WATCH: London Pet Show welcomes hundreds of visitors during first event at Earls Court


Racing micro-pigs and show-jumping were just some of the attractions.


By Emily Ray, Sarah Aston and Rachael Burford

Racing micro-pigs, show-jumping rabbits and dancing dogs were just some of the attractions at the fourth annual London Pet Show on May, 17 and 18.

This was the first time the event, now in its fourth year, was held at Earl’s Court and hundreds flocked to South London to attend the show which transformed the exhibition centre into any animal lover’s dream.

Sarah Humphreys, 47, from the Chilterns in Hertfordshire, attended with her dog Smurf, 5, who scooped up the award for Most Talented Dog, and who also triumphed in this year’s Superstar Dogs on Channel 4.

Sarah said of her pet pooch: “He just loves performing. He’s such a show off and will do anything for his ball or a bit of bacon.”

The centre was divided into zones for cats, dogs, small furries, ponies, plus aquatics and reptiles and each featured a selection of talks and demonstrations, with a handful of animals on stand-by for visitors to get up close and personal with.

Amongst those there were TV presenters and adventurers Ben Fogle and Steve Backshall, who both presented shows in the main arena and had to compete with the celebrity animals and their dedicated owners.

Bowie also made an appearance at the event, albeit in the shape of a Birman cat named after the 70s glam rocker.

Owner Rebecca Tyler, 42, explained Bowie will soon be on ITV’s Secret Life of Cats this June and is aiming to be awarded the title of ‘champion’ at the next show.

Photo courtesy of hammersmithandfulham, with thanks.

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