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In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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National Pet Show, NEC Birmingham

National Exhibition Center, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Pet lovers from across the country have flocked to Birmingham's NEC for the National Pet Show once again in November. This two-day event is the place where animal lovers can come for some inspiration, to see some incredible breeds of animals as well as having lots of fun in there too. I was invited along by the guys at Talented Talkers and More Than insurance to check it out for myself. I took my mum and her friend along with me to get inside from the chiller days and to experience something different. 

The arena is separated into dedicated zones where you can discover lots of animals to meet first hand, demos and action replays along with the most up-to-date information to enable you to consider the right pet for your home. The event feels very educational too, particularly for those considering how they can provide their animals with a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

When we headed into the arena we headed towards a zone which had a wide range of Donkeys, Reptiles, Parrots and gorgeous Minature Ponies to get up and close with. There was a lot of people on hand to discuss the variety of different animals as well as the many charities they're involved with. 

One of my favourite zones of the event and the one which I probably spend the most time wandering around was the Dogs area. I'm a huge dog lover so was in my element coming close to some of the most beautiful breeds of dogs from around the UK. I couldn't resist getting to meet Doug The Pug who as you can see below was taking a well-deserved nap when I arrived (the cutest Pug ever by the way, still a breed I'm convincing Jordan we must have if we ever have a dog!). There were so many breeds of dogs that I hadn't seen before too which was really interesting, the owners were clearly very passionate about their four-legged friends and the breed itself.

As my family dog is a Boxer, we were definitely on the hunt for this breed. We weren't disappointed when we finally found them, it's become one of my favourite breed of dog since having Ruby for the last 6/7 years in our family home. 

There was also the opportunity to purchase some great products, including getting that all important Christmas gift too. 

Also on hand during the whole event were a huge variety of different rescue centres, charities and such things that you can become involved with or learn a little bit more about. Their information is really vital in spreading the word about, I loved chatting to the PDSA about the importance of their work, especially as they receive very little from the government. 

The Cat Zone provided the opportunity to see a wide variety of cat breeds in the 'World of Cats' organised by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). This year they also welcomed a new addition to this zone, The International Cat Show brought to the show by The International Cat Association (TICA) and London Cats. 

I loved watching some of the live shows they had to offer too, we watched some very adorable puppies participate in a Puppy School show live which was super cute! We also had a glimpse of some police dogs and the work they do within our community. 

The National Pet Show also doesn't forget about getting Kids involved with their show, with lots of stuff that will fascinate and interest young people about animals. This year they introduced"Noah's Ark", an area where children of all ages can come up close to a variety of animals. There was talks, story-telling and book-signs available. There was also a Treasure Hunt activity for the kids to do during their day out at the National Pet Show. 

I was very surprised by how resourceful, fun and intriguing this event was. I would definitely attend this next year, it was something I hadn't heard of before but made for an enjoyable day out in Birmingham. You should definitely keep your eyes out for it next year, as well as some other great events centred around animals during the year, including the Dog Fest heading to 3 locations in the UK in Summer 2018. 

*invited by Talented Talkers to attend the event. All words and photos are my own. 


  1. I love the photo you've snapped of the pug - gorgeous

    Mel ✨

  2. What a great event!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca


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