Dog play date group proves to be popular
MEETING new people when moving to a new town can be tough and finding people with similar interests can be even tougher.
So when Anna Thompson moved from Western Australia to Buderim late last year she decided to use a common interest to try to meet other people – a love of dogs.
The Buderim resident decided to set up a Facebook page, Dog Play Dates – Sunshine Coast, for people to organise social catch-ups with their four-legged friends.
“When I lived in Port Hedland, every afternoon at about 5.30 a group of us would meet up with our dogs and while they played we’d talk,” she said. “When I moved here I found it difficult to find a group like this, or even how to join a group like this, so I thought I’d create one myself.”
Since starting the page at the end of last month, more than 180 people have joined, with multiple play dates being set up.
“I was hoping I might get 20 or so people to join but I had no idea so many people would be interested,” she said. “It’s great to see so many people wanting to spend time out and about with their dogs.”
Ms Thompson said it had also become a great way for people to share good places around the Coast where dogs are allowed.
“Being new to the area I found I had to do a bit of research about where I could and couldn’t take (my dog) Atlas,” she said.
“So it’s great that people can join this page and see other people’s recommendations about good dog-allowing areas to explore with their furry friends.”
BARKING UP RIGHT TREE: Anna Thompson, pictured with her four-year-old border collie, Altas, moved to the Coast recently and started a Facebook group for people to meet for dog play dates.