Here’s the last lot of photos from Diva Dogs Day that I’m going to blog. The rest are on my Facebook page and I’m uploading all of them to the Online Shop part of my site in case anyone would like to buy prints or other items.
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Don’t forget you can see all the pics on the Facebook page and they have all been uploaded to the Online Shop in case anyone would like to buy prints etc.
Well it seems as though the backlash has started about various things that did or did not happen at Diva Dogs Day.
At least two Facebook pages have been set up, Leave Your Diva Dogs Day Complaints Here and Diva Dogs Day Opinions That Can’t Be Deleted. Gripes are coming thick and fast from stallholders and disgruntled attendees. Whether the outside bit was an indoor shopping village is a matter of opinion. It had a roof of some sorts, but no walls, so was open to the elements. It’s a good job it remained dry on the day as I feel a lot of the expensive stock could have got wet if it had rained. A lot of complaints seem to be from those who had bought the £50 VIP tickets. I don’t know if this was worth it or not; I’ve seen the response from the organisers on how the VIP area worked and what was on offer. Reading posts from people on the FB pages would tell you that all was not well with this. If you’re going to charge £50 for a VIP ticket, you need to make sure they have a good experience. I’m sure some people did have a good time but they won’t be the ones coming on to these FB pages. On the other hand, complaints of broken glass being left on the floor and no water bowls left out for the dogs is just unacceptable.
Whether you consider TOWIE/Gladiator type celebrities as something to get excited about is a personal taste. I wouldn’t know them from Adam – not my thing. However, I did recognise David Van Day and I did have a brief chat with actress Rebecca Ferdinando (who was lovely); I didn’t know who she was but got chatting after I had photographed her with her dog Jackson (the pic is below).
On the plus side, there were experts to offer advice on dog training, dog welfare, puppy farms, dog fashion shows and the agility stuff going on outside, but all of this is standard stuff at a dog show or country fair. The Guiness World Record couldn’t be verified officially which was a bit of an anti-climax.
The way I see it, the whole event was a big promotional oppotunity for Louise Harris and her business. With TV cameras there to film the proceedings, even a purple Lhasa Apso was not going to be upstaged by a grown woman in a pink tutu with a book to sell.
It’s seems as though the organisers have over promised and under delivered, leaving the paying public feeling short-changed. So, the fight goes on and reading some of the posts, there’s a lot of unhappy people out there. Demands for refunds and threats to get Trading Standards involved, will carry on. I do believe that Louise Harris has offered some recompense to disgruntled punters – a 40% discount on any purchase from her store. Oh dear.
On a lighter note, I hope you like the pics. Comments always welcome.
More to come tomorrow. Don’t forget, if you like what you see, please ‘like’ my Facebook page. I’ll be adding all the pics from the day to an album on the FB page very soon.
Here’s the next installment of dog photographs from the Diva Dogs Show event at the weekend.
There’ll be more coming tomorrow and at the end of the week I shall upload all the pics to my Online Shop where you’ll be able to buy prints etc.
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OMG (as they say in Essex). If you’re going to pitch an event that ties in with the cliched, stereotyped image of Essex, then this was just about right. Since I found out about Diva Dogs Day about a month ago, I knew I had to get along there and photograph the event. Like most up-and-coming jobs, I had researched the topic and tried to familiarise myself with what I would find. This one took a bit more mental preparation. As a dog photographer/owner/walker/lover, the thought of seeing dogs in tutus and tiaras was a little disturbing to say the least. But come on you wuss, just think about it – dressed up up dogs, many from the Toy Group, all gathering at a venue in Essex to celebrate doggy Diva-ishness, well it sounded like an photographic oppotunity not to be missed. This is the sort of stuff that normally only happens in crazy-old America. It’s kitsch, brash and over the top. It’s the stuff of beauty pageants and proms, but more and more it’s filtering into our society….or you could just see it as a bit of fun; a little dressing up never hurt anyone.
The day didn’t start too well with the gates not opening on time (almost an hour late) with the crowd striking up a chorus of “Why Are We Waiting”. Once open, a mass of costumed dogs made their way into the main indoor arena. The show ring was up and running with categories such as ‘Funkiest Hair-Do’ and ‘Mr Diva Dog’ and around the ring there were stalls set up selling everything from pet portraits to dog hotels. There was another area outside that seemed very cut off from the rest of the show. I hope the traders did some business as there were quite a few of them and revenue from these along with advertising in the brochure and the so-called ‘VIP’ area must have added up to nice little earner for the organisers. You have to hand it to Louise Harris – she’s obviously a savvy businesswoman who has built up a successful luxury pet boutique business and has managed to promote herself on TV and in the print media. She has her Diva Dogs book out and was there to sign copies and pass on her words of wisdom. You couldn’t miss her as she was the one in the bright pink tutu and was very much centre of attention for most of the day.
The people who attended yesterday all came to have a good time, meet other dog owners with similar breeds and parade their dogs. There’s nothing wrong with that. These are some of the most pampered pooches I’ve ever come across and they certainly don’t suffer from lack of love and attention from their owners. I did enjoy speaking to the owners who on the whole were a very friendly bunch who were more than willing show off their dogs and let them be photographed. One couple had made a seven-hour trip down from the Isle of Skye with their Maltese. I asked if there were any other Maltese on Skye? “No just your usual Border Collies and dogs like that”.
So, to the dogs. Well, the ones that weren’t wearing clothes, hats and bows were the ones that stood out. Daschund in a police uniform? – check. Papillon in Superman outfit? – check. Pink Poodle with fairy wings? – check. I enjoyed the experience to a point. It was fascinating to see the dogs in outfits and it almost got to the point where I was hunting out something a bit more wacky, a bit more weird as I went around. Towards the end though, I knew I’d had enough. It was almost as though my inbuilt tacky-ometer had reached the tipping point and I needed some normality to bring me back down.
I think everyone there yesterday knew that it was a bit of fun and I’m sure none of the dogs are wearing jewels or feathers today. But I do realise that a lot of people get very angry about this sort of thing and reading some of the comments from the Daily Mail article that appeared today would back this up. My job was to photograph the event in the documentary style that I prefer so I’d be grateful for any comments you have either about the pictures I’ll be posting in the next few days, or if you were there yesterday, what did you think about it?
I gave out lots of cards yesterday to the owners of the dogs I photographed but there were many others there that might like to see this post so I’d appreciate it if you could share it with your friends, fellow dog owners or on your Facebook pages. I will be adding all the pics to the shop part of my website towards the end of the week if you are interested in buying any prints etc of your dogs. I’ll also add all the pics to my The Dog Snapper Facebook page and if you are interested in seeing more of my dog photography, you could always ‘like’ the FB page for regular postings.
One last thing, I find it slightly strange how quiet it’s been on the Diva Dogs communication front today. In the run up to the event there were tweets and retweets coming thick and fast, but nothing the day after the event? The website and Facebook page haven’t been updated – no pictures of the winners, no pictures of Louise. Maybe they’ve all gone for a little dog-nap?
Can someone let me know the name of the dog that won best in show?
Please come back tomorrow for the next post 🙂