Pooches of all shapes and sizes donned superhero costumes and brought their special powers of cuteness to Commonwealth Park yesterday (14 October) as they took over the last day of Floriade with an enthusiasm of epic proportions.
From Chihuahuas and Poodles to Irish Wolfhounds and Saint Bernards, no dog was too big or too small to make their mark on Sunday’s Dogs’ Day Out event or to enjoy the full-day of ‘pawsome’ activities.
Accompanied by their owners (or was that slaves?), the dogs took on roles such as Spiderman, Batman and Wonder Woman with great gusto.
A record number of 73 dogs and their humans entered the Best Dressed Dog competition, in which both the pooches and their owners were encouraged to dress up in their best superhero attire and strut their stuff on Stage 88.
Several heats were run before 24 finalists were chosen and asked to parade around the stage in an anti-clockwise decoration – wowing the crowds with their antics at the same time. Check out the action in the short RiotACT video below.
They came, they saw, they conquered. It was Dogs’ Day Out at Floriade on Sunday and the excitement among the pooches was palpable. From Chihuahuas and Poodles to Irish Wolfhounds and Saint Bernards, a wide variety of dogs had the chance to strut their stuff and show off their super powers. In the end, it was a black Labrador dressed as an Imperial Walker who took out the best-dressed superhero competition, followed by Spiderman (a Red Setter) and Robin (a Labrador). Check out the action followed by some doggie dancing in this video, which comes with a cuteness warning.
Posted by The RiotACT on Sunday, 14 October 2018
In the end, it seems that the judges might have gone over to the dark side in their choice of an Imperial Walker as the winner.
Chompy, a black Labrador from O’Connor took out the top honours and it was perhaps quite fitting that he was dressed as a four-legged transport and combat vehicle, even if he was associated with the Imperial Ground Forces.
Or perhaps it was because Chompy was accompanied by his owner, Linda Norris, who was cleverly-dressed as a Jedi Knight and no doubt exerted a good influence.
Second prize in the competition, went to a lively Red Setter named ‘Basil’ doing his best Spiderman impersonation and accompanied by a dashing Captain America acted out by Michael Wilson of Ngunnawal.
Third place went to another mix of good and evil superpowers, with a Labrador named ‘Barkley’ dressed as Robin and clearly in charge of his owner, Amanda Martin of Scullin who was dressed as a robber.
The full day of activities yesterday (October 14) included breed group photos, a creative grooming showcase, tips on dog poo recycling, a pooch cafe and bar, 26 doggie retailers, and six dog demonstrations including a fun ‘Dancing with Dogs’ demonstration.
Some of the million flowers may have started drooping but they provided the perfect backdrop for the colourful pooches – many of whom appeared to be having the time of their lives.
Below are a range of photos from the event taken by Glynis Quinlan, including details about the dogs and their owners.