It’s a real treat for pet lovers

Alfie, the Pets as Therapy dog at the LovePets show.
Alfie, the Pets as Therapy dog at the LovePets show.

ALFie the dog will be one of the many furry friends putting in an appearance at the LovePets Show, to be held on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30.

Alfie is one of the P.A.T. (Pets As Therapy) dogs who children will be able to read to at the LovePets Show, highlighting the benefits of the Read 2 Dogs programme. It will be a fantastic weekend for the special team that helps pupils in schools, and visits patients in local hospitals, hospices and care homes.

Already familiar to a number of local schools in the region, Pets As Therapy will be popular part of the Mars Petcare Charity Zone at the LovePets Show, the great value family day out.

Maureen Hennis, chief executive of Pets As Therapy, explains: “Our volunteers have been taking dogs and cats to visit elderly and poorly people since 1983, and in the past couple of years we have developed the Reading To Dogs scheme. This encourages children who are reluctant readers to read a book aloud to a dog, and gain confidence as they do.

“Children love having a P.A.T. dog come in to their school to listen to them, and this boosts their enjoyment of reading as they pick out books that they think the dog might like. They don’t feel they are being judged, and feel that they are actually telling the story rather than just reading out loud to an adult.”

LovePets, hosted by TV vet Marc Abraham and staged at the indoor EXEC venue at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, just off the A1, features Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Pippa Langhorne and her opera-singing pup, the world’s loudest-purring cat, dog behaviour experts Jez Rose and Karen Wild, plus a menagerie of animals including birds of prey, Siberian huskies and Ptolemy, the giant tortoise.

LovePets is sponsored by Mars Petcare, Zoflora, Welcome Cottages, Direct Line Insurance, Your Dog, and Your Cat Magazine. Although visitors can’t bring their own pets into the venue, there will be plenty of animals inside wanting their attention. Parking for the pet exhibition is free. Tickets are booked at before October 27, offer a substantial saving, with online family tickets (two adults and three children) just £12, or £18 on the gate. Nominated animal welfare charities will receive ten per cent of ticket sales.