Birds chirp, rainbows form and the sun shines a little brighter over Moore Park — the award-winning Sydney Dog Lovers Show is returning to the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion for a fourth year of pats, licks and parades. And yes, the dedicated puppy cuddle zone is returning.
Bounding into Moore Park's two biggest venues on the weekend of August 5 and 6 (from 9.30am till 5pm each day), the Sydney 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 30 rescue groups across NSW in the Rescue Dog Zone, where you can learn up on what's actually involved with adoption. Plus, DockDogs is back, featuring a competitive long jump and high jump for talented dogs into a pool of water. Dogs, amiright?
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 previous year's events, 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 $25 online or $30 on-site (adult, ages 16 and over). Everything is free (including cuddles) once you have purchased your ticket, obviously excepting food and drink.