Posted by Blogger on Friday June 1st, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years on the throne this weekend, and even pets in the UK are joining in on the jubilation! I tell you, London is a sight to behold right now. Almost every street, building, and shop window is decked out in the Union Jack, all hailing that God Save the Queen. It’s Britain at its best right now (particularly polished and pretty in anticipation of the summer Olympics, too!), and if you’re moving to London in time for this year’s major events, living with pets in the UK should prove an especially jolly olde time. Just ask the Queen’s pups…
ROYAL PETS IN THE UK
Elizabeth’s first pet as a young girl was a corgi named Dookie, which King George VI purchased for her from a local kennel. This was the first time this particular breed became associated with the royals and was the start of a lifetime love affair with them. An 18-year-old Elizabeth subsequently received a Pembrokeshire corgi, which went by the name of Susan, as a birthday gift. Susan and Elizabeth were so thick-as-thieves, the corgi even joined the then-future Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on their honeymoon!
These days, the Queen has three corgis (Holly, Willow, and Monty) and three dorgis (Candy, Vulcan, and Cider). Dorgi?? Well, it seems a new breed was spawned when one of the Queen’s corgis became, shall we say, intimate with Princess Margaret’s dachshund. *blush* Such scandal even among the noble pets in the UK!
PET PARTIES IN THE UK
Over the next four days—all of which are days off for us in the UK, woohoo!—there are countless Diamond Jubilee events going on all over the city of London. Garden parties, pub parties, concerts, the river pageant, and the royal procession are among the festivities, and that’s not even counting what the pets in the UK have planned!! Pet parties are becoming ever more popular on this side of the pond, so if your pooches want to whoop it up during the Jubilee, Barkarama (www.barkarama.co.uk) has some brilliant ideas for throwing a proper doggie do. And be it the Queen’s Jubilee or another special event, check out Gimmie Chew (gimmiechew.com) for some properly posh party ideas for pets in the UK.
UK ANIMAL ACCESSORIES
Should your pets in the UK receive an elite invitation to one of the aforementioned Diamond Jubilee pet parties, if they’re not fashionably late, they should at least arrive fashionably, period. There is no excuse with the multitude of British accessories out there. The Metro recently blogged about the “Top Pet Buys for the Diamond Jubilee,” which includes Union Jack dog bandanas, cushions, and corgi-sized bowler hats! PetzCrazee Pet Boutique (www.petzcrazee.com) has a page dedicated to British-themed collars, tags, and sweaters special for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, and pet owners have been discussing Jubilee-themed pet paraphernalia over at PetForums.co.uk. And for a truly fancy feast, pets in the UK can even be treated to personalized Diamond Jubilee food bowls (available in small and large) at EmmaBridgewater.co.uk. :)
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