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This week in dog news…

Posted at 4:16 pm, September 13, 2013 in Fun London
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It’s been an exciting week for the animals of London. Earlier this week we announced the location of London’s first cat café and now we have some good news for canine lovers, as we introduce London’s first dog bakery.

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For the next two weeks, 23 Frith Street will be home to Ciao Chow, a dog-friendly café that serves treats to humans and pooches alike. The pop-up pitstop is the brainchild of interior design duo Mark Watty and Piper Skillman, who have taken the bare bones of the retail unit and transformed it into a sleek and shiny hang-out for all. The café serves dog tea (nope, no idea) and natural treats fit for both human and pups, plus a range of accessories that include a matching collar and bracelet set (for dog and owner respectively).

This barking mad shop will also be hosting events, including Ciao Chow Dogs Dinner on Monday September 16. This five-course culinary adventure sees guest chef Gian Paolo Ilari pair canine creations with human dishes based on similar ingredients. Then there’s Drawings by Dogs on Thursday September 19 – an evening where dogs get to create art by eating from bowls that have oil pastels attached to the underside.

Also this week, dog charity PupAid held an event in Primrose Hill where a whole host of celebrities showed their soft side by cuddling a pooch or two. Stars including Elle Macpherson, David Gandy and Abbey Clancy turned up to show their support for the charity, which aims to raise awareness of the awful conditions involved in puppy farming. A cause worth pricking your ears up for, we’re sure you’ll agree. Here’s how it went down:

david gandy elle mcpherson mike and the machine

There are limited tickets available to Ciao Chow Dogs Dinner, but for your chance to attend with your dog, head to ciaochowcanine.com and fill in the form before 10am on Saturday September 14 and they will contact the lucky diners directly. If you want to show your support against puppy farming, you can sign the epetition here.

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