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06 August, 2018

Dog Lovers Show Sydney 2018

Yellow lab puppy enjoying pats from a happy couple at the Dog Lovers Show

It was a big weekend for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT at The Dog Lovers Show, the world's greatest festival for dog lovers and one of the largest dog events in the world. The show took place at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, Sydney where thousands of dog lovers and over 500 beautiful dogs united to celebrate everything we love about our furry friends. 

Pat a Pooch

Yellow lab Guide Dog puppy smiling at the camera while getting pats from the crowd at the Dog Lovers Show

Our future Guide Dog puppies received plenty of pats and cuddles in the Pat a Pooch area alongside other dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes. The Pat a Pooch sessions give the opportunity for both adults and kids to interact with our latest litter of future Guide Dog puppies and speak to our on-site Puppy Development Advisors about the journey of the Guide Dogs and the importance of the Puppy Raising Program where these precious pups are placed in the loving home environments of volunteer Puppy Raisers until they reach 12-14 months of age.

We met so many passionate dog enthusiasts and one of our wonderful volunteer Puppy Raisers even stopped by to cuddle her puppy Kingsley!

Yellow lab puppy Kingsley rubbing his face against his future Puppy Raiser

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer Puppy Raiser you can apply online here: our read information about Puppy Raising in our latest Puppy Raising Article here:

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Stall

Guide Dog keyrings, plush toys and blankets at the Dog Lovers Show stall

The Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Stall had all types of merchandise from plush toys, keyrings, dog collars and even umbrellas. We would like to thank everyone that visited and supported our stall as your generosity and support allows us to continually provide all of our services at no cost to people who urgently need them. 

The World's Biggest Guide Dog Gulliver 

Gulliver the World's Biggest Guide Dog statue at the Dog Lovers Show

The World's Biggest Guide Dog, Gulliver, also made an appearance at the Dog Lovers Show. You may have seen Gulliver before travelling around Sydney. Not only does he love photo opportunities, Gulliver is here to help raise awareness for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and did a great job making sure all our four-legged friends at the show were on their best behaviour this weekend.

Instafamous Dogs

The InstaPooch stage at the Dog Lovers Show for famous dogs

The Insta-Pooch stage rolled out the red carpet for the Stars of Instagram. All visitors and puparazzi had the opportunity to snap a selfie with these famous dogs and learn about their most Instafamous photos on Instagram and how they came to fame. 

Celebrity Speakers

Dr Chris Brown at the Pet Circle Stage meeting his fans

The Pet Circle stage presented expert tips and advice from industry experts and celebrity speakers including Dr Chris Brown, Dr Katrina Warren and Kelly Gill. They covered easy information about how to give your dog a happy and enriched life as well as practical tips to understand and solve dog behaviour issues. 

Dr Chris Brown also had a meet and greet with his fans after his presentation on "How to Make Winter Wonderful for Your Dog."

Dogs and Entertainment Galore

Dogs at the Dog Lovers Show Sydney

We definitely made most of our annual fur fix at the show and met many wonderful pets and people. There were also fun filled dog competitions, door prizes and free face painting for the whole family to enjoy. 

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT hope to see you again next year at the Dog Lovers Show, Sydney!