13/09/2009 — 13/09/2009

Blackpool Pet-Tastic

Onion the miniature Bull terrier, costume by Rachael House

Sunday September 13th 2009, 2-5pm


Blackpool Promenade

beside North Pier, in front of the Metropole Hotel, Blackpool FY1 1RQ 


Once again Rachael House warmly invited you to make a costume, dress up your dog and bring it along to the canine art social event of the year- Blackpool Pet-Tastic, a fancy dress picnic for dogs.

Peckham, Norway, Bexhill-On-Sea, Lewisham, Blackpool. Of course, she saved the best until last. Blackpool. Sun, sea, fish and chips, The Tower, ballrooms, the Grundy Art Gallery, drag queens, rollercoasters and ghost trains. And now dogs dressed up.

Those that attendeded were able to dress a dog shaped biscuit with icing, decorate a dog mask, or get their face painted to more closely resemble the dog they always longed to be.

Following her triumphs in Peckham and Lewisham, Onion the miniature bull terrier was the face of Blackpool Pet-Tastic. In her saucy tattooed sailor outfit Onion was winking at the girls and flirting with the boys.

As well as admiring beautiful dogs, their owners, and Blackpool itself, we were thrilled to present Johnny and the Wags. John Carson and his band  performed dog songs from Iggy Pop’s I wanna be your dog to Donny Osmond’s Puppy Love. As if that wasn't enough excitement, artists WebsterGotts made a brand new dog related performance for the event.

The sun shone, the band played and people and dogs came to mingle , celebrate and form part of a vibrant community in the heart of Blackpool for three wonderful hours. 

Blackpool Pet-Tastic was commissioned by Blackpool Council's Arts Service and was  supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.