FROM the fluffy to the scruffy, the Eastern Shore’s best dogs (and the owners that love them) headed to Simmons Park on 2 October for the Clarence City Council’s annual Dog’s Day Out.
Treats and prizes were on offer for the best- dressed and best-behaved pups, while the crowd could watch the fur fly in the agility contests and the inaugural Dachshund Dash race.
Clarence Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said it was always a joy to deliver such a well-loved event.
“This family-friendly event is always a great day out for all, both human and canine, and I am thrilled that the event has now celebrated its 16th year,” he said.
“Last financial year Clarence had close to 10,000 dogs registered in the community, with figure expected to grow.
“This indicates we are a dog-loving city, and this event lets us celebrate the special place they hold in our community.”
The Dog’s Day Out coincided with a school holiday animation workshop with animator Beale Gurney, and the council’s annual Poochibald Art Prize dog ‘paw-traiture’ exhibition.
Now in its 10th year, the popular event is an opportunity for community members and artists to unleash their creativity and submit a painting, drawing, print or small sculpture of their own dog, a dog they know or even a famous dog.
This year, 113 artists entered works in the adult, kids and junior categories, with the youngest artist only six years old.
Mayor Chipman was delighted to see the quality and quantity of entries.
“The Poochibald is one of our most popular events in the calendar and appeals to young and old,” he said.
“We had a fantastic turnout this year in all categories. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the winners, and to all the entrants in this year’s prize.”