There was seemingly nowhere else Sydneysiders wanted to be on the 4th and 5thof August than at the Dog Lovers Show , with around 28,000 visitorsdescending on this massive Pooch-Festival to interact with over 100 breeds and600+ dogs whilst learning more about our best friends.
Attendance was up 27 percent on last year and Pooch fanatics of all ages weretreated to pawsome performances of canine agility, celebrity vet talks, over200 Exhibitors, Sydney’s most Insta-famous dogs, countless K9 cuddles and thespectacular high flying DockDogs.
Simba the Samoyed, Hendrix the Staffy and Nigella the Pug were justsome of the social media stars that sashayed down the red carpet in the newInsta-Pooch zone, taking their rightful place on plush velvet thrones andsnapping selfies with adoring fans. Favourite Aussie DJ, recording artist,record producer, dancer and mad dog lover Havana Brown made a specialappearance – helping with hosting duties and enjoying a meet and greet withfans.
Sunshine and spring-like weather saw the BlackHawk DockDogs splashzone permanently packed, with visitors cheering on Australia’s longest leapingpooches as they hurled themselves into 100,000 litres of water in a bid tobecome national champion.
The pawpular Royal Canin Arena returned and was bustling with a brand-newentertainment program that showcased the incredible talents of dozens ofpooches. Highlights included celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown presenting a“Meet the Breeds” showcase, Dr Katrina Warren and the Wonderdogspremiering a brand-new show – The Wonderdogs Go On Holiday and dog lover,champion for animal welfare and Neighbours star, Andrew Morley hosting theincredible Hero Dog Tribute show.
From barkless Basenjis and bright Border Collies to dapper Dachshunds anddevoted Dobermans, the Breed Showcase gave show visitors the opportunityto learn more about Australia’s most loved dog breeds.
The Pat-A-Pooch zone was again a crowd favourite, with visitors gettingthe chance to pat and learn about oodles of dogs in a bean bag filled area anddog owners offering insights on what it’s like living with their caninecompanion.
The KONG Celebrity Vet Stage played host to engaging presentations fromDr Chris Brown, who provided insights into how to help your dog livelonger and how to make the ultimate dog friendly backyard. Dr KatrinaWarren demonstrated how to make your Pooch a Wonderdog, while Dr LisaChimes shared the five most common dog health issues and how to avoid them.
The Rescue Dog Zone attracted more people than ever before and resulted inthe rehoming of many abandoned and homeless dogs who can now look forward toTLC-filled days in their forever homes.
A new attraction at the 2017 show, the Australian Hero Dog Tributeshowcased the incredible skills and abilities of our service dogs and thecontribution they make to improve the lives of thousands of people in ourcommunity every day.
Dozens of hero dogs were also at the event with their handlers in the Pat-A-Hero-Dog zone, giving visitors the opportunity to meet these incredibleanimals up close and personal.
Visitors got the chance to fire all their dog-related medical questions attrusted, reliable experts without the price tag at the Ask-A-Vet Zonepresented by Greencross.
There was something for young budding vets too, with the SASH ICU Vet forKids zone where children could speak to experienced vets to learn more aboutthe profession and even got the opportunity to safely “operate” on stuffed dogtoys.
Over 200 exhibitors showcased the latest and greatest services and stuffto reward your fur-kids including nutrition, engaging toys, tasty treats,fashionable accessories, training-aids, technology and healthcare.
Founder and CEO, Jason Humphris, said: “ Attendance to the Sydney DogLovers Show has more than doubled to 28,000 since the inaugural event in 2014attracted around 13,000 people. It’s testament to just how much our wonderfuldogs mean to us and how eager we are to learn more about them. No words couldever describe just how much joy they bring to our lives but the event strivesto encapsulate this unique bond we share with our four-legged best friends. Wecan’t wait to bring the festival to passionate dog lovers in Queensland this 4and 5 November for the inaugural Brisbane Dog Lovers Show.”
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