Pup­pies to paws for artis­tic ef­fort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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