Puppies to paws for artistic effort
DOG owners and enthusiasts will party with their canine pets at the second annual Bark in Park on Sunday. The Paws and Claws-sponsored event at Hutchings Park on Oriole St welcomes dogs and their owners to get out for more than just a walk while calling attention to the kennel and some serious doggy issues in the area.
“It’s basically reminding people to do more with their pets,” Paws and Claws activities manager Bianca Maguire said. “It’s very hard to find things to do with your pets nowadays aside from walking them.”
The event will kick off with a 45-minute walk at 11am and continue with several short group walks around the park throughout the day to encourage doggy fitness. It will also include lighter activities like a paw painting competition and “Doggy Idol”.
“It’s just any talent that your dog might have,” Maguire said.
“Some dogs sing with their owners, some play soccer, some come dressed as superheroes.”
But all the fun at Bark in the Park isn’t just for its furry attendees. The event includes a barbecue, kids’ jumping castle, face painting and a book sale.
Ms Maguire said the event is also designed to provide local pet owners with information about pet safety, care and restrictions in the area.
Vet Victoria Dioszegi will be on site to answer questions. The big topic at last year’s event was microchipping pets.
With proceeds from the event going to the Port Douglas homeless animal shelter, Ms Maguire said it was important to bring attention to pet responsibility such as desexing.
“So many people come in and say they had no idea their pet was pregnant,” Maguire said.
“The main issue is not having their pets desexed. A dog or cat can have 12 puppies or kittens easily and it’s happening all the time.
“If you don’t work in the industry, you don’t see it as a problem. If you work in the industry, they’re putting down thousands of pets a year and that’s just pets that are brought in.”
Dog walk registration starts at 10am, with the walk departing at 11am and activities continuing until 2pm. The event costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. Dogs and children under five years old are free.
Pup painting: Bianca Maguire helps her puppy Pepper as he plants his yellow-painted paw down onto a blue canvas