This week has flown by, as I am writing this, I can barely believe that the Happy Hound Day was less than 7 days ago.
This year we were a little more organised, we expanded slightly to include a couple of new stalls (still of the highest quality of course) and decided to do a few dog shows (best dressed, best rescue & best trick) however we knew that the weather wasn’t going to be as kind to us as the previous year, the complete opposite in fact with rain forcast for the entire day. We retained our optimism though and in true British style, carried on regardless.
We were lucky! The rain held off for a while, we even saw the sun trying to come through the clouds, we knew that we would have to bring the raffle forward though; as the afternoon went on the clouds got heavier and we knew our luck wasn’t going to hold for much longer.
Sure enough, a few spots started as we were beginning the raffle, and by the end, it was a steady stream and we decided to call it a day.
The raffle was fantastic, really beautiful products donated by our stall holders and some of our other business friends, with the proceeds going to Celia Cross Greyhound Trust again. On top of this our stall holders made a donation, volunteer bakers had biscuits to be sold, I gave a percentage from my mini shoots/vouchers & dog show donations were part of the total too. Despite the fact that a lot of people still braved the possibility of rain, I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if we were going to smash last years total of £550 as we had hoped.
Well *drum roll please* WE DID! In fact, at the last count, we had over doubled it! I’m not ashamed to admit, I got a little emotional in M&S when I found out the total. For an event that is really quite small AND the fact that the weather was bad, I was honestly overwhelmed.
We had a great tea party for the hounds, with dog cake being baked by my gin slugging, wine drinking and organising partner in crime Debbie from Redhound for Dogs, as well as salmon paste sandwiches and lots of treats donated by the lovely people at Fish 4 Dogs.
Because we only want the best for our Happy Hound Day, food was supplied by the amazing Hector & the Fox again this year and despite my vows to be first in the queue after missing out last year, you guessed it, I missed out this year too! I have heard that their menu went down a storm again, their pea and wild garlic soup seemed to get particular acclaim.
I have been so grateful for the support and love shown to our little event. When Debbie and I decided to do this, we had no idea how many fabulous & generous people we would come in contact with.
Here’s who have helped us this year, go and show them some love because as well as having super products, the people behind the brands are honestly awesome.
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