Birds chirp, rainbows form and the sun shines a little brighter over Brisbane when the Dog Lovers Show comes around. And it's returning to the Brisbane Showgrounds for a second year of pats, licks and parades on the weekend of November 3 and 4. Yes, the dedicated puppy cuddle zone is returning — and in 2018, the first Brisbane Common Woof Games will also join the program.
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 dozens rescue groups across Queensland in the adoption zone, where you can learn up on what's actually involved with the process.
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 was undeniably the main attraction of last year's event, 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.
And if you're interested in watching doggos be adorable in events such as 'dog socca', mini-dog hurdles, barrel racing and javelin weave — plus canine versions of basketball, vault and discus as well — then make a date with the Common Woof Games . There'll also be aquatic events, with plenty of pooches making a splash.
Tickets are $20. Everything is free (including cuddles) once you have purchased your ticket, obviously excepting food and drink.