Birds will chirp, rainbows will form and the sun will shine a little brighter over Brisbane Showgrounds when the award-winning Dog Lovers Show comes to Brisbane for the very first time. The show has been to Sydney and Melbourne for the last few years — and, let us tell you, it involves a lot of pats, licks and parades. And a dedicated puppy cuddle zone. Bounding into the Royal International Convention Centre on the weekend of November 4 and 5 (from 9.30am till 5pm each day), the Brisbane Dog Lovers Show will see thousands of dedicated pooch fans celebrating the noble four-legged monarch of human companionship. There’ll be dozens of furry friends available for adoption from rescue groups across Queensland in the Rescue Dog Zone, where you can learn up on what’s actually involved with adoption. But hold up, you came here to cuddle pooches. We’re getting there. Punters can make their way to the Pat-A-Pooch zone, where you can cuddle up to a wide range of Australia’s most loveable and popular breeds from puppy to adult dogs — we’re talking uppity dachshunds to fluffball samoyeds, all up in your grill. This has undeniably been the main attraction of the events in Melbourne and Sydney, and gives kitten cafes a run for their money. There’s plenty more happening over the two days of furry friended fun. Not sure which type of schnoochie is perfect for you? Sign up for a Perfect Match session where you’ll be paired with your ultimate dog breed. Already found your tail-waggin’ soulmate? Get some expert tips on training, behaviour, first-aid and nutrition in seminars by some of Australia’s big name vets. Plus, there’s going to be a doggie kissing booth. Yep, pucker up. Tickets are $20 online or $35 on-site (adult, ages 16 and over). Everything is free (including cuddles) once you have purchased your ticket, obviously excepting food and drink.
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By Shannon Connellan, Imogan Baker and Ellie Grounds.