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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

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