Away with the fairies
COSTUME co-ordinated dogs and their handlers proved hard to beat in the best-dressed categories of a Murwillumbah pet show yesterday.
Old Labrador Jilly and her young friend Katie MacDonald, dressed as fairies, won the large dog best-dressed category from stiff competition that included gun-slinging cowboys and crime fighters like Batman and Robin.
The absence of felines because of a tough no cats rule meant it was a paradise for the numerous dogs that attended and they were praised for their good behaviour.
There were other pets on show, but they were mostly small and confined to cages.
The annual show, organised by the Kings Street Veterinary Clinic, has proved popular as a sideshow to the Murwillumbah Showgrounds markets.
Vet Samantha Golds said the competition was getting better each year.
“It is good to see a lot of effort put in to the dressing up and training of the dogs, and the kids always have a good time,” she said.
Peter Rogers brought his dogs, Puppy and Bingo, and provided Choosy the mascot, played by his son Kieran, as a judge.
“It is marvellous. The turnout is way over our expectations and the people have put in a great deal of effort,” Mr Rogers said.
“It is a pretty special event. The vets have done a good job organising it.
“We have enjoyed it thoroughly, and the kids have had a whole lot of fun.”
Other events included the high jump and best trick, which provided highlights such as rolling dogs, dancing dogs and even a dog that was able to remove the cap from a twist-top water bottle.
Christine Edwards, of Stokers Siding, brought her dogs Jilly (a fairy) and Riley (a cowboy), with her young neighbours Katie and Alexandra MacDonald as their handlers.
“We have been coming for a few years now. It is excellent, especially when you get the little ones involved as well. That is what makes it,” Ms Edwards said.