National Pet Show – 7th/8th May at the Excel Arena in London

LPS 2016 Finals-01.jpgLast year I (Colin and Rhapsody’s human) went to the London Pet Show having won tickets in a competition online. Now re-branded as one of the National Pet Show events I am extremely excited to announce that this year I, along with Tilly’s human Amy, will be attending as a blogger! Unfortunately the pups cannot attend this one with us, don’t worry, they’ve been promised lots of treats and other goodies on our return.

The National Pet Show London is the first of the two National Pets Shows, the second is in Birmingham in November. In contrast to other shows we have been to, The National Pet show exhibits lots of different animals not just dogs. Although I am primarily a dog person, over the years our family have had a number of different pets including a budgie, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a rabbit, many fish and cats so I always enjoy seeing different types of pets, and cuddling those that are willing! The National Pet Show has zones for every pet you can imagine, the Royal Canin Dog Zone, Hill’s Cats Zone, Burgess Small Animal Zone and the Fluval Animal Zone which comprises of the Exo Terra Reptile Area, Fluval Aquatics Zone and The Stables. All the zones have lots going on, from informative talks and expert advice across the show to impressive displays in the Nerf Actitity Rings and hands on experiences  in the Exo Terra Reptile Zone. With so much going on it’s hard to know where to look first so I’ve made a list of the top attractions I want to make sure we visit!

Top of our list of things to do is to watch the amazing Noel Fitzpatrick on his Superdogs Live Tour, we love watching The Supervet on TV so we are very excited to hear all about his life and work from the man himself. I’m sure he is as awe-inspiring in person as he is on TV so we are very excited about seeing one of his talks. He is running two talks on both days at The National Pet Show, one at 10.30 – 11.45 am and one from 1.45 – 2.30 pm in the Eukanuba Super Theatre so there is no excuse for missing him!. Next up on our to do list is the American Miniature Horse and Dancing Dogs Display, I have always had a soft spot for horses and who doesn’t love dancing dogs?! Seeing this one is a no brainer for me!For this there are two displays, one at 10.45 – 10.50 am and one at 2.20 – 2.25 pm in the Nerf Dog Activity Ring, they are only quick so make sure you don’t miss out!  Speaking of talented dogs, our last two must-see events are the Superdogs Live Final (3.15 – 4.00 pm in the Eukanuba SuperTheatre) and the Amazing Dogs Agility Display (10.00 – 10.30 am and 3.00 – 3.25 pm in the Nerf Dog Activity Ring). We love to see the amazing things that dogs can do, especially as we progress in our agility and trick training. Other exciting attractions are the Scruffts competition, Freestyle Dog Dancing performances and even a dog toy making workshop! There are so many things going on but these are our top attractions for dog lovers.

If you’re more of a cat person there are lots of talks and demonstrations available in the Hill’s Cat Zone including cat training, cat grooming, how to keep your cat happy and a Q&A session with cat expert Juliette Jones. There will also be a Top Cats competition with classes such as Best of Colour, Best Household Pet and, of course, Best in Show for both Pedigree Pets and Non-Pedigree Pets. If you prefer your pets a little smaller, then you’ll need to head to the Burgess Small Animal Zone. There you’ll find informative talks, lots of gorgeous animals to get up close and personal with including chinchillas, rats, rabbits and hamsters and The Great British Hop Off with Great British Bake Off star Sandy Docherty. If pets of the scaly variety are more up your street you’ll be thrilled by weird and wonderful offers of the Exo Terra Reptile Area. There will be a variety of wonderful animals on show including pythons, lizards, chameleons and turtles, if you’re after something a little smaller, how about the displays of frogs, bugs and other mini beasts? Finally, the Fluval Pets Zone. Personally, I am particularly looking forwards to the aquatics display. Few of you will know that I have a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography so any excuse to admire beautiful tropical fish, I’m there! As I’ve already mentioned, I also have a soft spot for horses so am very much looking forwards to other half of the Fluval Animal Zone, The Stables. With animals from the Shetland Pony Club and the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, as well as Henry, Smithy and Sammy the horses from Hollyfast Meadows and even some alpacas The Stables is certainly an attraction not to be missed!

As if all that wasn’t enough, The National Pet Show also has an amazing array of exhibitors, most of whom are offering special show offers and exclusive products! There are nearly 150 exhibitors at the London show, whatever your pet needs (or wants), you should be able to find it! You can find the full list of exhibitors here, we’ve already got a few on our list to visit including Natural Instinct, Barf-Rawfood, BB Herbal Pet Treatments and the lovely Deborah at Mabel & Mu. One of the best things about attending show like this is discovering new brands, we’ll be on the look out for yummy treats and exciting new toys to take home for the pups to review!

To keep up to date with the latest news on The National Pet Shows you can sign up for their newsletter here or follow the event pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

To win a one of three pairs of tickets to the show (worth £34 each!), check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for a chance to win! All you have to do is Like our Facebook page and comment a picture of your pet on the competition post OR share our competition flyer on Instagram and tag three friends who might like to win on your repost. We will be randomly choosing three winners across both platforms, enter on both to double your chances of winning!


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