Here at PetLondon Models there is never a dull moment and it is not just all about photoshoots and feature films. We are also often asked to help with special events, parties and promotions. Some of these require a lot of behind the scenes planning and its always a delight to work on these exciting projects.
Petlondon Models was commissioned to create a unique event which was to consist of Food, Drinks, atmosphere and a crowd of canines, to celebrate the launch of a new DVD of one of America’s top adult cartoons; The Family Guy. Family Guy is created by Seth MacFarlane for Fox Broadcasting company. The series centres on the Griffins, a family consisting of 5 members and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian. The mission was that this event, would be black tie, catered for dogs… and in honor of Brian, one of the main characters of the show.
London’s first ever fine dining and cocktail bar for dogs was launched in celebration of Family Guy ‘s pet dog Brian. Season 11 is released on DVD on 7th November.
With tight numbers for the guest list, we gathered together some special canine fans of the show, who varied in shapes and sizes but were all well socialised and great at being around other animals. The selected few were in for a promising evening of treats galore.
One of the main stars of the evening was to be a Look-a-like for the main character of the show-Brian. After PetLondon Models pulling many options for Disney to review, the final choice was made to use Lobo. Lobo is a Northern Inuit Dog who resides in Devon. He can sit, lie down,roll over, do a hight 5, 2 high 5’s, gives his paw and even give his paw in Spanish.
Now that the guest list and star dog were chosen we had to set to work on some serious party planning. The requests for the evening included; luxurious dog bowls and cushions for all the animals, all in the brand colours of course. A canine mixologist, black tie serving staff, a 3 course menu, treats to take home and a spokesperson to announce the highlights!
For the entire evening the event was going to take over a pub in Islington. The guests were to have drinks, eat 5* specially prepared food and to mingle. Film crews and photographers were capturing the whole event on camera.
After arriving early to set up the room with all the props that included colour co-ordinated table clothes and paw print balloons, the preparing of the special food was done on site.
The delicious offering for the dogs was a 3 course meal served off silver platters. To start with was a Bow Wow Chopped Liver Bone Parfait. For the mains a choice of Paw Licking Chicken or Rovers Risotto & Meatballs. To finish some Pawtisserie selections!
There were empty plates all round and the starter especially lasted just a few seconds on most of the guests plates before it had vanished from sight .
Most guests preferred to sit at tables on chairs and ate in groups of 2-4 on a table. Anyone who could not manage to finish all their foods would most likely find a friend to their right who was happy to assist.
Drinks were also well planned out for the guests. The special canine mixologist had prepared some “Dogtails” that included Hair of the Dog, Salty Dog and Mutt-ini’s. All used dog friendly ingredients such as mango and coconut and were served with a Rawhide Swizzler stick.
The Salty Dog was a firm favourite with many dogs reaching their third glass during the evening. Drinking straight from the cocktail glass did not phase anyone and they were probably wondering why their mealtimes could not always be such a civilised affair.
Lobo enjoying the evenings delights
Lobo was the star of the show but took everything in his stride and remained calm an relaxed, unfazed by all the attention. As the largest dog at the event he stood out and enjoyed the events unfolding.
The evening was an outstanding success. The guests all had the time of their lives and to end off the night there was a specially prepared dog cake that featured Brian and the Family Guy logo.
Many images from the evening appeared in the national press and were enjoyed by all those who saw them.