Henry’s Silver Screen Performance

PetLondon was tasked with a very special assignment to find a cute and fluffy dog to perform in a celebrity studded role for Michael Giacchino’s 50th birthday concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington on Friday, 20th October. Henry the Poodle was chosen, as a cute and cuddly dog for a skit taken place during the evening’s performance.

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You will have definitely heard of Michael Giacchino’s work, but not in the conventional sense on the radio. You will hear his music filling living rooms and cinemas across the world. He is a world famous and multiple award winning composer of music for TV, film and video games.

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He composed the scores to the television series: Lost, Alias and Fringe, for video games series such as Call of Duty and many films such as: The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible III, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Jurassic World, & Star Wars Rogue One just to name a few.

The multi award-winning composer performed for one night only taking a rare glimpse  at the magic behind the magic with never-before-seen footage from his childhood and early career. During the evening the compositions were placed with film clips.

Henry the Poo-chon, was very excited with the whole event. He got to spend the day in London, sniffing out all the good spots in Kensington. His owner Nicola, was extremely proud and honoured ‘to be part of such a great production with such talented people… at arguably the most stunning and prestigious theatre in the world’.

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He was joined by this friends and colleagues, such as J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Stanton & Colin Trevorrow with Ludwig Wicki of the Cinematic Sinfonia sharing the conducting and the English Chamber Choir perform the eclectic program.

Henry had his own dressing room and enjoyed playing fetch in the dressing room until rehearsal time. Henry was treated just like all of the other stars that have walked the boards of the historic venue. How many people, yet alone a puppy can say that they’ve had that!

 

 

As part of a short comedy sketch in the show, Gonzo (from the Muppet’s fame), J.J. Abrams & Pete Docter conducted a short skit with Henry. Pete was pulling on a rope that was supposed to be attached to a big heavy cow behind the curtain. He then climbed the down the stairs at the side of the stage to get the animal to ‘Moo-ve’ and out came Henry instead. The crowd went wild for Henry with ‘ooohs’ and ‘awww’ from the audience.

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Henry was adored by all, with everyone commenting on how well he behaved. Nicola said ‘It was an amazing experience from start to finish. I’m a very proud dog mum! Pawliwood here we come.’

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Henry here with new best friend J.J. Abrams. Well Done our superstar! Let us know how it is being a celebrity!

 

The Fluffiest Café in the World

The Guinness Book of Records is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. For the launch of Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals Book, celebrating the world’s most fur-nomenal creatures and pets, PetLondon Models was involved with finding the fluffiest contenders for a fantastically fun furry pop up event and café called Amazing Animals: Fluffytorium. 

According to Guinness World Records, they did some research and found that only a third of pet owners in Britain would consider having a long-haired pet – put off by moulted hair. To counter this, the Fluffytorium set out to celebrate all things fluffy! PetLondon Models was tasked to find their fluffiest of feline and canine models.

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Taking place over several days, the Fluffytorium’s concept was to bring people together during half-term to cuddle and play with some of our fluffiest models in a spectacular fur-filled wonderland. Many people in the capital live in small apartments or rented accommodation where large fluffy animals are not a viable option. This pop up café gave people the opportunity to experience crazy amounts of fluffy.

The Fluffytorium took place at #2, Soho Square, London. The venue was magically transformed into a fantastically fluffy space with fur covering every single inch of the floors, walls and ceiling. The outside featured fur lined columns and grates, a green fluffy lawn with a human sized furry dog house place outside for passers by.

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Poodle Milan posing in The DogHouse

Groups of lucky people were able to book tickets to spend an hour in the Fluffytorium sipping freshly made milkshakes and petting the animal models.

The first day was a feline filled affair with a family of seven spectacular Maine Coons. These cats are well known for their long fluffy coats, bred to withstand the cold temperatures on the farms and ships bound for the Americas. The breed is also known for being incredibly communicative and sociable, the perfect group for the Fluffytorium. The family of seven as you can see from the photos were completely at home.

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They were supported by Hechi & Perla, who became the best of friends, chilling out with each other on the sofa. They had never met before and they thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.

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Persians Hechi and Perla meeting for the first time

The second day was the day for the dogs to shine. On the day itself, the four legged friends chosen by the client were a range from the teeny tiny to large. From smallest to largest our fluffy balls were: Bella, the Pomeranian, Henry, the Poochon, Milan, the poodle, Zog & Yogi, a pair of Chow Chows.

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Bella & Milan

 

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Yogi

As you can see all the models took this in their stride, enjoying all the extra attention and treats during the day. The response received by the press was outstanding, receiving coverage in major national newspapers and magazines. The Facebook video alone promoting the Fluffytorium from TimeOut London has to date received over 21,000 likes.

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Sweet Pomeranian Bella

The Fluffytorium was a pop up event for the launch of the Guinness Book of Records: Amazing Animals, which puts the spolight on the world’s craziest creatures, peculiar pets, wacky wildlife and cute critters.

We would like to congratulate the models and their owners. A lot of work went into the behind the scenes for this assignment and we couldn’t have done it without them!

