Yesterday was a big day for Barney. He had been invited to his first ever launch party. And I’m wondering now if it may have also been his last.
My brother, Sam, works with a fab PR agency, who often send him off to all kinds of fun and unusual events. And last week he got an invitation to the launch event for the brand new Pet Teezer brush, from Tangle Teezer. The invitation was for him and his dog.
In the family, we have three dogs, but since we’ve all grown up and moved out, Barney came to live with me, obviously, and Sam and my other brother live in a first floor flat, with no room for pets. They both miss the dogs terribly and still very much consider all three dogs their own.
So, when Sam was invited by Pet Teezer, to their PR event, he called me and asked if Barney and I would accompany him.
Now, just to give you a bit of a background… Barney is a complex little dog. I know that all of my followers on Facebook and Instagram think he’s super cute and cuddly. And he is, at home. But he’s also very anxious and quirky. He’s been socialised since the day he was came to us, but he’s also sadly had a couple of bad experiences with other dogs which has left him a little nervous. So I was unsure about whether to take him, at first.
We briefly considered taking Mum’s huge eighteen month-old Labrador, but then decided we didn’t want every other dog in the place to get flattened by his exuberant, friendly manner.
And, knowing that Barney, whilst very vocal, isn’t in any way aggressive, and with the intention of a) taking him out and about more this year and b) featuring him more heavily on the blog after 97% of you said you’d like to see more of him, in a recent Instagram poll, we decided to go for it. The worst he would do was bark.
And bark he did. And bark. And bark. And bark.
The actual event was lovely. We arrived at a beautiful, terraced London townhouse and entered into a dog’s dream home. There were toys, treats, balls and dog beds scattered liberally around the three story home. And there was a very laid-back Cockapoo, who I recognised as Wilma from The Cotswolds Spaniels, snoozing on her back on the sofa.
The first thing we did was head over to the backdrop, where Sam and Barney had their photo taken. (I wasn’t brave enough yet and am now slapping myself on the wrist for it.) Barney was much more keen to explore, after his hour and a half car journey, than sit on a backdrop and be photographed, but, with the help of a tennis ball as bribery, we persuaded him in the end.
Then we ventured downstairs, where we were told there was food (for both humans and canines), a grooming parlour and lots more to see.
And that’s when the madness began.
Because downstairs was a gang of four Pugs and a French Bulldog. And they all desperately wanted to be Barney’s friend. But Barney wasn’t sold on the idea.
So, Barney thought the best way to deter the over enthusiastic welcoming committee would be to just bark, as loud as his lungs would allow, for as long as he possibly could.
The pugs, naturally, thought that was great fun and proceeded to try and make friends.
We definitely shattered the peace of what had been, before we arrived, a fun, playful, laid back launch party.
Everyone was so kind and sweet, though, trying to give Barney bits of food and cuddles to calm him down. But he just wasn’t having any of it. He turned his nose up at the food (until Sam tried bribing him with a bit of burger from the human canapes) and just shouted his head off any time another dog came near him.
One of the Pugs, an absolutely adorable bow-tie wearing chap, who I later learned was Becca Rose‘s Rupert, thought Barney’s game was great fun and amused himself by leaping on Barney every time he barked. You can imagine how that went down. Obviously Rupert was totally playing, but Barney reacted as if he had a giant monster Pug hunting him down.
After a while, he did settle enough for us to take some photographs, chat to the other dog owners and meet the Pet Teezer team.
But we stayed for a little while and then decided to quit whilst we were ahead, said our goodbyes and left everybody in peace.
Despite the raucous experience of our first press event, I think we did all have fun and if absolutely nothing else, Barney loved his goodie bag and I am very impressed with the new Pet Teezer product. As any long haired dog owner will know, finding the right brush to keep those matts at bay can be a bit of a difficult quest.
We had a little go with the detangling brush whilst he was snoozing on the sofa yesterday evening and we will definitely be keeping it handy for those post-walk grooms, when his coat is at it’s worse. Also, as you can see, Barney is very much enjoyed sampling the Barking Bakery‘s Iced Woofins.
I believe that the Pet Teezer actually launches on 29th January and will available exclusively to Pets at Home stores, so do go and check it out. If anyone reading has tried the Original Tangle Teezer, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the Pet Teezer, as it really is very similar and works in exactly the same way.
I’d like to thank the Pet Teezer team so much, for putting up with my gobby Spaniel, and everybody else too, for being so sweet to him. I think we may just stick to trying out all future product launches from the safety of our own living room for the foreseeable future, to save further embarrassment.