A day for dogs at the park

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DOGS of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes will be the centre of attention at Mt Eliza Rotary Club’s third Bark in the Park Dog Expo on Sunday 22 April.

This event will be held 10am-2pm in John Butler Reserve, Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza.

A series of “fun” competitions will follow the official opening by Cr Rosie Clark.

The 16 competitions include best trick, “waggiest” tail, best dog hair style, most alike dog and owner and best golden oldie. Dogs can be entered into more than one competition.

The expo will also include market stalls specialising in pet products, training aids and dog-friendly items, children’s activities, a sausage sizzle and other refreshments.

Owners will be able to pose for a photo with their dog.

Entry is free and there is a small entry fee to take part in the competitions. Money raised will go to Rotary’s community service projects including Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, planting trees in the John Butler Reserve and helping pay for two teams of year 11 students to participate in the Model United Nations Assembly to debate their solutions to some of today’s world issues.

“The the Bark in the Park Dog Expo will certainly appeal to children with their dogs but parents and grandparents will also really enjoy the day,” Mt Eliza Rotary president David Rew said. “It is intended as a light-hearted day for the local community to get together and have fun in the company of their best mates.”

Photos of dog can be uploaded to Facebook and be in the running for prize before the expo by gaining the most likes. To upload, go to Facebook: Bark in the park 2018 Mt Eliza Dog Expo. Registration for the online competition closes midnight Friday 20 April.

First published in the Mornington News – 17 April 2018

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