A couple of weeks ago, we received an invite to Muswell Hill Dog Boutique ‘Barkers of Muswell Hill’ for a rather special occasion. Barkers had teamed up with London Dog Rescue Charity All Dogs Matter to hold a Charity Dog Wash & Adoption Drive to help raise awareness (and hopefully funds) for the charity. Purely on the promise of getting to spend an afternoon with some lovely rescue dogs looking for homes, we signed up and promised to go along to the event.
So on Saturday, we found ourselves making the journey from South London to North, not really sure what to expect. Little did we know how much of a wooferful afternoon was in store (pardon the pun).
We were met on the door by gentle giant Roxy who was abandoned and found as a stray last week and sadly found herself at All Dogs Matter looking for a new home. For a dog who has recently been through all this, Roxy was amazingly laid back and calm. We think she nabbed the spot at the door so she could keep a lookout for her new human. Sadly it turned out that today was not going to be the day they showed up, but we’re hoping that day isn’t far away!
Roxy is currently in kennels and would love a foster home whilst she is waiting for her new forever home. Please pop over to see Roxy’s profile on the All Dogs Matter website.
Inside Barkers, it was definitely buzzing. London artist Claire (Claire Thorogood Art) was painting dog portraits live (yes, live), customers were browsing (and we heard lots of oohs and aahs, ours included at all the doggie-licious goodies on offer) and of course there were more All Dogs Matter dogs to meet (priority #1).
We were welcomed into the store by Barkers manager Dawn who had organised the event and who took the time to show us around the shop. We were really impressed. Barker’s mission is ‘To Be The Best Shop For Dogs’ and we think they’ve done a pretty good job. Aside from all the gorgeous goodies and the warm welcome, there were lots of little details that made you feel Barkers were really trying to live up to their mission. Our favourites were the Barkers Gallery where (four-legged) Spa customers get their Polaroid pic added to the wall of fame, the Thirsty Barker Drinking Fountain (all dog-friendly spots should definitely have one of these) and the Community Board showing all the dog-friendly places nearby.
Dawn told us that creating a place for local dog owners in the community was something she really wants to do and if she can combine this with finding ways to help a London Dog Rescue like All Dogs Matter, even better! This is a personal passion of hers seeing as her own little Barker (yes, that really is his name) was found abandoned in a box at just 6 weeks old.
Well, we think on this occasion, she cracked it. The event had a lovely feel to it and it was clear people loved meeting the dogs looking for homes whilst they were browsing or dropping their pooch off for their spa treatment (all in aid of All Dogs Matter of course). One lucky pup, Kara even went on reserve that day. We’re not surprised seeing how adorable she is!
Also looking for her home was Monique, a two-year old German Shepherd cross with a very friendly outgoing nature. Monique is currently being fostered but would love to find her forever home soon!
The Charity Dog Wash was busy over in the spa area and passers-by were constantly popping in to say hello and buy a raffle ticket or two so we hope that the event was successful in raising funds for London Dog Rescue All Dogs Matter.
After an afternoon packed with meeting lots of dogs (and getting lots of doggy kisses of course) we were actually quite sad to head back home. Although we heard a rumour as we were leaving that this may just become a regular event….so watch this space!