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Dogs invited to put best paw forward for festive fashion show

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Date: 22 Nov 2022


Dogs from all over Belfast are being invited to put their best paw forward for a festive fashion show to raise money for Guide Dogs NI.

Dogs from all over Belfast are being invited to put their best paw forward for a festive fashion show to raise money for Guide Dogs NI.

The Crufty Christmas Fashion Show is taking place on Sunday 11 December at 2 Royal Avenue, to celebrate the city centre hub becoming a dog-friendly venue.

If you think your faithful friend can ‘sleigh’ on the catwalk, now is the time to sign them up and they could win some amazing doggie treats and merchandise.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Michelle Kelly has chosen Guide Dogs NI as one of her official charities for her year in office.

Councillor Kelly said: “This is set to be a really fun, festive event and all for a good cause. We’re a city of dog-lovers and it’s great that 2 Royal Avenue is now a dog-friendly venue, following in the footsteps of St George’s Market.

“The work of Guide Dogs NI is just incredible; they provide critical support for people who are visually impaired and who rely on these wonderful dogs to help them navigate daily life. Anyone who has witnessed a working guide dog will know just how remarkable they are, and I hope that people will be able to support this fantastic charity, while having a bit of fun at the same time.”

Dog owners can register their stylish pooch for up to three categories:

  • Sleigh, Sleigh, Sleigh – Christmas Couture
  • Man’s Best Friend – dogs and their owner
  • Belfast Inspired – local people and local places

Categories will be judged by guest judges with the opportunity to win a range of doggie vouchers and merchandise. The competition is open to dogs of all breeds and all ages.

Broadcaster and TV personality Julian Simmons will be one of the guest judges at the event.

“I’m delighted to be on the judging panel for this fabulous event. I’m sure we’ll see a few divas on the day – on and off the catwalk!” said Julian.

“It really will be a lot of fun - and you don’t need a dog to be part of it. Come down, bring the family and join in the craic; it’s all for a really good cause too which makes it even more special.”

The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome. Donations to the charity can be made on the day.

To register your dog, email including your name and contact info, your dog’s name and breed, and the catwalk category you’re registering for.

For more information on the Crufty Christmas Fashion Show and other events taking place at 2 Royal Avenue in the run-up to Christmas, visit


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