I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Dog lovers take note. In a world first, there will be a huge show just for you at the Royal Exhibition Building from Friday May 3 to Sunday May 5. That means anyone who's looking to get a pet dog, already has one, or just loves dogs in general.
The Dog Lover's Show will be both fun and educational, with over 100 exhibitors ready to showcase the latest dog products and services. A full list of companies and organisations who will be at the show can be viewed here.
There will also be interactive events, like the Puppy School, which will teach kids about owning a dog (including their exercise, training and dietary needs) in order to get them ready to bring a new puppy home. The sessions will run in purpose-built classrooms for groups of four to eight kids, with each lasting ten minutes. Attendance is free, but you should make a booking at the Registration Desk so your kids don't miss out.
At the Breed Showcase, visitors will be able to see a variety of dog breeds. There will be reputable breeders on hand to answer questions and help anyone looking to get a dog make an informed selection. Kids can then choose to get their face painted like one of the breeds at the Doggy Face Painting Zone.
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Running in the lead-up to the event will be the Dog Art Portrait Competition (otherwise known as the 'Archie Bark' Prize), with primary school students encouraged to paint or draw a portrait of a dog. The winning submissions from each school will be displayed during the show on the Gallery Level, and the overall winner will be presented with their prize in the Main Arena on Sunday .
Throughout the event, the Main Arena will be showcasing the impressive abilities of dogs. One stand-out show is Dr Katrina and the Wonderdogs, who will perform twice daily. Their tricks include counting and spelling, riding a skateboard, putting rubbish in a bin, playing quoits, jumping through hoops, dancing and even driving a car.
There will also be a chance to see and learn about Australia's detection dogs, including Migaloo, the world's first bio archaeology detection dog. Migaloo detects old human remains and is responsible for finding the world's oldest human remains (at 600 years old).
At the Educational Seminar Theatre, free sessions lasting around 15 to 30 minutes will focus on topics like choosing the right dog for you, caring for an elderly dog, bringing a baby into a home with a dog, basic pet first aid, and more.
At the Rescue Dog Adoption Zone, you can learn about the dog adoption options in Victoria, familiarising yourself with the re-homing process and viewing the dogs that are currently available for adoption. You can fill out an application form.
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Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day Dog Lover's Show. Entry to the event costs $20.00 for adults, $13.00 for pensioners and $8.00 for kids. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your dog with you to the Dog Lover's Show.