Make sure all the family are involved in Southend's Jubilee celebrations – even the four legged members!
30th May 2012
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The Queen's father King George VI was the first Royal to welcome Dookie, the first corgi into the House of Windsor in 1933. Her Majesty was given her own corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday, and her love affair with the breed began.


The Queen now owns three Corgis: Monty, Willow and Holly, all descended from Susan together with three Dorgis: Cider, Candy and Vulcan, decendents of a union between the Royal Corgi's with the Royal Daschunds, much loved companions of the late Queen Mother.


It seems now that Jubilee fever has boosted demand for these patriotic pups as the Kennel Club reports that the popularity of Pembroke Welsh corgis rose by a third this year. Originally bred as cattle dogs, corgi's do have something of a reputation of being a little bit bad tempered and prone to nipping, and over the years tales have emerged suggesting footmen have found themselves fending off the little pooches, and footman Paul Burrell (later to famously become butler to Princess Diana) found himself unconscious at the foot of the steps having tried, and failed, to hold back several of the over excited pooches at ‘walkies time’. In truth, although a lively breed, they are also affectionate, highly intelligent and fiercely loyal - treat them with love and affection and they will readily give it back.


Now your pet pooch may not have any royal credentials, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on the Jubilee celebrations. Vanity Fur, the exclusive pet bakery, cafe, boutique and spa, is holding its very own Street Pawty, where your pups can have fun and raise lots of money for local animal charities.  Look forward to games such as 'dunking for hot dogs,' pass the 'pawcel,' and 'musical sits.' Scrummy K9 cakes for the pooches and a Bark-B-Q for the owners. There will be a fancy dress party so polish up those tiaras and deck the dogs in red white and blue!


So go walkies to possibly the only pooch pawty in the UK at 1 Stable Mews, Broadway, Leigh on Sea on the 2nd June from 1200 until 1500. Entry is free and all proceeds will go to local animal welfare charities.

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