Dogstival 2020 announced that it welcomes over 6,500 attendees to its two-day latest event this weekend.
The event for dogs and owners took place at Burley Park in the New Forest. According to organisers, the event gave dog owners the opportunity to “reward and thank their personal canine heroes who’ve helped them through what has so far been a difficult year”.
The weekend, which was sponsored by pet insurers Purely Pets, featured a range of entertainment for both dogs and pet owners, including main arena displays and activities such as agility, flyball, scent challenges, as well as the new Gun Dog Village.
Stand up paddle boarding was also available for dogs and owners, as well as a giant K9 diving pool.
In addition, more than 100 stands were at the event, selling a range of pet treats and accessories, while other features included the Pop and Bark puppuccino bar and dog pizzas from Chulli Pizza.
Talks were also led by ITV This morning’s Dr Scott Miller, who was joined by leading surgeon Michael Hamilton, physiotherapist Rochelle Dunster and the team from the charity Medical Detection Dogs.
The event also raised vital funds and awareness for a number of charities, with funds raised for Pets as Therapy, Medical Detection Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf, Sunny Shores and Canine Partners through event programme sales and dog show entries.
Domine Nowell, from organisers Lighthouse Marketing, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response to our event Dogstival that took place at our new stunning home of Burley Park.
“Around 6,500 people attended across the weekend with their dogs of all shapes and sizes. It’s been a tough few months for everyone and dogs are in integral part of our families, they have looked after us during lockdown, so we wanted to say thank you back.”
She added: “With lovely weather and a vast open space, it proved to be the perfect outdoor socially-distanced day out. With lots of additional measures in place for everyone’s safety we hope this paves the way for other well managed events to go ahead safely.”
Elizabeth Mills, brand manager at Purely Pets, said: “We had a fantastic weekend; the weather, venue and all the fun activities for dogs and owners made it a fun event for all.
“It was also lovely to meet some of our existing customers and make some new furry (and non-furry) friends.”
She added: “Our canine companions are at the heart of family life for many, so it was great to be able to celebrate them and the joy they bring.
“Ensuring they are looked after properly is important to us, so a special thanks to Dr Scott Miller for sharing his expert advice on our stand answering peoples questions about their dogs health and habits.”