11 October 2019

The pawfect way to end Floriade 2019

| Ian Bushnell
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Dogs' Day Out

Dogs’ Day Out 2018 was all about Superheroes. This year the theme is Globe Trotting. Photos: Supplied.

Floriade wraps up this Sunday and every pooch in town is getting excited because they know it’s their day to enjoy the blooms and dress up for the occasion.

Last year they got to be their favourite superhero, so in line with this year’s World in Bloom theme, the doggie motif is Globe Trotting. Dogs and owners are encouraged to dress up in their breed’s national costumes, or mix ‘n’ match if they’re designer dogs or bitzers.

Join the Fashions on the Field contest at Stage 88 to be in the running for a prize for the best-dressed pooch.

Floriade executive producer Vickii Cotter says Dogs’ Day Out is one of her favourite days at the annual spring festival in Commonwealth Park.

“It’s a nice way to end the event to be able to welcome the dogs and their owners on site,” she says.

The day will have a range of events and talks, with official charity partner RSPCA on hand at the Vista Village stage with training tips, responsible pet handling and a Kids and Kritters session.


Dashing couple enjoying the blooms.

The new feature this year is the Pooch Parlour in the Parlour, where Devine Canine will be offering massages, nail and paw pad treatments, nail and, believe it or not, blueberry facemasks. While you wait, order a puppycino and doggie biscuit to complete the pampering.

Back again is the Look a Like contest at Stage 88 – just how similar are you and your dog? At the Terrace, The Fast and the Furriest returns for Dachshunds races hosted by Australian Dachshund Rescue.

Also at the Terrace will be flyball and agility demonstrations, as well as Dancing with Dogs, including a 45-minute lesson to teach your clever canine some basic tricks.

If the day is proving a little too much for some, then Dog in the Tipi will help your over-excited charge unwind and de-stress.

Breed group photos will take place at half-hour intervals throughout the day.

Ms Cotter called on patrons to support the RSPCA to help it continue its good work.

Floriade’s Dogs’ Day Out opens its gates to pets and their owners on Sunday, 13 October 2019 from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

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