Story & photos Eve Jeffery
Over one hundred K9s took their humans to the Bangalow Dog Show hosted by the Animal Rights and Rescue Group (ARRG) at the showgrounds on Sunday.
The day was a celebration of the joys of owning a dog as well as providing information about dog training and responsible pet ownership.
Local vets did free dog checks while wildlife groups who deal with the consequences of unrestrained domestic animals talked about their work.
Apart from a wonderful display of the results of pet training by BARCO (Brunswick Area Responsible Canine Owners), there were competitions for best dressed, the waggiest tail, the cutest eyes, the face only an owner could love, the prettiest bitch, the best trick, the golden oldie, the best presented dog and the handsomest dog.
Guest judges Delvene Delaney, Jennifer Reagan and Raylee Delaney had a tough time deciding winners on the day.
The award winning ARRG, based in Lismore, has rehomed in excess of 10,000 unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats across the Northern Rivers over 18 years. They have a strict non-kill policy.
Sadly, not all areas have the same and hundreds of thousands of companion animals are euthanased every year.
ARRG believes that desexing pets to stop uncontrolled breeding cycles is critical to reducing the levels of abandoned animals and to controlling the numbers of feral dogs and cats.
Further information about ARRG phone 6622 1881 from 9am to 3pm daily or Sue on 0414 291 055.
For dog training information visit the BARCO website.