When I heard about an event which sees an army of pint sized pooches gather just outside London I knew I had to go and check out if it was for real.
I am super pleased to reveal IT WAS!
Fest of Chihuahuas is the U.K’s biggest single breed dog festival and it’s as bonkers / brilliant as you’d imagine it to be.
Just under a thousand of the world’s smallest dogs attended the PETacular event to shop, meet others of their own size and take part in the famous annual dog talent contest – Chi Idol – Step aside Simon Cowell!!
Dogs dressed up in the latest canine couture, jumped their way through hoops on the agility course, shopped at hand picked boutiques, drank from the pawsecco booths, strutted their stuff in the dog photo studio, met celebriCHI attendees and Haus of Chihuahuas favourites Rocco and Indie and generally owned the place.
A sea of chihuahuas in every shape, size, colour and pattern imaginable filled the floor from corner to corner. It was quite a sight!
For the grand finale, hundreds of the pooches stretched and flexed their way through an official Guinness World Record Attempt for the World’s Largest Dog Yoga (DOGA) class which was led by Britains Got Talent favourite Mahny and Robbie. The results are expected on the 6th September.
The pawsome day out is the brainchild of Haus of Chihuahuas founder, Rachel Louise Monk, who set up the event as a way for chihuahua owners to meet, connect and celebrate their beloved pets in a safe, fun and unique environment.
The day had a serious undertone and aimed to educate about the rapidly growing numbers of chihuahuas in rescue centres.
Rachel says “people bring chihuahuas home expecting them to be ‘handbag dogs’ but the truth is they are just like any other dog – full of boundless energy and character. They don’t cope well with being cooped up and this is one of the reasons many are finding themselves homeless. We are working to raise as much awareness for Chihuahua Rescue UK – our events and online store are a great vehicle for that. Our mission is to bring together a massive worldwide community to break the stereotype that chihuahuas are an accessory whilst celebrating their brilliant traits and quirks. We can be found all over social media but the place place to join us is on our private Facebook Group – just search Haus of Chihuahuas Community”
The event went global this year with chihuahua lovers from as far as Brazil and the Canary Islands succumbing to the allure of seeing unprecedented numbers of their favourite dogs in one place at the same time.
Plans for the inaugural Christmas event are soon to be announced, keep your eye out on the FB group and, if necessary, clear your calendar – this won’t be one to miss!
In the meantime, enjoy the pictures and premiere of the Fest of Chihuahuas video below!
More info: Facebook
The Annual Fest of Chihuahuas – Guinness World Record Attempt Competitors
The biggest festival for the World’s smallest dog presented by Haus of Chihuahuas.
Queen of the BONE age
Fest of Chihuahuas 2017 – Highlights (filmed by WildPaws)
Fidget Spinning To Victory In The Best Trick Category
PET-acular to meet you!
The fun filled day takes its toll on some…
Haus of Chihuahua Resident Dogs Rocco and Indie Hosted The Event
Nama-stay – Pooches Take Part In The Official Guinness World Record Attempt
You looking at me, Chi?
CelebritCHI’s Judges at The Annual Chi Idol Competition
Honorary Chihuahua For The Day
The One and Only FestCHIval
What Do You Mean I Didn’t Come First!?
Special Guests Lucky and Isa Perform at Fest of Chihuahuas
Carry Me, Human
Real Men Love Chihuahuas
Every Chihuahua Needs A Throne
Smiles for Miles At The Annual Fest of Chihuahuas Event
The Pooches Dressed In The Finest Doggy Couture
Hundreds Of Dogs (and their humans) Gather For The Annual Fest of Chihuahuas
Best Trick Category – Chi Idol
Festival Goers Queue For The Annual CHI IDOL Competition
King of the Ring – Chi Idol
Look Out For The Fest of Chihuahuas Tag Coming To Your Town Soon!
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