The biggest ever gathering of chihuahuas in the UK has just taken place with hundreds of doting owners bringing more than 900 of the mini-pooches to the second annual Fest of Chihuahuas. The unique event, one of the largest single breed dog festivals, was organised by Haus of Chihuahuas. It took place in leafy Gerrards Cross, Bucks, and attracted owners and their tiny pets from all over the UK and beyond!
One of the day’s highlights was the official Guinness World Record attempt to smash the record for the world’s largest ever Dog Yoga session. The current record is held in China by 275 human dog pairings. The 30 minute DOGA session was led by Britain’s Got Talent’s TV “Doga” trainer Mahny and her dog Robbie, famous for cocking his leg up against David Walliams in one of TV’s exquisitely embarrassing moments.
The record attempt featured chihuahuas and their flexible owners twisting into a variety of poses, including the appropriately named ‘Downward Dog’, the ‘Warrior’ and the ‘Tree’. It ended with a communal ‘Nama-paw’ rather than the conventional yoga greeting ‘Namaste.’ Haus of Chihuahuas is confident that their 300+ doga participants managed to smash the record and has submitted all evidence to Guinness World Records. Closing highlights of the attempt were streamed live to an audience of canine aficionados via the Haus of Chihuahuas facebook page.
The pampered pooches also put on a spectacular show of agility displays as well as taking part in the U.K.’s first ever ‘CHI IDOL’ in front of ‘insta chi-lebrities’ and star judges. Isa and Lucky, the little dog who stole the nation’s hearts at Crufts this year, put on a show stopping clown performance.
On-site stalls sold the latest in doggy accessories, clothes and treats and there were picture opportunities at the on-site dog photo booth.
Crowds watched as Fidget Spinning chihuauas showed off their tricks, rescue dogs paraded around the ring and pooches challenged one another in the ‘Dapper Dog’ and ‘Prettiest Pooch’ categories. The grand finale saw eight chihuahuas battle to win the title of ‘King of the Ring’ and ‘Queen on the Scene’.
Founder Rachel Louise Monk said: ‘As a nation we are known for being dog crazy. Chihuahuas are rapidly becoming one of the country’s most popular breeds because of the huge character they carry in their tiny frames. Giving them their own festival just seemed a natural thing to do and we can’t wait until our Christmas event. After the success of our second annual show, we are now in talks to take it on the road for a full nationwide tour.” Wow – how pawesome is that!
Woofs Rachel xx