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PUP AID 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)
Brighton And Hove, United Kingdom
ROCK STARS AND SOAP STARS MAKE A STAND AGAINST PUPPY FARMING AT PUP AID 2010
Celebrities including Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page, rock legends Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller and stars from EastEnders and The Bill will be getting tongues – and tails – wagging, as they lend their support to PUP AID 2010.
The event which aims to raise awareness of the cruel puppy farming industry, is the UK’s first-ever charity boutique music festival and celebrity-judged dog. It will take place at the picturesque Stanmer House, in über-dog-friendly Brighton, on Sunday 19th September.
In addition to the celebrity-judged dog show and boutique music festival a classic Epiphone Casino guitar will be up for auction on the day, signed by rock legends Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Gary Moore and The Clash’s Mick Jones. The money from the auction will go to Dogs Trust Shoreham, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which invests money in dog health research and dog welfare charities and Oldies Club – a small charity re-homing older unwanted dogs.
Why not support PUP AID 2010 with all your human and canine chums, and help make a massive difference for all the UK’s dogs.
PUP AID 2010 Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Brighton, £6 in advance online or £8 on the gate. A proportion of entry money will be donated to Dogs Trust Shoreham and Scruffts entry money to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
|Time||Dog Show Class & Judges||Main Stage|
|10.00am||Doors Open to Public & Dogs/Registration starts|
|10.30||PUP AID 2010 is officially opened by Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr Geoff Wells|
|Compere: Annabel Giles TV personality|
|10.45||Parade of Rare British Spaniel Breeds|
Rex Factor Auditions start
|11.20||Canine Partners Demonstration|
Helen & Maggie dog-friendly tea-shop owners!!
Julie-Anne Gilburt artist
Dan ink-d gallery
Scruffts 'Prettiest Bitch'
Juliet Johns model
Lucy Clarkson model
Jo-Emma Larvin model
Scruffts 'Child's Best Friend'
David Spink actor
Chris Elisson actor
Kirsty Dillon actress
Cllr Ann Norman dep mayor b&h
Nik Downs pub landlord
Pamela McKellar restaurant owner
Scruffts 'Golden Oldie'
Joanna Page actress
Andrea Fox juice fm dj
Mark Stacey celeb auctioneer
|13.50||Canine Partners Demonstration|
Best 'Stand Up Dog'
Stephen Grant comedian
Chris Pacey comedian
Robin Buckland comedian
Chris Brazier comedian
Ged Butcher comedian
|14.15||PARADE OF EX-BREEDING PUPPY FARM BITCHES|
'Most Glamorous 6 Legs'
Meg Mathews designer
Julian Bennett tv presenter
Barry Windham cobbler
Peter Jarette socialite/gossip tv
Emma Saxby interior designer
|14.45||Parade of Rare British Spaniel Breeds|
Scruffts 'Handsomest Dog'
Carol Cleveland actress
Gary Forde hairdresser
Julie Cowell mother (!!)
Stephanie St James pr
Best in Show
Rex Factor Final
Sara Abbott Paws for Pawtrait presentation
Signed Guitar Auction
|16.30||Chris Difford (Squeeze)|
|17.00||PUP AID 2010 Ends :-(|
Please note: there will be live music throughout the day at this event.
Puppy farms, located in remote areas in the British countryside, mass-produce sick and unsocialised puppies that are then sold online, from pet shops, free newspapers, or even motorway service stations – often falling sick or even dying shortly afterwards or perhaps needing thousands of pounds of veterinary treatment.
This battery farming of dogs on such a massive scale is purely done for profit and fuelled by greed – and all at the expense of the health and welfare of not just these poorly pups, but also the thousands of poor breeding bitches and stud-dogs too.
PUP AID 2010 is about choosing a happy and healthy dog by adopting from a rescue shelter or responsible breeder, and is the brainchild of Brighton-based TV Vet Marc Abraham, resident vet on ITV’s This Morning, Sky1’s My Pet Shame and More4’s dfs Crufts.
