Well, August was an absolute whirlwind for Phoenix… Thousands of miles on the cars, lots of pennies in the pot, and many new members offering their much needed help and support. Here’s where we were this month, and a breakdown of how it all went…
This was a very popular weekend indeed – Phoenix appeared in FOUR (yes, I typed that right, FOUR) events over the course of the weekend. We painted the country orange at Woodstock in Dartmouth, The Great Bully BBQ, The Tatton Park VW Show, and Barklife in Lowton. The weekend was full of fun and, as usual, the Great British public humbled us with their interest and support. All that we can REALLY say about this weekend is that there were some very tired feet on Sunday evening…
Rushmere Country Park is right down the road from the Trustees of Phoenix, and so this event saw Mrs C in her element under the Big Orange Gazebo. Even Mr C made an appearance, wearing orange on his poorly foot with pride! Now, we can’t say for sure if the foot traffic was morbid curiosity for the leaning tower of pisa style engineering on Steve’s foot, OR a genuine love for all things Frenchie, but we can take a good guess – everyone loves a Frenchie!
Ah, Cromer Carnival. It is a little know fact that our wonderful founder is from ” ’round these parts” and as such, she was very excited to attend. Yogi was lapping up all the attention as he made his big Orange debut and this presented a fantastic opportunity to really talk about the risk that Frenchies are faced with as their popularity grows. Phoenix represented themselves well, as always, and East of England manager Sam Bone even interrupted her holiday (and her husbands!) to join us on the stand. We were even lucky enough to be joined by the fabulous Steve Little who is responsible for a large percentage of our Phoenix graphic branding – thanks, Steve! And thanks also to the people of Norfolk, who are always welcoming, even when we do turn up with our peculiar flat nosed friends…
The Pet Show is always a fun day out, whether you’re an exhibitor or a guest. Phoenix managed to score a sneaky stand here thanks to our connection with the French Bulldog Club of England. Not only did they book us in, they also featured us in their seasonal publication – The Frenchie Connection! Unfortunately, Yogi was absolutely pooped from a week of events and so Benoit and Fifi (who are not rescues, but do still love a cuddle) manned the fort to distribute all that Frenchie Goodness. Jane Petcher worked her magic and met more doggie businesses to make fantastic connections with, and the public welcomed us once again with open arms.
Walking is one of a dog’s favourite pastimes… so they must have loved the Phoenix Frenchie Walk! It can never be said that we at Phoenix are not fully inclusive, and so we welcome all breeds, shapes and sizes to our walk! Owners get to have a little chin wag, and the dogs get to frolic in the park, all in aid of a fantastic charity (well, we ARE biased). What’s not to like? Watch our for the next Phoenix Walk… it might be near you!
Now, this weekend was an absolute whirlwind. What with dogs coming in, moving, etc., and two major Phoenix Events happening, this weekend could not have demonstrated better why we need you lovely people. On Saturday-Sunday, Jane Petcher was joined by Lincolnshire RC Emily Moreton and her family for a fun filled day at the Leicestershire County Show. The show went on for two days and the ladies made great connections, as well as raising some much needed funds (for all these incoming pooches!) The fun didn’t stop there for Jane though…
Founder Teresa and her daughter headed up the Herts Town and Country Show on the Sunday. The weather was on top form and the Orange Gazebo glowed like the beacon it is! On the Monday we were responsible for the Dog Show and poor Jane arrived for her THIRD day on the job! There’s no rest for the wicked, Jane… The Dog Show was a fabulous success and we were pleased to see owners staying smart and even removing their dogs from some classes when the sun became too hot. Unfortunately, this did mean that we were missing a few pooches for the Best in Show, but it was eventually won by a very sweet little Jack Russell named Ernie. Vinny, a gorgeous staffordshire bull terrier cross, was our Reserve Best in Show. Two very chuffed families, and a wonderful connection made with our co-judges, Medivet!
Well done Phoenix Team… It’s almost time for a rest! If you feel like you could help with events and spreading the word, please contact your regional coordinator to get involved.