2014 Happy Hounds hosted there first ever Novelty Dog Show, it was held on the grounds of Bodymooor heath village hall, I hosted this as a charity event to raise much needed funds for the hall so they can start reneventing and updating it so that such events can be held again in the future. For my first ever event it was a massive success and one that I am very proud of, there was around 200 people and 100 dogs if more, the dogs themselves were impeccably behaved, everyone had a fantastic day.
it took months of planning and hard work, I visited other novelty dog shows to see where I could improve, I Spent many evenings hand making rosettes for ALL the dogs that entered as in my eyes they are all winners, and then rosettes for the winners, planning a schedule of events, organising prizes, and getting everything in place.
I didn't want people to be board whilst they awaited there turn in the ring so I organised a few fun doggy things to do, there was glitter tattoos for dogs and children, chalks and colour dyes, nail painting for dogs and children, shampoos and conditioner for dogs, my home made dog biscuits and my home made fun doggy ties, collars and charms all for sale run by Amber and Emma the happy hounds trainee girls, and rachael who did an amazing job running the registrations.
I organised a doggy photo booth with a local photographer friend, Martin johnson photography it was set up inside so all those lovely hounds could have a professional picture to be printed and taken home with them, they kindly took photos of all the winners of the categories too. (details on useful links)
Thanks to all my lovely customers and wonderful friends in the village they helped to collect items so that we could have a tombola, and bric a brack salel inside, we had donations a plenty of all kinds of lovely wonderful things, ill be forever grateful to those who donated. The girls from the village hall committee organised cakes to be sold and sold cups of tea and refreshments, we thought we had too many cakes - well it proved that you can never have too may cakes as they sold out half way through the event, they even had a special cake made for me to mark the occasion, thank you to all of them. I didn't want people to go hungry knowing they could be here most of the day so I also arranged a burger van to come with thanks to all at the drome cafe, who came with the ambulance van and supplied chips and burgers to all, at the end of the event he made a donation to the hall, thank you (useful link)
equally I didn't want people to get thirsty so I organised a beer tent, this was not as easy as I thought, companies wanted lots of money to come and supply us, which being a charity event we didn't have lots off, so after some investigating I applied to the council, for alcohol licence to supply and sell alcohol on the grounds of the hall, this had to be approved by the council and local governments inc local police, finally we got given the go ahead, we brought the pumps off ebay and already had access to a cooler, got insurance and registered to a wholesaler and brought barrels of beer and wine, the beer tent was a massive success and took the most money and profit of the day, all donated to the hall, it was successfully run by my partner iain - thank you.
as well as all this I liaised and had meetings with the village hall members and we came up with some fun games to play, we had throw the chicken in the bucket, tin can alley, guess the weight of the cake, some games won money others soft toys this was set up and run by local villagers - thank you to all who helped.
Pattering paws rescue was there, trying to raise awareness of dogs needing homes and the wonderful job they do rescuing and re-homing dogs in need, they brought along the lovely larry the greyhound who was looking for a home, he didn't find his forever home at the show, but did help raise awareness and some much needed funds for the organisation and I believe he is now in the process of going to his forever home. thanks to debbie and louise (useful links)
Local business located on cheadles bridge, Honey b's came along and donated to the village hall for a table space, specially made bandannas, embellished dog t-shirts and bedding, they are a family run business that specialise in tutus but also do children's and dog clothing, bedding, crates are all custom made, there stuff is very beautiful, they make anything and everything you could possible need fabric wise, sparkled up with diamonds and embelishments for your hounds, please check out there website or if you can't see what you need get in touch if you have a jumper or coat or bed in mind that you need customising / making they will do it. (useful links)
so thats all the entertainment organised, all thats left is the most important thing the dog ring, after visiting other events I soon realised we needed a microphone system, this was kindly donated by mcl Birmingham who supplied all we needed to have speakers and a microphone system to play back ground music and for me to talk through the days events, well I hope those who came enjoyed listening to me as once I got going I talked you all through the days events, mcl also donated 3 different sized staging blocks that we used for the 1st,2nd, 3rd placings , thanks.
metal and waste recycling donated metal sticks to peg out the ring border, local neighbour/business man who works in the events industry donated rolls of astro turf to lay down for the ring, raffle was organised, professional kennel club judge Liz rallings was the judge for the day at no charge and did an amazing job.
local company graphic boat designed printed banners to advertise the event all free of charge (useful link)
devlin wholesale donated pieces of laminate that i could paint on the back off and use to make signs which were put around local villages
One week before we decided to paint the village hall to make it look nicer so thanks to everyone who helped with that and the finer details ironed out by myself - apologies if I have missed anyone please let me know if I have. t
he day before the event friends and family came and helped set tents up and get everything ready, 24 hours before I was feeling stressed, not knowing if all my efforts were wasted, will anyone turn up, will it run smoothly, will it rain and ruin the day
we were ready and the gates opened at 11am however by 10.30 people were already arriving I knew then it was going to be a good day, but I was never prepared for how successful it was, so lovely to be greeted by so many friendly faces all coming together to support me and the village hall.
It was absolutely fantastic I had so much fun and so did every man, woman and dog that arrived, the rain held off and the event went off without a hitch, there was lots of winners and prizes I couldn't of asked for it to go any better.
In total we raised and donated £850 to the village hall - thank you again to everyone who was involved and attended and made this a great event Iwill most definelty hold another event and hope it will be even better and bigger, see you all there x