The third and current Mr Puppy UK, who will hold the title until 31 December 2018, is Buumi.
Buumi is the third Mr Puppy UK, succeeding Piglet to the title, and he was elected on 2 December 2017 in Manchester at the election held at Kennel Klub, Club Collared, and Club Alert! Even before his title year officially began he was already out and about for the pups!
A major area of focus for Buumi's title year was international cooperation. To that end, he travelled to and represented the UK in a number of other countries. These efforts help to bring pups together from all over, and help to emphasise just how important it is to remember that we are one community.
Even before his title year officially began, Buumi already made plans to do a range of pup events! His first was the London Pup Munch, a social place to encourage pups to come and meet up in a friendly and open environment.
Buumi also made a point of visiting our friends up in Stoke-on-Trent for their regular Dog House pup event. They're a great place for pups in Staffordshire and the Midlands to meet up, and Buumi wanted to make sure that word got out that theirs is an event worth attending. He also wanted to make sure that pups across the country and in the various regions have options for places to go and meet other pups.
Buumi joined up with the newly-formed team dedicated to launching the UK's first title for female pups and handlers, Ms Puppy UK! Together with his predecessors Zentai Spot and Piglet, he judged the contest, and they elected Pepper as the country's first Ms Puppy title holder. Buumi and Pepper, as Mr Puppy and Ms Puppy, will be working together closely over the year to reach out to even more pups, and to help expand opportunities for pups across the country.
Buumi continued the UK's history of support of the Mr Puppy Europe contest by joining the fourth edition, and leading the British delegation alongside his pack-mate from the Pack of 2017, Nox Arcanine. They were supported by the Mr Puppy Team, as well as a strong team of British pups who helped out and provided invaluable assistance and encouragement over the contest weekend. Both Buumi and Nox Arcanine did very well, and Buumi earned himself Second Runner-Up placement in the final results! Once again, British pups made their mark at Leatherpride Belgium, and helped ensure that the UK was included and represented well to our friends from all over the continent.
Together with representatives of the Mr Puppy Team and Puppy Pride, Buumi joined the Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 to discuss pup play! Their broadcast aimed to help with a general understanding of pups and pup play, and to introduce to a wider audience some of the common elements of pup play and gear. Emma even had a chance to ask about pup tails!
2018 happens to be the Year of the Dog (pup!) in the Chinese lunar calendar, so Buumi and the Mr Puppy Team joined the pups of Pup Out London for a puppy-themed Chinese New Year celebration! Featuring lunar new year treats and special themed prizes for the "Year of the Pup", the pups even went for walkies through Chinatown to take pictures and celebrate the lunar new year in style. The year of the dog comes once every twelve years, so the pups decided to go all out to make it festive and joyous. Gong xi fa cai!
This year, for the third year running, the Prowler European Porn Awards – the highest-level awards ceremony of its kind in Europe – invited pups along to add some playful puppy fun to the evening! Buumi led the Puppy Prowler Rangers, alongside Piglet and Spot, on stage with Mr Pam and Chi Chi LaRue, during the awards. Not only did they look great on stage, but also – the pups made sure the actors behaved themselves! You can probably guess that Buumi was the Red Prowler Ranger...
Buumi's travels took him to two more local Pride celebrations in Stoke-on-Trent and Bournemouth. This was particularly important as the Pride committee in the latter wasn't convinced that pups deserve a place in the Pride festivals. Together with the local pup scene, Buumi made sure that not only were pups made welcome, but also that we were visibly seen out there, having fun, and being puppies! Outreach is an important part of a title holder's calling, and making sure that pups feel included and welcomed in Pride festivals is crucial.
Joining up with the first two Mr Puppy Italy pups, Buumi represented the UK for the first time at Milan Pride! A quarter of a million people made this one a festival to remember, and Buumi and his counterparts in Italy made sure that pups were visible and welcome.
Basking in the heat of a glorious summer, Buumi led a large group of pups in the Pride in London Parade once again. London's Pride festivities have been very popular with pups for years, and every year, more and more pups join. The parade was followed by a special after-party just for pups, held by Puppy Pride.
No title year would be complete without Recon's Fetish Week London! This year, Fetish Week offered a whole night just for the pups, their popular Unleashed which Buumi was invited to host, and where we launched the Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy UK 2019 Contest. Held at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, it was a great success, bringing a room full of pups from all over to enjoy a fun night out together!
This year, for the first time ever, Buumi headed across the pond to represent the UK officially at the Toronto-based Pan-American Canine Konvention (PACK) Weekend! The pup scenes in London and Toronto, though separated by thousands of miles, have been working together since 2015, and we're excited that this year we could send a representative – in Buumi's own words, it was "amazing!" Go Commonwealth!
Going Dutch, Buumi ventured over to the Netherlands for Amsterdam Canal Pride! The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have been working closely together for years, and Mr Puppy UK and Mr Puppy Netherlands – the first two national Mr Puppy titles – have enjoyed close cooperation and friendship since the very beginning.
Folsom Europe is Europe's largest kink and fetish festival, held in the notoriously free-wheeling city of Berlin. In the tradition of the original leather pride celebrations in San Francisco, Folsom Europe attracts tens of thousands from all over the world – including a growing pup contingent! Buumi was there to bring a sense of British puppy fun to the laissez-faire festival, and to help make Folsom's pup events this year bigger than ever before.
Continuing a tradition established by each of his predecessors, Buumi joined the contest to elect his successor at the Wruff Stuff Mr Puppy UK 2019 Contest in Manchester. Sitting on the panel of judges, he took it upon himself to evaluate the contestants based on his experience being Mr Puppy UK. He also continued the very important tradition of ensuring that whoever succeeds him does so in an environment of support and friendship!
In his final months as Mr Puppy UK, Buumi will be traveling to the United States to represent the UK – for the first time ever! – at the Los Angeles LA Pup Contest in California! At the heart of Los Angeles Puppy Pride you will find the main event, the LA Pup Contest will put human pup contestant's mind, heart, and soul to the test as they show how "pup" they are in front of an audience and a panel of judges for a chance to take on the responsibility as a community figure and representing LA in competing for an international title. Buumi will be there representing us, showing them how much we love our pup friends from across the pond!
Buumi will ceremonially pass his title on to Trumpet at a handover ceremony in January 2019. This is a neat way to bring people together, enjoy a fun afternoon, and mark the beginning of Trumpet's title year in style!