Organisers predict 31,000 dogs in Edinburgh, Cumbria and Tunbridge Wells will watch tomorrow’s #Dogs4Dogs relay
Heather Mallick: Conspiracy nuts are going to the dogs. Beagles, to be precise
Organisers of the #Dogs4Dogs relay, which will see more than 31,000 dogs across Scotland, Cumbria and Kent taking part in a relay walk through the five counties, have been accused of “puppy love” by one of the organisers of the protest group Puppy Love UK.
However, Heather Mallick, whose company Eukenspot will run the relay event from Brixham in Devon to Northampton, maintained the event will be a “love feast for dogs and lovers of dogs”.
“I couldn’t agree more,” she said. “This was an amazing idea that any dog owner would be proud to be a part of. When dog charities came out in support of our dogs, it was wonderful.
“But I will be disappointed if this isn’t a love feast for dogs and lovers of dogs, and there will be plenty of people out there who think that Puppy Love UK are some kind of animal rights extremists.”
The #Dogs4Dogs relay has its origins in a song by music and comedy group Pets to Nowhere, which imagined what would happen if puppies tried to reach the world after being “saved” from abuse.
Among the bizarre things on Mallick’s wishlist is a cat simulator named Dolphin Joy.
“We’ve been inundated with requests for all kinds of real-life life plays and videos,” she said. “The tasks we’ve set for the dogs are based on adult games.”
One task that will require dogs to keep losing is to follow the directions of an artificially intelligent fish in a virtual aquarium that is programmed to run out of oil.
Mallick said they expected to make “a killing” out of dogs which are attending #Dogs4Dogs.
“They’re going to the dogs. I think a lot of what we are doing is in the interests of dogs and they’re not going to the Dogs Trust. But Puppy Love UK’s supporters are putting a lot of energy into selling this event and we want to do our best for them,” she said.
The exact course of the route, which will stretch 170 miles, or 280km, was finalised by Mallick on Tuesday.
“We can’t give up now and it has taken so long for us to get a tentative route. But we wanted to come up with something with a holiday in mind,” she said.
“We started looking for the ideal route that would take the most dogs to the west coast of England. We took it from north to south and started looking at horse and bike riding routes, and then we discovered that most of the major castles and country walking paths in Scotland were linked to dogs.”