The Ascot Park raceway played host to more than 300 local dog lovers and their canine companions over the day. They came out to take part in have-a-go events from the local dog clubs, presentations from animal health experts, and to check out local businesses.
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Agility and flygility demonstrations were a big hit, along with the sled dogs teams racing and out an back course. Covid Alert level 2 put a dampener on the planned breed show, but the kennel club still came along with a number of canine stars strutting their stuff around the ring.
Darren Ludlow carried the day as MC and also spoke on the role of council in dog control in Invercargill. Other speakers included Dr Andrew Worth from Massey University on some of the research he has undertaken for HPNZ and the benefits it’s had for NZ pets, Christina Rock on canine arthritis, and Erik Oostendorp and Cath Rivron on fascinating behaviour topics.
Exhibitors ranged from local vet clinics, food suppliers, kennels & daycare, rehabilitation services, SIT vet nurses giving free health checks, and businesses selling cool clothing, treats & toys for the furry participants.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive from exhibitors, participants and their canine companions, so we look forward to doing it all again next year, but bigger and better!
The event was made possible thanks to support from event sponsor Royal Canin, SIT & their vet nursing team, exhibitors, local dog clubs, and local businesses who contributed financially and with over 200 hours of volunteer time.
Dogs Day Out generated over $8000 for HPNZ, so a huge thanks to all those who were involved in the day!