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Paws for thought before 2020

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Wow, 2019 – what a year!

In January, when I was eight weeks old, I went to live with my people. I’ve heard it said that dogs complete a family; that’s true, but I’ve also become the leader of the pack; they didn’t see that coming!

It was a steep learning curve though. There was a lot of puppy training, although my breeder had set me in good stead by starting me on the toilet training before I left my mum. The first non-family member I met was the vet. I like the vet because she gives me gravy bones and lets me lick her face.

When I’d had all my puppy vaccinations my world became HUGE, literally overnight! I could go out on dog walks and I started to mix with the locals. There are all sorts of dogs that live nearby and I’ve managed to meet so many of them and my play local buddy is a terrier called Wilf; he’s a lot of fun and nearly as crazy as I am. And when I go on my walks I get to catch up on the local news; I love to sniff all the scents and smells, especially after the rain – bliss!

But the majority of my year has been spent playing. Naturally. It’s what dogs do, and we love it. Being chief tester for The Bark Side means that I have an almost endless supply of toys, because every toy range needs to be tested before it’s offered for sale. So when you see the Approved by Brutus stamp, you know it’s been through my rigorous testing process. I’ve destroyed so many toys, and although it’s lots of fun to do that, it’s not ideal when our people have to buy replacements. If you’re a tough chewer or a destroyer of toys, have a look here for our guaranteed ranges.

As well as being leader of the pack, I’ve also sent my people to a number of dog shows and events. You might have met them at Pointerfest, Doodlefest, or even the Sausage Dog Tea Party. Yes, you read that right – a tea party for sausage dogs. It was brilliant, not least because I was allowed to go along, but because it was so much fun. I spent the day playing with loads of Daxies, running about, and eating samples from the dog treats stand (yes, I’m so cheeky, and took along my new pals to ‘look cute in return for samples’ that my dad went to the stand later to settle my bill).

So what does 2020 have in store?

Well, I’m going to be looking for more environmentally friendly dog toys (don’t worry, as always I’ll test them out for you first). And my people have some events booked in already – put these dates in your diary:

Pointerfest

Saturday 18 July 2020

Five Ways Road, Shrewley, Warwickshire, CV35 7HT

In 2019 the organisers attempted to beat the Guinness World Record for the biggest dog photoshoot; results to follow!

Doodlefest

7 – 9 August 2020 (camping)

Main show day Saturday 8 August 2020

West Midlands Showground, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PF

This is a new venue for 2020 because this event is getting HUGE! The event raises funds and awareness for The Doodle Trust, an organization that rescues doodles (poodle crosses).

National Pet Show

31 October – 1 November 2020

Two day event (attend one or both)

NEC Birmingham (National Exhibition Centre), B40 1NT

This show is amazing! Dogs, cats, ponies, donkeys, alpaca, you name it – what an event!

You might also meet them at some smaller events, country shows or village fayres. And if you’re an event organizer looking for traders or trade stalls for your event, drop me an email via our contact page.

Wishing you all the best, health, wealth, happiness, and fun for 2020!

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