Celebrate Floriade & Christmas with your beloved pooch
Do you love to go everywhere with your dog? They really do become a part of the family, so when you go out for the day it always makes their tail wag if they can go too. Canberra is a very dog-friendly city, with cafes happy to have dogs in their outside seating areas and dog parks located all around the city. As well as spending the weekend in the company of your dog, there are also special doggie events to go to together, to have some fun and meet other pooches and owners - who love their dogs just as much as you do. See below for 5 annual events for dogs around the Capital - guaranteed to put a smile on your dogs face...
1/ The Million Paws Walk is an event that is held all over the country, to raise money for the RSPCA. Here in Canberra, it is a huge event, with thousands of people and their dogs hitting the pavements around Lake Burley Griffin, to raise money for the RSPCA in Weston Creek. The dogs love meeting other dogs and for spectators, it is a colourful parade of every breed and colour of dog imaginable! Owners also get in on the fun and dress up in dog costumes, with prizes to be won for best dressed. See here for details of the next event.
The RSPCA Million Paws Walk (photo from 2018). Image: RSPCA ACT Facebook
2/ A Pooch Affair is another annual event for dog-lovers, that is held at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra). This much-anticipated event has a Doggie Mall, breed play areas, stage shows, entertainment, obstacle course challenges, a Pet Pamper station, Doggie Diner and even a High Tea with Dogs. This event is loved by both owners and dogs alike, as it is a fun way for dogs to socialise with each other and the humans get to chat to other owners as well. See here for details and where to get on the mailing list for the next event.
A Pooch Affair - celebrating its 5th year in 2019. Image: Original photos from A Pooch Affair Facebook
3/ Dogs Day Out is held on the last day of the Floriade flower festival each year. As dogs aren't permitted into the grounds for the rest of the festival, due to the delicate nature of the tulips, they have their own special day on the last day. Dogs Day Out is a popular day for dog owners, but also for all dog lovers as they get to admire the cute attendees on the day! Dogs and owners will enjoy the stage shows, market stalls selling dog products, photo booths, dog yoga, the Pooch Café and the range of colours and smells throughout the festival. Dogs are to remain on a lead at all times. See here for details and also see the Floriade Facebook for updates for this year.
* If you wish to visit the spectacular Tulip Top Gardens in Sutton, which is held at the same time as Floriade, they welcome dogs for the entire month they are open - just have your pooch on a lead and bring doggie bags to clean up. See here for details.
Enjoy the colourful spectacular that is Floriade, on Dogs Day Out. Image: Floriade Facebook
4/ 12 Barks of Christmas is an event organised by the RSPCA ACT, with a day of Christmas carols and festivities for owners and their dogs. Each year there are carols, markets, food stalls, activities for dogs, a photo booth and much more! Watch clever pups perform on stage and also buy your own dog a Christmas gift from the RSPCA stalls. There is an entry fee to get in, with all money going to the RSPCA. See here for details.
5/ Christmas Dog Day is held at the Murrumbateman Winery each year, hosted by their dogs Mollie and Tannin. These two beautiful dogs were rescue dogs and want to give back at Christmas time, with all guests encouraged to bring a dog toy(s) to donate to the RSCPA ACT. Each year, Mollie and Tannin hope to be able to give every dog and puppy at the RSPCA ACT a gift on Christmas Day. In addition, sales of their wines proudly support the RSPCA ACT and pupcakes will be available for purchase, will all proceeds donated. See here for details.
The Canberra dog-owning community is a large one, and all of them are doing their bit to support the local RSPCA and love their dogs, the way they deserve to be loved. How can you not love them, when they look this cute?
Ensure every dog at the RSPCA gets a toy this Christmas, at Christmas Dog Day. Image: Murrumbateman Winery Facebook