On Sunday I was privileged enough to attend the unusual event that is SciFido, a dog show revolving around science fiction themed fancy dress (in other words cosplaying canines).
Yes, this genuinely is a real thing! I couldn't believe it either.
I arrived at the Ritzy Picturehouse Cinema in Brixton, London on Sunday afternoon to find the exterior of the venue coated in balloons. Amidst the many SciFi London balloons was a small stage where the dogs would later be posing for the audience and professional dog photographer Ian Morrison.
I met up with my press friends and we begun work interviewing the event organisers. While we were doing so, one by one dog owners and their furry friends began to arrive. None of them were in costume yet though as they were keeping the suspense.
Just as I began to settle in, thinking the event wouldn't be as scarily strange as I'd thought... I spotted Princess Leia walking towards me with Darth Vader and Yoda on leads.
|Princess Leia (Emma) with her Star Wars dogs|
As I approached dog owner Emma who had come dressed as the popular Star Wars Princess I couldn't quite believe her tiny puppy Minnie was bright green!
Emma described how she had dyed Minnie's fur with a special dog hair dye but had to apply two coats to get the perfect Yoda green. She also explained that her other dog Doodles (dressed as Darth Vader) was wearing a Build-A-Bear outfit that she had modified.
I couldn't believe my eyes. More and more madly dressed dogs were arriving at the venue dressed as a variety of characters from science fictions such as: Star Trek, Alien, Star Wars and more. Even a cat attended the event cosplaying as a ghost-buster.
Presenter and entertainer Bunny Galore was the hostess of the event and interviewed each pet owner while the furry beasts strutted their stuff on stage.
|Host Bunny Galore on stage|
It was truly bizarre but also wonderfully fun as passersby stopped to marvel at the quirky dog show.
When the time came to reveal the results there was an air of excitement as members of the crowd tried to predict the winners. Ms Galore made the announcement and there were three winning entrants.
The winning entrants were Doodles and Minnie as Darth Vader and Yoda from Star Wars, Bo as Ripley from Alien and Missy as the USS Enterprise 1701 from Star Trek.
|And the winners are...|
Overall, it was a crazy day full of lots of entertainment. As mad as cosplay dogs may seem, I can't deny it was good fun!