Four-legged friends Kobe, Bailey, Sparkles, Bonnie and Buckles were the inspiration for the first Stillwater Dog Show, to be held on May 2.
These dogs belong to members of the Stillwater Hall’s events committee, and when the committee was casting around for ideas for a fundraiser, a dog show was the clear favourite.
The brand new show is likely to appeal to many local dog owners in a similar way to Ōrewa Lions’ popular Hot Diggety Dog Show, which was postponed last month due to heavy rain the day before.
Veterinary nurse and Stillwater Hall events committee member Lisa Tucker is organising the event, using her contacts to get some great sponsored prizes.
She says that the competitions are all about fun and designed for local people with their family pooch. Categories include best support dog, best senior dog, waggiest tail, tricks, agility and the ever-popular owner lookalike and costumes.
As well as sponsored prizes, there will be rosettes for first place. Best in Show will be selected from category winners, earning the inaugural Dog Show trophy.
A gold coin donation is all it takes to enter a dog in a class and half the proceeds go to local dog rescue charity Saving Hope, with the rest to be put into further Stillwater community projects.
The show is on Sunday, May 2 at Stillwater Community Hall, 1a Duck Creek Road, Stillwater, 12noon-3pm.
Note: As the newspaper goes to print, Ōrewa Lions are seeking a new date with Auckland Council for their Hot Diggety Dog Show in Ōrewa. The new date will be on Hibiscus Matters’ Facebook page as soon as we have it.