For the love of dogs

What hidden talents does your dog possess? File photo.

The Western Bay's first ever ‘My Dog's Got Talent' competition will feature in the third annual Doggy Day Out this Saturday.

Hundreds of dogs – with families in tow – are expected to attend the popular event hosted by Western Bay of Plenty District Council at Katikati's Uretara Domain from 10am-2pm.

The day is pitched as a ‘tonne of fun' for humans and dogs, and will include best dressed competitions, dog paddling pools, market stalls, food trucks, dog groomers, agility displays and more.

Organiser Alison Curtis says the popular event is designed to give families a fun event that everyone – including their canine family members – can enjoy.

“A love of dogs really brings people together – that's what is so special about these events.

“The Doggy Day Outs have been incredibly popular in the last couple of years, and we hope to see many new and familiar faces this weekend.”

This year's event is a market day theme, so there will be plenty of market stalls with dog-related goodies as well as delicious food trucks and hot coffee.

Council will operate its full services so people can microchip or register their dog, or browse the number of dogs up for adoptions through the Adopt a Dog Programme.

“We'd also love to talk to anyone interested in becoming a dog fosterer for our adoption dogs while they wait for their new home.”

Alison says staff have enjoyed creating the special event – including the new feature: ‘My Dog's Got Talent'. Entrants can perform for up to five minutes with any talent they like – with prizes for first, second and third.

People can register their dog for the talent show by emailing Carolyn.berben@westernbay.govt.nz.

More information is on Council's website or the Doggy Day Out event on Facebook.



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