Take part by sending in a picture of you in your best Pride outfit – accompanied by your Pride pooch 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

As Pride In London and various other huge Pride events have been cancelled all over the UK this month, Guide Dogs will be lifting the nation’s spirits by hosting Pride Dogs for Guide Dogs.

Pride Dogs is one of the many categories which make up the Great Guide Dogs Virtual Dog Show and is encouraging the LGBTQI community, as well as supporters, to take part by entering photos of themselves dressed in their best Pride outfit – accompanied by their dogs in their finest rainbow bandanas and accessories. 

Luke Orros, a 20-year-old guide dog owner, said: “It’s such a shame that Pride can’t take place this year so I was delighted to still be able to celebrate the day by getting involved in this Guide Dogs event. Pride is a great opportunity to bring different parts of the community together and Pride Dogs for Guide Dogs is an amazing way to help raise awareness within the LGBTQI community and our society as a whole. My guide dog Harley has enjoyed getting involved as you can see in the photos!” 

Celebrities and dog lovers across the country have been taking part and sending in photos to show their support, including Paul O’Grady and Arfur; Clare Balding with Archie and Anna Richardson and her dog Tia. 

Polly Shute, Guide Dogs Trustee said: It’s really important to me that charities reflect the diverse society we live in, so I am delighted that we are getting involved in Pride. We hope that the LGBTQI community and supporters will enjoy this event, knowing they’re also helping to raise essential funds to enable those living with sight loss to live the life they choose.”

The Great Guide Dogs Virtual Dog Show including the Pride Dogs for Guide Dogs category is open for entries now, via the Guide Dogs’ Facebook group . Participants can submit a photo or video into one of nine categories until 20 July, including a bloopers category for those moments when filming might not entirely go to plan!

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