There’s a festival for just about everything and, with some support, there could just be a doggie fest for Dublin.
The Doggie Do aims to be a fun family, and dogs, day out in Dublin’s Merrion Square. This festival for dogs and dog-lovers, wants to celebrate man’s best friend and the bond between humans and their four-legged friends. Those who don’t get that can look away now.
The organisers were inspired by the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, in New York City’s East Village, and the sense of community it fosters amongst the dog owners. They wanted to bring a bit of that to Dublin and to get our dogs out for a day of tail-wagging, belly-scratching fun.
The centrepiece of the day will be a dress-up parade for dogs and their owners, culminating with the crowning of the inaugural ‘Dog of Dublin’. For the dogs that don’t enjoy dressing up there will be a full programme of events, from the educational to the informative, to the ridiculous and hilarious.
There will be Q&A sessions with vets, tips from top groomers, advice from leading trainers and a strong focus on responsible dog ownership. There will be a ‘Doggie and Soul’ area and participatory sideshows involving agility and scent trials. There’ll be a story-swapping section where owners can swap funny tales, humiliating anecdotes and real-life horror stories about dog parenting. As usual you can expect great food from some of our finest producers and a doggie-themed open-air movie screening to cap it off.
The festival will take place on 12th September should it get the go-ahead. If you and your pooch fancy this “Mardi Gras for Mutt and Man” then pledge your support at the FundIt campaign.
The Doggie Do is brought to you by Le Cool Dublin, Happenings and Mr & Mrs Stevens. Supporting Dogs Trust Ireland.
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