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Gala day for dog lovers

Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

BH Pet Rescue’s president Charlea Smith (left) with Buster and Alicia Stewart with Sarge are all set for Paws in the Park. BH Pet Rescue’s president Charlea Smith (left) with Buster and Alicia Stewart with Sarge are all set for Paws in the Park.

By Emily Roberts

A local pet rescue group is hosting a fun day in the park this weekend with a guest appearance by a celebrity.

Broken Hill Pet Rescue Inc., in conjunction with the Far West Community Legal Centre, is hosting “Paws in the Park” on Sunday as part of the Festival of Respect.

It will be held in Sturt Park and is a community and family fun day for dog lovers.

BH Pet Rescue is a group of animal foster carers which has been going for about 18 months.

A member, Alicia Stewart, along with BH Pet Rescue’s president Charlea Smith is inviting everyone to enjoy a wonderful day in the park with events and competitions for all ages. 

“Friendly and well socialised dogs are invited to attend and take part in the day,” Alicia said. “Enter them in the Paws Park Walk and a competition or two. All dogs must be properly restrained by a harness or leash and must be under the effective control of a person 16 years of age or older.”

The day will run from 10am to 2pm.

“Farmer Dave”, a Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars contestant, is the special guest but he is also a leading dog trainer, said Alicia.

He will be performing demonstrations throughout the day and is part of Working Breed Rehabilitation which help train or retrain working dogs.

There will be doggy demonstrations, kids activities, community stalls, business stalls, products for sale, giveaways and a barbecue.

“This is a fundraiser for BH Pet Rescue,” Alicia said.

“The money raised will fund our operations, including care of animals in foster homes. It will also help pay for animal transport and medical bills.”

Competitions include paws park walk, best dressed dog of the day, biggest dog, best trick, smallest dog, dog that looks most like its owner, and a dog treat guessing jar.

“It is a gold coin entry into competition events. People are more than welcome to come along and have a look around,” Alicia said.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer or foster carer or wanting more information on “Paws in the Park” can visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/BrokenHillPetRescue on Facebook.

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