Podcast Episode 120: Planning Pet Friendly Events with Desh Valcin of Chase + Papi

In today’s episode, I’m talking to Desh Valcin who is the creator of The Miss Dog Mom Pageant. I remember reading about her 1st annual pageant in 2019, so it was really great to talk with Desh and get the scoop on her inspiration behind the event and how she sees it as a platform for women who are making a difference in the lives of dogs. Auditions for the virtual 2020 pageant are now open! At the end of this episode, Desh tells you how you can audition.

In addition to the pageant, Desh also has a dog friendly event planning company, she told me about some of the challenges around planning dog friendly events and why hosting off-leash events is a signature element of her company.

Desh also shared with me her experience as a black women in the pet industry and how pet parents can be allies for black business owners through small but significant gestures such as the everyday purchases they make for their dogs.

Animal Advocacy is the Real Star of the Miss Dog Mom Pageant

In 2015, Desh Valcin, found herself low on options to socialize her pets outside of the dog park. Like most pet owners, she felt guilty leaving her dogs at home while at work, and especially on the weekends at social gatherings that weren’t dog friendly. Realizing her furbabies deserve so much more, she had a vision for a service that would allow people to bring their dogs along to the kinds of events that typically wouldn’t include pets. Through her event company Chase + Papi, Desh creates unique pet-friendly events that merge innovative ideas and fun. The events are designed for pet parents who want to have a great time with other pet owners over refreshments, while their furry friends are socializing, exchanging borks and tail wags, and making their new best friends.

The company is aptly named after her two dogs, Chase the Shih Tzu and Papi the Chihuahua. Since establishing Chase & Papi in 2015, Desh is now a proud pack mama of 3 pups.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How Desh was inspired to create more events for dog owners
  • Why off-leash events are so enjoyable
  • How Desh came up with the idea for The Miss Dog Mom Pageant
  • The format of the pageant and how Desh it taking it online during the pandemic
  • The challenges of planning a pageant
  • Diversity in the dog industry
  • How to audition for this year’s Miss Dog Mom Pageant


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