The Mr Puppy UK title is not a mark of status, and it is not an expression of who is a pup or who is a better pup. Especially, it is not a mark of anyone being in charge of anything. It is a recognition of a commitment to serve the community.
Some of the ways title holders serve their community in a meaningful and useful way include:
Supporting pup events and events with pup play spaces or which are welcoming to pups.
Supporting pup societies, clubs, and organisations.
Supporting the people who make and retail pup gear.
Welcoming and encouraging others, reaching out to new pups, and expanding community outreach.
Encouraging the spread of useful information, such as on safety during pup play, and encouraging safe and healthy pup play practices.
And even simply encouraging and supporting others within the community.
All of these things are important, because all of the different people and organisations within our community are important. All of us make up the community together. What Mr Puppy UK does is to spend his title year offering what he can in service to others, such that the community is the more vibrant, fun, and active for it.
The Mr Puppy Team is the team of volunteers that creates and executes the annual contest and administers the title election, and that supports and maintains the title throughout the year.
We do not control the title holder, nor do we determine how he will spend his title year. We trust him to do what is right, and to decide for himself where his efforts will best be directed, according to his own personality and priorities.
We also do not promote or hold him in any position of leadership or superiority. He is not in charge of the community. He is a pup. The difference we acknowledge is that he has made a commitment to serve the community, and we support him as much as we are able to in fulfilling this commitment.
What we do for him is give him support and encouragement, find and create opportunities for him to serve, and assist him with his work. We create liaisons with clubs, societies, and organisations so as to make his job easier and more effective, and we show up when we can to be on hand for him when he makes appearances.
We also lead by example where we can, by showing up ourselves to support pup events, pup clubs and societies, and patronise pup-friendly retailers and manufacturers. Each of us tries to be the kind of person we would wish for Mr Puppy UK to be: someone whose efforts and presence brings joy to others.
We believe that it is important to recognise and acknowledge efforts made for the community, and individuals whose contributions make our community a better place. We believe in encouraging others to step forward and offer themselves in the same way.
That is also our vision for the community.