On Friday we headed north to attend this weekend's inaugural Dog Lover show in Glasgow. Since the launch of our books we have attended quite a few shows, events and launches but we were particularly looking forward to our trip to Scotland as we had high hopes that this would be a huge success. We spoke to the organisers earlier in the year and when we heard the plans for the show it was an immediate yes as far as we were concerned.
Unlike other events we were offered an area where we could engage with children visiting the show and read stories from the books.
When we arrived to set up the feeling from the very beginning was positive, upbeat and friendly. Even though the day before a major show is possibly the busiest we were greeted warmly by the organisers Vic and Robin and welcomed to Glasgow and the very impressive SEC.
That friendly and very organised atmosphere didn't stop there, and refreshingly it remained right up until the close of the show on Sunday.
True to the promise we were given a fabulous area with amazing backdrop, bean bags and carpet area, where we could greet the children for stories and of course give them the opportunity to meet the star of the books, Monty.
As with all new ventures like this the test was always going to be about getting customers through the door. Well if proof was need that the dog lovers of Scotland wanted this type of event they certainly voted with their feet. From the opening of the doors on Saturday till last thing on Sunday the hall was filled with streams of expectant visitors all eager to visit the vast variety of stands and attractions that this exciting new show had to offer.
We ran our story times on the hour throughout the day and they were a fantastic success. It didn't end there though because in between sessions we were visited by literally hundreds of people who wanted to see Monty, say hello and have the chance to buy their 'pawtagraphed' copies of the books. Because of the constant attention Monty received it was impossible to get round the show ourselves but everyone we spoke to was totally positive about the fantastic day they were having.
I'm delighted for the organisers because they had the vision and confidence to let us showcase what we do so successfully at schools around the country and it was a huge hit. We are very proud to have been involved in the very first show. I'm sure there will be many more to come and we can't wait to come back next year.
Thank you Scotland, Thank you Glasgow, and thank you to everyone involved with the Dog Lover Show. This is an event that is very firmly on the map.