Yesterday was the day of street parties all over the UK – and we had organised our own – doggy-focused street party!
The day started off worryingly … it wasn’t the usual English shower on a summer’s day. Instead it pelted down! Even our going to church didn’t help matters at hand.
But we carried on – believing … and then the rain lessened … and then stopped. And then they came. Doggies big and small, fluffy or otherwise – with their hoomans. Most were outside,
while some went inside all the dog-friendly restaurants There were also hoomans without doggies who came to join our party – totally bemused by the scene of so many of us!
Pets Pyjamas were on hand to give out doggy bowls and info about their concierge services for doggy travels. Or one could have their portraits sketched by artist Allison Mullett
At the Jonathan Cooper Gallery. All these activities were to help raise donation for Battersea Dog & Cats Home!
The music by Pet Pavilion kept us going even when the rain dampened our spirits And last but not least, the local parish were with us all the way.They provided bouncy castle and face painting – the things kids like but not us furry types!
May’s comment: Phew! The day finally came and what we feared happened – it rained! Not just the regular English shower but pelting down rain. Yes, for all of us participants, we were concerned – but no one let on about how they felt. English stoicism took over and everyone got on with setting up gazebos for shelter. And we took comfort in knowing we were not the only ones being rained upon. There were 10,000 people on The Mall having picnic lunches. Eventually the rain did let up and the sun even came out. What would a street party be without rain! After all we are in England!
But looking back at the day’s events, so proud of all that took place – and as street parties are supposed to do – it brought at least the neighbourhood retail community together, and so many neighbours I see on the streets, took the time to speak. And there were those who came from beyond the neighbourhood and even outside of London!