“Puppy farming has been going on in this country for years with no-one able to stop it,” Marc says. “By raising awareness as much as possible with live music and dog-loving celebrities, we can all help to stop the growing demand for these poorly pups and finally end the pain once and for all. We hope that as a result of this event people will remember to go to a rescue home or to buy a puppy from a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder, rather than unwittingly fuelling the cruel puppy farming trade. This will prevent the suffering of millions of dogs now and in the future.”
PUP AID 2010 is a fun day out for every member of the family – especially your four-legged ones – with games, raffles and prizes galore.
People can enter their crossbreed dogs into the Kennel Club’s ever popular Scruffts competition, which will be judged by dog-loving celebrities including actress Joanna Page (pictured), David Spinx (best know as Keith Miller from EastEnders) and Chris Ellison (DI Burnside from The Bill). Finalists will go through to the Scruffts grand final at Discover Dogs in Earls Court, London on 13-14 November and money raised from entries (£2 per dog) will go to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Other fun classes for pedigrees and cross breeds include Most Glamorous Six Legs (owner and dog) – judges of which include designers Meg Matthews and Louis Mariette, as well as Best Stand-up – the dog who stands up best on their hind-legs – judged by Brighton’s top stand-up comedians!
For those people who want to practice their singing, there’s dog-themed Karaoke with the top three singers going through to the live Rex Factor final on the main stage in front of a panel of celebrity judges!
There will be a moving parade of rescued ex-breeding puppy farm bitches, exciting displays by Canine Partners and rare British dog breeds, as well as free training advice, microchipping and have-a-go agility. And as part of the mouth-watering Brighton & Hove Food Festival, gourmet chefs will be cooking healthy and locally-sourced tasty treats for visitors and their dogs.
With so many people still unaware that puppy farming even exists, prospective puppy-buyers sadly don’t know how to spot the tell-tale signs of when someone is trying to sell a puppy produced in such a cruel way, so check out the Choosing a Puppy tips (below).
- Epiphone Casino guitar signed by Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Mick Jones, Gary Moore
- Hamper of exclusive beauty products
- Posh Cream Tea at Metro Deco, Kemptown, Brighton
- A Corona bicycle
- Meal for two & bottle of wine at Royal Sovereign Pub, Preston St, Brighton
- Meal for two & bottle of wine at the Ginger Dog in Kemptown, Brighton
- Hamper of Lily's Kitchen Dog Food
- Road Refresher Bowl as seen on Dragon's Den
Dog Show Prizes kindly donated by:
Best Turned Out (Dog & Owner)
- A luxury hamper of John Paul Pet dog grooming products and a full day's pampering and grooming for the human at Sean Paul Hair & Beauty, St James St Brighton
CHECKLIST FOR CHOOSING A PUPPY
1. Consider checking out the Dogs Trust and Kennel Club Breed Rescue Directory.
2. Always contact the Kennel Club first for their list of reliable and reputable Kennel
Club Accredited Breeders if you’re considering buying a pedigree dog.
3. Always do your research into breed, temperament, training and exercise needs,
coat-type, size and life expectancy.
4. Never buy because you ‘feel sorry’ for the pup – its mother and father are still
suffering and will be used again to fill the space you’ve just created.
5. Never buy from a pet shop, online or free newspaper ad.
6. Always ask to see the puppy interacting with its mother.
7. Beware of puppy scams: there should be no excuse why the mother isn’t there
8. Be wary of multi-breed dealers. Many puppy farms and dealers will have more than one breed for sale.
9. Beware of dealers/sellers who won’t take the pup back if any problems arise.
10. Be prepared to wait and be put on a waiting list. Don’t buy on impulse – a well-bred pup will be happier and healthier in the long term.
11. Walk away if it doesn’t feel right – a responsible breeder will never pressure you into buying a pup.
12. Be prepared to be asked as many questions as you’ll ask the breeder – a responsible breeder won’t sell to someone who’s not suited to their breed.
13. Listen to advice from responsible breeders – they are experts for that particular breed.
14. Support PUP AID 2010 to raise awareness about puppy farming and encouraging
adopting from rescue and buying puppies from responsible breeders.
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