Family Pet Show, Manchester 3-4 Oct 2015

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Had a fab visit to this pet show at Event City near the Trafford Centre on the Sunday.  Shame I only had 2 hours to spare as there was a packed timetable of talks and displays that I missed out on.  Anyway here’s a quick round up with my personal highlights.

Friendly welcoming staff at the entrance is always nice, especially when you get a goody bag as well!  There were plenty of dog owners who took advantage of the fact you can bring your canine friends too.   They were well catered for as there were watering facilities inside for them, and a grassy area outside.

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Me with Lavender

These days the choice of exotic pets available is growing.  Shortly on entering the show, I came across Safari Phil’s stand and joined the throng of children wanting to handle snakes and lizards.  I decided against the massive cockroach, but opted for Lavender as she was cute.  “Aaah, she’s lovely,” I cooed.  “What is she?”

“She’s a chocolate brown skunk.”

Thoughts of Pepe Le Pew came into my head.  Sure enough Lavender didn’t smell of lavender – but similar to ferret.  She was very sweet though!  Safari Phil does a lot of educational workshops with a huge selection of creatures; have a look on www.SafariPhil.co.uk

Across the way, Salford City College was promoting their animal management courses with the help of Fozzy, the coati.  Again, I had to ask what he was (well, he was very unusual!)  The courses also cover exotic pets, so anyone interested can have a look at www.salfordcc.ac.uk for more information.

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There were lots of the regular animal charities there, including Dogs’ Trust, Cats’ Protection League and HAPPA, but  I was particularly pleased to see the SOI Dog Foundation who do so much work for the dogs and cats of Thailand.  If you haven’t heard of them, check out this link,  www.soidog.org and have your tissues ready.

Parrot Rescue UK had a colourful crew behind their stand…

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On the subject of animal welfare, I got chatting to Jo Hinde from the Rabbit Welfare Association, who was sharing a stand with Runaround.  Their innovative rabbit housing design really caught my eye.

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Runaround, owned by Paul and Caroline Lord of Dunham Massey

I really liked the tunnels and the fact the whole structure was secure, to keep the bunnies safe and prevent escapees!  You can find out more at www.runaround.co.uk and tips on rabbit welfare at www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk.

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Having gone through the phase of horse mad teenager many years ago, I made a beeline for some ponies.  (Mentally, I am still a horse mad teenager – I confess to wasting time on Preloved occasionally).

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These beauts are from Leopolds Equestrian Productions and I was kicking myself for missing their demonstration.  I will definitely catch them next year!

Caught some of the dog show though.  This is Scruffts, the fun show for non pedigrees, and this class is the Golden Oldies.

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Academy 4 Dogs were busy!  They had agility displays and obedience workshops going on.  As well as dog training, they offer other doggy services like hydrotherapy and grooming.  Visit them at www.academy4dogs.co.uk

DSC_0141I have to recommend that you plan your day well if you visit this show.  Along with the educational talks and the displays, the Have-A-Go Arena hosts various activities.  You can try your hand at grooming ponies, cats and dogs, and even long rein a pony!

As well as the obvious attractions of getting up close to furry, feathery and scaly friends, there were some stands offering great services.  North West Pet Scanning can offer ultrasound scanning to your pet in the comfort of their own home – www.northwestpetscanning@aol.co.uk

Ady Baxter was on hand to do amazing caricutures of people or pets, and I can definitely recommend him!  His Facebook page is L.A Snakes caricatures and you can also email him on abaxter8878@hotmail.co.uk

I also fell in love with these…

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These are helium filled balloons with little weighted legs so they stay beside you (or your child!)  I love the wide range of animals that were available www.shop.balloon-besties.com

Kew Little Pigs was another busy stand – well who wouldn’t want to come and see these gorgeous micro pigs?

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www.kewlittlepigs.com

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We finished our flying visit by going into the new Cat World area sponsored by Asda.  Dogs are not allowed in this enclosed area but there is doggy day care available at the show – brilliant!  The fencing in this area is provided by ProtectaPet, with an overhang to avoid escapees going far.  Look at www.ProtectaPuss.co.uk if you need to cat proof your garden.

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One of the cat show entrants. What a cutie!
What a cutie!

I have been to pet shows before but this one stands out for me with the variety of businesses, live animals and demonstrations.  It is very family friendly with good disabled access and great to see so many well behaved pets/children enjoying their day out!  Next year I will be spending all day there 🙂 Not told the husband yet.