[First filed: November 16, 2008 @ 15:31]
George (the kelpie of few accomplishments), has been, if not good, then at least not particularly bad lately.
So we took him to Lake Ginninderra this morning to check out the fuss of the “Dog’s Day Out”.
From the start we were immensely impressed by the organisation at a free event. Parking marshalls directed us to a free space a very short walk from the park.
The parks around Lake Ginninderra have always, for mine, been some of the most beautiful in Canberra. On a clear, cool day the shaded grounds were filled with happy dogs and their owners.
Dog related events occured at regular intervals; Flyball, obedience displays, dog and owner races, etc. To dog owners, and dogs for that matter, these things are extremely entertaining.
Some of the flyball dogs appeared to struggle when surrounded by such a large, barking, audience but it all came together in the end. George particularly enjoyed taking his place in the kelpie gallery at the turn, which took a keen interest in proceedings.
On the shore a gaggle of water inclined dogs chased balls and sticks far out into the lake.
George attempted the RSPCA’s obstacle course and predictably failed miserably. He only performs for treats when there’s absolutely no other way to get them and the RSPCA ladies were a soft touch. Even worse the “prize” for finishing the course (having failed all but one obstacle) was the chance to root around in a garbage bin for a hidden treat. (Not a behaviour we normally like to see encouraged).
There were occasional spats of doggy bad humour, but they were few and far between. We only observed one case of a dog owner failing to clean up after their dog.
The Doggachino was a big hit with George (not normally food motivated). The Rotoract sausage sizzle similarly hit the spot with me, and the fairy floss stand did a roaring trade.
It was a really well run event which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Slideshow below, with lots of pictures of dogs, if you’re into that sort of thing.