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The Echuca Moama Celtic Dog Walk is back!

March 13, 2013

dog with St Patrick's Day Hat

Paws big and small are set to do the “river dance” this weekend as the Echuca Moama Celtic Dog Walk returns for a second year!

The picturesque Victorian Murray River town of Echuca is gearing up for an abundance of Celtic “Fun”der as the town prepares to be painted green for the annual Echuca Moama Celtic Festival this weekend. As part of the annual festivities, The Lost Dogs’ Home Campaspe Shelter invites all dog-lovers near and far to join the Echuca Moama Celtic Festival Dog Walk on Sunday, March 17.

The five-kilometre walk along the Campaspe River will begin at 10.00 am at Lions Park, Campaspe Esplanade and return back to the start point where there will be an afternoon of activities and fun for the whole family!

Campaspe shelter manager Kate Kemp said the walk last year widely attracted many responsible pet owners and that it was also a day of reunions with former residents of the Shelter participating in the walk.

“It was just a perfect day out for the whole family with dogs of all sizes, colours and breeds led by their owners enjoying the walk and activities. Some of the pooches were appropriately dressed in the traditional Irish colour of green to mark the Celtic festival.

“We had plenty of locals, some familiar faces including former residents of the Home and Melbournites who made the trip up to join in on the festivities and enjoy our town.”

While the benefits of exercising with your pets are endless, Ms Kemp said the walk was also about celebrating the special bond between pet owners and their dogs.

“Dogs love to be included in family activities – so the dog walk is not only about promoting healthy living and exercising with your family pooch, but is also about sharing your recreational time and activities with them.”

Registrations for the dog walk can be made with a gold coin donation at the start point from 9.00 am with all donations going towards caring for the 1500 lost and abandoned animals taken in by The Lost Dogs’ Home Campaspe Shelter every year.

Following the walk, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of activities for the whole family including:

  • Dog show: categories include the best dog trick, the smallest dog, the biggest dog, the dog that looks most like their owner and last but not least, the dog with the best costume with prizes kindly donated by Star Hotel Echuca.
  • Dog obedience and agility demonstrations by the Echuca Moama & District Dog Obedience Club Inc.
  • Raffle: plenty of prizes up for grabs thanks to Beechworth Bakery Echuca, Bunnings Echuca, Bow Wow Dog Biscuits, Echuca Pet Shop, Echuca & Moama Veterinary Clinics and Pet Stock Echuca.

A wide range of food stalls will be on standby to feed the many grumbling tummies before and following the morning walk, including:

  • Echuca 1st Scouts BBQ
  • Rose’s Vet Practice Canine Café
  • Tucker Tub Pet Food Stall
  • Coffee Addition Van
  • Cool off with an ice-cream from Richard’s Mr Whippy Van

Discounted microchipping will be offered by National Pet Register for just $25 and free ID tags will also be available. Bookings for microchipping are essential and can be made by phoning 1300 734 738 or by visiting National Pet Register website.

Half-price cat and kitten adoptions

While the dog walk is promising to be a fantastic day for the family pooch, Ms Kemp encouraged festival-goers to remember our feline friends. Coinciding with the festival is the Shelter’s half-price cat and kitten adoptions promotion continuing until the end of March.

“If you have always thought about adopting a cat or kitten, now is the time to act. I encourage all festival goers to head over to our Shelter and meet some of the many gorgeous cats and kittens we have currently looking for a home.”

For a limited time only, you can adopt an adult cat for $42.50 and a kitten for $65. All adoption candidates are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and have had a full health check prior to going up for adoption.

Visit the Campaspse Shelter adoption page  on The Lost Dogs’ Home website  to find your perfect match!

The Lost Dogs' Home Starting Post
Irish Terrier
Family Dog Walk
Family Dog enjoying last years walk