LUCY Saunders, a vet nurse from King Street Veterinary Clinic in Murwillumbah, with Badger in his police dog costume.
LUCY Saunders, a vet nurse from King Street Veterinary Clinic in Murwillumbah, with Badger in his police dog costume. Tweed Daily News/Craig Sadler

Show gone to the dogs

CATS have been banned from the catwalk this weekend at the Murwillumbah Showground Markets pet show.

The claws are out after notices for the show called for pets to attend, but “no cats”, but according to show organiser Angie Risk, cats just can't handle the pressure of the catwalk.

“It is because they get so stressed. One year we had cats but they were flipping out,” Mrs Risk said.

She said unless there were any really confident cats out there, they would have to stay at home and denied the ban was discriminatory. “I am a woman who loves cats,” she said.

The pet show, run by King Street Veterinary Clinic at Murwillumbah, is an annual event which attracts dogs, ferrets, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits, along with their owners.

There are six sections which include fancy dress for small and large dogs, high jump for small and large dogs, best trick, puppies, best sit, plus the furry friends section.

The annual event has become popular, according to Mrs Risk.

“We always get an excellent turn out, with heaps and heaps of people and heaps of kids. The kids love it.”

She warned the costume section was very competitive, with entries last year including a “spacerat”, a “gay ferret” and even a dinosaur and a bunny in a doll suit.

“Fancy dress is the most popular so you have to make sure your animals look extra spunky in their outfits to win.”

The best trick section is also set to be entertaining.

“One woman who is apparently coming has beers in an esky and the dog collects the beer from the esky and brings it to the man.

“People also love their dogs dancing, they think it is a great trick.”

Mrs Risk said the animals enjoyed being dressed up.

“The dogs really enjoy it, they feel special. Most of them feel pretty good, they look really spunky and are getting plenty of treats.”

Doggie Deli contribute a basket of dog treats for the day, and there are plenty of other prizes available.

Pets must be at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds by 10am to enter.



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