Dog play date group proves to be pop­u­lar

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

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.”

Photo: Patrick Woods

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.

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