PARTY TIME FOR YOUR POOCHES
Dog yoga or ‘doga’ to be highlight of inaugural Fest of Chihuahuas
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THE charming Colston Hall in Gerrards Cross will play host to hundreds of chihuahuas, and their humans this Saturday for the inaugural Fest of Chihuahuas.
The event has attracted the attention of ‘chiowners’ nationwide and is the brainchild of online dog boutique owner Rachel Monk.
Based in Gerrards Cross, Rachel and her daughter Olivia created Haus of Chihuahua inspired by their beloved pets Rocco and Indie.
The popularity of these two pups on Instagram, where Rocco and Indie have more than 30,000 fans, has now lead to the creation of Fest of Chihuahuas, the possibility of a new world record and hopefully cash raised for charity.
“This all started when we got two chihuahua puppies,” Rachel explained.
“We put them on social media and the response was insane. There were so many fans and enthusiasts in Bucks and the surrounding areas that we knew we had to do something for a get together.”
The main event of the day will be an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the biggest dog yoga, or ‘doga’ class.
The current record, set in Hong Kong, saw 270 dogs and their owners take part.
All toy dog breeds, such as Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians and Pugs are also invited to take part in the record attempt, for which they have separate tickets.
Rachel said: “Doga is getting really popular for owners. It’s quite calming for the dogs and brings the dogs and their owners closer together.
“Taking 150+ people and their dogs for a dog yoga class seems a bit crazy but it’s sure to be a lot of fun and if we break a world record in the process that would be brilliant.”
The event is also hoping to raise money for Chihuahua Rescue UK, a charity which works to find a good home for chihuahuas which have been rescued.
One of the star guests of the show will be Dolly Pawton, a fellow chihuahua who has more than has more than 35,000 followers on Instagram.
Dolly will be joined by ITV’s Top Dog Model, Lucky, to judge a ‘fun dog talent show’ featuring categories like prettiest pooch, handsomest hound and best rescue dog.
Other activities for attendees include a dog grooming class, stalls selling chihuahua treats and accessories and each attendee will have their own ‘ chihuahua pawtrait’ taken.
Stalls in the grounds will also serve food and refreshments for humans.
“We definitely plan to do more of these,” Rachel said.
“We’ve had so many people ask if we can do events in the Midlands or further North. There’s a huge amount of interest.”
The event runs from 11.30am to 4pm this Saturday (August 20). Tickets can be purchased at https://billetto.co.uk/ fest-of-chihuahuas and start from £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for under 14’s. Children under five go free.
TOY TIME: Haus of Chihuahua stars Rocco and Indie will be welcoming their four-legged friends to the inaugural Fest if Chihuahuas
Your hosts: Rocco and Indie will be two of the canine stars of the first Fest of Chihuahuas in Gerrarrds Cross. Below, the previous dog yoga record was set in Hong Kong