about this story in the Londonist and on the London Dog Week website, where you can book for ticketed events.

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