PRETTY pooches with model qualities are being sought for a four-legged fashion show at a family fun day organised by an independent veterinary group.
Lynn Spruce, of Mutzmacs, is looking for the Kate Moss and David Gandy of the canine world to strut their stuff on the catwalk at the Pets on the Hill event later this year.
The animal extravaganza is being organised by the independently-owned Willows Veterinary Group which is well known for its phenomenally successful Pets in the Park event which outgrew its former site at Marbury Park in Northwich.
Just one of the many activities taking place at the new event on Sunday September 25 from 10 am at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre on Organsdale Farm will be a series of fashion shows organised by Lynn.
She set up her handmade canine clothing business a decade ago when she got two of her own dogs Cassie and Paddy and was disappointed by the quality and cost of a lot of the doggie fashion on the high street.
She now receives all sorts of requests from dog owners keen to purchase her latest, bespoke designs, which include tutus, bandanas, dresses and custom made-harnesses. Her latest must-have range is a cap with matching scarf which have been selling like hot cakes.
Lynn, 61, who also works full time in recruitment for Argos, said: “I am aiming to stage three fashion shows during the day and it would be lovely to have dogs of different sizes and breeds to take part.
“I don’t mind what type of dog they are. They all have star qualities but the crucial thing is that they need to be good with people and with other dogs. That’s the most important thing.
“Apart from that, as long as they don’t mind trying on some of my wardrobe, which have been specially designed with their comfort in mind, then the job is pretty much theirs.
“It doesn’t matter what size they are either because I can make something to fit them if I know in time that they will be on the catwalk.
“That’s why I am keen to hear from dog owners as soon as possible.”
Lynn, who has four of her own treasured pooches, receives commissions to make doggie outfits for owners’ weddings where often the bandana in the tuxedo-style outfit will match the colour scheme set for the wedding and will be accompanied by a matching bow tie.
She has even been called upon to help a loveable bull dog called Boda who would scratch its chest to pieces whenever its owner left the house through anxiety.
The owner got in touch with Lynn who developed a custom-made bib made of soft material which was comfortable for the dog to wear and protected it from its incessant scratching.
Lynn, who is a grandma-of-four, said: “The nice thing about that was that the owner said that it actually helped with the scratching too because it settled Boda’s skin down and she seemed to get out of the habit of scratching.”
Lynn’s fashion shows will be just one of the attractions at Pets on the Hill which is run and organised by the independently-owned Willows Veterinary Group.
The group offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise through 24 small animal practices, a referral veterinary hospital, two equine centres and a five-office farm practice which are located across Cheshire and into the Wirral and Staffordshire. Willows is accredited by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
David Crane, Company Spokesperson for Willows Veterinary Group, said: “Pets on the Hill promises to be a fantastic family day out with lots to do.
“There will be a massive fun dog show, an exotics tent where children can come face to face with tarantulas and snakes, ferret racing, training and agility displays and lots of pet related stalls.
“It’s our way of reaching out in to the community and celebrating the wonderful contribution which our pets make to our lives.”
Do you have an aspiring doggie model in your household? Contact Lynn on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Pets on the Hill go to www.petsonthehill.co.uk