So that’s a wrap for the 2018 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show and what a fantastic fur-filled three days it was!
The greatest festival in the world dedicated to our wonderful Dogs welcomed a record crowd of almost 40,000 passionate Dog lovers.
Here’s just a snapshot of some of the entertainment, education and information that was presented at the last Show:
Hearts melted with over 500 beautiful Dogs and more than 120 breeds;
We marvelled at the nation’s most talented K9’s demonstrating speed and agility in the Royal Canin Arena;
The exploits of high diving hounds in the BlackHawk DockDogs pool thrilled audiences;
We learnt about hundreds of breeds and helped find the right Dog for thousands of visitors;
The Common Woof Games hosted by Farmer Dave wowed the crowd;
Expert speakers and celebrity vets on the new Pet Circle Stage provided valuable tips for a healthy, happy Dog;
Visitors discovered new tricks to teach their pooch from Australia’s leading Dog trainers;
Dog lovers shopped & saved with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of Dog products & services;
Visitors engaged with other passionate Dog lovers.
Almost 40,000 Dog lovers got their annual fur-fix and came to share the love!
Here’s a snapshot of what was on show at the 2018 event:
- The Common Woof Games in the Royal Canin Arena and the BlackHawk DockDogs pool showcased Australia’s most talented sporting canines.
- The Pet Circle Stage treated visitors to expert tips for a healthier, happier Dog. Backstage insights into how Australia’s famous Dog stars are trained were provided by Luke Hura and visitors even got to meet ‘Toto’ from the Wizard of Oz Musical! TV Star and Rescue Ambassador star Andrew Morley provided a Guide to Adopting a Dog, Dr Katrina showed tricks you can teach your Dog at home and Dr Harry Cooper shared valuable information with two talks each day: Solving the most common Dog health problems and How to choose the right breed for your home & lifestyle. Plus the vets from Pet Circle (Dr Kimberley Chainey & Dr Elise Barry) sniffed out the truth and debunked common Dog myths‘.
- Headline shows and talks from Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill & The Wonderdogs, Farmer Dave, Rodney Gooch and the 4 Paws Sports Team wowed the crowds.
- Visitors experienced the country in the heart of the city at the inaugrual The Weekly Times Sheepdog Speed Time Trials.
- The Black Hawk DockDogs returned as Australia’s most exciting Dog entertainment and competition with a wide range of breeds launching themselves off a dock into a massive (100,000 litre) pool of water. It also played host to the new Dueling Dogs® Wave competition as part of the Common Woof Games!
- Visitors met and learnt about more Dog breeds than ever before in the expanded Breed Showcase with the all-new Ask-A-Breeder Stage and the Meet the Breeds Collective.
- Hundreds of Dog lovers met, cuddled and snapped selfies with some of the ‘Doggy Stars of Instagram’ in the Furbo Insta-Pooch Red Carpet! Fans watched these K9 celebrities walk the red carpet before taking their place on giant thrones for pats and a photo op.
- Tributes to our wonderful Hero Dogs including Military, Assistance, Therapy & Working Dogs showcased the skills & abilities of our K9’s and how they contribute to our community.
- Visitors discovered all they need to know about providing a loving home for a Dog in need in the Dog Adoption Zone, and the area was doubled in size with daily talks on the Dog Adoption Stage educating visitors on how to find their furever friend.
- Information & experts were on hand to help find the right Dog for your lifestyle in the Pat-A-Pooch & Bow Wow Meow’s Perfect Match zones.
- There was free vet, training and grooming advice from trusted experts.
- Loads more including the Doggy Door Prize, FREE Face Painting, some of Melbourne’s yummiest food trucks, the return of Parent Pods for the little ones and loads more!
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Jason & Sally Humphris
Co-Founders & massive Dog Lovers