Hot dogs all the rage at pooch pampering
By ADAM HICKS
DOGGY bath day for Ming is like a pub full of students skipping school ? a wagging party.
The 16-month-old staffordshire terrier was one of 78 dogs to get a doggystyle make over at the Dirty Dog Christmas Dog Wash in Wollongbar yesterday.
Her East Lismore owner, Damika Maclachlan, was a volunteer at the wash which meant Ming, named after the Chinese word for bright, got all day to hang out with her pooch pals and make new mates.
"She met every dog that came for a wash and she approached them and said hello," Ms Maclachlan said.
"I took her so she could socialise.
"It's definitely important to socialise your dog because it becomes a lot more well behaved.
"When they're good at socialising, owners are proud to take them out into the street and show them off.
"That makes for a happy dog, which makes for a happy owner."
Dog wash co-ordinator, Janet Goodwin, said the day raised $780 for the Northern Rivers Animal Shelter.
"All the money raised will go to helping cats and dogs abandoned at Christmas time," she said.
Dog owners from across the Northern Rivers lined up with their pets for the $10 treatment.
The delux woofer wash included coat shampoo, nail trim and ear clean.
A few dogs also had ticks removed.
Ms Goodwin said one puppy and two cats were also lucky enough to find new homes with visitors attend- ing the wash.