The Family Pet Show 2016, Event City, Manchester

Staff at Manchester Dogs’ Home stand!

I am quite lucky that my current employer allows us to work one day a year for charity.  I took this opportunity to help out Manchester Dogs’ Home at their stand at this year’s Family Pet Show.  I have written a blog on last year’s pet show, but this year its even better with some brilliant talks and demos plus the addition of giant tortoises and alpacas!

As it happens, this is the first year Manchester Dogs’ Home are manning their own stand, as opposed to sharing.  And it was busy!! £1 entry for fun dog shows (Cutest Pup, Dog The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home and Best Trick) and understandably, the entries filled up fast.  There were also some reasonably priced dog treats and accessories on sale at our stand, and all for charity.  Building work is still continuing at the Harpurhey home since the tragic fire in September 2014, so every donation still counts.

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Left, me and Dogs’ Home Manager, Steve.  Right, Catherine, regular volunteer plus friend!


Shortly after opening, the visitors find us!

Had a fun shift with staff and volunteers meeting all the visitors, and quite a few had dogs from the home.  It was encouraging to see how generous the public are with donations too.  If you are looking to offer a forever home to one of the doggy residents, or wish to donate or volunteer have a look at their website

After helping out, I had a chance to look round the show.  This year, I was on my own so I was like a giddy child let loose in a pet paradise.  I sadly missed the Leopold Miniature Pony demonstration (again! Next year, I promise!) but I managed to catch an interesting talk about Lupine Dogs from Julie of Miyax Dogs.  Julie specialises in ethical breeding and training of wolf dogs.  Julie’s dogs have appeared in film and television (Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful) and she brought along her lovely youngster, Eve.  Her website is

Apologies for the blurry photo, but she was very active!

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On the subject of poor photography, I also managed to catch these photos of James Bowen and Bob the Street Cat, just arrived for their book signing.  VERY busy stand!  If you are not familiar with this amazing true story have a look here  There will also be a film out later this year!


This lovely lot are from Hebbs Alpacas and are checking out their bed and breakfast facilities as they are here for the full two days. 

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 Not just one, but several giant tortoises, as well as other exotic critters from Crocodile Joe and Safari Phil.  Sadly Lavender the skunk was asleep when I called by Safari Phil’s stand but you can see her picture at

I actually missed Crocodile Joe’s live demo (although I heard him on his didgeridoo!) but plenty of videos to view on

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Stopped by to have a chat at the Parrot Rescue stand.  These gorgeous cockatoos seemed to be taking everything in their stride.


Same with this cat show entrant, who is just taking it easy between classes.  The pet show welcomes cats as well as dogs to the show, but its not always convenient to go places with your cat.   Below, this chappie shows us how its done!


Barking Heads/Meowing Heads had an eyecatching stand…


While Sealife Manchester had some engaging staff…


My view by the Dogs’ Home stand

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Plenty of things to get involved in!


And I ended up getting one of these!

Again, time flies when you’re having fun and my only regret is not being available for the second day of the show.  Many thanks to organiser, Carrie Mosley for helping arrange my volunteer work with Manchester Dogs’ Home and thanks to Steve Mapley and his crew for having me!



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