The National Pet Show – “Can We Have One, Mum?”

Pet puppy in a bowl

Last weekend we were lucky enough to win tickets to the National Pet Show at the NEC in Birmingham courtesy of Mumsnet, with accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. As it was my birthday weekend, we decided this would be a great birthday trip!

Struggling with mobility due to heart and back problems, I had to acknowledge that there was no way I could manage walking around a huge exhibition all day. I really didn’t want to spoil the weekend for everyone though, or pass up the great prize. Therefore, I decided to hire a wheelchair from the NEC. I rang to book in advance and found out there were no electric scooters left. So I had to hire a manual wheelchair and ask for a push! (From the Hubby, although the kids both had a turn too and found it quite hilarious!).

NEC Birmingham
NEC Birmingham

So I had wheels and was entirely at the mercy of the rest of my family. Scary! The exhibition hall was huge, but easy enough to find our way around thanks to a very comprehensive guide booklet. It was a very busy, very popular show.

My kids were absolutely in their element. There was the perfect mix of stalls and actual animals you could meet, talk to and pet. I was so relieved at this, as the boys would have been so bored if it was all pet food and flea treatments being pushed at us!

Rescue dogs from Manchester Dogs' Home
Rescue dogs from Manchester Dogs’ Home

We met so many lovely pet owners, and so many gorgeous pets. There were also some great rescue charities, and working dogs too. We really enjoyed the dog section, where we were introduced to lots of breeds we didn’t know about, as well as lots we know and love. Most were very friendly and able to be touched/stroked. Toby was all ready to take one home, so many times!

A shaggy dog story!
Jealous of all that hair!

We saw so many beautiful cats too, many of whom were multi-champions, and all were absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t touch quite as many of them, but some were friendly and bold enough to say “hello”.

There were several arenas with shows and presentations, but these were extremely popular and often too crowded for us to be able to see, which was a shame. Daddy is an impatient fellow and doesn’t like standing in big queues, so was reluctant to wait to get a seat for the big shows such as ‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick or Michaela Strachan. Never mind, we spotted Michaela at breakfast in the hotel anyway!

Not to be disappointed though, we caught some great talks in the smaller areas, and a fantastic display by Lucy Heath and Indie (‘Trip Hazard’ BGT 2016 Finalist) with a brilliant demonstration of training your dog to do heelwork to music. My kids have been trying to train our dog to do the tricks ever since!

Lucy and Indie from Trip Hazard act
Lucy and Trip Hazard

We also watched a Nerf demonstration which was so much fun! Yes, there are Nerf guns for dogs which fire tennis balls!

Ultimately, we actually purchased a Nerf stomping toy which the boys preferred (as they said it went further!

Nerf stomper dog pet toy
Nerf toy for Daphne

We met the cutest dog, Doug the Pug, who has written his own book. He also goes into schools to read with children. That was another pet which Toby wanted to bring home! He was also quite keen on some of the reptiles, which I stayed well away from, and I definitely drew the line at a giant millipede which Hugo had a little hold of!

Doug the Pug
Doug the Pug

I must admit I was as bad as the kids when it came to wanting to take home some pets.  We were all really smitten by the chickens from Fresh Start For Hens, and had some lovely cuddles from these gorgeous rescued creatures. I’m also a big softie when it comes to rabbits, and found myself saying yes when asked “can we get some, mum?” about these too. Hubby says no, of course. We travel a lot, and already have to get the cat and dog looked after. The addition of chickens and/or rabbits might just make it too much!

Fresh Start for Hens at National pet Show
Fresh Start for Hens
Cutest rabbit garden at National Pet Show
Cutest rabbit garden

In summary, we think the National Pet show is a great place to go if you are thinking about a pet and want to find out more, or if you are an animal lover and want more information. It’s great to meet other owners and their animals. We had a fantastic time, and would love to go again next year!

Tiny little ponies at National Pet Show
Tiny little ponies
A fun pet rat
A fun pet rat

(Sorry about the photos – it was very busy and hard to get a good shot!)

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33 Replies to “The National Pet Show – “Can We Have One, Mum?””

  1. […] Last weekend we visited the National Pet Show – our full report is here. […]

  2. Sounds like you had a great day! My boys are very keen for a dog. So far I am resisting but I’m not sure how long I can get away with it for;) Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes
    Lisa (Travel Loving Family) recently posted…Monday Escapes #47My Profile

    1. Oh dear – they will wear you down! Although I’m a bit of a soft touch as I love animals so much too!

  3. I used to LOVE the National Dog Show when I was a kid. I grew up with pure bred Golden Retrievers and we now have the best Golden ever. Dogs are such great family pets!


