Originally scheduled for 23-29 March 2020, London Dog Week (LDW) has been postponed until further notice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisers along with partners including Kiehl’s, Eurotunnel, Atmosphere at Millbank Tower and The Serpentine’s Chucs Café believed delaying the event was within the best interests of the public. Taking the precautionary steps to safeguard vulnerable guests comes in light worldwide activities relating to the virus and what LDW believe will soon to be steps to ban large and mid-sized public events.
Whilst tickets sales for the second London Dog Week were selling well and interest was growing, LDW Founder, Aneka Johnson says: ‘London Dog Week is about celebrating the therapeutic power of dogs and how they can help bring the community together, but the health and safety of guests is our top priority considering the circumstances. We want guests to truly enjoy the experience without feeling worried about how they could be infected. I think if possible, most events in the UK should follow suit until we can statistically stop worrying about the threat of the virus."
During the 23 – 29 March, LDW will launch #Pawsitivity an uplifting online interactive event series on the LDW social channels, giving tips and advice on how to make the best of dog life at home when social distancing, championing dog brands, offer inspirational stories and how to stimulate your dog at home whilst self-isolating. Featuring Q & A sessions from canine experts including, London Dog Week Vet, Stephanie Wenban, a photo call to action encouraging dog and owner to share their pics in self-isolation together, and exclusive content.
LDW Founder, Lois Mallett Walker says: ‘Whilst we are sad that this has to be postponed, we are really excited about the events we have lined up which is likely to be in the summer period. We think that our #Pawsitivity social campaign can really help raise people’s spirits in the meantime and cultivate a sense of togetherness whilst we are being asked to ‘socially distance’ ourselves."