Having three seaside towns close together as we do in the beautiful Isle of Thanet you’d expect there to be lots of events for visitors and locals to enjoy – and there are of course – events of all kinds, large and small, something for everyone. Today we thought we’d write about an event with a difference….
One of the smaller Thanet events that you might not hear about otherwise is The Thanet Pug a Thon. It’s a very fun and quirky day which fundraises for a great local charity, Guardian Angels Dog Rescue. The Pug a Thon is now in its third year and due to take place on 13th May 2017, at King George VI Park in Ramsgate – literally about a twenty minute stroll along the coast from Viking Bay in Broadstairs.
The Pug a Thon celebrates pug dogs and all the pugs from miles around will be there with their friends and owners! They make quite a sight – all these flat faced little doggies with their curly tails running around together – many will don fancy dress for the day and the best dressed gets a prize. Pugs as bumble bees, princesses, bears and fairies and of course pugs just as themselves, en masse. having fun together and eager to make new friends. If you and your family are into pugs or just generally like dogs and having a giggle you will have a really fun day out at the Pug a Thon. Check out the hashtag #thanetpugathon2017 and find the event on Facebook. Also see their Instagram account for lots of cute pug pics from previous years.
One of the sweetest social media posts from last year’s Pug a Thon is this pug’s-eye-view film made by Betty the pug, as she runs around greeting all the other pugs and a few humans too, with her Pug-Cam strapped to her back. Clever Betty, who knew a pug could make a movie – and we love her upbeat choice of soundtrack!
Expect craft stalls, a fun photo booth, face painting for kids, fancy dress, prizes, face in the hole photo fun, a raffle and food.
The park is right on the seafront between Ramsgate and Broadstairs and includes the Italianate Greenhouse with wonderful cafe and plenty of room for pugs and children to run around and play.
Organiser, Lucy, is so passionate about pugs and dogs generally, she really goes the extra mile to make the Pug a Thon an extra special day and the charitable element makes it much more than just a bit of fun.
Guardian Angels Dog Rescue find new homes for unwanted dogs across the Thanet area, that’s Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the surrounding villages. Their aim is to never to turn away a dog in need of help.
In 2016 they found loving new homes for 72 dogs which is amazing for such a small local charity. They are reliant on donations to help buy food, beds, bedding, toys. leads, collars and harnesses as well as kennel fees when needed and help to bring dogs over from Romania that are homeless as well as helping dogs in the UK. As well their team of volunteers provide foster care and get up to all sorts of fundraising activities, the Pugathon being just one. You can find out more about Guardian Angels Dog Rescue on their website.
So, if you are staying with us in May and fancy a day out with the pugs of Thanet – go along to the Pug a Thon and tell them Beeches Holiday Lets in Broadstairs told you about it! And don’t forget to drop a few coins in the collection buckets while you’re there. It’s for a very good cause.
Last but not least – if you go – tag us in your photos, we’d love to see them!
If you are a local event organiser and have an event you’d like us to write about in our blog – please get in touch – we are always keen to tell our guests and readers about what’s on in Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Margate and the surrounding areas.Tags: dog showdogseventfunpug-campugathonthanet pugathonwhats on