    1. Oh I love Golden Retrievers! You are very lucky.

  4. we have a bunny and he’s remarkably easy to care for. Even have him litter trained. Unfortunately the rest of the family wasn’t content with that so we have a new puppy. Lot of work #bestandworst

    1. We got a puppy last year, and I agree, lots of work. It soon settles down though. Good luck!

  5. This is weird as my daughter has JUST been making me look at rabbits online. She is 3 and wants one. Not yet love! Ah this does look like a lovely trip out for animal lovers but I bet you wanted to take them all home! I’m like Daddy – too impatient! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap recently posted…Best and Worst Week #74My Profile

  6. Looks like a fab day out! Like that there is a good mix of animals and stalls. He he, nerf gund for dogs, that is hilarious! I’ve not been to the NEC for years! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun!
    Karen : TwoTinyHands recently posted…Another Trip to the Park – With Muddy PuddlesMy Profile

    1. Thanks Karen, we were very impressed with the Nerf dog toys too!

  7. […] We won tickets to the National Pet Show, with hotel and spending money, courtesy of Mumsnet (which we reported on here). We also won tickets for the Northern Homebuilding and Renovating show. That exciting weekend […]

  8. I had no idea such an exhibition existed but it sounds fab for the kids and of course animals lovers. I have no doubt though that a lot of parents end up coming away with a new addition to the family lol. What a cool prize win and accommodation too! Glad you all had a good day. Thank you for sharing it with us at ##familyfun
    Tammymum recently posted…#FamilyFun…Week 11My Profile

  9. What a fab day! My two would have loved that 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. You’ll have to watch out for it next time!

  10. I would absolutely love to go there! I am a huge animal lover but unfortunately our landlord does not allow pets in our house were currently renting. Love the pics and looks like you all had a fab day out!! #KCACOLS X

    1. It’s such a shame so many landlords don’t allow pets, as they really do make a home. It’s nice to go and meet other people’s though x

  11. What a great event. I have a houseful of animals. 2 dogs, a lizard, a hamster, and 3 little boys! #sharetheblogginglove

    1. Sounds like a fun house to be in!

  12. What a great place to go! I had no idea that there was such a thing. It’s a great way for the kids to find out more about pets before you actually commit to having one! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    1. Me neither Sharon, but I’d definitely go again!

  13. This looks like such a fab day out, I would love to teach our old dog new tricks but you know what they say… Thanks for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures.
    RachelSwirl recently posted…#LivingArrows – Road ClosureMy Profile

    1. Haha don’t believe it Rachel – never too old! (Just look at me – I’m a really old dog!!) xx

  14. I’m surprised you were able to resist getting a pet! cheers from kidcandoodle. #KCACOLS

    1. Only just though!

  15. That sounds like a great day out – I’m impressed with your self control in not heading back with a new pet! Nerf guns for dogs sound like the most amazing thing – I bet your dog adores that stomper! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
    Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons recently posted…5 Happy Things #26My Profile

    1. It took a huge amount of self control Katy!!

  16. I’ve never been before, it looks a lovely day out. I would have been the same and wanted to bring all the pets home. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
    Laura – dear bear and beany recently posted…Review: Mr Tumble Lights and Sounds and Felt Set…My Profile

    1. Aw it was lovely – good job I didn’t have a bigger handbag – there might have been some furry creatures in there!

  17. I have never been to a pet show but it must be a great day out for an animal lover although I have to say I don’t really get showing. All that preening and perfection … I think I’ll stick to my lovely mongrel who wins a prize every day in my eyes! Thank you for linking up with #AnimalTales and Happy New Year!
    Rosie (@greenrosielife) recently posted…Think Green – My Resolutions for 2017My Profile

    1. You would have liked this one Rosie – no preening; more working dogs, vets and experts giving advice, and fun toys for pets to play with!

  18. PS – I meant to ask – do you dog and cat go with you when you go to France?
    Rosie (@greenrosielife) recently posted…Think Green – My Resolutions for 2017My Profile

    1. We take the dog but leave the cat – we feel it would be unsettling for her (she’s quite territorial!)

  19. […] year we won tickets to the National Pet Show, and the boys were so excited, but the only way I managed to get around was in a wheelchair. Sadly, […]

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