By Event Management International, 21 August, 2015

Over 20,000 canine enthusiasts packed-out the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries last weekend in Moore Park to celebrate our Best Friends at the second Sydney Dog Lovers Show.


Building on its 2014 launch, the world class, multi-award winning event showcased the unconditional love that Australians share for their pooches and featured over 500 dogs, more than 200 exhibitors and Australia’s leading canine experts, celebrity vets and performers who entertained and wowed crowds across two huge days. It’s now one of the largest events in the world dedicated to dogs.


The Rose-Hip Vital Arena was extremely popular featuring high energy performances from Dr Katrina Warren and The Wonderdogs as well as K9 Frisbee, Flyball drag racing and Flygility with insights into the Explosive Detection Dogs from the Defence Force.


The NSW Police Force also presented a Dog Unit display and demonstration in the arena, highlighting the tasks Police Dog teams are trained to do on a daily basis whilst on operational duties.


Over 30 different Dogs NSW Breed Clubs of all shapes and sizes were featured in the Royal Canin Breed Showcase with Finnish Lapphunds and Frenchies, Wazza Xoloitzcuintles and Whippets and loads more. Dogs and humans clearly demonstrated at the show just how strong the unspoken connection is between us.


Another standout feature was the Canidae Rescue Dog Zone where visitors could meet dogs from a wide array of shelters and rescue groups around NSW and by the end of the show dozens of pooches had started the process to find a safe and loving ‘forever’ home.


A moving tribute acknowledged the contribution Australian Military Working Dogs have made in war and conflict over the last 100 years and drew huge crowds.


Nigel Allsopp, President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, a war veteran and current Queensland Police Dog handler, presented captivating seminars with Corporal Heath Webber about the history of our four-legged Diggers while Lieutenant Colonel George Hulse RAE (Retd) and Corporal Mark Donaldson VC provided extensive insights into Australian Military Working Dogs on active duty today.


Purple Poppies and Australian War Dog coins from within the Tribute area were also sold to commemorate the service of War Animals; with all funds being donated to Military Working Dogs.


Training tips, solving puppy problems and understanding dog behaviour was also a major theme of the event with educational talks from Australia’s top dog experts on the KONG Celebrity Vet Stage including Laura Vissaritis, Dr Harry Cooper, Bondi Rescue’s Dr Lisa Chimes, Dr Katrina Warren and James and Anthony from the Village Vets on the Foxtel LifeStyle Channel.


Visitors flocked to the Pat-A-Pooch zone for the opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of dashing dogs, from gorgeous Guide Dog pups to chilled out Chow Chows, rescue and working dogs and even a movie star pooch!


A Doggy Bookshop, free vet, grooming and training advice, a Pawlaroid Photo Parlour, free face-painting and a mock SASH ICU Vet clinic for young, aspiring veterinarians made the Sydney Dog Lovers Show the perfect day out for dog lovers of any age.


Founder and CEO, Jason Humphris, said “the show’s growing success and support is a reflection of just how much we love, respect and want to learn more about our canine companions – they are no longer pets, but members of our family. We are already working on making the 2016 shows even bigger, better and more dynamic for dog lovers with a wide range of new information, education and entertainment. Given the huge growth in visitor numbers this year I think we’ve stamped our mark as one of Australia’s most popular events – we think it’s one of the happiest shows in the world and for that we have to thank the dogs!”


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Source: Event Management International