A couple of months ago we were invited to come along to Dog Fest 2018. We’ve been before in previous years, but this year saw the introduction of the “Hound Hangout”. For those of you who don’t know, Dog Fest is the summer festival for all things dog; the perfect day out for a dog lover. The event is hosted by The Super Vet, professor Noel Fitzpatrick, and includes talks from himself, a variety of dog demonstrations, dock diving, a whole load of shopping and so much more! . We were so excited to finally be able to meet so many of our Instagram friends face to face! Here’s what we got up to!
Because of other commitments, we couldn’t make the most local show to us (North, Cheshire) so we decided to travel down for the Bristol (West) show on the 23rd of June. This was major dedication, as it involved a 21 hour day, 4 trains and 2 taxis. Worth it though!
Our day started at 3am, as we had to get ready and travel to York to catch our 5.18am train. The journey itself took around 6 hours from York to Ashton Court Estate, where the event was held.
At 10.30am we arrived! They weather was beautiful, a bright sunny day. Perhaps a little too hot for the dogs however. I was able to manage Piper in the heat with thanks to her cooling t-shirt suit from Equafleece & there were plenty of water stations and paddling pools dotted about for people to make use of.
We had a quick look around then headed over to the Hound Hangout where we had a Meet and Greet, meeting so many of our Instagram friends. The Cotswold Spaniels, Adventures of Doodles, Spaniel Life, Jasper The Sprocker, Super Cooper of The Cotswolds, Cockapops, Oscar The Awesome Dog, You, Me & Woody, Life with Loki, Archie the Spaniel Mix (our friends all the way from home who didn’t know were going!) plus so many more.
Because of the heat, we had to take the day at a steady pace to avoid Piper getting too hot. So next we decided to have a break, sitting and listen to the music being performed on the main stage. There were plenty of of seating opportunities, however not many of these were in the shade.
Shopping is a huge part of Dog Fest & you can expect your bank balance to take a hit. There’s such a variety of treats, toys, accessories- you name it! It’s so hard to come to Dog Fest and not walk away with bags of shopping. We visited some of our favourite stalls & also went to visit some new stalls we hadn’t seen before.
The Body Shop had a stall raising awareness of their Ban Animal Testing campaign & we were more than happy to help promote this. You can sign their petition here. They also had some lovely face mists and creams to sample, which smelt divine!
Piper fell in love with the bed by Collared Creatures!
Dog Buddy had the best ball pit to play in!
We popped by to see our old friends, the Guru geeks. Every year at Dog Fest they have by far the biggest stall. It’s redecorated each year, so it’s always exciting to go and see how it’s changed and which doggy photos we recognise.
We can’t forget Equafleece! We couldn’t survive the winter months without our Equafleece, so we always pop by and say hello when at Dog Fest!
As well as the shopping, there’s a number of different “have a go” activities too. These include hay bale racing, temptation alley, dog diving, flyball plus more. I always love watching the hay bale racing, Piper’s can just about manage to jump over them! The have a go flyball was fun, as this year Piper’s started competing in flyball so she actually had quite a good idea of what to do.
We finished our day off with an ice cream. There’s a big variety of food vendors to choose from, something to suit everyone’s taste. I especially loved the special ice cream van they had selling only doggy treats!
We left at about 5pm to begin the long journey home, but the show was still very much happening at this time.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Hannah & the team for inviting us to come along, we had the best time. Thank you for a our goody bag too! Have you been to Dog Fest? Will you go next year? Do let us know!
Thanks for reading,
E & P x