Friday 30 September 2016

Paws for thought as stylish mutts looking far from ruff

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

FASHION TAILS: Taking part in The Doggie Do Dog of Dublin competition in Merrion Square were Orla Donahy and her dog Isabella
FASHION TAILS: Taking part in The Doggie Do Dog of Dublin competition in Merrion Square were Orla Donahy and her dog Isabella
FASHION TAILS: Taking part in The Doggie Do Dog of Dublin competition in Merrion Square were Sian Brennan from Balbriggan and her dog Wurzil. Photos: Tony Gavin

A dog, someone wise once said, is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

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Yesterday, in the heart of Dublin, was proof positive that the love between man and dog goes both ways.

The Doggie Do brought an eclectic collection of mutts ranging from high-born purebreds with pedigrees a mile long to those dogs that might be referred to as 'Heinz' - 57 different varieties.

The centrepiece of the day was a dress-up parade for dogs and their humans, culminating with the crowning of the inaugural 'Dog of Dublin,' and judged by Rory O'Neill - aka Panti Bliss.

He brought along his own Jack Russell cross-bred called Penny.

Mutts, mongrels and even a pink doggie plush toy strutted their stuff on the er, catwalk, in little canine biker jackets, sequins and tutus and a Spiderman outfit, along with their owners at Dublin's Merrion Square yesterday.

Fashionistas Justine King and Linda Conway, gave an X-Factor-like assessment of each contestant to see which pooch had the winning "PAWS" factor - Personality, Attitude, Wiggle-Factor and Style.

The event was inspired by the annual Halloween Dog Parade in New York City

The charity event also featured a Q&A with vets, talks from top groomers and trainers and a strong focus on responsible dog ownership.

Microchipping is now a legal requirement for puppies but by March next year all dogs will be required by law to have a microchip.

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, announced €100,000 in funding to subsidise microchipping as part of the roll out of regulations.

Dogs Trust, is microchipping up to 116 dogs a day, free of charge this month. See www.dogstrust.ie.

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