Santa Paws Came To Town…

Santa Paws Fair & Grotto

The countdown to Christmas is on and last Sunday it was time for Santa Paws to come to town. Dozens of dogs and their humans turned out in fabulous festive style for the annual All Dogs Matter Santa Paws Christmas Fair and Grotto at the Garden Gate in Hampstead, to raise money for dogs in need.

Pooches got into the Christmas spirit, visiting the Santa Paws Grotto to have their photo taken by pet photographer Ian Morrison from Dogstar Photo / PupUp. And despite this being her first ever visit to Santa Paws grotto, Belinha was quick to hop up and get her pic taken…no doubt the treats scattered around certainly helped!

Belinha - Santa Paws Grotto
Photo by Dogstar Photo / PupUp

All Dogs Matter celebrity patrons and animal lovers, Michelle Collins and Peter Egan came along to show their support. Michelle was accompanied by Humphrey (@Humphthedog) who aside from being adorable, is an ex-All Dogs Matter dog himself.

Michelle Collins - Santa Paws Fair

Peter Egan - Santa Paws Fair

Santa Paws’s little (and big) helpers were certainly out in full force  – from elves to reindeer, mini santa paws and even a canine christmas pudding or two, they were all on hand to give lots of cuddles in return for a treat.

Santa Paws 1

Santa Paws 3

Santa Paws 2

Many of London’s doggie-licious pet brands also came along to give the humans a chance to tick off the last few items on the Christmas shopping list. With Christmas treats on offer from Hownd, The Pet DeliBroughton & Co, Phileas Dogg, Marlene’s GangPawpost and more, we definitely ticked more than a few items off our list! There was also the chance to get to know some other animal rescues such as Nowzad, Animals Asia and The Mayhew Animal Home who came along for the day.

Santa Paws 4

Live Jazz kept us entertained and it all finished off with a raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs  (think a photo shoot for your pooch or a romantic dinner for two at a local restaurant), all kindly donated by local businesses.

Santa Paws Raffle - Peter Egan

Santa Paws was a huge success raising a whopping £859.06 for the dogs at All Dogs Matter (yay!). It was a perfect way to celebrate Christmas amongst people brought together by love for our four-legged friends and this is definitely what the All Dogs Matter events do so well. Since the first event we went along to in February this year (shortly after starting the blog), we’ve made lots of new friends (two-legged and four-legged) and can honestly say that All Dogs Matter have the friendliest, loveliest dog events in town…roll on 2016!

More photos over on our Facebook page …

Happy Woofmas!



  1. 16th December 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Looks like so much fun!!!!

  2. 17th December 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Lovely write-up of a fantastic day.

    • 17th December 2015 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks Ian, well done for all your hard work taking endless beautiful pictures of the dogs in the grotto!

  3. 17th December 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I know the focus was on the dogs ….. but a live jazz session from a band with two saxes? That’d do it for me! 🙂

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