Paws for thought as stylish mutts looking far from ruff
A dog, someone wise once said, is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
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.