Four Christmas Activities To Enjoy With Your Pet

Whether writing Christmas cards in front of the fire with jingle bells playing in the background, or a family member popping round for a cup of tea and a mince pie; the festive season is always a family and friends filled time of the year. Even with all the merriment, it’s important to remember that they are numerous pets friendly and focused activities to enjoy. Don’t forget they enjoy getting into the seasonal spirit just as much as we do!

 

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Crinkle Stocking 4-Piece Gift Set

Our pets are part of our family, and we want include them in as many of our holiday traditions as possible. In fact, a recent study by PR Newswire found that 96 percent of the people they surveyed would rather spend Christmas with their dogs than with their in-laws. So this guide aims to give you some ideas of how to bond with your pet and make the most of this special time of year.

#1: Christmas Jumper Shopping

Nothing screams ‘CHRISTMAS’ than festive jumpers and seeing people wearing them sure does brightens up everybody’s day. It’s commonplace to see them worn into work, but lest we forget our four legged companions need them too. Believe me, there isn’t anything cuter than your dog in a knitted jumper.

We are proud to announce that PetLondon has the most exhaustive list of pet Christmas jumpers in the UK; with a range to rival that of any high street shop. Most of the jumpers size from XS to XXL, and we have something for everyone. Pet’s need to keep warm too!

This years’ highlights include: a cute snowdog and snowman scenescape sweater, a santa claus red cable knit jumper or a LED light-up extravaganza.

 

 

The stylist apparel is sure to delight visiting family and friends, why not use your beloved dressed up pooch as the mascot for some Christmas carolling. Whether it be a dancing penguin jumper, or a holiday themed costume is bound to add extra sparkle and cheer with a special canine courier service for those local neighbourhood Christmas cards deliveries.

#2: Writing Christmas Cards

In recent years the fashion, just like our cousins over the water is to include a Christmas family photo as the front of tens of cards sent to distance relatives and friends across the globe. The classic ‘family’ look has to include a mantle piece with holly, a Christmas tree with your choice for decorating the top and of course matching outfits.

We have listened to our customers, and found a couple of adorable dress up costumes for your pooch. Our fun and fabulous 3D Santa and 3D Elf costume are perfect to get everybody involved into the holiday humour. By placing the front legs and securing the upper half of the costume, your pet transforms into a real life walking character, perfect for a photo or a video to place on an e-greetings message.

 

 

#3: Exercising & Entertainment

As the nights turn colder and darker and tasty treats tempt us at every corner, it comes as to no surprise sweatpants become the clothing of choice. To help yourself keep the pounds off, we suggest some playtime with your pet. The combined mental and physical stimulation will create fond memories as you see your pets’ delight, as you play together with our uniquely designed and festively themed toys.

For those who don’t feel guilty and want to snuggle on the sofa watching Elf, Home Alone or the Secret Life of Pets. Why not indulge your pet in some Stripy Christmas PJs, They are made from a warm and thick plush type material for the ultimate in warmth and comfort. The ribbed sleeves provide a cozy fit.

 

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Santa Stripy PJs

 

For this season, we have some incredible toys!

Bungee Ball Tug Toy – Santa & Elvin the Elf

 

It has been specifically designed to incorporate a range of toss, tug and fetch games. The head is a bumpy rubberised ball with high quality squeaker, with body being a super stretchy stuffing-less covered in a soft material for a unique shape.

Super Squeakers – Snowman & Elvin the Elf

 

 

These toys combines the best of stuffingless and squeaker toys. The toy body itself is a super durable thick plastic squeaker, with the added benefit of being robust. The cutest designs are very eye-catching either in a circle head show or a bone shaped themed designs

Holi-Yay Squeal Ball – Rita Reindeer & Simon Snowman

 

 

These large wacky textured play balls are made from tough rubber with a bumpy surfaced texture and covered in a high quality PLUSH material and a satisfying squeel. Available in two differing designs: Simon the Snowman with crinkly brim hat or Rita the Reindeer with heart shaped nose, soft red antlers and crinkly ears.

#4: Arts & Craft

Wish your pet a Merry Christmas with our festive and fun Christmas stocking. Handmade personalised gifts are always a lovely touch at this time of the year. Our bright red fleece style stocking with green stitching along the edges makes for an opportunity to  customise your stocking alongside the bones and paws decorations and stuff inside their favourite toys and treats. There are all sorts you can do, from customising a bed or blanket. Just make sure it’s dog safe first!

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#5 Bake your heart out

From our friends at Pretty Fluffy, have put together this amazing gingerbread biscuit for dogs using the finest ingredients. They can be bundled together as a gift, put on the Christmas tree or just given for being a good boy! They make about 20 medium gingerbread.

YOU’LL NEED

1 and 1/4 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Honey
3 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 Tablespoon finely chopped Fresh Ginger

2 Large Bowls
Mixing and measuring utensils
Rolling Pin
Gingerbread Cookie Cutter

TO MAKE

1. Get two large bowls. In one bowl combine the water, olive oil, molasses and honey. In the second bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, cloves and finely chopped ginger.
2. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until all are combined.
3. Divide the dough into two, wrap and refrigerate for minimum 3.5 hours.
4. Once chilled, remove dough from fridge and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness (less than a centimetre).
5. Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F).
6. Use your Gingerbread Cookie Cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place on baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

We hope this inspired you to bond with your dog this Christmas. Please let us know if you have any ideas of your own!