Well the slightly off the wall idea of holding a dog show in the middle of what is a busy rush hour rat run London street last year seems to have taken a grip on the locals....
And so for the 2012 Connaught Street annual Summer Festival, we were asked whether we would be happy to host another one. To which we of course said yes.
And so it was, that after weeks of meticulous planning by the Hyde Park team of Leah (clinic manager), Janine (shop manager) and Susannah (doggy daycare supremo), on Wednesday 20th June 2012, the 2nd International Hyde Park Veterinary Centre Dog Show came to pass.
The street was closed to traffic. The vast red carpet was laid out. The white picket fence went up. The PA system arrived. The registration tent was erected. The stands from Natural Instinct, Lily's Kitchen, Billy & Margot and the Mayhew Animal Home were set up, and lo and behold, the people came!
Our star judges included Joanna Good and Anna Webb from BBC Radio London's Barking at the Moon and show categories included waggiest tail, best trick, most regal dog and an Olympic award for overcoming adversity.....
We were thrilled to get a shout out on Radio London the week before and to have an outside broadcast recorded from the judges podium played on the radio the day after.
And we had a blast. Over 100 dog competitors, hundreds more onlookers and piles of cash raised for our chosen charity, the Mayhew Animal Home.
Be there next year!