Lismore's dog day afternoon
CLARE the labradoodle came dressed as a mermaid and took top honours for best-dressed dog at yesterday's Paws in the Park in Lismore.
Upon winning Clare shook off her green ‘seaweed' dreadlocks and refused to co-operate for The Northern Star's photographer.
Clare loved to dress up, said her owner, Marianne Trent, of Modanville, but there were just too many distractions.
In fact, while they were all wonderfully well-behaved, obeying orders was not a high priority for many of the 270 mutts at the event at Rugby Park – except the working dogs being put through their paces at the obstacle course.
Most of the others put in a fairly undisciplined showing in the Best Trick competition, although Basil did eventually play dead, and Diesel and Muffy displayed a broad repertoire.
All of the canines present just seemed happy to be there, with so much to sniff at, never mind the contests.
One of the happiest was surely Boof, owned by Janine Laws, of Lismore.
She first encountered the venerable Staffie-cross three years ago, when he was sitting with a homeless man on a roadside at Nimbin.
“Our eyes met,” Ms Laws said of Boof.
The next day her sister rang – a dog had been found abandoned at Nimbin Bakery.
It turned out to be Boof, worm-ridden and covered in sores, and they've lived happily ever after.
The Northern Rivers Animal Services and Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers were the beneficiaries of the charity doggy day out.